Fired Up release day! Meet the songs behind the novel

Fired Up release day! Meet the songs behind the novel

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Playlists |

Today, I celebrate the release of my newest erotic romance, Fired Up, the friends-to-lovers tale of control freak Mel and her firefighter best friend, Adam. Ever since the release of my short story Tempted by a Kiss, which introduced these characters, I’ve been excited to give you the full, scorching-hot story. Today is that day! And to get you in the mood for the book, I present my playlist for Fired Up.

Whenever I sit down to write, I listen to music. The type of music depends on the kind of scene I’m working on, since an eerie film score doesn’t set the right mood for a love scene and vice versa! With erotic romance especially, choosing songs with the right tone helps get me in the mindset. Since Mel and Adam started out as friends, I went back to one of my favorite eighties power ballads, the only song I can think of offhand that’s all about friends falling in love.

Of course, my selections also include sexy songs and emotional songs and joyful. Something for every stage in Mel and Adam’s romance.

Enjoy this playlist!

But first, dive into this hot excerpt from Fired Up


His hand on her hip glided down, cupping her ass. “I’m going to kiss you. Now. If you don’t want it, walk away.”

Moving his head, he forced her to tip her head back to see him as he ran his tongue across his front teeth, back and forth, back and forth, and for a heart-stopping second she wondered if he was imagining exploring her with that tongue.


“Leave, or I’m kissing you.”

She ought to leave. Part of her wanted to. But a far more powerful part craved his mouth like she’d never craved anything in her life. Since she must’ve already wrecked their friendship with her antics last night, what harm could it do to enjoy a taste? Screwy logic again and you know it.

To hell with logic. She could indulge in one kiss before she enacted her new life plan. They could still be friends afterward. One kiss, nothing more.

Adam brushed his lips across hers, the barest contact, but it robbed her of breath. Her eyes fluttered shut and her body came alive, every nerve excited, every hair taut. He traced the seam of her lips with his tongue, so delicately, and she couldn’t stop her lips from parting for him, pleading for him to take her mouth. And oh, she burned for him to do exactly that.

His tongue stole inside her mouth, stroking over hers, lingering with each silken caress, teasing her into responding. Still, he kept the pace languid, tormenting her with every lap, exploring her mouth as if he planned on spending days just kissing her. His hand massaged her ass, and as his fingers kneaded harder and faster, his tongue thrust hotter and stronger, propelling her need to dizzying heights.

She flattened her palms on his six-pack abs, dragging them down to the towel. Slipping her fingertips between the terrycloth and his skin, she tugged on the towel to urge him closer—or maybe to dislodge the towel. His tongue was driving her mad, driving out reason, until she had no clue what she was doing.

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The Fired Up Playlist

  1. “Against the Wall” by Natalie Imbruglia, from the album Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007. Though a woman sings this song, I think of it as Adam’s theme. The lyrics are all about falling for someone you never intended to fall for and having the courage to tell that person.
  2. “Appetite” by Katharine McPhee, from the album Hysteria. Ahh…This one suits Mel best, as she hungers for her best friend but tries really hard not to give in.
  3. “Turntable” by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, from the album The Lion The Beast The Beat. Another hot song about lust, with a clever hi-fi analogy.
  4. “Sensitized” by Kylie Minogue, from the album X. If you guessed this one has a similar tone as the previous two songs, you’re right! A sexy tune for sizzling romance.
  5. “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan Adams, from the Don Juan DeMarco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. This one speaks to Adam’s need to show Mel how much he loves her.
  6. “In the Blue” by Kelly Clarkson, from the album Piece by Piece. Not only does this one relate to the inevitable “black moment” near the end, but it also relates to Mel’s struggle with her true feelings for Adam.
  7. “More Than Heaven” by Linda Eder, from the album Now. An emotional song for an emotional journey…
  8. “Hold On Forever” by Rob Thomas, from the album The Great Unknown. Of course, they’ve got to have songs for their happy times, and this is a great one.
  9. “You Set Fire to My Life” by Tina Arena, from the album Reset. The joy of this song makes me think of Mel and Adam, for sure!
  10. “The Search Is Over” by Survivor, from the album Survivor Greatest Hits. And here’s the one I told you about, which I consider the anthem of Fired Up.
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