Thursday, March 12, 2009

Soundtrack Thursday

Fiona Harper came around slowly to the idea of soundtracks for her books, but after hearing about other authors assembling soundtracks for their stories, she decided to give it a go, and now she’s a total addict.

When choosing songs for my soundtracks, I normally go for mood first and words later. However, as I listen to the songs over and over,I often find a snippet of the lyrics from each of the songs on the list that fit my characters or the mood of the book perfectly. Sometimes there is one song that grabs me and becomes the theme song for the whole book, normally because it matches a key scene and I end up playing these songs again and again as I write and edit that part of the book. Here are three of my favourites:

English Lord, Ordinary Lady (Feb 08)

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world?
…All that I am, all that I ever was is here in your perfect eyes; they’re all I can see.

This song was the inspiration for one of my favourite scenes in English Lord, Ordinary Lady. Josie and Will steal away from the wedding they’ve been attending on a moonlit evening and spend a magical moment together in the gardens of his stately home:

"She started to turn her head towards him, hesitated, and carried on. He must have heard the movement because, a fraction of a second later, he did the same thing and then they were joined, not just at the fingertips, but soul to soul as she stared deep into his eyes.
The air around them crackled with static, so strong she was sure her hair must be fluffed up and standing on end.
The way he was looking at her…
He didn’t care. He knew all the logical objections and he didn’t care. He knew her past, that she’d been labelled a rebel, a failure and a troublemaker, and still he was looking at her like he wanted to disappear inside her."

Christmas Wishes, Mistletoe Kisses (Nov 08)

Private Emotion by Ricky Martin feat. Meja
Every endless night has a dawning day.
Every darkest sky has a shining ray.
It takes a lot to love as your tears go by,
but you can find me here till your tears run dry.

This song went perfectly with the evening Louise and Ben spend together in her creaky old boathouse one Christmas Eve. Louise is a wounded heroine who has been betrayed too many times in the past. She meets Ben, a wonderful caring man, who could be the answers to her prayers – if only she’s brave enough to let him.

"She was lost in a daydream, staring at the rain lashing against the windows. There was a wistful expression on her face, as if she was remembering something or wishing for something she couldn’t have.
Maybe it was time Louise did something for herself, got something for herself. Not out of selfishness, but because she deserved it. He rubbed his chin with his thumb. Now all he had to do was to discover what she wanted.
Pulled out of her daydream by some unknown thought, she turned her head, and the look she gave him sent a shiver up his spine.
Surely not.
Her pupils were large and dark, and there was such a heat in her eyes. He'd received that kind of look before from women, but he'd never expected to receive it from her. Surely, she didn't want... him?
His heart rate tripled.
Uh-oh. That put Being What Louise Needed on a whole new level."

Blind-Date Baby (May 09)

This Kiss by Faith Hill
You can kiss me with the windows open while the rain comes pouring inside. Kiss me in sweet slow motion. Let’s let everything slide…

Flirty-at-forty Grace is an empty-nester who has been signed up to an internet dating agency by her mischievous daughter. She meets successful crime novelist, Noah, but decides he’s too “grown up” for her – she’s still a teenager at heart, and now her daughter is away on a gap year, she’s ready to experience some fun. She missed out on having a life of her own when she was widowed in her early twenties and had to bring up a baby on her own. But life has a few surprises left for Grace – pretty soon she finds herself back at square one: pregnant! The empty-nester has another chick is on the way…

After a slightly disastrous first-date, and knowing they are all wrong for each other, the chemistry between Grace and Noah finally takes over:

"Before he crossed the threshold into the damp night he turned to look at her. ‘It was lovely to meet you, Grace.’
‘So you already said.’
He took a step backwards beyond the shelter of the doorway and the rain hit him in multiple wet stabs. He shuddered. For an instant, rational thought hadn’t come into it—he was only aware of his body’s physical response to the drop in temperature, the cold water running down his skin.
Grace stood in the doorway, in front of one of the angled panes of glass, her eyes large and round. All the laughter had left them now, but they were focused intently on him.
‘Bye, Noah,’ she said, and looked down at the floor.
Suddenly he was moving. He took two long steps until he was standing in front of her and, without stopping to explain or analyse, he placed a hand either side of her head on the window and leaned in close.
And then he kissed Grace the way he’d wanted to all evening.

Fiona's next release is Blind-Date Baby, part 2 in the trilogy from Harlequin romance

From first date to wedding date!

Meet three very different women from around the world and follow their stories as they find friendship, love and their happily-ever-afters with a little help from the world of online dating!

Watch the stories unfold @ !

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of 'This Kiss', one of the best pop songs ever. The new books ounds like another Fiona Harper classic. Can't wait!