Thank you so much for letting me showcase my forthcoming steamy action-romance novel SHANNON’S LAW. It’s the second in my PASSION PATROL series - stories where sassy female cops lock up the criminals and always get their man.
February marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the launch on the 28th February 2014.
Every day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all around the world. They’re all linked together on one big Pinterest Board. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in January. I saved all my notes and photos as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with you.
Today’s subject is: Music of Shannon’s Law - Mahler
Mahler’s music features in Shannon’s Law
(photo from Creative Commons)
Music plays quite frequently in Shannon's Law. She trains hard on her mountain bike to the house music beat of David Guetta and raunchy rock of Pat Macdonald’s “Purgatory Hill.” She is serenaded by various incarnations of Elvis. Before meeting Spencer she had had very little awareness of classical music. In the comfort of a chauffeur driven limousine she hears the music of Gustav Mahler for the first time.
When I'm writing, I do feel as if I am absolutely there with my character. At the early stages of a story I have to treat them as innocents and help them along. Then comes that magical day when the character starts to write the book. Shannon is a very strong woman and very soon took control of the plot and her responses. When I get to this point, the character asks me if I remember my first acquaintance with classical music and I tell her how it was for me. In my case it was when I bought a CD of ballet favorites on impulse in a record store. I would have loved it to have been with a sexy lover in the back of a plush Bentley. But there again, for those pages, I was there with Shannon.
I came across Mahler when my partner bought the DVD of the 1971 Luchino Visconti film “Death in Venice.” By chance he saw it for sale on a Sunday market stall in Paris. I had always been a Dirk Bogarde fan. This movie features the Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony Number Five.
In Shannon's Law, a critical piece of the narrative unfolds in Venice. In choosing her first brush with this deeper beauty of music there was only one option. Her response was far more insightful than I could have expressed. A sexy lover makes one so much more intelligent.
“What’s the music?”
“Mahler, Symphony Number Five.”
“It’s sad and passionate like a first kiss you know will also be the last,” she said.
“Hey, woman I love that. All first kisses are the last of themselves. That’s why we have love.”
“Love makes everything a first time,” he said.
Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.
As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.
Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.
Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.
All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.
Amazon are offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version
You can pre-order the digital version at a pre-launch special price from Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. It will also be available in all digital formats on Smashwords
See this post and others from my tour as they go live on Pinterest or click the Goddess Fish panel below to visit the other blogs in the tour.
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In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cook-book with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.
It’s called COP’S KTICHEN - Read the love story and taste the romance!
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Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback and digital formats for all e-readers
on February 28th 2014.
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