Guest Author: Judy Ann Davis and A Musical Christmas Series

For most of my life, this time of year has always been full of music. I participated in my school’s band and orchestra and sang in the choir, as well as the choir and handbell group at church. I directed countless Christmas programs as a music instructor and as a church choir director. And now, I’m back to performing as an oboist. So when Judy Ann Davis, a member of one of my author support groups, announced her Musical Christmas Series, I knew I had to read them, and I asked her to visit us to share her inspiration for the three novellas in the holiday series. Here she is!

Judy Ann Davis HeadshotHello to all from the mountains of Central Pennsylvania where this time of year, we look forward to the chance of snow to make the holidays white and bright. I’m a big fan of the Christmas season with its colorful sparkling lights, mouthwatering holiday foods, the colors of red and green, and holiday stories with a happily-ever-after (HEA). But most of all I enjoy the music—the carols, hymns, and the old and new songs of the season. My enthusiasm for the music was the spark that launched my idea for a “Musical Christmas Series.” The series consists of three novellas with three female characters who play different instruments and find their true love at last.

My first two novellas have been released this year: JUNE ~ The Pianist was released in October, followed by ADELENE ~ The Violinist, released in November. How did I choose the instruments? To be honest, I briefly played the piano, like my main character, June, but I also played the violin for nine years so I can relate very well to Adelene. Although both books are available, I’m featuring JUNE ~ The Pianist today. And what will be the third novella? Well, the main character is LUCY, but it’s a secret what she plays until next fall.

Do you—or did you—play a musical instrument? Give a shout out in the comment section below. Or tell me what your favorite holiday song might be.

51ec4ks-z7lBlurb for June – The Pianist
When concert pianist June Westberry inherits her late grandfather’s music shop, she returns to her small hometown in New York to renovate and run it. But she never expects to clash with the town’s ornery old music teacher, Nettie Jones who demands she find a lost, fifty-year-old holiday musical score.

Single parent and contractor, Leo Ciaffonni, enjoys restoring old buildings, and the A# Music Shop with its pretty new owner is no exception. When he’s injured, June finds herself caring for Leo and helping his little daughter bake cookies for her class.

As the holidays close in and the shop’s renovations continue, the problems June tries hard to solve only seem to become more chaotic. A# Sharp Music Shop is broken into. A harvest recital for her new students requires multifaceted planning. And the perpetrator and the lost musical score have not been found.

Will she be able to find peace and order in her new life this Christmas—and the love she’s always dreamed of?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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13 Responses to Guest Author: Judy Ann Davis and A Musical Christmas Series

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    My guess for Lucy’s instrument is something in the brass family — probably a French Horn.
    You’ve already got keyboard and strings. So unless she’s gonna be woodwind or percussion, it’ll have to be brass.
    Tell me if I’m correct.
    I like the premise of this series.
    I never mastered a musical instrument after my brief career in first grade dealing with wooden blocks that had sandpaper on one side.
    I briefly flirted with guitar in the early 60s, but the only teacher (that we knew about) in town was using a book with (what I considered) stupid “baby” songs… whereas I wanted to learn how to play rock-n-roll. I lost interest, didn’t practice, and it’s one of the big regrets of my life that I didn’t hook into the teacher that others of my friends had located.

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  2. I love the idea of musical HEAs, Judy Ann! I was never very inclined to play myself,(I never had the chance), but my rhythm is quite good and I believe that I could have been a percussionist. ( Love music;I took a minor award in a prestigious contest for lyrics). I had my sons take piano, and one went on to guitar. My granddaughters started out in strings, but changed to woodwinds and brass. My grandson, however, has been playing the violin since third grade and he is a junior now. I wish you all the best.

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    • Thank you for your reply. Wow..I don’t think I could ever write lyrics. My oldest son played the trumpet and loved band. The second son gave up the trumpet and wanted a guitar which I said he could have if he took lessons. Now he plays the guitar, ukulele, and other stringed instruments. Boy, am I glad I let him quit the trumpet. lol

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  3. Love this idea for a series!
    I played the guitar for a few years, and had a few piano lessons.Lately I’ve been following up on those piano lessons with an adult teach-yourself piano book!

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    • Alina, I took the piano for only three years, but knew music because of the violin. I have a keyboard in the house and love to tinker playing Christmas music. I also have a “teach-yourself” piano book for beginner. 🙂

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  4. darcyflynn says:

    As a music major in collage I love the idea for your series! Voice was my instrument but I also played the guitar and wrote my own songs. Sadly, my guitar is collecting dust in the corner of my office! *sigh* oh well, we can’t do everything! 😃

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  5. Thanks, Patty, for having me on your blog. Unfortunately, I was away most of the day. But a big thank you to you and those who replied.

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Unhappily I was never very musical myself. My dad was, and he tried to make a pianist out of me too, but he had to give up.

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful story.
    I played the flute briefly in the fifth grade. I messed around with the piano for awhile, attempting to teach myself. Once I auditioned as a drummer for a local garage band (I was 18 and had never sat at a drumset before), they asked me to play with them to get them through until they found a permanent drummer but I declined since I didn’t really know how to play and was only messing around with the drums while waiting for someone to pick me up.

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  8. Alicia Dean says:

    What a wonderful idea for a series. Congrats and best wishes!

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