Thursday, May 17, 2018

Andie and Gunnar’s Playlist by Cindy Dorminy

My current book In A Jam includes the characters of Andie and Gunnar. I thought it might be fun to see what music would be appropriate for Andie and Gunnar. So, sit back and crank up the tunes.

Andie’s Playlist
Andie is a fun-loving girl from Boston, and enjoys partying every night. However, her grandmother has other ideas. She leaves her entire lottery winnings to Andie with strict conditions: 1.Move to the sleepy southern town in Georgia to run Granny’s coffee / jam shop for a month. 2. Enter a jam contest. 3. Sober up. 4. Go to church (yikes) and 4. Fit in.  The fittin’ in may be the hardest. Or, maybe not.

1.     Living on the edge, by Aerosmith
Of course, since she was living in Boston at the beginning of the story, she would play homage to the hometown boys!

Living on the edge
You can't help yourself from falling
Living on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
Living on the edge
You can't stop yourself from falling
Living on the edge

2.     Champagne Jam, by the Atlanta Rhythm Section
One of my favorite bands growing up and it would be Andie’s theme song!

Let's raise a ruckus, let's tie one on
Bring out a bottle of Dom Perrione
If they throw us in jail, we don't give a damn

Were goin' to have us a Champagne jam
So pour me some Champagne
Thank you ma'am, thank you ma'am

3.     The Devil Went Down to Georgia, by Charlie Daniels
Well…. I think this says it all!

The devil went down to Georgia,
he was looking for a soul to steal.
He was in a bind 'cos he was way behind
and he was willin' to make a deal.

4.     Ain’t no rest for the wicked, by Cage the Elephant
For Andie, money is about to grow on trees and there still is no rest for the wicked.

Oh, there ain't no rest for the wicked
Money don't grow on trees
I got bills to pay
I got mouths to feed
There ain't nothing in this world for free
I know I can't slow down
I can't hold back
Though you know, I wish I could
Oh no there ain't no rest for the wicked

1.     Pompeii, by Bastile
After Andie realizes her choice, she has to decide to be an optimist about her new life and it feels pretty darn good.

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Gunnar’s playlist
Officer Gunnar Wills is on a sabbatical from all females after he was burned by his ex. But when a Boston police officer asks if he will watch after Andie while she’s in Smithville, he has no choice to but to stick close to the cutie that breezed into town. It doesn’t take long before his desires to see his town revitalized and his feelings toward Andie to become mingled. It’s going to be a sticky mess trying to figure out if his feelings are only for the good of the town or if they go deeper than that.

1.     Can’t you see, by Marshall Tucker Band
At the beginning of the story, Gunnar has been burned big time by his ex. I imagine he would think this about that situation.

I'm gonna buy me a ticket now, as far as I can,
Ain't a never coming back.
Got me a south bound, all the way to Georgia,
Now, till the train a run outt'a track.

Can't you see, Lord, Can't you see,
What that woman she been doing to me.
Can't you see, can't you see,
What that woman, she been doing to me.

2. Dixie Chicken, by Little Feat

But then, Andie breezes into town….

If you'll be my dixie chicken, I'll be your Tenessee lamb 
And we can walk together down in dixieland 
Down in dixieland 
Dixie Chicken, by Little Feat

3. Statesboro Blues, by the Allman Brothers
Gunnar’s feelings change pretty darn quickly.

I love that woman, better than any woman I've ever seen;
Well, I love that woman, better than any woman I've ever seen.
Well, now, she treat me like a king, yeah, yeah, yeah,
And she look like a dog gone queen.

4. Just the way you are, by Bruno Mars
It doesn’t take long for Gunnar to realize Andie isn’t like Willow.

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are

5.Georgia Rhythm, by the Atlanta Rhythm Section
          Yeah, Gunnar thinks Andie is the cats!

Lay down a back beat
Crank up your trusty Gibson
Let's give it everything we got just one more time, one more time
Lovin' the life we're livin'
Playin' that Georgia rhythm
Nothin' else ever made me feel this fine

I’d love to hear what songs you think of when you read In a Jam.
You can purchase In a Jam  here.

About the Author:  
After several decades of writing medical research documents, Cindy decided to switch gears and write stories where the chances of happy endings are 100% and the side effects include satisfied sighs, permanent smiles, and a chuckle or two. She writes romance novels with a slice of humor that range from historical romance to southern fried romantic comedies. Cindy was born in Texas and raised in Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and her Master’s Degree from The University of Georgia. Cindy enjoys gardening, reading, bodybuilding and a whole bunch of movies. She can be overheard quoting lines from her favorite movies… a lot. But her favorite pastime is spending time with Mark, her bass playing husband, Maddie Rose, the coolest girl on the planet, and fur child Daisy Mae. She currently resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store. (Cindy's blog)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What Influence Do Secrets from the Past have on the Future?

Thank you to Litfuse for introducing me to the author Anita Higman.  Litfuse used to promote Christian authors, but have sadly shut their doors.   Today I am sharing Anita Higman’s novel Winter in Full Bloom.  What would happen if you never knew your sister?  What if you suddenly were given this information?  What would you the reader do with it? Would you try to reconnect?


Lily Winter is on the way to visit her mother.  They live in separate parts of town.  It has never been a very warm relationship.  Her mother tells her that she has a twin sister Camille who has been living her life in Melbourne Australia.  She was adopted when the girls were little.  Lily decides to go to Melbourne despite her mother’s misgivings.  What would she find once she got there?  Would Camille consider having a relationship with her again?  Lily starts her trip by running into a complete stranger Marcus.  They come to enjoy one another’s company.  He persuades Camille to give Lily a chance.  Once their relationship is renewed how can it grow?   Will Marcus persue Lily once she goes home?

My Thoughts:

This novel started out really well.  I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.  The middle of the story really lost my interest.  I wish I could say that I liked this story more.  It had the ideal setting of Melbourne Australia and Texas.  I may try to read it again one day in the future.


You can purchase a copy of Winter In Full Bloom here.
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