I am SUPER EXCITED to welcome Molly McAdams to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the song that goes with Forgiving Lies (although I have to say I’m still not sure I’ve forgiven her for the whole Chase thing, just so you know)
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Without a doubt, the song that best describes FORGIVING LIES is Fall Into Me by Brantley Gilbert. This song was able to weave its way into the book a couple times because it perfectly describes Rachel and Kash, and their relationship.
Rachel has some trust issues, and while Kash is always pushing to break down her walls, he’s there for her, no matter what. He’ll wait for her until she’s ready; because he knows, despite her tough façade, she is fragile and can easily break.
I just can’t listen to this song without thinking about Rachel and Kash and getting goose bumps.
Huge thanks to Katie Dale for choosing this months Song of the Month to go alongside the release of Little White Lies (review coming later this week be sure to check back)
“Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele
Chosen by Katie Dale, author of LITTLE WHITE LIES
I love Adele, and I think this is one of her most striking songs, and I feel it really resonates with LITTLE WHITE LIES as it describes exactly the emotions the characters go through.
Both Lou and Christian are damaged. They’re both keeping secrets and hiding their true identities from the world, but somehow manage to fall in love anyway.
“I let it fall, my heart, And as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over, Until you kissed my lips and you saved me”
But each are hiding something that the other could never have guessed…
“But there’s a side to you that I never knew, never knew;
All the things you’d say, they were never true, never true”
And when their secrets finally, inevitably, come out, their lives literally collide with explosive and shocking results.
“I set fire to the rain And I threw us into the flames
When it fell, something died ‘Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time”
As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and finally Lou finds herself in danger, ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she’s fallen in love with?
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LITTLE WHITE LIES
By Katie Dale
Published by Simon & Schuster, August 2013
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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An actress as well as an author, Katie loves nothing more than creating characters – both on page and onstage. She kept her parents happy by getting a “proper degree” in English Literature at Sheffield University, before finally going to drama school, then whilst she was on a belated gap year travelling through South-East Asia she found out she’d been chosen as a winner of the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition with the her first novel, the emotional rollercoaster SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE, which launched her writing career, and is now published all over the world. LITTLE WHITE LIES, her second novel, has just as many twists and turns, but is more of a thriller…
Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures – and racial tension.
Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She’d never dream of leaving – but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel’s president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.
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Because The Elites is set in the future and is a kind of fantasy, sci-fi blend, I find it difficult to find any current music that really fits it properly. So while I have huge playlist for some of the upcoming novel ideas I’m working on, poor Elites is left out.
Luckily I have found a song that I think works great as a theme song for the novel – Some Nights by Fun.
It’s a song about feeling conflicted and learning to understand yourself and what you stand for in life, which is a huge theme of The Elites. I also love the lyrics, “You wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from some terrible nights.”
There’s so much hardship in the novel, and the characters go through so much, but at the end of the day, it’s worth the fight.
Huge thanks to Zoe for coming to my rescue by giving me a brilliant and completely different Song of the Month to go alongside her new book The Night Itself. Did I ever tell you I really want anime purple hair
When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana – an ancestral Japanese sword – out of its hiding place in her parent’s attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.
The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend’s party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.
The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.
Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it’s already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.
With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru – and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu – Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn’t learn how to control the katana’s incredible powers, she’s in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can’t keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she’ll lose not only her own life… but the love of a lifetime.
This song is ‘Paprika’s Theme’ from the mind-blowing Japanese animated film Paprika. It was the very first song that I put on my The Night Itself playlist, not just because The Night Itself is influenced by Japanese mythology and fairytales, and has a British-born-Japanese heroine, but also because it has this sort of surreal, epic quality – with it’s mixture of instrumental guitar and techno beats – that just seemed to fit perfectly with the story, in which I unleash all these outlandish gods and monsters on poor, unsuspecting old London. *Evil Laugh*
Today Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Katie McGarry today with this months song choice for Song of the Month to coincide with the release of Dare You To. Over to Katie:
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Thank you so much for doing this! Here are the top three songs in order (highest to lowest) when I think of Dare You To:
P!nk’s F**kin’ Perfect
Rod Stewart’s Broken Arrow
Jason Aldean’s Dirt Road Anthem
P!nk’s F**kin’ Perfect describes what is internally going on with Beth and Ryan, Broken Arrow describes the romantic relationship between Beth and Ryan, and Dirt Road Anthem help sets up the location of the book.
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Title: Dare You To
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Mira Ink
Publication Date: 7 June 2013
Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.” ”No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again…. I dare you…” If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does…. Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all…