Sunday, April 11, 2021

For the Love of Music by Josie Riviera

 As an author who loves music and travel, I'm thrilled to be able to incorporate both in my sweet romance novels. It is a joy sharing my books with you, my readers, and I consider myself fortunate.

To develop my stories, I research the culture, people, weather, and yes, one of my favorites, even the food.  It's always a thrill to see the characters emerge with their own personalities, and small towns are one of my favorite settings.  The location can set the tone of a novel, and often the characters' belief systems and goals are influenced by their life experiences. In my inspirational "Cherish" series, Christian faith is paramount.

As a professional musician and music lover, I often include characters who enjoy music. Readers will often see music references, as well as pianists, an opera singer, harpist, harmonica player, and in my newest release, A Homecoming to Cherish, an up and coming guitarist!

Do you enjoy music references in the books you read? Please leave your comments below.

A Homecoming To Cherish, my newest inspirational contemporary romance, is on pre-order for only 99¢!  I hope you enjoy Nora and Julian's story, as well as Nora's teenage daughter, Samantha.

All relationships require a commitment, but is she ready to sacrifice her heart again?

Grab your copy today. Available in ebook, Paperback, Large Print Paperback, and Hardcover.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary, inspirational, and historical romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area, with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty-nester home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. One of my favourite author, can’t wait to read and review your last book ❤️

  2. I like to include references to songs in my books. I enjoy characters that love music.

  3. I love music references - particularly if it is something I know. One of my favorite music references in your books is when you mentioned Memory from CATS. Knowing the show and how the song fits into the musical enhanced the way you used it in A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze.

    1. Thank you, Mary. I actually wrote A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze in the middle of the pandemic, when Andrew Lloyd Webber offered his musicals to watch on television every week. This musical, in particular, inspired me.

    2. CATS is a good show. I've seen it enough times on stage to recognize that they make periodic revisions, but that keeps it fresh to those who see it more than once. I almost named one of my own cats for Grizabella.

    3. Mary, Yes, I enjoy updated versions of my favorite musicals. And, I didn't know you named one of your cats Grizabella. Fun!

  4. Looks like a great story and love the music aspect