When I was writing Social Skills, I spent hours and hours sifting through songs to find just the right piece for each musical reference. Some pieces came to me quickly; others changed several times before I was satisfied. Why did I spend so much time thinking of music no one would be able to hear? Especially when most of it got little more than a passing mention as it bounced through Connor’s head?

Um. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyhow, there are two pieces that hold more significance than the rest. The first is Scheherazade, featuring a gorgeous melody that I think can convert even a non-orchestral-music listener (worked on Jared, at least). The second is “So in Love” from Kiss Me, Kate. I have a personal relationship with this one as I was lucky enough to play it once, and I was so intent on having Connor experience it that I’m paying for the use of the lyrics in the novel.

scheherazadekiss me kate


This is probably a lame prize, but if anyone was interested in hearing these pieces, now’s your chance to win them!

Winner 1: Winner will receive a paperback of Social Skills (signed, if you like, though I should warn you I have sloppy handwriting) and an electronic album or an old-fashioned CD (wow, CDs are old-fashioned now!).  Winner’s choice of either the Kiss Me, Kate album or Rimsky-Korsakav’s Scheherazade.

Winner 2: Winner will receive an electronic album or CD. Winner’s choice of either the Kiss Me, Kate album or Rimsky-Korsakav’s Scheherazade.

*Electronic albums will be gifted through Amazon or iTunes.


Rules/Entry Info

~To enter, leave a comment with your favorite piece of orchestral music and/or Broadway song.

~Entries will be accepted from now until 9pm PST on Thursday, February 21st.

~Winners will be selected by random drawing and announced on Friday, February 22nd.

~Must be 18 or over to enter.


Thanks for reading :)