So, before I do this, I want to point out that I am an equal opportunity romance reader: historical, queer, straight/cis, menage, erotic, unfulfilled, steampunk, scifi, smut, humor, even angsty bloody teardrop emo vampire romance -- okay, I'm more likely to pick up something with a historical or speculative element than a contemporary, but that's just cuz I'm an unabashed genre nerd. So with that disclaimer in place, check these out:
Kirsty Logan. Kirsty writes incredible things -- she writes about all sorts of things, but she hits you in the heart. I first got to meet her when she did a... sort of supershort epistolary lesbian vampire erotica piece (complete with beautiful Abigail Larson catalogue illustrations!) at The Red Penny Papers: Pullen & Bumber's Catalogue of Particulars.
Kirsty does a series on her blog called Thievery about her inspirations -- and I can't believe I forgot this, because I distinctly recall reading the "Girl A" piece about halfway down the first page right now not long after I got to work with her at RPP and falling in love with it. The most recent entry is one about her award-winning story "Underskirts", the lovely Susie, and the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Please to read it here, because it's fabulous.
Belinda McBride. Belinda is a busy, busy woman, if you haven't noticed. She's just had
Yeah I usually have songs that remind me of the hero and heroine on the playlist...
For Night Walker I had "I want to spend my lifetime loving you" from Marc Anthony for Calisto, and "Come What May" from Moulin Rouge for Kate (especially since she spent the entire end of the book almost dying!) LOL
Then the bulk of the playlist was the Mask of Zorro soundtrack. It was very Spanish sounding and dark and heroic. It really helped me keep in the mood of the book.
I'm editing Night Demon now, and Lukas and Gretchen have two theme songs each! LOL Lukas is "If I can't Love Her" from Beauty & the Beast and "Broken" from Seether. And Gretchen's are "Falling Slowly" by Linda Eder and "My Immortal" from Evanescence. The rest of the playlist has most of the soundtrack from Apocalyto and a few songs from the new Fright Night soundtrack. Very dark and scary.