The Truth About Letting Go
by Leigh Talbert Moore
Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley’s seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear—with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart…
But Ashley’s the one sacrifice he never expected to make.
Up until now, Ashley Lockett’s followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. Then her ideal life is torn apart when her dad dies suddenly.
Now she’s miserable and furious, and she makes a vow not to believe in anything. She’s on a mission to do everything opposite of how she lived before—rejecting safety, the rules, faith…
And then she meets Jordan.
Jordan has big dreams, he’s a great kisser, and he wants to help her through her grief. He also believes in everything Ashley now claims to hate.
Then she meets Colt. He is not safe. And he’s ready to help Ashley fulfill her mission.
The Truth About Playlists
When it comes to music, I’m like that dog in the movie Up… Doug!
Most songs tell a story, so when one I like comes on, I start singing or tapping along. Then I’m off imagining the story the musician is telling and not mine.
So basically, I can’t write while music is playing.
BUT! I often use songs to help me remember certain scenes or to put me in the mood for a scene. If it’s angry or happy or sassy. You know.
When I started writing The Truth About Letting Go
, I had several songs swirling in my head. So I put them all together in an order that made sense, loaded them onto my iPod, and voila!
This first set all have that driving feeling that put me in Ashley’s frame of mind. Especially “Breakdown…” by Ryan Adams. Certain phrases in that song make me think of her angry despair and just her inner turmoil, her questions. (Titles are linked to videos.)
In the story, Jordan has to drive his mom’s ancient Toyota, and he and Ashley are forced to listen to her old music. “Zanzibar”
by Billy Joel and “Missionary Man”
by The Eurythmics are directly referenced.
“Play With Fire
” by The Rolling Stones. This one could be Ashley + Jordan or Ashley + Colt. Both of those couples are playing with fire in different ways.
“A Little Bit of Everything
” by Dawes. This song could be Ashley’s theme for the whole book. It sounds like an old hymn, which to me felt like the soundtrack of her ultimate realization and finding peace. Plus, the message is just so great. It’s a realization that it takes “a little bit of everything” to make a life.
” by The Kinks. Ditto above, and it’s the soundtrack to Ashley’s “walkabout.”
” by Fleetwood Mac. This one sounds like being at the creek to me and the things that happen there, which is a lot.
And there you have it! Happy reading and listening~
About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of any great love story, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
Leigh’s debut novel The Truth About Faking is available now onAmazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.
Her second book, Rouge, is a mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel set in New Orleans. It’s available on Amazon
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