Kiss Me Goodnight’s Songs by Michele Zurlo – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Kiss Me Goodnight’s Songs

The novel Kiss Me Goodnight contains original lyrics. My beta readers raved about them, and then the editing team at Omnific had similar feedback, which gave me definite warm fuzzies. Since KMG is written entirely from Lacey’s point of view—and she’s often clueless as to what’s going on with Dylan—the songs serve to give us insight into what Dylan is thinking and feeling.

I’m not a natural songwriter. I don’t have an ear for melody, and I’m told that I dance like I sing—off key and to multiple beats—none of which exist in the song that’s playing. I approached this task with more than a little trepidation. In order to do what I wanted with KMG, I had to overcome my mental roadblock when it comes to poetry writing. I did this while watching my daughter take her first serious dive classes, that way if I grew tired of one kind of stress, I had the other kind waiting right in front of me.

Some of the songs came from nowhere. The title song, “Kiss Me Goodnight,” was like that. I just sat down and wrote it. The words flowed right out of my fingertips. “Six” happened similarly. I couldn’t tell you what the melody could possibly be.

But that wasn’t the case with the majority of the songs. I found that I could keep a rhythm in my head if one was coming through my headphones. This was challenging because it took about a half hour to write each song/stanza, and I was at the mercy of my randomizer. While the songs don’t entirely go with any one song, you can sing a couple of them (sort of) to other songs you might know. The beat for “Wrong Name” sounds a lot like Sublime’s “Wrong Way,” at least for the first two lines. It might have switched to something by The Killers or Sarah McLachlan after a bit because I only hear Sublime when they come on the radio in the car. When writing “You Wish He Was Me,” I had “Forrest Whitaker” by Bad Books stuck in my head. I’m pretty sure that playlist had The Airborne Toxic Event and Blue October somewhere in there, and possibly some Tegan and Sara. “Avalanche” was written while listening to Blue October’s Consent to Treatment album. This post was written to AFI’s Burials album.

As you encounter the songs, I hope you’ll hear them to whatever tune you like best.

How have you adapted to deal with a challenge?

5_28 Cover_Kiss Me GoodnightI’m Lacey Hallem, and I have a few secrets. These aren’t them: I wash my hands a lot and lie when I’m stressed. Also, I have horrible taste in men. That’s how I knew Dylan was trouble the first time I saw him…

Life can be challenging for Lacey, especially when things don’t come in sets of six, but she’s smart and funny and able to keep her demons at bay—most of the time. She might have sensed trouble when she set eyes on Dylan, a delectable musician in a vintage T-shirt, but that doesn’t stop her from thinking about him, or spending more and more time in his company.

Enter Thomas. Wealthy, handsome, and completely adoring of Lacey (flaws and all), he’s everything a man should be. So why can’t she convince her heart to fall in love?

About the Author: 5_28 kiss me AuthorPicI’m Michele Zurlo, author of over 20 romance novels. During the day, I teach English, and in the evenings, romantic tales flow from my fingertips.

I’m not half as interesting as my characters. My childhood dreams tended to stretch no further than the next book in my to-be-read pile, and I aspired to be a librarian so I could read all day. I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it’s something I’ve never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions that turned out to showcase my great instincts. Find out more at www.michelezurloauthor.com or @MZurloAuthor. Check out her books at her Amazon or Barnes and Noble author pages.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for having me today!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed reading about the songs.

  4. momjane says:

    this certainly sounds interesting.

  5. Donna @ Book Passion for Life says:

    It’s was interesting….with my first boyfriend from primary school (we were 15 at the time though!) Your book sounds amazing, I can’t wait to read it! x

  6. Karen H says:

    I enjoyed reading the part about your singing & dancing talent, or lack thereof! And now we know that authors are not necessarily talented in all fields of the arts!

  7. Oh Karen, I am so not talented in many fields. That doesn’t stop me from trying!

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