I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life-a good life with everything a woman could want-and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly happy.
So this is where I am, on a train that’s out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I’m the one shoveling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster.
If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn’t help it, that I’ve been swept away, that it’s not my fault, that it’s fate…would that be easier? The truth is, I didn’t know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must’ve been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate, it is not being swept away.
This is my choice. And I don’t know how to stop.
Or even if I want to.
Tear You Apart, the Rock Opera!
I could write without music, but I’m so glad I don’t have to. For every book, I create a playlist. A soundtrack, if you will. But for Tear You Apart, something else happened. Beyond the title of the book, which is taken from the song by She Wants Revenge, Tear You Apart had an entire rock opera that emerged. Each of the songs relating to a part of the story. There were additional songs on the “soundtrack,” but I’ll share with you the rock opera version, along with the meaningfulness of each one.
Where Have You Been – Rhianna
That’s exactly how Elisabeth feels when she meets Will. Where has he been all her life?
Starry Eyed – Ellie Goulding
First there’s touching. Then they’re hit by lightning.
A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
The title says it all. He’s never known a girl like her before.
Glad You Came – The Wanted
The universe, never the same after these two meet.
What Would Happen – Meredith Brooks
What would, happen, if they kissed?
I Get Off – Halestorm
What is sexier than knowing you’re turning someone else on?
Addicted – Kelly Clarkson
Soon, there’s more to this than simple attraction.
In Your Room – Halestorm
Falling in love means allowing yourself to be vulnerable to someone else.
Birthday Cake – Rhianna
It’s not a song about cake. It’s a song about sex.
Beat It – Michael Jackson
The song Will dances to for her.
Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
Elisabeth, seeing Will dance, realizes she can no longer deny the truth. She’s in love with him.
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
More than passion, this is something else. Something bigger.
A Kiss is Not A Contract – Flight of the Conchords
Will keeps going back and forth.
I’m a Machine – David Guetta, Crystal Nicole and Tyrese Gibson
Don’t you rev her up if you ain’t ready to blow, man. (She’s not really a machine!)
They Bring Me to You – Joshua Radin
The song Elisabeth listens to in the Philadelphia hotel after she and Will have said goodbye, and she stays a little longer.
Starring Role – Marina & the Diamonds
When you ignore the person you can’t live without so you can keep control over the situation…
I Don’t Want to Fall in Love – She Wants Revenge
‘Cuz love hurts.
Radioactive – Marina & The Diamonds
Does it matter who left who? Um, yeah.
Weakness in Me – Katherine Crowe
Elisabeth has to ask the hard question. Why do you come here?
Distance – Christina Perri
At the end of things, all she can do is try to keep her feelings to herself.
Stealing – Gavin DeGraw
Elisabeth is doing her best to move on.
Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy
It’s still a love song, even if it doesn’t sound like it.
Always Have Paris – The Apers
They’ll always have Paris. No matter what else, there was that.
I was born and then I lived awhile. Then I did some stuff and other things. Now, I mostly write books. Some of them use a lot of bad words, but most of the other words are okay.
I can’t live without music, the internet, the ocean or Coke Zero. I can’t stand the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves me cold. I write a little bit of everything from horror to romance, and I don’t answer to the name “Meg.”
**Giveaway Alert** Megan is giving one signed copy of Tear You Apart away! Open to all.
Please note: Tear You Apart is not a romance novel.