I grew up on 70s rock. Boston, Kansas, Foreigner, the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, you name it. I love a lot of current music too, but for some reason, 70s rock gets me every time, and I can’t help turning up the volume on the radio when “Carry on Wayward Son” comes on (who can, really?). As a result, one of my go-to bands—and the one I’ve seen most in concert—is Chicago.
Over the summer, my mother and I went to see them at a small Tennessee fair, which makes time number 5 that I’ve seen them. (I’m 28, by the way.) And during one of the songs, the singer is alone onstage with a keyboard and a spotlight on him, and he breaks out into “You’re the Inspiration.” Just him and his keyboard. I’d heard the song a million times, but it never occurred to me just how romantic and intimate it is. And I remember asking Mom, “Are men really that romantic?”
Probably the wrong answer for a romance author to ask.
Through the rest of the concert, the gears kept turning, and my story came to be.
I listened to tons of Chicago songs for this story and researched a few for Claire’s Chicagoland series, which is the series she’s working on when her date with Ty pops up. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, each book has the title of a Chicago song. They’re all over the place in this story because it seriously wouldn’t have happened without them. (Even fake Chicago cover band 25 or 6 to 4.)
So here’s a few of the songs I practically listened to on repeat.
Color My World (one of my all-time favorite songs period)
Make Me Smile
Beginnings (I imagine Ty singing a more rocked-out version of this to Claire)
So you can start your own collection of Chicago songs (or, you know, something more current….) I’m giving away a $15 iTunes gift card along with a free copy of Complete Me to one lucky winner!
Best-selling romance author Claire Ergleston confines her passions to the pages of her books. When she receives a 1Night Stand date ‘to give her something to talk about in interviews,’ can she let herself be swept away?
A rock star who needs to let go….
The past has a chokehold on former rock star Ty Krause. Instead of killer tunes, he kills time writing passable songs for a British boy band and his nights wishing he had the balls to say goodbye. In a last ditch effort, he signs up for 1Night Stand, thinking that a night of no-strings-attached sex will help him break the leash of his past.
From the moment Claire and Ty meet, sparks fly—but can they overcome their pasts or will their potential love story end on a sour note?
Available March 21, 2014!
*Giveaway: Free copy of book & $15 iTunes GC. Comment to win. Contest ends 3/16 at 11:59PM EDT.
Author Bio: Catherine Peace has been telling stories for as long as she could remember. She often blames two things for her forays into speculative fiction—Syfy (when it was SciFi) channel Sundays with her dad and The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. She graduated in 2008 from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in English and is still chasing the dream of being super rich and famous, mostly so she can sit around in her PJs all day and write stories. When not being a slave to the people in her head, she’s a slave to two adorable dogs.
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