Guest Author Nikki Duncan With Contest

HandcuffedInHousewares300 Getting HANDCUFFED IN HOUSEWARES Started with a Playlist

Thank you for having me here, today, Kitty Kelly.

Music is a big part of my life, writing related or not. Every story I write tends to have a playlist all its own, or so they did until I began writing the Tulle and Tulips series. These wedding planners and the people entering their lives seem to share a commonality – someone is starting a new phase of their life. So far, that commonality has led to a commonality in music.

Every song that makes it onto a playlist reflects a tone or message of the story I’m working for. Sometimes I can use the same playlist for more than one book, most often I find myself starting from scratch.

My music choices are influenced by my kids, TV shows, movies, and iTunes recommendations. I’ve included a list of most of the Tulle and Tulips series playlist, including a few links to some favorites.

Skinny Love by Birdy
Not by Cheyenne Marie Mize
Weightless by Courtney Jones
Killing Time by Daniel O’Brien
Far From Home by Five Finger Death Punch
Holding a Heart by Girl Named Toby
Turn to Stone by Ingrid Michaelson
Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum
I Should Go by Levi Kreis
Family Tree by Matthew West
Learn to Fly by Shannon Noll
Any piece of music by Philip Wesley

For the light and romantic mood in Tulle and Tulips I turn to Philip Wesley. This is a frequently played one for me. (

Turn To Stone by Ingrid Michaelson (

Holding A Heart by Girl Named Toby (

Tell me: What are some of your favorite songs? How does music impact your life?

Commenters will be entered into a drawing for a .pdf of TANGLED IN TULLE or TWISTED IN TULIPS, winner’s choice. The winner will be announced here, in the comments, tomorrow.


Monday mornings have a reputation for sucking, and today is no different for Burton Anderson. One year ago, his “perfect” life full of prestige, money, success and travel crumbled in the glaring light of betrayal.

This morning? This close to making his new construction business a success, a date gone awry has left him handcuffed to a toilet in a housewares store. Naked. And the first customer of the day is coming down his aisle.

Planning and shopping for other couples’ Big Day is about as wild and crazy as buttoned-up Leigh Schyuler gets. Until she gets an eyeful of Hearth and Home’s daily special. He’s definitely a “designer” temptation while she’s “off the rack”.

But there are risks, and then there are risks. Burton isn’t sure he can once again trust his heart to a woman who holds the power to ruin him. And Leigh discovers too late that indulging in a little no-strings sex is tying her dream of Devoted Love into hopeless knots…

Warning: Contains a hard-hatted, hard-bodied hero who’s good with his hands, and a woman who’d like him to build a bridge over her sexual boundaries. Nuts and bolts never had it so good.

This title releases August 20, 2013.

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18 thoughts on “Guest Author Nikki Duncan With Contest

  1. I want to read these books so bad! I just adore the covers!!

  2. Mina Gerhart

    Hi Kitty and Nikki, great interview (LOVE the blurb!)
    Your music choices are awesome.
    I’m a non professional singer (professional Certified Nurse Aide & Residential Services Aide at an MR facility). Music is a BIG part of my life, I’m currently in two local chorus/choirs. When I’ve had a s—-y night at work coming home and singing just makes the “uglies” fade away.

    Mindy 🙂

    • Mina,

      I was just having a conversation with someone the other day about how music changes their mood. It’s definitely something that changes my mood(s). What’s your favorite?

      • Mina Gerhart

        I’m a Rock and Roller (50’s, 60’s), Some Metal (Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper) I LOVE “Torch Songs” (Someone to Watch Over Me, I Only Have Eyes etc,) I like some of the crossover country music too.

        Mindy 🙂

  3. Music has powerful associated memories for major and minor events in my life

  4. Lori meehan

    I have so many favorite songs. I love music. If I’m mad I like music very loud. For some reason it calms me. Music/different songs also bring back memories be they good or bad memories.

    • OOH, love loud music when I’m angry, or when I’m killing people in my books. It is oddly calming.

  5. Music reflects my mood and my XM Radio saved station choices, may seem schizophrenic, but they are reflective of my eclectic tastes. I’ll listen R’nB slow jams, spicy Salsa or Merengue, sounds of the 70s, 80s, or 90s, classic rock or even classical – all on the same day.

    The more stressed out I am, the louder and harder the music (typically, hard rock or heavy metal). Conversely, the happier I am, the more I’m drawn to “girl power” anthems, or pop. The only type I stay away from, is Country/Western – it’s simply not for me.

    • LOL, I listen to all of those, at those same times almost. Only I also listen to country/western. In fact, the hero in one of my books (soon to release) is a country singer. A close friend of mine is in a band and he’s putting some lyrics my hero wrote to music. I can hardly wait to hear it.

  6. modokkerbookpicks

    music is a big mood booster etc. When i exercise the music has to fit the mood for it. I have a play list for speed walking with fast pace and slow ones for the cool down and warm up. Some songs the words can have significant impact on me and some are just to pick me up and get me dancing lol

    Lisa B

  7. DebraG

    I like all sorts of music. Right now I am into Abba.

  8. I agree that music is an integral part of creativity. I must admit that I am not familiar with several of the artists you listed (I must be getting older than I thought) and checking out their music as well as your books is an added bonus for me.

    • There are so many artists we can never really keep up. My kids and their friends help keep my playlists diverse, which I think helps keep me young.

  9. Debra G, you are the winner of the .pdf of either Tangled in Tulle or Twisted in Tulips. Let me know which you prefer and I will get it to you. You can read about them here:

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