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Music is an amazing part of our lives. It can take us back and remind us of good times. It can add to melancholy when we’re not feeling well. It can make us smile, even if we’re in a grumpy mood. And it can make us move. At my recent wedding, most everyone was out of their seats and grinding away when the DJ turned up The Twist! Those who were not on the dance floor were moving on their chairs. And I double dog dare you not to sing along when Jimmy Buffet is searching for his lost shaker of salt…
I prefer silence when I write, but I’m very much aware of music’s power in helping set mood, both mine and that of my characters.
I tend to select a piece of music when I’m thinking about a scene or when I’m coming back to the book-in-progress. What I mean is this, I’ll play a song on You Tube then I’ll start to write. As I get more into the scene, I will turn the computer’s volume down to zero. The video is still going, but I can’t hear it.
When I come back to that scene, I’ll cue up the song again and let the evoked emotions wash over me.
As I wrote Claim, my newest release from Totally Bound, I had several go-to pieces of music.
For the scenes at The Hub, the book’s BDSM club, I would play “Head Like a Hole” by Nine in Nails. (Talk about helping to set the mood!) When I wanted to create intimacy between Kennedy and Mackenzie where they shut out the world and it’s just the two of them, I selected “Orinoco Flow” by Enya.
Jazz also works well for sex scenes. When I wrote a scene at Kennedy’s spectacular home, I used “Between the Sheets” by the Isley Brothers. It’s the perfect background music and the rhythm inspires a slow, sensual flogging.
I’d love for you to drop me a note and let me know what musical pieces influence your life… email@example.com
Blurb for Claim:
This is book two in the Bonds series, see the full series listing here
It had to be her. He won’t be satisfied until he claims her.
Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering.
When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with.
Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy’s attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she’s vowed never to walk down the aisle again.
It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome Dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer.
But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.
About Sierra Cartwright:
INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR
Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!
Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don’t ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she’s yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)
Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that’s her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.
She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.
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