Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Book Playlist: Strong Enough by Ellen Harger

(Info is organized as Song Title, Artist, Album
Bold and Italicized indicates ficticious song so can be ignored for playlist)

Prologue: White Wedding by Herman's Hermits, When Pigs Fly
Get the Party Started by P!nk, M!ssundaztood
The Middle by Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World
Lemon Punch by Splash, Carbonated Jingle Single
Pink Houses by John Mellencamp, Uh-Huh!
Like a Virgin by Killer Lord, Lords of the New Church
In a Little While by Uncle Kracker, No Stranger to Shame
Rebels of the Sacred Heart by Flogging Molly, Drunken Lullaby
Mystery Dance by Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True
Someday by The Strokes, Is this It
If Jessie's Girl Was A Boy by Ash Martins, Punking the Night Away
Superman by Mensen, Delusions of Grandeur
What Would Happen by Meredith Brooks, Blurring The Edges
Fell in Love with a Girl by The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
So Much to Say by Dave Matthews Band, Crash
Breathless by The Corrs, In Blue
What A Wonderful World by Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me
Love Songs by Fleming and John, Delusions of Grandeur
Be Careful by Patty Griffin, 1000 Kisses
Dance the Devel Back Into His Hole by the Frames, Dance the Devil
Would? by Alice In Chains, Dirt
Near You Always by Jewel, Pieces of You
Headstrong by Trapt, Trapt
Muddy Hymnal by Iron & Wine, The Creek Drank the Cradle
Lousy Lullaby by Marry Me Jane, Marry Me Jane
Tiptoe by Ani DiFranco, Not a Pretty Girl
RU Ready by Never Ending, Shout!
Sweetest Goodbye by Maroon 5, Songs About Jane
Jezebel in Hell by Ode to Poe, Angry Johnny
One Way by The Levellers, Levelling the Land

Good Riddance by Green Day, Nimrod

 STRONG ENOUGH (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
Publication date: February 25th, 2013
Publisher: Ellen Harger
Author: Ellen Harger (blog | Twitter | Goodreads)

Starting over is hard. 

And sometimes, you have to burn a few bridges to do it.

Whitney Brown is average--average intelligence, average height, average weight--but she wants to be someone new. To kick-start her rebirth, she wears formal mourning, a black veil and vintage dress, to a wedding in her hometown, Woods Cross, a community that treasures family values. Is it an attack on marriage or has she just gone bonkers?

Emboldened but lacking a plan, she forces her foot in the door of a radio station in Sundown. A small metropolis of nearly 150,000, Sundown is a notch of urban flair along the Midwest's Bible Belt.

Getting in proves to be the easy part and the anonymity of being a DJ suits her well. But off air (and in person), Whitney must stand up to Sadi, an angry feminist and the bane of her college years while an old friendship with her former roommate, Leah, devolves around a guy. 

It's 2002 and the Midwest radio scene is changing. Just as Whitney hits her groove, the radio station undergoes its own identity crisis. But what rocks Whitney to her core is the moment the condom breaks. Her abstinence only background leaves her embarrassed and facing a difficult choice.

Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood--something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, "Strong Enough." 

At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish "Strong Enough." She has published a poem, "Guidelines," and released her novel as an e-book.


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