GUEST POST – Cassandra Giovanni
Music Behind the Book – While there was a host of music that inspired this novel, there were several songs that really drove it, and also helped me to develop where the series would end up going. The first song is Remember Everything by Five Finger Death Punch. This song truly inspired the relationship that Adam has with his family members, specifically his parents. It also worked to make Bobby understand how Adam had felt their entire lives. In fact, this is the song that Adam sings to both River and Bobby at two different times in the novel. The other thing was the lead singer of Five Finger Death Punch’s voice, it reminded me of Adam. Deep, gravely and filled with emotion, it also helps he has a killer scream that I love. I think it’s rare to find a singer who can handle both clean and unclean vocals, Ivan Moody is one of those men that can handle it. This brings me to another band that was highly influential to the novel, Of Mice & Men. Of Mice & Men has an influence on the whole series, because of the same reason as Five Finger Death Punch. Austin Carille’s gritty unclean vocals, clean scream and beautiful voice are everything that I see in Adam; bad ass and beautiful in one swoop. Other bands that influenced the novel are Bring Me the Horizon, Red, Sleeping with Sirens and 10 years, which is a huge mix! While Flawed Perfection was driven almost solely by Remember Everything, the series is inspired by the song Pieces by Red. As I write Pieces of Perfection I find myself drawn to Roger Rabbit by Sleeping with Sirens and the songs Another You, My Understandings and When You Can’t Sleep at Night by Of Mice & Men. You can listen to the playlist for Flawed Perfection and Pieces of Perfection on my Youtube Channel.
Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player–he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brother’s dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl’s hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cassandra Giovanni doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children’s novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013.
She’s currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing. She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.