Saturday, 30 June 2012

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Madness Behind The Music

"Music and words together can be a very powerful thing."
~Bryan Ferry

Music is powerful, soulful, and inspiring. I love to listen to music while I write. It evokes emotions, memories, and ideas, and fuels the imagination. As a writer, these things are so important. A little bit of ourselves bleeds into every scene we write and every character we create, and the music that inspires us gives others insight into who we are.

My tastes in music are as eclectic as my tastes in food. There's no particular type of music that I listen to. I enjoy everything from 80s Rock to Modern Country, and everything in between, and my playlist for The Winemaker's Dinner reflects that. Each song has inspired an entire chapter, a scene, or something as simple as a line of dialogue. Some songs, although unrelated to a particular spot in the book, have spurred my imagination one way or another.

Am I going to tell you which songs go with which chapters? Hell no! That would be giving too much away. I'll let you read the book and discover that for yourself.

Each of the songs listed below are in order of the # of plays in my iTunes, starting with the least played song and counting down to the most played song. I'm not going to tell you what the play count is for each individual song, but I can tell you this... The most played song on my playlist is currently at 329 plays.

#34 Beouin Soundclash - When The Night Hears My Song

#33 Avenged Sevenfold - Seize the Day

#32 Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All

#31 Shaggy - Sexual Healing

#30 Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

#29 James Blunt - You're Beautiful

#28 Proclaimers - 500 Miles

#27 Mark Masri - Con Ti Partiro

#26 Aerosmith - Cryin'

#25 Michael Buble - I'm your Man

#24 Michael Buble - Save The Last Dance for Me

#23 Marianas Trench - Beside You

#22 Maroon 5 - The Way You Look Tonight

#21 Beck and Bats For Lashes - Let's Get Lost

#20 Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson - Don't You Wanna Stay

#19 Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

#18 Skillet - Say Goodbye

#17 Secrets in Stereo - Make You Happy

#16 Marianas Trench - Cross My Heart

#15 One Republic - Come Home

#14 Adele - Someone Like You

#13 Lady Antabellum - Just A Kiss

#12 Train - Hey, Soul Sista'

#11 Hedley - Perfect

#10 Lady Gaga - You and I

#9 Sara Bareilles - Breath Again

#8 Faber Drive - You and I Tonight

#7 Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

#6 Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You

#5 The Pogues - Love You To The End

#4 Pitbull - Give Me Everything

#3 Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel

#2 Craig Smart - 123

#1 Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

TWD Launch Party!

Thanks to the amazing women at, The Winemaker's Dinner will be taking over Manhattan!

Join us on July 31st for an intimate evening of good times, great wine, and sexy book talk. Space for the event is limited, so head on over to to register for your evite.

Hope to see you there!