Angie Stanton's Top Ten Favorite Songs Since Forever + Giveaway (US Only)

Rock and a Hard Place (The Jamieson Collection #1)
by Angie Stanton
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: September 24th 2013 by HarperTeen
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Susane Colasanti, Angie Stanton's swoon-worthy romance--about an ordinary girl and a young rock star--will keep readers on the edge of their seats . . . and leave them wanting more.

In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends--Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.

The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life. Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he's finally found the one person who just wants to be with him, not the rock star.

But while Peter battles his family's growing interference in both his music and personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.

Angie's Top Ten 
Favorite Songs Since Forever.
Picking my all time top ten songs is really hard. However, when I really think about it, I find the songs that have stayed my favs are old ones that have stood the test of time. 

1. Yesterday by the Beatles
          The first time I ever remember hearing Yesterday was at my eighth grade graduation dance, also the first time ever I slow danced with a guy. That song seemed to fit the mood of graduation and being held in a boys arms was dreamy. I remember the song, but sadly, not the boy.

2.  Piano Man by Billy Joel
          This became one of my all time favorite songs when I was at an away University of Wisconsin Football game in Minneapolis. The whole downtown was filled with Badger red and white. At the end of the night, the DJ at the bar played Piano Man and the entire place came together, linking our arms over our neighbor’s shoulders. We all swayed and sang the song together. Awesome time! Great song!

3.  Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
          Living on a Prayer has a brain-thumping beat that’s addicting.  And the song itself is such a visual story of a young couple struggling, but determined to make it together. I love the line, “take my hand, we’ll make it I swear.” It’s like a romance novel. Sigh. 

4.  Paradise by the Dashboard Lights by Meatloaf
          This is another of those party songs that you only hear at a bar from a DJ. It’s a wild song that tells the tale of two 17-year-old kids coming of age and deciding whether or not to take the sexual plunge. It’s also reaaally long and fun to dance to.

5.  I Will Survive by Gloria Gainer
          I love this song of survival. It is basically the anthem of women everywhere. If you’ve ever been hurt or had your heart broken, this is the perfect song to help you get over it. This song has stood the test of time.

6.  The Dance by Garth Brooks
          Ah, what a perfect, sad song about heartache. What makes it so special is that despite all the pain, he is so happy to have had the chance to be with the girl. My favorite line, “I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.” 

7.  Hero by Family of the Year
          This is much more current song that has captured me. I love the guitar in it and the struggle and honesty. 

8.  Dancing Queen by Abba
          Talk about an upbeat party song! It’s guaranteed to get everyone out off their chairs and onto the dance floor. I love this song. So fun! 

9.  No more Drama by Mary J Blige
          I’m seeing a pattern of very emotional songs on this list of high highs, or low lows. Mary J sings this power song of emotions. This song meant so much to me when I wrote Rock and a Hard Place and poor Libby’s life is filled with drama.

10.  Just Give me a Reason by Pink featuring Nate Ruess
          Pink is so awesome and honest in her music.  Besides a really catchy melody, I love how it’s a dialogue between a guy and a girl trying to work out their troubles. See another romance story in a song.

About the author
Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton never planned on writing books, she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in a rural setting with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head she began to write them down and the rest is history.

She loves dipping french fries in chocolate shakes, all natural disaster movies and Broadway Musicals. When not writing, Angie is concocting ways to make more dreams come true, whether it be tickets to a Broadway show or convincing her family they should rent an RV and travel the country. She's still working on that one.

Angie is a proud double finalist of the 2011 National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em, as well as a finalist for the Golden Quill Awards.


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  1. I haven't read any of Angie Stanton's books before but this looks like a great one to start with. :)

  2. I have not read anything by her but I sure would like too. Thank you for the chance.