Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Love Notes Box Set Promo Tour: Revenge of a Bank Geek Gone Bad (+ giveaway)

Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad by Naomi Rabinowitz
Release Date: February 2nd, 2015
Shy, overweight Melinda Rhodes' sophomore year of high school isn't going so well. Her own mother mocks her weight. Her pants split in the middle of school, earning her the nickname, "Moolinda." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy Meadows, her pretty and popular nemesis.
Her luck changes when she catches the eye of Josh Kowalski, a rebellious trumpet prodigy and class clown. Josh has also been hurt by Kathy and asks Melinda to help take Kathy down. Mel figures that she has nothing to lose ... and Josh is adorable with gorgeous blue eyes and a winning smile. She agrees to team up with him and looks forward to finally getting back at her rival.
At first, the pair's pranks are silly, and as they work together, Mel comes out of her shell. Even better, she finds herself falling for Josh and it appears as if he might feel the same way about her.
However, their schemes become more and more dangerous and Mel is surprised to discover her dark side. Just how far will she go to get what she wants -- and is Josh really worth the risk?

PLAYLIST by Naomi Rabinowitz

Love, revenge, betrayal and redemption are all important themes in my novel, REVENGE OF A BAND GEEK GONE BAD, but music also holds a very prominent place in the story. Here is a list of the artists and songs mentioned in the book – so turn up the volume and play along!

HINDEMITH FLUTE SONATA (Paul Hindemith): This modern-sounding flute piece is played by Melinda at a concert. In real life, I played this sonata in a music competition.

POULENC FLUTE SONATA (Francis Poulenc): This is another classical piece, which Mel performs – and another sonata which I used for competition.

IMAGE (Eugene Bozza): Mel’s flute-playing nemesis, Kathy, attempts to play this highly difficult piece. Let me tell you, it’s TOUGH, so props to Kathy!

ARPEGGIONE SONATA (Franz Schubert): Mel’s flute-playing friend, Maya, performs this in a recital.

JETHRO TULL: This British rock group includes the awesome flutist Ian Anderson. Josh, who is a lover of classic rock, introduced Mel to this band. I like Tull’s songs, “Bungle In The Jungle” and “Thick As A Brick.”

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET: This dark and twisted Stephen Sondheim musical tells the story of a vengeful and murderous barber – and is one of my favorites! The opening theme, “The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd,” is one of the songs played in Mel’s band’s fictional medley, Broadway For The Band.

LES MISERABLES:  The beautiful ballad, “On My Own” from this musical is also included in Broadway For The Band.

ANNIE: Broadway For The Band also includes “Tomorrow” from this famous musical about an orphan.

WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein): Melinda notes that this is the band’s most difficult number. When I was in band, we played a medley from this popular musical, which included the songs, “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Tonight” and “Mambo!”

DIZZY GILLESPIE: Josh idolizes this legendary jazz trumpet player and even has a poster of him in his bedroom. Though no specific Dizzy tunes are mentioned, one of my favorites is “A Night In Tunisia.”

FUR ELISE (LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN): Josh’s doorbell plays this classic Beethoven piece.

*The following are all classic bands which are featured in posters on Josh’s walls. For each, I’m listing a couple of my favorite tunes.*

THE ROLLING STONES: “Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up”
PINK FLOYD: “Another Brick In The Wall,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Hey You”
THE BEATLES: “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “Let It Be,” Love Me Do”
KANSAS: “Dust In The Wind,” “Carry On Wayward Son”
METALLICA: “One,” “Enter Sandman”
STEELY DAN: “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ In The Years”
CREAM: “White Room,” “Born Under A Bad Sign”
THE RAMONES: “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Blitzkrieg Bop”
AC/DC: “Highway To Hell,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
TIME OUT (THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET):  Josh plays this amazing jazz album for Melinda when he’s driving her to a late-night “surprise” on Long Island. My favorite pieces from it are “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk.”


Shane Morgan ~


  1. Lovely post. Thanks for participating :)

  2. I don't know that I have a favorite GENRE, per se, but I really love Broadway cast recordings. (I'm so cool). Some of my favorite individual artists are Sam Smith, the Civil Wars, and George Ezra.

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  3. got an email I won thanks so much