Whatever you do, don't try to find a common link between the following list of words. There isn't one, I promise. And don't try to find a secret hidden word. There's not one of those, either.
$along, soothe, haunt, remain, leap, candle, aurist$
Like I said, nothing to find here... just move on...
Clarification: All of my nonsensical denying is just for fun. The entire puzzle could theoretically be solved with just the seven words and nothing else, but I'm a sucker for some silly exposition.