Hi, everyone. I’m T.A. Chase and I’d like to thank you for having me here. I write m/m romance for Pride Publishing among others. My newest release is Fall into my Kiss, the first book in a new series titled Merging Violently.
Now there’s nothing really violent about the book. It’s actually the name of the band my main character plays in. The series is about the guys in the band, but we also get to visit some familiar characters as the guys from my Home series make cameos.
I thought some of the secondary characters from the Home books needed their own happy endings, so I decided to give it to them. So the series is about musicians meeting guys who aren’t part of their world, and the situations they get into while trying to navigate the follies of love.
What is it about musicians that intrigue us? Is it their total dedication to their art? The melodies and words they sing? Or maybe it’s more their gypsy lifestyle, traveling from gig to gig and never stopping any place for long?
Any singer can seduce us with his voice and the emotion he puts into the words he sings. Of course having great lyrics helps as well. Music is a way for our souls to be touched and the emotions we feel to be put into words.
Some of my favorite songs might not be favorites if the men and women who sang them didn’t have the talent to put the right amount of feeling into the lyrics.
Johnny Cash is one of my all-time favorite singers. His voice and attitude brought so many songs to life. “A Boy Named Sue” and “I Walk the Line” are just two of hundreds he did. “Hurt”, which is a cover he did of a Nine Inch Nails song, was amazing. His gravely voice leant just the right amount of pain to the words.
George Strait’s “Baby Blue” will always be one of my top five favorite songs. A song about loving someone, even though you know they’re going to leave. How their smile and personality is so bright, you’d risk the heartache just to be with them.
I like songs that remind me of trips I’ve taken with friends. “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran will always remind me of the road trip Devon Rhodes and I took last year from her home to San Diego for GRL. “Odessa” by the Bee Gees reminds me of a lot of trips taken over the years because it was one of the songs in a traveling soundtrack my ex-husband played all the time. (which was fine with me because I happened to like their albums.)
Mercedes Lackey, who is an amazing author, has also written lyrics for songs to go with some of her books. Listening to them takes me back to those moments in her books and the characters I fell in love with. “The Trap” and “The Duke’s Eldest Daughter” are songs that tell stories and draw us into the worlds of the people in them. (If you wanted to look them up, Heather Alexander sings them)
And maybe that’s another reason why we’re fascinated with musicians. Because in the songs they sing, we can find a little piece of our soul in the words and melodies. There will always be something about music that touches us, taking us back to our childhood or to time spent with friends. Things we never want to forget because those moments made us who we are today.
I hope if you get a chance to read the Merging Violently series and meet the members of the band, you might find yourself listening to the radio. I hope you smile as the singers and songs remind you of an important moment in your life…or that very special person who touched your heart in some way.
Songs are very much like the books we read and that’s why I love both.
Thank you again for having me today.
Fall Into My Kiss, Book One of the Merging Violently series.
Will Hunter’s life ever be more than an endless tour of small gigs?
Hunter Lee is lead guitarist of the alternative rock band, Merging Violently. He and his four friends travel up and down the East Coast, playing small gigs. It’s not what he dreamed of when he founded the band, but it’s a way to make a living. Meeting Edward Monterrose might be the best shot he has at hitting the big time.
Edward Monterrose doesn’t have time for a relationship. He’s too busy with his horses and students. Yet he always makes time for a benefit to raise money for charities he supports. While recovering from an injury, he overhears Hunter playing in the park and asks him to play at the benefit.
The two men come from different worlds yet discover they have more in common than they thought. Yet will their relationship last when they’re apart for months on end?
There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates me and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how I share those insights. When not writing, I’m watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.