Music Monday, The Life She Wants

Music Monday – Believe in Us (Shane & Mel)

Cover Life She WantsOn the recent season finale of The Voice on NBC, Alicia Keys (love her!) and James Bay (OMG!) did a duet that literally gave me goosebumps. It immediately went on my romance playlist, and I knew the couple it belonged to. This is a song with all the angst and emotion of Shane and Melanie in my most recent release, The Life She Wants.

A hot-shot sports agent on his way to the top. A former supermodel looking to just slow down. When their paths cross, they will be forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they wanted. But in the end, it’s love that gives them the answer. I can actually hear this song playing when Shane comes back to Gallant Lake with a whole new goal for his life – Mel.

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Music Monday – Writer on a Deadline!

I generally use Music Mondays to share love songs from my romance playlist. But I’m shaking things up this week because it’s that dreaded time in an author’s life: DEADLINE WEEK. Well, technically the deadline for my first book in the new Gallant Lake series for Harlequin Special Edition is in ten days, but close enough. I have to get this book done, because it’s…it’s not done. TEN DAYS, PEOPLE!

So I’m sharing a song I’ve been playing on repeat all weekend because it calms me (a little). I thought maybe you might have stuff going on that makes you need the same message – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright. Meanwhile I’ll be over here blubbering into my wine glass and typing 24/7.

Meet Me in the Middle, Music Monday

Music Monday: Heaven (Ben & Sarah)

One of my favorite new singers is a young artist who doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a typical country artist. But Kane Brown can really sing a love song. And he’s one good-looking dude, too! I can’t get enough of his very intimate song, Heaven.

In fact, Kane reminds me of Ben in my novella, Meet Me in the Middle, which is part of the Falling For You anthology. Ben doesn’t exactly fit into any mold, either. He’s a biker with a gentle heart and an impossible-to-ignore attraction to his kid sister’s best friend.

I can easily picture Ben and Sarah slow-dancing to Kane’s song on a Friday night at The Chalet in Gallant Lake. Yeah, that could definitely happen.

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Music Monday – Grace (Ireland)

We danced to this Irish song at our wedding, over the objections of the Irish band we’d hired. Why did they object? Because the song is a true story, and it’s tragic. Most Irish songs are sad. In fact, CK Chesterson wrote that the Irish were mad, for “all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

But the song, Grace, is an inspiration for my tag line as a writer: Stories of Forever Love. Because love transcends all, including death. This is a song about Irish freedom fighter Joseph Plunkett, who was a young poet in poor health, and his fiancée, Grace Gifford. Joseph was arrested after joining his friends in the Easter Uprising in Dublin in 1916, a failed attempt to expel the British from Ireland that forever changed Irish history. He was executed for his efforts, but, on the eve of his execution, the British allowed him to marry his love, Grace Gifford, in the chapel of Kilmainham jail in Dublin. To me, that is forever love – marrying your beloved with that knowledge hanging over you.

How much do I love this song? I’ve seen this singer, Tommy Byrne of the Wolfe Tones, sing it live on multiple occasions. I’ve sung it myself in several countries (including Ireland!). I’ve stood in the chapel of the Kilmainham jail in Dublin where they were wed. I’ve seen the ring Joseph placed on Grace’s finger. I’ve stood where he died. I’ll be singing it at our St. Patrick’s party this weekend. I may be a bit obsessed with this Irish story of forever love. And I hope you enjoy listening to it. Erin Go Bragh!

Music Monday, She's Far From Hollywood

Music Monday: “Woman, Amen” (Cole & Bree)

Not only was Dierks Bentley himself an inspiration for Cole Caldwell in She’s Far From Hollywood (hello – have you seen the man?), but his music also filled my playlist while I was writing it. His newest song Woman, Amen instantly found a home on my romance writer’s playlist. I imagine it as the soundtrack for the final scene in the book, when Cole and Bree are in the barn, soaked to the skin from the storm, declaring their…..well, you should really read the book to get the complete picture.

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Music Monday – Great Song & Eye Candy

I’ll confess I thought this song (“Yours” by Russell Dickerson) was a lot newer than it really is. As they say in the music business, it was a “sleeper” that quietly climbed the country charts from last June to go number one on Billboard just last month. The lyrics are straight from the heart (“I was a boat stuck in a bottle that never got a chance to touch the sea…”), and earned it an immediate spot on my romance playlist.

And now that I’ve finally seen the video? Holy hotness, I’ll walk in the rain with Russell Dickerson Any. Day. Of. The. Week.

Music Monday, The Writing Life

Music Monday – Perfect

Every once in a while, a love song comes along that just captures EVERYTHING. This new song by Ed Sheeran is not only entitled Perfect, it IS perfect. There’s an entire (second hand love!) romance novel right here, folks. The video is lovely. The song is…perfect. *swoons*

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Music Monday – Today

Music Monday is back!!! The holidays, traveling, snowmageddon and all the other distractions are behind us, and I’m getting back into my routine. And today’s special love song is…Today by Brad Paisley (one of my favorite artists). It’s a song that reminds us to hold on to the special moments in our lives, and it went onto my love song playlist the minute I heard it. The video is precious, and the words are perfect.

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Music Monday – Millionaire

I have a deadline this week (TOMORROW!!!), so I’m skidding in here to quickly share a bluesy country song I just heard a few days ago and immediately added to my love song playlist. Chris Stapleton’s Millionaire is all about appreciating having the love of a great woman, and what really matters in life. That’s a lot like the June Harlequin Superromance I’m just finishing edits on – The Life She Wants. Two strong people on different life paths, and how the hero (finally…) realizes what he should be working to win.

People look at her and they look at me
And say “That boy is sure living in luxury”

Music Monday, The Writing Life, The Writing Process

Music Monday: Something I’m Good At

I’m going for a more light-hearted look at love with this week’s choice. In fact, I’m thinking I need to write this hero – the lovable goofball whose main talent is that he can always make his girl smile. I’m picturing a guy who just kind of glides through life having a good time, and then he meets a serious girl who knocks him off his feet. What do you think? Sound like a romance you’d read?