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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: 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

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: April 2015: Chosen by Jay Crownover

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There is much fangirling happening at Book Angel Booktopia today :) Welcoming Jay Crownover with the song of the month for April and the upcoming release of ASA!!!!!!!!

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The song I pick is Streetlights by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit…Jason Isbell is an amazing singer. songwriter and every single one of his songs tells a story. He’s ended up on more than one of the Marked Men soundtracks in fact. I like that his music has a point, makes you invested and takes you on a journey. That’s what I try to do with each book I write.

This particular story is about a guy getting drunk in a bar, of course fitting since most of Asa’s book takes place in a bar, but more than that it’s haunting, desperate and lonely. The guy in the song is lost at the end and trying to find his way home but he’s not really sure where that is or what that means…just like my southern charmer. He’s wandering around aimlessly and just trying to figure out where he needs to be.

Those emotions are ones that echo how Asa feels as he tried to figure out this new life he’s found himself in and how to deal with a girl that wants him despite how awful he thinks he is.

There is also the fact that Americana music is the perfect blend of bluesy country and bouncy pop with catchy lyrics. I kind of feel that’s a good mash up of how both Asa and Royal can be perceived. He’s all southern charm and twang, she’s bubbly and infectious…together they make something unexpected and lovely.

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