Book: A Familiar Love Song (The Hobby Run Book Series 1) by Arlene Jamescategories: Book, Inspirational Romance, Music Backdrop, Older Couple, Reunion Romance, Nervous Breakdown, Ozarks, Christian Romance
Arlene Jamesabout this book: The HOBBY RUN books are set against a backdrop of music, which is very prevalent here in the Ozarks where I live. Music as an avocation is quite common. Here people work at their day jobs in order to support their "music habit." It's a happy, constructive addiction. With that and the common faith of Christianity as a theme, I put together the HOBBY RUN band, a group of ten musicians of various styles and ages, who come together at a battle-of-the-bands contest under the management of one, Maggs Marko, a promoter who just happens to be the long lost love of the group's oldest member, Wyatt Ogilvie.
Separated twenty-five years, Maggs and Wyatt have a lot to overcome. The old attraction is still strong, perhaps stronger than ever now that the follies of youth are behind them, but Maggs has shocking secrets. Abandonment, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns, disappointment and faith are just some of the issues that must be addressed before Maggs and Wyatt can put the mistakes of the past behind them.
Each book in the series features a song written for that book and has the word "song" in the title, hence A FAMILIAR LOVE SONG as the title for the first book. (A HERO'S LOVE SONG and THE HEALER'S LOVE SONG will follow in August and November, respectively.) It is my intention to write about "real Christians" and "real-world Christianity" in an honest but entertaining way, so the books cover some issues that my work (90+ novels) have not in the past.
The covers are unconventional on purpose. I tire of covers portraying persons who may or may not look like the characters described by the author and envisioned by the reader(s). We decided to go for an iconic cover: barn red to represent the venue where HOBBY RUN performs, the musical instrument of the main character in the band, and silhouettes of the main characters. Hopefully, they'll stand out on bookshelves. Ultimately, however, I know that's it the stories and the writing that will make or break the series. I can only hope that readers will enjoy them as much as I have!
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