Behind the Scenes of Claim Me, Cowboy: 5 Songs That Inspired The Book
by Maisey Yates, author of Claim Me, Cowboy
Music is an integral part of my creative process—it’s up there among other greats, such as Pinterest, coffee and Diet Coke.
Song selection is huge for me. Often the right lyric will unlock important info about my character.
The characters in Claim Me, Cowboy are no different.
The hero, Joshua, is hell-bent on teaching his meddling father a lesson after he puts an ad in the paper to find Joshua a wife. Joshua places his own ad, looking for an unsuitable fake fiancée. What he doesn’t count on is developing feelings for the very unsuitable Danielle!
Joshua has a lot of reasons for being opposed to love and marriage, but his connection to Danielle is undeniable. And it was really fun to write about!
Joshua was a tough nut to crack, but some of these songs really helped me get into his head:
“Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley
What I love about this song is that it’s not what it seems on the surface, really. To me it’s about how men don’t deal with their emotions. They HAVE them, but they don’t like to deal with them. And to me that defined Joshua perfectly.
“Alone With You” by Jake Owen
This song is about a man who can’t be alone with a woman because despite knowing they shouldn’t, neither of them can resist when they’re together. Perfect for our happy couple.
“Hurt Somebody” by Dierks Bentley
I use this song a lot because I love the way it shows this man being completely bowled over by a beautiful girl whom he knows he might not get to keep. But if she’s going to hurt someone, he hopes it can be him.
“Come Over” by Sam Hunt
This is another one about that longing you shouldn’t have. And it gets me every time. It’s perfect for…well, for most books, really.
“Jack Daniels and Jesus” by Chase Rice
This song is about being caught between rock bottom and redemption. Joshua needs to choose which direction to take: stay in misery or take the hand being offered to him and step into a new life—a life with Danielle. Luckily, it’s a romance, so of course he does.
I hope you enjoy Claim Me, Cowboy. And I hope you have some new music to listen to while you read it!
About Claim Me, Cowboy:
Wanted: fake fiancée for a wealthy rancher
Benefits: all your dreams come true
#1 Rule: don’t fall in love
The woman on his doorstep is brash, independent and holding a baby! His father won’t approve, which makes her perfect for Joshua Grayson’s scheme. He’ll pretend he’s marrying unsuitable Danielle Kelly to keep his father from meddling. He won’t be tempted to touch her, to claim her…or to fall in love.