Brigham Vaughn on Connection ~ Guest Blog, Playlist

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Connection-Final-Cover

Title: Connection
Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance

Blurb:

After a lifetime of being told he’s worthless, shy, sheltered Evan Harris is forced out of the closet and kicked out of his home. Friends in Atlanta give him a place to stay while he gets on his feet, but despite his eagerness to explore the city, it isn’t exactly what he expected.

Physically and emotionally scarred from a devastating car accident, Jeremy Lewis struggles to reconcile the brash, outgoing man he used to be with the social recluse he’s become.

Loneliness draws them to each other, but a strong mutual attraction isn’t enough to overcome their pasts. In order to be together, Evan must discover his own worth and Jeremy must trust someone to see past his scars.

Connection Through Music

I almost always listen to music while I write, but it doesn’t always turn into a playlist for the story.  Sometimes it remains in the background, not becoming a part of the storyline.  But as I wrote “Connection” the music became very important.

I don’t mind hearing a song on repeat, so I probably listened to this playlist about 4,279 times as I wrote the story.  I added a few songs here and there as I tweaked the plot and wrote and re-wrote.

“Dust to Dust” by The Civil Wars was one of the firsts songs I added and by the end it still resonated with me so much that I picked it to be the song for the book trailer.  The melancholy feel was perfect for the story, but the lyrics spoke to me even more.  I always imagined this song being from Evan’s perspective, begging Jeremy to let him in. Evan can see how good they could be together and he’s beginning to learn his own strength and see what he can offer Jeremy, if only Jeremy will give him a chance.

“It’s not your eyes

It’s not what you say

It’s not your laughter that gives you away

You’re just lonely

You’ve been lonely, too long

 

All your actin’

Your thin disguise

All your perfectly delivered lies

They don’t fool me

You’ve been lonely, too long

 

Let me in the wall, you’ve built around

And we can light a match and burn it down

Let me hold your hand and dance ’round and ’round the flame

In front of us

Dust to

 

You’ve held your head up

You’ve fought the fight

You bear the scars

You’ve done your time

Listen to me

You’ve been lonely, too long

 

Let me in the wall, you’ve built around

And we can light a match and burn them down

And let me hold your hand and dance ’round and ’round the flames

In front of us

Dust to dust

 

You’re like a mirror, reflecting me

Takes one to know one, so take it from me

You’ve been lonely

You’ve been lonely, too long

We’ve been lonely

We’ve been lonely, too long”

– “Dust to Dust” by The Civil Wars

At the heart of this story is the idea of two men, desperately lonely for different reasons, finding each other and struggling to let the other in.

Jeremy, in particular, is terrified to open up to Evan and let him see all of him.  I found Adam Lambert’s “Underneath” particularly suited to him and there’s a plaintive edge to the song that echo’s Jeremy’s fears and hopes so perfectly. He wants to let Evan see all of him but he’s terrified of being rejected.

“Strip away the flesh and bone

Look beyond the lies you’ve known

Everybody wants to talk about a freak

No one wants to dig that deep

Let me take you underneath

 

Baby, better watch your step

Never mind what’s on the left

You’re gonna see things you might not wanna see

It’s still not that easy for me underneath

 

A red river of screams

Underneath

Tears in my eyes

Underneath

Stars in my black and blue sky

And underneath

Under my skin

Underneath, the depths of my sin

Look at me

Now do you see?

 

Welcome to my world of truth

I don’t wanna hide any part of me from you

I’m standing here with no apologies

Such a beautiful release

You inside of me

 

A red river of screams

Underneath

Tears in my eyes

Underneath

Stars in my black and blue sky

And underneath

Under my skin

Underneath, the depths of my sin

Look at me

Now do you see?

Underneath, underneath, underneath…

Underneath, Underneath

 

Welcome to my world of truth

 

A red river of screams

Underneath

Tears in my eyes

Underneath

Stars in my black and blue sky

And underneath

Under my skin

Underneath, the depths of my sin

Look at me

Now do you see?

Underneath, underneath, underneath

Look at me

Do you see?

Yeah yeah yeah yeah!

 

Look at me

Do you see?

 

Welcome to my world of truth

I don’t wanna hide any part of me from you.”

– “Underneath” by Adam Lambert

 

Click on the Spotify link to enjoy the whole playlist and get a glimpse into the songs that helped shape the story.

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About the Author

Brigham-Vaughn-RightBrigham Vaughn is starting the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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