For Love the Bell Tolls Book Soundtrack


A Gothic Romance Short Story Anthology

Stars and Stone Books

Featuring: Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, Read Gallo, Serena Jayne, Kylie Weisenborn, and Heather Sheldon.

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Cara McKinnon - “The Doors Between”

Can love overcome an otherworldly evil?

Sheri Queen - “The Circus Train”

Finding love isn’t easy, especially when someone wants your blood.

Read Gallo – “Blood and Petals”

How much would you change to get what you want?

Serena Jayne – “Kiss Me Dead”

With only the light of their love, Simon and Lila attempt to conquer darkness and death.

Kylie Weisenborn – “Undead Men” When the dead become unburied, so does the truth.

Heather Sheldon – “Lost Love Found” A haunted gift flips Mandy’s world on end, and her handsome new neighbor might be her only salvation.





A For Love the Bell Tolls Book Soundtrack

We asked the For Love the Bell Tolls authors to name some songs that would be playing during their stories, and to give us some insight into where those songs might fit into the plot. So press play on the Spotify playlist, grab your copy of the book, and see what the authors have to say!

Read Gallo – “Blood and Petals”

“The Gentleman is a Dope” by Jo Stafford, “Beginning to See the Light” by Bobby Darin, and “Fever” by Peggy Lee would be the primary scene setters for me, since the story is set in the late 50’s. I think it’s worth mentioning that the whole story was pretty baldly stolen from Dessa’s song “Annabelle.”

Serena Jayne – “Kiss Me Dead”

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult - Would be a great opening song.

“Burning for You” by Blue Öyster Cult - After Lila and Simon meet and she’s back in her room thinking about him.

“Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer - Before Simon meets Evangeline. The story is so much about addiction.

“I’ll Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie - When Simon goes to Hildie for help the second time. He’s willing to sacrifice everything for Lila.

“Kiss Me Deadly” by Lita Ford - End credits. The perfect wrap up song.

Cara McKinnon – “The Doors Between”

The theme song to “The Doors Between” is definitely Svrcina’s “Meet Me on the Battlefield.” The key lyrics are: “Our tainted history / Is playing on repeat / But we could change it if we stand up strong and take the lead” and “Everything can stay the same, or we can change it all.” The battlefield in my story is Moir House, and Fiona is pleading with Alec to meet her there, and fight.

“Shadowland” from the Broadway version of The Lion King is emotionally resonant with Fiona’s story. At the age of sixteen she left her cursed home to try to find a way to save the people she loved. Her journey was very different from Nala’s, but the heart-wrenching feeling of tearing yourself away from a place that has been your whole world and going out into the unknown is the same.

“In the Shadows” by Amy Stroup is Alec’s song, at least for the first part of the story. He feels mired in the shadows by something that “everybody knows” is there—the demon haunting and cursing his bloodline. But there’s also “strength in [his] weakness and fire in [his] blood.” He has to surrender to his love for Fiona and allow her to use that fire to cleanse his home and save them all.

While Fiona is away, “Black is the Colour” encapsulates her thoughts about Alec. The song is all about the singer’s love, who has black hair, but from whom the singer is separated. The song says, “I hope the day will one day come, when [he] and I will be as one.” This song has been performed by a number of artists, and though the Gaelic Storm version is sung by a man about a woman, it is my favorite arrangement of the song. So just imagine it’s a woman singing about a man.

“Touch the Sky” by Julie Fowlis from the movie Brave has to be included here, because Fiona is more than a little bit based on Merida, although she’s not a princess and she’s living in the late 19th century, not a mythical medieval period. But Fiona was very much like Merida as a girl, running wild, with her older sister Melissande more in the “proper girl” mold. (“Into the Open Air,” also by Julie Fowlis on the Brave soundtrack is also good and relevant.)

Sheri Queen – “The Circus Train”

There was one song that I could not get out of my head while I was writing The Circus Train. It’s a song about love by Josh Ritter called “Train Go By.” It has many levels of meaning that are relevant to the hero of the story, Justin Broussard, as he struggles with his conflicting feelings for Lily Barnum and the curse that keeps him from being the man he once was long ago.

“Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman. This speaks to the love Lily and Justin feel and the obstacles that keep them apart, particularly the fact that Justin must bite Lily if he’s to escape his curse.

“The Beast in Me” echoes the way Justin feels about the beast within him that keeps him from living the life he once knew and that he wants desperately to have again.

Heather Sheldon – “Lost Love Found”

“Through Glass” by Stone Sour, would play during this movie because of the song’s desperation, and the ghosts’ inability to connect with the one they love.

Kylie Weisenborn – “Undead Men”

“Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. Obviously, this song is on the darker side, and I think it would be a good one for a scene where Gideon reflects on his brother’s death and Camilla creeps around, trying to learn more about the “family business.”

“False Pretense” by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. This song is pretty dramatic and would work well for a high action scene like Camilla and Gideon running back from the cemetery at night, trying to make it back before her parents realize she’s gone.

“Just One Yesterday” by Fall Out Boy. This song would play while Camilla and Gideon are investigating her father’s office and she realizes her father is not the man she thought he was.

“Beside You” by Marianas Trench. This song would play at the end as Gideon and Camilla decide what to do next with their lives.

The anthology authors will be answering more questions on this blog tour! To check out all of the stops, visit:

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