Friday, July 7, 2017

Rebel in a Small Town – Playlist

Songs play a big part in my life, both as a woman and as a writer. On most days, from the time my family is in the kitchen for breakfast, music of some sort is playing, usually from a playlist or from asking our Google Home to just play a particular genre of music (man, is Google Home good at finding what I didn’t even know I wanted to listen to)! 

One of my favorite things to do, though, is come up with a playlist of songs for my books. Now, while I’m writing the books, I don’t actually listen to the playlist, but once I’m into the editing, that playlist gets a lot of airtime. 

For Rebel in a Small Town, I had even more fun because, as it’s part of a series, I had both series-specific songs playing and story-specific songs. 

A few of the songs that made it onto the series playlist include:

Tattoos on This Town by Jason Aldean
Where I’m From by John Michael Carroll
Famous in a Small Town by Miranda Lambert
Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney

All of these songs speak to me about home – about the bonds we make before we’re out of our teens. To me, those are some of the strongest bonds we ever make in our lives. They are the bonds that call us back, the bonds that we may try to re-create as adults. 

Here are a few of the songs that made it onto the Rebel in a Small Town playlist: 

Smoke by A Thousand Horses – this became a kind of theme song for James. He’s been in love with Mara since they were kids, and he was ready to propose before she ran out on him (before the book even started). For him, Mara is the smoke you can’t quite get out of your clothes after a night at a bar, the smell of the sea you can’t remove after you’ve left a beach vacation…she’s a part of him, and this song really spoke to that. 
Stay a Little Longer by Brothers Osborne – this one was Mara’s theme song. She returns to town thinking she’s only going to be there to make sure Collin’s orchard is okay and to tell James her little secret..but the more she’s in town, the more she wants to stay just a little longer. Especially, when she’s around James. 

Black by Dierks Bentley – this song kind of speaks for itself…and for the smexy times James and Mara get down to in the book. 

Wanna be that Song by Brett Eldredge - which is where both James and Mara are, although neither want to admit it, in the beginning of the book. They both want to be that someone the other turns to…but neither knows quite how to be that. 

And here are a few more songs that brought Slippery Rock, James and Mara to life as I was writing: 

Make Me Wanna by Thomas Rhett
Vice by Miranda Lambert
Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
Fly Over States by Jason Aldean
Dirt by Florida Georgia Line


He's not giving up his family without a fight 

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara's timing couldn't be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it's always been. With him.

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“Not that you have a friend. That you have a friend,” he said, emphasizing the word. “I always wondered what made you walk away like that. Now I know. It wasn’t me.”

Mara’s eyes widened and her mouth dropped open. Not a friend. A friend. James thought she was, what, bisexual, and that made her walking out on him okay? “I don’t know what you think you understand, but you are completely and totally off base—”

“It’s okay to be a lesbian—”

“I’m not a lesbian.”

“Okay, a bisexual—”

“If that look means you think you might be joining in a little three-way action now that I’m back in town, think again, Deputy Doofus. I’m not bisexual and I’m not a lesbian. I am a straight, CIS-gendered female who likes men.”

James blinked. “But she’s… And you’re… You said she was here to hook up with you.”

“I didn’t mean hook up hook up. God, why do men assume women can be friends with one another only if they’re also hooking up?”

“It was a natural assumption from the way you introduced her.”

“Are you sure you passed that police academy test? Your deductive reasoning could use a little work.”

“Yes, I’m sure I passed it, and my deductive reasoning isn’t flawed. You insinuated—”

“—that she was my friend. She’s also my employee, and no, that doesn’t mean I pay her for sex.” Mara intentionally lowered her voice even though there were no other people on the sidewalk. “There is no sex between Cheryl and me. I thought you’d already gotten the memo that my preferences lean toward men.”

“I didn’t know friends randomly meet up with other friends in strange towns where one or the other of them is working.”

“Then you obviously don’t have very good friends.” Mara crossed her arms over her chest. “Or you live in a town with a single stoplight, and so do all your friends.”

“Touché.” James put his hands in his pockets. “You look good.”

 “So now that I’m not an attached lesbian-slash-bisexual, you’re going straight into hook-up mode?”

James grinned. “It was a statement of fact,” he said, “not an invitation for either of us to go jumping into whatever lake we were swimming in up until two years ago.”

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Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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