I am so excited to have K.E. Saxon here today! I hope you will help me in welcoming her to the blog. I had a lot of fun reading Diamonds and Toads! You can read my review here. All right enough from me here's K.E. Saxon:
Good morning, readers! Today I thought I’d share my playlists for my steamy contemporary fairy tale romance, DIAMONDS AND TOADS: A MODERN FAIRY TALE, but first, let me give you a short description of the story:
Inspired by the Gordon Laite illustrations in my childhood book, My Little Golden Book of Fairy Tales, and with a nod to the 17th century author of the fairy tale, Charles Perrault, DIAMONDS & TOADS is a modern take on the tale of the same name, but with more emphasis on the love story. Crossing genres between hot/steamy contemporary, comedy, and fantasy romance, it is written in two parts, the first concentrating on the "good" Perrault sister, who is blessed by the family fairy with a fortune from diamonds and an engagement to the man of her dreams, while the second concentrates on the "bad" Perrault sister, her curse (her every utterance an obscene and humiliating quip), and her “frogman” ex-lover. In both parts, the fairy’s often comical appearances and maneuverings serve to further the plots to their “happily-ever-after” conclusions.
And now about the music:
I know that many writers use music to both inspire and feed their muse. I put together playlists that follow the story arc. In order for the songs on the first list to make sense to you, I feel I should tell you that part of the character arc of the ‘good’ sister, Delilah, is to learn to assert herself, so I made her find a very unusual means of a gaining assertiveness training: She becomes a pro-domme! I believe the songs on the second list speak for themselves.
For me, a playlist is like a movie soundtrack, and a really good movie soundtrack is like another character, or at a minimum, very vivid scenery, that strengthens the emotion of the story.
These songs are not in story arc order. Somehow, they became re-ordered in my Media Monkey playlist. Oops. But, if you read the book, you may find it fun to find the songs that coincide with the story action!
Part One: Diamonds (Delilah’s story)
Tainted Love , Soft Cell
You Surround Me , Erasure
Wicked Ways, The Blow Monkeys
The Things You Said, Depeche Mode
Love My Way, Psychedelic Furs
Just Like Heaven, The Cure
Strangelove, Depeche Mode
A Sense of Rage, Goldie
Master and Servant, Depeche Mode
Black Milk, Massive Attack
Just Can't Get Enough, Depeche Mode
In My Own Little Corner, Julie Andrews
Diamonds, Marilyn Monroe
Part Two: Toads (Isadora’s story)
I've Got a Crush on You, Linda Ronstadt
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Perry Como
Whistle While You Work, Adriana Caseloti
Some Day My Prince Will Come, Adriana Caseloti
Crystal Ball, Keane
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith
Over You, Roxy Music
Somewhere Only We Know, Keane
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed getting a little glimpse into my creative process.
Thank you so much, Rebecca, for allowing me to post here today!
More info on K.E. Saxon and Diamond and Toads
So each sister's story begins.
Delilah Perrault is blessed with riches beyond her wildest dreams and the man she's had her eye on for ages--even though he secretly has designs on her newfound wealth instead. Delilah's half-sister, Isadora, is cursed with having her every utterance come out as an obscene and humiliating quip, just when the gorgeous hunk she dumped years before under pressure from mama swaggers back into her life.
If you like Bewitched, Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, try out this modern girl's fairy tale.
K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She is a member of the West Houston Chapter of Romance Writer's of America and is a devoted subscriber to the Romance Divas online forum. She has two cats, a 24-year-old cockatiel, a funny, supportive husband, and a garden that's been fried by the recent drought. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write funny, sexy romances.
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