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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.

Classics Carnival: Musical Moments: Song of the Month – September 2014 Chosen by Erin Butler

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It’s my pleasure to welcome Erin Butler to Book Angel Booktopia today to share her choice of song to go alongside the release of her new book Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition. Dang it – I want my own Mr Darcy :)

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Release Day 16th September 2014

Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza’s Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF’s ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble. 

So, what’s a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother’s copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN. 

It’s too bad Austen’s heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza’s determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can’t trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

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To me, this song is all about those first crush feels and boy does Liza get them–several times. :) When she realizes who was perfect for her all along, she gets Boom Clap times a thousand! This song is just so much fun and it’s what I hope readers get out of Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition.

Musical Moments: Book Theme Song: The Faded Trilogy by Chloe Miles

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The Faded Trilogy by Chloe Miles

Series Overview

You only live once … unless you’re Hunter Emmerton.

A half-spirit girl. An irresistibly charming ghost. The beginning of a timeless first love. A town terrorized by evil … and dark forces who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. But how can they be together if they can’t even feel each other’s touch?

From the sweet love story of Faded to the heart-stopping action of See No Evil and the inspiring Ever After, find out why readers are buzzing about The Faded Trilogy … and falling head over heels for Hunter Emmerton.

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Title: Faded (The Faded Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Chloe Miles
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis

“Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn’t really there?”

Savannah has never been in love before, but she’s in love with Hunter Emmerton. He’s cute, funny, charming … and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?

When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.

Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather—and she is also now invincible.

The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces—a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters—and stop them from harming everyone they care about.

The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan—they want a new member to join them. They won’t give up until they get the one they want—and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.

But what Savannah didn’t count on was falling in love with Hunter. She’s never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she’s the only one who can see him?

Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones—and tear her and Hunter apart?

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Title: See No Evil (The Faded Trilogy, Book 2)
Author: Chloe Miles
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis

“You could have perfect vision and still not see the evil in someone. Well, at least not want to see it, anyway.”

The enthralling story that was built in Faded continues in exciting and unexpected ways in this action-packed sequel in The Faded Trilogy.

Are Savannah’s dreams predicting the death of someone close to her? Or is it someone even closer than she thinks? Can Savannah save one of her best friends—and stop another from suffering the same fate?

Savannah will need more strength than she ever has before if she is to defeat The Forces for good, and with Hunter’s love and encouragement to believe in herself, she finds the confidence she never knew she had.

However, while The Chosen Ones become more confident in their roles as protectors of Fort Everwick, The Forces only become more evil—and prove they will stop at nothing to win.

What will Savannah do that will change everything and determine her position of power over The Forces forever—and prove to them that she just might have it in her to beat them at their own game?

But while becoming their biggest threat, it also reinforces Savannah’s position as Gwen’s most cherished target.

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Title: Ever After (The Faded Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Chloe Miles
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis

One of Savannah’s friends is hiding a secret that will change her life—forever.

In this heartbreaking yet heartwarming conclusion to The Faded Trilogy, Savannah is facing an epic final battle with The Forces—and the possibility of losing Hunter forever.

If Fort Everwick no longer needed protecting, and Hunter was free to cross over, would he stay with Savannah as he promised—or leave her to live the normal life she deserves?

Savannah can’t imagine her life without Hunter, but does he love her truly enough to let her go?

Until then, The Chosen Ones only have one thing on their mind—defeating The Forces. But they are stronger than ever—and not prepared to go down without a fight.

Will The Forces finally be defeated once and for all? And can Savannah and Hunter really live happily ever after?

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The Song: Enchanted by Taylor Swift

The Scene: The Winter Formal

The Winter Formal was one of my favorite scenes to write, as well as being such a pivotal moment for Savannah and Hunter’s relationship. I adore Taylor Swift, and this just so happens to be one of my favorite songs of hers. The lyrics perfectly capture the innocent romance and magic of Savannah appearing as though she is dancing around all alone to the outside world, although knowing very well herself that her perfect Prince Charming is dancing with her … even if she is the only one who can see him.

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Author Bio

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Chloe Miles is a twenty-something author, dreamer, shameless chocoholic, and hopeless romantic.

When she’s not writing or daydreaming, she loves escaping reality with her favorite playlists, eating too much chocolate, and curling up on her couch in her PJs with a good TV show and a cup of tea. The Faded Trilogy is her first series.

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