Welcome to the blog tour for Moonstruck by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn! A sexy rockstar, a band manager, and lots of family drama combine to make this one hell of an exciting read! And while it’s the third in the Lucky Moon series, it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.
You can also check out my review of Moonstruck, which I gave four out of five stars, calling it “an emotions-driven romance that will hit you like a punch to the gut”.
I’m so thrilled to have Piper here today to talk about the music that inspired this series, and the way music helped her and M.J. shape certain moods and scenes. So keep reading to find out more about Moonstruck and the music that helped shape the novel!
Moonstruck, by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn
Series: Lucky Moon, Book 3 (Stand Alone)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M, Romance
Music and Moods
Hi, everyone, it’s Piper Vaughn! Thanks to Just Love Romance for having me today!
If you’ve been following the posts in our mini tour, you’d know MJ O’Shea and I are celebrating the rerelease of Moonstruck, the third book in our Lucky Moon series.
For those who haven’t heard of our Lucky Moon series, it follows members from the bands Luck and Moonlight. (Fun fact: The bands are loosely based on Green Day and Muse, when it comes to structure and sound, though these aren’t fanfics, for those who might be wondering. We just used the bands to model our own.)
MJ and I are huge music fans. It’s something we bonded over when we first met on Goodreads. As I’m sure I don’t have to tell my fellow music lovers out there, music can have a vast effect on moods. There are some songs in my music library that are so intrinsically tied to memories, I can’t hear them without smiling… or crying… or feeling whatever emotions are bound to that memory, for good or for bad.
Sometimes I try to picture one of my favorite movies, The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis, without its epic, sweeping score. The movie itself was gorgeous, but it would be nothing without the score. It evoked such emotion I can feel it in my chest and stomach. My heart squeezes and sometimes my eyes water.
For me, writing is like this too. I know some people can’t write unless it’s in complete silence. Sometimes I get like that, but mostly I need something in the background, and my fallback is usually music of some kind. I often make a playlist for the book before I start writing. It’ll contain songs that either make me think of a certain character or a feeling I’m trying to evoke during a specific scene. And I’m willing to bet there are some song choices that won’t make sense to anyone but me. But you know how it goes. There are certain songs out there that are meant to be universally uplifting—but maybe they’re tied to a sad memory, so you personally can’t listen to them without feeling melancholy.
That’s how music is. There are some songs on my iPod that I need to own but I always skip—unless I’m in a very specific mood. There are some that I’ll always listen to and maybe put on repeat for a while. I’ll never hit Next when those songs start.
One of those is “Stand Inside Your Love” by Smashing Pumpkins. My husband used it in the slideshow he made when he proposed. He knew they’d been one of my favorite bands since childhood and he knew this was a favorite of all their songs. He made it even more of a favorite by tying it to a memory I treasure.
What are some songs that make you think of a happy moment in your life? What are some songs that are so powerful they always move you no matter when you hear them or where you are? Feel free to share in the comments! I’m always looking for more song recommendations. 🙂
Again, thanks so much to Just Love Romance for having me today. You can check out the cover, blurb, and buy links for Moonstruck below!
Buy links: Dreamspinner / ARe
Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted leaving ever since, but he knows being around Em will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet-talk him into the collaboration is none other than Emmanuel himself.
Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget the hottest night of his life—the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent family drama could keep the memories away. Now his job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, and he has to be professional. But a day spent together leads to another passionate night. This time Surya is the one to wake up alone.
It only takes Em’s departure for Surya to realize he’s had a change of heart. The heat between him and Em burns too brightly to be let go. Surya isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.
About the Authors:
M.j. O’Shea has never met a music festival, paintbrush, or flower crown she can stay away from. She loves rainstorms and a perfect cup of tea, beach days, music, bright colors, and more than anything a cozy evening with a really great book.
She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she still lives there and loves it, M.j. has the heart of a wanderer. So she puts all her dreams of far off places and extraordinary people in her books.
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
And you can check out the first two Lucky Moon books here: