My New Novel, The Sound of Love, Has A Soundtrack, by Author Kyle Shoop
In my several years of attending author signings and conventions, the most frequent kind of reader I’ve come across is one that will read anything … as long as it’s “good,” they often say. But what does that mean? I’ve received a wide array of answers when I ask what they mean by “good.” Some say characters, others say plot, while some list a specific genre. If only there was a universally agreed upon “goodness” that could result in a book be stamped with a “good” seal.
While I’ll leave it readers to decide if my books would receive that stamp, my new book, The Sound of Love, would definitely qualify for having something unique about it. My novel is accompanied with a free soundtrack – aptly titled The Soundtrack of Love. And in addition to writing the novel, I also wrote, performed, and recorded the soundtrack. Simply put, my novel has a soundtrack. Pretty unique I think, right?
This soundtrack came about like a light bulb illuminating in my mind. I never set out to specifically write a book with a soundtrack. Rather, fate manifested her intentions to make it this way. I began writing and recording music as a singer-songwriter about 15 years ago. It’s always been a hobby of mine since then and has resulted in me having a large catalog of songs which I’ve always kept private.
Flash forward 15 years and I’m in the middle of writing The Sound of Love. One of my main characters is a singer-songwriter. I realized I needed to write lyrics to help him say through song what he otherwise has a hard time saying. The lightbulb goes off. Use my own songs. It just made sense. What resulted was revisiting songs I’d written many years ago, re-recording some of them to have the lyrics fit the story better, and being blown away by how songs I’d written for me personally many years ago now unexpectedly fit a story so perfectly. Fate.
The soundtrack is free for readers – the links are in the books and it’s available on many platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. The musician/artist name is “Guy + Guitar” – it plays into the plot of the book. Again, the album name is The Soundtrack of Love. The audiobook actually has the songs put right into it as a chapter, so that the song is heard instead of me narrating the lyrics. Kind unique, right? At least, I think it is. And maybe, the uniqueness of my music, and the fate involved with it being brought into my storytelling, will help readers stamp The Sound of Love as “good.”
The Sound of Love
Senses of Love Book 1
by Kyle Shoop
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Words than can't be spoken can still be sung.
Sometimes the most beautiful relationships between two individuals blossom from moments of tragedy.
Charlotte and John grew up as young orphans in the secluded outskirts of a rural town. Each day, they’d sneak out to the nearby forest to escape the cold grasp of the orphanage’s tyrant-ruler, by creating an imaginary kingdom together. However, their worlds, and the safety that came from their friendship, were suddenly ripped apart when they got caught.
Years later, Charlotte conquered the marketing world in downtown Portland. Having gained normalcy in her life since her days in the orphanage, Charlotte never expected her world to be turned upside down by John abruptly being thrust back into her life.
However, the years since the orphanage had not at all been kind to John, leaving him unable to open up to Charlotte about the details. So, she reignites John’s love for playing music, finding that his songwriting is the only way to help him express what he otherwise has difficulty saying. But in doing so, the reunited couple discovers that John’s love for music may not have been the only fire waiting to be rekindled.
Would what began as two children playing in the woods in the heart of tragedy blossom into long-awaited, and much desired, love?
The Sight of Love
Senses of Love Book 2
Does love at first sight exist when love is blind?
Ethan was born to paint. His pursuit of beauty and meaning through art was the only thing his heart desired above all else. Until he met Rose.
It was love at first sight. A love which was as inspiring and captivating as the delicate life which radiated from a fresh rose. Her sight intoxicating. Her personality angelic. Her love instantaneous and unselfish.
But was that love enough to last a lifetime? Art often requires sacrifice. But Ethan’s life wasn’t just full of sacrifice for his passion, it would become marked with significant loss. An unforeseeable loss beyond his control and undercutting all which he sought in life.
Each moment of life is just a brush stroke in a larger painting. Would the love between Ethan and Rose be just the first brush stroke, or instead the reason to keep painting?
Experience the second book in the compelling “Senses of Love” series.
Kyle Shoop is a multi-genre author of compelling stories. His new "Senses of Love" series is a romance series that provides rewarding and inspirational stories.
Kyle is also the author of the Acea Bishop Trilogy, which is an action-packed fantasy series. All books in that series are now available, with Acea and the Animal Kingdom being the first book.
At a young age, Kyle was recognized for his storytelling by being awarded the first-place Gold Key award for fiction writing in Washington State. After spending several years volunteering in his wife's elementary classrooms, he was inspired to write the Acea Bishop Trilogy. He is now motivated to finish his the new romance series. In addition to writing novels, Kyle is also a practicing attorney.
Kyle and is wife and two children are currently living in Utah.
A digital copy of the music soundtrack written specifically for The Sound of Love - all written, performed and recorded by the author Kyle Shoop
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