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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Chosen by Nazarea Andrews

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I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book – seriously a NA re-imagining of Helen and Paris (SQUEE) and to top that off Nazarea agreed to pick the song of the month to go alongside the release of Stardust Destiny – how awesome is that  😆

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Stardust Destiny is a modern, erotic retelling of Helen of Troy and Paris. It’s all about forbidden love, and wanting something—someone—you can’t have, and the consequences of that kind of love. I love this song that admits it’s not smart—that there’s pain and no guarantee of a happily ever after. And that, even despite knowing that, it’s pointless to argue because—the heart wants what it wants. It’s very much Ileana and Paris.

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The face that launched a thousand ships…

I grew up knowing my destiny. Daddy pounded it in my head, my brother repeated it every day of my life. I was the only daughter of the Orsi crime syndicate, the pretty prize that would bring peace. My one job was to marry Callum Sheehan, the vicious head of the Irish mob in Chicago.
I never questioned my future–until I saw him.

The man who was never meant to love her…

I wasn’t going to the wedding. It’s shit that my brother does, things our father requires of the heir of the Sosa cartel. Not me. I’m the black sheep, the one Mama spoiled, and my father loves, but without the pressure of expectation. But Sheehan is too big a deal for me to blow off.
And then I see her.

The love that started a war…

She isn’t mine. She will never be mine. I watch her fall apart when she thinks no one is watching. I watch her marry another man. I watch her bravery. And I don’t care who she belongs to or that it will start a war between our families.
I will damn us both to possess her, and burn down the world to keep her.

Stardust Destiny Excerpt

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: December 2015 chosen by Megan Erickson

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Megan Erickson toady with her choice of song to coinicde with the latest release in the Mechanics of Love series – Dirty Deeds.

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Song – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

Alex Dawn fled a bad relationship that had depleted her self confidence. When Dirty Deeds starts, she’s trying hard to put on a brave face, but inside, she’s still hurting from a man who made her feel worthless. And this is where the song comes in, because by the end of the novel, through the love of her family, Spencer, and through loving herself again, she ends up much stronger than before. She’s okay with being alone, although Spencer by her side is an added bonus. I love this song a lot because it’s really about empowerment and saying, “I don’t need you. I’m stronger without you.”

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: November 2015: Chosen by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Becca Fitzpatrick today with November’s song of the month to coincide with publication of Dangerous Lies.

LYRICS 

I have made mistakes, I continue to make them
the promises I’ve made, I continue to break them
and all the doubts I’ve faced, I continue to face them
but nothing is a waste if you learn from it and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole we have lived in fear, and our fear has betrayed us
but we will overcome the apathy that has made us
because we are not alone in the dark with our demons
and we have made mistakes
but we’ve learned from them and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole and oh my heart, how can I face you now?
when we both know how badly I have let you down
and I am afraid of all that I’ve built
fading away

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from Through the Deep, Dark Valley, released October 30, 2012

I selected a song from the Dangerous Lies playlist called “I HAVE MADE MISTAKES” by The Oh Hellos.  This song screams Stella to me. It’s about owning your mistakes, facing hard times, and learning from both.  “And we have made mistakes/But we’ve learned from them/It is the rain that will strengthen your soul/And it will make you whole.” Stella has made a lot of mistakes before the story starts. She’s in a dark place, afraid to trust anyone, and equally afraid to let anyone in. As the story goes on, she holds onto her past, and the secrets there, but they are like poison, slowly destroying her. Being in Thunder Basin gives her the chance to forgive herself and really discover what it means to love. Of course, love and forgiveness are never simple. Stella’s past is constantly pursuing her, and one day, it finally catches up. Will she have the power to face it, or will it drag her down? Read the book and find out. 

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Music Saves Lives – Caisey Quinn

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I adore music and have very eclectic tastes, basically anything apart from manufactured bubblegum pop. I truly believe music does calm the beast and helps people get through adversity in their lives. So when I read the Neon Dreams series I felt personally invested in the music portrayal within the plot. It literally spoke to me and expressed the way music affects me on a personal level in a way I could never hope to achieve. I know I had to share this viewpoint with the world via the Song of the Month and to coincide with the release of the last book in the Neon Dreams series, Missing Dixie. Below are two fo the songs featured on Caisey Quinn’s Missing Dixie Playlist available on Spotify that she mentioned would convey the message perfectly ♥

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: September 2015: Chosen by J A Redmeski

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Book Angel Booktopia is excited to welcome JA Redmerski with this months song choice to coincide with the release of her new novel The Moment of Letting Go.

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The only song I listened to while writing THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO is ‘Almost Lover’ by A Fine Frenzy. It’s a song I discovered a long time ago but it immediately came to mind with Luke and Sienna. The lyrics really resonate with their relationship – the beginning as well as the ‘almost’ end. I just thought it really fit the atmosphere of the story in so many ways.

 

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Synopsis from Goodreads

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved – until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .