The Kill Shot Play List
Music is magical. A song can cheer us up when we’ve had a rough day, calm us down when we’re stuck in traffic, and even help us feel happier about cleaning the house.
Many authors I know write with a little music pumping through their iPods or playing in the background. Some love to write to the latest hits. Some only go for the Golden Oldies. But when I wrote The Kill Shot, I listened to a mix that was pretty special.
You see, my protagonist, Jamie Sinclair, is a tough cookie in a man’s world. She’s a private eye and a security specialist with an overbearing father who doesn’t think twice about sending her into danger. And in my latest novel, with a single gunshot, she finds herself in a dangerous game of international cat-and-mouse—and with more than one would-be lover who’s trying to convince her he isn’t a double-dealing spy. So, before, during, and even after I wrote scenes for Jamie, I listened to a special play list of dozens of songs to help me get in the groove.
Some songs were brand new as I was working on this story. And some were definitely more old school. But you can see what I mean. Here are three of the songs from The Kill Shot’s play list:
3. “One More Night” performed by Maroon 5, 2012
2. “Goldfinger” performed by Shirley Bassey, 1964
1. “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” performed by James Brown, 1966
I’d love to know what’s on your play list! What do you listen to when you climb on the treadmill? What songs do you have to have in the car? And last but not least, do you listen to any songs while you’re reading?
About The Kill Shot: A Jamie Sinclair Novel
In an explosive thriller for readers of Lee Chile, Alex Berenson, and Brad Taylor, P.I. and security specialist Jamie Sinclair finds herself in a dangerous game of international cat-and-mouse.
Jamie Sinclair’s father has never asked her for a favor in her life. The former two-star general turned senator is more in the habit of giving his only child orders. So when he requests Jamie’s expertise as a security specialist, she can’t refuse—even though it means spamming the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with military police office Adam Barrett. Just like that, Jamie hops aboard a flight to London with a U.S. State Department courier carrying a diplomatic pouch in an iron grip.
Jamie doesn’t have to wait long to put her unique skills to good use. When she and the courier are jumped by goons outside the Heathrow terminal, Jamie fights them off—but the incident puts her on high alert. Someone’s willing to kill for the contents of the bag. Then a would-be assassin opens fire in crowded Covent Garden, and Jamie is stunned to spot a familiar face: Adam Barrett, who saved her life with a single shot and calmly slips away. Jamie’s head—and her heart—tell her that something is very wrong. But she’s come way too far to turn back now.
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Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on-air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Nichole’s first year in RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart® for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won the Helen McCloy-Mystery Writers of America Scholarship. Her second novel in the Jamie Sinclair series, The Kill Shot, is a March 2015 Random House Alibi release.