If only science academy drop-out Kayla Klyne could align her life with her dreams. She's had nothing in life, and when she first sets her eyes on the secretive, mysterious architect Paul Munzar, in the midst of a backdrop of fog, she is lured by the sight of him. Though he seems to be thrust in a melancholy existence, looking as though he's just read an epitaph, this doesn't sway her against him, she keeps trying to connect with him. Kayla's life is full of anxiety, insomnia, loss, and sorrow. She wants to change that. Once the fog clears, will she like the man she sees?
As Paul strives to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, he is brimming with secrets in his own tumultuous life. He holds as a treasure a hauntingly beautiful 17th-century wind chime of which the bedroom tapes are made. In his chest of secrets is also a mysterious recluse that appears intermittently. If she means nothing to him, why doesn't he tell her to go away? Will he find out about Kayla's illness? If so, how will he take it that she has a life of anxiety? As far as Kayla is concerned, he doesn't have to know. This is the allure of The Bedroom Tapes: Repercussions, Book #1 (The Repercussions Series).
Paul is debauched by the bedroom tapes as his obsession with the tapes grows. The tubular bells become reeds of descension, and with the barometer dipping so deep, when the music stops, will there be a winner in this game of musical chairs? Will Paul overcome the debauchery of the bedroom tapes? Will the office tenants of Avalon only need to study the stirring winds for a big reveal about Avalon? Deranged former architect Jack Cavfontoli was raised by his lenient uncles, architects Ciro and Claronz Cavfontoli. Jack loathes Paul and schemes to gain everything that Paul has gained. His uncles admire Paul and his work. Jack knows of the wind chime and he'd love to get his greedy hands on the tapes. Does he have a thing for Paul's wife? How does an architect get demoted to landscaper? How does he threaten Paul and Kayla's love affair?
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. -- C. G. Jung
There is plenty of atmosphere in this story: The weather vane spins through a lot of lightning, thunderstorms, rain showers, fields many clusters of mysterious clouds, and, yes, there is sunshine. And the wit does bring smiles. But the strange atmosphere leaves everyone to wonder if the haunting rumors about the Avalon grounds are true. The visuals are abundant, the fictional story is lyrical, multi-layered, and entertaining; from steamy to stormy romance, and, yes, love. The story romances a musical theme, with jazz, rock and roll, etc. pulling out some major stops: tenor saxophonist John Klemmer, www.Johnklemmer.com on the horn setting many a scene, (think "Touch" and think "Barefoot Ballet" and think "Brazilia") easing some of the tension.
Though a compelling, dramatic debut novel, this romantic suspense story is about redeeming love and redemption. With the themed background of music-- from circle of fifths to sonatas to timbres to songs about whispers (and emotions) to instrumental jazz; from the power of mysterious orchids to secrets to revelations; from illusions and imagination to the gut-wrenching truths-- The Bedroom Tapes: Repercussions, Book #1 of The Repercussions Series [is] truly a book one will love to read, a book that will entice until the cliffhanger ending.
I wanted something classic, more so, than modern for my book series, so I thought about the chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (fondly known as Bogie and Bacall). Not only did they play strong character roles in movies, but they were also married, so it was interesting to see the 1940's dame starring alongside the tough guy in both roles as characters and in real life. As my thoughts evolved, I wanted something different for my book series. I didn't think that my story could live up to the fine roles the couple had played. Finally, I settled on the English heroine and the American architect, thus, Jane Eyre and Frank Lloyd Wright. The series gained a universal appeal and the idea stuck with me, it clicked, and the trilogy turned series was born. Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte, one of the three Bronte author sisters), and Frank L. Wright (Architect of New York City's Guggenheim Museum of Art) widened my scope. With Eyre and Wright, emotion and eccentricity were paramount. There was a wide range of fiction writing that I could do with the main characters having similar personalities. It would become highly interesting to say the least.
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Day at a Time, on The Bedroom Tapes: Repercussions, Book #1, The Repercussions Series.
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