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Secret Heart Playlist Track 7: Stadium Love

I don’t remember the first time I listened to a Metric song but I remember instantly falling head over heels with the Canadian band’s 2008 hit “Help I’m Alive.” If watch movies (and pay attention to the soundtrack/ score) they might be a familiar sound. Their music has been featured in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Fantasies (2009) is my favorite of their albums. I love the song “Stadium Love” which pits animals against each other and the melody is so infectious it’s dangerous.

Wanna make a bet
Odds are neck to neck taking off the gloves
Spider versus bat
Tiger versus rat, owl versus dove

Every living thing pushed into the ring
Fight it out to wow the crowd
Guess you thought you couldn’t just watch
No one’s getting out

Without stadium love
Without stadium love

“Stadium Love” felt like that kind of song Avery’s band Detonate the Gazelle would cover during one of their shows and I had to include it in the playlist.

Want more of the Secret Heart  playlist? You can find the songs here.

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Secret Heart Soundtrack Track 6: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

I’m a big fan of the music duo She & Him comprised of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I love the soulful 60’s vibe they give their songs, especially their cover of the Smith’s
Please, Please, Please, Let me Get What I Want,” that first appeared on the soundtrack to one of my favorite movies 500 Days of Summer.  And while I like to think that Avery is old school in some of her music preferences, I don’t think she’s really discovered the Smith’s yet. I think the longing (and possibility) that Zooey D. belts out echoes Avery’s own feelings for Madison in this particular scene of Secret Heart.

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time

You can find a more songs on the Secret Heart soundtrack here.

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Goodreads Giveaway

I’m giving away five signed copies of Secret Heart on Goodreads. Your odds of winning my new book are very good!

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Secret Heart by Danielle Dreger

Secret Heart

by Danielle Dreger

Giveaway ends October 29, 2016.

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There’s also still time to enter the e-book giveaway or paperback giveaway  on Amazon

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Secret Heart Soundtrack Track 5: La Bamba

Fun fact about me: just like Avery in Secret Heart in middle school I had to memorize “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens for extra credit. I still know the entire thing by heart and will occasionally sing it when asked, though it is not my go to Karaoke song (the B-52’s “Love Shack,” is but you’ll have to wait on that).

This song is infectious and plays during a key scene early on in the book. I dare you not to chair dance to this song on this rainy Saturday. And remember if you’re going to dance La Bamba, you need a little bit of grace.

Want more of the Secret Heart soundtrack, you can find the songs here.

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Goodreads Giveaway!

I’m giving away five copies of Secret Heart! The book could be yours free!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Secret Heart by Danielle Dreger

Secret Heart

by Danielle Dreger

Giveaway ends October 29, 2016.

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Secret Heart e-book Giveaway

There’s a giveaway live on Amazon right now: You could win one of three copies of Secret Heart for your Kindle!

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Secret Heart Soundtrack Track 4: I’m Making Eyes At You

“I’m Making Eyes At You” is one of my favorite songs in the Secret Heart soundtrack. The beat is so infectious  it’s hard not to dance in my chair. This song is almost as good as “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You.” 

So you want my affection?
We both know you’ll only throw it away,
But if you must have a go, fine, ok!
If you must have a go, then go away!

Please don’t, please don’t speak.
Last night has no doubts.
In between the dreams.
Even as we speak.

This track is perfect for describing Avery’s unrequited feelings for Madison early on in the book.  And Since Secret Heart is set in Florida, it was important to have a (Jacksonville) Florida indie band represented.

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Secret Heart is now available

Holy shit! My little book, Secret Heart, is now out in the wild.

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Please ignore the fact I only slept 5 hours and did not shower this morning.

You can purchase the book through Amazon or have your favorite bookstore order it.

The ebook version is less than what this guys spends on a latteCaya51mUUAA51Ni

 

It’s no coincidence that I chose to release Secret Heart on National Coming Out Day. A portion of all of my book sales will be donated to GLSEN (The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) because all students need a safe space in their school. I’m not throwing a launch party for Secret Heart, and I urge you to donate to GSLEN instead.

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Secret Heart Soundtrack Track 3: Modern Love

I’ve been a fan of Bloc Party since their album Silent Alarm released in 2004. The song, “Modern Love” still haunts me, so naturally it made it’s way to my playlist while writing Secret Heart and then it magically worked it’s way into a scene with Madison and Avery.

What are you holding out for?
What’s always in the way?
Why so damn absent minded?
Why so scared of romance?
This modern love breaks me
This modern love wastes me
Do you want to come over and kill some time?
Throw your arms around me

 

I dare you to watch this acoustic performance of “Modern Love” at KEXP in 2012 and not cry.

 

You can find more songs on the Secret Heart Soundtrack here.

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