“Are you ready for this
one?” Nick pulled her close for another kiss. He whispered, “We’re
gonna do ‘Love Not War’ tonight.”
She grinned. “Really?”
“Right on baby.” He leaned
over the table. “Hey guys, we’re doing this, right?”
“Yeah man,” Franklin
“I’m diggin’ it,” Josh
“Yeah, I’m amped,” Kevin
The band headed back to
the stage, all but Cosmo who had sauntered off somewhere with a group of friends.
As they strummed and tuned, Nick turned on the microphone and said, “Hey Cosmo
Pratt, come to the stage.” His voice boomed through the speaker.
A few minutes later Cosmo
jumped onto the stage and took his place behind the drums. Nick adjusted his guitar
strap and turned away from the audience. Cosmo raised his sticks high in the
air twirling them between his fingers.
Nick spun around and into
the mic he said, “Are you ready? Are you ready!We are Back Bay Fate and we are here to give you…
Love. Not. War!”
Cosmo struck his sticks
together. “One… Two… Three… Four…”
Nick strummed a forceful
chord on his guitar and the crowd cheered. The band joined in and the music
rose in a hard driving rock beat.
“Listen people to what I say”
we fight and make war this day”
“Why do we hate when Love is a better
“Love is the only way”
angled over his keyboard toward his mic and sang.
“Love is a better way… Love is the only way.”
the other side of the stage Kevin echoed into his mic.
“Love is a better way… Love is the only way.”
“Listen people hear what I say,” Nick
raised his hand and flashed the peace sign.
“Why do we kill when Peace is a better way”
“Why do we fight when Love is the only way.”
“Why don’t we make… Love not War!”
“Why can’t we make… Love not
joined Kevin on the side of the stage and they fell into chasing licks back and
forth on their guitars. The audience broke out in applause.
all the guys sang together.
“Peace not War make Love it’s a better way.”
“Peace not War make Love it’s the
sprinted to center stage and sang.
“Why don’t we make… Love not War!”
flung his guitar behind his back and grabbed the mic from the stand.
“Why can’t we make… Love not
raised an arm over his head flashing the peace sign again. “Sing it with me
crowd joined Nick, arms extended, peace signs up swaying with the music as they
“Why can’t we make… Love not War!”
darted to the other end of the stage.
“Why don’t we make…”
pushed the mic toward the crowd.
“Love not War!”
back across the stage, he sang.
“Why won’t we make…”
“Love not War!” The crowd chanted with
“Peace not War make Love it’s a better way.”
“Peace not War make Love
it’s the only way…”
stood atop a chair watching as Nick captured the audience. The Brownie dangled by
its strap at her side.
came up to her. “Hey Krista, this is outta sight! Nick’s got this place really
fired up. Let me get some more shots for ya.”
do it,” she said. Will slipped the camera from her wrist and disappeared into
seen Nick on stage a lot, and this was one the of best performances Back Bay
Fate had ever done.
But she wasn’t expecting what happened at the end
of their last song…
It always starts with a visual, and then expands into a movie inside my head…
Every author is different in their approach to creating a story. Yet we all have similar aspects to our process, such as finding our characters, settings, and other things. I was thinking about this as I work on creating the third book in the Soul-Love series, AGAIN HOPE.
As this series unfolds the stories become more intense. Main character Nick Zelmenis gets deeper into learning who he is, and what he intends to do with his discovery. This particular story is more focused on Nick, because his character warrants a deeper look.
In sharing my creative process, I will say this, depending on the story or genre I am writing at the time this process may differ. But for me it always starts with a visual, and then expands into a movie inside my head. I see the characters as their lives unfold and watch as things happen to them.
I get inside their life, experience, and emotions, in a slow-motion view as I watch the story develop. This goes on for a while before I even put pen to paper or fingers on keys. And continues throughout as I write it. Although I may jot down several ideas or a few scenes along the way in One Note, or in a paper notebook.
But no matter what I am seeing in that creative movie, at some point I need to do the research. I admit this can also develop more as I do the actual writing. In the case of this series, there was the 1960s-time period to research, and the music/preforming arts of the era as well. Along with things dealing with psychic abilities and even quantum physics. Yeah. Because these are all important aspects.
Writing time period is a task in and of itself. But truly, these characters just won’t let go until I tell their stories. When I first started seeing this series, I had a longer length novel in mind, and the overall story lends well to that. But I wanted to pull slices of the life of characters Nick and Krista outward. So, I found them at Halloween and Christmas to see what they were doing.
Thus, ALL HALLOWS EVER and ALMOST HOME were born. The third story is not connected to a holiday but takes place in late spring, as Nick realizes there is something wrong with Krista. At the same time, he must deal with the waning of his reluctantly held psychic abilities, and why.
As I move forward with AGAIN HOPE, I am discovering more about characters, Nick and Krista and the undying love they share. Book four of the Soul-Love series is already on the horizon, but that’s an idea for another day.
Suffice it to say these stories will continue. AGAIN HOPE will release in late spring. Watch for it!
sweet and highly sensual Soul-Love Series is about a couple who is destined to
be together. AGAIN HOPE, the third book, due to release in the spring, features lovers Nick and Krista from All Hallows Ever and Almost Home. If you’d like to get a
feel for my Soul-Love Series, these books are now available on AmazonKindle for $.99 each. The vintage stories are set in
mid-1960s Boston amid the backdrop of the music and performing arts industry of
that era. However, the main theme in all the Soul-Love books is the undying love
Nick and Krista share and the insurmountable odds they face to be together.
There are twists and surprises as Nick continues to uncover his psychic
abilities, who he is, and what he can do.
If you are lucky enough to stop by my blog you will get to glimpse the LOVERS TRYST book cover before it is revealed This story is featured in the Lovestruck Athology which will release on February 14. Watch for it!
Christmas morning, 1966 Boston. The day after the
horrendous snowstorm that hit the northeast with unrelenting force. It had left
Nick with a hard decision to make about using his psi powers if he wanted to
get back to Krista for Christmas Eve.
Now home, Nick stood by the window in their flat looking
out at the deep snow drifts covering everything. Lost in thought he wondered how
his world would change in the coming new year, possibly in ways he did not want…
“So, what should we do for New Year’s Eve?” Krista, nestled
under the covers, interrupted his reverie. She rolled over and leaned her head
on her hand as she watched him.
He stared at the love of his life and smiled. Sauntering
toward the bed, he sat down beside her. “What do ya have in mind, baby?”
“Hmm, let’s see—after digging our way out of here, with
and only candles for light,” she reached across the bed and grabbed
his arm, “I don’t know, thought we might just stay in bed ‘til after the first.”
She giggled. “How’s that sound?”
“I was thinkin’ the same thing.” He scooted close to her and
traced a finger across her face.
“Nick?” She questioned. “Are you okay? You seem
He inhaled and tossed his head back. “Just tired I guess.”
“Nick?” She scrunched her eyebrows.
“Come here, baby. Let me hold you close…”
She smiled at that, and snuggled her body against his. “The
new song you sang to me last night…”
“For you,” he added. “And I meant every word. You got that?”
Nick was good at skirting issues and shielding her from truths.
He didn’t want to fill her with trepidation over what the hell he’d had to do
to get home to her…
ALMOST HOME is out now on Amazon Kindle!! Are you ready? It’s cool, it’s sensual, it’s psychic 1960s retro reminisce! Spend some time with Nick and Krista in their ALMOST HOME adventure this Christmas! And at the same time, you will be helping a wonderful cause. All the proceeds from the sale of ALMOST HOME this season, will go to THE LIFEHOUSE, www.thelifehousewv.com. It is a needed organization and a place that helps people find their way back from the insidious substance abuse addictions that plague and overtake their lives. So, this season enjoy reading my Christmas tale featuring Nick and Krista and know that you will be contributing to this special cause. The latest edition of ALMOST HOME features some very cool song lyrics by a musician, and other added scenes, are now available from Amazon Kindle as an e-book! Look for links here and on my Amazon author page https://www.amazon.com/Kaye-Manro/e/B003ZKVKM4/ for this newest version release!
The soul-love continues to grow and deepen between rock musician Nick Zelmenis and ballet dancer Krista McBaine. But now they are faced with other difficult obstacles to overcome. Nick is busy repairing his motorcycle after the horrendous winter storms. And he is dealing with a recording contract which contains a controversial twist. As his psychic abilities become stronger, Nick discovers more about himself and his real identity. Krista is in rehearsal preparing for one of the biggest dance events of the year. Although she can’t see it or feel it yet, something is wrong. Nick senses things are not quite right with her even though Krista insists she is fine. He connects with his innate psychic abilities to find out. This time it isn’t enough. She becomes seriously ill and modern medicine fails to cure her. He must delve far into his expanded supernatural gift to find an answer. But can Nick discover how to save Krista in time?
SUPER MOON PERIGEE Focus on Nick Zelmenis from ALMOST HOME
Nick parked the YD3 under the Mystic River bridge and leaned against the bike’s seat. He stared at the huge moon rising over the city, wishing he was sharing this sight with his Krista. Breathing in he let his mind drift to thoughts of her. He missed her, wanted her more than ever. But life had a way of keeping them apart. Dreams, that’s all he had of her now. He reached under his seat and pulled out a brew popping the top. His eyes traveled upward to the full moon again, huge and bright over the Boston Skyline, causing a reflecting glow across the river. He took a swig. “Krista,” he whispered. “Here’s to you baby…”
Captain Lorcan’s futile search to find his
planet’s lost colonists changes when he discovers a beautiful Sedorian female on
an obscure world. Even from light years away he longs for the seductive Adria
before he meets her.
On a snowy winter night Adria
is drawn deep into the forest by a faint blue light. She runs headlong
into a strange sensual man named Lorcan. He convinces her to accompany him on his
spacecraft for an unbelievable journey to another planet.
Passion ignites between them hotter than a
fiery sun. But his mission is to take her to Sedora. Yet Adria wants to go back
to the world from which she came. Is their love strong enough to defy the odds
or will they lose each other beyond the stars?
From the beginning, I could feel the
love between Nick Zelmenis and Krista McBaine. I was drawn into their unique
world in 1966 Boston as the story unfolded. Nick is a musician with uncanny
psychic abilities and Krista is a classical dancer studying at a Conservatory.
His rock band is playing at a Halloween themed gig and he convinces Krista and
her friend to costume up and dance while the band performs on stage. It is
refreshing to see the interaction between the two of them and how the events
that unfold reveal the depth of their love. Nick and Krista share the ‘ultimate
wireless connection.' They have a unique telepathic bond, no cell phones or
text messages needed. The secondary characters lend to the authenticity and
help round out the story well.
In the 1960’s you were lucky if you
had a TV in your home and payphones were the norm. Walkie-Talkies were around
but even the best ones only had a range of a few miles. This is evident in the
story when Nick tries to contact a bandmate using a walkie-talkie during a
This short love story engaged me, I
enjoyed it and I recommend it. But I would like to see this Soul-Love idea
expanded and these characters explored further by the author.
So what was the BOSTON SOUND and how did it effect my Soul-Love stories which are set in the mid 1960s?
main character Nick Zelmemis and his rock band from the books ALL
HALLOWS EVER and ALMOST HOME are part of the BOSTON SOUND. This particular rock music scene was a real movement popular in the mid to late 1960’s. Promoters
sought out area bands with a specific style and progressive sound. They looked
for original songs, strong vocals, a high level of synthesized keyboards,
powerful guitar work and a driving beat.
bands were signed often by record companies. Some made it nationally, many
didn't. Still the Boston sixties rock music surge paved the way for later bands
from the area such as Aerosmith, Boston (the band), and others who came along
in the seventies.
an excerpt from a interview at the end of ALL HALLOWS EVER, I asked Nick Zelmenis, who was so much a part of that sixties rock scene, if he thought his band
fit what the promoters want. His band recently came from the barely scraping by bar circuit when they were discovered. This is what Nick said: “...Well yeah. But I think the biggest
thing that impressed the BOSTON SOUND guys was the undertone of Franklin’s synthesizer and maybe some of the songs I write and sing. But I know for sure it was the far out way our
band just jells, ya know.” Read about Soul-Love characters, Nick and Krista, and their life during the 1960s. AGAIN HOPE releases in early 2018, which will also features Nick and Krista. Find their stories in the following two books on Amazon Kindle out now!
All HALLOWS EVER has released now and last ditch edits done, this girl can relax. Kick back after all those long late night edits and rewrites. Or can she? Promoting is a thing unto itself. And not something I enjoy like I once did. It could be because I feel kind of lost and overwhelmed out there in promo land these days. It's different than it use to be. And I'm different. So off I will go to see how things work. I believe as I always have that it isn't about just promoting a new book, but promoting yourself as an author. And with the explosion of Indie authors, it can be down right daunting just looking to see what's out there, who does this promo thing the best, and how to do it. Lots to think about and do if I want to keep on writing! "And I do yes I do, don't you know that I want to..." (hmm, where'd that line come from? Yeah.)
My Halloween love story will be releasing in a few days! Here is a short little view inside.
Focus on character Nick Zelmenis the reluctant psychic.
A young musician with an astounding ability he doesn’t truly want. He sees things he doesn’t want to see, knows things he tries not to know. An undeveloped potential he doesn’t really need, or so he believes.
Excerpt from AHE:
Nick lay with his body wrapped around Krista as she slept in his arms. He snuggled his face into her long amber hair and breathed in her heady scent. She smelled of tea and soap. He pushed his thoughts across her mind. "I love you dancer girl and all I want to do is live right now right here with you. Forget futurizing. Forget seeing visions I don’t want to see. I just wanna watch you dance… Write and play my songs… Spend time with our friends." He chuckled a little. "And get paid for music gigs even if it isn’t much..."