About Play for Me


“Evocative, philosophical, and downright entertaining, Play for Me had me turning pages as if to discover the fate not only of its winning heroine, but of myself.”

—Alethea Black, author of I Knew You'd Be Lovely

At the end of the song he pressed his pick into a string, bending it down and making it quiver like a drop of water before it falls, then released it. It shot like an arrow straight to the heart.
 
It happened without warning during a concert of a folk music duo, performed at her son’s college. The guitarist JJ, whose unassuming presence on stage belies the intricacy and beauty of his playing, transfixes Lily. With a final note, something within her breaks loose.
 
After the concert Lily returns to her comfortable life—an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband—but is unable to ignore the pull of the music, or of JJ. She follows the duo’s tour schedule and whenever possible sneaks away to hear the band play, feeling a giddy sense of excitement as she gets to know JJ and singer Blaise back stage. Lily rashly offers to make a film of the band for free in order to gain a place with them on the road. 
 
Once behind the scenes, Lily is privy to simmering tensions and the dysfunctional dynamic between JJ and Blaise: He reacts with surprising calm in the face of her sudden outbursts and cold silences. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she upsets the balance, as she falls deep into JJ’s world, filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had.
 
Play for Me captures the heartbreaking decision to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire—a longing to bloom anew.

• Read an excerpt from Play for Me here.

• Céline was tapped for “The Next Big Thing” on Goodreads, where she discusses her newly completed novel, Play for Me: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3838043-the-next-big-thing