August 28, 2020

The Inspiration Behind “Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse

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The Inspiration Behind “Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse”

By Naching T. Kassa

The inspiration for my story, “Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse,” began with a fairy tale. Or, I should say, it began with the end of a fairy tale.

You’ve probably seen the movie Tangled by now. It’s the story of Rapunzel told with a twist and, though fun, it bears little resemblance to the tale told by the Brothers Grimm.

Rapunzel’s story begins before her birth. Her father and mother live next door to a witch and the mother is pregnant with Rapunzel. She has a craving for the plant called rampion and believes she will die if she doesn’t eat it. The mother is wasting away and so her poor husband sneaks next door to steal from the witch’s garden.

The husband slips in and out of the garden without incident and brings his wife…

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August 24, 2020

Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Her Immortal Beloved

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Today, harpist Michele Roger explores the musical inspiration behind…

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August 24, 2020

Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley

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Today, harpist Michele Roger explores the musical inspiration behind…

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August 24, 2020

Inspiration for “Her Immortal Beloved”

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“Her Immortal Beloved”

By M. M. Genet

INSPIREDsmCoverWhen I originally got the idea for writing Her Immortal Beloved, I was already knee deep in writing the novel, Agent for the Orchestra: Rites of Spring.  After writing the first chapter where Yvonne, a secret agent disguised as Beethoven’s maid steals a famous piece of music he wrote for his lover, I knew there was more to the back story.  Yvonne, a cool headed agent nearly misses her portal back to The Orchestra because she feels so terrible about stealing a piece of music that means so much to Beethoven.  As I wrote the chapter, I also felt terrible.

Meant to Be…INSPIRED gave me a place to explore that back story.  It is historical fact that Beethoven did write a piece of music called, My Immortal Beloved.  We also have proof that he wrote a letter to…

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August 18, 2020

Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Contact High

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August 18, 2020

Meant to Be…Inspired Video Contest Announcement

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August 13, 2020

Meant to Be… INSPIRED Contest Announcement

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August 11, 2020

New reading from Emmy Z. Read Raul’s back-story!

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**Read Free Excerpt Below**

In this new fiction sampler, you can read Raul’s back-story. A prequel to the whole Sweet Dreams Series, Raul’s first feelings for Victoria are revealed in…

“Contact High” by Emmy Z. Madrigal / New Adult

Raul’s addiction is just another symptom of the hard life he’s been dealt but when Victoria sings, his troubles fade into the background. Can her music inspire him to get clean?


Other stories in the book include:

“Tempo of Temptation” by Lela Bay / Regency
Perhaps it is best that Mr. Leon doesn’t recall Petra’s mortifying declaration of love. Could their intense attraction during an impromptu midnight concert inspire her to risk her heart again?

“Her Immortal Beloved” by M.M. Genet / Historical

Beethoven’s plan is to write the ultimate love song that transcends all time for his beloved. Will the woman of his heart let his music inspire her?

“Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse” by Naching T. Kassa / Steamy

Heart-broken musician, Rick Prince, is inspired by the beautiful single-mother, Zella. He has no idea she holds a secret from his past which may tear them apart.

“Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley” by Kate Nox / Inspirational

Grayson Greer motivates his congregation through music, but after the death of his wife, the pastime is shrouded in pain. Can Rachel’s love inspire him to move on?


**Read Free Excerpt Below**

“Contact High”

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Raul waited for daybreak and then snuck out before anyone was awake. He lit up and walked toward school. He didn’t want to go, but figured he could go to Park Lake and sleep on a bench. The fog was thicker than usual that morning. He thrashed through it, crossing the track so he didn’t have to walk as far. The fog closed him in, making him feel like he was the only one on Earth. Cars honked far off, but after a while even those sounds were locked away in some far-off land of the living.

A voice startled him and he froze, thinking someone was talking to him.

It seems we stood and talked like this before…

Raul spun around, looking for who belonged to the voice. He couldn’t see anyone. Okay, sure, he’d taken a few puffs that morning, but not enough to cause hallucinations. He threw down the joint and smashed it out with the toe of his worn Doc Martens boot. What was in that shit?

We looked at each other the same way then…” the girl’s voice sang on.

Raul closed his eyes and tried to focus on which direction the voice came from. He ran ahead a little, following her tune.

But I can’t remember where or when.

A shape formed in front of him, unmistakably Victoria’s. She bounced a little when she walked, her blonde wavy hair swinging behind her, releasing the scent of strawberry shampoo his way.

Her voice captivated him. It curled around him like the fog and touched him in a way he couldn’t describe. He walked along behind her. Not too close to be creepy, but close enough to hear her finish her song. A strange feeling filled him—an overwhelming wish to know her better. But what was he thinking? He stopped in his tracks, allowing her to disappear in front of him into the fog. What good would it be for him to know her better? He could never possess her song. He wasn’t the romantic type who sat around reading poetry and asking girls to sing to him. Fuck that.

Yet, with every fiber in his being, he wanted to speak to her.

Maybe talking to her would dispel the magic? Maybe talking to her, he’d find she was just as worthless as the other girls he fooled around with. Maybe, if he fooled around with her, the spell would be broken.

“Vic,” he called, running after her.

“Hello?” she called back, into the fog.

Once her form became clear in the fog again, he second-guessed his motive. She stood, gripping her backpack strap with one hand, looking so innocent, her eyes questioning if it was safe. She wasn’t his prey. She never would be. He went after the fast girls, the girls who didn’t challenge him, the ones who just wanted to be with him to say they had conquered Raul LaMond, when in reality he had conquered them.

“Raul?” She blinked innocently, her cheeks rosy from the fog or walk, whichever.

“Yeah.” He shrugged. Now what?

“Um, hi.” She smiled and his heart beat fast. Why? Who was she? Just some little innocent brat who sang. So what? But something in him urged him to talk to her.

“Hey.”

“You’re up early.”

“Yeah.”

“You got an A1 class?”

“Nah, just…” Change the subject, chump. “You got A1?”

“Yeah. Choir.”

He nodded and stepped in line beside her, heading to the choir room.

She walked next to him, smelling of cherry chap stick and making him want to taste it. What was he thinking? Kiss Victoria Knox? Really? Victoria was vanilla and pure and, well, Victoria. Raul was a mix of trailer trash and vato. His mother had given him up. He still didn’t know why. Besides, Victoria didn’t exude sex appeal, not to him anyway. Although, she did have a nice body. A cute, short one, with a nice rear that stuck out just enough and breasts that peeked out of shirts slightly, enticingly, not like the girls he fooled around with who showed off the whole enchilada.

“We’re here.” She smiled, nervously biting her bottom lip. See? Even she doesn’t understand why you’re here. Get out.

“Yeah, well, see ya.” He turned to go and she gave a little wave, hopping up the steps to the choir portable.

“Bye.”

Something in him didn’t want to see her go in that door. If she went in that door, he’d never have the guts later to—

“Vic?”

She turned, her blonde hair swinging around and her green eyes sparkling with friendly cheer.

“Yeah?”

“Uh, lunch. Wanna eat by the park?”

“Um…” she considered, obviously wondering why he was asking her to the park alone, without Greg, or their regular lunch crew.

“I need to talk, but if you’ve got plans…” he said.

“No, it’s alright. I could come. Meet you by the lockers?”

“Yeah.” He turned and walked away before she changed her mind and before he messed it up.

Once around the corner from her class, he paused, leaning against the wall, taking a deep breath. What the Hell was he thinking? He hated feeling like someone held his heart in their hands. It wasn’t safe to trust. It wasn’t safe to care. Everyone he’d ever cared about had left him. His anger grew and he turned, slamming his fist into a locker. It made a loud bang in the quiet quad.

“Hey! Who’s over there? What are you doing?” a teacher called.

Raul turned heel and ran. It was foggy, so there was no way he’d been seen. He’d be gone before he could be ID’d. He swung around the end of the school, off school grounds and across the street.

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August 10, 2020

The Inspiration for… Contact High

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Raul is one of the more interesting characters I’ve written in the Sweet Dreams Series. Although he is filled with faults, he seems to be the underdog that everyone either loves or loves to hate. During the series, he pines for Victoria at every turn. He chastises himself for not telling her he loves her before she met Rob.

In this prequel short story “Contact High” you get to experience the first time he realizes he loves her and how her infectious upbeat spirit and her singing gift pull him out of a life that is spiraling downwards at the speed of light.

I’ve always loved tragic characters that have faults and try to redeem themselves. Like Carton in The Tale of Two Cities, Raul loves Victoria so much, that he may just make the ultimate sacrifice and let her go so that she can be happy. See…

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August 8, 2020

Facebook Party with Emmy Z.! TODAY!

Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED
cordially invite you to attend a special musical and romantic event.
Please, join us TODAY!! at 2:00 PM PDT for fun, romance, and prizes.

WHO: Meant to Be Press and the authors of Meant to Be…INSPIRED.

WHAT & WHERE: Meant to Be…Inspired Facebook Party
WHEN: August 8th 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Prepare to be…INSPIRED!