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Welcome to the final day of the ’90s Playlist RNRHS party! If you’re playing catch-up, this collection kills it with six all-new novellas about sex, love, and being young in the ’90s, inspired by some of the most iconic songs from the decade. And it’s available for a steal at 99 cents! Don’t be silly about it any longer. Please, pick up your copy now! Today’s post is from author Lorelie Brown, who was fortunate enough to have a friend in high school with a Ford Escort hatchback, complete with flames. As if that detail wasn’t damning enough, she also managed to see No Doubt by accident, for free, back “in the day”. We must all bow now to her superior cool factor.
Lorelie Brown, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa, CA, Class of ’98
Currently: I write contemporary and historical romance, and as a day job I work for a local Parks & Rec department. No, I haven’t seen the show. Not even a little.
Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Sublime, absolutely and the song Santeria in particular. It reminds me of riding in my best friend’s Ford Escort hatchback, which had flames painted on the nose because we were ironic before ironic was cool. And in my memories we are always ditching AP English Lit to go to Huntington Beach for a couple hours before swim team practice. (Sorry, Dad!) (But it’s okay, because I got a 5 on my exam.)
Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I didn’t have any music memorabilia. Fail, I know. I decorated my room with surfers, mostly. Can you really blame me though? Surfers are hot.
Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: 311. So many yawns. Plus there was this really annoying guy named Travis who loved them, so even if I had been inclined to give 311 the benefit of the doubt, he’d have tipped me over into hate it land.
Best show or concert you saw in high school: I went to Lillith Fair & had a great time, but I think the coolest show I saw was No Doubt. It was 1995 and I’d just been to the movies at Triangle Square, a mall in Costa Mesa. When I came out of the movie, there was this band playing to a medium sized crowd. The lead singer was a tiny blonde who danced like she was on a trampoline. I only had time to listen to a couple songs before I had to get home, but I looked them up when I got home. Tragic Kingdom had just come out but no one outside Orange County, CA was listening to them yet. That changed quickly.
Best high school make-out song: You Were Meant For Me by Jewel. What can I say, I was one of those girls who fell in love super quick. (Frankly, my slight “please love me” desperation is probably why I didn’t get asked out a lot in high school.)
Lorelie Brown is the author of Creep, from the Romance Rewind Anthology, ’90s Playlist. You can find out more about Lorelie and her other books, including her latest, Ahead in the Heat, at loreliebrown.com.
Welcome to Day Three of the ’90s Playlist RNRHS party! If you’re just now getting in on the fun, this collection rocks six all-new novellas about sex, love, and being young in the ’90s, inspired by some of the most iconic songs from the decade. And it’s available for the kick-ass price of 99 cents! Do yourself a favor and pick up your copy now! Today’s post is from author Jennifer Blackwood, who’d love to lure you in with vivid imagery of high school tennis and Eminem.
Jennifer Blackwood, Class of ’05
Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Eminem reminds me the most of high school. During tennis team practices, we used to blare his music (I imagine how silly we probably looked as we rapped Just Lose It while practicing volleys). Another song that was integral to every high school dance was Hot in Herre by Nelly. It was the ultimate grinding song, and I distinctly remember being at an after-football dance in tenth grade dancing with my girlfriends, trying to make my ex jealous with my sweet dance moves. I look back and cringe, but then again, half my high school existence was cringe-worthy.
Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Hmm I had A LOT of music memorabilia from middle school (Nsync posters, marionettes, magazines, etc…) but not a whole lot from high school. I’d have to say my favorite was probably my Usher poster. He was shirtless and it was glorious.
Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: I absolutely hated Jimmy Eat World. COULD. NOT. STAND. THEM. And everyone else in high school adored them. Whenever someone blasted it in the car, I just wanted to bang my head against the window. For real.
Best show or concert you saw in high school: I saw Coldplay in concert my senior year and it was at the Gorge Amphitheater. I went with my two best friends and an Abercrombie model I met at choir camp—I shit you not. It was the first time I’d gone to a concert without my parents (because they were overprotective and thought I would get into trouble) and I totally got into lots of trouble after the concert.
Best high school make-out song: Anything by either R. Kelly or Usher!
Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write. You can find more about Jennifer, including her latest release, Foolproof, at jenniferblackwood.com.
Tune in tomorrow for another RNRHS ’90s Playlist installment, this time from author Lorelei Brown!