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Melody Of The Heart
By Blake Allwood

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Melody Series, Book 1


Yeah, life sucks. I’ve lost everything: my inheritance, my career, my dignity – if I’m not careful I’ll even lose my father’s prized Steinway… Now I’m supposed to sacrifice my pride by trying to turn a backwoods mechanic from a honky-tonk piano player to a classical virtuoso in less than a year. An impossible task I’d been duped into by my orchestra conductor who also happens to be my ex.

I travelled to West Virginia and convinced the poor mechanic to let me take over his life for my challenge and quickly realized he had more to offer me than I did him. Now, I feel guilty about it all. Guilty or not, my only choice is to win the challenge, or face career suicide and financial ruin.

Will I be able to teach the sexy mechanic how to compete or is this just a fool’s errand?


My world turned upside down when the little piano man burst into my shop demanding that I learn classical piano; all because one of my students entered some contest she didn’t even want to win.

It’s not like I didn’t love playing the piano, but classical? No… not my thing. Give me good old dirty blues or honky-tonk but I’d rather pull my oil stained fingernails out one at a time than play his kind of music.

I was ready to say no, except he seemed desperate, and I’m very gullible whenever a cute man is in distress. I hadn’t anticipated how much he would change my world. Not only has he opened my eyes to his style of music, but my heart now soars with the melody of his music.

The real question is, how am I supposed to survive when he inevitably leaves our small town and me, for good?

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Exclusive excerpt from Melody Of The Heart

He stood and reached out to pull me up after him. He pulled slightly too hard, and I ended up chest to chest with him.

I was startled by the sudden contact, and could feel the heat coming off him. When I looked up, I saw longing in his eyes that I knew matched my own. Without thinking it through, I lifted up onto my toes and kissed him.

The kiss started out tentative, but quickly grew more intense as I all but clung to him. God, who knew the smell of oil and gasoline on a man was so delicious?

When he pulled back, I almost fell back onto the floor. I was that absorbed in his kiss.

“Sorry, no, I mean, I like you, but I can’t…”

Blushing, I nodded. “Yeah, sorry, I shouldn’t have.”

I tried for a reassuring smile, but inside I was mortified. I turned to go wash my face, and hopefully scrub away the feeling of rejection as well.

“Wait, Jonas, it’s not you. Really, this is all on me. I just got out of a horrible relationship.”

“Hey, no problem. I get it. I shouldn’t have kissed you. I think I’ll skip that drink, though, if you don’t mind,” I said as I rushed to the bathroom.

I ended up sitting on the closed toilet seat and having a good cry, not over Orli though. The kiss had been impulsive, and I knew better than to try mixing business with pleasure. I’d pushed when I shouldn’t have, and I’d need to clean that up later. No, the tears were over Rodrigo.

I hadn’t really let myself feel the loss of our relationship since he’d pulled that shit the night of my botched performance. Not that the asshole deserved my tears, but having Orli pull away, even if he had every right to do so, made me feel that sting and humiliation all over again.

“You suck at relationships,” I whispered to myself. God, if Orli was still in the living room, hopefully he hadn’t heard me sobbing. As if I needed a single thing more to be embarrassed about.

After I’d washed my face and cleaned myself up, I came out to find Orli had gone. Well, that was good, since I wasn’t ready to have that conversation yet. I sure as hell didn’t want him to see me looking like a fucking crybaby either, since I knew he’d think my tears were about him.

I locked up and slipped out the back door, glad Orli had gotten the lock replaced during the day, so I could now come and go without going through the office downstairs.

I avoided the café, eager not to run into Orli, or be seen by anyone if I could help it. Luckily, I made it back to the motel without being spotted.


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About the Author:

Blake Allwood was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Iowa. He met his husband, Shaun, in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once the United States legalized gay marriage.

In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

Typically, Blake can be found writing in the RV or by the fire with his laptop and their Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, curled up between his legs or demanding his attention. Denver, their Siberian Husky mix is often asleep at his feet or playing tug of war with Shaun.

Aiden Inspired (Apr 2019) is his first published novel, featuring two disparate characters from New York and Washington State who meet and develop an unlikely bond.

His second novel, Suzie Empowered (Feb 2020), is a follow-up novel featuring Aiden’s sister Suzie as she overcomes her fear of relationships with straight men due to a sexual assault in high school.

Blake returned to gay romance with his release of Bobby Transformed (Mar 2020) about an Iowa farm boy and a big city publisher.

These first three novels share characters and can be read as a series or each as a stand-alone novel.

Romantic Renovations (June 2020), is a stand-alone novel that features a popular home renovation star and a large property owner in Seattle, Washington. Blake veers from his contemporary romance themed novels and dips his toes in the crime mystery troupe for this one. He is currently working on two additional books to make this into a series.

His Chance series was released in the summer of 2020, consisting of three books: Love by Chance, Another Chance With Love, and Taking a Chance For Love

The Big Bend series, based in the area around Big Bend National Park in Texas will be released over three months beginning June 2021.

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