Are you curious about the musical influence behind some of your favorite Carina Press reads? Author Pamela Cayne is here to share the songs that inspired her new book, The Fighter and the Fallen Woman. Read on to discover more and let us know what songs inspire you!
Up until The Fighter and the Fallen Woman, I’d relied on collages to really dig into the feel of my books. Pictures from magazines, stickers, specific quotes—they all helped me get into the story and nail down the characters. It had been working great for me, but then something happened (as such things always do…) I was driving to work, my iPod set on shuffle, and a song came on. This song called to me, set an ache in my heart that only an epic love story could heal. That song was I Fall to Pieces and the love story it inspired is now being published by Carina Press.
My version—or rather, Lady and King’s version—isn’t the one by Patsy Cline, as magnificent as she is, but a duet by Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Neville. If you have a few free minutes, go find it online. Take a listen to it and tell me you don’t feel the same ache I did.
You want me to act like we’ve never kissed, you want me to forget, pretend we’ve never met. And I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but I haven’t yet. You walk by and I fall to pieces.
“People like us don’t get happy endings.”
In twelve years as a bangtail, Lady has never feared a man’s kiss. Owned by the ruthless Hannibal Adams, the “Earl of the East End,” she’s draped in jewels and dead inside. Lady learns fear, however, when she kisses Mr. Adams’s best fighter for luck–for King sees the real woman locked away behind finery and falsity.
King’s life is made of fists and scars, the only things that have ever felt real to him. Even his name came from the man who owns him–the man who turned him into a champion. From the moment Lady’s kiss sends him reeling, King resists wanting what he can’t have. Mr. Adams never gives up what he owns.
When Lady is sent to nurse King through the tournament, she finds a new strength through the one man who’s never treated her like a whore. King discovers that the woman who shares his dark world might also be the one to lead him out. And as the tournament comes to a violent finale, Lady and King must decide–stay spoiled and shackled, or break free and risk what happens when fear and dreams collide.