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Gilt Hollow Playlist & Quotes

Gilt Hollow Playlist

Music is one of the things that inspires me most while I write. I can hear a song and it catapults me into a scene, a relationship, or an entire story. Gilt Hollow was no exception. Ashton in particular is emotionally moved by music. One of his favorite hangouts in the village is a record store called Twisted Beauty that specializes in vinyl albums. His musical tastes are influenced by the classic rocker who owns that store.

The actual playlist is long…over fifty songs! You can listen to it in its glorious entirety on YouTube.

I’m going to highlight the top twenty songs that shaped this story. I agonized way too long on which twenty to choose…

01

What I've Done and Numb

Linkin Park

*Warning! There's a lot of Linkin Park on this playlist!* While writing this book one of my local radio stations played Linkin Park on loop for months. Their music instantly put me in Ashton's head.

02

Back In Black

AC/DC

This is one of those ironic moments in the book. As Ashton is climbing the stairs to Twisted Beauty, all in black, fresh out of juvie, this song is blasting. I had to do it. ☺

03

3. Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar

Taylor Swift

Love her or hate her, this girl can spin a tale through her songs! And this one is perfect for the anger and betrayal Willow feels when Ashton returns to Gilt Hollow.

04

It Ends Tonight

The All-American Rejects

Ashton's feelings about Willow when he first returns to town.

05

Love The Way You Lie (Orig. Demo)

Skylar Grey

Captures the volatile push-pull of Willow and Ashton's relationship.

06

If I Die Young

The Band Perry

I've always loved this song and it fits perfectly as Willow begins to face the reality of the situation she's been sucked into.

07

Midnight City

M83

This song is more about the tone it sets than the lyrics. This is Ashton's theme of freedom.

08

Under the Milky Way

The Church

Ashton is listening to this song at Twisted Beauty in Chapter 9: In accordance with his herbal-enhanced mood, Jeff changed the LP to a mellow, and only slightly less angsty, band from the eighties singing about finding a destination under the Milky Way. Ashton closed his eyes and let the song flow through him. He'd missed this. The way music could either transport you or gut you like a pumpkin, leaving your innards exposed and vulnerable.

09

Clarity

Zedd

‘‘If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? If out love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?’’ And ALL the lyrics!

10

Break

The Cinematics

Ashton's dark state of mind as things begin to fall apart all around him.

11

Problem

Ariana Grande

‘‘Even though I hate you I wanna love you. And even though I can’t forgive you, I really want to.’’ Enough said.

12

Style

Taylor Swift

This was THE song that captured the heart of Ashton and Willow. (#Wilton or #Ashlow…ship name?) Every time I heard it, the words would instantly flow onto the page. But when it would come on the radio, I would change the station—I couldn't risk getting sick of it and it losing its power to inspire me!

13

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Selena Gomez

Another one that I listened to over and over while writing Willow's relationship with Ashton.

14

There She Goes

The La's

When I was in college, a boy made me a mixed tape and this was the first song on it. *Sigh* It also expresses Ashton's feelings as he longs for a girl he believes is too good for him.

15

The Promise

When In Rome

Another song that Ashton hears at Twisted Beauty. ‘‘If I had to walk the world and make you fall for me, I promise you, I promise you, I would.’’ Best. Line. Ever!

16

Beautiful Disaster (Acoustic)

Kelly Clarkson

Absolutely flawless lyrics.

17

Letters From the Sky

Civil Twilight

Things turn dark.

18

This is Halloween

Panic! At The Disco

The Sleepy Hollow Ball. This scene was unquestionably the most fun to write!

19

The Words

Christina Perri

The lyrics of this song tear my heart out. It's so perfect for Wil and Ash. And I may have watched the video with Colin O'Donoghue a few dozen times!

20

Not a Bad Thing

Justin Timberlake

No Lorie Langdon playlist would be complete without JT! The ironic thing about this song is that some the lyrics mirror what my husband said to me on our first date. After you finish the book, read my dedication to him and the pieces will click into place. ♥

*Bonus: Disney’s Haunted Mansion – Otherworldly ConcertoI originally got the idea to write a thriller with a creepy vibe while in line for The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. It was a dark, rainy day and when I glanced up at the mansion, I saw a shadow move across one of the windows. I knew it wasn’t real, and yet, it gave me a chill that started my creative juices flowing. What if I wrote a novel about a creepy, old house that held secrets? And a girl that lived there and wasn’t quite sure if it was really haunted…This was the original spark for Gilt Hollow, even before I realized I wanted to write about a boy who’s a convicted felon.

Top 10 Quotes from GILT HOLLOW

Here are some of my favorite quotes from my YA romantic thriller, Gilt Hollow…in no particular order.

  1. Everyone in town believed Keller House was haunted, and for Willow it was true. But the specters that disturbed her were not of the ethereal variety.
  2. Something clicked behind his gaze and turned hot like a gas flame igniting. Willow sucked in a sharp breath as the planes of his face hardened into a mask of rage. And for the first time in four years, she believed Ashton Keller was capable of murder.
  3. Willow scooted over to make room on the edge of the bed, her pulse accelerating as his large body sank the side of the mattress. He smelled like the night—open air and freedom.
  4. The dark paneled walls and twelve-foot ceilings loomed, stretching and contracting in the shadows as if they had a life of their own. She should go downstairs and make some warm milk or peppermint tea, but the thought of walking through the spook factory of a house in the dead of night kept her glued to the mattress.
  5. The monotonous tick of the antique clock on the mantel filled the silence as Ashton stared at her, unmoving. Time seemed to reverse and they were once again connected, their friendship the biggest thing in their world.
  6. Piano, haunting and sweet, wove through the shop before it melded into a throbbing rhythm that seeped into Ashton’s blood and pulled him back into that closet with Willow—the curves of her face, the taste of her lips, the feel of her skin.
  7. His father used to say that if the people of Gilt Hollow got any more open-minded, their brains would fall out. Ashton didn’t know if he agreed—he just hoped their open mindedness extended to him.
  8. “What are friends for, if not to make you feel less weird?”
  9. Silence loomed like a specter, stretching to fill the round two-story room and sucking the air from Ashton’s lungs. This man, this stranger, held countless words in his hands that summed up the life of a juvenile delinquent. But those words didn’t define him—his past or his future.
  10. The hood muffled Willow’s hearing against the night—against the warning of someone approaching. A finger of panic traced down her spine and she picked up her pace. She never used to be afraid to walk the streets of Gilt Hollow alone. How quickly that had changed.

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