Book Cover Release – The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me


The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me
Barbara Quinn
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. But, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing to never look back.

Finding solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.

In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.

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Author Bio:

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels. Her works have appeared in print, online, and in audio form, and her stories have received honors that include nominations for the Pushcart Prize and being chosen as Best of the Web. She’s a Founder and former Publisher of the Rose & Thorn Journal.

Barbara and her husband love to travel and have visited 47 states and five continents. She’s ridden a camel in the Canary Islands, hiked on Machu Picchu, attended the opera in Vienna, and spent time in an absinthe bar in Budapest. When she was 19, she hitched across Europe with a backpack. For a time, she owned a motorcycle, and a pink-suede biker jacket.

As a lawyer, she held the position of North Salem Town Attorney, and Westchester Assistant County Attorney, and spent time in private practice, writing everything from zoning ordinances to manure pile rules. Before that, she worked at many jobs including, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, and raised there, on Long Island and in Westchester. She enjoys spending tiime with her grandson Ammo, her son Bret, and Gianna. Barbara welcomes email at BAQuinn7@gmail.com and would love to keep in touch via twitter.com/BarbaraQuinn

Her novels include: 36C, chick lit/women’s fiction, Slings and Arrows, paranormal romance/dark humor, Speed of Dark, inspirational fantasy/coming-of-age, and Hard Head, suspense/romantic and paranormal elements.

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Music’s Influence and Bethany’s Playlist

Music. It moves me. Annoys me. Makes me want to get up and dance. Helps me to sleep.

And sometimes it speaks to me–opening the valve and unleashing a river of creativity. When writer’s block hits and I’m stuck, the right kind of music can be a muse of sorts, unlocking scenes which had previously eluded me.

Butterfly Bones was no different. To set the mood of a teenager, I turned to current music, often listening to Breaking Benjamin, Hurt, Flawed, Underwhelmed, Blue October, and a favorite from my teen years, The Cure.

Music is my friend–my co-writer.

Bethany’s “Official” Playlist for Butterfly Bones



After hashing it out, Bethany told me this was her playlist, and she didn’t want a play-by-play for the book, but rather a collection of favorites pulled together from Bethany, her father, Dr. Keatley, and of course, Jeremiah.

Starred songs are directly linked to the book. Song picks rotate in order starting with Bethany, then her dad, and last Jeremiah.

“I couldn’t begin the playlist any other way than with the song that started it all—the song that brought my character to life—CATERPILLAR.” –Bethany Keatley

*Caterpillar – THE CURE –All Mixed Up

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

With You – Underwhelmed

*Timber – Pit Bull and Kei$ha

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Curses – Bullet for My Valentine

*Broken – Seether (featuring Amy Lee)

Thunderstruck – AC/DC

Into the Nothing – Breaking Benjamin

*I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townsend

Staring At It – Safety Suit

*Apologize – One Republic

Missing You – John Waite

Lifeline – Papa Roach

Escape – Kongos

*Always Something There to Remind Me – Naked Eyes

Without You – Breaking Benjamin

*Best Day of My Life – American Authors

*Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

Country Song – Seether

*Suffocate – Cold

Under Pressure – Queen

One Thing – Filter

*Lights Out – Breaking Benjamin

Forever and Always – Bullet for My Valentine

Dig – Incubus

*Rain – Breaking Benjamin

Our House – Madness

Something in Myself – Underwhelmed

*Sound of Silence – Disturbed

Start Over – No Love Lost

*Something’s Gotta Give – One Republic

*Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd

Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse

*Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin



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Superhero Dream Cast for Butterfly Bones

Butterfly Bones Dream Cast #2

Marvel Comic Characters

The role of Bethany Keatley will be played by Wasp. “Playing Bethany will be a cinch. I can shrink to make myself small and helpless, but still carry a kick with my sassy words. But I’ll definitely have to teach this girl a thing or two about fashion.”

The role of Jeremiah Wright will be played by Thor. “I’m not comfortable trading my hammer for a football, or going to high school with a bunch of snotty kids, but I’ll do anything to right wrong. I will defend Bethany until the end.”

The role of Zoey Margold will be played by Satana. “Zoey’s been compared to Satan’s spawn. But I am a devil’s daughter. And even though Zoey’s known for her promiscuity, she’s a pussy cat compared to me.”

The role of Dr. Keatley will be played by Black Panther. “I might be a scientist, but I’m no nerd. And I don’t need a hormone to send you into metamorphosis.”


Chocolate, Peeps, and Characterization


chocolateWith Easter here, I thought it would be fun to play a characterization game. If my main character, Bethany, was a type of Easter candy, what kind would she be, and why?

“I would totally be anything chocolate. Dark. Milk. Cream-filled. Doesn’t matter which kind.  Chocolate is my drug of choice—my addiction—and I self-medicate whenever possible. I have stashes in my drawers (dresser, not panties, lol), under my pillow, in my backpack, and I’m not above consuming a warm and gooey bar from my pocket (or AA bra when a pocket is unavailable). Chocolate is my friend, my comforter, my ‘holy crap, it’s shizztastic!’ But I’d give it up for Jeremiah … as long as I could still smell it on occasion—or lick the wrapper.

“Hey wait. I just had a thought. Can I pick the kind Zoey would be? Because I’d seriously make the heartless bully-of-a-wench a Peep’s bunny … and bite her head off!”

-Bethany Keatley                         img_8926 peeps

Since we’re having fun, let’s keep it going and do another characterization game, meeting the cast using the gang of Scooby Doo!

Butterfly Bones Dream Cast #1


scooby gang 2

Scooby Doo and the Gang


The role of Bethany Keatley will be played by Velma. “Do you think I’ll get to solve the mystery of the butterflies? Jinkies!”

The role of heartthrob, Jeremiah Wright, will be played by Fred.  th

“Hey! I thought Daphne was cast as the leading lady. I won’t have to kiss Velma, will I?”

The role of Dr. Keatley will be played by Shaggy. “Look, Scoob! I get to wear a lab coatshaggy and act smart. Hey, check out these mouse pellets. Do you think they taste good? Only one way to find out; Bottoms up!”

The role of Zoey Margold will be played by Daphne.daphne “I’ve always wanted to play the bad girl. And check out this girl’s wardrobe. I’m in mini-skirt heaven.”

The role of the mice and the butterflies will alternately be played by Scooby Doo. “Uh, uh. I’m not wearing a stupid butterfly costume. No way. I have my dignity.” scooby

“… Would you do it for a Scooby Snack?”

“Uh, uh.”

“… How about two Scooby Snacks?

“No way!”

“… How about three Scooby Snacks?”

“Three Scooby Snacks? Yum, yum, yum! Mmmhmm.”

Gulp. Gulp. Gulp. “Rooby, Rooby, Roo!”


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Nature vs. Nurture

Nature vs. Nurture

Nature vs. nurture. A common question into what forms the basis of our personality, character, lifestyle, education, and so many other things. And during March, something I dwell upon as I contemplate my heritage and who I am. Are we mainly our genetic makeup, or do the environments in which we live shape us? I believe it’s both—but does it have to be?

nature vs nurture

The best case study I have for this is my forty-seven-year-old husband, who was adopted as a baby. Cory was born October 16th, 1969 to an unwed, seventeen-year-old mother. After his birth, he remained in the hospital for a week while his mother struggled with the decision on whether to keep him or place him for adoption. After an agonizing battle between her heart and head, she opted for adoption.

On Dec. 3rd, 1969, Cory was adopted by Phyllis and Tom Carpenter, becoming the third child in their family.

Fast forward twenty-six years. Cory meets his birth mother and birth father.

Cory had always wondered who he looked like, although people often commented how much he looked like Phyllis—not knowing he was adopted. When we met his birth parents, we realized he had a mix of both of their features, yet didn’t truly look like either one. But there were other similarities that were striking—especially since he hadn’t grown up around them.

(Cory at age two)cory's baby pic


The first thing we noticed was the identical stance of the birth father and Cory—right down to the way they carried themselves.

The birth father and Cory also shared similar personalities—serious, sometimes rigid, but loved to laugh. And both had a difficult time forgiving others and letting go of the past. The other thing they shared—a love for the same kind of beer. Now this might seem like it’s not related, but Cory’s adoptive father, Tom, was killed when Cory was only four, and his mother didn’t drink beer, so I found it to be more than mere coincidence that they both loved malt liquor.

Another strong genetic makeup tendency passed to Cory—alcoholism. Not only did it run rampant on his birth father’s side, but his birth mother had an alcoholic father. And Cory wasn’t far behind. He had abused alcohol as a teenager into his twenties, and had he continued down the path he was on, I’m sure he’d be dead. Instead, he gave up drinking in exchange for a healthy life. His birth father wasn’t as fortunate.


Cory acquired type 1 diabetes from his birth mother’s side. She, two sisters, and their father were all type 1 diabetics. A strong similarity with the birth mother is they are both worriers–about everything. And both are night owls. Cory would rather sleep most of the day and be awake at night, and his birth mom is the same. He definitely didn’t get that from Phyllis.

So how did his environment shape him?  Cory laughs like Phyllis. He adopted her belief system, work ethic, honesty, and the importance of serving others from her example. He has strong family bonds that were encouraged and nourished through his childhood with a large extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc. His mother was a proactive parent who put family first and supported him in sports and anything he wanted to try. Cory was and is the same with his children and grandchildren.

And Cory and Phyllis are both stubborn to a fault.

(Cory and Phyllis)


But honestly, when it comes right down to it, we are who we are not because of how we are raised or who raises us, but because of our own personal choices.

Cory’s maternal grandfather and birth father didn’t become alcoholics because their genetic makeup predisposed them to it. They became alcoholics because they chose to drink in excess.

I know people who were brought up in horrible circumstances and rose above to become better people than their parents. And I know people who were brought up in wonderful homes but made decisions that landed them in prison, addicted to drugs, or even dead.


So who are we? a sum of our genetics, a sum of our upbringing, or a mixture of both?

While some things are out of our control, like diseases, the socioeconomic status of our family, or the family we’re born into, those things don’t have to be defining. I believe who we are is up to us.

So the question isn’t really: Who am I?

The question is: Who do I want to be?

And to that I say, figure it out and make it happen.