SOUNDTRACK TO BAD APPLE
Since Neal Marchal joined a band that was already in existence, Lambert and Luton, initially she sang the kind of music they had been doing. As time progresses, Truly Lambert realized Neal offered the band greater range than they had before and the band morphs into something entirely different. By book 2, they have created their own sound, their own style. Because of Truly’s background in classical music, he is influenced by many eras, styles and perspectives from John Dowland madrigals to jazz.
I drew from several different sources besides traditional music for inspiration during the writing of Bad Apple, some and mentioned in the book and some aren’t. Among these songs on CDs and as individual tunes:
Thomas Berghan performing Canaris
Rabbit Songs (CD) by Hem
Enlightened Rogues (CD) by The Allman Brothers
Midnight Rider by The Allman Brothers
Now That I Found You by Alison Krauss and Union Station
So Long So Wrong (CD) by Alison Krauss and Union Station
Raising Sand (CD) by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
The Band (CD) by The Band
Over You by Betty Buckley
anything by Michal Towber
anything by Evanescense
anything by Buddy Holly
anything by Madeleine Peyroux
anything by Melody Gardot
Of course, Tru and Neal wrote their own material, too.
Genre: Mature YA
Word Count: 39,000
Cover Artist: Photo by Aleshyn Andrei. Cover design by Barbara Morgenroth
“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.
Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.
About the Author:
Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. By now, she thinks of herself as a country girl and knows more about gardening and animals than how to ride the subway.
Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, (and did the cover photography for her first two books published by Atheneum so continuing to do the covers to her ebooks is predictable), she was actually aiming at the small screen. Television seemed like the perfect place for her even if she had no clue how to get there. Life is funny and often presents opportunities. Advice--Grab Them! Through a neighbor, Barbara wound up getting an introduction to a lower honcho at ABC and an audition to write for them. Her hopes were more than dashed, they were disintegrated, evaporated, demolished when ABC couldn't find a place for Barbara on General Hospital. (No Luke and Laura in her future!) To ease the crushing disappointment, Barbara wrote “In Real Life I'm Just Kate” about a 17 year old girl who becomes a star on a soap opera. That became an open sesame moment and shortly thereafter Barbara became the last headwriter for NBC's daytime serial, The Doctors, where she was ordered by the network to kill Alec Baldwin, shooting him not once but twice. With two different guns. From different directions.
Ah, good times.
You can read the book that started Barbara’s television career as the Kindle YA ebook, “Just Kate”, now with a substantial tweak because living life made her smarter.
You can also read about some could-be-hers-could-be-rumors experiences gleaned during Barbara’s stint in daytime television in the Kindle romantic comedy, In Under My Head. Barbara is a recipient of a Writers Guild of America Best Writing Award for her work on One Life To Live.
Whether you're looking for a Mature YA or a romantic comedy, Barbara has a book for you!