Publication date: September 22nd 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Taein Kim, affectionately known as “Blondie”, is an incredibly talented young man and leader of the rookie K-Pop group Eclipse. Tae has his whole life and career in front of him, but it comes to a screeching halt when a standard meet and greet leads to him finding his soulmate, a foreign girl named after the goddess of love.
Venus Woods is the young heiress of the largest tech corporation in Southeastern America. Her life revolves around meaningless events and empty white walls, devoid of color and purpose. She never thought she would meet her favorite idol group, Eclipse, let alone form the incredibly rare soulmate bond with their leader. As if that’s not life-changing enough, her absent mother is determined to have the two married, using her daughter as a bargaining chip.
Separated by lifestyle, culture, and language, the teens have wall after wall between them. None of it stops the blossom of love that blooms in their hearts when they lock eyes under the cover of a thunderstorm.
“Did you research different bands for your book to get information to make it authentic? If so, which bands. If not, how did you come to understand band life?”
I did a lot of research for this book, but that mostly revolved around the locations Venus and Taein went to. As for understanding Eclipse as a band and making sure I did them justice, I really relied on my prior knowledge of K-pop. I’ve been a K-pop fan for around four years now, and in that time I have learned a lot about how the industry works. Every K-pop group is similar in many ways because of the way K-pop is manufactured. Most groups come from a handful of entertainment companies in Korea. They almost always are all male or all female. Band members almost always live together. They have assigned roles in the group like the lead singer, or lead rapper, or even visual (the member who is marketed as the most attractive). They almost always start when the members are in their teens. They all have to go on variety shows, make performances, and promote their music, etc. Of course, exactly how they do these things can be different, but K-pop can be quite formulaic.
Knowing this, it was easy for me to construct the bones of Eclipse as a group. I knew I needed to have members who sang and members who rapped. I knew Eclipse needed to have a manager who helped guide them. I knew that they were likely to have a meet and greet. But of course, what makes every group unique is the members. Personality, talent, and friendships have so much to do with what makes a group lovable. I really wanted to make the members important and feel like they really contributed to the band. This first book focused very heavily around Venus and Taein, but the second and third books will really shed more light on how Eclipse operates as a band and on the relationships between all of the members. Readers will definitely get a closer look into the K-pop industry (the good bits and the not so good bits) as Venus and Taein’s story progresses.
W. H. Rose is an emerging author who just released her debut novel, Mythomania, in January of 2020. Her life's passion is storytelling. Rose has always entertained those around her with her ability to create moving and impactful tales and is proud to share her first novel at the young age of eighteen. She lives in Georgia with her loving family and pet rabbit, Soba.
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