Music in the Serendipity Series
I’ve always been a music lover. There’s a magic that happens when I listen to a song with a driving beat and perfect lyrics. I bond with the singer and catch the song’s mood. As I write, a great song inspires me to make a scene come to life.
Music plays a vital role in my New Adult Serendipity series. In the first book, Chasing Luck, heroine Malerie is a podcaster with a show called Rock Universe. She co-hosts the show with an online friend, and they interview new bands. She and her friend, Collin, have their big break with a very popular band called Jelly Bean Queen.
Coincidentally, Jelly Bean Queen (JBQ) is Malerie’s favorite band in the world. Their music helps her to cope with her PTSD. She recites JBQ lyrics when she needs a focus and a calming mechanism.
As the stars align—as they sometimes do—it was lucky that Jelly Bean Queen met Malerie and Collin.
In creating Jelly Bean Queen, I knew I needed to give the reader a feel for their music through words. So, I inserted song lyrics from the band at the beginning of each chapter of Chasing Luck. These lyrics lend a mood to each chapter and were one of my favorite parts of writing the book.
In the second book of the series, Tempting Fate, Jelly Bean Queen is still present. This book features Collin. In addition to being a podcaster, Collin is the webmaster for Jelly Bean Queen’s fan site.
This isn’t a rock and roll series, but music plays a part in the lives of the characters. Malerie (Chasing Luck) and Collin (Tempting Fate) have a great love for Jelly Bean Queen. Do you have a band that influences your life?
Tempting Fate by Brinda Berry
(A Serendipity Novel #2)
Publication date: October 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
When two worlds collide, it can only be fate.
Collin knows trouble when he sees it. A beautiful girl crashing into his car? She should be flashing a neon DANGER sign. He knows better than to get involved with a fresh-faced babe who could break his already-tattered heart. After graduating from college, he's on track to start over in a new place. He's discovering what he wants from life, away from the shadow of his overbearing father and the betrayal of his cheating ex-fiancé.
Veronica's home life morphs from trailer park to homeless after a bloody fight between her brother and her ex. She's on the run from a situation that promises to be deadly. Without a home, money, or friends, she's at Collin's mercy.
Fate brought them together. Will a secret from her past tear them apart?
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(a Serendipity novel #1)
Publication Date April 30, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor...
At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.
A loner wearing emotional armor…
Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn't risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?
Brinda Berry Bio:
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.