Now Available: See the Light

See the Light is out today! Download, read, tell your friends!

Up-and-coming Broadway actor Jeremy was given two days to get up and get out. Dumped by his long-term boyfriend and suddenly homeless, he needs a sofa and a sympathetic ear, stat.

Enter Max, aspiring makeup artist and Jeremy’s BFF and former roommate.

Max has been in love with his best friend forever. Now that Jeremy is back in his home, his old feelings are back, too. He’s happy to help his friend, but this time…it’s complicated.

When Jeremy gets his big break in a new show, the message of the play hits home. “Live life to the fullest” means recognizing how he really feels about Max, and that’s not complicated at all. Jeremy’s in love, and wants to move full steam ahead.

But Max has waited too long for Jeremy to look at him this way, and he doesn’t want to risk his heart. If this is just a rebound fling, or if Jeremy is only interested in Max because he’s convenient, it will not only shatter him—it will ruin the best friendship he’s ever known.

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See the Light: The Show within the Book

In my books See the Light, Jeremy is an aspiring actor who finally gets his big break: a starring role in a new Broadway show called See the Light.

Because I am a tremendous dork, I created a whole show within the book, complete with a plot, characters, and a list of songs. (I’m no songwriter, alas, or you might be getting demos of those, too.)

But, for example, here’s a snippet from my project notebook, in which I wrote out the names of every song in the show (and the character who sings it):

Why, yes,I am that much of a dork.

Maybe you can use some context clue to determine what the show is about! (It’s kind of Dear Evan Hansen meets Love, Simon with a sprinkling of what was happening with the Parkland kids this spring, because that was happening while I writing the book.)

Here’s the song list:

Act I:

  1. “Behind the Curtain”
  2. “Every Day Is the Same”
  3. “Active Shooter”
  4. “Safe and Sound”
  5. “Never Again”
  6. “Every Day Is the Same” (Reprise)
  7. “Everything Changes”
  8. “Loud and Proud”
  9. “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day”
  10. “March On”
  11. “Everything Changes” (Reprise)
  12. “I Have to Tell You”
  13. “What Would They Do If They Knew”
  14. “I’m Tired”
  15. “Out and Proud/I Have to Tell You/I’m Gay”

Act II:

  1. “I’m Fine”
  2. “Why Can’t He Be More Like Me”
  3. “How Have I Never Noticed Him Before”
  4. “March On” (Reprise)
  5. “Something Real”
  6. “Gears of Government”
  7. “The First Step”
  8. “Anything”
  9. “Finale”

The plot of See the Light the musical is intertwined with See the Light the book, and it’s all about making discoveries about yourself and what you wants out of life, and about finally seeing what’s right there in front of you.

See the Light is available for pre-order wherever you buy books. Get it here!

See the Light: The Playlist

It’s likely not a secret that I like a show tune. And, since See the Light is basically 10% musical theater references, I thought it would be fun to make a playlist that includes all the songs referenced in the book. And then, because I can’t help myself, I added a bunch of other songs I like, too. Also, like, half of Hamilton, because I finally saw it a week before I finished the book. The songs are in no particular order except my whims, so I recommend listening to it on shuffle.

(Also, there are a few references to the 1980s cinematic classic St. Elmo’s Fire, so that’s the song that kicks it off.)

You can listen to the whole 4.5 hour production on Spotify:

COVER REVEAL: See the Light, available January 2019

My next book, about Broadway theater and two friends falling in love, will be out January 28, 2019! Here’s the blurb:

Kate McMurray brings friends-to-lovers to the Great White Way!
 
Up-and-coming Broadway actor Jeremy was given two days to get up and get out. Dumped by his long-term boyfriend and suddenly homeless, he needs a sofa and a sympathetic ear, stat.

Enter Max, aspiring makeup artist and Jeremy’s BFF and former roommate.

Max has been in love with his best friend forever. Now that Jeremy is back in his home, his old feelings are back, too. He’s happy to help his friend, but this time…it’s complicated.

When Jeremy gets his big break in a new show, the message of the play hits home. “Live life to the fullest” means recognizing how he really feels about Max, and that’s not complicated at all. Jeremy’s in love, and wants to move full steam ahead.

But Max has waited too long for Jeremy to look at him this way, and he doesn’t want to risk his heart. If this is just a rebound fling, or if Jeremy is only interested in Max because he’s convenient, it will not only shatter him—it will ruin the best friendship he’s ever known.

And the cover:

Pre-order here! (I set up a universal link so you can get to the bookstore of your choice.)