Before we get to the playlist that I listened to while writing Shades of Wicked, an important note about the next Ian and Veritas novel. At the back of Shades of Wicked, it says the title of the next Night Rebel book is Wicked Promises. However, between the time that was printed and now, we changed our minds :). The UPDATED title of the second Night Rebel book featuring Ian and Veritas is WICKED BITE. It even has some pre-order pages up so you can bookmark it or pre-order: WICKED BITE on Amazon and WICKED BITE on Apple Books (I’ll update my website as more retailers post links.) No cover yet for WICKED BITE, but I’ll post that as soon as I get the go-ahead, too.
And now, to the playlist for Shades of Wicked! As many of you know, writing to specific music helps put me in the right frame of mind because I’m conditioning myself to write a particular story whenever I hear those particular songs. I’m not saying this works for every writer, but it works for me, so I stick with it. That being said, there’s no hidden meaning for the book in these songs. Some of these are recommendations that you, readers, have given me, so thank you again! Some songs are recent hits, some are very retro, and some are in between. Now, music tastes are as personal as reading tastes, so if you don’t like some of the bands/songs, no problem. Just please don’t tell me that I shouldn’t like them, because if a song/band is listed, then I do and no arguing on your part will change my mind :).
The layout is artist name: songs. Artists are in alphabetical order for ease of listing, but this isn’t the order that I listened to while writing because I’m not that organized, heh.
Bastile: Pompeii, Oblivion
Bon Jovi: Living with the Ghost, Roller Coaster, We Don’t Run
Breaking Benjamin: Psycho, The Dark of You, Torn in Two, Save Yourself
Broods: Evergreen, Everytime
Cage The Elephant: Come a Little Closer
Foo Fighters: Everlong
King & Country: O God Forgive Us
Halsey: Gasoline, Bad at Love, Is There Somewhere
Hozier: Better Love
Imagine Dragons: Whatever It Takes*, Believer
INXS: Don’t Change
The Killers: Read My Mind
Lana Del Ray: Video Games, Lust for Life
Led Zeppelin: Immigrant Song
Little Dragon: Twice
Miley Cyrus: Younger Now, Miss You So Much
Of Monsters and Men: We Sink
One Republic: Let’s Hurt Tonight**
P!nk: What About Us, Barbies, Where We Go, For Now, I Am Here
RAC: Let Go
Sia: The Greatest
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay: Something Just Like This
Goo Goo Dolls: Flood, The Pin, So Alive
The Killers: Read My Mind
Thousand Foot Crutch: So Far Gone
Tom Walker: Leave A Light On
While I listened to all these songs repeatedly (it takes me several months to write a book, so just imagine how many times I listened to them!) the song marked with * is the one I listened to on continuous repeat while writing the first sex scene. And the song marked with ** was the one I listened to on continuous repeat while writing the second sex scene. Take from that what you will ;).