Sofia Harper Writes to the Beat + Giveaway!


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Write to the Beat

“The only thing you’ve ever known is to run.” ~ Everybody, Keith Urban

Have you ever heard a song and immediately felt a connection? A person or a thought comes to mind once you start to the hear the lyrics. Finding a song that’s perfect for a story feels exactly like that. The moment I heard those lyrics I knew I had to add it the book soundtrack.

Back then HOT KNIGHT IN PARADISE was an idea. I knew the heart of the book would be redemption. The TV show Life had inspired me and I wanted to play with what do you hold on to when you’ve lost everything else? Both Leah and Marshall felt deep guilt about something in their past, something they both felt they had blood on their hands for. But I played this song and I couldn’t turn it off.

After hearing the song for the tenth time, Leah and Marshall filled out as characters. All that was left to do was write the story. Several other songs made the soundtrack, but this one is the most important. It draws the picture of the romance.

If you just can’t bear to be alone, I’ll stay.

What songs have you felt a connection to the first time you heard it?

KNiP-500Stranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast.

Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island … Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?



Sofia HarperAbout the author:

In 2004, Sofia Harper began her writing career as a romantic suspense author. A bit problematic because she couldn’t write anything mystery-like to save her life or even her characters. On a whim, she penned a contemporary where there was no dead body or explosions to save her from the dreadful middle slumps of a book. It was only the characters and what they had to deal with. She hasn’t looked back since. She continues to write contemporary romances, mainly under a different pen, filled with sassy heroines and unlikely heroes. These stories are filled with one-liners, but heartfelt and sexy.

Outside of writing, Harper works as a mail clerk for the federal government, has a paralegal certificate (that she has more use for as a dust pan) and is a mother of two rambunctious children. She lives in California where the wine is good and, despite popular belief, is not always sunny. Harper plans to spend the rest of her days writing, raising her children and drinking good wine. Occasionally she’ll brush her hair and get dressed, but that’s optional.




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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Mary Preston says:

    I can’t think of any songs that I have had a very strong connection to.


  3. Thank you for hosting me!

  4. I love many songs but can’t think of a connection to any one song.


  5. Interesting thought. I can’t think of a song right now, but I know sometimes I hear a song, and it brings back a lot of memories.

  6. This sounds like a really great book. For a song that I’ve felt connected to, honestly, I haven’t. I like music and listen to it all the time, but no one has stuck out and made me feel a connection to or a certain memory.

  7. 🙁 I am a huge lover of music. Could be because my father is a pianist. There’s one for every mood. Thank you all for commenting. Hopefully, you’ll hear a song and go OH, THIS ONE! lol

  8. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield hit me right in the feels the first time– and every time since– I head it. It’s one of those songs that was written just for you, you know? Oh, I guess you do 🙂


  9. lol Chelsea, yes, I do. I think in part that’s why I love watching TV shows. Not every song is wonderful, but sometimes you hear one and you have to know the name.

  10. YEP…This goes way back to 1987. I broke up with a long-time love. He was my first, my high school sweetheart, we had gone our separate ways but then gotten back together. In 1987, we broke up for good and then I heard “Anything for You” by Gloria Estefan. I never had such a connection to a song–like she had written it for me. I listened to it over and over again and cried and cried. Not too long later, I met my husband to be…So that’s a good thing.
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  11. Can think of any songs

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  12. I have felt that way with tons of songs!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
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  13. Oh my, there are tons of songs that I felt an immediate connection to on a deeper level the first time I heard them, or at least the first time I really understood the lyrics. But there are a lot of songs that I’ve heard for the first time which I feel are the perfect way to summarize an emotion or some kind of mood that perhaps I necessarily don’t relate to at the time, but I can equate it to a feeling that everyone gets at some time or another.
    A few songs top of my head from Linkin Park, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls and Alanis Morrisette fit!

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