I write to music, and each book gets its own soundtrack on Spotify. The soundtrack often starts with a song or two, then evolves over the weeks of drafting the book until it’s several hours long. I find the soundtrack helpful to return to when I get edits back from my editor and need to delve deeply into a book that I haven’t seen in awhile. I also return to the soundtrack when making teasers and doing blog posts for the book. Right now, I’m listening to the STATUS UPDATE playlist, and I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite songs that really speak to certain moments in the book.
I listened to this song on repeat so much that I went through all the possible cover variations several times over. This song really sums up how the relationship sneaks up on both men, until they both realize they are far more emotionally invested than they thought.
In STATUS UPDATE, Noah has kept his emotions tightly packed for so long, and then Adrian arrives on the scene and creates a safe space for him to “unpack” all his secrets.
The weather plays a huge role in the story as a snowstorm traps the duo in a small RV, and this song speaks to how their growing relationship prepares them for anything.
This song will always be indelibly associated with this story for me, as the love story at the heart of STATUS UPDATE quietly upends the lives of both men. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8mtXwtapX4
I hope you enjoyed this peek into STATUS UPDATE’s playlist. Here’s the full playlist for your listening enjoyment.
Now, I want to know, what’s your personal theme song? The song that best sums up where you are right now in your life?
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
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STATUS UPDATE by Annabeth Albert
Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.
That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.
Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?
Book 1 of the #gaymers series