How many times can your heart be broken before you give up on love?
That is one of the questions addressed in my upcoming novel, Jaded- Book two of The Butterfly Memoirs. This novel follows Yasmine Phillips, a bi-racial woman who seems full of confidence, works hard, and is all about enjoying life. She’s not looking for love, but enjoys friend-with-benefits relationships.
When love finds a way into her current relationship, she realizes her childhood dreams of becoming a wife and mother are going to come true…until the truth about her fiance comes to light and the man she thought loved her turns out to be her worst nightmare.
She should be able to suck it up and move on…right?
This isn’t the first time a man has broken her heart. Yasmine is left questioning her self-worth and ability to trust a man ever again. With the happiness her friends are experiencing in their lives and relationships, she realizes fate has given her the roll of ‘the go-to-girl’ for her family and friends, aiding them to fulfill their endeavors in business and marriage.
What is she left with?
“A business plan and a dream.”-Yasmine Phillips
If you’ve followed my blog over the past two years you know music often finds it’s way into my stories. It can describe a characters feelings, their goals, or set the tone for a scene. One day while cleaning the kitchen I pulled out my iPod in search of inspiration for the ‘first kiss’ scene for Jaded. The question in my mind was: with her relationship history, what would be the setting, the motivation to take that step? To allow herself to be kissed, to feel, to be wanted again?
Then it hit me in the lyrics of this song: Love Calls by Kem.
It’s got a sexy jazz feel, and of course the smooth bass guitar line (and you know I love my bass players! Ahem…Brian Young). The song talks about a person giving up on love because of past experiences, but not being able to deny it when it comes your way. The song quickly went from inspiring the first kiss, to fueling one of the plot lines for not only Yasmine, but for her love interest as well.
If you haven’t heard the song, watch the video, sit back and get lost in these smooth lyrics!