Music, writing, and I have a funny kind of relationship.
While I need absolute quiet to write, I create playlists for each book and then listen to the songs on those lists heavily. Just not when I’m writing. I’m odd, I know it.
I find that gathering music that reflects each leading man helps me get to know them better. Take my upcoming novel, One-on-One, Cayuga Cougars #5. I had two different men with different musical tastes to get to know.
Lancaster, our storyteller, is from rural Georgia and loves classic southern rock. Townsend, the man who captures Lan’s heart, is an urbanite from the north who lives and breathes the blues. As I wrote I got to know them both through their words but also through the songs and artists that they told me they enjoyed.
If you’d like to check out their playlist, you can find it over here on Spotify.
One-on-One is the final Cayuga Cougars novel and releases on Jan. 16th. There are no preorders but you can add it to Goodreads here.
Releasing January 16…
The past few years have been a bit chaotic for Cougars new associate coach, Lancaster Hart. After an amiable divorce he began living his life as the gay man he’d kept closeted for far too long. With the recent move to Cayuga, he’s away from his support system and properly made sweet tea. Despite a roster filled with new friends and associates, he’s spending his nights alone.
As his team gears up to make a run at the Calder Cup, Lancaster discovers that not everything in upstate New York is wine, woodlands, and chilly conservative ideals. At a summer music festival, he first lays eyes on Townsend Harris, folksy/blues singer by night and mayoral office assistant by day. Lancaster is enraptured with the man’s powerful sultry voice. Also, Town just might be the most beautiful man he has seen in all his forty-one years.
The two hit it off at an informal meet and greet after the show, where they spend the night talking and sipping wine. One evening of conversation and an incendiary goodbye kiss leads them into a scorching love affair that might be exactly what Lancaster has been searching for his whole life. Can his team pull off professionally what he’s hoping to do privately as well? Or will capturing their dream evade both the Cougars and Lancaster?