Time After Time Playlist & Giveaway: Anna’s Song

Posted 07/21/2013 by alicemarvels in Author Playlist
We’re thrilled to be participating in Tamara Ireland Stone‘s playlist blog hop for Time After Time, the sequel to her beautifully written romantic debut, Time Between Us. We can’t wait to read the next chapter in Anna and Bennett’s story, this time from Bennett’s perspective (cue insane fangirl swooning!) And since every good book deserves a fabulous bookish playlist, Tamara has crafted two beautiful playlists, one for Bennett and one for Anna.


Today we are SO excited to be sharing one of the songs from Anna’s playlist, which is rocking all sorts of period appropriate 90’s jams. When we were faced with the list and told to pick, it was both an incredibly fun and difficult task for our 90’s music-obsessed brains to handle. Each of the songs on the list is wonderful and speaks to the story and Anna’s experiences and feelings in some way. However, one song stood out for us as the PERFECT fit for Anna and Bennett’s unique love across time. Without further ado, here is today’s song in Anna’s playlist:


Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins

Time is never time at all
You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth
And our lives are forever changed
We will never be the same
The more you change the less you feel
Believe, believe in me, believe
That life can change, that you’re not stuck in vain
We’re not the same, we’re different tonight

Tonight, so bright
And you know you’re never sure
But you’re sure you could be right
If you held yourself up to the light
And the embers never fade in your city by the lake
The place where you were born
Believe, believe in me, believe
In the resolute urgency of now
And if you believe there’s not a chance tonight

Tonight, so bright
We’ll crucify the insincere tonight
We’ll make things right, we’ll feel it all tonight
We’ll find a way to offer up the night tonight
The indescribable moments of your life tonight
The impossible is possible tonight
Believe in me as I believe in you, tonight

Aren’t these lyrics perfect for a story about impossible love across time, one made possible by the belief that love can triumph against improbable odds? Bennett and Anna face many challenges in Time After Time, and this song captures that tension and the spirit of hope when faced with it remarkably well.

When we chose Tonight, Tonight, Tamara shared a wonderful backstory about the song that has us even more convinced of our song choice:

I knew I had to have a Smashing Pumpkins reference in this book because the band is from Chicago and they were so huge in the mid-90s. “Today” is on Anna’s Time Between Us playlist, but it took me a while to figure out which song I wanted to include on her Time After Time playlist.

I wanted something off Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness since that album came out in October 1995. I’d heard the original version of “Tonight, Tonight” a million times, of course, but I’d never really listened to the words before. Then one day while I was researching songs, I stumbled across footage of the band performing it live in London in ’96 and it kind of blew my mind:

I thought this was so amazing. The lyrics really come through when you hear it with Billy Corgan’s incredible voice and an acoustic guitar, don’t they? I could just see Anna, Bennett, Justin, and Emma, right down in the front row, belting out every word.

Fun fact: These lines…

and the embers never fade in your city by the lake
the place where you were born

…refer to Chicago, the band’s hometown.

Isn’t this fun?


YES! In addition to Tonight, Tonight being a gorgeous song that fits the emotions of Anna and Bennett’s romance so well, the song makes mention of Anna’s city, Chicago. Bonus points!

Make sure to check out Tamara’s lovely thoughts on today’s song, and follow Anna and Bennett’s playlists for Time After Time on Spotify! Tracks will be added once the songs are revealed, so follow and they’ll show up in your feed as the tour continues.

Bennett’s Time After Time playlist on Spotify: Time After Time: Bennett’s Playlist
Anna’s Time After Time playlist on Spotify: Time After Time: Anna’s Shelf


About Time After Time:


Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.




About Time Between Us:


Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.




About Tamara Ireland Stone:


Tamara lives with her husband and two children just outside San Francisco, California.

TIME BETWEEN US & TIME AFTER TIME are her companion novels. TIME BETWEEN US, told from Anna’s point of view, is available now. TIME AFTER TIME continues the story from Bennett’s perspective, and will be on shelves on October 8, 2013.

For more information, visit tamarairelandstone.com or timebetweenus.com.


Tamara has graciously offered up not one, but TWO wonderful prizes to our readers!

1st prize: a pre-approved code for an early read of TIME AFTER TIME

2nd prize: an audiobook of TIME BETWEEN US

Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! This giveaway is international.

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    I did not realise it was book 2 before I saw book 1. I always liked the sound of book 1 and wanted to read it 🙂 I mean how can that work!? I have to know


    OMG. I love Smashing Pumpkins and that album! I swear, I listened to it ad nauseum. Plus, Chicago, “city by the lake”, is my hometown! Yay!


    Smashing Pumpkins! I need to read book one. The series sounds awesome 😀


    I had this CD when I was in high school! I love this song. I still need to read Time Between Us which is depressing since it was one of my most anticipated releases last year. *sigh* Time got in my way. Must read it soon so I can read this new one too!


    I haven’t read the first book in this series yet but I’ve heard great things about it. I need to check if my library has a copy of it before the second book comes out! Thanks for sharing, Lauren! 🙂


    Oooo definitely a fitting choice! I love 90’s music, I can remember blasting Smashing Pumpkins in high school thinking I was made of AWESOME for playing my music loud. I win at life. Clearly. I’m such a fan of time travel books, so I really need to read this series!!!


    I love the first book and can’t wait for the sequel. 🙂 Bennett is a cool guy!


    Great post! I love hearing what songs authors think fit their novels. I’m always trying to make connections between songs I hear and the novels I’m reading. 🙂

    “Tonight, Tonight” is a great song- love Chicago too.


    I just read the first book in the series and LOVED it! I have Time After Time to read soon and I can’t wait. I feel in love with Bennett and Anna!


    I am very much looking forward to reading this series. I have it scheduled in August and I love a good time travel book and the nineties were a big decade for me… graduated from high school, college and got married right at the end. I do love Smashing Pumpkins as well!


    I LOVE Time Between Us and I cannot at all wait for Time After Time. It’s going to be absolutely amazing!! <3 Tamara has made my top favorite authors. <3


    Oh I like time travel books, but I had Cyndi Lauper’s Time after Time in my head when I saw the title. Still there despite the Pumpkin’s song. LOL


    *sigh* I just love Smashing Pumpkings so much, they never fail to make my heart melt into goo. And this song it no different. I’m not a touchy feely person by any stretch of imagination, but it makes me want to hug someone.

    I’ve been meaning to read Time Between Us for quite a while and now I’m finally feeling inspired. 🙂


    Read the first book and loved it! Will definitely be reading Time Between Us.


    I want to read these books!


    I loved the first, and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the playlist.


    Oh perfect song! I haven’t read the first book yet, but I do own it. And I think this song would fit perfect. I love 90’s music, it’s still mostly what I listen to!


    Ok I have music in my head now and am singing insanely loud! I need to make time to try this series, I so love the covers. Thanks for the tunes!


    I Just love Time between us, especially Bennett.

    I live in France and I can’t wait the book to be translate in French. So I want it in English !


    I loved Time Between Us SOOO much! I’m going to read Time After Time next month and can’t wait.


    I’ve heard so many AMAZING things about this book. I want to see what all the hype is about. 🙂


    I LOVED Time Between Us! Such a great book. Can’t wait to read the sequel!

    Laura Davis

    ahhh, i remember listening to TSP in high school & this reminded me how much i loved them, especially Tonight Tonight 🙂


    Oh dear Smashing Pumpkins is totally nostalgic!! Plus, I enjoyed Time Between Us. Eager for the next one 🙂


    I’d like to enter to win advanced copy of Time After Time.


    I cannot wait to read more about Anna and Bennet!


      I forgot to put my name on my response, sorry. “I cannot wait to read more about Anna and Bennett!” was from me 🙂


    Thank you for all your comments! I love your enthusiasm for Time Between Us, Anna & Bennett, and their music! Thanks so much for entering and for spreading the word about my books. It means a lot to me. Good luck, everyone!


    Read Time Between Us and loved it! Can’t wait to see what happens in Time After Time. I’m a sucker for time travel 🙂


    Can’t wait to read Time After Time! 🙂


    I’m really looking forward to reading Time After Time after loving the Time Between Us!

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