uncharacteristically rash decision lands law school graduate Melody Grayson in
San Francisco’s dicey Tenderloin District, she comes face to face with a
dangerously tempting man who embodies every mistake she swore she would never
repeat. Passionate, sexy, and far more insightful than she’d care to admit, he
causes her to question everything she thought she knew about her future. Now
she’ll have to decide where the bigger risk lies: in the prudent path she has
been working tirelessly to pursue, or in the intriguing but uncertain one he’s
Irish-born musician Jamie Callahan is no stranger to chaos; he’s lived a
lifetime of it. But in the fall of 2004, when the music industry is on the
verge of massive upheaval, the life he aspires to could come at a heavier price
than he’s prepared to pay. And while Melody may be the ideal person to help him
navigate the gambles he must take, a relationship with her might be his biggest
EFFECTS is a standalone dual POV adult contemporary romance that captures the
gloriously unpredictable nature of life, in which the path from who you are, to
who you’re meant to become may not be a straight one. It may also have a few
bumps. Sexy, humor-filled, and relatable, Sound Effects is a story about living
passionately, staying true to yourself, and finding that one magic person who
makes the journey of self-discovery an adventure worth taking.
“Tell me your passion.”
My passion? Now, there was a question. One I did not have an answer for. In truth, nothing made me feel more vulnerable than that question.
He waited expectantly, not realizing that in the course of one conversation, he had unknowingly twice touched a tender spot. Of course, to someone like him, it would be unfathomable to live your life without a passion. He probably had many of them. But the fact was, I didn’t think I did.
I liked lots of things. As a child, I did all kinds of activities–gymnastics, piano, soccer, debate, track and field, and on and on. I was sort of a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. Reasonably good at lots of things, but missing that one thing that I lived for. It had always made me wonder if I had failed to apply myself on some level. Or maybe I was just truly average as a human being. Unlike Jamie, I couldn’t think of anything I was really driven by. Not like he was. Not like having something in my life that I lived for. Maybe save one thing…
“My family, I guess.”
I wondered how utterly ludicrous that must sound to him. He had unwittingly just met the most astoundingly vanilla person on the planet.
And it didn’t help me any that he didn’t make a sound for an unnervingly long stretch of time. He seemed to be studying something in me. I couldn’t put my finger on it. And then he surprised me by reaching up to touch my face, almost reverently. His fingertips were cold against my skin, and his touch was soft.
“Family is a noble passion,” he said. “Beautiful and noble.”
Greene is a self-professed obsessive multi-tasker who
writes really boring stuff by day and lets her inner romantic fly by night.
This California native is married to the most amazing man and has two beautiful
children, not old enough to read her books. (They probably wouldn’t want to
anyway on account of the “Ew, gross” factor.) She’s an avid reader of all
genres, with an embarrassingly large eBook collection and a weird penchant for
reading the acknowledgements pages of the books she buys. She’s also a music
lover with no apparent musical talent, a travel enthusiast, and a cheese
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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl