May 13, 2015

#chicklitmay - chick lit rocks

It's no secret I love making playlists for my books. I've blogged about it here and here and here. It's part of my plotting and writing process. It's also a wonderful way for me to connect or reconnect with my story even when I am not working on it.

(Psst... Be sure to scroll to the bottom to learn about a chance to win a fabulous prize!)

My latest novel, The Marrying Type, tells the story of a wedding planner with a lot on her plate. She has to save her family from bankruptcy...

The one who got away is back in the picture, and she's conflicted about it (her feelings are stronger than ever, but he doesn't seem too happy about it)...

She has some of the most high profile and complicated profiles of her career...

And all of it will be broadcast on TV as part of a reality TV series that will pay off her family's debts.

There's a mix of happy, sad, complicated, and funny moments. It's also a contemporary take on Jane Austen's Persuasion.

The story's playlist needed to reflect all of that.

I built the playlist factoring in weddings, old heartaches, timeless feelings, classic, and new. Some of the songs are ones I imagine for specific scenes. Others are for the story at large. They're listed in no particular order aside from the one in which I added them to the playlist.

I hope you enjoy the playlist and the story.

The Marrying Type the Playlist
"If I Walk Away" by Josh Groban
"One and Only" by Adele
"Angels" by Robbie Williams
"You're Still You" by Josh Groban
"Hidden Away" by Josh Groban
"Save The Last Dance for Me" by Harry Connick Jr.
"Silver Lining" by Rilo Kiley
"The End of The World" by Skeeter Davis
"When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars
"Say Something" by A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
"Doesn't Mean Goodbye" by Jon McLaughlin
"You Make Me Feel So Young" by Michael Buble
"It Had To Be You" by Harry Connick Jr.
"The End" by Nancy Sinatra
"I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc
"At Last" by Etta James
"Misty" by Johnny Mathis
"Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole
"Let It Be Me" by The Everly Brothers
"Last Song" by Edward Bear
"Make Someone Happy" by Jimmy Durante

Subscribe/listen to the playlist on SpotifyThe Marrying Type is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

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This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.

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To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below: Which of the songs on my book's playlist is your favorite?

Entrants must leave their full name, along with an e-mail address (Make sure you underline, bold, and highlight this as we must have a way to contact the winner!) A winner will be chosen via on Wednesday, May 20th.

Be sure to check out other great Chick Lit playlists today with #ChickLitMay:

About The Marrying Type

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). 

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. 

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future. 

Available on AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiBooks, and Audible.

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  1. I love "I guess that's why they call it the blues" and "It had to be you." Great list!
    mbamster0720 at gmail dot com

  2. My favorite song on your playlist is When I was your man by Bruno Mars. Thank you

  3. Sorry forgot to leave my name and email.
    Linda Romer

  4. Although I am a die hard Elton John fan, I am a newer fan of Jon McLaughlin. So I am going with Doesn't Mean Goodbye.

    tlhcoupon@hotmail. com

  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" by Elton John - one of my favorite songs!