Music and the Muse! by Julie Ann Walker< Everyone who has ever read one of my Black Knights Inc. books knows that I have mad lurv for music. All music. Rock, pop, country, alternative, classical. You name it, I reference it, allude to it, include it, venerate it, eviscerate it, and just about any other combination you can think of. In fact, in my personal life I'm known to quote movie lines and song lyrics daily - and to the utmost annoyance of friends and family. LOL! My husband once mused, "Just think what you could have accomplished - the cure for cancer, manned interstellar space flight - if 90% of your brain wasn't taken up by song lyrics!" My current title, FULL THROTTLE, is no different when it comes to the inclusion of musical references. And to get myself “in the mood” for penning a story about a hot hero, a second chance love, and a mad dash through the jungle, I composed the following playlist. Enjoy! I know I did!
Jungle inspiration songs…
1) Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
2) Jungle Love by The Steve Miller Band
3) Run Through The Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival
4) Bungle In The Jungle by Jethro Tull
Second-chance love inspiration songs…
1) Not Over You by Gavin DeGraw
2.) Wait For You by Elliot Yamin
3) Not A Day Goes By by Lonestar
4) Come A Little Closer by Dierks Bentley
Thank you so much for having me on Romancing the Book. It was a blast!
Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…
Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved-who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him… for the second time?
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.