Guest Post: Conductors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Aubrie Dionne + Fluttering Thoughts: Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne + Giveaway

Playing the Maestro

  • By Aubrie Dionne
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: February 11th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Bliss) (first published February 10th 2013)
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
  • Source: review copy
  • Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.

    Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?

    ~ Bewitching BT

  • Bomy’s Flutter: sweet romance

  • World Building: Contemporary, orchestra environment
    Characters: Melody was fun, but there was something about her, something about Wolf too as far as I’m concerned, that didn’t strike the right cored with me. As you guys know, I like broken characters, bad boys and girls, intense stuff. Melody and Wold were very tame, even if Melody had her ups and downs and Wolf did have his, they were the sweet, sort of angst-free kind of couple. Well done, but not something I respond to. If you’re into that whole sweet, forbidden love scenario, this will be a treat.
    Plot: The forbidden love vibe was cool, and there was some cool stuff going on alongside the romantic arc, but I can’t say I was kept on edge. This is not that kind of edgy romance, it’s the sweet, kind of fluffy sort of story.
    Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. Everything tied in well and the story flew great, I just didn’t respond to the characters and subsequent romance, sadly.
    Curb Appeal: The cover is cool, maybe it makes you think is hotter then it is (seemed pretty tame to me, heat-wise). The blurb gets you curious, especially if you’re into the whole music thing or curious about it.

    All in all, I say this was a cool read, but not too much my style. Maybe I’m not going to be a Bliss gal, but it’s good reading if you’re into the sweeter kind of stories.

    Conductors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    by Aubrie Dionne

    In Playing The Maestro, Wolf Braun, the new guest conductor of the Easthampton Civic Symphony comes across as a big time jerk. He’s arrogant, haughty, way too talented for his own good, and makes sour faces when the violinists play out of tune.
    Are conductors really like that?
    Some of them are, and some of them aren’t. To tell you the truth, I’ve played for both. I’ve played for conductors that have stared me down, made my fingers shake, and shouted. And, I’ve played for conductors that smile when they cue me in, encourage me with compliments, and hang out with the orchestra after the concert. Sure, you always want to play for the nice ones, but if you really want to make orchestral playing your career, you have to play for them all.
    I have this one memory of a time when I came in to sub for the principal flutist just for a rehearsal last minute. They were playing Night on the Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky. There’s this big flute solo at the end. Well, I played the solo just fine, but I guess I took too much rubato, or slowed the tempo, because when I looked up, the conductor-who-shall-remain-nameless was beet red and pounding his downbeats, staring at me like I was an idiot. Note to self- look up more.
    Only when I became a conductor myself did I realize the things that really annoy conductors and how much they really can see up there on the podium- which is A LOT. When I conduct, I can see every single conversation going on, even if I don’t address all of them. I can see the person texting, the one with hiding a book up on the stand, the people goofing off in the back, and the one who relies on their stand partner to come in. It’s actually pretty funny. But, it makes me wonder just how much my youth orchestra conductors saw of me!

    Have you had a good or bad conductor? Feel free to share your stories!

    About the Author & Links:

    Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation–favorite character was Data by far–and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

    Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “a concert flutist” when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
    She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.

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