posted on March 6, 2014 by Nicolette Day

The Inspiration. The Story. The Soundtrack.

TbtS_300As far back as I can remember, two things have driven my creativity. Music and books. As a kid the television was rarely on at our house. On Saturday mornings, instead of the buzz of cartoons, you were likely to hear the smooth sound of Frank Sinatra coming from my mother’s radio and the crinkle of pages turning in the newest book I’d brought home from the library. When my dad would pick me up from school or take me for a Sunday drive, he’d school me in the classics while blaring Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. To this day, there are two things you will always find in my purse. A good book and a pair of earbuds with music ready to go.

When I sat down to start my first novel, I stared at the blinking cursor on the screen…and no words came. Something was missing. So I did what I always did. I plugged in some music and let the melody, the beat, and the words take me where they wanted. And the place they took me was somewhere pretty great. Two months later and several carefully crafted playlists later, I had my first book ready for submission. Everyone’s brain is fueled differently. My brain just so happens to be fueled by music. So when people ask me, where do you get your inspiration? I get it from lots of places. From people I meet, places I go, books I read. But if you really want to get to the heart of it, if you want to feel the emotion that pulses behind each character and gives me what I need to write, the music is a pretty good place to start.

Here is the soundtrack that helped create Nate and Lilly’s story in Tempted by the Soldier:

Tempted by the Soldier: Soundtrack

1.The Ballad of Love and Hate by The Avett Brothers

2. Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert

3. Boom by Anjulie

4. Hate Me by Blue October

5. The Story by Brandi Carlile

6. Your Beating Heart by Brendan James

7. Jealous Guy by Gavin DeGraw

8. Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope

9. You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter

10. Wicked Game by James Vincent McMorrow

11. One More Night by Maroon Five

12. You Save Me by Kenny Chesney

13. Stubborn Love by The Lumineers

14. The Only Exception by Paramore



When one touch isn’t enough, why resist?

Road trips are supposed to be fun. Or, at least, full of hot sex. For photographer Lilly Grayson, the fifteen-hour drive to her friend’s wedding with Nate Jennings will be neither. Not that Nate isn’t sexy—the man is six-foot-three-inches of mouth-watering Marine. But Lilly’s been there, done that…and he walked away. Now it’s time for a little payback. The kind that’ll make a man desperate for a taste of what he can’t have.

And Nate wants a taste—so badly that he can barely keep his hands on the wheel. But the scars and ghosts of his last tour still haunt him. He can’t give into temptation, not this time. Lilly deserves a whole man—one who can love her the way she deserves to be loved, even if she doesn’t believe it can happen. And that can’t be Nate. Not when he’s leaving again in two weeks, and this time, he’s not sure he’ll return…


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Nicolette DayA mom by day and a romance writer by night, Nicolette Day harbors a weakness for black and white mochas and books that steam up her Kindle screen. She grew up in a one stoplight town where she once upon a time she only dreamed of becoming a writer. Now she lives in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights. If you love young adult romance, check out Nicolette’s alter ego, Tara Fuller!

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