Saturday, 17 May 2014

Blog Tour:Finding Haven by T.A. Foster {Playlist + Giveaway}

Title: Finding Haven
Publication Date: May 15th 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance


Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

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I don’t think I’ve ever needed music as much as I did when I was writing Finding Haven. I tried to play music I thought Evan would listen to while he was in front of the campfire, drinking a beer. Since Haven is a songwriter, it was important to find songs that would speak to her as well. Music is mentioned throughout the book, so naturally some of those scenes were written with certain songs in the background. I hope everyone enjoys the playlist!

Evan Songs 

Carolina by Eric Church

Off the Record by Aaron Watson

Tulsa Texas by Easton Corbin

Old Blue Chair by Kenny Chesney

Welcome to the Fishbowl by Kenny Chesney

Somewhere Down in Texas by Jason Boland and the Stragglers

I Don’t Do Lonely Well by Jason Aldean 

Evan listens to a lot of his favorite Texas artists. I threw in some other country singers whose songs spoke about the things Evan experienced as he escaped to Perry Island. There are lots of references to Evan’s favorite beer, Shine Bock. These lines from Kenny Chesney may best sum up how Evan feels when he hits the road to escape:

“Everybody's business is everybody's business

And it's big business now

Who's gonna be the first to get the story out?

Who loves who and where are they gonna meet?

Covert picture that proves they cheat

God, it's getting hard to breathe this way

Everybody's life is on display

It's gotten out of control

Tell me do you feel exposed?

Well, welcome to the fishbowl” 

Haven Songs 

I Almost Do by Taylor Swift

Holy Grail by JAY Z & Justin Timberlake

Say Something (Acoustic) by Tyler Ward

That Girl by Jennifer Nettles 

It would make sense that Haven would relate to Taylor’s Swift music as a singer/songwriter. She has an affinity for acoustic song versions. Holy Grail was very specific to her situation with Travis and That Girl hit a chord with her situation with her father. The acoustic version of Say Something resonated with me in one of the last chapters of the book (no spoilers here!). 

Evan and Haven Songs 

Miss Grace The Tymes

Let Me Pat Green

Easy Commodores

39-21-46 General Johnson and The Chairmen of the Board

Sixty-Minute Man The Dominoes

Raining on Sunday Keith Urban

With This Ring The Platters 

I love the Evan and Haven couples songs. There is a scene that I wrote solely because of the song Raining on Sunday. I felt like those two needed a rainy Sunday. Easy plays into that idea as well—several times throughout the book those two mention Sunday mornings are their favorite part of the week. The music was a nice added tie-in. By adding in a Texas love song, Let Me, Evan has a romantic musical contribution, not just songs about drinking beer and missing his hometown. For those of you who aren’t familiar with beach music, there are a few songs on the playlist. There are a couple scenes when Haven tries to explain the music to Evan and I think they’re a fun and cute exchange between the couple.


About the Author

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos. 
T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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