February 5, 2016

Anything More Than Now Tour: Playlist + Giveaway


Anything More Than Now (Sutton College #2)
Author: Rebecca Paula
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 26, 2016


Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.

Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.


Top Five Songs that inspired ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW

Music is an important part of my writing process. I love combing through photos on Pinterest and putting together a mood board for each project, but there’s something about listening to playlists that helps me uncover between the lines of my plot points. I listen to the same songs for months as I write and revise, giving me a sense of the book’s world and mood. There are other songs that help fuel scenes, and yet others who give me a peek at who a character really is. I may write the books, but the music I listen to makes completes them.

This has always been my process. When I wrote my very first book back I high school (and I’m dating myself here), I used to make CDs with songs I’d hear and record on tape on the radio. I had lists of song titles that I’d stumble upon tucked into my coat, my jeans, and my school binders. Thankfully, Spotify makes this process much easier now.

I have two playlists for each book. The first is just labeled with the hero and heroines name. It’s the big picture. I include hours and hours of songs I find while I’m pre-plotting, drafting, and revising. It’s a long and messy list. Once the book is written and it’s been through developmental edits, revisions, and copy edits, I start a second playlist that is the “soundtrack” of my book. It’s a shorter and more concise picture of the story. And for the most part, it flows with each chapter.

So here are five songs that made the final cut on that second list:

This is the song that started it all. I fell in love with it while I was writing BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US and automatically thought of Reagan. She’s so cold and distant in that story that this song really helped me understand her character better. She wants so badly to be included in the rites of passage of senior year at Sutton during ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW, and this song fits her longing perfectly to be “like the cool kids,” even if she won’t admit it out loud.

When I started drafting ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW I didn’t know much about Noah other than he had been in love with Reagan since his freshman year (and was forced to love her from a distance while she dated his best friend). When I heard this song, his swagger totally clicked. Noah is definitely more bark than bite, and is a closeted romantic, but he also fits the addictive sexiness of this song as well. 

My #2 pick might have been about Noah’s swagger, but this song helped me channel his struggle to come to terms with everything that’s gone wrong in his life. I listened to this a lot
while writing the scene where he finds Reagan in his bedroom during a frat party. And again when he goes to Montana and has to bring Isla home.


Man, this song. This was on loop for so much of the last half of this book. It’s so honest about fighting for love. It fits Noah and Reagan so well. If a part of ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW makes you cry, this song is responsible. It fueled those words. 

Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart:
If there is a song that embraces graduating from college and moving on, it’s this one. So much of this story is about finding your own way after everyone leaves and embracing your mistakes. I listened to it A LOT while drafting and revising.

Want to hear the full the ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW playlist?

I don’t have an official blurb out for SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS which will be out later this year, but here’s a sneak peek at a few songs that are on that playlist: 



What songs are you loving right now? If you’ve read ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW or BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, is there a song that reminds you of the story or characters? 

Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.


Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books at www.rebeccapaula.com.

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