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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Chosen by Nazarea Andrews

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I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book – seriously a NA re-imagining of Helen and Paris (SQUEE) and to top that off Nazarea agreed to pick the song of the month to go alongside the release of Stardust Destiny – how awesome is that  😆

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Stardust Destiny is a modern, erotic retelling of Helen of Troy and Paris. It’s all about forbidden love, and wanting something—someone—you can’t have, and the consequences of that kind of love. I love this song that admits it’s not smart—that there’s pain and no guarantee of a happily ever after. And that, even despite knowing that, it’s pointless to argue because—the heart wants what it wants. It’s very much Ileana and Paris.

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The face that launched a thousand ships…

I grew up knowing my destiny. Daddy pounded it in my head, my brother repeated it every day of my life. I was the only daughter of the Orsi crime syndicate, the pretty prize that would bring peace. My one job was to marry Callum Sheehan, the vicious head of the Irish mob in Chicago.
I never questioned my future–until I saw him.

The man who was never meant to love her…

I wasn’t going to the wedding. It’s shit that my brother does, things our father requires of the heir of the Sosa cartel. Not me. I’m the black sheep, the one Mama spoiled, and my father loves, but without the pressure of expectation. But Sheehan is too big a deal for me to blow off.
And then I see her.

The love that started a war…

She isn’t mine. She will never be mine. I watch her fall apart when she thinks no one is watching. I watch her marry another man. I watch her bravery. And I don’t care who she belongs to or that it will start a war between our families.
I will damn us both to possess her, and burn down the world to keep her.

Stardust Destiny Excerpt

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Musical Moments: Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother PLAYLIST by Lauren Smith

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Lauren Smith as part of the Release Week Blitz for Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother. As you already know I am a little music obsessed as well as book obsessed so I am delighted Lauren is here to share the musical accompaniment to Kat and Tristan 😉

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I’ll just come out and say it. I’m a serious music addict. Especially when it comes to playlists for my books. Every couple needs a theme song, every hero and heroine needs their own jams to get me channeling their voices as I write. For Kat and Tristan from Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother, I wanted some classic, haunting tunes like the dulcet tones of Lana Del Rey and Marie Digby. They have pop songs with a different feel. There’s a melancholy bittersweet style to their songs that perfectly captures the feelings Kat and Tristan share for each other with their forbidden relationship. Songs like Highland Christmas and Cold Lamb Sandwiches set the tone for the holidays and sweetness that Kat and Tristan have over Christmas holiday. Snow Patrol, and Adele bring that extra flavor of desperate love that heighten the romance and the conflict of the heart between the my hero and heroine. The ten songs below are my essential Playlist for Forbidden: Her British Stepbrother. Happy listening!!

  • Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Ray

  • Echoes in the Rain- Enya

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: December 2015 chosen by Megan Erickson

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Megan Erickson toady with her choice of song to coinicde with the latest release in the Mechanics of Love series – Dirty Deeds.

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Song – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

Alex Dawn fled a bad relationship that had depleted her self confidence. When Dirty Deeds starts, she’s trying hard to put on a brave face, but inside, she’s still hurting from a man who made her feel worthless. And this is where the song comes in, because by the end of the novel, through the love of her family, Spencer, and through loving herself again, she ends up much stronger than before. She’s okay with being alone, although Spencer by her side is an added bonus. I love this song a lot because it’s really about empowerment and saying, “I don’t need you. I’m stronger without you.”

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: November 2015: Chosen by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Becca Fitzpatrick today with November’s song of the month to coincide with publication of Dangerous Lies.

LYRICS 

I have made mistakes, I continue to make them
the promises I’ve made, I continue to break them
and all the doubts I’ve faced, I continue to face them
but nothing is a waste if you learn from it and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole we have lived in fear, and our fear has betrayed us
but we will overcome the apathy that has made us
because we are not alone in the dark with our demons
and we have made mistakes
but we’ve learned from them and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole and oh my heart, how can I face you now?
when we both know how badly I have let you down
and I am afraid of all that I’ve built
fading away

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from Through the Deep, Dark Valley, released October 30, 2012

I selected a song from the Dangerous Lies playlist called “I HAVE MADE MISTAKES” by The Oh Hellos.  This song screams Stella to me. It’s about owning your mistakes, facing hard times, and learning from both.  “And we have made mistakes/But we’ve learned from them/It is the rain that will strengthen your soul/And it will make you whole.” Stella has made a lot of mistakes before the story starts. She’s in a dark place, afraid to trust anyone, and equally afraid to let anyone in. As the story goes on, she holds onto her past, and the secrets there, but they are like poison, slowly destroying her. Being in Thunder Basin gives her the chance to forgive herself and really discover what it means to love. Of course, love and forgiveness are never simple. Stella’s past is constantly pursuing her, and one day, it finally catches up. Will she have the power to face it, or will it drag her down? Read the book and find out. 

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Music Saves Lives – Caisey Quinn

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I adore music and have very eclectic tastes, basically anything apart from manufactured bubblegum pop. I truly believe music does calm the beast and helps people get through adversity in their lives. So when I read the Neon Dreams series I felt personally invested in the music portrayal within the plot. It literally spoke to me and expressed the way music affects me on a personal level in a way I could never hope to achieve. I know I had to share this viewpoint with the world via the Song of the Month and to coincide with the release of the last book in the Neon Dreams series, Missing Dixie. Below are two fo the songs featured on Caisey Quinn’s Missing Dixie Playlist available on Spotify that she mentioned would convey the message perfectly ♥

♥♥ENJOY♥♥