Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cornelia Amiri in the Author Spotlight

Peace Love Music
by Cornelia Amiri

I wrote Peace Love Music with those three words in mind, a fun, hot summer read full of good vibes.  With Peace Love Music, visit the 1969 Woodstock festival with my barefoot heroine, Jodi and be a part of what’s known as the greatest weekend since creation.  Who wouldn’t love to put aside three days of their life for peace, love, and music … to be startdust, to be golden, to get back to the garden. 

Here’s an excerpt:
Blue picked it up and cradled it on his lap. “I know that Tim Hardin tune he sang on Friday. Did you hear it?”

“No, I got to the stage about the time Arlo Guthrie came on.”

“I think you’ll dig it, the song’s got a sweet groove.” Blue’s long fingers danced on the neck of the guitar as he strummed the strings with his other hand.

Jodi’s thoughts stilled as Blue sang, “Love me only.” She couldn’t speak, couldn’t breathe, she just felt wrapped in warmth as he crooned, “Would you love me anyway, would you
have my baby?”

Spirals of heat swirled in and around her. This was the only place she wanted to be, in this teepee in the rain.

Blue sang out in his course voice, raw with emotion, “Save my love from loneliness.” As he sang the next words. “Save my love from sorrow.” Every pore of her body tingled. Blue’s eyes burned into her soul, as his long fingers stroked the strings and fondled the frets of his guitar while he sang the next lyrics, “I give you my only-ness. Give me your tomorrows.”

Here’s the blurb:
Jodi’s birthday breaks her free of the foster care scene and launches her on a journey of self discovery. She thumbs her way to Woodstock to groove on peace, love, and music. The moment Blue spots Jodi strutting toward him barefoot in the rain, he’s overcome with déjà vu. She doesn’t share his feeling that they were lovers in a previous life, thinking it’s half crazy, still she feels she’s meant to be with the irresistible hippie. As an adult now Jodi’s free to be naughty rather than nice and he’s the man who can make her wildest dreams, the sensual ones, come true.  Is she headed for a love-in at his tepee?

Here’s another excerpt:
The music released Jodi’s emotions―set them free. She screamed out her pain, screamed out her new freedom. No more foster homes. Now she was on her own, discovering herself, her true spirit, finding Jodi.

The audience rewarded Crosby, Stills Nash and Young with thundering applauds and then the Paul Butterfield Blues Band took the stage. Their brass instruments rang out as the band sang, “Baby, I’m just drifting and drifting like a ship out at sea.”

Jodi grooved to the soulful sound of the harmonica and the electric guitars as the two instruments sang to each other, while the singer belted out, “Baby, I didn’t even know your name.”

When the Paul Butterfield Blues Band ended their set, Jodi looked around her. It was no longer dark, they had moved into the next day, Monday morning. She noticed the field had far less people than when they first sat down. Though the area around the stage was still crowded, the slope of the hill was muddy, trash-strewn, and nearly empty.

Blog Contest
I’m having a blog contest, must be 18 are older to enter, just post a comment with your email and I’ll draw a winner for a free pdf eBook of Peace Love Music. 

Peace Love Music is published by Eternal Press, available in eBook and paperback from most online book stores as well as from



Cate Masters said...

Welcome Cornelia! Your story brings back fond memories of a wonderful time. Though I was too young to go to Woodstock, this music was the soundtrack to my youth. Congrats on your release!

cornelia amiri said...

I feel the exact same way. I was too young to be there, I think 13 at the time, but the music effected me and I've always had a secret desire to be a hippie.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I read Peace Love Music and it took me back to the days of yore when the youth subcultures seemed to care so intensely about other humans and the Earth.
I wish you the best, Cornelia.

Lisabet Sarai said...

I wonder how younger readers will feel reading this book, whether they'll understand the changes our society was suffering during that period. Peace, love and music against the background of a vicious, unending war...

Sounds like an excellent book, Cornelia!


cornelia amiri said...

Thank you Lisabet, I doubt they can really understand, I think fiction books help in all matters of bringing readers closer to understanding previous generations and even ancient ancestors as they can take them their in the actually emotion of the characters and the tastes and smells and sounds. If readers of this younger generation truly listen to the music, both the words and the sounds they can get a better idea of what was happening then. I I don't think they can totally get it but they definitely will get a step closer and that will help them better understand things happening now.

cornelia amiri said...

The blog contest winner is Lisbeth. She won the pdf eBook of Peace Love Music. Congratulations Lisabet.

P.L. Parker said...

Late getting here but enjoyed the post. Brings back fond memories. I was in high school at the time.

Willa Edwards said...

I wasn't alive in the sixties but my aunt when to woodstock and always has fond memories to tell of it (though she end up stock on the road an hour outside of town). I can't imagine what being at such an iconic event felt like. Or if they even knew at the time.