I love What to Read Wednesday and am so glad to introduce everyone stopping in today to author Darcy Burke. She’s visiting and sharing her playlist as well as a blurb and excerpt from her release When Love Happens. I love that title, the cover, and the awesome blurb 🙂
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When Love Happens Playlist
I don’t always listen to music when I write. For me it’s definitely a mood thing. Which is kind of dumb now that I think about it, because it always works to put me in a groove (pun intended) and it tends to help me write at a quick and fluid pace. So when I sat down to write WHEN LOVE HAPPENS I knew I had to write fast with a deadline looming in just over a month (true!). For the first time ever, I developed a playlist for the book and I think it really helped.
Today I thought I’d share some of the songs from my playlist with you and why I chose them for this book.
Something in the Way by Nirvana—This is just kind of a sad song, isn’t it? It seemed to fit the melancholy that haunts Tori in the wake of her brother’s death.
Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5—This song has an angrier edge and represented some of the tension and frustration between Tori and Sean. I have to admit I love me some Maroon 5. (Sad is also on the playlist.)
Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall—This is a great song with a fantastic beat. The lyrics sort of match how Sean sees Tori—the map of his world and he’s captivated by her.
No Light, No Light by Florence + the Machine—Everything about this song works for the romantic themes in this book. The fantastic beat, the rush of emotion she conveys when she sings, and the lyrics speak to so much of what is between Sean and Tori. I don’t want to break it down too much because it might be spoilery!
Come Back to Me by David Cook—I love David Cook and I chose this song because Sean is really hoping that Tori will find her way back to him through her grief.
Light It Up by OneRepublic—I wish I could say there was a lyrical reason for this on the list, but I just really like this song and the sexy beat is great for sexy scenes!
When You Say Nothing at All by Ronan Keating—Notting Hill is my very favorite romantic comedy, and Sean and Tori watch it in the book. There’s another important reference that I won’t mention here because spoilers!
Sister by the Dave Matthews Band—I’m a massive DMB fan (of the twenty-nine songs on the playlist, eight are by DMB). If you’ve never listened to them or find them to be meh, I encourage you to give Sister a listen. If your eyes are dry by the end, you are a more stalwart listener than I! I imagine this was a special song between Alex and Tori. As a sister myself with a brother I adore, it never fails to hit me right in the feels.
I know some writers can’t listen to music with lyrics while they write because it’s distracting, and I have to admit I sometimes end up rocking out when I should be writing! Do you listen to music when you’re doing other tasks? It’s a must for my husband—silence drives him insane—especially in the car. I actually rarely listen to music in the car at all. I do some of my best plotting there and the music definitely distracts me in that situation. Hmmm, I’m learning some fun things about my process today! Also, what sort of music do you like? Are you musical?
Thanks for having me here today!!
When Love Happens
Ribbon Ridge # 3
By: Darcy Burke
Releasing May 26th, 2015
In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long…
Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.
After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.
Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.
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Sara turned to look at her and Maggie who were perusing the crowd. “Are you checking out men who aren’t your husband or boyfriend?”
“Yeah, you want to join us?” Maggie said, sipping her beer. “Ten o’clock, hottie with brown hair and stubble.”
“Nice,” Sara said, dropping her hands from her arms.
Tori exhaled, feeling better that Sara’s senses weren’t spun up. And since they were all occupied, she could finally excuse herself.
“I like that one better,” Sara said. “Two o’clock, near the bar. Dark wavy hair, great outfit.”
“Are those tailored jeans?” Maggie asked, leaning forward and squinting for comic effect. Both Sara and Chloe laughed.
Tori turned her head to check this guy out for herself. And nearly dropped her beer.
“Hey, I met that guy earlier,” Chloe said. “At the fondue table. He’s British. Drop dead sexy accent.”
“Oh.My.God.” Maggie sucked in a breath. “British accents are my Achilles heel. Don’t tell Kyle.”
“I’m totally telling Kyle, and you can thank me,” Sara said. “He does a great Scottish accent.”
Maggie grinned. “Yes. Yes, on second thought, please tell Kyle.”
They all laughed while Tori’s insides curled into a nausea-inducing mass. She had to get out of here pronto. “I’ll leave you to your browsing.” She turned to go and stopped short as the man they were discussing wove toward them. Move, Tori. Pick up your feet and move. But she couldn’t. It was as if she’d rooted to the floor.
“Oh crap, he’s coming this way!” Sara giggled.
“He must’ve seen us staring.” Chloe laughed, her eyes dancing. “Oops. Guess we’ll have to blame it on Tori since she’s the only single one of us. Don’t want him thinking we’re interested!”
“No, don’t do that,” Sara said, flicking a nervous glance at Tori. “Tori isn’t interested either.”
Tori stifled a ridiculous urge to laugh. She’d been more than interested. Once. God, that felt like a lifetime ago. She braced herself as he came to stand before them.
And stared directly at her, his deep blue eyes seeming to bore straight to her soul.
“Hi ladies.” Was he going to pretend they didn’t know each other?
“See?” Chloe said sotto voce before clearing her throat. “Hi. Welcome to Ribbon Ridge.”
“Thank you. It reminds me of villages back home—quite lovely.” His gaze was glued to Tori as he said lovely. His English accent flowed over Tori, eliciting the same visceral response she’d had when she’d met him nine months ago. Maggie might dig British accents, but for Tori, they were auditory aphrodisiacs. Especially when paired with lush cobalt eyes and a smile that could melt a glacier. She was annoyed to find she hadn’t become immune during the months they’d been apart.
“Hi, I’m Maggie and this is Chloe, Sara, and Tori.” She gestured toward each of them as she spoke. “Are you here for Oktoberfest or something else?”
“Something else.” The corner of his mouth lifted in the barest hint of that sexy smile Tori had fallen in lust with. And damn it if her knees didn’t wobble. “I wonder if I might borrow Tori for a bit?”
Tori resisted the urge to gauge the others’ reactions. Let them draw their own conclusions—she knew she’d have to explain later. But right now she wanted to know what in the hell her husband was doing here.
She forced a tight smile that was more for her sister and the others than for Sean. He might still stir her desire, but seeing him dredged up a whole host of other feelings she preferred to bury. Regret, self-disgust, guilt. “Sure.”
He offered her his arm and she took it, lightly curling her fingers around his forearm. She could feel his muscles and tendons through the cotton of his white button-down shirt. And his heat. Touching him, she decided, had been a lousy idea.
“See you later,” he said to the others, allowing his mouth to curve into that full devastating grin.
Tori had almost forgotten how gorgeous he was. Almost.
She glanced at her sister who watched her with surprise and mouthed, “who is he?”
Tori said nothing, just shook her head. Her stomach tossed as she realized she’d finally have to come clean. First, however, she had to deal with Sean: find out what he was doing here and then tell him to go away—for good.
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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