Ryder thought he was going to lose his mind.
Instead Francesca helped him find his heart & soul
LYRICS HEART & SOUL
Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 4, 2016
One of America’s most reclusive rockers, Ryder Vaughn, gets an unusual sentence handed down to him. The judge, hoping to teach him the value of human life, sentences him to ten months of community service at Reach Within Centre for individuals with special needs. Ryder is convinced that, if he isn’t crazy already, he will be by the time his sentence ends. However, his only other option forfeits his band’s livelihood.
Five minutes after stepping into the centre, his entire life changes when he meets a gorgeous, little spitfire who will challenge everything he has ever believed about himself and the world around him.
Francesca's devotion has always been to her family, friends, and the job she is passionate about. Her life hasn’t been easy. She sacrifices a lot for the ones she loves and for her dream to visit Italy.
Then Francesca finds herself in a desperate situation, and the tattooed beast who is serving his debt to society must save the headstrong woman from a secret that could destroy her. In turn, Francesca teaches Ryder, if you love something enough, it’s worth fighting for.
Ryder knows he isn’t worthy of love, but this incredible beauty makes him want it.
Ryder can save Francesca from her secrets, but can she save him from his? Is Ryder strong enough to endure the kids she loves and her crazy Italian family?
Ten months can fly by or it can last an eternity.
"This beautifully written novel weaves a story of courage, independence and redemption while pulling on your emotional heart strings through music."
- Annette Cosentino, Amazon Reviewer
"What I love about Citro is she puts so many beautiful life lessons in her books. This one focused a lot on special needs children and how everyone, especially those who are the hardest, need and deserve love"
- Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer
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About Anne Marie Citro
Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
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Working with Special Needs Teenagers
In my book, Lyrics Heart & Soul Francesca works in a center for special needs teenagers and Ryder servers’ community service hours there. I worked with in the same environment for a long-time and it was the best job in the world. It is a hard job with a lot of emotional highs and lows. But the kids are unforgettable and still make me laugh when I think of the antics they would pull.
One of my students was a seventeen-year-old girl with Autism, OCD and developmentally delayed. I will call her Sarah, that is not her real name. Even though Sarah had three diagnosis we had to deal with the OCD first and foremost. Sarah had to have everything and everyone in exactly the place they were supposed to be.
One day my bra strap was showing when I reach up for something and my shirt slid off my shoulder. I had a coral bra on and Sarah jumped up and pulled me into her arms and pulled on the bra strap and asked “Nellie Furtado bra?”. I had no idea what she was referring to until she took me to the computer and played a Nellie Furtado video where she had on a coral bra. She checked my bra strap every day for the rest of time together.
Sarah was obsessed with music. She loved the song Barbie Girl and because Barbie is blond she called me Barbie instead of my name. She would also sing the song and sing part of sentence and I had to finish it. If I didn’t we couldn’t move on with our day. This happened at least twenty times a day.
She loved food but because of her OCD she had to eat the same thing every day in the same order. But she really wanted other food. I would be eating my lunch and she would antagonize another student so I would have to attend to them. While I was busy she would steal my lunch. The funny thing is if I gave her my lunch instead of hers, she wouldn’t eat it. It was the thrill of beating me
In my book, you will meet a group of kids I created like Sarah. Kids that will teach Ryder the same lessons they taught me. First and foremost, the true meaning of life and not to take ourselves to seriously. They kids are hilarious, loving and struggle to fit into a world that doesn’t accept them. I hope you pick up my book and fall in love not just with the main characters but also with the children that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.
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