Improvising to Beat the Band

Improvising to Beat the Band is a compilation of three novellas: Dieting after she Died; Love & All Its Glory (Is Never Going to Be for Me); Just Let Time Pass

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Just Let Time Pass

The lives and loves of several characters involved with the intricacies of the music business dominate this novel with careful delineation of their motivations and ambitions as well as their faults. The tangle of their relationships at work and personally enables the reader to envision their triumphs and setbacks as they contend with each and the vicissitudes of an exacting field of activity. Each character comes across vividly. One learns about the craft of songwriting as well as the inspirations that led to their creation. Seeing some of the specific lyrics evolved provides an excellent insight into the creative process. Concerts, tours, recording sessions, music videos, instruments-including a "wind harp", marketing and public relations all help to sustain the plot as the characters seek to mark their own personal performance. The action takes place in both the U.S. and Ireland. Police work also enters the picture with a band taken into custody. A s√©ance scene is particularly fascinating. ” - Judge, 26th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Years ago I chose not to pursue a career in the music business. Just Let Time Pass reminded me that I probably made a good decision. You know that song you hear on the radio? There is so much going on behind the scenes just to make it to the playlist. I was floored by the level of detail about the music industry. It's fickle, it's cut throat, and it's chaotic. While this may make it a pain in the backside to work in, it makes for a very entertaining story. Sebastian works hard and sometimes can't even get close to a break. Manon though, she's something quite special. A cross between song writer and muse, she's the sort of woman most men want to wake up beside every morning. I'll caution the reader, the music industry is very chaotic and its reflected in this story in all of its wonderful strangeness. Seances, a haunting and fist fights after a concert...what's not to love? And ice skating!” - Steve M., author of Earth Seven
Reading this book is like getting transported to a whole new place. I'm drawn in by the details, descriptions, and rewritten lyrics and easily forget where I am or even how long I've been turning the pages!” - Niki Danforth author of Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery