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Aural Pleasures: Ally Broadfield’s SAY YOU’LL LOVE ME

Say You'll Love Me Ally Broadfield

Today Ally Broadfield’s Say You’ll Love Me was released and Ally’s stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist and answer our questions! Pick up your copy of Say You’ll Love Me today!


There’s nothing else that can evoke emotions and reactions the way music can, and I almost always have music playing when I write. Once I’ve created the playlist for the book I’m working on, I listen to it whenever I write.

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

Almost immediately after an idea comes to me for the premise of a new book, a song that fits the story and the main characters will pop into my head, so that’s how my playlist starts. For Say You’ll Love Me, that song is “All I Ask of You.” After that, I add the songs that go on the playlists for all of my books, and then pick another handful of songs that feel right for the plot of each book.

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Aural Pleasures: “The Importance of Having a Book Soundtrack” by Jennifer Shirk

Wedding Date For Hire Jennifer Shirk

Today we have author of Wedding Date for Hire, Jennifer Shirk, on EverAfter to discuss the importance of having a book soundtrack, as well as sharing her playlist for the book. Take it away Jennifer!


Early on in my writing career, I never did anything “outside the box” of just plotting a book and then writing it. I would even look at other writers strangely when they told me how they would create playlists for their books.

Really? I thought, as they described the process. Is all that truly necessary?

Then. Eventually. I tried it. And now I’m hooked and a firm believer that every one of my books have their own soundtrack. And here’s why: writing is a creative process. Everything we see, hear, smell, and taste can affect that. Maybe even without us realizing it!

Some authors, like Jennifer Crusie, use images and make collages to help cultivate their writing process. Crusie explains it this way: “…the best of what we do comes from the subconscious soup that’s bubbling away beneath our logic.”

I totally agree!! The difference is I use music.

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Aural Pleasures: FALLING FOR THE WRONG GUY by Sarah Hantz

Falling For The Wrong Guy Sarah Hantz

Sarah Hantz’s Falling for the Wrong Guy hit the shelves this week and today she stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist for the book as well as answer our questions! Pick up your copy of Falling for the Wrong Guy today!


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

I normally pick songs that jump out at me. Sometimes it might be the lyrics or the artist that I like. Sometimes it’s the mood that they create. Also, if I have some kind of theme or imagery that I’m interested in, I will hunt down potential songs that might suit.

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

I normally just start the playlist rolling when I start writing and then keep it on repeat. Though, if a song is appropriate for a certain scene I will go right to it.

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Aural Pleasures: ILLUSION by Lea Nolan

Illusion Lea Nolan

Thanks so much for having me here at EverAfter Romance! I’m so excited to introduce you to Illusion, the third and final book in my Hoodoo Apprentice trilogy, which is out now, and to share a little insight on the music that inspired this book and the others in the series, Conjure and Allure.


Things aren’t always as they appear…

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies–human and spectral–who may or may not have joined forces against her and everyone she loves. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis’s revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use black magic, which will endanger her soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she’s never seen before, Emma must harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she’s ever loved.


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

I start with the book’s theme or what I have planned for the characters’ emotional arc and then try to match the tone of the music to what I expect the book will be about. So if there’s going to be a lot of sad or scary stuff happening I’m not going to pick a fun, up beat song. Instead, chances are I’ll find a tune that makes me want to curl into a ball and rock in a corner under a ton of blankets. In Conjure, the series’ first book, Emma had a massive and unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper Beaumont. She loves every single thing about him and nearly falls to piece whenever he looks her way. To me, that feeling was captured by Colbie Caillat’s Bubby.

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Aural Pleasures: KISSING HER CRAZY by Kira Archer

Kissing Her Crazy Kira Archer

Kissing Her Crazy by Kira Archer hit shelves and e-readers today and Kira has stopped by to share the music she wrote to and answer our questions!


About Kissing Her Crazy:

Single mom Lena Oserkowski just wants to relax at the 5-star resort where her brother is getting married. Oh, and figure out how to make one of her businesses successful enough to support her son. Her focus is thrown out of whack when Elliot Debusshere, twin brother of her new sister-in-law, swims to her rescue at the hotel pool.

Elliot is disillusioned with his wealthy, playboy lifestyle and wants nothing more than to bring some meaning and purpose to the charity he runs. When he rescues Lena from a case of heat exhaustion and meets her son Tyler, he has no idea the answer to his problems might have just fallen in his lap. Literally.

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Aural Pleasures: CINDERELLA’S SHOES by Shonna Slayton

Cinderella's Shoes Shonna Slayton

Shonna Slayton, author of “Cinderella’s Shoes” stops by EverAfter to answer our questions about writing and music and how the same music used for inspiration isn’t used during the writing process. Take it away Shonna!


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

My Cinderella books are set in the 1940s, the era of radio and big bands. While writing the series, I listened to all these 1940s songs, radio programs, and presidential addresses to get a feel for the era. It was surprising how many old radio shows are available online, and they were extremely helpful for helping me set the tone.

In the first book, Cinderella’s Dress, Kate and her best friend try to get in to see Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theatre in New York the day of the Sinatra Columbus Day riot when tens of thousands of other girls attempted the same. They jitterbug to that oldie “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters. And they attend a dance in Central Park with Frankie Carle’s Band headlining the night, and see Benny Goodman perform at the Phoenix.

But then on a more serious note, they listen to President Roosevelt give what has become known as his D-day prayer, given over the radio the day during the pivotal battle at Normandy in 1944.

“My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far…”

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Aural Pleasures: LOVE, LIKE GHOSTS by Ally Blue

Love Like Ghosts Ally Blue

Ally Blue writes evocative male/male romance set in a paranormal world. The final book in her Bay City Paranormal Investigation series, Love, Like Ghosts, provides a satisfying ending, encompassing a range of emotions. Ally’s playlist for the book is equally diverse, and she’s here to share the songs that inspired her while writing the book. Thanks, Ally!


Hello dear readers. My name’s Ally Blue, and I’m here to speak of the profound connection between writing and music. Specifically, between music and writing my gay romance novel Love, Like Ghosts.

Ever since I can remember, music has been an important part of my life. One of my earliest memories is of my dad playing Johnny Cash on his guitar, the whole family singing along. I cut my musical teeth on classic country, Flower Child rock, and Broadway tunes. Now, with some thirty books under my proverbial belt, I still make a playlist for nearly every new project before I start writing. Something to set the mood and help keep my mind in The Zone. My choices probably don’t make much sense to anyone but me. But after all, isn’t music the most personal of the arts? The one most deeply connected to our primitive brains? The most intimately tangled with our emotions? In my very humble opinion, if a song or a piece of music doesn’t make you feel something, then it’s not doing its job. The same might be said of a book, I think.

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Aural Pleasures: ACTS OF CREATION by Elisabeth Staab

Acts Of Creation Elisabeth Staab

Today we have Elisabeth Staab answering our questions on how music is part of her creative process and she’s sharing her playlist for her newest New Adult release, Acts of Creation!


He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.


How do you make your playlists for your books?

I usually start with a song for the couple, one that for me fits the tone of them and their story, and then I build the reset from there. In Acts of Creation it was “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran. After that, everything on the playlist is chosen because it either reminds me of one of the main characters, or the two of them together, or there’s something about the tone of the music that fits the book to me.

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

Usually I build the playlist for the book as a whole, although sometimes a song evokes feelings for a special scene. In Acts of Creation, I played Springsteen’s “Human Touch” a lot when I was writing the big love scene between Dante and Michelle.

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Aural Pleasures: Tessa Bailey

Make Me Tessa Bailey

The characters in Tessa Bailey’s Broke & Beautiful series might not always have a lot of cash, but they always have plenty of heat–especially for one another. And beauty. And tattoos. And did we mention heat? Yeah. Lots and lots of heat. Tessa is here sharing the playlist for her series. Thanks for joining us, Tessa!


How do you make your playlists for your books?

It’s going to sound crazy, but when I’m writing a book, the songs that fit the story seem to find me somehow. It could also be that I’m attracted to certain music when a story has me in a specific mood, but I like to think it’s more of a cosmic coincidence. I was writing a book recently about a man meeting his niece for the first time—and this beautiful song, “Cecilia and the Satellite” showed up on my radar. It was perfect and definitely enhanced the writing process.

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

Recently, I made one playlist for a whole three-book series. I wanted each book in the series to have the same theme of early, twenty-something struggle, but with a positive, upbeat spin. So I went back through my old mix CDs from my first year in New York as an eighteen year old, pulled a bunch of songs from those and had my playlist.

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Aural Pleasures: Candis Terry

Truly Sweet Candis Terry

Candis Terry’s Truly Sweet is the fifth book in her Sweet, Texas series, and as you might expect with a series set deep in the heart of Texas, the music that inspires Candis to write is firmly set on the country side of things. So don your cowboy hat and get your best dancing cowboy boots on and join Candis as she shares her playlist for Truly Sweet. Thanks, Candis!


How do you make your playlists for your books?

Usually when I’m writing a scene I see it like a movie in my head (scary, I know). Most of the time it comes with a soundtrack, and the lyrics of the song usually match what’s going on in the scene. Or sometimes a song will come into my head that will set the mood for a scene. It’s all very spontaneous.

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