I have a musical mind, and a musical mood makes me a better writer. (Sorry, that was a lot of alliteration…) Songs inspire scenes, and then I can string those together and have all kinds of fun! So here’s a behind the scenes look at the songs that made the big moments happen!

An Arrangement of Sorts

We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seger — This song is the song that started it all! “I know it’s late, I know you’re weary, I know your plans don’t include me…” I mean, come on, guys… That’s too perfect! That night when Nathan asks Moira to stay? This song was playing.

Say Goodbye by Katherine McPhee — This song was a lucky find, and it just breaks my heart. “But I just keep it all inside, That way it won’t hurt so much when we say goodbye.” UGH. This is after they visit the Cutler family and that scene with the horses… So sad.

Married to the Marquess

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones — This song… Oh, this song! “Come away with me in the night… Come away with me and I’ll write you a song…” Swoon away, swoon away. This song goes with the running to the gazebo and all that happens at the gazebo. Too perfect. It’s the theme for Derek and Kate, in my mind.

Signal Fire by Snow Patrol — This is another one I found by accident, and when I listen to it, I imagine Derek running from the club to his home to tell Kate how he feels, and the disaster that follows… A little ironic, I’ll give you that, but it works.

Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber — Okay, so the song is by the incomparable ALW, but I used 3 different versions in my playlist for this book for different things. It became a theme for Kate. The first was by Jenny Oaks Baker, an incredible artist, and is when Gemma and Kate are playing. The second was by Jackie Evancho, who blows my mind, and that’s when Mary is singing it. Lastly is the moving version by Julian Lloyd Webber (yes, he’s related) and is a breathtaking rendition on the cello. That’s a reflective and painful one when Derek and Kate aren’t doing so well… Such a good song.

Secrets of a Spinster

Always On My Mind by Michael Bubl√© — “Maybe I didn’t love you quite as good as I should have…” Uh, yeah. This is a good song for these two. Mary¬†was always on Geoff’s mind. Apply this one liberally in the book as you see fit.

Then You Look At Me by Celine Dion — I have adored this song for YEARS. Imagine my joy when the scene that sprang to life in this song was applicable for this fantastic couple! “Then you look at me, and I always see what I have been searching for…” This song is THAT ballroom scene. And if you ever meet me in person, and we have the time, I will put this song on and spell out the entire scene in time with the music. Not kidding. So good.

All This Time by OneRepublic — Theme song for Geoff and Mary. Goes on the youtube montage someone will make when they do the adapted version for TV or in film. (No, that is not an announcement, just a wish!) “All this time we were waiting for each other, all this time I was waiting for you. We got all these words, can’t waste them on another so I’m straight in a straight line running back to you…” And we all die glorious swooning deaths!

The Dangers of Doing Good

Falling by Keri Noble — I can’t even tell you how I found this song, but it is so gorgeous! It perfectly sums up Annie’s sweet and uncertain feelings for Duncan, and her insecurity about the whole thing. Such a tender love song!

Superman Tonight by Bon Jovi — A Bon Jovi song for a Regency romance? You bet! This song is SO Duncan! He is all about saving Annie and doing the right thing and being noble… He’s so great! I love this song for him. “There’s something about you I wanna rescue. I don’t even know you, so what does that mean?” Seriously. Does it get any more perfect than that?

The Burdens of a Bachelor

Go First by Rose Cousins — I cried when I found this song, and when I was writing Susannah, I knew this fit her to a tee. SO GOOD.

Remember When It Rained by Josh Groban — GAZEBO SCENE. Nuff said.

Possibility by Lykke Li — When I was writing the agonizing scene of Susannah realizing that she had completely lost her chance, that all hope was gone, this was the song that I played on repeat. Single most depressing song ever, and it was the only thing that could get the feelings of the scene nailed down for me.

A Bride Worth Taking

Let It Be Me by Joshua Payne — This song is quintessentially Kit. I fell in love with it when I heard it, and thought it summed up Kit’s deepest desires and fit in perfectly with his struggles over Marianne.

Don’t You Remember by Adele — When Marianne finds herself falling for Kit but he has gone back to his distant self, this song comes into play. She wanted Kit to love her again, to remember how he once felt, and this song portrays that so well. Breaks my heart!

Fix You by Coldplay — THIS SONG. This is the theme for Kit and Marianne. It is EVERYWHERE in the soundtrack. A full orchestral version is in the scene when he rides out in the rain after her, a piano version is in the falling in love process, a haunting cello version is in the heartbreak but hopeful moments, and the grand finale (credits song!) is the original. SO GOOD.