Friday, July 22, 2016

Author Blog Challenge: Music I Love and Book Playlists #LifeBooksWriting

This week is about music and book playlists. I usually do the opposite thing most authors do. I make my playlist after writing the book. Sometimes I'll have pieces of a playlist if one or more songs inspired the book or certain scenes.

I have twelve complete novels and soon to have three published books. Please don't get me started on my work-in-progresses and brainstorms or I shall go on forever.

I've had a complete book come to me in one song. Crazy, I know. I do listen to music when I write, but I can't listen to music when I edit. I usually listen to the same three bands. Here is the key to my writing chaos:
Sirenia is everything to me. I studied and pasted tests in college thanks to them. I wrote so many books and I can just relax listening to them. They also have songs that are just...hard to explain. Sadly I've never seen them live. They're from Norway and haven't toured in America yet.

This German band is another I have to write to. They have so many songs I can listen to them for hours and get into the best writing mode ever. Luckily I attended their first US tour a couple years ago and met the band after the show. They are all amazing people.

and Evanscence

Evanescence started my writing career. I fell in love with Amy Lee's voice, her words, and her melodies. First I wrote poetry, but after over one hundred poems, I switched to books. The first book I finished is also my longest (about 600 pages long). I listened to ONLY Evanescence when writing this book and this was before their last self-titled album, Evanescence. I don't think it's hard to believe my first finished book is about a female rock star and the book is named after one of their songs, "Taking Over Me."
A few years ago I saw Evanescence live and met Amy after the show! Best night of my life. Sadly I couldn't tell her how she inspired me that night. I did get my ticket signed though and she pretty much hugged me in the pic. Anyway, one goal of mine is to meet her again and hand her one of my books and tell her how much her music helped me get the words from my head out onto paper.

Okay, so I can go on and on about music. I'm addicted to concerts and I have the soul of someone born in the 60s. I love 80s rock and so many bands no one has heard of. Now to playlists.

For Sydney she was inspired by Lady Gaga's song "Summer Boy." Her entire story sparked from that song and from there I hit my notebook and she took shape.

Playlist for Shades of Sydney
"Summer Boy" by Lady Gaga
"Spellbound" by Lacuna Coil
"U + Ur Hand" by P!nk
"Lost in Paradise" by Evanescence
"Darkened Days to Come" by Sirenia
"Give Me Something More" by Lacuna Coil
"Dark Side" by Kelly Clarkson
"Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence
"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" by Lindsay Lohan
"Sober" by P!nk
"Don't Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet" by Hayden Panettiere
"Bad Kids" by Lady Gaga

Sydney's second novel

Playlist for Breaking Down Sydney
"Opheliac" by Emilie Autumn
"End of Time" by Lacuna Coil
"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash
"My Heart is Broken" by Evanescence
"Darkling" by Sirenia
"Your Biggest Mistake" by Ellie Goulding
"Dear Father" by Sum 41
"Teeth" by Lady Gaga
"Emotionless" by Good Charlotte
"Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson
"Neon Lights" by Demi Lovato

Sydney's third and final book is coming soon. I'll be posting the playlist to that book on my Facebook page.


Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorite bands/singers?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Sister Code by Haley Allison

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THE SISTER CODE (D.O.R.K. Series #2)
By Haley Allison
Published by Limitless Publishing
Cover Design by Redbird Designs
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It doesn’t take Madison Daley long to figure out Beverly Hills isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Madison is still in a state of shock. Not only is her favorite actress, the famous Jessica Redinger, her mother, but she also has an identical twin, Raven Redinger. Raven is everything Madison wishes she could be—popular, famous, and cool under pressure—so she agrees to use their twin status as a ploy to increase their celebrity appeal.

The deal also includes Madison keeping her hands off Raven’s ex, the charming Giovanni Abate. But after an unfortunate incident during a family trip to London, Madison realizes just how unreliable family can be.

Giovanni is certain he knows which twin he wants…

Madison returns to L.A., humiliated and shunned by her mother’s side of the family, and determined to focus on building her band. Her attention is diverted, however, when Gio is quick to admit he’s still got Madison fever. She knows he’s off-limits, but when you combine his undeniable Italian good looks with a heartfelt confession, Madison can’t help but fall right back into his arms.

As their birthday approaches, the twins’ relationship hits a breaking point…

Madison’s mother has been holding back a secret, and it turns the entire family’s world upside down. Raven has her own plans for Madison, though, and she isn’t about to let her back out on their deal now.

Will Madison ever be accepted as one of the famous Redingers? Or is there a high price to pay for breaking…

The Sister Code

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Haley Allison is a South Carolina native. She discovered a love of writing at age fourteen and hasn't been able to turn off the motor fingers since then. Today she lives in a quiet country home with her husband, son, and Boston Terrier. She is a Graphic Design major at Southern New Hampshire University and hopes to graduate with a B.A. degree sometime in the next couple of years. Her hobbies include composing piano music, nature photography, and blogging about books and authors.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Release Blitz: True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager

TRUE COLORS by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Landry's True Color, Book 1

Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round. However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically "unfriend" her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns what modeling is really like, how to deal with frenemies, meets a new crush named Vladi, and that a true friend see you for who you really are and likes you because of it.

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Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, the celebrity world, values, and self-image in True Colors and Best Friends…Forever? Landry in Like, Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and True Colors is an international bestseller. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Bellbrook Times, the Grand Haven Tribune, and on the talk show Living Dayton.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Facebook Page Hop!! Join in on the fun!!

Welcome to the Fourth of July Facebook Hop,

hosted by Love Kissed Book Bargains!

With tons of prizes from over 100 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it's a great way to spend your Fourth of July Weekend!

Don't miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all...have fun!

The Fourth of July Hop starts here: Brittney Coon