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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

Musical Moments: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris Playlist

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Book Angel Booktopia is thrilled to welcome Rachel Harris today to share the musical accompaniment to the masterpiece that is The Fine Art of Pretending. 

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Creating playlists and story soundtracks is a vital part of my writing process. I choose songs that fit each character’s story arc, symbolize certain plot points in the book, and capture the overall theme of the journey.

Since The Fine Art of Pretending is actually the first book I ever wrote, way back in 2010, this playlist has been with me longer than any other one, and it feels so personal sharing it now. Everything about this book feels that way. The original playlist has over twenty songs on it but I’ve chosen a few to highlight here.

Hope you enjoy!!

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield – This song is Aly’s theme song…although she doesn’t know it the whole time ;) It was a huge inspiration for me while developing her character and it actually became my own personal theme song. Side note: my old blog, when I was an aspiring author and reviewer, was called Ending Unplanned because of this song. And it has been a ring tone on my phone for years.

 

I’d Come for You by Nickelback – This song symbolizes the intense friendship between Aly and Brandon, in particular how he feels for her. I know this song is a little older (confession: though I revised this book several times, I just couldn’t touch the soundtrack. It was too essential), but gah, y’all, this song just fits him so perfectly. Want to know a nerdy fun fact? While writing, if I got stuck or needed inspiration while writing one of Brandon’s scenes, I’d play this song and look back and forth between their cast pictures, and as soon as the song would end, I’d write like the wind.

Try by Colbie Caillat – The one new song I’ve added to my playlist since it was first created, one of my beta readers sent the video to me saying, “This is so Aly!!” and it so I love the message behind this song and this video, and it really is the message behind this book. Aly takes a little while to get to where Colbie is in this song, but she gets there. That’s what I wish for everyone who reads this book, too.

 

Make You Feel My Love by Adele – This song has a major role in the book. Plus I just love it, so it has to be included ;)

Complicated by Carolyn Dawn Johnson – THIS. This song is the push and pull that fits any friends-to-lovers story, right? The “should we, does he, what do I do” confusion. Captures this struggle so beautifully and Carolyn’s voice is simply gorgeous.

The full playlist for The Fine Art of Pretending can be found HERE 

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: October 2014 – Chosen by K A Tucker

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to welcome K A Tucker to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the key song to go alongside Burying Water. Believe me when I say that you are going to love this book, full of romance, symbolism, character growth and karma ;)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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This song was on repeat for days on end while writing Burying Water. Everything about it—the tempo, the lyrics, the mood—helped get me into Water’s head space while she picked up and started her life over in Sisters, Oregon. The lyrics are both poignant and hopeful, much like Water’s past and present.