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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: December 2014: Chosen by Lia Riley

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I am so excited to welcome Lia Riley to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the song that ties the Off the Map series together. Enjoy :)

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If I had to distill the Off the Map series to a single song, my vote is for “Hopeless Wanderer” by Mumford & Sons. The lyrics remind me of a conversation between two young hurting lovers. There is acknowledgement of the fear and self-doubt that has haunted their journey, but passion infuses every word and there’s a wild hope for the road ahead. That’s Talia and Bran to me.

I also happen to have a major Jason Bateman crush so love the music video.

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Musical Moments: The Stall of Second Chances Play-list by Dana Bate

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Dana Bate today to share the musical accompaniment to The Stall of Second Chances.

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Playlist for The Stall of Second Chances

The Stall of Second Chances is a book about love, heartbreak, trust, and second chances, so with that, I give you a brief book-inspired playlist!

1. “Song for the Dumped” Ben Folds Five

2. “I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift

3. “An Honest Mistake” The Bravery

4. “Take Five” Dave Brubeck

5. “Trusted” Ben Folds

6. “Sabotage” Beastie Boys

7. “Passenger Seat” Death Cab for Cutie

8. “Somebody That I Used to Know” Elliott Smith

9. “Hear Me Out” Frou Frou

10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey

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The book is about a young woman named Sydney Strauss, who was dumped years ago by her high school sweetheart and is still smarting from her emotional wounds. When she finally meets Jeremy, the first person with whom she has felt a connection in years, she is dismayed to find he has a shady past. But she cannot deny her attraction to him, and through their relationship, she stumbles across a story that could be the big break into food journalism she’s been looking for. Pursuing the story, however, might mean betraying Jeremy’s trust. So this playlist focuses on broken hearts, mistakes, self-belief, and trust (in addition to “Take Five,” a jazz favorite of Jeremy’s). As Ben Folds sings in “Trusted”: “It seems to me if you can’t trust, you can’t be trusted.”

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Musical Moments: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo – Jessie Darker’s Soundtrack

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Jus Accardo today to share the music behind her latest book – A Darker Past.

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Music is a huge part of my writing process. I wouldn’t get past the first page without it. For me, it inspires everything from wicked fight scenes, to those gut-wrenching tear-your-heart-out moments.

My books all have playlists. Most scenes have at least one song tied to them inside my head. And sometimes, a character is so vivid to me, they get their own. In the case of Jessie Darker, one of the main characters from the Darker Agency series, the list practically made itself! Here are a few of the songs from Jessie Darker’s soundtrack.

 Marilyn Manson – Personal Jesus

Jessie is a good person. She loves that the agency helps people in trouble—even if her moral compass is sometimes just slightly askew. In her eyes, the agency is the thing that stands between the things that go bump in the night and the good people of Penance. She and Klaire are the self appointed saviors of their beloved hometown.

Christina Perri – Human

Jessie is one tough cookie. She’s faced down creatures from the deepest depths of the Shadow Realm—AKA Hell—without even breaking a sweat. But she’s also a teenage girl. Even if she isn’t 100% human. There’s a scene in Book one where she says she wants Lukas to see her as more than a Monster Masher. She wants him to see her as a girl. This theme is carried throughout the series, the song playing a prominent role in a scene from book two as well. To me, it screams vulnerability. Sure, Jessie can kick ass with the best of them, but she’s also just a girl. One who, like everyone else, has limits and a breaking point.

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

This one is on Jessie’s list because she’s a fighter. She gets up, pushes on, and does what needs to be done despite the challenges and obstacles in her path. Everyone hears music in their own way. To me, this is all about the fight. Getting the job done and overcoming the struggle.

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Chosen by Christina Lauren

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Book Angel Booktopia is extremely excited to welcome the dynamic duo Christina Lauren today to share the song of the month to coincide with the release of Dirty Rowdy Thing on the 4th :) I for one cannot wait to read it ;)

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SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by theWant-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

We’re going with Take Me To Church, by Hozier because the lyrics and music are completely unreal, but we are switching it up a little and choosing the Ed Sheeran cover for obvious Ed Reasons. This song definitely has Finn/Harlow feels, with “should have worshipped her sooner” and, of course:

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice
To drain the whole sea

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 What do you think???

Review HERE

Musical Moments: Come Back to Me by Mila Gray Playlist

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Mila Gray today to share the songs that capture the essence of Come Back to Me. Enhance your reading experience by listening to the playlist as you read :)

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I always write to music. I’m obsessed. My Come Back To Me playlist kept growing and growing. I think because the emotions in the book are so intense – moving from excitement and the thrill of first love to extreme sadness and grief through to recovery and then the inklings of love again.

Of all my books, it’s the playlist I listen to the most often, with songs on it from Fink, Daft Punk, Joni Mitchell, Ed Sheeran, The Civil Wars, Tom Odell, Birdy, Sia and The National, among many others.

For me the British musician Fink is probably the sound of that book. His music wrenches at my heart. I can feel the loss that Jessa feels which really helped me write the book and get into the heart of it.

Also there’s a great track called Please Baby Please by Serena Ryder, which was so utterly perfect for the book. It’s as if it was written for Jessa and Kit. The story is, I’ve been told, very heart-wrenching. A lot of people have told me they cried from the first chapter and I think this song, towards the end gives me butterflies.

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Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend’s sister, Jessa – the one girl he can’t have.

But Kit’s not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa’s falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer’s over and it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa’s finally following her dreams and Kit’s discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

Jessa’s prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they’re forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

Review HERE