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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: August 2015 Chosen by M Leighton

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I am delighted to welcome Michelle Leighton ot Book Angel Booktopia with this months Song of the Month to coincide with her new release STRONG ENOUGH.

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Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?

How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.

Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

There are no words necessary to accompany Michelle’s song choice, believe me it fits Jasper PERFECTLY ♥

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: July 2015: Chosen by Michelle A Valentine

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Book Angel Booktopias is delighted to welcome Michelle A Valentine today with this months Song of the Month to coincide with the publication of Wicked White.

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ROOM TO BREATHE by You Me at Six

This song is on my WICKED WHITE playlist because the moment it blasted through my speakers I got goose bumps. It was like the main character of the story, Ace White, was singing to me, telling me about his story and how he felt so trapped by his fame. It hit so close to home that I could close my eyes and picture Ace with his long bronze hair, pouring his heart out on stage, singing this song to a sold-out crowd who didn’t understand this was his goodbye song to fame. It was like this song was made just for this book. Every time I hear this song, I immediately think of this book and how I felt when I was writing it.

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SYNOPSIS

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: June 2015: Chosen by Chelsea M Cameron

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Chelsea M Cameron to share the song of the month for June to coincide with the release of her new duology: Behind Your Back and Back to Back.

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Music is a huge part of what I write. I listen to it, and it inevitably becomes woven into my books. For Behind Your Back, I listened to a number of things, including Taylor Swift’s entire 1989 album (all day, every day), a mashup cover of Blank Space and Style by Louisa Wendorff and a few other songs by Lorde, Hozier and Ellie Goulding.

But the song that I had on repeat, and that I used in the book is Take Me to Church by Hozier. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to this song. Everything about this song speaks to me. The lyrics especially “I’ll worship like a dog at the throne of your lies” pertain to Behind Your Back. There’s something so emotional about this song, and it gets me every time I listen. it’s one of my current favorite songs and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. This particular video has a dancer along with the song and I can’t get enough of it.

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ABOUT BACK TO BACK

To get to him, I need to use her.
I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening.
It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.
She’s just a girl.
A tool to get what I want.
When I’m done with her I won’t think twice about walking away.
At least, that was what I thought.
Until I met her.

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Musical Moments: Enchanted Awakening by Alanna Wilson Playlist

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The first in a two-part series and it is a YA paranormal love story.

Synopsis

Celeste Marsden is a lively teenager hoping to live out her days with the first love who has captured her heart. However, when a fatal winter accident takes her first love, Cameron, away and leaves her with a head filled with other peoples’ memories, her future begins to look drastically different. Then she meets a boy who just might have all the answers. He is passionate, angry, and indecipherable and as he lets Celeste in on his secrets she realizes that the world around her is more dangerous than she’d ever imagined. Celeste is rattled by the feelings she develops for this boy, Isaac, and the guilt she feels for moving on. However just when she begins to truly heal and to see a future with Isaac, she realizes she has unlocked the power to bring Cameron back. If you could bring back the one you lost what would you do? What if you could change everything?

Enchanted Awakening Playlist

1. Beautiful Ride – Alanna Wilson

This is a song I wrote back in high school and it ties into the story in some interesting ways. Firstly, it is about the loss of a loved one which is a major theme in the story (as the main character Celeste loses her first love in a tragic accident). I actually wrote this song when my own first love’s father died in an accident; he was a wonderful person and I wanted to do his memory justice. It was a very sad time that made me realize how fleeting and fragile life is. Celeste’s first love is loosely based off of my own first love (Cameron is the middle name of the real life boy and they look exactly alike).

2. Back to December – Taylor Swift

The tragic accident in the story happens in the wintertime and Celeste spends her days “going back to December all the time”; it is constantly on her mind. Just like in the song, Celeste wishes she could go back and change the outcome of that fateful day, and wishes for some way to change things now. In fact there are 3 wintry days with Cameron that Celeste reflects on and yearns to change throughout the novel.

3. Wish You Were Here – Avril Lavigne

I think this song encompasses Celeste’s longing for Cameron and her desperation; that she’d do anything to have him there with her.

4. Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful – Kelly Pickler

Throughout the novel Celeste has issues with body image; a scar on her shoulder in particular. She has been diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder; a disorder in which the sufferer becomes obsessively preoccupied with a real or imagined (perceived) “flaw.” Cameron believed she was beautiful just as she was, but with him gone she finds herself struggling with it more than ever. I love that in the sequel “Enchantment Everlasting” she is able to overcome this and see that sometimes what we perceive as our greatest flaws can actually be our greatest gifts.

5. Enchanted – Taylor Swift

I just had to… it has part of the book title as the song title! Plus this song captures some of the feelings when Celeste meets Isaac. The lingering question kept me up, 2am who do you love? I wonder til I’m wide awake. Celeste doesn’t know what to make of what she’s feeling for this new boy, Isaac; but she knows that she needs to know more about him.

6. Wired – One More Girl

I adore this beautiful love song and it describes the force with which Celeste is drawn to Isaac. Boy there’s nothing that I can do, it’s like I’m wired to love you. I won’t give out any spoilers but there is a reason that Celeste is so drawn to Isaac beyond that of obvious attraction. I also love the lyrics: no one would ever know it, if they checked my vital signs. Yeah you could call that living, but I was not alive… you shocked me back to life in the most magnetic way. Celeste hasn’t really been “living” since losing Cameron, that is, until she meets Isaac who just like in the song, brings her back to life.

7. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne

-I feel like this is a song that romantic rival Meredith (a blonde bombshell that rides a motorbike, is always talking to Isaac, and has a major secret) would like to sing to Isaac and Celeste.

8. Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift

This is the song I think Celeste would love to sing to Meredith. Meredith is certainly not a saint, and not what you think ;). I also think it’s fair to say that both women have underestimated each-other.

9. Thinking of You – Katy Perry

I adore the video for this song (so much that the character of Atarah in Enchantment Everlasting was inspired by Katy Perry from this music video). I think this song captures the feeling of being torn between two lovers, and Celeste’s guilt over being with Isaac when she still loves Cameron. And things are about to get a whole lot more complicated! But I’ll leave you to read the novel to find out why…

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: May 2015: Chosen by Bryony Pearce

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Huge thanks to Bryony Pearce for coming to my rescue and picking this month’s song of the month. I always tell my students that dystopia is one of the biggest ongoing trends in young adult fiction, thought provoking and realistic dystopian takes a look at the problematic elements in today’s society – such as the depletion of natural resources. Dystopia stands out to teens because it is easy to picture the events that COULD happen while also providing possible solutions they may not have considered.

From the feedback I have received from my students there really is no stopping dystopia, even with those reluctant to read for pleasure can be enticed by something they can relate to ♥

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One of the key messages of Phoenix Rising is environmental: mankind has used up the resources of our planet. When the fuel crisis occurs, bringing with it perhaps inevitable wars and recession, man, finding himself laden with unusable technology, simply tosses all of his rubbish into enormous islands of junk floating in the seas and oceans.

The eruption of Yellowstone brings tsunamis that break up the islands and the sea is polluted beyond redemption. Now it is simply ‘the salt’, poisoned with acidic currents, filled with floating junk and the promise of death to any who spend any time in the water.

This is the world into which Toby is born, a world that has been polluted and used up and which has only scraps left to offer the nations whose survivors can only fight for every advantage.
It seems as if every time I leave the house, I am picking my way over the rubbish that people think it is acceptable to toss over their shoulders. Our society is consumer driven and disposable. From unnecessary technology upgrades (our phones, our cars, our televisions, our computers) to wardrobes full of clothes we barely wear, to food we buy and never eat, it seemed a logical progression to have a world where man has used up almost everything and thrown the rest away.

Already we have seabirds drowning in oil, ocean-going mammals snared in plastic, distant colonies of birds that have never seen a human being covered in so much rubbish that they can barely nest in safety.

Phoneix Rising is a rollicking adventure. It has pirates, sea battles, explosions, It is Junk-Punk. But it also contains a serious environmental message that I would love readers to ponder next time they consider throwing something away.

And so the song that I have chosen is my favourite song about the environment, a comment on man’s consumerism, his drive to destroy nature and build on the green spaces.

It is Where Do the Children Play? By Cat Stevens.

ABOUT PHEONIX RISING

In a future world where fossil fuels have run out and democracy has collapsed, an outlawed pirate crew fight for survival on their ship, the Phoenix, kept afloat by whatever they can salvage or scavenge on the debris-filled seas. Toby has never known anything other than life onboard the Phoenix and he’s desperate for adventure. But when trouble comes hunting the Phoenix down, Toby realizes that what you wish for isn’t always what you want. He meets beautiful Ayla from the Banshee, a rival pirate ship and sworn enemy of the Phoenix, and his world is thrown into disorder. How can he know who to trust and what to believe? The future rests on him making an impossible choice…A gripping novel, perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer and Suzanne Collins.

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ABOUT BRYONY PEARCE

Please check out the amazing Bio Bryony has on her website HERE