Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield (with giveaway)

Jane's Melody
by Ryan Winfield

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Just released: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Romance
Paperback: 336 pages
Rating: 4

Jane's Melody series:
Jane's Melody
Jane's Harmony
Book 3 - tba

What boundaries would you cross for true love?

That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can tell her more about her daughter’s death – only to find herself falling for him.

A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, JANE’S MELODY follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone. Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.

My two-bits:

Despite grief and sadness a romance buds for a single forty year old woman living near Seattle, Washington.

Many tender moments and some steamy scenes move this story along well.

The main character, Jane, struggles with commitment mainly because of the age factor. On the other hand, the love interest, Caleb, holds true throughout.

Got me thinking of love relationships between people where age is quite significant.


Q&A with author (excerpt):

Your last book, Jane's Melody was your first romance novel. Where did your inspiration and story come from for this story?

I wish I knew. I think I was taking a bath when Jane came to me. I had the opening image of her sitting in her car watching the rain fall on her daughter's grave. I started writing about her right away. Caleb's character had been with me for a long time in the form of a notebook filled with songs I had been writing over the years, but I had no idea it would be him who would show up to change Jane's life.

Music plays a big role in Jane's Melody, not to mention, the double meaning in the title itself. Did you listen to music while writing the book If so, was it the same tunes we "heard" in the story?

I never listen to music while writing. Stories come to me largely in images, and the words themselves make the music. I'd hate to have someone else's melody slip into or influence my prose. I wrote Caleb's songs in the book. The few that are mentioned when Caleb plays covers just happened to be songs that I love.

Did you learn anything about your characters while writing Jane's Melody?

Yes. Almost everything the reader learns. Writing is a very exploratory process for me and I'm often surprised by my characters and the choices they make.

Can you relate to any of the main characters from Jane's Melody, through personality, preferences or struggles?

I relate in some way to every character I write. The protagonist, in this case Jane, takes on most of my own struggles dealing with family dysfunction, grief, and finding the courage to start over, although in different ways but each character has some kernel of my own experience working in them.


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