Let’s Get it On



A lot of writers use music to set the scene. Especially when it comes to those scenes. A little musical accompaniment as you try and get your freak onto paper.

True confessions! I don’t write to music. I need absolute silence or I start singing lyrics into my hairbrush. Then the fantasy starts in my head and I’m rocking the power ballad to over 20,00 people at Madison Square Gardens. The book lies forgotten and unloved as I am suddenly adored by thousands of slathering fans as they stand enraptured by the power of my thrilling vocals.

All in all, best to turn off the Spotify and let me do this in silence. But fear not. I asked my good friend and fellow Wordy Woman, Cynthia St. Aubin for her top 10 songs to write sex by.

In no particular order she came up with this.





Make it Rain by Ed Sheehan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnhaKUBgJSE

Cry to Me by Solomon Burke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPWCbthc9tw








And what musical list would be complete without:


There you have it. Cynthia’s top ten grooves to get her in the mood.


What would be on your list?


The What Janie Wants Playlist

The What Janie Wants Playlist

The last few years, my musical tastes have run toward what I would call good-time, crank it up rock. We’re talking Shinedown, Hinder, Black Stone Cherry, Slash w/Myles Kennedy, Shaman’s Harvest, and Seether…just to name a few.

Now that doesn’t mean rock is all I like. I was a DJ for years and had a band off and on from my second year in college until I was thirty-two, and we played everything from Merle Haggard to Aretha Franklin. My musical tastes seem to shift depending on where I am in life. Maybe my latest preference for octane rock has something to do with midlife crisis. Who the heck knows?

But the last few weeks I’ve noticed a new shift…and I’m blaming it on What Janie Wants.

What Janie Wants is a quick and slightly-naughty novella slated for release in late June. It’s about a woman who’s just turned forty (Janie) and is taking a one-week respite from reality to recover from her recently inked divorce. (Hubby ditched her for a younger model…that rat bastard.)

Anyhoo…our girl Janie meets a tongue-waggingly scrumptious young man (Zade) while on said vacation. And when I say young, I mean twenty-six…as in only five years older than Janie’s oldest son.

Zade sees zero problem with their age difference and sets out to prove just how desirable Janie truly is. The results are several awkward moments, a heaping helping of steamy interludes, and a few life-changing decisions.

Now to the playlist that’s feeding my story…

Two of them are so popular you’re pretty assured of hearing them with very little channel surfing (if any). The last one…well, let’s just say there’s a very fun scene near the end of the book where Janie finally lets her hair down and gets her groove on.

I hope you’ll give them a listen and do a little beachside daydreaming on Janie’s behalf while you’re at it. And be sure to keep an eye out for What Janie Wants this summer!

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Maroon 5 – Sugar

KC & The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes