I absolutely love CJ's stories and I've followed her on Twitter for ages, she's lovely. Very happy to have her on the blog today and I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!
You should have already seen my glowing review for Dead Romantic earlier today, but if you are not sure what Dead Romantic is about, here is the product description...
Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete's body and a poet's brain. But when she's mocked at a college party, she kows there isn't a boy alive who'll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille's dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her?
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Alternative Love Song Playlist
by CJ Skuse
I don't know who you are, what your sexual preference is or how you celebrate today but what I do know is that Valentine’s Day must mean something to you.
You might be of the variety that receives or gives oversized cards bearing meaningful platitudes or teddy bears clutching satin hearts saying ‘I’m Yours’ or ‘Be Mine.’ You might grab a 3-for-2 meal deal comprising a bottle of pink fizz plus Grand National winner and two veg. You might be the type who books a nice restaurant and goes all out and buys a nice ring from H.Samuel and proposes on this very eve.
You might be the type of person who wants nothing to do with Valentine’s Day this year and is tying your dressing gown chord around the banisters right now. You don’t get cards. Or teddy bears. Or My Little Pony and chips. Just loneliness and bitterness and an unrelenting pain in the chest that means for yet another year, you’re on your pigging own. Does it get better? I dunno, I’m not your psychiatrist. Get over it. There’s more to life than love.
Vally Day might be bittersweet for you this year. Maybe your truest love lives across the miles or you’ve recently broken up. Maybe they’ve rejected you for someone else or did you reject them? Maybe you’re a total loser in love. Or maybe you frigging ADORE this day for all that it’s worth? If you’re anything like the girls in my new book Dead Romantic (#shamelessplug) then you will do literally anything to find love or to rediscover the love that you lost and maybe that will happen today.
Whoever you are today, I salute you and I’ve devised a little playlist to toast you all – the lovers, the fighters, the losers, the lonely ones, the long distance relationshippers, the break up queens, the newlyweds, the post-weds, the rejects and the gravediggers.
So just for a moment sling the Simply Red CD out the window. Banish Barry White to the charity shop. Ditch the Dido to, well, anywhere. Here’s the playlist you want today:
1. FOR THE LOVED UP: Smashing Pumpkins, Today
2. FOR THE BEREAVED: My Chemical Romance, The Ghost of You
3. FOR THE ENGAGED: Aqualung, Strange and Beautiful
4. FOR THE RECENTLY CHEATED ON: Kelis, Caught Out There
5. FOR THE SOULMATES: Blind Melon, Soul One
6. FOR CAMILLE AND LOUIS: Oasis, Wonderwall
7. FOR THE LONG DISTANCE LOVERS: Incubus, Wish You Were Here
8. FOR THOSE IN BAD RELATIONSHIPS: Foo Fighters, Best of You
9. FOR THE ANTI-VALENTINES DAY RENEGADES: Marilyn Manson, Tainted Love
10. FOR THE LOVELESS: Death Cab for Cutie, Someday You Will Be Loved
Thank you so much for that, CJ! For your chance to win a signed copy of Dead Romantic, leave a comment (with a way to get hold of you if you win!) and let CJ and I know which songs would be on YOUR Valentine's Day playlist or...
Which of these songs suits you the most right now?