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Life Playlists: this week I’m hosting blogger Joanne Baird of Portobello Book Blog – who is choosing her five special tracks…

The Voyage – Christy Moore

This was the first dance at our wedding so it has to be included. I don’t think many of the wedding guests had a clue what the song was! We both really like Christy Moore’s music and have been to see him several times in concert. The words of this are particularly appropriate, describing the journey of a relationship.

Zanzibar – Billy Joel

Billy Joel is my all time favourite singer/musician and I’ve been lucky enough to see him three times. I like so many of his songs but have picked this one to show there’s more to his music than Uptown Girl! It has a brilliant trumpet solo in it.

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Surely the ultimate feel-good start of the weekend song? I’m a big fan of Queen and wish I could have seen them live. Freddie Mercury was such a huge talent, a real performer.

Morningtown Ride – The Seekers

This is a song which takes me back to my childhood. Now it came out several years before I was born so I must either have heard it on the radio or maybe my mum sang it to me. I used to sing it to my girls when they were little as a bedtime song and I sing it now to my much younger nieces when they come to stay.

She – Elvis Costello

This is such a beautiful song. I like the particular version because when it’s used near the end of the film Notting Hill, it’s at a part which always makes me smile – any maybe cry a little. It’s also a song which I can play on my flute as part of a small music group and I get a wee solo bit.

About Me

Joanne Baird

I can’t remember not being a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I started my blog, Portobello Book Blog, in April 2015 to share my love of the books I was reading and it’s been great fun. I’m a busy wife and mum to two lovely girls, an avid book reader of course, a nature watcher, a keen cook and baker, always on the go and I love living by the sea.

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Posted in Life Soundtracks, Music, Writing

Life Soundtracks…

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 and head your e-mail Life Soundtracks.   Now let’s get down to the music…




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.




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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.