Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.
Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.
And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.
Catch up on the Sutton College Series:
Top Five Songs that inspired ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW:
Music is an important part of my writing process. I love combing through photos on Pinterest and putting together a mood board for each project, but there’s something about listening to playlists that helps me uncover between the lines of my plot points. I listen to the same songs for months as I write and revise, giving me a sense of the book’s world and mood. There are other songs that help fuel scenes, and yet others who give me a peek at who a character really is. I may write the books, but the music I listen to makes completes them.
This has always been my process. When I wrote my very first book back I high school (and I’m dating myself here), I used to make CDs with songs I’d hear and record on tape on the radio. I had lists of song titles that I’d stumble upon tucked into my coat, my jeans, and my school binders. Thankfully, Spotify makes this process much easier now.
I have two playlists for each book. The first is just labeled with the hero and heroines name. It’s the big picture. I include hours and hours of songs I find while I’m pre-plotting, drafting, and revising. It’s a long and messy list. Once the book is written and it’s been through developmental edits, revisions, and copy edits, I start a second playlist that is the “soundtrack” of my book.It’s a shorter and more concise picture of the story. And for the most part, it flows witheach chapter.
1) Cool Kids by Echosmith
This is the song that started it all. I fell in love with it while I was writing BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US and automatically thought of Reagan. She’s so cold and distant in that story that this song really helped me understand her character better. She wants so badly to be included in the rites of passage of senior year at Sutton during ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW, and this song fits her longing perfectly to be “like the cool kids,” even if she won’t admit it out loud.
2) Left Hand Free by alt-J
When I started drafting ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW I didn’t know much about Noah other than he had been in love with Reagan since his freshman year (and was forced to love her from a distance while she dated his best friend). When I heard this song, his swagger totally clicked. Noah is definitely more bark than bite, and is a closeted romantic, but he also fits the addictive sexiness of this song as well.
3) First by Cold War Kids
My #2 pick might have been about Noah’s swagger, but this song helped me channel his struggle to come to terms with everything that’s gone wrong in his life. I listened to this a lot while writing the scene where he finds Reagan in his bedroom during a frat party. And again when he goes to Montana and has to bring Isla home.
4) If It’s The Beaches by The Avett Brothers
Man, this song. This was on loop for so much of the last half of this book. It’s so honest about fighting for love. It fits Noah and Reagan so well. If a part of ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW makes you cry, this song is responsible. It fueled those words.
5) Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart
If there is a song that embraces graduating from college and moving on, it’s this one. So much of this story is about finding your own way after everyone leaves and embracing your mistakes. I listened to it A LOT while drafting and revising.
Want to hear the full the ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW playlist? https://open.spotify.com/user/beckafitz/playlist/7xNN1dS63SXFYlcypK9FLU
I don’t have an official blurb out for SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS which will be out later this year, but here’s a sneak peek at a few songs that are on that playlist:
1) You Don’t Own Me by Grace and G-Easy
2) Heavy Crown by Iggy Azalea and Ellie Goulding
3) Moments by Tove Lo
What songs are you loving right now? If you’ve read ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW or BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, is there a song that reminds you of the story or characters?
Rebecca Paula Bio:
Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.
She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW.
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