Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen

Today I’m welcoming S.A. Larsen to Off the Page to share her top ten song inspirations for her new book Marked Beauty!


At times, MARKED BEAUTY has a dark, gothic edge that usually leads to some sort of inner searching for one of the characters. There’s lots of contemplation on past events and timid glances to the future fearful of what it might hold, so some of these songs are deep and emotional. My original playlist is much longer than the songs you’ll find below, but I tried to choose the ones that would give you a feel of the story and the characters’ struggles, and also a feel for what it was like for me to write the story. I’ve highlighted one line from each song to hint at what happens in the story.

Top Ten Song Inspirations

by S.A. Larsen

1. Come Undone by My Darkest Days

I cannot believe you’re taking my heart…into pieces

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2. Trying Not To Love You by Nickelback

Trying not to love you only goes so far, trying not to need you is tearing me apart.

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3. No Body Wants You Like I Do by Black Lab – Weightless

I waited for you, at the edge…Could you take, such a risk?

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4. I Can’t Breathe by Bea Miller

How can I live in the moment, when my thoughts never feel like my own and don’t know how to admit that I’m broken

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5. Storm by Lifehouse

I know you didn’t bring me out here to drown. So why am I ten feet under and upside down?

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6. Absence of Fear by Jewel

Inside my heart, there’s an empty room. It’s waiting for lightning, it’s waiting for you…

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7. Become Who You are by Mainstay

I keep chasing the wrong thing and coming up empty; this isn’t who I’m supposed to be.

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8. Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan

Pull down by the undertow, Never thought I could feel so low.

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9. She Doesn’t Want the World by 3 Doors Down

She slips off into a dream about a place to hide.

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10. You Don’t Know by Katelyn Tarver

So let me just give up, let me just let go…you don’t know what it’s like

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Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her. 

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger. As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

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  • You are awesome, Suzanne! I loved coming up with this list. It was so much fun, and got me really thinking about where to take these two during their next book. Thank you for sharing Marked Beauty with your readers. <3