Guest Author & Giveaway: Melissa Schroeder, Fantasy Music

Fantasy Music

Hi, everyone! I want to thank Shari and the staff of Delighted Reader for having me on today. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I am best known for my Harmless series. I am here today to talk about the upcoming release A Little Harmless Fantasy.

I have been writing Harmless books for a long time now and each one of them has their own soundtrack. Having soundtracks for each of the books started when we were stationed in Hawaii and I first started writing. We lived in a small two-bedroom townhouse with two kids who were seven years apart in age. It wasn’t the ideal situation. I was also writing at night. To get myself completely immersed in writing, I began listening to music. Since then, digital music has evolved and it is so much easier to make the soundtracks for each book.

For Harmless, there is always a lot of Hawaiian music on it. But each book has music just for it. When I heard Kenny Chesney’s Come Over, I knew that it was going to be the love song for A Little Harmless Fantasy. Chesney has been featured a lot in my soundtracks before so this is no surprise to my readers. This song spoke to something in me about the three people in the book.

To understand, you need to know a little more about the characters. ALH Fantasy is an MMF and the first ménage of the series. I knew it was going to be different when I first met Maura and Zeke in A Little Harmless Lie. Their relationship has been rocky and they are just friends at the beginning of Fantasy. Enter Zeke’s old lover, and the other love of his life, Rory.

The song talks of being the only one for each other (although I applied it to three people, lol). I think in any polyamorous relationship is going to be condemned by some people.  Add in that the men are involved, some people will be disgusted even more. While there is enough turmoil within any relationship, especially when it first starts, dealing with people’s opinions that it is wrong is something that adds another level of problems.

This song speaks of ignoring friends, of just accepting that they need each other, and ignoring the worries of the outside world. In this book, I got to know three people who needed each other on different levels. The internal struggles play at the heart of their problems until the real world invades and they must deal with those issues before they can truly come back together. I like the idea that sometimes my characters have to ignore what the world thinks is “right” and go with what they need. It isn’t an easy thing to do and it shows character in a person to be able to do just that.

Rory, Maura, and Zeke have a lot of prejudices to overcome, but the thing I loved writing about them was that in the relationship, there was nothing but that acceptance, and it was something that each of them needed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Schroeder is a military brat and military wife who fell in love with romance after accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. Since her first release in 2004, she has had releases with eight publishers and has topped many bestseller charts, including A Little Harmless Sex that was named one of the top 100 Bestselling Nook Books of 2010. A Little Harmless Fantasy is her fiftieth release.

You can find Mel all over the web.

WEBSITE

TWITTER

FACEBOOK FANPAGE

HARMLESS ADDICTS – Mel’s private reader group of Harmless readers. Contests, sneak peeks seen nowhere else, and parties at cons she attends.

Mel also writes as Kiera West.

A Little Harmless Fantasy
by Melissa Schroeder

BLURB

What starts out as simple fantasy among friends, becomes an overwhelming need that none of them can deny.

Maura Dillon has always been someone who lived life on her own terms. From the time she in college she knew she had different needs than most of her friends. But she never thought she would find herself torn between two very sexy men, or that they would want to add her to their relationship.

Zeke and Rory have known each other for years. Their casual relationship has spanned a decade, but now that they are living together things are on a whole other level. Add in their mutual attraction for Maura and things are just getting out of hand.

Rory understands their desires and suggests a week in Hawaii. No rules, no limits, no regrets. But as their nights are filled with unimaginable erotic pleasure, there is someone lurking in the shadows. Someone who wants revenge, and will stop at nothing to succeed.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $25.00 GC from Mel? Let her know if there is a song that always brings back a certain memory?

*Giveaway Ends December 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

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  • pc

    I Go Crazy by Flesh for LuLu…always reminds me of prom— as a nerd I never expected to go and then a girlfriend of mine got us dates and we had so much fun!

  • Viki S.

    ANGELS WE HAVE HEAD ON HIGH brings back my memory of the first Midnight Mass I went to when I was 12. It was so beautiful and lovely.
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  • Lisa w

    What might have been– Little Texas
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

  • Margie Hager

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack – This song was played immediately after my (now) husband and I announced our engagement at his fraternity.

  • Kathy Lewis

    The song that I cherish the most is: The Rose. I heard this song for the first time in 6th grade music and it has been with me ever since. I saw the movie with Bette Milder and cried. It’s the most beautiful song ever in my eyes.

    great blog, can’t wait for Maura, Rory and Zeke’s story. Thanks Melissa.
    coach4kat(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Becki Wyer

    “The Snake” by Al Wilson always reminds me of my first boyfriend lol
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  • Judy-Ree

    “He Walked On Water” by Randy Travis. The first time I heard it, I immediately thought of the relationship that I had with my grandfather and since he passed away, I can’t hear it without tearing up. Gah, I am tearing up just writing about it. *sniff*

    Thanks for the giveaway and the memory.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Susan W.

    Kenny’s song is a favorite of mine! Everytime I hear a Johnny Cash or Mel Tellis song memories of listening to their 8-tracks with my dad pop in my head. Growing up I learned almost everyword to several of their songs. I just have to stop what I’m doing and listen.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  • Angela Love

    Addicted to you by Saving Able

  • bn100

    Nice post. Jingle bells reminds me of the holidays.

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  • Deb p

    Thanks for the giveaway.My Song , Neil Diamond’s ( Hello again Hello). It makes me think of my husband.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  • JessS

    Breathe Me by Sia – because it was used for this amazing sequence in the season final of Six Feet Under, and just whenever I hear it that’s what I can’t stop thinking of.

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

  • Cathy V

    Anything by Van Morrison reminds me of when I was first dating my now husband… and by dating I am referring to making out, like teenagers (we were in our 30’s) TMI?!!

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    kitcat76(at)hotmail.com

  • June M.

    “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty always makes me think of my niece. When if first came out, she was about a year old and loved it. She would dance everytime she heard it, no matter where she was.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  • My dad always used to sing “I’ll Fly Away” when he was working around the house. I still cry every time I hear it.
    dustykattc at hotmail dot com

  • Evie

    Please Forgive Me by Bryan Adams. It brings back memories of a great place that I used to go when I was a teen.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  • laurie g

    the unicorn by the irish rovers my mom always played that song for meas a kid

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  • Kelsey Summer

    Extreme’s “More than Words” always brings me back to the Summer of 1991.

    Kesummer69 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Mary Preston

    I don’t really associate songs with memories. The exception would be brass band marching music because my Father used to be in a brass band.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  • Jackie Wisherd

    The song SMILE always brings back fond memories for me.

  • flchen1

    I think it’s more that certain artists and kinds of music put me in certain mindsets–I associate Let the River Run with senior year in college, while Depeche Mode and INXS are very much senior year in high school 🙂 Funny how our lives have a bit of their own soundtracks 😉

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  • Sherry Haut

    Faithfully by Journey
    blakesmomma at gmail dot com