December 14, 2013

playlist for 'the christmas spirit'

Blogger's Note: To celebrate Susan Buchanan's latest release, The Christmas Spirit, she's stopping by Change the Word, today, to share a playlist for the story. The songs on the playlist are either mentioned or adhered to in story, or they are appropriate to the events in the book and the happenings to each of the characters. 

About The Christmas Spirit
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

Playlist for The Christmas Spirit

The Beatles

Frank Sinatra

Perry Como

Bing Crosby

Duke Ellington

Mel Smith & Kim Wilde

Peggy Lee

Ella Fitzgerald 

Johnny Mathis

Duke Ellington

John Paul Young 

Billie Holiday


George Auric

Vera Lynn


Susan Buchanan talks about The Christmas Spirit:
I always wanted to write a Christmas novel - I just didn’t know it was this one! The Christmas Spirit took me by surprise, as I lay in bed one night trying to get to sleep. The title and the idea came at the same time and then I created the characters piece by piece. I love Christmas, but I started wondering how it would be for those who had little to look forward to this Christmas. And I figured they needed a helping hand!

Buy the Book
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About the Author
Susan Buchanan lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony and baby daughter, Antonia. The Christmas Spirit is her third novel, published in December 2013. Her fourth novel, What If, is expected to be released summer 2014.

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  1. thanks for featuring The Christmas Spirit, Laura. I had some lovely comments on Twitter from readers saying they enjoyed the playlist and they took my suggestion of wrapping presents and writing cards whilst listening to it!

    1. Yay! That's great to hear. It's definitely a great playlist to put you in the mood to tackle your holiday to-do list. :)