Monday, August 27, 2018

Becoming Magic by Michelle Garren Flye


Ten Songs on My Writing Playlist
By Michelle Garren Flye

My current favorite writing songs vary from one book to another. At the moment, I am enjoying what my daughter and I have begun calling “The Summer of Enrique” because I’ve been listening to Enrique Iglesias almost exclusively—writing, cooking, cleaning, whatever.

With that said, I can easily pick out ten songs that are almost always on my writing playlist. And they are, in no real particular order:

1.    “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie. David Bowie has been one of my favorites since “Labyrinth”, and this song is, in my opinion, his most romantic. When he croon-growls about “serious moonlight”, my knees go weak. I really miss him. 
2.    “Fool for You Anyway” by Foreigner. I mean, I do write romance, and this song you can just imagine slow dancing to on a seriously moonlit boardwalk. 
3.    “Love Remains the Same” by Gavin Rossdale. I used to sing this to my kids as a lullaby. I’m not kidding. I’m not saying I sang it well, but “I never thought that I had any more to give” just suits the way I felt when I became a mother. 
4.    “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight” by the Cutting Crew. You know you loved this one. At least, if you grew up in the eighties, you did. Maybe you won’t admit it, but if it comes on the radio, you’re jamming. 
5.    And speaking of the eighties, “Take on Me” by A-Ha. This one has enjoyed a bit of resurgence in popularity for some reason. My kids sing it along with me. 
6.    “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. Yeah, I know Garfunkel did a version, too, but when I first heard Disturbed’s version I thought, “Now that’s the way that song has always wanted to be sung.” 
7.    “Hollow” by Tori Kelly. This song just has a longing to it that fits thematically with every romance ever written—the road to true love is never easy, right? 
8.    “Smoke” by A Thousand Horses. Yeah, I mix some country in, too, and this song is just plain sexy. 
9.    “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling. This has been a favorite of mine for a while and a definite staple for my writing playlist. It feels like a song you’d sing in a musical: “Runaway with my heart, runaway with my hopes, runaway with my love.” 
10. “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues. When I want to dream, I play The Moody Blues, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

Of course, my playlist is much longer than this and many of the songs do change. In fact, you might not always find these songs on my current playlist. But I find these are the ones that sneak back on most often. I’m sure there’ll be some Enrique joining them after this summer.  Bailamos!


Becoming Magic
by Michelle Garren Flye

GENRE:   contemporary romance


Carole Barnes once believed she would make her own way in Hollywood, but those days are long gone, leaving behind only a dark, slimy secret that Carole has never shared with anyone. Now she hides in the bright sunshine of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. As far away as she can get from Hollywood. But what to do when Hollywood comes knocking in the form of a sexy movie star?

Connor Wallace has everything going for him—looks, talent, a successful career—but what he really wants is to perform magic on stage. His love of magic leads him back to his mentor Walt Bryson. At first, he’s pleased when Walt suggests his assistant Carole produce a documentary of his transformation from movie star to magician. He’s worked with Carole before—but the ambitious girl who had a crush on him is gone now, leaving a beautiful, withdrawn woman.

It’s the perfect arrangement. Carole knows she can make a success of the movie and Connor wants to work with her. But as they grow closer, Connor determines to find out her secret. Can love overcome the boundaries of fear? Or will Carole’s past return to plague them both?


She reached for a handful of popcorn and her hand brushed his. When she turned her head and met the gaze of the same pair of clear blue eyes as those on the screen, her heart skipped a beat and she froze. For an eternity of a half second, neither of them moved, then he slowly turned his hand over and folded his fingers over hers. “Is this okay?”

“Yes.” She breathed the single word, then added, “And no.”

“No?” He raised his eyebrows.

“I really want some popcorn.”

“And I still really want to kiss you.” His eyes flickered down to her lips. Then he sighed and released her hand. “I guess one of us should get what they want, huh?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning romance author of eleven novels and counting. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and, among others. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina.



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