Thursday, March 5, 2015

Alaskan Homecoming, my grandpa and Peter & the Wolf!

Hi everyone! It's Teri Wilson, and this month I'm celebrating the release of the newest book in my Alaska series for Love Inspired. Here's a little bit about Alaskan Homecoming.

Ballet dancer Posy Sutton is only back in her hometown of Aurora, Alaska, until her injury heals. It's a decision that'd be easier to stick to if she didn't keep bumping into her charming ex-boyfriend, Liam Blake. After six years, she should be over him—but instead all she can see is the mistake she made when she left him. She's not sure she can handle choosing between Liam and ballet a second time…if Liam is even willing to risk his heart again. When her time in Alaska is up, will she and Liam be part of the sweetest dance of all?

Will they? I'll never tell! *wink*

This was a book that I've been wanting to write for a very long time. I love ballet. I take dance lessons, and I've always wanted to write a ballerina heroine. I think most writers will tell you that we always leave pieces of ourselves behind in every book we write. My passion for ballet and romance are just a few of the pieces of myself in Alaskan Homecoming. I've also included a very special musical arrangement.

My heroine, Posy, uses a classical recording of Peter & the Wolf to teach ballet lessons at the church youth group. I chose this piece of music because it's something that my grandfather played for me all the time when I was a little girl. My grandpa was a classical music buff. He loved to listen to John Phillips Sousa marches and Pavarotti librettos. He would turn the music up so loud that the walls in his little apartment would shake. I spent a lot of time with my grandpa, and I'm so proud to say that a love for classical music is one of his passions that he passed along to me. And it all started with Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf, narrated by Boris Karloff. It was a story set to music. The most magnificent thing I'd ever heard. 

My grandpa played it every time he babysat for me. I remember sitting at his kitchen table, eating raisin toast with butter and listening to the lilting tune of Peter early on Saturday mornings. It's how I learned what different instruments sounded like. It's how I learned to love music. It's how I learned who my grandpa was. I loved him very much, and that's why my heroine dances to Peter & the Wolf in Alaskan Homecoming.  

Click here to listen to Peter & the Wolf in its entirety. It's about 26 minutes long, but I hope you give it a listen, even if just for a minute or two. Enjoy! 

And if you happen to pick up a copy of Alaskan Homecoming, happy reading! 

Love and blessings, 

Teri xo

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  1. I've never been to Alaska, but I've always wanted to visit. Looking forward to reading this book!

  2. Ah, the mention of Peter & the Wolf brings back great memories. I love how you integrated it into your story!

  3. Congratulations on the release of Alaskan Homecoming, Teri! I love that you included so many of your passions in this story.

  4. Such a lovely story! Teri, I didn't know you took dancing lessons. Have you ever been to Alaska.

  5. Thanks so much for reading, you guys! And yes, Barb, I've been to Alaska three times to volunteer at the Iditarod Trail sled dog race. I wrote Alaskan Hearts, my first book for Love Inspired, right after I returned from my first trip to Alaska. :)

    xo Teri

  6. Such nice memories of your Grandpa. What a gift he gave you, Teri!

    Congrats on your newest release. The story sounds delightful!


  7. Teri, that is such a gorgeous cover!

    I'm looking forward to your story.

  8. Now I'm humming that music! ;)
    Love the cover of your book, Teri, and the story sounds delightful.
    Blessings, Patti Jo

    p.s. Alaska is on my Wish List of places to visit! :)

  9. I love the cover of your new book. I took dancing lessons and love them.

  10. Thank you, you guys! I love my cover, too. The Harlequin art department does such a beautiful job with the Love Inspired covers!

  11. Absolutely lovely Teri. I have always enjoyed this piece of music


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