Shelly Hickman

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Playlist for Menopause to Matrimony


I love to mention songs in my stories, and would love it even more if I could actually quote lyrics, more than just a couple of words, without getting into deep doo doo. There are so many amazing songs out there, but I understand the restrictions. Anyway, I did this for Vegas to Varanasi when Laura Chapman was kind enough to host me on her blog and it was so much fun. You can see it here if you’re interested. And now for the Menopause to Matrimony playlist.

At first, I was going to include a brief explanation behind each song, but then thought it might be better to leave a little mystery. Maybe the selections will intrigue you to pick up the book (or listen to it) and find out for yourself. Most of these songs are specifically mentioned in the book, but a couple are simply love songs that represent the “Kiran and Anna” vibe well.

I Put a Spell On You – Bryan Ferry

You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees

Na Na – Trey Songz

Gold Digger – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx

Never Can Say Goodbye – Jackson Five

Follow You Follow Me – Genesis

Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Adore You – Miley Cyrus

Our Love Is Here to Stay – Frank Sinatra

Come to Me – Goo Goo Dolls

The sequel to Vegas to Varanasi catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age? 

First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing? 

Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry. 

Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily ever after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change.”

10 responses to “Playlist for Menopause to Matrimony”

  1. Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie Avatar
    Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie

    You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees!

    I freaking LOVE that song!

    You’ve just put the biggest smile on my face. I hit play on that video and felt like I was [nevermind] years old again – dancing around like there’s no tomorrow.

    Such a great song. Someone should re-release it – introduce it to kids these days. Great song. GREAT song.

    Thanks for hopping along on the Hump Day Blog Hop, Shelly!


    (I’m off to go dancing – because that’s what EVERYONE should be doing right now…!)


    1. Glad it put a smile on your face, Julie. It does mine, too. Every time I play that video, I smile and even chuckle at the moves that were considered hip and sexy in those days. I also love how Travolta’s character takes him self so seriously. What a stud!


  2. Love the playlist, Shelly! Congrats on your new book. Wishing you oodles of sales. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Elke! And thank you for coming by! 🙂


  3. What a fabulously eclectic playlist! You’re right, Shelly—it’s totally intriguing! My favorite…a tossup between “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Thanks for these!


    1. Ah, “Never Can Say Goodbye”. Oh, how I miss MJ. Thanks for commenting, Jayne! 🙂


  4. Love the idea of the playlist! If only you could put together book trailers using these songs, you’d have a killer YouTube channel.

    Congrats on the pending release. Hope the pre-orders are going well!


    1. Thank you, Lori! And the idea of a playlist as a book trailer is an excellent idea, and much easier than creating a trailer. LOL.


  5. I totally loved from Vegas to Varanasi. The whole relationship dynamic was perfect and very realistic, I can’t wait to read the further adventures of Kiran and Anna…I fell in love with all the characters and could picture people I know in each one of them.

    Thank You so much for this book and I look forward to the next!


    1. Thank you, Laurie! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear that! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. 🙂


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Las Vegas native, Computer Science teacher, and writer (when the mood strikes). Author of five novels – mostly romantic comedies – available on Amazon and Audible.


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