Night Lights anthology and “Suite for the Lady in Red”

51x0lQXSJ0L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Geminid Press released its Night Lights anthology on February 16, 2016. It contains my short story, “Suite for the Lady in Red,” which is quite a departure from my usual women’s fiction. An aging impotent spy falls in love with the woman he’s assigned to assassinate—with dramatic and unforeseen results.

The piece features classical guitar music, particularly “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” written in 1896 by Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega. Its title translates as “Memories of the Alhambra,” a Moorish castle in Granada, Spain. People frequently think it is a guitar duet as it showcases a challenging guitar technique known as tremolo, in which the first, second and third fingers pluck the same note so rapidly that there’s an illusion of a single long sustained note being played while the thumb plays a counter-melody on the bass between melodic attacks. The first part, written in a minor key, has a melancholy feel that tugs on one’s heart strings. Later “Recuerdos” resolves with an uplifting second section. My favorite version is by Andrés Segovia. 517DFs7wPdL._SY450_

The second piece that inspired this story is “The Road Goes on Forever” by Rita and the Rock’n’Rollers which is one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever heard. Unknown

Both these pieces of music can be purchased on iTunes for your enjoyment while you read “Suite for the Lady in Red.”

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