Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Amy K McClung

The One Song that Epitomizes Cascades of Moonlight (Book #1 in The Parker Harris Series)

The moment I saw this topic, on a list of suggested guest posts, I knew I had to write about it. Music has inspired many scenes in my books. There was a song that almost sounded as though it was written with Parker and Quinn in mind. After I wrote Cascades of Moonlight, I came across it on my iPod and it made me do a double take as I listened to the words. I had to play it on repeat several times and each time I could see Parker and Quinn's story play out in my mind. It's a country song by Lady Antebellum called Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

I know that the bridges that I've burned
Along the way
Have left me with these walls and these scars
That won't go away
And opening up, has always been the hardest thing
Until you came

The first verse of the song (listed above) speaks to Parker's struggles with becoming a werewolf and how she pushed everyone away (burning bridges per se) to keep her secret. She put up walls, refusing to make new friends or let anyone in. Being turned into a werewolf left her with physical and emotional scars that will never heal. Opening up, sharing her secret, has been impossible. Quinn comes into her life and he's able to break down her walls and help her open up to new possibilities.

So lay here, beside me, just hold me, and don't let go
This feeling, I'm feeling, is something I've never known
And I just can't take my eyes off you
And I just can't take my eyes off you

The refrain (above), in true romance fashion, speaks of how safe she feels in Quinn's arms. The first time she is experiencing feelings of love, the way she gets lost in him. She is always watching him. She speaks of his dimples, his adorable half smile, his emerald green eyes, his movements, and his body. She seems to never take her eyes off of him when he is around.

I love when you tell me that I'm pretty
When I just woke up
And I love how you tease me when I'm moody
But it's never too much
I'm falling fast, but the truth is I'm not scared at all
You climbed my walls

The second verse (above), speaks to their relationship quirks. Parker has a tendency to fly off the handle when she is stressed out or scared. More than once, she lashes out at Quinn and he loves to tease her until he can force a smile out of her. Quinn is the first one to get through to Parker. He convinces her to let him in, he 'climbs her walls' that others can never seem to breach. I can't think of a more perfect song than this one to describe the first book of the series. Heck, there's no way I could've written a more perfect song than this one!

Be sure to check out Amy McClung's amazing Parker Harris series.

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