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Author Blog Challenge: Music I Love and Book Playlists #LifeBooksWriting


This week’s topic is ‘music I love’ and ‘book playlists’. Playlists are popular with writers now but in the four books I’ve written, I only made a playlist for one of them.

Perhaps this is because I’ve never really  understood whether a playlist is supposed to reflect the characters and the plot of the book? Or  just what the writer listens to whilst writing? What do you think?

I don’t usually listen to music when I’m writing, but when I wrote The Dangerous Gift, I did and the playlist below is the result.

The Dangerous Gift Playlist


Listen to The Dangerous Gift Playlist on Spotify here

 These were songs I listened to whilst wrote the final draft of The Dangerous Gift, I loved the US series Nashville and so that’s why over half of the songs are from the series. Since The Dangerous Gift is a Western Romantic Suspense, it put me in the right mind set, even though my story is  set in Texas and not Nashville.

The other songs are longtime favourites of mine. I first listened to The Eagles  when I started going out with my husband in 1980. ‘Take It Easy’, always manages to send me back in time , to a Bronze Ford Capri, with an an Eight Track Player. The days were full of sunshine and love. When times are hard, this song always makes me feel good and remember why thirty six years later we are still together.


The Roxy Music songs have similar poignant memories, so I listen to them  frequently. Jimmy Nail’s ‘Cowboy Dreams’ and ‘What Kind of Man Am I’, fitted in with how Jared felt at times in the story  and Savage Garden’s ‘ Truly, Madly, Deeply’ epitomises the love between Jennie and Jared.

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5* Review Crash & Burn Susan Arden

Crash and Burn is #2 in the Rule Breaker series. I reviewed #1 Rock Into Me  here.

Here’s what you can expect:

‘She rocks his world…he’ll need distance from her to think straight.
Waking up after an off-the-charts night with Alana, Jonathan has minutes to memorize every inch of her body, erotic sensuality, and ability to torment him before he must let her go when their business contract begins and his record company is in charge of her band and her future.

He sets her body on fire…leaving her questioning everything she thought she knew.
Alana is fiercely loyal to Orion. But when fame comes knocking on her door alone, her band refuses to stand in her way. As the pressure builds to keep the band together, the only way out may mean cutting free from a man who complicates her life with his ability to melt her body, heart and soul. Jon and Alana are blinded by their hotter-than-hell passions until they’re spiraling out-of-control and there’s nothing left to do but CRASH & BURN.

EROTICA – Scorching from the start. Jon & Alana’s attraction is the makings of a chemical combustion that gets hotter each time they’re together.’

My Review:
Crash & Burn (Rule Breaker, #2)‘Crash & Burn’ delivers and enhances the passion, emotional torment and glitzy, hard-edged rock atmosphere which I so enjoyed in the first book in the series ‘Rock into Me’ a definite must read.

Alana is devastated both physically and emotionally. She burns for Jon but shies away because he has the means to destroy her body and soul. Jon is left wondering if he can give up Alana his latest rock star protégée after a night of erotic and disturbingly emotional loving. Attempts to establish their fledgling business relationship lead to arguments, longing and inevitable sex as each encounter feeds their uncontrollable addiction.

This is a book best suited to mature adults as the sexual scenes are numerous and explicit. That said they demonstrate the growing emotional connection between Alana and Jon far better than hot looks and constant forays into the characters’ psyche would do.

Alana and Orion’s experience of Music city is interesting. Crash & Burn features interesting cameos of other group members and Jon’s staff that enrich the plot.

My advice is to read ‘Rock Into Me’ first and enjoy Alana and Jon’s electric meeting to fully appreciate the hot erotic romance Crash & Burn delivers.

Crash & Burn by Susan Arden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Crash & Burn (Rule Breaker, #2)

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