“King of Rain” – Release Party #2 – Novels with Soundtracks

March 13, 2015

Read on for Give-Away Details!

Welcome (back) to the “King of Rain” Blog Party!

This post is about how each book in the West Coast Boys series has a Soundtrack, how that works, and how it formed.

How the Soundtrack Thing Started

A big part of my own West Coast experience is the contrast between modern technology and wilderness access. I live in a big urban city, but I also have the luxury of escaping into the forest without too much effort.

As our tech era advances, it’s my belief that we are evolving out of our headphone isolation and beginning to use the tools at hand to fill our lives with communication, community, and art. The proximity of the forest encourages that because it gives us a place to ground out and recharge.

Each book in the West Coast Boys series has its own soundtrack, and King of Rain is no exception.

Most of the songs came to me from my favorite radio station, thepeak.fm, where you can live-stream music, and I’ve also put them together into a playlist on my website, michelefogal.com, so you can get connected with these artists as your interest moves you and listen while you read if you want to. This was certainly the music I listened to as I wrote and edited the story and a large source of inspiration for me.

King of Rain – Soundtrack

King of Rain by michelefogal on Grooveshark


For me, art is about diversity. Books, music, lyrics: they are all sharing and enhancing the diverse human experience. If we can use technology as a tool to spread art, well then we spread diversity too.

My Diversity Wish for You

WARNING: This may sound hippyish to you, but just put on your mood ring and shut up ok? It’s only for 30 seconds, I swear.

May technology give you access to all the stones you need to build your path. May the natural world around you remind you that diversity is an ancient and sacred river where the wise come to drink. And may the songs and stories you choose lead you down to the water’s edge.

Accessing the Songs

You should be able to click on the embedded player and get the song to play. Here’s the song link on Grooveshark in case the player doesn’t work for you. However you access it, the idea is to click on the song, and start reading the excerpt as the song plays in the background. Give it a try!

King of Rain – Soundtrack Excerpt

Track 2 – “Enemies” by Hannah Georgas

Enemies by Hannah Georgas on Grooveshark
Enemies by Hannah Georgas on Grooveshark
“Enemies” by Hannah Georgas blasted into my earbuds talking about cuts too deep to mend and making enemies. Is that what me and Sky are now? I ran a little faster.

I thought about the way he’d learned to dance without holding back when we went out together, him with his cute fake ID. God, he was just a sweet kid, and I’d taken him. Yeah, he was in grade 12 and I was only four years older, but they were big years. I’d figured it all out—how to style my hair, how to dress, how to talk, how to smile, when to grind up against someone and turn them on. Had Skyler really had a choice in the face of my onslaught?

And I loved that, didn’t I? The power of knowing I could seduce and take what I wanted? Wasn’t that the best feeling?

I ran harder, wanting to sweat him out of my skin, wanting to stop picturing his smooth skin stretched out on my bed. I hadn’t cared about sharing him. Sure, I didn’t want him to play around without me, but why hadn’t I worried about losing him? Was it because I just assumed he was mine? Some couples played around because their love was so strong that nothing could shake it. That certainly wasn’t it for me. I think I just had this morbid fascination with finding out where his boundaries were. God, what if he’s with a guy we hooked up with! Wouldn’t that just serve me right?


Give-Away Contest

What’s your favourite gay love song? And no, I don’t have any restrictions on what can be labeled this way. I mean songs that speak to you within the M/M world, the LGBT world, or the world where love is just love, and not about physical plumbing. Comment and you’ll enter the Give-Away contest!


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Steamy scene excerpt with soundtrack song!

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PS You can also listen to the Soundtrack here on my website.

PSS Here’s the link to King of Rain’s page on Dreamspinner.

14 Responses to ““King of Rain” – Release Party #2 – Novels with Soundtracks”

  1. Leanan says:

    Careless whisper, by George Michael.
    That saxo solo…

  2. Sara says:

    I immediately come to think of a Danish singer, Sys Bjerre, with a song called “Hey Vanessa”. It was played a lot on the radio in Scandinavia a few years ago (maybe elsewhere too). I always pictured two young (twenty-ish) women, one Dane and one Swede, trying to sort out their relationship across the border, whenever I listened to it.

  3. Susan says:

    Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Love the 80s in general.

  4. Trix says:

    I always think of Todd Rundgren’s “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” when I read most m/m. It’s really urgent and lyrically wary, but also incredibly pretty with sort of a chiming quality.

  5. Ohh more awesome songs! Thank you my dears! I’m going to go find those and have a listen…

    Careless Whisper – oh! I have to re-listen to that with older ears!

  6. Angela says:

    It’s not really a love song but the song that comes to mind is Take me to Church by Hozier i think it has a very powerful videoclip.

  7. Angela says:

    Oh i almost forgot if your giving away ebooks of your books King of Snowflakes or King of Rain than please exclude me of this giveaway because i already have the e-books :)

  8. JJ says:

    Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon. Also, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? Oldies but goodies.

  9. H.B. says:

    I love seeing playlists for books. i already named a few songs in the first post but I’ll like to add in Kongos- Escape, The Lumineers -Stubborn Love and Daughter – Human.

  10. Thanks you awesome people! I’m having a fangirl squeal moment over here about the Hozier mention!! “Take Me To Church” is on the soundtrack for “King of Rain” and I ADORE that song! Actually blogged about it recently… http://michelefogal.com/lgbt-inspiring-song-take-church/

  11. Angela, that’s so cool that you have both books already! Smoooch to you! :D

  12. Stella says:

    My fave? I’m absolutely going to repost Take me to church. I know I already talk about it in the previous comment but it’s so beautiful. One more: She keeps me warm by Macklemore

  13. Hi Stella, I watched the Macklemore video and wrote a blog about it just now – I’d heard the song on the radio but never seen the video. Wow! http://michelefogal.com/an-lgbt-inspiring-song-same-love/

  14. Stella – you won the Give-Away! Email me at michele @ michelefogal.com for your prize!

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