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Mad Dog Chronicles

A horrible boss, Maddie Sullenberger considers her workplace a social experiment: “how far can you push someone before they quit?”

So when she disappears, her employees have no reason to look for her. But Stephanie Donnelly is convinced that her boss is in trouble. With help from three of her coworkers and Maddie's ex, former CIA agent Max Keller, she investigates the disappearance.

They discover the truth about Maddie, in addition to secrets they've kept from each other, during the investigation and the adventures that follow.

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I’ve often said that music inspires me. These are the songs that inspired me while writing Mad Dog Chronicles:

Secrets - by Jordan Pruitt

I pick some songs because of the title and some songs because of the words. This song was picked because of both. I think of it as the theme song for the entire saga. The characters are constantly keeping secrets from each other.

Bones - by Little Big Town

This song was a second theme song for the entire saga. Just as the characters are constantly keeping secrets from each other, they have bones in their closets. I liked the fact that the songs had different sounds.

Maddie’s theme songs:

Best Days of Your Life - by Kellie Pickler feat. Taylor Swift

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - by Miranda Lambert

Kerosene - by Miranda Lambert

I Told You So - by Carrie Underwood

Undo It - by Carrie Underwood

Forever & Always (Piano Version) - by Taylor Swift

Stephanie’s theme songs:

I Wanna Go Back - by Jordan Pruitt

Unlove You - by Ashley Tisdale

If I Could Have You Back - by Aly & A.J.

Like It or Leave It - by Aly & A.J.

What If - by Ashley Tisdale

Always - by Jordan Pruitt

Andy’s theme songs:

Burnin’ Up - by Jonas Brothers

That Girl - by Plain White T’s

Sunlight - by Plain White T’s

Love Drunk - by Boys Like Girls

Two Is Better Than One - by Boys Like Girls feat. Taylor Swift

When You Look Me In The Eyes - by Jonas Brothers

Drew’s theme songs:

Come On, Let’s Go - by Ritchie Valens

Oh Boy! - by Buddy Holly

True Love Ways - by Buddy Holly

At This Moment - by Michael Bublé

Call Me Irresponsible - by Michael Bublé

We Belong Together - by Ritchie Valens

Donna’s theme songs:

And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going - by Jennifer Hudson

I Stay in Love - by Mariah Carey

Battlefield - by Jordin Sparks

No Air - by Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown

We Belong Together - by Mariah Carey

If This Isn’t Love - by Jennifer Hudson

Max’s theme songs:

Love Don’t Live Here - by Lady Antebellum

Good As Gone - by Little Big Town

A Place to Land - by Little Big Town

Want To - by Sugarland

It Happens - by Sugarland

Come and Save Me - by Gloriana

Drew and Donna’s wedding song:

Donna - by Ritchie Valens

Andy and Stephanie’s wedding song:

I’m Your Man - by All-4-One

Issue theme songs:

So Bring It On - by The Cheetah Girls

Have a Nice Day - by Bon Jovi

It’s My Life/Confessions, Pt. II - by Glee Cast

Back for Good - by Boyz II Men

Who Says You Can’t Go Home - by Bon Jovi feat. Jennifer Nettles

We Weren’t Born to Follow - by Bon Jovi


We Gon’ Fight - Jennifer Hudson

Additional inspiration for the middle stories centering around Drew and Donna, as they were determined to fight to stay together.

S.O.S. - by Jonas Brothers

Additional inspiration for fifth story centering around Andy’s attempt to find and reunite with Stephanie.