• Claerie Kavanaugh

Sneak Peak Saturday: Part 1!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Sneak Peak Saturday! As of today, May 18, 2019, we are officially two months away from the release of my debut queer romance novel, Duet Rubato! To celebrate, for the next eight weeks, every Saturday, I'll post a behind the scenes tidbit: a piece of artwork, some trivia, a favorite quote, something about the process for writing this book, and everything in between!

In case you're new here and don't know what Duet Rubato is all about, here's a quick blurb:

Ten years after a near-fatal accident almost ended her musical theater career, Catie Klarken is still struggling to keep a roof over her daughter’s head. Landing the lead in a musical is the break she needs to get her life back on track. Everything hinges on this production.

But being in the show comes with its own set of problems. The assistant director is none other than her ex-girlfriend, Addie. Catie can't afford to walk away, but working with her old flame threatens to break down the walls she's built around her heart.

The show must go on, but only Catie can decide if their relationship deserves an encore after the final bow

As with any good story, romance is all about connecting to the characters, and since Duet Rubato takes place in a theater, I thought it would only be fitting to start by introducing you to the main cast! A few months ago, I decided I wanted character art commissioned for this book, much like Kim Chance did for her book, Keeper.

For this set of drawings, I actually hired two artists. Ricky, from Fiverr, who also did my logo, and Starr, from Twitter, who made a special, limited edition piece of heart which will go on swag given out to my street team. Click the link to join!

And now, without further ado, I'd like you all to meet: CATIE!

CATHERINE "CATIE" KLARKEN (Main Character) Catie Klarken, a young mother from "Nowhereville," Ohio makes her triumphant return to the stage in a local production at the Bright Light Theater of Boston ten years after a near-fatal accident nearly cost her her career. Theater has always been her passion, but ever since than, the thought of risking her life to perform again seems impossible. With rent to pay, a daughter to raise, a reputation to earn back, and demanding in-laws to pacify, everything hinges on this production. Even, perhaps, her heart. Because the assistant director? Her ex-girlfriend, and, once upon a time, the love of her life.

Bonus Trivia: The Origin of the Title

Lots of people have asked me how I came up with the title. Because my book has a theatrical backdrop, I really wanted to make sure that was a parent in every aspect of the novel. A duet is a performance for two people, and a rubato is "the temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening, usually without altering the overall pace." Both Caitie and her love interest Addie, who I will introduce next week, are caught between the "tempo" of the way their lives are supposed to be, and the urge to disregard everyone's opinions of them in favor of following their heart, much like you do when performing rubato.

Question of the Week: Have you ever gone against the grain for something you wanted? Drop your story in the comments!

Until next time, keep making magic, word weavers!


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