Just before Christmas I decided to call it a day with my regular Tuesday Talk blog feature. It had run for several years with some wonderful guests dropping in to chat, but I felt it was time to do something different.
As I know a lot of fellow writers who love music, I wondered whether this could be the basis for a new promotion feature. Invited guests would be given the opportunity to promote their latest book or showcase their blog and at the same time choose five music tracks. All of their choices had to have some connection to them. It could be a special birthday, first date, wedding day, the birth of a child or even just a moment in their life that particular song reminded them of. It could even had a connection to their writing – something on a play list, or like me, a song used as a book title. Along with those five tracks they would need to give me the reason behind their choice. I would be wide open to any particular type of music – Rock, country, folk, classical, the choice would be entirely with them.
Having rustled up enough interest to kick start this feature, today I’m launching it with me as the first ‘guest’. If anyone with any connection to writing would like to come along to promote their work and share their music I would love to host you. Simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and head your e-mail Life Soundtracks. Now let’s get down to the music…
FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, 2019 – JO LAMBERT
As someone who has always loved music and used song titles for many of my books it’s been a really difficult choice. So many decades, so many brilliant and memorable songs which mean something to me but in the end I managed to whittle it down to these five:
Days – the Kinks
I’d always been close to my maternal grandfather. On the day of his funeral, in the car, on the way to the church, this came on the radio. The lyrics said everything. I still miss him…
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
Justin Hayward was my very first rock star crush. I have been a fan of The Moodies for years and Nights in White Satin still remains one of my all time favourite love songs.
When Tomorrow Comes – The Eurythmics
When Tomorrow Comes was the title of my first published novel back in 2008. Using song titles for my work seemed to work and everything I’ve written since (with the exception of my second book Love Lies and Promises) can be connected to a music track. It works for me…
Home – Jack Savoretti
I’ve chosen Jack simply because I love his music. His voice is amazing. The older I get the less enthusiastic I’ve become about new music. But as soon as I heard ‘Home‘ I knew I’d discovered an artist I wanted to hear more of.
I Saw Her Standing There – The Stereophonics
And the fifth and last song. I really had a tough time making up my mind about this – so many tracks so much choice. In the end I chose a bit of a mix. It’s rock (which I love), it’s a Beatles song (and they’ve had a huge impact on music over the years) and it’s performed by another of my favourite bands the Stereophonics. So three for the price of one! This was taken from a BBC 4 documentary where a collection of artists were brought together at Abbey Road studios to record their versions of tracks from the Beatles’ Please Please Me album.
Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Westhead Manor with daughter Felicia and stepson Marco. Joining forces with neighbour Ella Benedict, she is about to open a bridal boutique at Ella’s exclusive wedding venue Lawns at Little Court.
Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman. Any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.
Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has a score to settle with Christian. Determined to get even with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.
Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty first birthday in September. She is invited to stay with the D’Alesandros while her grandfather undergoes heart surgery. Aware the vineyard would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if her plan is to have any chance of success she needs to get rid of Charlotte…
From rural West Somerset to the glorious rolling landscape of Tuscany and the Italian Lakes, Wicked Game is a story of love, betrayal and deception.
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Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain followed in 2017,
In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her eighth novel, The Boys of Summer, set in North Cornwall will be published in 2019. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.
10 thoughts on “Life Soundtracks…”
What a wonderful selection of songs you’ve chosen, Jo – it was great listening to some of them again. Music can be a great friend of a writer and your new weekly theme will prove a very interesting read. Look forward to reading more! 🙂
Great selection Jo. Really looking fwd to taking part in your new blog on Match 5th. Keep choosing/discarding choices but I’ll get there!
It’s so difficult Lizzie. There were two, maybe three ‘must haves’ and then it became really difficult…
I love looking to see what people have in their ‘record’ collection – what interesting choices. Always fun. A song can drag you back to a particular time or place without warning and all at once you are there – you are ‘in’ that moment – oblivious of anything else other than the thoughts and emotions the song awakens in you. Looking forward to seeing what people come up with. Looking forward to my turn too.
So much music Jane, I might do a spin off and choose five songs from each decade. I had to leave out lots of music I really loved…
Oh yes that would be fun. But where to begin? I can list hundreds I love or mean something. Quite a feat to whittle it down. 5 from each decade might be easier…a little. 🙂
Great songs. Have always been a Moody Blues fan but never heard of Jack Savoretti. What a fabulous voice and song. Shall be listening to more of him. 🙂
Great choices, Jo!
Thank you Sara, do you fancy coming along to chat and choose?
Thank you, Jo – yes, that would be great!