The Music of What a Texas Girl Wants

By Kristina Knight, author of What a Texas Girl Wants 

What a Texas Girl WantsThis week, I’m part of a fabulous sale here at Crimson — select books are priced at $1.99 at Amazon! What a Texas Girl Wants is one of the fab books being highlighted and I wanted to give you all a little taste of the book. A musical taste.

What a Texas Girl Wants, a fun, contemporary romance with a splash of Texas humor and a bit of Texas glitz we all wish we had in our lives! Before we get to that, music plays a big part in the way I write my books. Some songs have a hook (chorus) that ‘fits’ the hero or heroine, some have a melody that is the perfect rhythm to go along with the prose and sometimes, there are just silly songs that inspire me to write about that What If moment. So, without further ado, here are the top five songs that inspired What a Texas Girl Wants.

4. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney – this is one of those ‘hook’ songs. It’s also an earworm song, so it’s good that I listened to it umpteen times each day as I was editing the book! The rhythem fits the book, the feeling of summertime fits the book. I’m so glad I stumbled upon it as I was compiling my playlist!

3. “Wasted” by Carrie Underwood – One of the undertones of this book is alcoholism. Kathleen’s father is an alcoholic and, at the beginning of the book, we learn she and Jackson have been on one heck of a bender. But the song, to me, isn’t just about drinking – it’s about finding what you want in life and going after it. Not wasting a single moment. And that is a realization that both Jackson and Kathleen have to make in the book.

2. “Stays in Mexico” by Toby Keith – this song actually inspired the book somewhat. I had the characters of Jackson and Kathleen running around in my head, but I had no idea why or what their story might be. As I was driving home one afternoon this song came on the radio and I realized part of their story was that they both needed to be impetuous (not in the adulterous way of the song) and then they needed to realize that what seemed completely wrong for them was actually the most right thing in the world.

1. “Perfect” by Sara Evans – I love the message of this song. Because real life and real love isn’t perfect 100% of the time. There are hiccups and big messes that we all have to deal with. Part of Kathleen and Jackson’s journey is figuring out that the mess they’re in may not be the worst thing that could happen…

What songs inspire you? Tell us in the comments!

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