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Title: ALL NOTE LONG
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Cover Artist: Cora Graphics/Kensington
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Release Date: 08/02/2016
Giving true love a spin . . .
Michelin Moses is a country music star on the rise. With a hit single under his Texas-sized belt buckle and a sold-out concert tour underway, his childhood dreams of making it big are finally coming true. But there’s one thing missing—a promise to his dying mother that he’d find it—him—when the time was right. With a little luck, he won’t have to wait too long . . .
Lucky Ramirez is a hunky boy toy who dances at The Broom Closet, one of West Hollywood’s hottest gay bars. He loves what he does, and he’s good at it—almost as good as he is at playing dumb when he spots Michelin Moses at the bar. What happens next is off the charts—and keeps Michelin coming back for more. He’s just not sure it’s the right move for his career. But if Lucky gets his way, Michelin will get Lucky—and no matter how the media spins it, neither of them will be faking it . . .
Building Lucky’s Playlist
Thank you for hosting me! Every book I write gets a playlist, and each character gets a theme song. It’s just how I roll as a writer. For the #PerfectHarmony series, it was so fun finding the right songs for the right character. Which is why, when Lucky twerked his way onto the page, I found myself searching for “stripper music.” This is not necessarily something I recommend as I got some very odd YouTube results.
Finding songs that a young, hot gogo dancer would dance to was an incredibly fun challenge (and one that required watching a lot of different dance videos, which was not a hardship at all). JLo’s “Booty” is immensely popular in dance videos from all genders, and I had it on repeat during the book’s opening scenes at the club along with “Biggie Bounce” by Dipolo and “Drop it Low” by Kat Deluna.
Katy Perry’s “Paparazzi” also factors into the early part of the story where Lucky’s co-hero, a country music superstar, battles trouble with the press, and I could also totally see Lucky enjoying some of the club mixes of her songs. Rihanna and Pitbull also provided early inspiration for the club scenes. Ne-Yo’s “Who’s Taking You Home” was a great transition from the club to the softer parts of Lucky’s character.
I wrote the book at the height of the “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” craze, and I knew that Lucky would know the dance to teach his little cousins. I also followed half the country onto the Iggy Azalea train, listening to her especially as Lucky learned how to navigate Michelin’s Hollywood life.
As I dug deeper into the character of Lucky, songs like JLo’s “Going In” spoke to me as Lucky decides to take risks with Michelin. Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” came to symbolize what Lucky could offer Michelin—being something consistent and reliable for the other man.
RuPaul’s “Can I Get An Amen” was another song I had on repeat, and it really came to symbolize what Lucky needs from Michelin. He needs him to love himself first and to believe himself worthy of living and loving openly. Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” was also good for this stretch of the book where Michelin was both driving Lucky crazy and tempting him to lose his head.
As Lucky grows as a person, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” spoke to me, but I was still on the hunt for the song that would really symbolize the black moment. Demi Lovato’s “Warrior” was that song for me. And as they came back together, “Titanium—featuring Sia” from David Guetta provided the right shot of self-confidence that both heroes needed and let them both celebrate their growth.
Finally, I needed a country song that bridged Lucky’s way into Michelin’s world as they cemented their newfound bond. Now, I listened to a ton of country for this book, but Joey + Rory’s “If I Needed You” really was their love song.
If you’d like to listen to my entire playlist for the book and the others in the series, please join me on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/annabethalbert You can also see playlists for upcoming books and guess about where those adventures may lead.
About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency
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