Sometimes a melody alone can inspire me. The song can be the happiest of songs and will lead me down a dark path. The reverse has happened as well. I was a couple of chapters in on my third draft and needed to add more songs to my play list. My friend was dying to know how the book ended. I tried telling her that it would look significantly different once I completed it, but it didn’t matter to her. She believed in this project, even while I still had my doubts. So something told me to look up her favorite song to see if it could inspire me.
Enly Saint Claire is fortunate. She attends an elite academy, is the heir to a billion-dollar fortune, and is betrothed to the future Lord Regent of the Great Plains. But what she desires most is her half-brother Jonah’s freedom. Jonah has been enslaved because of his mother’s mistakes. Enly plans to free Jonah when she becomes a lady regent. That plan backfires when her betrothed decides to marry someone else. Now Enly will do anything to free her half-brother, even if it means rejecting the love of her life.
“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder
My friend loves Stevie Wonder. I enjoyed singing his songs when they were performed on singing competition television programs. “I live for those shows!” But I hadn’t yet added any of his songs to my music library. I was moved to look up “I Just Called to Say I Love You” on YouTube. As soon as I listened to the song, I knew it had to be added to my music play list. So I purchased the song and played it on repeat. The melody of that song made an idea come to mind. I decided that Jonah, was not going to be sent to the mines. A boy that young would never survive that kind of ordeal. Enly’s luckless brother would become illegitimate. I outlined the guidelines for how someone would suffer that punishment., then determined that a Lord or Lady Regent of a region were the only people that could overturn someone’s illegitimate status. That prevented the King from tampering with the justice system. Remember how I mentioned that Enly would use others if it meant saving her brother? Well,, I decided that her father arranged a betrothal between Enly and the future Lord Regent, Brandon Wilks. Becoming Lady Regent is Enly’s only hope of saving her brother. She thinks nothing of the man that she will marry. Will Bandon Wilks accept the fact that he’s marrying a complete stranger?
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