Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry
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Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance. She’s never happy staying in one place. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually looking for new and creative ways to waste time. Right now, those include shooting virtual monsters on Xbox, searching the internet for cat pictures, and watching terrible reality TV.
In some ways, Derek was right; I am so busy that I don’t have much time to worry about anything other than getting to class and getting the work done. Oh, and finding my way around. However, in other ways, I am so homesick it hurts. Kristen and her friends have been great, helping me out, inviting me to meals, and just being overall perky and welcoming. Still, they aren’t Abby or Jon and they certainly aren’t Derek. So, when Friday comes and Derek texts that he is on his way to campus, I am ready to jump out of my skin. It is not even a sexual thing. Yes, I cannot wait to be with him, but my first thoughts are about having someone to talk to, someone to whom I can confess my sadness. Traffic is apparently bad, though, because it takes him three hours to make the trip and, by the time he gets there, I am in a mood.
“What the hell?” I snap.
“What do you mean, ‘what the hell?’”
“It took you three hours!”
“There was a huge accident. Check online,” Derek replies.
“I don’t want to check. I can’t believe you took so long.” I am being whiny and unbearable, but I missed him so much.
“Lily, stop it. I’m here,” he says and holds me. I fall into him and the week and my confusion and my sadness are washed away. I seriously regret choosing a different school than him, but a part of me still insists on being independent. It’s not working, though, because I’m being the clingy and bratty girlfriend I always promised myself I wouldn’t be. I don’t know what is driving me to act like this.
“I’m hungry,” I complain, trying to change the subject but my mood is not entirely back to where it should be.
“Yeah?” He is smirking, but I shake my head.
“Not for that. Well, yeah, for that. But actual food first, okay?”
“Oh okay. Where to?”
“How about the cafeteria?” I promised to bring him by to meet everyone and, although I would prefer to keep him all to myself, I’m making an effort to belong. I also don’t want to go too far, because I want time in my room tonight with him.
“Perfect.” He kisses the tip of my nose. “Lead on, my lady.”
“Amsterdam” – Guster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0TQVbiWeEs
I have to admit I was a year or two out of college, I think, when this song came out, but it reminds me so much of school and it is a great break up song. Not depressing, just more accepting of the way things change. I think it captures the theme of the novel pretty well.
“Beautiful Girl” – INXS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH986VE47M8
For me, this song captures the way that Jack feels about Lily – he wants to be good enough for her, but he also knows his own story is tough to face. He wants to love her, but he doesn’t think he deserves real love.
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” – Smashing Pumpkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-r-V0uK4u0
Oh, this song. There are three reasons I chose this. First, at one point during a sex scene, Lily mentions that the music playing is violently angry. This is the kind of music I pictured for that scene. Secondly, Jack is in a band and this is the kind of music I imagine they play, and the lyrics would be the sort Jack would write. He definitely would see himself as a “rat in a cage.” Finally, I wrote a book about college. I went to college in the 1990’s. There was no way I wasn’t mentioning Smashing Pumpkins! Lol. J
“Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oextk-If8HQ
The novel is romance and it is erotica, but it is also about letting go and moving on. This song reminds me of that moment when you know everything is falling apart, but you want to hang on and make things go back to the way they were before. Lily can’t understand what is happening and she isn’t sure she is ready for everything to end yet.
“When You Were Young” – The Killers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff0oWESdmH0
In some ways, this is self-explanatory, but I love the lyrics for this novel. Not only is the song about moving on, but it is also about saving yourself and not hoping someone else can save you.
- Signed paperback of Forget Me Not with keychain (US only)
- $5 Gift Card to Amazon
- 2 ebooks of Sarah Daltry Erotic Romance Collection (includes The Quiver of a Kiss novella as well as short stories “Into the Woods,” “Touch of Venus,” and “Her Brother’s Best Friend” – the short story about Derek and Lily’s first time)
- 4 ebooks of “Her Brother’s Best Friend” – the short story about Derek and Lily’s first time