Author Guest Post: Melody Johnson (Sight Beyond the Sun)

Posted January 30, 2023 by Jen in Author Guest Post Tags: ,

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The Music of Storytelling

By Melody Johnson

Music is the universal language. As a former flutist (I played for twelve years, from fourth grade to senior year of college!) I can especially appreciate music without words or in other languages. Being an avid dancer at the club with my girls, I also love a great pop song with a heavy beat and angsty lyrics. And the 90s emo girl in me still turns up the volume for Avril Lavigne and Evanescence. 

To say the least, I have a broad range of favorite songs.

During my hour commute to and from work, I listen to a lot of music. Finding new to me artists and creating playlists to help pass the time is essential, and when I make a playlist specific to the book I’m writing, it helps me better understand the characters, their personalities, and the general “vibe” I’m trying to create with my story.

As you listen to my playlist for Sight Beyond the Sun, you’ll hear songs that represent my heroine, Kinsley, and her fierce determination and confidence. You’ll hear my hero, Raveno, and his struggle with morality, his pursuit of justice, and his longing for a better life for himself and his people. You’ll hear them as a couple, resisting the strength of their own feelings, their distrust (in themselves and each other) and eventual slide into passion. You’ll also hear a few notes from side characters, like my hero’s ex-wife, Cresha, and the paralyzing sting of her regret. 

But most of all, I hope that what you hear, you enjoy!!

Sight Beyond the Sun: Soundtrack

  • No Giving Up, Crossfade
  • Bad Blood, Taylor Swift
  • Can’t Be TamedMiley Cyrus
  • Confident, Demi Lovato
  • All I Want, A Day to Remember
  • Those Who Slay Together, Stay Together, Chiodos
  • Headstrong, Trapt
  • Whisper, Evanescence
  • My Head & My Heart, Ava Max
  • Assassin, John Mayer
  • Cut, Plumb
  • Consequences, Camilla Cabello
  • Fire Breather, Laurel
  • Teardrops, Bring Me the Horizon
  • Shivers, Ed Sheeran
  • Breathe Again, Pop Evil

About the Book:

Book cover of Sight Beyond the Sun by Melody JohnsonBook title: Sight Beyond the Sun
Author: Melody Johnson
Publisher: Incendi Press, LLC
Publication date: January 24, 2023
Series: Love Beyond #2
Genre: Sci-fi Romance

Separating truth from lies is impossible in the game of spies…especially the lies you tell yourself. 

A prison break. 

Adrenaline junkie and explosives specialist Kinsley “Switch” Morales had a chip on her shoulder long before being caught in what she suspects is some sort of intergalactic human-trafficking ring. Aliens not only exist, their reptilian bodies are stronger, their honed reflexes faster, and their shiny scales nearly impenetrable. But nothing will curb Kinsley’s resolve to commandeer their spaceship and return home to Earth—even if that means crawling behind enemy lines and cozying up to their uncompromising captain. 

An undercover mission. 

When Raveno Hoviir catches Kinsley outside her cell, wreaking havoc in his control room, he sees more than just her strength, resolve, and courage. He sees a golden opportunity to finally root out the traitor under his command and prove his brother’s loyalty before the coming revolution. After so many years undercover, Raveno is finally one mission away from saving his planet from its tyrannical ruler. He’s sacrificed everything to protect his people—his love life, his anonymity, his left leg—but in his efforts to right his father’s wrongs, has he inadvertently become the very monster he plans to overthrow? 

An unlikely alliance. 

As Kinsley and Raveno each attempt to exploit the other, they find more than just leverage for their separate missions. Inexplicably, they find common ground in their mutual devotion to family and service. Kinsley knows all too well the grief and guilt of making the wrong decision in the field, but will Raveno keep his word to send her home if she flips loyalties? Is Raveno’s softening heart compromising his judgment, or is Kinsley’s intelligence accurate? Separating truth from lies is impossible in the game of spies. Seeing beyond their surface differences and trusting in love again may be the only way to save both their people—and each other. 

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About the Author:

author photo of Melody JohnsonMelody Johnson is the award-winning author of the “out of this world” Love Beyond series and the gritty, paranormal romance Night Blood series published by Kensington Publishing/ Lyrical Press. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. Her first published novel, The City Beneath (Night Blood, book 1), was a finalist in the “Cleveland Rocks” and “Fool For Love” contests.

Earning the 2021 Maggie Award of Excellence, Beyond the Next Star (Love Beyond, book 1) is an exciting branch from Melody’s paranormal romance roots, keeping the dark grit from her Night Blood Series and taking it to new worlds. The New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lynsay Sands, “laughed out loud” reading Beyond the Next Star (Love Beyond, book 1), and Kirkus Reviews praised is as, “an engaging and unusual otherworldly tale.” Ruby Dixon, author of the viral sci-fi romance novels: Ice Planet Barbarians series, “stayed up far too late reading this.” 

When she isn’t writing, Melody enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, and exploring her new home in southeast Georgia. Stay in touch with Melody on social media or her website: 

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