Sunday, April 17, 2016

Guest Post with Jenna Sutton ~ When Music Tells a Story


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Please welcome Jenna Sutton to the Nightstand today! She's gonna talk to us a bit about music in books!


 

When Music Tells a Story


For some people, smells trigger memories. The sweet fragrance of vanilla might make you think of baking cookies with Nana or the salty, fresh scent of the ocean might remind you of your honeymoon.


For me, music triggers memories. When I hear Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” I’m no longer a grown-up with a mortgage and a never-ending to-do list, but a young girl dancing with my friends.


Music not only triggers memories, but it also defines generations. Baby Boomers, for example, likely have fond memories of listening to the Beatles, Elvis, and the Rolling Stones. When I was a teenager, I listened to Madonna’s “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin” so much that I still know all the lyrics nearly three decades later.


In The Perfect Fit, the age difference between the hero and heroine is amplified by the music they like. And, they like different types of music too.


The twenty-five-year-old heroine, Margo Lange, listens to pop artists like The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars. The hero, Zeke May, is eleven years older than Margo, and he grew up listening to Guns ‘N Roses, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica.


Margo’s sunny, optimistic personality rubs off on Zeke, though… along with her taste in music. Despite his dislike of popular artists and songs, he finds himself humming her favorite songs like “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.


Many authors—myself included—create playlists for their books. My playlists usually include songs that show up in the novel or remind me of the hero and heroine’s relationship. I also include tunes that I listened to while writing.


Here’s my playlist for The Perfect Fit. I’ve linked the song titles to the YouTube videos, and the entire playlist is available on Spotify by clicking here.




Artist                          Song Title


Alice in Chains           Heaven Beside You


Bruno Mars                 Uptown Funk


Guns ‘N Roses            You Could Be Mine


Demi Lovato               Heart Attack


Red Hot Chili Peppers Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie


Metallica                    Nothing Else Matters


Selena Gomez             Hands to Myself


Soundgarden               The Day I Tried to Live


Taylor Swift               Shake It Off


The Weeknd               Can’t Feel My Face



 

What do you think about music in books? Do you like it when authors provide playlists for their novels?


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Well, I for one just adore that playlist! I'm of the generation of the Red
Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica but I'm more of a country music girl. I've learned to enjoy some good old rock'n'roll though and  this playlist sure has a mixture of great music!

I just want to add my short little opinion in here about The Perfect Fit! I thought Zeke was scrumptious and Margo is so damn sweet! They sure had a time of it with that ex-wife of his and the major age difference but they were definitely perfect for one another.

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Zeke May has spent the past two years recovering from an IED attack and trying to adjust to life as a civilian. The veteran hiring program at denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. offers a new beginning. The only problem is the high cost of housing in San Francisco, and Margo Lange could be the perfect solution.

Now that Margo has completed veterinary school, she’s ready to fulfill her dream of living in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, she’s drowning in student loan debt and the only places she can afford are dumps. Luckily, one of her uncle’s Army buddies needs a roommate.
Although Zeke’s place is a perfect fit for Margo’s budget, he is not what she expects. He’s much younger than her uncle, and he’s melt-your-panties hot. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that Zeke is the perfect fit for her, regardless of their age gap. Too bad he’s so obviously still in love with his ex-wife…

 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ Getting Wound Up @ErinNicholas & @Jen_Bernard


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I enjoyed my previous entree into the Love Between the Bases story about the Kilby Catfish, so how could I resist reading a crossover into Sapphire Falls?



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Caitlyn took her third shot. The look on her face as she swallowed the liqueur was adorable.


“How many more shots do you need?” she asked.


He frowned. “What?”


“Well, it took two to get you to kiss me. You just had your third. I’m wondering how many you need to take me to bed.”


He just stared at her. He blinked. He was pretty much raring to go right now, actually. “How many do you need?”


She gave him a smile that wasn’t a bit tipsy. And was fully seductive. “I didn’t need even one, Eli.”


It was like his cock was voice-activated.  All she’d done was talk and he was rock hard. “Damn, Cait.”


“You can’t be completely surprised.”


Was he surprised? That she was attracted to him? That she wanted to sleep with him?


Yeah, he fucking was. Because if his mind had ever even started to go in that direction, he would have shut it down.


“I don’t need anything to want you,” he said honestly. “I’m going to need a few more to get me past that.”


She took a long draw on her beer.  After she swallowed, she nodded. “Okay, well, I’m going to need two more to get to drunk-enough-to-fall-asleep-even-knowing-you’re-half-naked-in-the-next-bed and drunk-enough-to-not-even-get-up-in-the-night-for-the-bathroom.”


Ah yes, the bathroom last night. As if that had been far from his mind all day.


“Two more it is,” he agreed, even as his body screamed at him to shut the hell up.


If he kissed her again, if he kept going … well, from the look on Caitlyn’s face, they both knew where that was going to lead them.


She ate a fry and took a drink of beer, then licked her lips clean of the salt.


An image of her on her knees, those lips and that tongue wetting some other things, flashed through his mind. He coughed and shook his head.


Then she raised her hand to the waitress again. She held up two fingers and waved them between her and Eli.


The girl brought four more shots over and set them in the middle of the table.


Caitlyn picked one up. “Okay, moment of truth. We drink these shots and we go to the hotel, to two separate beds, and home to Sapphire Falls tomorrow as friends. Or we don’t take these shots and we go back to the hotel to one bed. And then go home to Sapphire Falls tomorrow as friends.”


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Eli Anderson - At nineteen he gave up his chance to go pro-baseball to quit college and come home to take care of his father after a horrible stroke. He's kept up his baseball  regime and still loves to throw pitches, even if its just duct tape to the stock boy in his family's hardware store. He's an honorable, sweet, loving son and a bit of a player.

 

Caitlyn Murray  - She is so dang cute!!! She's a confectioner that came home from school in Denver to take care of her older brother when he got put in a wheelchair part time. She reads the real estate section of the newspaper to Eli's dad, Chip, who is also in a wheelchair due to his stroke.

Eli and Caitlyn have been friends forever. Caitlyn is harboring a secret crush on Eli and Eli, while knowing how beautiful and curvy, Caitlyn is, he has never thought of her as anything other than his best friends little sister. All that changes when Bryan, Caitlyn's brother and Ty, their friend play matchmaker and have Caitlyn kidnap Eli to take him to Kansas City to try out for pro-baseball.

A little Yager, a little kissing, one hotel room and boom... friends to lovers!

I loved how we got to go into a little bit of Sapphire Falls and then a little bit of the Kilby Catfish. I haven't read any Sapphire Falls books but I will be reading them now. I'd love to see Bryan end up with his brunette. We get to see a  different side to sexy outfielder Trevor Stark.

All in all, it was a great read with some really fun sexy times and yummy pink icing!!

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Caitlyn Murray has never let on that she's had fantasies about her brother's friend Eli Anderson for years. She'd do anything for the sexy baseball player who walked away from stardom to stay in Sapphire Falls and take care of his family. But she and Eli are friends. Just friends.

 

So when her brother hatches a plan to get Eli to the pro baseball try-out for the Kilby Catfish and another chance at his dream, Caitlyn is all in. After all, what's a little kidnapping among friends?
A spot on the pitcher's mound for the Catfish isn't the only tempting thing about the spontaneous road trip. Eli already knows that Caitlyn is as sweet as the candies she makes for the Sapphire Falls bakery, but alone with her overnight in the tiny motel room in Kansas, it's impossible to resist the urge to take a little taste.

 

But when that taste leads to falling for the girl next door just as his front door is moving hundreds of miles away, can Eli really have it all? Or do they have too many strikes against them?

 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Review ~ Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis


Another funny, sexy, Jill Shalvis book!!


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In the latest Cedar Ridge novel, we are introduced to the elusive Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid. He's been gone for over 18 years with no communication with his family. His first day back some kooky woman, (heroine Sophie Morren) who procedes to puke on his shoes!

I love Sophie, she's a kick-ass woman who left her well-to-do husband and took nothing from him but his most prized possession... his boat. Doesn't matter she gets seasick, has no place to dock, has no money and is job searching!

Jacob is back because of a tragedy in his army life. He has come back to apologize to his family and recover from his grief. After 18 years he's going to find it's difficult to go home again and find peace. His twin, Hudson is very angry!

Sophie and Jacob are a hoot together, sexy and sweet and funny. Another great Jill Shalvis book! Can't wait for Kenna's story!


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SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

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