Happy Saturday everyone! Today I have a super fun guest post from D. E. Haggerty, it’s a playlist inspired by her most recent release, Fat Girl Begone!
Genre: Romantic Comedy
I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.
Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.
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Playlist ~ Fat Girl Begone!
I’m often asked if I have a playlist for my books. I usually don’t, but there are so many songs that are great matches for my latest release, Fat Girl Begone!, that I couldn’t resist making a playlist for the book and its heroine, Everly.
Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix
Any book that begins with a woman getting her heart broken has to have a theme song like Shout Out To My Ex. Funny enough (or maybe just an indication of my age), I’d never heard this song, but it suddenly popped up on my YouTube suggestions while I was writing Fat Girl Begone! and bam! Everly’s got herself a theme song.
We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
It’s not possible to write a playlist for a book that includes heartbreak without including a song from Taylor Swift. There is a reason the woman is a chart-topper after all. She writes the songs that every girl or woman wants to hear/sing/shout when their heart has been broken. Fingers crossed Everly listens to the lyrics and follows the implicit advice it contains.
Try by Nelly Furtado
This beautiful song by one of my favorite singer/songwriters perfectly describes Everly’s struggle. There comes a point when Everly has got to make a decision – try or give up. There’s no way a heroine of mine is going to give up. She’s gonna Try.
I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
This is one of my all-time favorite songs. I will often just start singing it out of the blue because I’m crazy like that. It’s also on the Thelma & Louise soundtrack. The movie makes an appearance in Fat Girl Begone! in a very sweet way. I couldn’t resist adding one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies to this playlist.
Wide Awake by Katy Perry
I go back and forth on Katy Perry – unsure if I like her or not. One thing’s for certain, I love this song and how empowering it is. I like to think that Everly had her own revelation about seeing things clearly for the first time during Fat Girl Begone! and that’s why I added this song to the playlist. The fact that Wide Awake is one of my favorite karaoke songs and I love Perry’s hair in the video has nothing to do with my adding the song to the playlist. Nothing at all.
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve always been a huge Kelly Clarkson fan. Stronger is one of the most empowering songs out there. I often listen to it when I’m running and thinking I’m going to die. But if that run doesn’t kill me, it’ll make me stronger (pun intended). I like to think of Everly listening to this song on her purple iPod while riding the stationary bike at the gym – something she absolutely hates and constantly complains about!
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Fat Girl Begone! is – in addition to a romance with a bunch of laughs – about self-empowerment and loving yourself – no matter what size or shape you come in. How can I not include a song entitled Just The Way You Are? This teaser perfectly fits with the song.
I could add pages and pages more of empowering songs to this list, but the above are the songs I think fit best with Everly and Fat Girl Begone!
What a fun playlist! You can buy Fat Girl Begone on Amazon.
I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.
Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.