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Soul Deep out in audiobook! — Jack West, widower, rancher and former Army Ranger, gets his own love story in this special I-Team novella, which was picked by readers at Grave Tells as the Best Contemporary Romance of 2015. It will be out in audiobook any day now.

Seduction Game is out in paperback, (I-Team #7) — Holly and Nick’s story is out in all formats — ebook, audiobook, and paperback. Look for it in Wal-Mart, the Kroger chain of stores, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookseller.

Dead By Midnight: An I-Team Christmas is out! — The grand finale of the I-Team series finds all the couples you love brought together when terrorists attack holiday festivities at a historica hotel in downtown Denver. It’s bad news for the terrorists. They have no clue what they’ve done when they take Marc Hunter and his friends hostage. Featuring cameos by the men of New York Times bestselling author Kaylea Cross’s Hostage Rescue Team series. Available in ebook and paperback.

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Seductive Musings

Tuesday, January 04, 2011


Warm up your MP3 players and drag out those iTunes gift cards. Here’s the playlist for Breaking Point.

As I’ve said many times, I love music more than almost anything else. Music keeps me sane, but it’s also they key to my being able to focus and write. If the tone, lyrics or “feel” of a song puts me into the minds of my characters and the emotion of the story, then it becomes a valuable tool for me.

At one point, there were several other songs on it, so I’m limiting my post here to the songs that were special to this book. The fact that I turned to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” to keep myself awake at 2 a.m. is really of no importance.

I have to say that Pandora helped a lot this time around. Having gotten so much writing mileage out of Nickelback (Hard Evidence) 3 Doors Down (Unlawful Contact) and Staind (Naked Edge), I created a playlist using the songs liked most as seeds, and ended up discovering some new artists and new music.

None of it is actually new but given how isolated I live most of the time, it was new to me.

Shinedown was a new-to-me band, and they had a few tunes that felt very Zach to me, especially “Breaking Inside” and the first few lines of “Call Me.” As the story developed “Easier to Run” by Linkin Park became my favorite. I fell in love with it.

For Natalie, “Bring Me to Life” was perfect. It almost seemed to have been written for her. That’s very kind of Evanescence, don’t you think?

There are a lot of tortured lyrics in these songs, and, listening to the playlist a few days ago, Benjy told me it was a bit on the “emo” side.

So here are the mainstays of my Breaking Point playlist, coded blue for Zach and pink for Natalie (how very original of me!). Perhaps they're all familiar to you. Perhaps there’s something new here that you will enjoy. If you want to try reading the book while having these tunes around, I’d love to know how it impacts your understanding of the story.

Now, pop in those earbuds and enjoy!

Breaking Inside (iTunes Session) — Shinedown, iTunes Session
Call Me (iTunes Session) — Shinedown, iTunes Session
If You Only Knew — Shinedown,
The Sound of Madness (Bonus Track Version) Pain (Main Version) — Three Days Grace, Pain (+ Acoustic)
Beautiful Day — Saving Abel,
Saving Abel
Drowning (Face Down) — Saving Abel,
Saving Abel
Learn My Lesson — Daughtry,
Leave This Town
Easier to Run — Linkin Park,
Meteora (Bonus Track Version)
I Will Not Bow — Breaking Benjamin,
Dear Agony
Bring Me to Life — Evanescence, Fallen
Broken (feat. Amy Lee)— Seether,
The Punisher (Original Soundtrack)


Aly said...

Love it! Most if these are already on my iPod thanks to my husband! I am primarily a country listener but he has broadened my horizons :) Love, love, love Shinedown!

Great list!!

Kara C said...

Thanks! LOVE a book's soundtrack. Some of these I put on my iPod last time you posted them, others are new. (blue and pink, huh? LOL)
BTW, my teen found the pics I sent you to cheer you up (J Hill and A O'Loughlin). He didn't want to hear me when I said they were NOT naked. He said he deleted them 'for my own good'. As if I can't find an endless supply here at MTM. Silly boy...

Alyssa said...

Definitely a kick-a$$ playlist. Anytime you have Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence & Seether all in one place - you have my vote!

Debbie H said...

Excellent choices in music! Love them all!

I will start the man hunt for Connor. *BEG*

Hi, Aly — It's good to have someone who brings new kinds of music and other experiences in our lives, isn't it? Shinedown is a new-ish musical discovery for me, and I'm really loving them.

Hi, Kara — I didn't realize I'd posted these before, but then I have a very low-RAM brain. As for your son deleting those photos... Funny how boys want to protect their mothers, even if that means protecting them from themselves. Silly boys!

Hi, Alyssa — I'm so glad you enjoy the playlist. :-)

I like sharing them because I think it ads a dimension to the reading experience. Also, it gives us all a chance to share music. I really love every song/band on this list.

Hi, Debbie — How's the manhunt going? So glad you like the playlist! Thanks! :-)

Ronlyn said...

Hmmm...I thought I'd odd.
I LOVE Shinedown. They are awesome. I turn them on while I'm cooking. LOL.

Kristin said...

Love the selection! I think that's an intense list to go with what you've hinted will be a very intense book.

I just got a brand new laptop that I desperately needed today, and one of its big selling points was its JBL speakers and audio for premium sound. Looks like I'll be cranking a few of these songs on it tonight!

Getting so excited for Breaking Point!!!

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