One of the most fun parts of finishing a novel is compiling the soundtrack. I only started compiling soundtracks for my novels after Bastard’s Brew (Family Portrait Book 3). Actually a reader gave me that idea. She enjoyed the books so much that she compiled her own ‘hit list’ as she called it. They were the songs that resonated with her as she read the scenes. I loved it! Since the Family Portrait series is character and plot driven it made sense. The books are written like a television series with story arcs, and the merging of characters and plots.
Here is my soundtrack for Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Book 5) and an explanation of why I chose them to accompany the scene.
Little Do You Know by Alex & Sierra
Haze and Adriana are so much in love with each other they make themselves crazy. For Adriana it was love at first sight when she first saw him at a photo shoot. Their relationship went through all sorts of trials and twists but they made it. Cut to Bad Uncle (Book 5), Haze discovers that Adriana has a secret that could land him in jail or worse. Because of this secret coming to light he has to break up with her and it is killing them both.
Little do you know I … Love you till the sun dies.
Never Stop – SafetySuit
This is a power Ballard for the millennium!
Kevin is a bad guy and knows he doesn’t deserve a woman like L’Wren. L’Wren is innocent, sweet and she had no idea how bad Kevin really is. In Bad Uncle his business dealings puts her in serious danger. How can he keep her safe and still get revenge against his enemies?
I will never stop losing my breath, every time I see you looking back at me.
Nirvana – Sam Smith
Kristin has a lot to live up to, her father has set very high standards for her, so naturally she wants to rebel. She does so with her boyfriend’s best friend who is the biggest player in Westwood Academy. Kristin and Frankie give into temptation in a big way. The scene with them is by far the HOTTEST sex scene I’ve ever written. Because of this scene I have to give the book a Mature Audience rating.
Oh baby oh baby both know the truth, if it were the real me and you this wouldn’t be the right thing to do.
I’m in love with a boy – Kaya Stewart
So now we’re back to Adriana and Haze. This song is so bad-ass reminds me of Adriana, this would totally be a song on her playlist. Adriana is sneaking around with Haze and to keep him safe and protect her secret she has to keep their relationship on the DL.
I’m in love with a boy but I’ll never say his name…
Almost Lover – Jasmine Thompson
Haze broke up with Adriana, the love of his life but he is having a hard time moving on. He keeps looking at her pictures, texts and paintings of her. He is devastated because he’d had such high hopes for their future together. From the beginning he knew that she had the power to rip his heart out.
I should have known you’d bring me heartache, almost lovers always do.
I See Fire – Jasmine Thompson
Zax realizes he has feelings for songster Leighann when he sees her performing this song around the campfire. Despite Leighann being an international singing sensation, Zax had never really paid attention to her music up until this moment.
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Kevin and L’Wren has a wonderful moment when she plans a very romantic evening for them, lets just say it involved candles and lingerie. She shares good news about her career and tells him that she wants him by her side through it all.
Baby your smile’s forever in my mind and memory.
Who are you when I’m not looking – Blake Shelton
Haze looking at Adriana when she’s not looking. He knows she is hiding something but he can’t figure it out. They’re on a date and her mind is far, he tries to find out what’s bothering her but she deflects.
My oh my you’re so good looking, who are you when I’m not looking.
Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
Zax is falling for his best friend’s girl; he is in a losing battle with his heart and his loyalty. When he found out that they spent the night together, pretends like it’s no big deal. He reflects on the time that she had a crush on him but he ignored her. Now it is too late.
Leave your lover, leave him for me.
Breakeven – Script
After Adriana and Haze breaks up she goes to his house and gets there in time to see her nemesis Carys leaving Haze’s house. Carys is partially responsible for their breakup but Adriana doesn’t know that … Yet.
Hope you get a chance to read Bad Uncle. In the meantime check out the playlist I’ve created just for you: