A colleague of mine was given a wonderful, and truly personal, birthday present last week. One of her closest friends had made her a mix-CD, of all their shared favourite songs – a soundtrack to her life. Songs from movies they’d watched together, concerts they’d attended, tracks they’d danced to at parties and in clubs, and holiday numbers too. Listening to them took her right back to times and places she’d forgotten, and made them fresh and noteworthy all over again. Music can do that.
Although I usually end up with a manuscript playlist of 12 – 15 tracks, some stick in my head during the writing process and to me, they sum up the story that I’m telling. It might be one track or an entire album, or in this case, one band in particular. I was on a Pearl Jam kick when I wrote Crash Into Love, and Jonah, my hero, has them as his favourite band.
Given To Fly was played a lot, and I know this song will always remind me of writing this story. The lyrics flow like poetry, deep and powerful:
And he still gives his love, he just gives it away
The love he receives is the love that is saved
And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky
A human being that was given to fly
Greg’s voice was a lazy rumble from beside me. “Let our guest choose next. What d’ya fancy, Cass?”
“Choose what?” Some weird drinking game?
“A song.” Layla jerked her thumb at Jonah. “He can play almost anything.”
Of course, my mind went blank. Everyone stared at me, expectant. Time dragged out until I blurted the first name I could think of, a band I knew Dylan loved. “Pearl Jam?”
Jonah met my anxious stare with one of his tiny smiles and then ducked his head, fingers already sliding across the strings. I recognized the song, even though I couldn’t name it.
“Good choice,” drawled Greg. I glanced at him, anxious in case he was making fun of me, but I was wrong. He tugged Kari onto his lap and nuzzled the back of her neck, humming along, slightly off key.
Cass thought spending a month at a beachside hideaway relaxing and collecting shells would be the perfect escape to finish her novel. When she meets the dark and brooding and much younger Jonah, who’s staying next door, her book becomes the last thing on her mind.
Jonah would rather stay home alone than go on vacation with his brother and their friends, but does his best to tolerate the situation after being convinced to go. But when he sees the beauty next door, he can’t avoid his attraction.
Together, they break all the rules, but will Cass be able to bring Jonah out of his shell forever, or will he leave her with only the crash of the surf to keep her company?
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Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.
Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.
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