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Songs for Romance Fans, Edited by an Editor

I never used to be a music listener when I was writing or editing. Give me silence or the innocuous buzz of conversation at a coffee shop, but music always distracted me. Until I met a greater distraction: the open-plan office.

I edit Romance and YA over at Diversion Books, big sister of EverAfter. Our office is awesome, but it’s also completely open, so I often need to plug into headphones to avoid getting sidetracked by phone calls, meetings, or constant debates on the best flavor of La Croix. Here’s a sampling of the songs I like to edit Romance to. Hopefully they can inspire you music-listening writers out there, or at the very least provide an outlet for anyone trying to work on sexy scenes while surrounded by coworkers.

Spinners by The Hold Steady

This song reminds me of the way a lot of romances start: with characters who feel lost, who are moving through unsatisfying relationships, who may be trying to escape something. It’s emotional but upbeat, and makes for superb writing or editing music.

Recommended for: Those moments at the beginning before our protagonists have met.

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Aural Pleasures: “The Magic of the Sexy Mix Tape/Playlist” by Harper Kincaid

Girl Breaker Harper Kincaid

Confession time: I’m one of those chicks.

I’m the type that, when you compile a playlist for me, I’m going to analyze the fa-shizzle out of it. Admittedly, being married for as long as I have, I don’t get many dedicated playlists anymore (don’t worry, he’s a man of many other talents – ahem).

So I make them for myself.

I compile playlists for each season of the year. I make playlists when I’m on vacation, so I can remember exactly how I felt while experiencing the away-game-happy. And I design playlists for the people I diggity-dig. Sometimes they actually know about them – oftentimes, not so much.

When I’m trying to write a steamy scene, I admit I have some go-to songs in my archives, but I’m also constantly on the look-out for new ones to add (got any suggestions?).

Writing Girl Breaker, the last novel of my Break on Through series, was definitely an adventure and having the right music certainly enabled good girl, Jessica, and rough-around-the-edges biker, ‘Mad’ Max, to find their way to each other. Their sexual chemistry was off the charts and I was tickled hot pink to sit back and watch them do their thing.

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Aural Pleasures + Giveaway: Kim Redford’s BLAZING HOT COWBOY

Blazing Hot Cowboy Kim Redford

I’ve always enjoyed second chance love stories, so in Blazing Hot Cowboy, I paint a vivid picture of former high school sweethearts Kent Duval and Lauren Sheridan getting back together. But when these two aren’t all over each other, how do they pass the time?

Both enjoy listening to music! What tunes are their favorites?

Kent Duval’s favorite musical playlist includes:

Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”

Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”

Waylon Jennings’ “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”

Leon Russell’s “A Song for You”

Garth Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire”


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Aural Pleasures: “Why Are You Listening to THAT?” by Lisa Wells

The Seduction of Kinley Foster Lisa Wells

Hugs and thanks to EverAfter Romance for having me on the blog!


Today I’m dishing about the songs that inspired key scenes in my romantic comedy – The Seduction of Kinley Foster.

If you have teenagers in your life, at one time or another, they have probably demanded to know, ‘Why are you listening to that?’, in a tone that clearly states their opinion of whatever that is.  If you haven’t heard this statement, you must be one really cool dude or dudette.

My daughter knows I’m a 70’s music fanatic.  When we go on long runs together, it’s what I listen to for ten plus miles on my playlist.  It’s what I listen to in the car whenever we’re going someplace: be it to the grocery store, to a shopping mall or on a cross country road trip. You see, I have a simple rule: my car – my station.  🙂

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Aural Pleasures: Music to Storm the Castle from Avery Flynn

His Undercover Princess Avery Flynn

There was absolutely no way in the world that I was going to write a book featuring a princess  (His Undercover Princess, out now) that didn’t involve storming the castle. Nope. Wasn’t gonna happen.


So in prepping to write the climactic scene, I had to get in the right mood. How better to do that then to watch The Princess Bride?

Princess Bride

It was wonderful! But it didn’t quite get there. I needed more. I needed music. Here are the five best songs I found if you’re in the mood to storm a castle.

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Aural Pleasures: The Soundtrack of Caleb’s Heart

First and First Santino Hassel

It’s no secret that many authors are inspired by music. There are times when I’ve sat in the car while stuck in traffic and briefly focused on whatever song was playing only to be hit with an idea for a scene, plot, or character.

This happened to me with After Midnight (“I’m Mad” by The Deadweather), Stygian (“La Lugubre Gondola, No. 1”, composed by Liszt), and there have been several songs that struck a chord within me while I’ve worked on the Five Boroughs novels. “The Hills” by The Weeknd not only inspired me while writing First and First, but a character in a future novel as well.

First and First is the story of Caleb Stone—a thirty-six year old gay man with a life that’s envied by most. He was born into wealth, he’s a brilliant financial analyst, and lives in a gorgeous penthouse in the Financial District of Manhattan. To others, he has everything. However, Caleb’s point of view is very different. He doesn’t think he’s accomplished anything to be proud of. He’s repressed. And he’s afraid of never being loved.

The book is sexy (probably my most erotic romance to date), but it’s also very emotional. The songs in my First and First playlist reflect that. Below, you’ll find my top five Caleb songs and explanations as to why they’re so revealing about what’s in his heart.

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Aural Pleasures: TORQUE by Charley Descoteaux

Torque Charley Descoteaux

I’m thrilled to be at EverAfter Romance to chat about the playlist for my new release, Torque. Thank you so much for having me!

Every time I start a new story I get to know the characters through music. I’m a huge music lover and listen to a variety of genres, depending on my mood and the story I want to tell. It usually takes me a while to figure out the right music for a story but once I’ve created a playlist I listen to it on repeat. A lot. So much that when a song from a book’s list plays on the radio I’m instantly in that character’s head again—which is a big help during edits!

Torque started with a cool old car and at first I thought the soundtrack would be the Eagles. The car is from the 70s and I like the Eagles—I could listen to them on repeat for three or four months!—but it didn’t feel quite right. I’d written half the book before I knew Mick well enough to realize he wasn’t an Eagles fan.

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Aural Pleasures: “Is It Possible To Be Castrated By A Playlist?” by Samanthe Beck

Emergency Engagement Samanthe Beck

Massive thanks to EverAfter Romance for having me on the blog today!

Did the title of the post catch your eye? I hope so, because Beau Montgomery, the hero of my latest Brazen, asks himself this very question in the opening lines of Emergency Engagement. He’s a paramedic, so he knows the strict medical answer is no, but a man can only take so many breakup anthems blasting from the apartment across the hall before he starts to lose his grip.

I can also attest that the spouse of a writer working on a scene involving a heroine hosting her own, personal men-suck music festival can only take so many repeats of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” before he digs up a pair of ear-buds and hands them to the writer. Or throws them at her. Either way, message received.

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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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