Author: T.A. Foster
Title: Finding Haven
Publication Date: May 15th 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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!
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”
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
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.