Today we’re so lucky to welcome Megan Hart to the blog – she’s launched a five-part series and part one Every Part of You: Tempts Me came out February 2nd. See below for the scheduled releases of the parts 2-5.
Every Part of You: Resists Me, available 2/18/14
Every Part of You: Taunts Me, available 3/4/14
Every Part of You: Denies Me, available 3/18/14
Every Part of You: Takes Me, available 4/1/14
One question I’m always asking my favourite authors is where does the inspiration come from? Here’s what Megan had to say…
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I can’t write without music. I feature playlists for many of my books, and share my favorite artists and songs all over the place. I love music! And, since Every Part of You’s title came directly from the Halestorm song In Your Room, it’s no wonder this five part serial had a lot of musical inspiration while I was writing it.
In Your Room by Halestorm. This bittersweet ballad by the hard rocking band never fails to make me cry. The singer beseeches her lover to “let me in your room” – maybe literally, but certainly metaphorically. And, just as Simone tries to get Elliott to open up to her, the song reminds the object of it that it doesn’t matter what secrets or bad things he might have, she’ll take every part of him.
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon. Wow. What can I say about this song, other than no matter whether or not Elliott would admit it, he’s desperate to find love. He tries to deny his attraction to Simone, forcing himself to pretend he doesn’t need to “use” anybody, but the truth his, she flips his switch in a way nobody else ever has. She’s the one for him, and he can’t get away from her.
Hot and Cold by Katy Perry is also a tongue in cheek tribute to Elliott’s waffling. While Simone has no compunctions about making her desires clear, Elliott not only tries to act like he doesn’t get turned on by giving her the pain she craves, he denies liking it altogether.
Trouble – Cat Stevens. This classic folk song might seem a little out of character for the punk rock Simone or the quiet, staid Elliott, but if you listen to the lyrics, which talk about the singer wanting his lover to set him free, you can see how it fits both characters who are fighting to keep themselves from getting hurt yet aren’t able to let go.
Rev 22-20 by Puscifer is simply one of the best sex songs I know. That’s it. It’s a song made for sexy times. And hair pulling. And hand tying. And pinching. And…you get the picture.
The Fall by Bo Bruce is a song Simone probably wouldn’t like, but it would make her cry. Just like it makes me cry whenever I hear it. If you’ve ever loved someone who simply won’t give you what you want and need…then you understand Simone’s pain. This song perfectly sums it up.
Head Like A Hole, Nine Inch Nails. Well…this is one of those songs that’s not about the lyrics meaning something for the characters. It’s just an awesome song that Simone would totally rock out to while she danced around her apartment in her underwear while Elliott tried to pretend he wasn’t getting turned on. Or that he didn’t like this song, which he really did.
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Love song. The sort of song you dance to with the person who’s stolen your heart and you cry because you’re so happy. That sort of song. When it comes on the radio, Simone has to change the channel because it makes her think of Elliott, that jerk, who won’t admit he’s in love with her! *weeps *
If you’re reading Every Part of You, take a listen to these songs!
Blurb for Every Part of You: Resists Me (#2)
The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead. After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.
And then they’re both invited to the same party.
Excerpt for Every Part of You: Resists Me (#3)
“I like to make you feel good.”
“You did, honey.” The endearment slipped out of her. “Really good. I told you, I like . . .”
“I know what you said.”
“Elliott. Do you think I’m the sort of girl who’d tell you I like something when I don’t?”
“No. I guess not.”
“You’re not used to women who tell you the truth, huh?”
He paused. “It’s not that. I don’t usually ask, that’s all. I don’t see them more than once or twice, remember?”
So he did have a sense of humor. Dry and self-deprecating, but there was nothing wrong with that. In fact, she liked it. A lot.
“I like you,” she told him suddenly. She wanted to tell him she’d liked him for awhile, but as with the scones and everything else, that would mean she’d have to own up to her Peeping Tina tendencies. She waited, but he didn’t say anything. Simone sighed. “Now would be the perfect time to tell me that you like me, too.”
He sighed into the phone with enough force that he’d have ruffled her hair if they’d been together in person rather than talking on the phone. Simone rolled her eyes, trying not to let it hurt her feelings. Reminding herself that he’d called her, and there had to be a reason, if only she could be patient enough to let him get to it.
“I don’t think we should see each other again. That’s all.”
Simone had never been a patient sort of girl. “You woke me up on a Sunday morning to tell me that you don’t think we should see each other again?”
“I wanted to let you know.”
“So you wouldn’t be rude?”
“Yes. That’s part of it,” Elliott said.
Simone chewed the inside of her cheek for a moment. “What’s the other part?”
“I don’t want you coming to my office again.”
Everything inside her went cold. Then hot. Then cold again.
“It’s not you,” Elliott said finally.
“No. It’s you. Definitely you.”
There came a long silence in which she was certain he would disconnect the call. Simone sat with the phone pressed to her ear until he did, without even a good-bye, trying to pretend this didn’t matter. Trying to tell herself it was better to know, no matter how hard it had been to hear.
It was always better to know.
Readers – how important is knowing a story’s soundtrack to you? Comment here to win a copy of Every Part of You: Tempts Me (#1)! (It’s digital only, which means you must be able to get your prize from Amazon.com, BN.com, Kobo.com or iBookstore in the USA) If you already have #1, you’ll be able to choose #2!