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Songs that Inspired Bulfinch

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I listened to this playlist so many times during the years I worked on Bulfinch that I realized, upon digging it up again, that I still had most of the lyrics memorized.

Music and writing are tightly intertwined for me. When I listen to certain songs, I feel like my soul is actually singing them through the musicians who created them. Sometimes I wonder if I write because I never had the  musical talent to fully express those soul-sensations with voice or instrument, and writing was the next best thing. So when I create playlists for the stories I write, it's more than just background music; many of the songs were the direct inspiration for certain stories or scenes, and others sang the soul-sensations that I tried to capture in my characters. The Bulfinch playlist is inextricably linked with the book in my mind.

The first song, "Jolene," is one of my favorites by CAKE. I'm not sure if it was a song for Rosie, or a song for me -- for a few years, I listened to "Jolene" on repeat while writing many stories about young women escaping into their imaginations. It set the scene in my imagination.

The next two, a playful cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle," and "Cricket" by Dance Hall Crashers, capture Rosie's idyllic childhood, and her untarnished love for her parents -- as well as the untarnished love she imagines they have for her.

"Bigmouth Strikes Again" by The Smiths is, naturally, bigmouth Max's theme.

"Tee Shirt Weather" and "When My Boy Walks Down the Street" are anthems of Rosie and Bulfinch's exploration of Baltimore.

"Help the Aged" is one of my favorite Pulp songs, and it spoke to me pretty loudly about Rosie and Uncle Alvin's relationship while I was writing Bulfinch.

"Where Would I Be?" and "Guess How Much I Love You" capture Rosie's feelings toward Uncle Alvin, and her parents, as both fluxuate and begin to grow into a more mature, wise love.

"The Anchor Song" is about finding home -- as all the characters fumble to do.

"Full Moon in My Soul" is one of those happy-sad songs that seems made for endings.


Read an Excerpt from Bulfinch!

Hi gang! It's been a pretty tumultuous week, which threw me off my short story posting schedule. When I asked you guys on Facebook if you'd like to see an excerpt from Bulfinch instead, while I got my act together, the love and support was very encouraging. So here it is. Enjoy the first chapter of Bulfinch.

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Announcing Bulfinch, My New Book!


I'm utterly tickled to share the news that I'll be releasing my second novel, Bulfinch, this August! Bulfinch is a whimsical fantasy tale for young adult readers and grownups who enjoy a good tale. If you can't wait to order your copy, sign up for my special pre-order offer and I'll send you a signed, personalized copy with some fun goodies in the package as soon as the book is available!

When a knight and a monk spring from the pages of Rosie’s book, the only people more astonished than the reclusive PhD student are her time-traveling visitors.

Cooped up in a house-turned-museum since the long-ago disappearance of her parents, Rosie is now forced out into the world as her guests wreak havoc on her Baltimore neighborhood.

As Rosie tries to figure out how to return the errant duo to their home in history, she begins to uncover why her parents vanished without a trace seven years ago. But her eccentric Uncle Alvin threatens to stand in her way, before she can discover the truth about Bulfinch and her own childhood.

By turns funny and tender, adventurous and thoughtful, Bulfinch is a whimsical tale about getting lost in a book -- and finding your way out again.

Advance praise for Bulfinch:

“I was astonished at the depth of emotion conveyed in the book. I felt the same way after reading Queens of All the Earth. Sternberg has such a talent for examining and sharing these deep, deep emotions in such a way that readers get swept up in them as well. The word that came to mind when I read this book was delicious. I felt like I was devouring it and that it was just delicious.” - Allie Duzett, author of The Body Electric

“I’m a sucker for books about knights and monks, and in this delightful tale, a suitably belligerent knight and dreamy monk help a very modern girl solve her very mysterious problems in a very medieval way. Highly recommended.” - H.W. Crocker III, author of The Old Limey

“Meticulously researched, through nifty writing and the art of fantasy, Sternberg brings a couple of characters from the Middle Ages to the present and to life. A terrific read.” - Gary Alexander, author of the Buster Hightower mystery series


How to Get It

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Bulfinch will be available on August 15 on Amazon (including Canada, UK, and Europe) in paperback and Kindle formats. Don't have a Kindle? Never fear, Bulfinch will be available on a variety of other major ebook formats a month after release.

Want to pick up your copy of Bulfinch in a store? Request an order through your favorite local bookstore! Bulfinch is published by Istoria Books and distributed by Ingram.