COLOR THE SHELVES: a Uptown Collection playlist by Ruby Lang

Hello and welcome to Color the Shelves!

I’m so thrilled to share today’s post with you because it’s another playlist! and for a book I’m looking forward to reading! I have Ruby Lang over on my blog sharing a playlist for her new release THE UPTOWN COLLECTION. This is actually a paperback collection of three of her stories that were previously releases digitally:

  • Playing House: fake dating turned real.
  • Open House: an intense rivalry turned love.
  • House Rules: second chance and forced proximity? Delicious.

And I’m honestly so excited to read it, not only because all three stories sound up my alley but also because a few of my trusty romance reading friends have read and loved the stories and I want in on the uptown love. I’m most definitely going to be listening to this playlist while I read.

the playlist

Music plays a big part in The Uptown Collection, my bundle of three contemporary romance novellas about love, real estate and adulting. In this playlist you’ll find songs that inspired the stories, and a few that are mentioned in the texts, too!

In Playing House, city planners pretend to be newlyweds while looking at historic homes in Harlem. The story is about architecture and personal history–and building relationships, especially when past ones have failed.

I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise 
by George Gershwin, performed by Sarah Vaughn 

Heart Like a Wheel 
by Kate and Anna McGarrigle

In Open House, a real estate broker trying to sell a lot on which a renegade community garden has been planted finds herself falling for one of the gardeners. The book is about making a beautiful world even in the wake of grief and loss, and Ysaÿe Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories,” which was inspired by the composer looking through a trove of old photographs especially informed the writing of the book.

Wonderful World 
by Sam Cooke 

Wanting Memories 
by Ysaÿe Barnwell, performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock  

Finally, in House Rules, a long-divorced couple find themselves living together when they agree to share an apartment because New York City rent is too high. The hero, Simon, is  a musician who conducts a choir, and all three of these pieces are mentioned in the story. I chose them because I was playing with the idea of reunions and goodbyes that become hellos.

Gymnopedie Number 1
by Erik Satie, performed by Olga Scheps

Shalom Chaverim 
Traditional, arranged by Catherine Delanoy

I’ll Never Find Another You 
performed by the Seekers

Versions of these songs can also be found in my Uptown Collection Spotify playlist


About the author

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Ruby Lang is the author of the acclaimed Practice Perfect series and the Uptown series. Her alter ego, Mindy Hung, wrote about romance novels (among other things) for The Toast. Her work has also appeared in The New York TimesThe WalrusBitch,  and other fine venues. She enjoys running (slowly), reading (quickly),  and ice cream (at any speed). She lives in New York with a small child  and a medium-sized husband.


About the book

Publication date : May 25th, 2020Ruby Lang - The Uptown Collection

Publisher : Carina Press

Genre : Adult |Romance

Page Count: 512

Synopsis : Love, real estate and adulting in three contemporary romance novellas from critically acclaimed author Ruby Lang. Available together for the first time.

A fake relationship becomes a little too real…
A heated rivalry blurs into love…
A temporary reunion might not be so temporary…

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Harlem, these charming, irresistible stories look at the many different ways couples find each other and what it means to fall in love.

Included in this 3-in-1 are:

Playing House
Open House
House Rules

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The gorgeous banner template was created by Skye @shuurens on Twitter. Here’s her website and portfolio.

That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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