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Soundtrack for The Lady Most Willing

  • “Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand

    First of all, Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish band. Secondly, they keep singing, “I know I won’t be leaving here,” which does seem appropriate for a snowed-in castle. (Yes, I know that they’re actually singing, “I know I won’t be leaving here with you,” but hey, it’s not like my hero and heroine thought they were going to fall in love when the story opened.)

  • “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jespen

    There was no escaping this song when it came out, which happened to coincide with the writing of The Lady Most Willing. Plus, the video is terrific (it features romance novels and has an awesome twist at the end), plus the Harvard baseball team did a great YouTube cover and I have to give props to my alma mater, plus come on: “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy?” Pretty much sums up John and Catriona.

  • “This Must Be the Place” Talking Heads

    Talking Heads aren’t really known for love songs, but “This Must Be the Place” is one of the sweetest, loveliest love songs around. According to David Byrne, it’s a collection of “non sequiturs, phrases that may have a strong emotional resonance but don’t have any narrative qualities.” Whatever the case, this is a song that never fails to make me smile, and the whole song, but especially the line “Home, it’s where I want to be, but I guess I’m already there” makes me think of John and Catriona.

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Soundtrack for Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

  • “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    The perfect song for this book. Everyone is waiting to see who is the real Duke of Wyndham, but we all know that Thomas is the one who has it the worst…

  • “Steady as She Goes” by the Raconteurs

    Could this song be any cooler? I love how the lyrics make me think of Thomas before he falls in love, when Amelia is still his convenient (and ignored) fiancée.

  • “I Feel it All” by Feist

    I do a lot of my writing at Starbucks, and Feist’s album The Reminder came into rotation on their playlist while I was writing The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. This song in particular caught my interest, and I eventually downloaded the whole album. I really like how “I Feel it All” seems to capture the emotions of Thomas and Amelia.

  • “Anchorage” by Michelle Shocked

    Mostly because I found myself rather unexpectedly in Anchorage, Alaska when I was finishing this book up. Then (because what the heck? I was already in Alaska in the winter) I took the train to Fairbanks, where I saw the Northern Lights. Which is apropos of nothing, except that it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, and everyone should see them before they die.

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Soundtrack for The Lost Duke of Wyndham

  • “Industrial Disease” by Dire Straits

    This song came out when I was in high school, and I always loved the irony in the line: “Two men say they’re Jesus. One of them must be wrong.” From there it was only a quick hop to: “Two men say they’re the Duke of Something. One of them must be wrong.” The book proposal was actually called, “The Two Dukes of Something.” Eventually we came up with Wyndham as a good name.

  • “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry

    I loved this song when it came out. It’s so catchy and fun without being bubble-gum. And it really seems to fit the scene at the inn with Jack and Grace.

  • “Your Hands are Cold” by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, from the Pride and Prejudice (2005) Soundtrack

    I listened to the soundtrack to Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley/Matthew MacFadyen version) endlessly while writing The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. I’m not sure why I picked this song for the soundtrack, except that I had to pick something, and this scene in the movie (Dawn; Darcy walks out of the mist) is soooo romantic.

  • “Running up that Hill” by Kate Bush

    I go through Kate Bush phases. I’ll go years without listening to her music, and then all of a sudden I can’t turn it off. I started in on The Hounds of Love album again while I was writing this book, and I was stunned by how much the lyrics of the song fit Jack, especially the big scene at the end of the book.

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Soundtrack for It’s in His Kiss

  • “History Repeating” by Propellerheads and Miss Shirley Bassey

    I couldn’t begin to tell you why, except it seems like a song Hyacinth would like, and it was the theme song for So Graham Norton (which Americans can watch on BBC America, even though it was an ITV show) and I know that Hyacinth would love that show.

  • “Here it Goes Again” by Ok Go

    I just think that anyone married to Hyacinth would be heard uttering, “Here it Goes Again,” a lot.

  • “Sitting Still” by R.E.M.

    Does anybody know the words to this song? Seriously. Anyone? I can only figure out about 15%, but I am fairly certain Michael Stipe sings “waste your time sitting still” a number of times, and if anyone would find sitting still a waste of time,
    it would be Hyacinth.

  • “It’s in His Kiss” by Betty Everett

    But of course! Plus if you do an iTunes search for “It’s in His Kiss,” I come up! (for the audiobook.)

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Soundtrack for To Sir Phillip, with Love

  • “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her” by Simon & Garfunkel

    I think this might be the most romantic song ever recorded. And I sometimes thought of this book in my head as For Eloise, Wherever I May Find Her.

  • “Your Mother Should Know” by The Beatles

    Violet turned out to be the greatest surprise in the Bridgerton series. I had no idea when I began that she would emerge as such a wonderful and fully-realized character. I think it was in this book, however, that we first saw just how wise and perceptive she could be.

  • “Life on a Chain” by Pete Yorn

    “I was waiting over here for life to begin.” Doesn’t that sound like Phillip?

  • “Someday Someway” by Marshall Crenshaw

    One of my favorite parts of this book was how Phillip is such a guy. He doesn’t want to talk about things over and over (like Eloise), and the truth is, women just baffle him. Which makes the refrain “Someday, someway, maybe I’ll understand you” totally apt.

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Soundtrack for Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

  • “Heavy Things” by Phish

    Whenever I hear the line: “When I tried/to step aside/I moved to where they hoped I’d be,” it makes me think of Penelope. And Colin, for that matter. They were both trying to carve out their own places in the world and kept finding themselves pigeonholed by society. Plus, I think that if Colin were a modern guy, he’d be a bit of a Deadhead (and by extension, a Phish fan).

  • “Legend of a Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola

    I love this song! It just screams Girl Power to me. I can totally see a modern-day Penelope singing it at the top of her lungs if she didn’t think anyone was home.

  • “Virginia Woolf” by Indigo Girls

    A wonderful song about the power of the pen, especially in the hand of a woman.

  • “Babylon” by David Gray

    I listened to this song so often while I was conceiving and writing this book. We were living in London while my husband was studying at the School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and we only brought about ten CDs with us. David Gray’s White Ladder was one of them, and amazingly, I never grew sick of it.