Blood and Fire: Book Two of the Talbot Trilogy — Playlist!

Similar in structure to Wind and Shadow, the story in Blood and Fire takes place over three days in mid-November. Sometimes, while I was writing or rereading, I was thinking of particular songs in the background of the scenes. Although I’ve lost my original list, the songs I’ve picked out below are those that best fit the movement of the plot and development of the characters. It was tempting to copy songs I used in the playlist for the first book, but that would be cheating . . .

However . . .

Given that I am still mad about losing my first list, this one still open to interpretation and change. It stands for now, and may be adapted further over the next few days (or weeks, or, you know . . . whenever).

I hope you enjoy!


Shadows: The Talbot Trilogy Playlist 2


Enya, “Orinoco Flow”

Neverending White Lights, “Theme from The Blood and the Life Eternal”

November 17

Chapter 1:

U2, “Mysterious Ways”

Chapter 2:

Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmastime is Here (Instrumental)”

Dominica, “Luxury”

Taylor Swift, “Safe and Sound”

Chapter 3:

Taylor Swift, “Safe and Sound”

Muse, “Unnatural Selection”

Three Days Grace, “Animal I Have Become”

Chapter 4:

Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

Motley Crue, “Home Sweet Home”

Chapter 5:

Remik’s Cube, “Opportunity”

Linkin Park, “Points of Authority”

Nelly, “Hot In Here”

Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

Chapter 6:

Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

Tove Lo, “Talking Body”

Pitbull, “Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera)” or Daft Punk, “Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)”

Rupert Holmes, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”

Avicii, “Hey Brother”

Chapter 7:

Black Lab, “Learn to Crawl”

Black Eyed Peas, “Let’s Get It Started”

Rick Howland, “Parallel Lives”

November 18

Chapter 8:

Broken Bells, “The High Road”

Classified, “3 Foot Tall”

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, “White Rabbit”

Rick Howland, “Two Doctors”

Chapter 9:

Jenn Grant, “Parachutes”

Muse, “Resistance”

Chapter 10:

The Kinks, “A Well Respected Man”

George Thorogood & The Destroyers, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”

Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Chapter 11:

Florence + The Machine, “Kiss With a Fist”

Reilly, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” or Celine Dion, “I Drove All Night”

Reilly, “Good King Wenceslas”

Chapter 12:

The Doors, “Strange Days”

Kardinal Offishall, “Numba 1 (Tide Is High)” or My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”

Chapter 13:

Gerard McMann, “Cry Little Sister”

Chapter 14:

Tim Cappello, “I Still Believe”

Chapter 15:

Lou Gramm, “Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys)”

Paramore, “Monster”

Chapter 16:

Nickelback, “Burn It to the Ground”

Chapter 17:

Queen, “We Will Rock You”

Spoon, “Got Nuffin”

November 19

Chapter 18:

Miranda Lambert, “Run Daddy Run (feat. Pistol Annies)”

Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun”

Plain White T’s, “Welcome to Mystery” or Three Days Grace, “Never Too Late”

Chapter 19:

Three Days Grace, “Never Too Late”

The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go” or Demi Lovato, “Warrior”

Chapter 20:

Crooked Fingers, “Luisa Bones”

Chapter 21:

Maroon 5, “Come Away to the Water” (feat. Rozzi Crane)


Sarah McLachlan, “Song for a Winter’s Night”

Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy — Playlist!


One of the things I love about new books (or old!) is the playlists that authors provide to accompany the characters, settings, events, or even what inspired them. And of course, I do have one that I developed a few years ago when I was coming to the end of the first draft of Wind and Shadow, for all of the above reasons.

Now, the book takes place over six days at the end of October and beginning of November, so I’ve included the dates as reference, as well as the chapter numbers. I’m excited for the release (currently slated for May 30th) to see what you think of the associations I’ve made between the songs and the sections of the story!

June 26 — Additional Note: I know, it’s a list of rather gargantuan proportions, and I’ve realized something. I need to learn how to make mash-ups, because really, when I’m writing and reading, I’m taking pieces of the songs and applying those sections in the manner of a musical montage. Still, every song on this list has a place in the book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Shadows: The Talbot Trilogy Playlist 1

Rolling Stones, “Time Is On My Side”

October 28

Chapter 1:
Linkin Park, “A Place For My Head”
Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn”
Simple Minds, “Don’t You Forget About Me”
Greg Joy, “A Maid in Bedlam”
Blue Rodeo, “Lost Together”
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”

Chapter 2:
Alicia Keys, “Girl On Fire”
Journey, “Separate Ways”
Journey, “Open Arms”
Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

Chapter 3:
Third Eye Blind, “Jumper”
Sarah McLachlan, “Good Enough”
Barenaked Ladies, “If I Had $1000000”

Chapter 4:
Patrick Watson, “Slip Into Your Skin”
The Editors, “Weight of the World”
Linkin Park, “Papercut”

October 29

Chapter 5:
Lenka, “Trouble is a Friend”
Bon Jovi, “It’s My Life”
Band of Horses, “No One’s Gonna Love You”
Sam Sparrow, “Black and Gold”

Chapter 6:
Three Days Grace, “Never Too Late”
Linkin Park, “By Myself”
Tokio Hotel & Kerli, “Strange”
Loreena McKennitt, “The Mummers’ Dance”
Seether, “Broken”
Daughtry, “It’s Not Over”

Chapter 7:
Delhi to Dublin, “Apples”
Band of Horses, “The General Specific” or Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”
Tonic, “If You Could Only See”
Cage the Elephant, “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked”
Daughtry, “Feels Like Tonight”
Stevie Nicks, “If You Ever Did Believe”

Chapter 8:
Chicago, “You’re the Inspiration”
The Editors, “No Sound But The Wind”
Finley Quaye, “Dice”
Radiohead, “Creep”
Nine Inch Nails, “Piggy” or Iron Maiden, “Lord of the Flies”
Florence & The Machine, “Heavy In Your Arms”

Chapter 9:
Big Scary, “Falling Away”
Lisahall, “Is This Real?”
The Cardigans, “Lovefool” or A-ha, “Take On Me”

Chapter 10:
Coldplay, “Fix You”
Guns N’Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle” or Blue Oyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
The Barr Brothers, “Old Mythologies”
Beck & Bat for Lashes, “Let’s Get Lost”
Eagles, “Hotel California”
Cavo, “Let It Go”
Muse, “Undisclosed Desires”

October 30

Chapter 11:
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Placebo, “Running Up That Hill”
Gordon Lightfoot, “If You Could Read My Mind”
Blue Oyster Cult, “Blown Wide Open”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Done All Wrong”

Chapter 12:
The Flys, “Got You (Where I Want You)”
“Fur Elise”
The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil” or Antsy Pants, “Vampires”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Saidah Baba Talibah, “So Cool”
Said The Whale, “The Gift of a Black Heart”

Chapter 13:
The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
Sarah McLachlan, “Fear”

October 31

Chapter 14:
Sarah McLachlan, “Fear”, or Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Greg Joy, “Unquiet Grave”
Day One, “Bad Before Good”

Chapter 15:
Sarah McLachlan, “Into the Fire”
Lorena McKennitt, “Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance” or Bonnie Tyler, “Holding Out for a Hero”
U2, “One”
The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans Is Sinking”
Linkin Park, “One Step Closer”

Chapter 16:
Taylor Swift, “Safe and Sound”
Plain White T’s, “Welcome to Mystery”
Ajnabee feat. Go-ray, “Earthrise Sound System”
Linkin Park, “New Divide”

November 1

Chapter 17:
Avril Lavigne, “Keep Holding On”
Sarah Harmer, “Coffee Stain” or Neverending White Lights & Jonathan Bates, “The Warning”
Dido, “Here With Me” or Theory of a Deadman, “Not Meant to Be”

November 2

Chapter 18:
Pink, “Fucking Perfect”
Third Eye Blind, “The Background”

Playlist for Book 2 TBD. Your comments are welcome!