Friday, January 15, 2016

Cindy Irish's The Song That Seduced Paris Blast & Giveaway
Opera is getting Sexy!
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The Song That Seduced Paris
by Cindy Irish

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Bel Homme Quartet - Book 1
Publication Date: January 9, 2015
Publisher: Enoch Publications, LLC

Format: Paperback and Digital

Paperback ISBN: 9781942627012

Digital ISBN: 9781942627005
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 340 pages
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 Opera gets sexy! American music mogul Teddy Wilson combines the beauty of opera with the marketability of pop and creates the pop-opera multinational singing group called “Bel Homme.” French for “Beautiful Man,” the four performers he chooses are much more than that.

Gabriel Grenier is already a huge celebrity in his native France, but even at the height of his career, he’s bored and lonely and still wants more, so he accepts Teddy’s offer, hoping it will become his redemption.

American music teacher Annie Morgan is brought into this venture by her Aunt Harriet, who’s Teddy’s executive assistant. Annie becomes Teddy’s special emissary in this new undertaking—but she’s not prepared for her instant attraction to the charismatic Gabriel. And he’s blindsided by the life-altering effect of Annie’s very first smile.

It doesn’t matter, anyway, because Teddy wants nothing personal mucking up this gig, and he forbids the two to get involved. Gabriel has never had to answer to anyone, and he’s not sure he wants to start now. Annie is still mourning her deceased husband’s memory, and she’s not sure of anything.

What happens when beautiful music meets predestined love? Seduction always wins.

Gabriel’s and Annie’s love story is the first book in this romantic, sexy Bel Homme Quartet. Don’t miss being there from the very beginning. Vive la France! 

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Question: As an Indie author, do you feel you are one of many blurring the lines between genres? You have some steamy scenes, but envelope them with romance, humor and the start of something "big" in your fictional music industry.

If a prominent New York house had published The Song That Seduced Paris, the graphic opening scene might have been cut completely.

True, it has confused readers.

They don’t expect it if they think the story is going to be romantic and light, so it shocks them. They salivate with anticipation if they think the rest of the pages are going to be filled with nothing but sex wrapped in a vague background story, and that’s their favorite kind of read—and those readers might be disappointed. And, God help me, if the letters B & J are barely in their alphabet, they usually curl their lip in disgust and quit right there.

So maybe the New York types have it right. Readers like their little cubbyholes, and they want to know before they read what they’re getting in to. Right?

I hope not.

Where is it law that romances can’t have it all? Why can’t there be graphic sex scenes, sweet family interactions, lots of humor, and bittersweet heartache all in the same book? That’s what life is like. It has it all. If the author handles it well, it won’t be overwhelming to the reader. It will flow seamlessly and mimic a reality that everyone can identify with.

Indie authors have the power and the freedom to explore beyond the barriers. Only time will tell if readers like being taken aback as long as they’re entertained and touched deeply.

With the rise in Indie authors, genres are now bleeding into each other. The lines between erotica and mainstream romance are blurring. My books are perfect examples of this. The opening scene in Book 1 paints it as erotic—or at the very least steamy, steamy romance. Yet, once you get into it, it’s more women’s fiction with love scenes that lean toward erotic.

I didn’t plan it that way. My character demanded it.

Like life, bio-rhythms in romance books are expanding to include it all. And life is moving faster, too. Changes in romantic writing will just naturally follow.

Readers will make the final decision on how far we’ll go.

Here is the inspiration for Cindy's Quartet!

Cindy Irish writes Contemporary, Paranormal, and Speculative romance fiction. She’s a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, as well as the Mid-Michigan and Greater Detroit RWA chapters.
Cindy lives in Michigan with her family.

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  1. I've never been so excited to give away 100 bucks! I LOVE my readers!

    1. LOL! It shows! Off to listen to the boys one more time....

    2. I don't blame you, Dii. I listen to Il Divo all the time, too! They have a new CD - Amor & Pasion (Love & Passion) - filled with Latin music. It's amazing!

  2. This book sounds really great ! Thank you for the chance !

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I hope if you get a chance to read it, you'll like it. ~ Cindy

  3. This book sounds really great ! Thank you for the chance !

  4. I enjoyed your Facebook page. I enjoyed the sayings and pictures, they were a real gift. I am looking forward to reading your books. I hope they are seemless, as you say, and not erotica throughout. Your Facebook page tells a different story and I believe I will experience something very special. Thank you for your extraordinary giveaway and letting me remember there are still special people out there.Melody