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If music be the food of love, play on.

I have to confess straight up that I’m not a fan of jazz, but I happened to catch a TV interview with singer-songwriter Melody Gardot and was intrigued by her story. An horrific accident put her in hospital for a year and left her with serious injuries, one of them making her hyper-sensitive to both light and sound. During her recovery she learned to play the guitar and began writing music. Her music has been described as ‘a blend of cocktail jazz and torch song’, and her singing is rich and soulful.

When I needed romantic music for a pivotal scene in my contemporary romance, WHEN HARRIET CAME HOME, I immediately thought of Melody Gardot. In my scene it’s night time and my hero and heroine, Adam and Harriet, are at a quiet lookout, dancing together under the stars. It’s a deeply emotional point, and the evocative mood of Gardot’s song ‘Our Love Is Easy’ was perfect for the scene.  (Listen to it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLSjZHshqj0)

Love is definitely not easy for Adam and Harriet, despite Gardot’s help. For years Adam has resented Harriet, while guilt has kept her away from her home town. So many obstacles stand between them, and even a moonlit slow dance is fraught with pitfalls.

I hope you enjoy my debut contemporary romance, WHEN HARRIET CAME HOME.

Thanks Fatin for having me as a guest today. I have one free copy of my ebook to give away, so please leave a comment with your email address!


WHEN HARRIET CAME HOME is now available at Amazon (http://amzn.to/nJHF1a), Carina Press (http://bit.ly/oNnkFR), Barnes&Noble (http://bit.ly/qeUViJ), and most ebook stores.


After ten years of exile, Harriet Brown is back in town. Things have definitely changed, but so has she. Now the confident owner of a catering business, she’s no longer the shy, overweight girl everyone—including her hot teenage crush—used to ignore. In fact, she’s determined to make peace with Adam Blackstone for her part in exposing his father’s secret affairs and corrupt behavior as mayor.

But Adam has changed as well. No longer a pampered, rich pinup boy, he just wants to reestablish his family’s good name. He reluctantly agrees to a truce with Harriet, and is surprised by how changed she is. He doesn’t want to be drawn to her, but he can’t seem to resist her allure.

As Harriet struggles to come to terms with her past, her adolescent infatuation with Adam morphs into something more serious… Will she ever be accepted again? Or will ancient history ruin the chance of a future full of possibilities?


I can be contacted at the following places:

website: www.coleenkwan.com

Twitter: @ColeenKwan

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5210210.Coleen_Kwan



A big thank you to Coleen for joining us today!

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