Books and Harp Music

The reviews are in: Ellen is a hit!

"This book had me laughing, it had me doing my OMG face, and it had me sympathizing AND rooting for Ellen the whole way through." - Pretty Little Book Reviews
"I would recommend [this book] to readers interested in romantic comedies, but don't be fooled: Ellen the Harpist is filled with a lot more than that." - TDC Book Reviews
"What a great way to start the summer - reading this book!!!" - Amazon reviewer Robbin
"A delightful read that has a lot of depth and touches on every emotion of the heart." - Amazon reviewer
"An awesome romantic comedy." - Goodreads reviewer Sue
"A perfect finale to a #5Stars series" - Mary Smith, Book Blogger

Ellen the Harpist

Ellen has talent.

And a sense of humor. 

But when it comes to love, she’s often the punch line.

She’s got nothing against Cupid so long as the couples he unites hire her to play the harp at their weddings. Better the bridesmaid than the bride if it means she can focus on her career.

Enter Josh, a violinist with sparkling brown eyes who makes her laugh and sets her heart aflutter. He’s perfect for her. Perfect except for his gorgeous ex who wants to reclaim him as her duet partner, a move that could spell ruin not only for Ellen’s love life but also her career.

Can Ellen find a way to steer her life back on track? Or will disharmony wreck her chance for happiness? 

Pick up a copy of this laugh-out-loud book about adulting fails and personal triumphs. A must read for fans of feel-good romantic comedies.

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Ellen at Sea

Who a harpist brings with her for a four-month long gig aboard a cruise ship:

Her best friend. A lock-picking pianist. And a blow-up doll.

Who she leaves behind…

When Ellen’s boyfriend Josh goes on the road with a Broadway touring production, Ellen takes to the high seas. Can tropical destinations, a busy performance schedule, and cheap booze in the crew bar distract her from the heartache of her separation from Josh? Or will her mother’s devastating news and her best friend’s antics send her overboard?

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Ellen the Bride

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. For an experienced wedding professional like Ellen, planning her own wedding should be as simple as the age-old rhyme.

Unfortunately, her something old is an ex-boyfriend itching to get back together, her something new is being the first bride to walk down the aisle at a venue still under construction, and her something borrowed is time. It’s enough to make a bride quite blue.

Trying to land her dream job offers her a distraction from her wedding blues. But when her fiancé Josh takes off for a Broadway tour without so much as a kiss goodbye, will Ellen’s plans for the perfect wedding disappear with him?

Book 3 in the Ellen the Harpist series is now available!

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Introducing the King & Queen series

Five couples, four childhood best friends, two brothers, two roller derby teammates, two poker buddies, and two small towns.

One series of five standalone novellas about love and leisure sports.

Pet Peeves

A soap opera, a stand up comic, and the joke that costs him more than the girl of his dreams. A hilarious tale of turning disaster into a sitcom. For fans of The Office and 30 Rock.

"This is an awesome book! Pet Peeves is written in dialogue form and takes readers behind the scenes of a comedy show and the people that come together to make it. Diane Michaels has created a cast of people that it is impossible not to love. The egos, the personalities, their hang-ups, and their relationships are all laid bare with hilarious consequences. Kendra is your typical Brit trying to make it in the US, reserved and unwilling to push herself at first. Austin is delightful and he is brutally frank about his relationship with Bronwyn. There is a stellar cast to this book, and you will love getting to know them and becoming truly invested in the show. This is exactly how I imagined the cast of The Big Bang Theory and the creators of the show interacting and I loved being a fly on the wall. The writer’s room and the interaction between them reminded me of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, one of my favorite ever TV programs. A great read; I was so sad when I finished it." 5-star review from Readers' Favorite.

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Watching the Grass Grow

 

 

A pair of short stories about how when life stands still, love rushes in.

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From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms

When you imagine your wedding ceremony, does it have a soundtrack? If not, From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms offers you a stress-free path to filling the silence with music. In this guide, professional musicians (one is a harpist who has played more than 1000 weddings, and the other two are fictional characters from the novel Ellen the Harpist) answer 10 commonly asked questions about planning your ceremony music including:

• Where can we find musicians for our ceremony?
• What instruments and music should we choose?
• When should we use music during our service?
• How much will it cost to hire musicians?

This fun, informative guide will transform you into a ceremony music planning pro whether you are following tradition or creating a modern event to celebrate your love.

Harpists Don't Dance

What would you do if someone else got to live out your dream?

16-year old Ellen is one of the only underclassmen at her school invited to Senior Prom, and she can't wait to go. A week later, she will make her Carnegie Hall debut. But when her recital date changes, she will have to make the most difficult decision of her life: Prom or recital? Her enemy, Amy, waits in the wings. She knows which one she hopes Ellen will choose, and she is ready to claim her discarded prize. But what if the two have been living the other's dreams all along?

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An excerpt from “Ellen the Harpist”

A musical selection from my novel

Also from MiddleRun Press

Stars Came Tumbling

by Robert Brown

Harp Music

Harp Smart is a collection of exercises and repertoire for the beginning harp student. Focusing on developing muscle memory, the book’s progression follows the intervalic relationship between notes, starting with half and whole steps and progressing to larger four-finger chords.

At the Ballet is an arrangement for harp trio of music from the ballets of Tchaikovsky and Ponchielli. Harp 1 (early intermediate) is playable on lever or pedal harp, Harp 2 (intermediate) is for pedal harp, and Harp 3 (advanced beginner is playable on lever or pedal harp.

Brazil is an arrangement for pedal harp ensemble. Did someone say pedal slides?

Deck the Hall, for pedal harp duo, is a theme with variations written in the style of Bach/Gounod, Mozart, Schubert, and Strauss.

Mars, the first movement of Holst’s The Planets, is a transcription of the work for pedal harp quartet.

Puccini Medley features three favorite arias from Puccini’s operas, arranged for harp trio. Harp 1 (early intermediate) is playable on lever or pedal harp, Harp 2 (intermediate) is for pedal harp, and Harp 3 (advanced beginner is playable on lever or pedal harp.

Purloined Concerto is a three movement work for harp trio based on concertos for piano and violin by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Beethoven. Harp 1 (early intermediate) is playable on lever or pedal harp, Harp 2 (intermediate) is for pedal harp, and Harp 3 (advanced beginner is playable on lever or pedal harp.