Music is always a huge part of my writing process, from orchestral film scores to recent pop hits. While writing Dangerous in a Kilt, the first book in the Hot Scots series, I found one song that had such an influence over the story it has, for me, become the book’s theme song. It’s called “Mr. Mysterious” and it’s performed by Vanessa Amorosi on her awesome album Hazardous. The song lit a spark in my mind that ignited a fun, sizzling, and vital part of the book — the first two chapters, where Erica and Lachlan meet in a hot underground club.
The lyrics of “Mr. Mysterious” are quirky, like Erica, with a hint of sexiness. If you hear the whole song, there’s a line about “conventional ways” that reminds me of the unconventional road Erica and Lachlan’s relationship takes. I can’t quote you the exact line because the copyright restrictions surrounding song lyrics are far stricter than with books. Bummer!
I highly recommend grabbing a copy of the album, because it is one of the most fun and danceable pop albums in my large collection. For the second book in the Hot Scots series, Wicked in a Kilt (my work-in-progress), a very different kind of song has become my anthem for Aidan and Calli. It’s “I Believe in You” by Michael Bublé, from his new album Nobody But Me. The song evokes the sweetness of their sizzling relationship, as well as the emotional journey they travel together to find their happy ending.
Music can inspire you in the most unexpected ways — even in erotic romances.
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Dangerous in a Kilt
A feisty American. A hot Scot. Passion ignites.
Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. A lifetime of sticking to the rules has left her broke, burned, and facing a trial and certain conviction, thanks to the evidence planted by her trust-funder ex. Desperate to experience one wild night of sizzling sex before her freedom is torn away from her, Erica heads to a notorious night club in search of a one-night stand — where a case of mistaken identity lands her in the arms of a hot Scot with a secret past.
The passion igniting between them is explosive, but Lachlan MacTaggart wants nothing to do with relationships or commitment. When he offers Erica one month of sex and companionship with no strings, she can’t resist succumbing to her electric lust for the Scotsman. Soon, though, Erica’s ex begins harassing her and Lachlan’s haunted past catches up with him. When their hot fling gets personal, the last thing either of them wanted may become the one thing that frees their imprisoned hearts.