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Musical Moments: Book Theme Song: Harder by Robin York

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Title: Harder
Series: Caroline and West #2
Author: Robin York
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 1 July 2014

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Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart.

Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family—a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.

They’re together again, but things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who posted their explicit pictures on a revenge porn website. But here she is. Deeply into West, wrapped up in him, in love with him. Still.

They fought the odds once. Losing each other was hard. But finding their way back to each other couldn’t be harder.

 

This has to be the perfect song for this book.

Musical Moments: Song of the Month chosen by Kasie West

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BOOK SUMMARY

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

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How fun! The song I want to pick is “talking to the moon” by Bruno Mars. Every time I hear that song I think of ON THE FENCE. Mainly because Charlie and Braden spend a lot of time doing just that. :)

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THANK YOU KASIE

Musical Moments: Song of the Month – Chosen by Chelsea Fine

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BOOK SUMMARY

Daren Ackwood is a bad boy with a mysterious past-He’s the kind of guy who knows he can get any girl he wants. Kayla doesn’t do bad boys-in any sense of the word. They have a tendency to leave scars and dust trails in their wake, and Kayla isn’t running short on either. So when Daren rolls up to her father’s funeral in his shiny sports car, Kayla knows she needs to keep her distance during her brief stay in this tiny God-forsaken town. She’s here to take care of her father’s will, nothing more. The trouble is, Daren doesn’t see it that way. And he usually gets his way.

I think “Trouble” by Bitter:Sweet represents Perfect Kind Of Trouble…well, perfectly. ;) And not just because of its awesome title. This song is sexy and sassy with a playful undercurrent–just like my characters. Despite their attraction to one another, Daren and Kayla don’t get along. So when they’re forced to be handcuffed together in order to claim a joint inheritance, and wind up on a scavenger hunt to uncover the money, they find themselves in quite a few sexy, and sometimes silly, predicaments. The handcuffs bring Daren and Kayla a whole lot of trouble (as well as a little bit of fun) which is why “Trouble” is the *perfect* song for Perfect Kind Of Trouble. ;)

Musical Moments: Music Q & A with Cathy Hopkins

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Cathy Hopkins today as part of the Play-List for a Broken Heart Blog Tour. Sticking to the musical theme within the story for our interview :) ENJOY

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1. Do you have any musical influences?

I love all the music from the 1960s/70s: Van Morrison, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Carol King, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd to name a few. They seemed to sum up how I was feeling back then and I still love to play that music today. It can take me right back to my late teens and early twenties.

2. Is there a theme song for the book, what is it, and what is its significance?

Yes. Fallin’ by Alicia Keys.

The reason I chose that track is that my new book Playlist for a Broken Heart was inspired by a home made CD compilation that I found in a charity shop in North London. When I got home and listened to the tracks on the CD, the tracks seemed to tell the story of an unrequited love affair. When I studied the case that the CD came in, I could see that someone had gone to a lot of trouble to design a cover and put a black and white photo on the back of someone looking out of a window. I couldn’t see who because the person was in shadow. I became intrigued. Who had made the CD? Who for? And why had it ended up in a charity shop? What was the story behind it?

In the book, the main character Paige finds the CD when she moves to Bath and she poses the questions I had. She sets about looking for the person behind the CD and the book is about her search. Although in the book the bands and song tracks are fictionalized, on the real CD the first track is Fallin’ by Alicia Keys.

3. Does music play an important role in your life?

It does. I always play music when I’m driving or at home relaxing. A track can take me back to a time and place or change my mood. I like all sorts of music from all over the world, different tracks for different moods – sad, happy, nostalgic…

4. Has anyone ever made you a mixed tape?

Yes. My husband used to make me compilations when we first met. Music is his number one passion and he’d often make CDs to introduce me to new music.

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Musical Moments: Fall With Me Play-List by Julie Patricka

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to be able to share the music behind the book Fall With Me.

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Full-disclosure, some of these songs came out after the drafting stage, but if you know anything about editing, trust me when I say I needed as much inspiration then as I did while drafting ;) (I’m going to try to do explanations without major spoilers)

1)    “Waiting on Superman” by Daughtry: This song kind of epitomizes how emotionally drained Jenna was when she was on her way home. It’s that moment of no longer believing in heroes.

2)    “Amaryllis” by Shinedown: This one is kind of about Sutton trying to help Jenna open her eyes and see that her life hasn’t ended because of what Adam did to her—and that he’s willing to take that journey with her.

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3)    “Better Sorry than Safe” by Halestorm: This is a two-sided song. Literally, it’s Jenna regretting never walking away from Adam. But where it comes story-wise (in this order, the songs kind of follow the cadence of the book), it’s also about her deciding to take a leap of faith.

4)    “Superman Tonight” by Bon Jovi: Kind of self-explanatory. This is Sutton’s song. ;-)

5)    “Fade into Me” by David Cook: Uh…smexy times song.

6)    “Love Me Back to Life” by Bon Jovi: When Jenna starts to believe things might have happened for the best and that she can find happiness in the aftermath of all the pain Adam caused.

7)    “Rumour Has It” by Adele: I know this song is done to death, but it fit too well. Saying more than that would be a big spoiler

8)    “In Your Room” by Halestorm: Sutton keeps part of himself hidden from Jenna for a big chunk of the book, and this is the song that signifies the change in their relationship when he finally opens up to her.

9)    “Islands in the Stream” by Feist & the Constantines: I grew up on the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton version of this song, but this one… I love this version of the song. It is my go-to smexy song. It gives me chills every time.

10) “Broken Arrows” by Daughtry: Dark moment song. All the sadz. (This is a newer song, and I don’t remember what I originally had here, but this fit sooooo much better.)

11) “Never Close Our Eyes” by Adam Lambert: The inclusion of this song is hard to explain. On the surface, it can kind of seem a negative song since the lyrics are about how things can go wrong. To me though, having it at the end of the list, all the wrong has already happened, and they’re just trying to savor the absolute joy of their happily-ever-after and don’t want to waste a second of it sleeping.

And that’s it. It’s a short playlist, but some of mine are (others go forever…). Obviously, I have some favorite artists, but it’s because their music speaks to me on a lot of levels, which makes them perfect for my purposes. I hope you enjoyed this peek into how my brain works when I choose my playlist.

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