I love music.
If you’re like me, you may not easily recall what you had for breakfast last week, but you can’t forget a great song. You either sing, dance, smile or laugh when you hear it. Possibly, you do all of them!
Music is also a big part of my writing experience, and the Break-up Bash Series is no exception. When I imagined Raphael, a retired male dancer and co-owner of Club Escapade, dancing for Alexa in the FIRST RULE OF HOOK-UPS, Book 1, I was listening to a few of the songs on my favorite playlist. Here are five of them that kept the ideas and words flowing onto the page.
I hope you enjoy the music, along with Alexa and Raphael’s story!
1. Best Friend – Sofi Tukker
Girlfriends are an important part of the Breakup Bash Series. Alexa’s friends, Nat and Cori, are there for her in THE FIRST RULE OF HOOK-UPS and never let her down. Their stories are up next in the series.
2. Crying in the Club – Camila Cabello
Alexa attending the Breakup Bash isn’t about crying over the past. She’s ready for a better future. (Skip the intro and start at 1:42)
3. Azukita – Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo
Who can resist a little sweetness? I can’t—just like Alexa and Raphael couldn’t resist each other.
4. New Rules – Dua Lipa
Breaking the rules never felt so good!
5. All of Me – John Legend
Remaining authentic to yourself and accepting the one you love for who they are–both are important in a relationship.
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Someone once told me that there are worse things than being left at the altar. Well, not many, in my experience. That was six months ago, though, and my life has moved on. Heck, I have a new job lined up and I’m leaving town.
But I can’t deny that my love life kind of sucks.
That’s why I let my friends convince me to join them for Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash. And we might just be disillusioned enough to actually enjoy it. Last time we were here, it was for my bachelorette party. That night, I met one of the dancers – Raphael – and when he flirted with me, I almost forgot I was engaged. And there’s a part of me that never forgot him.
Now, it seems my friends have wandered off and I’m thinking about calling it a night. Until the music begins and I see Raphael, my secret fantasy, on stage. And this time, I’m definitely not engaged…
Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, kick boxing, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after. www.ninacrespo.com