Music is a big part of my life. Rarely a day goes by when I'm not listening to something. Something will remind me of a song, and I'll start belting out the lyrics...much to the consternation of my family and coworkers. (Sorry not sorry).
When it comes to writing, my books always have a playlist that is unique to that book. In All Over You, each chapter title is the name of a song that helped inspire that specific chapter.
Below, you can listen to the playlist, and learn a little bit about each song's inclusion.
Simple Man by Shinedown - This song is the inspiration behind Det. Cameron Lewis. I love a good alpha character who has simple needs and values love, family, and justice. Cam kind of encapsulates that for me. He's steadfast, loyal, and follows his heart and his instincts, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
Love Myself by Haile Steinfield - Ivy Kendall is fiercely independent and more than capable of taking care of her own needs...in all ways. She knows what she wants and won't settle.
Creep by Radiohead - When Cam annoys Ivy during one of their first meetings, this song comes into play. I won't say how, but let's just say she makes her point.
Numb by Linkin Park (covered by Jamelia) - This has been one of my favorite covers for a long time. I think Jamelia covers it beautifully. In the story, Ivy's life kind of falls apart when someone she knows uses her identity to con a college kid, who then turns up missing. She not only has to clear her name, but come to terms with the fact that someone she knows did this to her, intentionally.
Mad World by Gary Jules - As Ivy begins to process just how thorough the Catfish has been at framing her, her world implodes.
On My Mind by Ellie Goulding - Even knowing she shouldn't be interested in the detective who might just have to arrest her for manslaughter, Ivy can't seem to stop thinking about him. She doesn't understand her attraction to him.
Black Widow by Iggy Azalea - Ivy meets someone who helps drive home just how serious her situation is...and how dangerous the Catfish she's looking for really is.
One Call Away by Charlie Puth - One of my favorite things about Cam is how steadfast and relentless he is. He knows what he wants, and he goes for it. He's also so good to Ivy throughout the entire ordeal. He's her own personal Superman.
Tears Don't Fall by Bullet for My Valentine - When the worst happens, Ivy's world implodes all over again and she does not react well.
Last Resort by Papa Roach - Ivy isn't a helpless victim or a damsel in distress. She dives right in to clearing her name and finding out who's responsible for framing her.
Come Undone by My Darkest Days - This is another favorite song. The MDD cover is so good. When Cam confronts Ivy after her reckless decision, things heat to volcanic levels between them.
Nirvana by Sam Smith - Ivy comes face to face with evidence that makes her look guilty as hell. Even though she's terrified of dragging Cam down with her, she leans on him anyway.
Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift - Ivy finally admits to herself how she really feels about Cam.
Run by Leona Lewis - This is such a beautiful song. It also fits the story incredibly well. Even in the midst of turmoil, Ivy finds beauty and joy with Cam. She also knows it could be ripped away from her at any moment.
Pillowtalk by Zayn & Taylor Swift - I love how sexy this song is. Cam and Ivy's story is definitely sexy!
Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande - Remember earlier when I said Ivy knows what she wants in all ways? Well, let's just say Cam doesn't stand a chance!
Storm by Lifehouse - Throughout the story, Ivy finds comfort in Cam's arms. But how long can he protect her from the raging storm?
All Over You by Live - I love the angst of this song. It's so bitter and caustic, but kind of amazing at the same time. The book was named after this song. Not because Cam and Ivy have a bad relationship, but because their relationship has consequences that neither could have foreseen.
All Over You by Spill Canvas - I would have been remiss not to add this one because it's another big inspiration for events that happen that leave Ivy and Cam craving what they may not be able to have.
DKLA by Troye Sivan - Ivy hasn't had an easy life. She tends to lose everyone she loves. Can she keep Cam or will the situation destroy them both?
Houstatlantavegas by Drake (cover by Jojo) - JoJo has an amazing voice and I adore this cover. This song is all about hitting rock-bottom and realizing that you're alone. When Ivy finds herself there, it's a painful realization that has lasting consequences.
Be Here Now by Ray Lamontagne - Ray has an incredible voice. There is beauty in simplicity, and he is such a shining example of that, as is this song. It's powerful but simple. It's also really relevant to this particular part of Cam and Ivy's story.
Good For You by Selena Gomez - This is another sexy song. It's also relevant in that all Ivy wants is to be good enough for Cam.
Close by Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo - This one is another good fit for Cam and how he feels about Ivy. He's all in right to the very end.
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ABOUT ALL OVER YOU
Film noir meets Catfish in this sexy romantic suspense novel.
Kindergarten teacher Ivy Kendall knows exactly what she wants out of life, and it doesn't include a tattooed homicide detective. Or a murder investigation. Too bad she doesn't get a say...
Someone is using her name, her photos, and her life to target a college kid. When he goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Ivy lands in the middle of a murder investigation. And she's the primary suspect.
It's up to her to find the real culprit and clear her name before she goes to prison for a crime she didn't commit. Lucky for her, the hotter-than-Hades detective, Cameron Lewis, is more than willing to break a few rules to help her out.
All he wants in return is her heart.
As the evidence against her piles up and the explosive chemistry between them deepens, Ivy wants nothing more than to lean on Cam. He already has her body. Now she has to find the courage to trust him with her freedom and her heart.
And the clock is ticking.
Can this murder suspect learn to trust a homicide detective with her future and her heart, or will the dangerous enemy lurking in the shadows destroy more than just one life?
If you enjoy scorching hot contemporary romance, laugh-out-loud comedy, and gripping suspense, you will love All Over You, a standalone high heat romantic suspense novel.
"Cam, I think I found something," I blurt out as soon as he answers, not even giving him a chance to say a word. "Rory Clark was supposedly at Shae's the week before he went missing, at the exact same time Fake Ivy posted she was here shopping. How much do you want to bet that she was using his name and financial information?"
Cam doesn't respond for a long moment. "You're at Shae's?" he asks then.
"Obviously. I couldn't just sit around and wait for something to happen," I say, rolling my eyes. No way in hell am I going to just sit back and hope everything works out in my favor. "Did you hear what I said? I think Fake Ivy was here, using Rory's name. Or he was here with her, which means he might actually know who she really is."
"I'll look into it," he says.
My steps slow and then halt altogether as his terse tone registers. Why isn't he excited about this?
"Something's wrong," I guess.
"I need you to go back to your apartment and wait for me."
"Kitten," he says with a sigh. "Go home and wait for me."
"Tell me," I say, pushing my way outside into the sunshine. My feet drag as I start down the sidewalk, my excitement from just moments ago long gone.
"Don't growl at me, Cam. This is my life," I remind him quietly. People push past me, brushing against me as they hurry along on their errands, oblivious to the way I stand there, waiting for him to drop a bomb on me.
"Fuck." His voice grows faint for a moment, his curses muffled, and then he comes back on the line. "A body washed up at West Bluff two hours ago."
I toss out a hand, latching onto the side of the building to keep myself upright when my knees weaken, a wave of dizziness rolling through me. "Is it―Was it―?" I can't get the words out to ask if it's Rory Clark. My tongue feels thick and heavy, my mouth completely dry.
"I don't know yet," he murmurs, his voice softening as if he knows I'm on the verge of losing it. "I'm on my way there now. I need you to go to your apartment and wait for me." He pauses. "Do I need to send someone to pick you up, sweetheart?"
"I…no. I'll be okay." That's so far from the truth it's not even in the same stratosphere, but I can't afford to fall apart. Now, more than ever, I have to stay calm and figure this out.
"I'll be there for you as soon as I can get free," he murmurs after a moment. "Everything's going to be fine. Just trust me, okay?"
I do trust him. And that's the problem. I want to lean on him, but part of me resists, refusing to believe he can fix this for me. Ever since my mom and sister died, I've been on my own, taking care of my father and myself. Even when things were at the worst, I held it together. I got myself through college and made sure my dad had the best care possible until he died. I'll get myself through this, too. I don't have a choice. If this is Rory's body, I'm going to be charged with his death sooner rather than later.
Cam is a good guy…a great guy. He doesn't deserve to go down with me, and if anyone finds out he's been spending time with me, he could be in serious trouble.
I can't let that happen. I won't.