Today Source Immortal welcomes guest blogger, author Sharon Buchbinder.
Music as Muse: Playlist for Obsession
Over the past three years, I’ve been researching, writing, and rewriting my paranormal romantic suspense, Obsession, which is coming soon from the Wild Rose Press. I also searched for songs to inspire me to help me dig deeper into the emotions of the characters.
Obsession is the story of a frantic mother, Angie Edmonds, who is forced to work with a Mexican drug lord, Alejandro Torres, because her son has been abducted by a cult leader who believes the child is the Chosen One, I had a lot of choices in music to accompany me on my writing journey.
The book opens with a near-death experience and Angie’s encounter with a guardian angel.U2′sIf God Will Send His Angels made this scene come alive for me, as did Alanis Morissette’s Uninvited. At the end of the book, Angie is calling for divine intervention, which goes well with the Australian band Real Life song, Send Me an Angel.
When Angie discovers her son is abducted and taken to Mexico by her cult leader father, the bottom of her life falls out. Peter Gabriel’s I Grieve said it all for me.Angie’s is not going to let this pass, she’s not going to lay down. She will pick up and carry on, do whatever she must do to rescue her son, even reaching out to the biggest drug lord in Mexico for help.
While fighting for her life, she calls out for help and Alejandro, the Mexican drug lord, appears. Is he evil or is he a hero? Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero felt right for this critical first meeting scene.
One of the interesting types of music I found along this journey was Norteño music, born in northern Mexico, but played in many other locales. The accordion is one of the key instruments in this style. The pace ranges from “smooth” jazz-like music such as this Groove Norteño music video, to music that reminds me of polkaswith lyrics about the Crime of Chihuahua, and rhythms to get you up and dancing in Copper Canyon.
Music was my muse for much of Obsession. Here’s my playlist with links to YouTube videos. I hope you enjoy it as you read the book. What songs do you like for invoking your muse?
Playlist for Obsession
Uninvited by Alanis Morissette
I Grieve by Peter Gabriel
The Unfeeling Kiss by Gabriel Yared
Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
Groove Norteño music video by Adrian Pedrin
Private Eyes by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Crime of Chihuahua by Los Cadetes De Linares
Maneater by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Mambo #5 by Lou Bega
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachmann-Turner Overdrive
Loveshack by the B52′s
Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti & Natalie Wilde
Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
A desperate mother…
A Mexican drug lord…
A dangerous match.
A year after a barbaric childbirth, complete with a near-death experience and an encounter with her guardian angel, Angie Edmonds is just happy she and her son, Jake, are alive. She’s finally in a good place: clean, sober, and employed as a defense attorney. But at the end of a long work day, she finds herself in a parent’s worst nightmare: Jake has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border by a cult leader who believes the child is the “Chosen One.”
Stymied by the US and Mexican legal systems, Angie is forced to ask the head of a Mexican crime syndicate for help. Much to her chagrin, she must work with Alejandro Torres, a dangerously attractive criminal and the drug lord’s right-hand man. Little does she know Alejandro is an undercover federal agent, equally terrified of blowing his cover—and falling in love with her.
OBSESSION Available now at Amazon.com
Watch the book video at YouTube!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all–a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to “come on back” to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, Romance Writers of America, and Maryland Romance Writers, she is now an award-winning author published in contemporary, erotic, paranormal and romantic suspense. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing. You can find her at www.sharonbuchbinder.com
Sharon Buchbinder’s links, webpages, and book trailers.
Twitter @sbuchbinder https://twitter.com/sbuchbinder
Book Trailer for DESIRE AND DECEPTION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drjvWmZEHrU&feature=player_embedded
Book Trailer for SOME OTHER CHILD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EMvzxE-iBY
The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/