Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.
How fun! The song I want to pick is “talking to the moon” by Bruno Mars. Every time I hear that song I think of ON THE FENCE. Mainly because Charlie and Braden spend a lot of time doing just that.
Daren Ackwood is a bad boy with a mysterious past-He’s the kind of guy who knows he can get any girl he wants. Kayla doesn’t do bad boys-in any sense of the word. They have a tendency to leave scars and dust trails in their wake, and Kayla isn’t running short on either. So when Daren rolls up to her father’s funeral in his shiny sports car, Kayla knows she needs to keep her distance during her brief stay in this tiny God-forsaken town. She’s here to take care of her father’s will, nothing more. The trouble is, Daren doesn’t see it that way. And he usually gets his way.
I think “Trouble” by Bitter:Sweet represents Perfect Kind Of Trouble…well, perfectly. And not just because of its awesome title. This song is sexy and sassy with a playful undercurrent–just like my characters. Despite their attraction to one another, Daren and Kayla don’t get along. So when they’re forced to be handcuffed together in order to claim a joint inheritance, and wind up on a scavenger hunt to uncover the money, they find themselves in quite a few sexy, and sometimes silly, predicaments. The handcuffs bring Daren and Kayla a whole lot of trouble (as well as a little bit of fun) which is why “Trouble” is the *perfect* song for Perfect Kind Of Trouble.
Book Angel Booktopia is excited to welcome Angie Stanton today to share the Song of the Month to accompany her new book Royally Lost.
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Royals by Lorde
Royals came out at the perfect time while I was writing Royally Lost. My husband heard the song first and mentioned how it reminded him of my book. While the song is about a party girl, which is different than the book, sections of the refrain perfectly represent how different the average American teenager, Becca, is from Nikolai, a teenage heir to the throne with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
And we’ll never be Royals.
It don’t run in our blood.
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
Let me live that fantasy
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I love the beat and the catchy lyrics. Every time it comes on the radio, I think about Royally Lost and smile.
I have read every single book Claire has written, I love her take on Jane Austen and how well she captures the themes of the original stories in the narrative while making it relatable to teens today. To say I’m excited for this song would be an understatement
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Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.
Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.
All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.
Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too….
With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.
My choice for Song of the Month is Rickie Lee Jones’s Company. It’s kind of an old song—I’ve been listening to it for (gulp) a few decades now—but for me, it perfectly captures the wistful quality of the The Last Best Kiss.
In my novel, Anna makes a pretty big mistake and loses the trust of the person she cares about most. She misses Finn a lot, but because the fault was hers, she’s not angry, just sad. She feels the pang of lost conversations, shared moments she’ll never know again, the memory of a friendship that turned to love . . . She wants to redeem herself, but she doesn’t know if she’ll succeed.
The first few lines of the Rickie Lee Jones song capture Anna’s feelings so perfectly for me!
Title: Between Us
Series: Sex on the Beach
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 4 March 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads
I’m just a girl…
I’m a famous country star who’s spent her life cultivating a good girl persona to avoid bad press, but I’ve reached my limit. I’m going away for spring break with my two best friends from college, and we’ve vowed to spend the vacation seeking out fun in the sun—along with some hot, no-strings-attached sex. The only thing I needed was the perfect guy, and then I met Austin Murphy. He might be totally wrong for me, but the tattooed bad boy is hard to resist. When I’m in his arms, everything just feels right.
And I’m just a guy…
I’m just a bartender who lives in Key West, stuck in an endless cycle of boredom. But then Mackenzie Forbes, America’s Sweetheart herself, comes up to me and looks at me with those bright green eyes…and everything changes. She acts like she’s just a normal girl and I’m just a normal guy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. My past isn’t pretty, you know. I did what I had to do to survive, and she’d run if she learned the truth about my darkness. But with her, I’m finally realizing what it’s like to be alive. To laugh, live, and be happy.
All good things must come to an end…
Love Story by Taylor Swift
This song inspired both the book, Between Us, and the main character, Mackenzie Forbes. Or, I should say, Taylor Swift did, in particular! I was writing another book, and Pandora was playing a lot of Taylor Swift for me that day. As I wrote, a plot formed in my mind. There was a country star, Mackenzie Forbes, and a bad boy rocker, Austin Murphy. They meet on a starry night, and sparks instantly fly. And, man, it’s a love story all right. Listen to the song, read the book, and let me know if you agree! <3