Music Monday – Don’t Forget Me

Today’s Music Monday post is not going to be very inspirational. Cute, maybe. Downright roll your eyes 80’s pop, definitely.

This week is Authors After Dark in Savannah and I’m not going to be there. I’m going to be down and depressed so y’all should just brace yourselves now.

If you’re going to AAD, I hope you have a wonderful time. It’s a great conference and there are so many incredible people and events to attend.

If you’re not going, you can wallow in misery with me… 😉


Music Monday

LissaLogoYellow_reasonably_smallI’ve been working on Eli’s Promise (male/male) edits over the weekend and writing on Slide Down On Me (contemporary erotic). Working on two such different books is hard sometimes, but music helps me differentiate the moods and the tone I’m going for.

And yeah, there’ve been a lot of 80’s classics going through my earbuds. Glam rock. Pop Metal. Hell, I don’t care what anyone calls it. It was fun. It was sexy. It was pushing a line and pissed off Tipper Gore on Capitol Hill. It was also when MTV was about the music, the videos, the bands and artists.

And to 15-19 year old girls in the mid-late 80’s…these bands were everything. At least where I was from…

We definitely liked a little Poison…

And a little Great White…

I never went in for the lead singers either… I always wanted the bassists with the exception of former (maybe, who the hell knows) Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. Damn that was a hot man… Still is.

But music sets a mood for a book, at least for me, from beginning to end. And when a reader comes to me and says that they can hear a particular song when they read a book of mine, and it’s the one I was hearing when I wrote it… That’s flippin’ cool.

Have a great Monday, y’all…


Music Monday

It’s back to writing for me today. I wrote some while I was at Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together and it was more than I had expected to write, but not enough for what I was working on…

So, what’s playing today? Breaking Benjamin. I swear if they don’t come back soon, or at Benjamin Burnley, I’m just gonna cry. He has the most incredible voice and lyrics…

Along with Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace is playing for me as well…

There’s a particular mood I’m going for in what I’m writing today. Dark, painful, screaming… And I’d best get to it!


Music Monday

LissaLogoYellow_reasonably_smallI’ll be working on several WIPs this week. Trying to finish two and working on something new, so sorta new.

I don’t have contracts on books that aren’t written so I tend to work on more than one, trying to get ahead a little bit and ease the time I’ll have to wait for word back from editors. I do have my own deadlines, but I have a very hard time kicking my own ass into keeping them.

And as discussed before, music plays a huge part in my writing and one of the ways I’m able to switch between WIPs like I am, is largely because of the music I listen to for each one and the mood the different genres can put me in.

The books for this week are Slide Down On Me, The Cupcake Cowboy (y’all will be getting more information on him soon), and Wait For Me… Music selections for the really sexed up stories I write are easier sometimes. Hard rockin’, sexed up music is what I go for… There’s also a lot of 80’s glam mixed in with those.

To get me in the mood for writing on The Cupcake Cowboy, I listen to some Kip Moore, first thing…

Slide Down On Me requires a different sound… I know many people don’t like Nickelback but they have incredibly suggestive and not at all subtle lyrics that really work for some of the feelings I’m trying to evoke between my characters…

Wait For Me is coming soon to an e-tailer near your mouse/phone/tablet/e-reader. I, along with the editor, are trying to work out some of the kinks in the storyline. But it has a deeply emotional feel to it and it required something a little different as well, and something darker…

It’s hard for me to embrace some of the newer music though I constantly scour for the feelings I’m looking for, the lyrics I can relate to or that a character I would write could relate to. But I’m always on the look-out… I’m always listening for something that captures me.

What is your go to music for sex? For pain? For happiness?

Have a great Monday!


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