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Life is a Stevie Wonder Song

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Stephen Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. When Stephen's publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a ...more
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Published December 30th 2015 by Torquere Press
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short, quirky, somewhat whimsical and quite delightful sexual awakening and May to December romance rolled into one.

I honestly wasn't sure where it was going when I first started reading it and, for a time, I don't think the story quite did either as Stephen's attraction to Declan did seem to come from nowhere.

Declan's own behaviour was a tad strange but it did fit into the character of a much younger dreamer with his fey photography and idealistic experiences.

All in all though a quick
You're a 45 year-old author with three failed marriages under your belt, and a pressing deadline to finish your latest "Mick Dell" (think James Bond) mega-seller .... but you've lost your mojo. What do you do? You actually listen to your 20-yr-old daughter and spend the summer at Whispering Pines Creative Campground, some sort of summer camp in upstate New York, to get in touch with nature and find your "muse" ..... although you know it's some goddamn hippy commune in the Catskills at the end of ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was sweet...really, really sweet and I'll be back to chat about it more...soonish, of course!

Sorry, I'm on the move right now and the reading is a little easier to accomplish than the reviewing but I'll get there...I promise!

May 10/18 Update: finally my review for this little gem...

Who doesn't know the words to at least one song by Stevie Wonder...

While I'm still not a big fan of stories where there's an age gap between the MCs and by age gap I mean 10 years or more. I really enjoyed thi
Diane Lynch
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey V.L. Locey’s Life is a Stevie Wonder Song is a thoughtful story that is full of a man’s self-discovery.  This contemporary adult novella takes place in New York City and Catskill, NY.  The story is told from the viewpoint of best-selling author Stephen Ramsey, who has lost his muse.  He has gone through three divorces and has been unmotivated in writing his next spy novel.  His daughter suggests he goes on a summer retreat in the Catskill Mountains to r ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really cute enjoyable GFY story about an author whose muse has vanished. Steven's life has taken it's toll. He has spent the advance he had to write a book that hasn't been started and the empty page on his laptop is more sparse than ever. His daughter suggests he takes himself away from New York to seek new experiences, and he takes her suggestion to heart.
Whilst away he meets Declan, a photography student half his age. Captivated by the young man they begin a lovely relationship of discovery
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Stephen has lost his muse... So his daughter comes up with a idea of him going to a summer camp for the creative soul. That is where he meets Declan a photographer he is attracted to..

This was a short book so I will not go to much into it... This Novella was so good and I really loved these two men together. It did feel a little rushed to me but I still really liked this story and loved the way this author wrote these characters! There is a age gap between Stephen and Declan but I really loved
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is a sweet novella from the wonderful mind of V.L. Locey. We have a bestselling author, Stephan Ramsey, and he's got killer writer's block. Something authors know first hand. Sometimes you can break through the wall. Other times you need a push and so when Stephan's daughters tells him to take a vacation to the Catskill Mountains... he does. Enter free bird photographer Declan Pomeroy... Yup sometimes inspiration comes in the form of a person and for Stephan it turns out the where isn't wha ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
Great story!!
This was a bit of harmless fantasy which I was kind of enjoying in a mindless way but the last twenty pages or so did manage to annoy me.

The story such as it is had one of my favorite tropes: older/younger. Problem is you can't look at this even at middle distance because nothing is explained. The fact that Steve, the older writer, is attracted to the younger man needs no explanation. He's a sprite like creature and in the midst of a summer idle quite appealing. However what Declan, the fae man
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is short, but so much fun. It is slightly crazy - but that can be love, can't it! I enjoyed it from start to finish - from the love of vinyl (I am with Stephen there), to running around the wood in bare feet (although usually more clothes than Declan) I was enchanted.

The premise of the author who has lost faith in his hero, has lost faith in relationships and needs a break from the chaos of New York going out into
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
3.5 stars

i'm really torn on this book. it absolutely had the potential to be a 5 star read for me but fell a little short. i'm not sure why this wasn't a novel vs. a novella but if it was longer with more development it absolutely would be a 5 star read for me.

what i liked/loved about this story:
- the premise is great
- the writing is fantastic, almost lyrical and poetic at times
- declan's creative free spirit
- the way steven was so completely mesmerized by and infatuated with declan
- steven's re
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Best-selling novelist Stephen's muse has been MIA for a few months and with a new deadline set by his editor, his daughter suggests he go to a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, he decides to head there. When he sets eyes on Declan, his closest neighbor and a fey creatures' photographer, everything he always thought about himself is put to the test, leaving him confused. He's unable to resis
Julianne Redmon
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Both Steven and Declan were very well-developed characters despite the short time that we know them. The reader can easily understand how Steven can be attracted to Declan and vice versa. I loved Declan's more artistic approach to his photography when it's contrasted with Steven's more commercial/business-like approach to his writing. Two people couldn't be more different, but the attraction is obvious and boy is it intense.

I love that the story didn't f
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4 1/2 stars

This was a short but sweet lil m/m romance. I just loved Steven and Declan. Steven is a forty something 3 x's divorced writer who has lost his muse. After getting one final extension for his latest book and talking with his daughter, he takes her advice to go to a "summer camp" for the artsy type to try and get his writing back on track.

What Steven doesn't expect is to find his muse in the body of a 22 year old Declan. Steven is immediately smitten with Declan and isn't sure why becau
Cathy Brockman
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Steven is a best-selling author going through a third divorce and stuck in a writing slump. His publisher is breathing down his neck making it harder to write. His daughter Liza suggests he goes to a writing camp n the Catskills to get his creative juices flowing. That's not all that begins flowing. Declan is a very artistic, unique individual that captures Steven's interest ad becomes his muse.

I was looking for a fresh, romantic story and this one was perfect. I fell in love with Declan from th
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

For the Full Review, visit on 1/15/2016

From that review: "Nothing makes me happier then to discover a new (to me) author and a wonderful story. V.L. Locey's Life is a Stevie Wonder Song did both. Locey's did so many things right in this story from the wonderful locations to the absolutely marvelous characterizations. But the thing that stood out the most, almost immediately? That her novelist Stephen
Sherri Malia
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Short Read
A writer who has lost his muse. A free spirit young photographer. What happens when the path of these two cross? Steven and Declan have chemistry and sparks fly. Steven, who is three times divorced with a child, is surprised by his attraction to Declan. He also finds that Declan can teach him a lot. Can they keep their feelings hidden when his daughter comes to visit?
A very well written short story, with characters that are well developed.
Jackie Forquer
I finished reading the story and calmly said, "Wow". Steven freely accepts new challenges to his life and embraces the new feelings that come along with them and Declan's strength helps lead Steven in the process of finding himself. Vicki found the perfect words to write at just the right times to leave you in awe of these two wonderful characters.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a sucker for an age-gap story, and especially when it is the younger person/man 'saving' or providing something, some spark that is missing, from the life of the older man. 

In this case, author Steven is feeling rather down and out, a casualty of his third divorce and all of the associated emotional and financial anguish.  A best-selling author who has no inspiration or inclination to write is useless, in Steven's mind.  His best accomplishment - his daughter - is at a loss about how to hel
E Prime
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, mm-love
Life is a Stevie Wonder Song is a wonderfully beautiful and well-paced book. The romance is sweet and the two MC’s, Declan and Steven, fit together wonderfully. They complement each other in a way that transcends age. As far as secondary characters go, I really liked Steven’s daughter – more than anything she was a catalyst for Steven to accept what he needs and his love for Declan. Declan is a hipster in my book, that was exactly how I imagined him – the whole bare foot photographer chasing fai ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

So - imagine if Richard Castle went through a midlife crisis where he sequestered himself away in a cabin in the woods for a bit of writing, some drug taking and a torrid affair with a male college student the same age as his daughter.

I have to admit that I’ve never been a massive fan of relationships with huge age gaps. Combining the age gap with a sudden midlife shift in sexual orientation and an adult daughter who feels muc
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!

I jumped at reading this novella because it sounded fun, and I recently enjoyed Snap Shot, another book by this author. Unfortunately, I found myself not connecting with the characters in this one.

Stephen is an author with serious writer's block. His publisher is done giving him extensions on his new book, but Stephen's muse is just not cooperating. His daughter suggests a summer camp for the creative soul. There, he meets Declan, a college student and photographer of fey creatures.

Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and sweet story with a novella of magic. It is an quick and easy read about forty-five-year old Steven who has writer’s block. He is a best-selling mystery writer, but all his creativity has vanished. His twenty-year-old daughter, Liza, urges him to take a break and sign up for a three-month creativity camp. There he meets the sunny, quicksilvery, barefooted, and a bit mysterious Declan. He is a fey photographer. And just like magic Steven is mesmerized by this youn ...more
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Review by: Jennifer
(3 stars)

Steven is an author that has hit the proverbial wall of writers block. He has been struggling with getting the next book of his series out, but dealing with the aftermath of his third divorce has taken a lot out of him, leaving him blank. When his daughter suggests that he leave the city and try a camp where he can commune with nature, at first Steven is a bit skeptical but ends up going; at this point he is willing to try anything. When he gets there, he is still blo
I liked this a lot.

Life is a Stevie Wonder song is an interesting title for a romance book and it's one of the things that made me want to read it; the other was the author, V. L. Locey.

Age-gap stories aren't usually my first choice when selecting a book to read but this one was really good. Steven is a best-selling author who has lost his muse so he follows his daughter's advice and goes to a retreat for the summer. Steven has been married three times, to women, so he's really confused when he
Violet  Marshall
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
What an sensational book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters wonderful. There is one thing that did bother me a little and that was the immature actions that were okayed away without any discussion. It doesn’t hurt the story but for me personally it just bothered me some. The characters were developed and thought out. Steven and Declan are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, fairy circles, woods hide-a-beds, ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, when I first started reading this book, I was worried it wasn't going to "click" for me. Fortunately, I kept reading - and I fell in love! Steven was hardened by life, a best selling author and dedicated city dweller, divorced three times and looking for his muse. Declan was vulnerable and flighty, a small town artist young enough to be Steven's son. These two together were magic. I loved their interaction, surrounded by nature and songs on vinyl. Steven was the worldly one of the tw ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book...

I thought this book was sweet, sexy and fun. The one character is an author with writers block, and his inner thoughts are hilarious. Several times I chuckled to myself because of his of his cursing and swearing to himself.

I would highly recommend any book written by this author.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Not enough details to find the "I love you" declarations real. Also, this sexist gem, " No wonder women loved automatic washers and dryers."

I liked the premise and the story, if you excuse the clunky metaphors, was good.
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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, Dr. Who, Torchwood, belly laughs, yoga, reading and writing lusty tales, walking, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day