I'm so happy to kick off the tour for Chasing Midnight! Courtney has graciously made us the playlist she listened to while writing Chasing Midnight! Happy listening! Don't forget to enter the giveaway
- . The biggest, fanciest house on Sea View Drive.
- . Nike Flyknits.
- . A ski-jump nose.
My own car.A new BMW.
- . Be a total pro at the piano.
James Odera to like me.Be James Odera’s girlfriend.
- . Get Spencer’s lungs fixed.
Mackenzie Love dreams of being a “lucky one”—someone who has the perfect life. Someone who doesn’t have to worry about money, a sick brother, or her high school status. So when a mysterious visitor offers to make all her wishes come true, Mackenzie jumps at the chance. But the royal lifestyle may cost more than Mackenzie is willing to pay in this modern twist on the classic Cinderella story.
Courtney - "Music is such a personal thing. For me, it’s more revealing than revealing my favorite color or food or book. Especially when the music that resonates with me isn’t on the top of the charts or being played on every radio station. Sometimes I’m afraid to tell people what song I like in the moment because someone is bound to tell me they HATE that song, and then I feel like there’s this deep chasm between us. How can you hate that song?
So… here’s a leap of faith. It’s the playlist I made for CHASING MIDNIGHT when I was in the middle of writing it exactly two years ago. If you promise not to judge me, I’ll try to lighten up."
The Love Club, by Lorde-Pretty much the Lucky Ones’ theme song.Best line: “There's something about hanging out with the wicked kids”So Alive, by Love and Rockets-I imagine they play this song a lot at Vinyl Underground.The first line sounds like James Odera wrote it: “I don’t know what color your eyes are, baby, but your hair is long and brown.”Girls Like You, by The Naked and Famous-You’ve got to listen to the lyrics to see for yourself!Best line: “How would you cope if the world decided to make you suffer for all that you were?”Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, by Peter Bjorn & John-This feels like the whole awkward banter between Mackenzie and Cale when they first meet - in song form.Best line: “You say either and I say either,You say neither and I say neither
Either, either Neither, neither. Let's call the whole thing off.”VCR, by The XX-In Chapter 17, this is the song that’s playing on Mackenzie’s iPhone on her ‘Happy Music’ playlist. Listen to Oliver Sim’s voice in the second verse and it’ll be your happy music, too... *sigh*Best line: “Because you, you just know. You just do.”Brand New Colony, by The Postal Service-This is ‘his’ song, the one he’d like to play to Mackenzie at the end of chapter 17.Best line: “I want to take you far from the cynics in this town And kiss you on the mouth. We’ll cut our bodies free from the tethers of this scene, start a brand new colony.”Unkinder (A Tougher Love), by Thumpers-This song reminds me of Aly. Maybe because it feels larger than life and full of energy, but also because ‘tougher love’ in the lyrics reminds me of a love that, if you’re lucky, you find as a kid when you find that ONE best friend who’s everything.Make a Noise, by Katie Herzig-This is the kind of pep talk Mackenzie’s pre-struck dad might give her at the beginning of each day. It’s so hopeful and encourages loving who you are rather than wishing to be someone else.Best line: “You try to find the words you want to say. You might be looking much too far away to recognize we’re all disguised.”Carried Away, by Passion Pit-Last Chapter.Last Scene. Leave the lawnmower. Run off into the sunset (or the noon sun). And listen to these lyrics, too.Best line: “We all have problems. We’re all having problems. And we all got something to say.”
About the Author
Courtney King Walker grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard, hoping to make it the moon or at least Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got, so she decided writing about adventure was the next best thing. She now lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and four children, and still dreams of flying to the moon. She is the author of the young adult novel, ON THE FRINGE, and middle grade novel MOLLY PEPPER AND THE NIGHT TRAIN. Her next YA novel, CHASING MIDNIGHT, will be published January 12, 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.