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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: Song of the Month chosen by Kasie West

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BOOK SUMMARY

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

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.

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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. :)

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THANK YOU KASIE

Musical Moments: Song of the Month – Chosen by Chelsea Fine

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BOOK SUMMARY

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. ;)

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: May 2014 – Chosen by Angie Stanton

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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.

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month chosen by Claire LaZebnik

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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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BOOK SUMMARY

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.

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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!

I’ll remember you too clearly

But I’ll survive another day.

Conversations to share

When there’s no one there,

I’ll imagine what you’d say.

It’s also just a beautiful, beautiful song.