Music is an important part of my writing process. I have a long history of creating scenes, plot lines and even full stories inspired by songs that just happened to come up on the radio at the right moment, and nearly everything I write ends up with a more or less official playlist.
Love Starved is no different, of course. Underneath is a list of songs I listened to obsessively as I wrote the story – songs that influenced parts of it, or that simply reflect certain moments.
The full playlist, ready to be listened to in its preferred order that mirrors the story lines, requires logging in to Spotify. (Registration is free and allows you to legally listen to the playlist – and tons of other music – as many times as you wish, without shuffling the songs for you.)
8tracks playlist is missing one song, because it can’t contain more than two songs by one artist. It will also shuffle the songs after the first playback, but it doesn’t require registration.
And if you prefer to find the songs yourself – here’s the list:
1. “I’ll Try” – Jonatha Brooke
2. “A Whole New World” – Lea Salonga and Brad Kane
3. “For Your Entertainment” – Adam Lambert [*missing from the 8tracks playlist*]
4. “Whataya Want From Me” – Adam Lambert
5. “Safe and Sound” – Taylor Swift, cover by Julia Sheer
6. “Perfect” – Alanis Morissette
7. “Innocent” – Taylor Swift
8. “Giving It Away” – Mae, acoustic
9. “Underneath” – Adam Lambert
10. “Glitter in the Air” – P!nk
11. “I Do” – Colbie Caillat
Love Starved is released on Tuesday, April 21 – in just two days! I hope you enjoy the journey and that the music leads you farther into the story.
You can still win a free copy of Love Starved on Goodreads or Rafflecopter. Or order one from Interlude Press 🙂
The last song of the story – a happy, bubbly song for a happy ending 🙂 That’s it, the playlist is complete. I will soon post links to the whole thing compiled. But for now – enjoy Colbie Caillat and her “I Do”.
Angel closed the door and leaned against it heavily, shoulders slumping with relief. His keys clattered as they slipped out of his hand and to the floor, but he made no move to pick them up, suddenly too exhausted for that much effort. It was his fifth working night in a row, and a bad one at that.
He hated it when the clients tried to force him to stay longer than the agreed time, or worse still, overnight. It didn’t happen often, and every time so far, a firm tone and a warning that his “guardian” would come looking for him had worked well enough, but it was a scare nonetheless. Angel couldn’t help wondering what would happen if someone didn’t listen one day. It wasn’t as if anyone would really come. No one knew where he was when he went out on the job.
You don’t know me, but you did have the pleasure of meeting my buddy, Michael. He says you don’t know his last name, so not to bother, but he’s the one with a stupid tongue piercing and a tattoo of a green dragon on his ass? A funny little dude. If it doesn’t ring a bell, I can get him to write to you and confirm his identity or whatever, since I heard you only work through referrals.
Anyway, Mike here tells me you would be the best guy to contact with this: I’m completely straight, but I want to try sex with a dude. Just once, you understand. See, after some shit blowing up in my life this past year, I decided to live a little more. Or a lot more. And one way to do that is going through my bucket list, crossing things off. Trying man on man sex is one of those things.
I’m talking full-on fucking here, not some softcore shit. I wanna try everything, including butt sex, preferably both ways. I assume you’re into that?
I have the money, I will hire a hotel room and we can have some beer and go at it. Let me know when you are free. Weekends only.
As we get closer to the end of the playlist – and closer to the release date – the character of the songs changes. Pink – “Glitter in the Air”. I adore this song.
Angel sank into his couch with a steaming mug of black coffee in hand and pulled his laptop closer on the coffee table. His head felt fuzzy with too much sleep. After a busy week and two late nights at work, he’d allowed himself the luxury of sleeping in, and now it was past noon and he hadn’t even showered yet. It was a blissful feeling.
There was one new message in his work inbox, and he finished his coffee and clicked sleepily through a news portal before finally opening it. He smiled as he read through the email.
Can you tell us something about the characters of your book?
Of course! In fact, I can do better than that.
Meet Micah and Angel, main characters of Love Starved, a couple of years before their story began. (A drabble, 1 000 words.)
This playlist is a little Adam Lambert-heavy, I admit 🙂
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Love Starved will be released by Interlude Press on April 21.