Songs Fit for a Princess: THE ANTI-CINDERELLA Play List

 

 

When I began writing THE ANTI-CINDERELLA, I began looking for the right songs. It wasn’t easy. For the Love in a Small Town books, I go country without fail. For the football books, it’s usually contemporary alt-rock. For the Perfect Dish romances, Jersey rockers and crooners have been the go-to.

But what kind of music best epitomizes a non-traditional royal romance?

The very first one that jumped to mind was something by Ed Sheeran. He’s not only one of my favorite musicians, but he’s British. I’ve been listening to his latest album for a solid year, and one of my favorite songs is Perfect. When I heard him sing it in concert last August, I knew that I wanted it for this book. It captured the romance and simple beauty of an important scene in the book.

The second song was a gimme. With the battle Kyra wages with the media, Bonnie Raitt’s Something to Talk About was exactly the wry poke at rumors and gossip that I needed.

The ABBA songs were a nod back to the days when I was young and dreaming of what it would be like to be part of a royal romance. I was a huge ABBA fan, and these few songs brought back sweet memories.

While writing this book, I was also binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, one of my favorite series of all time. The music Shonda Rimes uses on that show lent me a few ideas, including Brandi Carlile’s The Story. 

Enjoy all of THE ANTI-CINDERELLA tunes . . . and be sure to follow me on Spotify to keep up with all my bookish music.

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Music Monday: Tunes for Kissing Frogs

All romances have a play list, whether or not we recognize it. For me, every love story must have special music . . . and the following are some of the songs I enjoyed while writing Fifty Frogs. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

For your convenience, you can find and follow the play list on Spotify or click the links to each song to find them on iTunes.

Fifty Frogs Play List

Today I Met the Boy I’m Going to Marry Darlene Love

Can’t Help Falling in Love  Elvis Presley

Calling You Blue October

Clumsy Fergie

First Time Lifehouse

I’m Into Something Good Herman’s Hermits

Balance Beam Blue October

Blame it on Pearl Jam

I believe 'cause I can see . . .

You know, there are songs and then there are songs.

The first time I heard Pearl Jam’s Future Days, I was speechless. Breathless. I cried. This song . . . the music and the lyrics . . . they utterly destroyed me.

At the time, I was writing I Choose You, the third book in the Perfect Dish Romance series, and the song influenced the very end of the story.

I almost never use the same song twice in two different books’ playlists, but when I began naming the books in the Keeping Score Trilogy, I kept coming back to Future Days. I’d already decided on When We Were Us, and it was important that the third book incorporated an ‘us’ or . . . a ‘you and me’. As I listened to the lyrics of Future Days, I knew I’d found the title of Book 3.

I believe,
And I believe ’cause I can see,
Our future days,
Days of you and me

This is so much Quinn, and Leo, and Nate. Leo could have sung this song. It is a song of love, of forgiveness, of reaching a place of acceptance and looking forward . . . it IS this book.

And so there was no doubt that this song had to be part of the play list. I’ll admit, too, that I listened to it rather a lot as I wrote Days of You and Me. 

This playlist is one of my all-time favorites. I have a feeling I’ll be playing it for a long time to come, and I’ll never hear it without thinking of Nate, Quinn and Leo.

 

#MusicMonday Always Our Love Play List

Always Our Love

 

All of my Burton books are set to the best country songs. So it was only fitting that ALWAYS OUR LOVE, the third book in the Always Love Trilogy, includes some of my favorite hometown hits!

You can check out the list below and on Spotify (where you can follow me and see all of my books’ playlists).

I Can’t Make You Love Me     Bonnie Raitt

Die A Happy Man                   Thomas Rhett

Cowboy Take Me Away           Dixie Chicks

Come On Get Higher              Sugarland

This One’s For the Girls        Martina McBride

For My Broken Heart             Reba McEntire

No Place That Far                  Sara Evans

Summer                                   Cassadee Pope

Long Hot Summer                  Keith Urban

Different for Girls                   Dierks Bentley, Elle King

The Boys and Me                    Sawyer Brown

You and Forever and Me        Little Texas

Song of the South                    Alabama

Something to Talk About         Bonnie Raitt

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Three Friends. Two Loves. One Choice.

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RELEASE DAY for When We Were Us, Keeping Score Series Book 1 is in THREE DAYS. Did you preorder your copy yet?

Please plan to join us at the Birthday and Release Bash right here, too! Prizes, sneak peeks and other fun are the order of the day. Since Thursday is also my birthday (49! Wahooo!!) come help me celebrate with virtual champagne.

The Trio. That’s who we’ve been since birth: Nate, Leo . . . and me, Quinn, the token girl. Our mothers met in a prenatal class and became best friends, which meant that the three of us hit every milestone together, from the first day of school to the very first kiss. And beyond.

I’ve always been caught in the middle between the two boys. I’ve been in love with Leo since I was eight, even though he doesn’t see me as anything but his pal. And I know that Nate’s hung up on me. I see the look in his eyes. I wish I could say I felt the same, but I don’t. It’s getting harder and harder to keep him in the friend zone, though.

Things between the three of us aren’t easy anymore. Leo’s popular, the football team’s star receiver, and the object of every girl’s fantasy. I know he doesn’t mean to leave us behind, but now Nate and I are just people he used to know.

What used to be so simple is suddenly messy and complicated. Leo is all I’ve ever wanted, but even if I had the chance to be with him, how would Nate would handle it?

When that chance does come along . . . in the most unexpected way . . . I’m helpless to resist Leo. What was always meant to be is finally happening . . . but will it come at the risk of losing both my friends?

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The Keeping Score Trilogy is a New Adult contemporary romance. The first two books may not give youWhen We Were Us Sml complete closure, but hang in there for Book 3; I promise the pay-off is worth it.

The release dates, all in 2016, are:

When We Were Us April 7th

Hanging By A Moment May 24th

Days of You and Me September 27th

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Read an exclusive excerpt right here!

And check out the WHEN WE WERE US playlist for some hints about the book . . .

 

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