I’m so excited to be able to share the cover of Tegan Wren‘s novel, Inconceivable! with you today. Tegan and I first connected last year during a #PitMad day over Twitter, retweeting each other’s pitches and encouraging each other in our journey toward publication. Then our novels both ended up featured in the December 2014 PitchMAS blog. While I’m still in the querying trenches, Tegan’s novel will be released on November 16 from Curiosity Quills Press!
A popular, young royal couple can’t produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!
When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.
But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty’s journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can’t produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”
With music being a big part of the novel I’m currently working on, I asked Tegan if music influenced her while she was writing Inconceivable!, and she shared a few songs that inspired her along the way. So without further ado, I present the Inconceivable! playlist:
I’m so glad Jen asked me to share some songs from my playlist for INCONCEIVABLE! Like many writers, music is an important part of my process. When I write, I don’t like to listen to music with lyrics. I find the words are too distracting. So, during writing, I tend to listen to instrumental jazz. It keeps the words flowing. But when I brainstorm, which I do often at the gym while I work out, I listen to a wide range of tunes. Here are a few that inspired specific parts of the book:
Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
Favorite lyric: “Just a small town girl, Livin’ in a lonely world. She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere.”
John sings these lines to Hatty when they first meet at Finn’s Pub. It establishes right away that he’s down-to-earth (for a royal) and a bit playful. Then, the song is woven throughout the story and shows up in some cool places. I think the title also captures so much about the infertility journey: we’re always telling ourselves to keep believing it can happen. It’s a very appropriate song to be a part of this book.
I Choose You, Andy Grammer
Favorite lyric: “Everybody has one, a choice they have to make, half human, half heaven that decides the family tree. Now, we all pick the branches that then become the roots, and I choose you.”
This song is incredibly sweet and meaningful. It’s all about how we don’t get to choose our families at birth, but with our lifelong partners, we DO get to choose. Of course, the fact that Prince John and Hatty choose each other just makes this song perfect for the section when he proposes to her. I remember imagining them dancing to this song at their wedding reception.
The Man, Aloe Blacc
Favorite lyric: “It’s time to do what must be done: be a king when kingdom comes.”
Not that this whole song applies to Prince John, but he does have a little swagger. I think this song captures that in a cool way.
I Don’t Feel It Anymore (Song of the Sparrow), William Fitzsimmons and Priscilla Ahn
Favorite lyric: “We’ll fall just like stars being hung by only string. Everything, everything, here is gone. No map can direct how to ever make it home. We’re alone, we’re alone, we’re alone. Oh, take it all away. I don’t feel it anymore.”
Of all the songs on the list, this is the most perfect one for my book. (Note: There is a verse that implies cheating, which is not a part of my story.) If by some crazy, awesome turn of events, my book ever becomes a movie, I’d want the chorus from this song to play during Hatty’s lowest moment during her infertility journey. I won’t give any more details, but when you read it, you’ll understand why most of the lyrics from this song are perfect.
Great cover, great playlist! Inconceivable! comes out on November 16, 2015 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon today.