Today, Courtney Vail, author of the new YA novel Kings & Queens, stopped by to share the playlist for her book.
My YA suspense novel, Kings & Queens, has an edge to it, so most of the music that represents the book contains that same kind of edge, grit and heart-pounding energy. Here’s my playlist:
Breath by Breaking Benjamin totally embodies Majesty’s plight and the plot. I heard this song back when I was editing the book and fell in love with it.
So Far Away by Staind and Truth by Seether are Derek’s songs. He’s ashamed of things he’s done in his past, but doesn’t spend time dwelling on guilt because that’s weakness to him. He assumes being on top of the world and living life hard and unbridled will redeem him, but his world comes crashing down and it changes everything. Truth is especially all him, it holds so many of his secrets, that he’s beaten down, that his conscience is destroyed, that he’s living a lie, that he feels like a mess.
Sonnet by The Verve is Alec’s unrequited love song. His efforts always seem to go unnoticed.
And Broken ft by Seether and Amy Lee and Stuck on You refer to the romantic element. Stuck on You is mentioned in my story, so I created a special montage video for it.
Check out Courtney’s post from yesterday about her dream cast and stop back tomorrow for Kings & Queens with a Pintrest-style spin.
About Kings & Queens
Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again.
All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse.
So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.
About Courtney Vail
COURTNEY VAIL is the author of Kings & Queen, and she writes totally twisted YA and adult suspense. She enjoys braiding mystery, suspense & romance with some kind of weirdness. Her addictions to crazy coffee concoctions, Funny Bones, Ben & Jerry’s, and bacon keep her running and writing. She currently lives in New England with a comedian stud and a wild gang of kidlets.
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