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Catch a Groove Monday…

I’ve been sitting on this blog post for a bit, but now that Foolish Riot has been out for nearly two weeks, I thought you might like to know what inspired the music in Trixie and Roll’s story. Crazy as it may sound, I often have a playlist for my books before I’ve finished writing the book. Mainly, this is because my characters come to me while I’m listening to music. Then again, I listen to music as often as possible, so it would be hard for a character to present themselves without music playing. Foolish Riot was supposed to be a short story, but it turned into a full-fledged novel. Even when I was thinking short story, I knew the song “What a Fool Believes” would open Trixie’s eyes. However, I love keeping my characters real, and knowing Trixie was a good ten years younger than me, I wanted it to be plausible for the Doobie Brothers to be on her iPod. Then, I remembered she’d lost her mother, and her mother was the person who loved that song. That provided more power to the song since it not only makes Trixie realize she’s being a fool, but the song provides a connection to her mother.

When I was originally compiling the playlist for Foolish Riot I had nearly every song with “fool” in the title, but I had to curb my enthusiasm. Only when the final draft went to my editor did I realize even the songs without “fool” in the title still mentioned being a fool, but then love does that to us, doesn’t it?

This book is probably my only book with a playlist containing two different songs with the very same title. “Broken” by Lifehouse is a song I adore, and Trixie especially relates to that song, but when she tells Roll about it, he mentions the song “Broken” by lovelytheband.

I love this book’s playlist because it runs the spectrum of songs from recent releases to classics by Aretha Franklin as well as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

CLICK HERE to open SPOTIFY playlist.

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Patricka “Trixie” Baker grew up being used and abused. The night she met her “knight in a leather cut,” she dedicated herself to infiltrating his life. For ten years, all she’s wanted is to be Roll’s property more than anything. Anything. She’s a fixture in the Riot MC, but not part of the family. She never cared what anyone thought of her, but she refuses to be anyone’s fool. With determination to change, and Roll’s inability to commit, she won’t waste any more of her youth on him.

Homer “Roll” Rolland has two secrets; one he knows will hold Trixie back and limit her life. He’s wanted her in his bed since the first time he laid eyes on her, but holding her back is the last thing he wants to do to the woman he loves. When his other secret leads to Trixie being brutally attacked by a rival MC, Roll is forced to make a decision.

Trixie wants to be Roll’s property. Roll’s secrets hold him back from her. Will they find away to stay together?