Sensational Sophomores: Miranda Asebedo’s Playlist Inspired by A Constellation of Roses

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second books. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Miranda Asebedo, author of The Deepest Roots, as she shares a playlist inspired by her upcoming novel A Constellation of Roses. You can read my review for A Constellation of Roses here.


My number one requirement when I’m writing is having a playlist that really fits the mood of the book. Sometimes it’s songs that remind me of a certain scene I want to write, or a tune that perfectly matches the attitude of a character in the manuscript. I write in a lot of different locations—in my kids’ dance studio lobby, my car, the coffeeshop, and occasionally, even in my office! But having a playlist helps me get in the right mindset quickly so that I can get as many words written as I can in whatever bit of time I’ve managed to squeak out.

Here are three of my favorite songs from my playlist for my upcoming sophomore novel, A Constellation of Roses, out November 5, 2019 from HarperTeen!

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Review: A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

Title: A Constellation of Roses
Author: Miranda Asebedo
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336

Content Warnings: cancer, death of a parent, death of a sibling, underage drinking, addiction, depression, suicide, child abuse

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Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.

Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.

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