Hello! I’m trying something new here and need a little help from readers. It seems as though book trailers and playlists on YouTube are all the rage these days. I’ve yet to create a book trailer (working on it), but here’s the playlist for my latest novella, For the Love of Big Orange.
Each of the songs selected ties into the story in some way. Here’s the list of songs and why I chose them.
Why by Jana Kramer: Beautiful song about an ex who comes back into town and drives a girl nuts. Fits right in with Joe trying to get her life together in order to focus on family. The last thing she thinks she needs is for super-sexy ex high school sweetheart turned man-in-uniform to show up and make her weak in the knees.
Dukes of theme song: A great feel good song about living on the wrong side of the law for the greater good.
5-1-5-0 by Bentley: Joe has had her fair share of run-ins with the law. The song also fits nicely as the hero in the story, Jay Hayworth, is the local law enforcement.
Rye Whiskey by the Punch Brothers: The Punch Brothers are an EXCELLENT bluegrass band. Joe cranks the tunes to the Punch Brothers as she rolls around town in Big Orange.
Fastest Girl in Town by Miranda Lambert: Joe has quite a reputation. She and Big Orange are infamous for ’ up dirt rounds in and around Sagebrush.
The House that Built Me by Miranda Lambert: Joe returns home after a five year stint in the big city to the rural town of Sagebrush, the one place she could finally call home. She finds comfort in the people, setting and places that made her who she is today.
Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland: The story of Joe, Jay, Judge, Big Willie and Emma ends on a happy note. What better way to celebrate than with this fun song by super-star duo, Sugarland.
Please have a listen and tell me what you think. Do the songs help you identify with the story better? Do you feel more engaged and part of the writing process? What’s missing? Let me know, and be sure to enter the below to win one of the two prizes.
For the Love of Big Orange
Bluegrass Country Novella, Book One
Number of pages:127
Word Count: 43,500
They say you can never go home. Well, Joe Jensen never wanted to.
Joe left small town Kentucky for the big city lights and never looked back. Until now. Her ailing foster-father needs her, his memory is failing. But townsfolk remember all too well the troubles Joe caused as a youth, and they're not afraid to remind her.
Joe has a few allies in town, for starters, ex-boyfriend turned police officer Jay Hayworth. Jay's kept the fire burning for during her long absence. He's one of the bright spots in troublesome past, him and her truck, Big Orange. A suspicious accident forced Joe to leave town, Jay steps in to remind she no longer has the right to remain silent.
About the Author:
Gail is a small town girl with big dreams, who shares her life with her husband, son, and little dog . She enjoys exercise, (as if), planning family vacations, dreaming up places to go with her husband, reading, tinkering with computer software, and watching her son grow.
She is a Project Manager by day working in Information Technology, who moonlights as a writer. She has a monthly column, Blonde Bytes, in a women's publication- Magazine, where she writes about fun geeky stuff.
She loves to write about great friendships and deep emotions. She finds the humor in everyday life and creates believable characters she hopes her readers will enjoy. She likes story lines like, life after divorce, strong-willed women making their mark on the world, and finding love in unexpected places. She also enjoys writing tales that salute our nation's heroes.
She enjoys the super support of her husband and inquisitive son while she dreams big and "shoots for the moon", as her husband so aptly states.