I swear, you can not plan these things or make them up.
When writing my upcoming fiction book, “Love Cats” I used two songs that were significant to move the story along. Of course, one was “Love Cats” by The Cure. The other was “Mass Production” by Iggy Pop.
In order to use these songs, I had to get legal permission from Hal Leonard Music, which I did. It cost me $100 to use the lyrics to “Love Cats.” And $43 to use “Mass Production.”
Now, last year, when my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” came out, it was during the cycle of Aquarius — my favorite sign. Many of my friends are Aquarius. And I married an Aquarius.
I wanted my baby “Love Cats” to be an Aquarius too, but it just didn’t pan out that way. “Love Cats” is going to be a Taurus, published in early May.
Sharing this with my friend Shaolin, a zodiac fanatic (name a friend or celebrity or famous musician and she will know their zodiac sign off the top of her head — incredibly impressive!), she immediately told me that both Robert Smith and Iggy Pop are not only Taurus, but their birthdays are on the same day!
I looked it up on Wikipedia and yeah, she’s right!
Then I took it a step further and went the numerology route. I added up the numbers of their birthdays.
Iggy Pop – 4-21-1947 (4+21+1947 = 1972, 1+9+7+2 = 1) #1 is a powerful force that doesn’t let anything stand in it’s way.
Robert Smith = 4-21-1959 (4+21+1959 = 1984, 1+9+8+9 = 1) #22 is a master number, where dreams manifest.
With the power of numbers, astrology, music (and cats!) this baby of mine is sure to be something else! Stay tuned for “Love Cats” — Coming May 2015, from Next Century Publishing.
Janey Peyton is filthy rich, but also a down-to-earth goth chick. She lives in suburban New Jersey during the 1980s. Janey has it all, including an Italian live-in housekeeper (who sometimes drives her batty with overbearing dated love advice).
Since Janey’s status symbol-driven parents are absent in her life love-starved Janey desperately seeks a soul mate as she cruises the new wave nightclubs.
Enter Beck Stewart, also a workaholic, but for all the right reasons. The working class hero wants to make a better life for himself. Beck falls hard for Janey and turns a blind eye to the immediate red flags: she’s a snoop and obviously hates his beloved old cat, Morticia.
When Janey discovers Beck can’t resist overtime hours, she mistakes his job loyalty for neglect. For “revenge” she takes on other lovers and is careless when it comes to hiding her conquests. What happens when Beck feels enough is enough and the couple who had their ups and downs finally hit an all time low? And what happens when a stray kitten shows up on cat hater Janey’s doorstep?
If you love the’80s, alternative wave, sexy chick lit, and of course CATS, this book is for you!
“Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta draws you in from the very first page. This book will make you find yourself yelling at the characters. I laughed out loud, I cried; my emotions were all over the place. With engaging characters and a unique story-line set in 1980s New Jersey, ‘Love Cats’ is a story that will captivate you and stay in your heart long after you read the last line.” – S.C. Miotto, author “Moonstone Dreams” and “Diamond Love.”
“Maryanne’s zeal for life and passion for creativity shines through in all of her work. Here in her first book of fiction she gives us multidimensional characters mitigating love and growing pains as they manicure their pop culture lifestyle at the tail end of the ’80s. It’s romance — Gen X style! I could not get enough of Janey and Beck.” – Scott Schiaffo
In “Love Cats,” Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta really takes you there, to the fun and electricity of running around, being young in the 1980s, in New Jersey, but enough universal magic so we all can relate: the spontaneity, adorable flirting, daring and exploring, making mistakes and finding your way. Maryanne treats tricky, sensitive and intimate topics with the most refreshing honesty. – Zaphyrella, fashion designer.