Close To Home Playlist: Chapter 10 – A Double Dose of Keith Urban

Close To Home Playlist: Chapter 10 – A Double Dose of Keith Urban

Apologies for the lack of posts last week – life just got a little crazy! This week I’m back on track (pardon the pun) with a double whammy for Chapter 10. And who better to have a double dose of than Keith? I don’t want to say too much but things are hotting up for Charlie and Joel. The first song, I Want to Kiss A Girl, is the perfect track for the way Joel is feeling about the new woman in town. It’s all about taking things slow, not wanting to go ‘too far’ and being ready to say goodbye to the past. It’s a fun song and that’s where they’re at right now.     The second track, Somebody Like You, could be from either Charlie or Joel’s point of view. They’re both feeling an instant attraction, even though Charlie would be loathe to admit it. Love this clip of a younger, blonder, longer haired Keith. And the girl in the clip even reminds me a little of Charlie!     Have a great week....
Close To Home Soundtrack: Chapter 8 The Scientist by Coldplay

Close To Home Soundtrack: Chapter 8 The Scientist by Coldplay

Finding just the right song to suit each chapter on the Close To Home playlist hasn’t been easy. Some of the songs came to me as I was writing the first draft, others in the revision stage and the rest I’ve sat down and googled. This week the choice wasn’t hard. By the time we reach Chapter 8 we’re right in the middle of the story. Charlie is facing dilemmas all-round, one of them being her relationship with estranged family members. The mellow, poignant tone of The Scientist, the longing it captures for a relationship to be the way it was before, is perfect for this part of the narrative. Hope you enjoy this clip featuring Chris Martin. Have a great week. x  ...
Close To Home Playlist: Track 5 What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Close To Home Playlist: Track 5 What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

We’re up to Chapter 7 in our wander through the Close To Home playlist and this week’s song is a Kelly Clarkson classic. Once again, I don’t want to give too much away about the plot in this chapter but I will say that Charlie is reminded of what it feels like to be let down. Although Kelly was writing particularly about being let down by a lover, for Charlie the lyrics are particularly apt as she deals with being back in the place to which she vowed never to return. The twin themes strength and self reliance reflect her situation perfectly. So it’s over to Kelly …   Have a great week.  ...
Close To Home Playlist: Chapter 6 As Time Goes By

Close To Home Playlist: Chapter 6 As Time Goes By

Today I’m celebrating the launch of my third novel Close To Home. If anyone had told me a few years ago I would be the author of three published books I would have laughed at them. As cliched as it sounds it really is a dream come true. Because things have been a little crazy I didn’t get to post my #MondayBlogs post yesterday about the next song on the Close To Home soundtrack. So here it it … This week’s song is actually from another soundtrack, Sleepless in Seattle, the movie Charlie watches when she’s curled up alone in her motel room. Charlie is a bit like me, a closet romantic, so she’s happy to be able to sigh quietly to herself over the inevitable love story unfurling on her screen. The version of the song played in the film is the original one by Jimmy Durante, so I’ve included that clip here. Despite the lack of exciting visuals it’s worth a listen for the sweet simplicity of the lyrics brought to life by Durante’s gravelly voice.     Charlie’s favourite scene in the movie is where Annie sees the heart shaped lighting on the Empire State building as a ‘sign’ and rushes off to meet the love of her life. So romantic! Did anyone do chic flicks better than Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks? Anyway I couldn’t resist adding a little snippet of it here. And for the few people on the planet who may not have seen the film – spoiler alert, it does give the ending away.   Hope the song and the clip made...
This Week on the Close To Home Novel Soundtrack Something Suitably Haunting

This Week on the Close To Home Novel Soundtrack Something Suitably Haunting

Welcome to my #MondayBlog post about the soundtrack I’ve put together for my upcoming release Close To Home. We’re up to Chapter 5 and because I don’t want to give too much away about the storyline I’ll just say that this chapter sees Charlie, my protagonist, dealing with people and memories from her past. The haunting lyrics and melody of the song I’ve chosen for this chapter, My Immortal by Evanescence, capture Charlie’s feelings perfectly.  The film clip is beautiful and even features the lead singer Amy Lee in a tree, making even more appropriate. You’ll have to read the book to find out why 🙂 In the meantime I hope you enjoy this gorgeous clip.  ...