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Aural Pleasures: Michelle Sharp’s TAMED BY THE OUTLAW

Tamed By The Outlaw Michelle Sharp

Hi everyone. My name is Michelle Sharp and I’m the author of Tamed by the Outlaw which is part of Lovestruck’s What Happens in Vegas series.

Today I was asked about how music influences my writing, and the truth is, I think music influences almost every writer. A great song that touches your heart can absolutely put you in the correct frame of mind to write a scene more powerfully. Sometimes a beautiful lyric can sum up in a sentence more emotion than what we as writers can convey in an entire scene.

So yes, I’m kind of a dork, but I always pick out a song that I think my hero and heroine would make their own if they had the opportunity to do so. I like to play it when I’m editing the more…cough, cough…intimate scenes. LOL.

Here’s how it happened for my characters in Tamed by the Outlaw. Jessie and Grayson are both strong, stubborn, take-no-prisoners personalities. But, if they’re being honest, they are both also completely hung up on the night they spent together a year ago. I had heard the song “In My Veins” by Andrew Belle on the show Castle before, but I had never really paid attention to the words. One night as I was working on Outlaw, I heard, I mean really heard the words to “In my Veins” and it struck me that this was totally their song.

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Aural Pleasures: Jamie Wesley’s TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD

Tel Me Something Good Jamie Wesley

Thanks for having me on the blog today! I’m Jamie Wesley, and I write contemporary romance.

I listen to music all the time when I’m writing, during my commute to work, and when I’m at work. I always have my ear half-cocked for songs that fit whatever book I’m working on. Whenever I hear a song that reminds me of a scene or a character, it immediately goes on the playlist for that book. Listening to the playlist as I write helps me to get into the right headspace for the characters and the book.

But music played an even bigger role than just reminding me of a character or a scene in my book, Tell Me Something Good. In case you were wondering, yep, that’s a direct reference to the Rufus & Chaka Khan song by the same title.

Here’s the deal. This novel wouldn’t have existed without the song. Why’s that? Because I had the title of the book before the book existed.

I was driving home from work, flipping through radio stations, when “Tell Me Something Good” came on. As I was singing along to it, it occurred to me that “Tell Me Something Good” would be a great title for a book.

I had no characters, no plot. Just a title. But soon it all started coming to me in waves.

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Aural Pleasures: Suzanne van Rooyen’s SCARDUST

Scardust Suzanne van Rooyen

As a musician, music is an extremely important part of my writing process. I couldn’t sit down to write without the appropriate soundtrack. While writing Scardust, I listened to a lot of music that I felt evoked the barren and unforgiving landscape of thirsty Panhandle Texas. Albums by the bands Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, and If These Trees Could Talk played on repeat while I was drafting this book. If you would like to listen to these artists and more, you can access my Scardust playlist below. Even better if you choose to listen to this playlist while reading Scardust 😉

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Aural Pleasures: A Gothic Romance Playlist from Juliette Cross

The Deepest Well Juliette Cross

I’m thrilled to be here on EverAfter Romance. Thanks so much for having me today. When I set out to write The Deepest Well, which is a historical paranormal, I intended for it to feel like a classic Gothic romance but with a raw supernatural edge. As a dark and often haunting novel, I felt the playlist should accurately mirror George and Katherine’s story. So it’s no surprise that my playlist reflects the brooding, ethereal melodies of artists such as Amy Lee in Evanescence and Christina Perri. But just as in the classic Gothic romance of Jane Eyre (which happens to be my favorite book of all time), there is light and beauty and love in the end. So I’m happy to say my final song turns toward joy when we reach our happily ever after.

Along with the songs, I thought it would be fun to pull the most meaningful lyrics as they relate to the characters. So here’s a quick breakdown of my playlist for you. Hope you enjoy!

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Aural Pleasures: Sarah Ballance’s FOR SEVEN NIGHTS ONLY

For Seven Nights Only Sarah Ballance

Today we have author Sarah Ballance sharing her playlist and answering our questions in honor of her book, For Seven Nights Only. We hope you enjoy! Be sure and pick up your copy of For Seven Nights Only today!


1. How do you make your playlists for your books?
So I have a quirk. I listen to the same playlist for every book, every time, and there hasn’t been an exception yet. The music in question? Every song Jason Aldean has ever released on a studio album. I’m not completely insane – the list is currently 78+ songs strong – but I can seriously hear the first note of any one of those tracks and I’m immediately in my zone. I think that’s why I don’t mess with it, despite my absolute love of so many other songs and artists.

2. Do you use the entire playlist for the whole book or specific parts for certain sections or types of scenes?
Even though I play the entire thing on repeat, what’s interesting is I tend to notice the songs that most relate to the part of the book I’m writing. During the black moment, I find myself singing along to the sad ones (Grown Woman, The Heartache That Don’t Stop Hurtin’), while the soulful, smokin’ hot ones (Burnin’ It Down; Talk) grab my attention during the sexier parts of the book.

3. How does the music impact your writing process?
Well, for one thing it tends to scatter the kids. I don’t usually use ear buds because I have a habit of singing along without realizing it (and trust me, no one needs to hear that), so while the kids all like the music, they don’t like hearing it nonstop. Plus when it’s playing, that’s their cue to leave me alone unless whatever their crisis involves bone protruding through skin. (I have six kids. I’m not kidding. LOL.) Writing without distraction is so much more enjoyable than fighting for words, and while I don’t crush on Jason Aldean the man, I always absolutely lose myself in his music. The words just pour from me.

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Aural Pleasures: COACH MADDIE AND THE MARINE by Blaire Edens

Coach Maddie and the Marine Blaire Edens

Today we’ve got Blaire Edens stopping by to share her playlist for her new book, Coach Maddie and the Marine! We hope you enjoy! Be sure and pick up your copy of Coach Maddie and the Marine today!


1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

It just sort of happens organically. When I begin the plotting and outlining of a new book, the characters and scenes will often remind me of certain songs and I’ll add them to a playlist. As the book grows, so does the playlist. I’m a serious plotter so by the time I type Chapter One, I usually have forty or fifty songs. I tend to write in two to three hour segments so as long as I have fifty songs, I’m don’t have to listen to the same song repeatedly. In Coach Maddie and the Marine, I balanced high-energy sports with deep internal conflict. The list included You Got What I Need by Joshua Radin and Elvis Presley’s A Little Less Conversation.

2. Do you use the entire playlist for the whole book or specific parts for certain sections or types of scenes? 

While I might play one song on repeat for a specific scene, I usually just randomize it so that it’s both matched to the book and interesting to me. A solid playlist reflects the mood and themes of the book as a whole.

3. How does the music impact your writing process?

I need music to write. In my music library, I have everything from Placido Domingo singing Besame Mucho to the Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight. My playlists reflect that variety because I associate certain genres with certain moods, events and social classes. Music is a condensed form of expression. In a great song, an artist can tell a story I can only tell in a novel.

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Aural Pleasures: TO CURSE THE DARKNESS by PG Forte

To Curse The Darkness P.G. Forte

PG Forte’s new book, To Curse The Darkness, released yesterday and she’s stopped by to share her playlist for the book! We hope you enjoy! Be sure and get your copy of To Curse The Darkness today!


1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

It varies from book to book.  Occasionally  I’ll have a particular song, or even (very rarely)an entire album or movie soundtrack in mind when I start writing. Mostly, however, I more or less collect songs as I go.  My playlist tends to keep growing almost until the book is done. This is especially true for a book that’s part of a series.

As to what I look for, most of the time it’s the lyrics that will draw me in, or strike me as being spot on for a particular character, or a particular couple, or maybe just a specific scene. Other times the connection is more obscure. Boy with a Coin made the list because the video  is gorgeous and mysterious and reminded me of Damian—who is also gorgeous and mysterious. He’s also Spanish and the video features beautiful flamenco dancing.

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Aural Pleasures: JULIAN’S SINS by Robin L. Rotham

Julian's Sins Robin L. Rotham

Greetings from the snowy Midwest! I’m thrilled to be here today chatting about Julian’s Sins release. If you’ve read FrankenDom, then you’ve read Julian’s Sins—it’s the exact same book. The only things new are the title and cover, so don’t buy it again if you’ve already read it. 🙂

Why, you ask, were they changed? Because when I originally conceived Julian’s Sins, it was supposed to be a Halloween short story, and I titled and covered it that way before it was even done. But the book turned out to be neither—even as I wrote, the story grew into a full-length BDSM romance novel that spans more than six months, and considering the recent headlines about medical advances, I consider it more a medical romance than science fiction. So my editor and I decided that the book should be retitled, recovered and re-released to reach its target readership.

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Aural Pleasures: ICE MOON by Lisa Kessler

Ice Moon Lisa Kessler

Today we have Lisa Kessler discussing how music impacted the writing of her new book, Ice Moon. We hope you enjoy her music selections and be sure and pick up your copy of Ice Moon today!


Thanks for having me on the EverAfter Romance blog!

Music is a huge inspiration for me when I write. I usually start building the playlist for a new book before I even start writing. The music and the songs really help me to keep the tone of the story even and different songs can bring out different characters and help me connect with them.

For my new release, Ice Moon, I had a playlist with 64 songs! I won’t list them all here, but let me give you a few highlights.

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Aural Pleasures: Robin Covington’s SECRET SANTA BABY

Secret Santa Baby Robin Covington

Robin Covington’s Secret Santa Baby just got a brand new cover! Since it’s the holiday season, Robin stopped by EverAfter to share her very Christmas themed playlist and answer our questions! Pick up your copy of this fabulous novella today!


1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

I usually start by trying to find key songs that go with the vibe of parts of the book or parts of the character. Obviously, with Secret Santa Baby, I began with “Santa Baby” but then I looked for songs that hit the “notes” of the story. “Naughty Naughty Children” was about Nick deciding to go after Tessa while “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life” is all Tessa – upbeat and quirky and ready to make her dreams come true.

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