Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Guest post by Christine Bell + Giveaway

First, thanks so much to Ex Libris for having me! I’m super excited about the release of Fix You, book one of Bash and Olivia’s story. This is the first of three books for this couple in the McDaniels Brothers series and I love these two characters so much. Rather than tell you about them, we thought it would be fun to create a playlist of that takes you through their relationship so far. So here it is, Bash and Olivia’s love story (so far!), set to music :oD

(And you can listen to it here!

#1. Crash by Dave Mathews Band

This reflects the emotions of Bash and Olivia when they first meet. They literally crash into each other, but they also…crash into each other. Like, the second they meet, it’s these two forces slamming together and they’re both so affected by one another, they almost can’t think about anything else.

#2. Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia

This song reminds me of both of the main characters as far as their personalities are concerned. When the chips are down and things start to fall apart for Olivia, she bends but she doesn’t break. Bash, on the other hand, has had a crappy life and the only good things he has are his brothers and boxing. But no matter what life has thrown at him, he’s always managed to rise above it.

#3. Love Interruption by Jack White

Bash’s plans, his life, his job, everything gets interrupted by Olivia. But if he was ever going to fall in love at all, this would be the way he’d do it. It would be a like a train slamming into him…just wrecking him. He wouldn’t settle for the type of love that came slowly, and was patient and sweet.

#4. Let Me Love You (until you learn to love yourself) by Ne-Yo

Olivia has been involved in a pretty bad relationship and when Bash realizes how much it’s affected her emotionally, even though he wants to keep his distance to save himself the pain of losing her down the line, he also can’t help but try to show her what she deserves in a guy.

#5. A River Flows in You by Yiruma
This one feels like a weird choice because it’s a piano piece without lyrics, but there is so much hope and beauty and yearning packed into this song, I can picture Olivia lying on her bed, thinking of Bash and wishing and hoping things could be different…that they could have a chance together.

#6. Are You Mine by the Artic Monkeys
This is Bash’s song for Olivia. It’s gritty, and raw and real and sexy. Bash is still trying to fight his feelings for Olivia but all he can think about is her. It haunts him, and just like the lyrics of the song, he feels like he’s a puppet on a string and all he wants to hear her say is “Are you mine?”

#7. Clarity by Zedd
Bash and Olivia know that it’s crazy for them to be together and that what they’re feeling is insanity, but at a point in the story, they lose sight of that…any everything else, except each other. So they rationalize what they’re about to do and try to stave off the inevitable in each other’s arms and that feels like clarity.

#8. Fix You by Coldplay
This is the song that inspired the book. It tears my heart out, and then throws it on the floor and then stomps on it. Sort of like this thing that happens during a part of the book that I can’t talk about. Erm. I hope you like it.

#9. Say Something by Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera
Okay, so this song reflects the very end of book one. But I can’t say why. All I can say is that I love this song to pieces. *snerfle*

SO, there you have it. Bash and Olivia’s playlist from Book One. I hope you guys like it and listen to it as many times as I have. I’ll have a Book Two playlist ready on release day (April 30th!) so check back for that as well.

Now your turn: Give me a mini-playlist that describes the best relationship you’ve ever had!

Christine Bell is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances, and one half of the happiest couple in the world. She doesn't like clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but loves movies, football, and playing Texas Hold 'Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she’d be a wizard. She loves writing fun, sexy romance and deep, emotional new adult novels, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons.

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Fix You by Christine Bell

Book #1 in the MacDaniels Brothers series

Olivia Beckett’s once-charmed life is falling apart. Her family is about to lose everything, and she has almost no chance of continuing her college education. She can't even seek solace from her high school sweetheart. He's changed. She doesn't recognize the boy she used to know— his violent behavior is escalating and it scares the hell out of her. Her whole world is crumbling, and she has no one to turn to……

Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels is an up and comer in the boxing world working nights at the local college bar until he can land the fight of his dreams that will get him the hell out of Boston and away from his family's tragic past. He’s weeks from his goal when Olivia Beckett comes tumbling into his life in a flash of silky dark hair and haunted eyes. When he saves her from a potentially brutal beating, they begin to grow close, but Olivia's ex isn’t ready to let her go so easily.

Bash can't bring himself to walk away, but fixing Olivia just might leave him broken…

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