Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zee End (An A To Z Post)

Welcome to the FINAL DAY of the A to Z Challenge here on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this past month was SOUNDTRACK SONGS, and featured song selections from the playlists I create to accompany the novels I write.

But here's the thing...It turns out that I don't actually have a Z song on any of my playlists, so I'm going to share another song that I love and love to sing, and maybe fits because maybe we're all a little bit zombified right now...

Song #1—Zombie by The Cranberries



That's all from me today, gang. Thanks to everyone who came by the blog this month, and to the entire A to Z team. It's been a blast!

Friday, April 29, 2016

You and Yours (An A to Z Post)

Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Song #1—You, Sailor by Erin McKeown

This is on the How Many Angels playlist. I wish the accompanying scene was fit for human eyes, because I would have like to have shared that as well. The video below is a scene from the short-lived TV series, Bunheads, which happens to be the first place I ever heard this song.



Key Lyrics:

No longer will I beneath you shelter/ all that you have given to me/ it was never on my behalf/ All this, all and more I cede to you/ swear away in fealty/ as I sail for warmer climes/ I am a king! You can't deny me my kingdom

and

You, sailor, on the lonely sea/ will you turn and promise me/ you'll always be alive

Song #2—Yours by David J. Roch

I swear, this is the very last song I am going to share this month that belongs to those two characters of which I will say nothing!



Key Lyrics:

By the time that you hear this/ and we're older than you remember/ I'll have done myself some damage/ with a bottle of liquor/ so close your eyes low/ your time is gonna come/ when someone of your own worth/ looks into your eyes/ I'm a fool for trying/ I'm a fool for crying but I'm yours/ I'm a fool for all the lies/ guess I'm a fool in your eyes/ But I'm yours/ I'm all yours

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

I have only one song for you today, and all right, so it's is another of those days where I am technically cheating being super creative in order to satisfy the letter requirement. But, if you could just go with it, that would be great...

Song #1—eXit Music (For A Film) by Radiohead

See...Exit sounds like X...so it totally counts.

This song is currently residing on Better Than None's playlist, but has the possibility of joining How Many Angels's list as well.



Key Lyrics:

Wake...from your sleep/ The drying of your tears/ Today we escape, we escape/ Pack and get dressed/ before your father hears us/ before all hell breaks loose/ Breathe, keep breathing/ Don't lose your nerve/ Breathe, keep breathing/ I can't do this alone


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

There are too many songs I want to share with you today, but I'm limiting myself to just three because I know y'all have lives that don't involve this blog. So I'll be as quick as possible. Which means I probably should have deleted this intro.

Anyway, here's what I finally decided on:


Song #1—Wreaking Havoc by Sarah Jaffe

This is a part of my unhappy love story, Better Than None.



Key Lyrics:

When you break my heart/ when the crow picks me apart/ when my shadow starts to bleed/ or my brain doesn't feel the need/ you know you're just in time



Song #2—Wicked Game by James Vincent McMorrow

This is another one of those songs that belongs to the characters I won't tell you anything about. You know, except for telling you this is one of their songs. (Isn't reading that over and over again just so much fun?!?)



Key Lyrics:

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you/ It's strange what desire will make foolish people do/ I never dreamed that I'd meet someone like you/ I never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you/ No, I don't want to fall in love with you



Song #3—When The Lights Go Out by The Black Keys

This is a Solstice song. I love the mood it creates.



All right, I'm done! Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Song #1—Various Storms and Saints by Florence + The Machine

I tried hard not to repeat artists this month, but V was just one of those letters that were short on songs. Unlike I or W in which I had entirely too many from which to choose. But anyway, while it remains unofficial, this is probably going to end up a Full Circle song. But it might end up an Effigy song. Maybe Second Nature. Maybe something else entirely. Who knows? (Obviously not me!)



Key Lyrics:

And I'm in the throes of it/ somewhere in the belly of the beast/ But you took your toll on me/ so I gave myself over willingly/ Oh, you got a hold on me/ I don't know how I don't just stand outside and scream/ I am teaching myself how to free


Song #2—Violet Rays by Smashing Pumpkins

This is probably going to end up on Better Than None's playlist, but there's no specific scenes for it yet. It just feels like it's supposed to be on this story's soundtrack.



Key Lyrics:

Faithless moors/ pulling up your oars/ From rivers I have crossed/ In magic no heart's lost/ And I'll leave with anyone tonight

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Song#1—Until We Go Down by Ruelle

This song hasn't been officially assigned to any playlist, but it will either be a part of Second Nature or Full Circle because it so totally fits a certain character of mine.



Key Lyrics:

And I feel it running through my veins/ And I need that fire just to know that I'm awake




Song #2—Untitled by Trespassers William

This song belongs on multiple playlists: Effigy, Full Circle, and Better Than None. You know, all of my unhappiest love stories... This song is also known as "What Could I Say" but on the CD on which I first encountered this song, it was called "Untitled" so I'm using it for today's post.




Key Lyrics:

Why am I so tired?/ Exhausted in my love/ water in my eyes/ why am I not enough?/ I told you everything I knew/ I tore my pockets out and gave it all to you/ You hold my throat like a violin/ I never want to kiss again 

and

Now I'm so afraid/ to push you from my mind/ like the fear of forgetting/ what light is like/ when you close your eyes/ How can you stare?/ How can you sit/ while I'm trying to tear you up/ and I'm almost good at it

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Song #1—This Night by Black Lab

This is another Second Nature song. It relates to a character who was the male lead in Effigy and then I ruined his life, and this song is where his mind's at when the sequel kicks off.



Key Lyrics:

There are things I have done/ There's a place I have gone/ There's a beast, and I let it run/ Now it's running my way

and

Take this night/ and wrap it around me like a sheet/ I know I'm not forgiven/ but I need a place to sleep/ So take this night/ and lay me down on the street/ I know I'm not forgiven/ but I hope that I'll be given some peace

Song #2—The Toll by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

This is part of the playlist for that unhappy love story I told you about, Better Than None.



Key Lyrics:

I'd never known her to cry/ but this time is different for sure/ She's shaking with tears in her eyes/ As she picks up what's left of the night/ The hope for a reason seemed pure/ as we leave what's left on the wall

Friday, April 22, 2016

Songs and Seismic Crimes

Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Today's a longer post than usual, as I have two songs to share with you, as well as a shiny new book release for a fellow author. But if you only have time to check out one thing in this post, skip down to the book release!!

Song#1—Sun Gangs by The Veils

This is on Second Nature's playlist, and accompanies a scene between those two characters I won't tell you anything about. (For the beta readers, though, it's in Chapter 48...)



Key Lyrics:

Some say you'll never/ be gone forever/ some say there's music where you go/ I have no faith my heart/ to tell two apart/ ocean above and sky below/ Where I am going, you can't save me


Song #2—So Far From Your Weapon by The Dead Weather

This is a Solstice song. I haven't had a lot of those to share with you this month, so I'm glad this one made it one there. I use it for a fight scene, and I love the mood it establishes.




AND NOW FOR THE BOOK RELEASE EVENT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR...

For your consideration, please, check out Chrys Fey's latest release, Seismic Crimes...


An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. 

From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?


AVAILABLE TODAY!


CONGRATULATIONS, CHRYS!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.



Song #1—Rooster by Alice in Chains

This song appears on Effigy's playlist. (The actual song starts at :50)



Song #2—Running Up That Hill by Placebo

A Full Circle song, toward the end.



Key Lyrics:

And if I only could/ I'd make a deal with God/ and I'd get him to swap our places/ Be running up that road/ running up that hill/ be running up that building/ Oh, if I only could

and

You don't want to hurt me/ but see how deep the bullet lies/ Unaware that I'm tearing you asunder/ Oh, there's thunder in our hearts

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

And today, there will even be one of those excerpts I talked about using at the beginning of the month!


Song #1—(Dancing) Queen by ABBA

Okay, so here's the thing: I am, perhaps, unhealthily obsessed with this song. I don't know why; I just am. If you catch me in the right mood, I could and would totally sing the entire thing from you because I know all the words. That's brain space I could have used for math, but no, I used it to memorize the ABBA songbook. Go figure.

Anyway, I love it to the point where I decided to reference it in every novel I have ever written. And I have—with one exception (the fantasy novel where no one knows who ABBA is. It's a very sad world.) So today, in place of the key lyrics (because c'mon—this song is not on any playlist because of its lyrics), I shall share instead a short snippet of a scene in which the Dancing Queen reference occurs. It comes from Second Nature, my upcoming release.

But first, the video...



And now, an excerpt from Second Nature (Just to briefly set it up, this is a conversation between two characters—one from this modern world where ABBA exists, and the other from this aforementioned disco-less world)

§§§

Cate pointed. "Why are people bowing and kneeling in the street?"

James looked over his shoulder to see some of the townsfolk indeed bowing and kneeling. He dropped his hands.

"They think you are your sister," he said.

Her eyes snapped back to him, looking as though she meant to attack him again. He brought his hands up once more.

"The woman who is not your sister," he said. "They think you are her."

"Oh," Cate said, sounding slightly mollified. "But why should that matter? Who is she to them?"

It seemed safe enough to lower his hands, and he slowly brought them to his sides. "Their queen."

"Queen?" Cate took another look at the people. "As in 'of all the land'?"

"Is there another kind?"

She shrugged. "Beauty, drama, dairy, homecoming, ice, prom, of hearts, dancing—"

"Dancing queen?"

"Young and sweet, only seventeen."

"What?"

"Nothing," Cate said. "So, she's the queen?"

§§§

Thanks for coming by today!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

Song #1—Price You Pay by Unkle

This is a Full Circle song, toward the beginning of the end, where everything is going wrong, wrong, wrong for my poor, intrepid characters.



Key Lyrics:

No one can tell me just why it is/ that it always has to come to this/ Fix it up/ Throw it away/ I don't get it/ The price you pay/ Makes no sense/ no matter what you say/ What sticks inside ain't gonna fade away

Song #2—Present Tense by Pearl Jam

This is another Full Circle song, one of those used to establish the mindset of particular characters who shall remain nameless (You know, spoilers).



Key Lyrics:

You can spend all your time alone/ re-digesting past regrets/ Or you can come to terms and realize you're the only one who can't forgive yourself/ Oh, it makes much more sense to live in the present tense

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

Song #1—Oats In The Water by Ben Howard

This song is a part of Effigy's playlist, and for anyone who's read the story, it pretty much pairs with the very last scene.



Key Lyrics:

And you'll find loss/ And you'll fear what you found/ When weather comes/ tear him down

and

There'll be oats in the water/ There'll be birds on the ground/ There'll be things you never asked her/ Oh, how they tear at you now

Song #2—(The) Only Thing Worth Dying For by Lera Lynn

This is a Full Circle song that helps establish the mindset of a couple of characters when the story opens. I am seriously obsessed with this song. I am so thankful that I had HBO at the time they were running the promo for True Detective non-stop...



Key Lyrics:

Weren't we like a pair of thieves/ with tumbled locks and broken codes/ You cannot take that from me/ my small reprieves your heart of gold/ Weren't we like a battlefield/ locked inside a holy war/ Your love and my due diligence/ the only thing worth fighting for

and

Change will come to those/ who have no fear/ But I'm not her/ You never were the kind to have/ a rule book near/ What I said was never/ what I meant/ And now you've seen my world in flames/ my shadow songs my deep regrets

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nicest Need (An A to Z Post)

Welcome to the Half Way Point of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

JUST AS AN FYI BEFORE WE BEGIN...For the next week, my beloved niece and, you know, my sister, too, whatever, will be visiting with me. Therefore, I will be slower than usual in visiting blogs and returning any comments you're inspired to leave on this blog. I am definitely going to fall behind on this, but the Angel Child (and my sister too) is totally worth it. (And for anyone who may have seen my angels/angles post, I totally typed 'Angel' right the first time!)

Anyway, on with the post...


Song #1—Nicest Thing by Kate Nash

Back in 2012, I started a NaNoWriMo project that just sort of defied categorization. It was best described as an Unhappy Love Story. You might be wondering right now, based on my song selections thus far this month, if I write anything else. And I don't, really, but this project whose working title is Better Than None is really a different sort of creature. Anyway, this song is on that playlist.



Key Lyrics:

I wish that without me your heart would break/ I wish that without me you'd be spending the rest of your nights awake/ I wish that without me you couldn't eat/ I wish I was the last thing on your mind before you went to sleep

Song #2—Need To Destroy by THC

This song isn't on a story-specific playlist, but rather a character-specific playlist. It's another of those songs that belongs to that pair of characters that I won't tell you about. Sorry, I'm a spoiler-phobe.



Key Lyrics:

I step out of my skin/ You wouldn't know me now/ Couldn't you go away/ Should I?/ Leave me the hard part/ It's all I want/ I need/ I won't be your soft one/ I won't be encircled/ You might become/ something I need

Friday, April 15, 2016

My Oh My Oh My (An A to Z Post)

Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Today, I have three songs to share with you. I tried to keep it to two songs, but I didn't want to exclude any of today's selections, so there will be three, one from three of the four volumes of my fantasy series...

Song #1—My Skin by Natalie Merchant

This is an Effigy song. If the main character of that novel—Haleine Coileáin—had a theme song, this would be it.



Key Lyrics:

Take a look at my body/ look at my hands/ there's so much here that/ I don't understand/ Your face-saving promises/ whispered like prayers/ I don't need them


Song #2—My Vampire Heart by Tom McRae

Remember yesterday when I was all, "This song relates to a pair of characters I can't tell you about because spoilers"... Well, this is another of their songs.



Key Lyrics:

Darling, I'm lost/ adrift in the dark/ clutching your words/ to my vampire heart once more/ So let in the light/ turn me to dust/ If it don't end in bloodshed, dear/ it's probably not love



Song #3—My Body Is A Cage by Peter Gabriel

This is the first song to make it onto the playlist for Threnody—Book #4 in my fantasy series. There's no specific scene for it yet, but it's representative of a certain character's mindset when the story begins.



Key Lyrics:

My body is a cage/ that keeps me from dancing/ with the one I love/ but my mind holds the key

Back to two songs tomorrow, I promise! Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Living and Leaving (An A to Z Post)

Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.


Song #1—Living A Lie by Daniel Zott

This is a Vinnie and Ellie song. It comes into play right after my happy couple experience their falling out.



Key Lyrics:

if I gave it all away/ I'd expect something back/ I'm never sure that I can tell you/ where my heart is at/ 'cause every good thing I do/ is a selfish act/ and I'm a hell of a guy/ living a hell of a lie



Song #2—Leave by Glen Hansard

While this song has a spot on two of my story playlists, it doesn't have a specific scene attached to it. It's a Vinnie And Ellie song, but also belongs to another pair of characters in a different story that I won't tell you about because it involves too many spoilers.



Key Lyrics:

"I can't wait forever" is all that you said/ before you stood up/ And you won't disappoint me/ I can do that myself/ But I'm glad that you've come/ Now if you don't mind/ leave, leave/ And free yourself at the same time/ leave, leave/ 

and

I hope you feel better/ now that it's out/ what took you so long?/ And the truth has a habit/ of falling out of your mouth/ Well, now that it's come/ if you don't mind/ leave, leave/ And please yourself at the same time/ leave, leave/ Let go of my hand/ You said what you came to now/ leave

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two...



Song #1—Keep On Runnin' by Cat Powers

This is a Second Nature song. Or maybe a Full Circle song. That's undecided at this point. It's more of a character song than a scene song



Key Lyrics:

When will you do what you say you'll do/ How could you really do it/ Will you keep on running?/ Baby, settle down

Song #2—(Bad) Kids by The Black Lips

Okay, the song's called Bad Kids, and I'm technically cheating. but I wanted to be able to share it because I think it's a cool song. It's on the Solstice playlist.



Key Lyrics:

No key lyrics to put here. It's a fun song that fits my story perfectly.




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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 It's Day Eleven of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Throughout April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two...

I only have one song to share with you today, so it would be a prime opportunity to include a story snippet, but that particular scene is just not ready for human eyes yet.

Song #1—Just A Game by Birdy

This is on How Many Angels's playlist.

Fun Fact: every single time I type "How Many Angels," I first type 'angles.' Except for just now when I meant to type 'angles' and spelled 'angels' instead. My brain is just a big bag of weird. But you probably knew that already...



Key Lyrics:

I don't know where I am/ I don't know this place/ Don't recognize anybody/ just the same old empty face

and

Pleading eyes that break my heart/ so homesick I can't feel/ But I know I must play my part/ and tears I must conceal


Monday, April 11, 2016

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 Welcome to Day Ten of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two.


Song #1—I Need My Girl by The National

This song is a part of my Vinnie and Ellie soundtrack. I'm seriously obsessed with it. Like, listen-to-it-a-billion-times-in-a-row obsessed. It's used for a part of the story where the good times become the not-as-good times.



Key Lyrics:

I am good/ I am grounded/ Davy says that I look taller/ I can't get my head around it/ I keep feeling smaller and smaller/ I need my girl

Song #2—I Am Only One by We Are The Fallen

This is a Second Nature song, something that might play over the end credits, if there were such a thing. It doesn't apply to a specific scene, just the overall story.



Key Lyrics:

Ever after never came/ and I'm still waiting/ for a life that never was/ And all the dreams I lay to rest/ are ghosts that keep me/ After all that I've become/ I am only one


Ten days down...sixteen left to go...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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Welcome to Day Nine of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two.

Song #1—Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright

This is a How Many Angels song. It plays over a funeral scene.



Key Lyrics:

there was a time/ when you let me know/ what's really going on below/ but now you never show that to me do you?

and

maybe there's a god above/ but all I ever learned of love/ was how to shoot at someone/ who outdrew you/ it's not a cry you hear at night/ it's not somebody who's seen the light/ it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Song #2—Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + The Machine

This is a Full Circle song. You know, in case you maybe thought there might be some happy moments in my fantasy series...



Key Lyrics:

I was a heavy heart to carry/ my beloved was weighed down/ my arms around his neck/ my fingers laced a crown/ I was a heavy heart to carry/ my feet dragged across the ground/ and he took me to the river/ where he slowly let me drown

and

This will be my last confession/ I love you never felt like any blessing/ whispering like it's a secret/ only to condemn the one who hears it/ with a heavy heart


That's all for me today. Thanks for coming by...See you on Monday.

Friday, April 8, 2016

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Welcome to Day Eight of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany the novels I write, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two.

Song #1—Grey by Ani DiFranco

This is a Second Nature song, and accompanied the MC's very first scenes.



Key Lyrics:

The sky is grey/ the sand is grey/ the ocean is grey/ I feel right at home/ in this stunning monochrome/ alone in my way/ I smoke and I drink/ and every time I drink/ I have a tiny dream/ But as bad as I am/ I'm proud of the fact/ that I'm worse than I seem

and

You walk through my walls/ like a ghost on T.V./ you penetrate me/ and my little pink heart/ is on its little brown raft/ floating out to sea/ and what can I say/ but I'm wired this way/ and you're wired to me/ and what can I do/ but wallow in you unintentionally

Song #2—Get Me Through December by Alison Krauss & Natalie MacMaster

This song is a part of the How Many Angels playlist. It doesn't pair to a specific scene, just a character in the story.



Key Lyrics:

I've been to the mountains/ left my tracks in the snow/ where souls have been lost/ and the walking wounded go/ I've taken the pain/ no girl should endure/ but faith can move mountains/ of that I am sure



That's all for me today! Thanks for sticking with me...

Thursday, April 7, 2016

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It's Day Seven of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two.


Song #1—For Everything A Reason by Carina Round

How Many Angels is my attempt at literary fiction, This song represents one of those big, emotional moments in the story.



Key Lyrics:

I saw you leaving/ I saw the light go out

Song #2—Fearless by Cyndi Lauper

This song belongs on the playlist for my attempt at a romance novel (Currently called Vinnie and Ellie because I haven't thought of anything better). Toward the end, though, after the status quo has been messed with, but before the happy ending. That's right...I wrote a story that has a happy ending.



Key Lyrics:

Sometimes I'm afraid when you go/ sometimes I'm afraid when you come home/ Underneath it all/ I think I'm afraid when there's nothing wrong

and

There's something that I never told/ When I find myself slipping off my pedestal/ I'm a fierce believer afraid to fall


Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A to Z and The IWSG (A Double Feature Post)

It's Double Feature day today on My Pet Blog, as I'm participating in both the A to Z Challenge and the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Normally, I try to combine these things into one super post, but today I just have one super long post. Please don't feel obligated to read the entire post. Instead, feel free to scroll down to the section that does interest you (provided there is one, of course. And no hard feelings if there isn't!) and skip the rest.


First up, we have the Insecure Writer's Support Group!

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My A to Z Theme this month is music, so in keeping with that theme, I am sharing with you a song that I think most artists can relate to at least some of the time.

It's pretty much my current mindset. The sad truth is that I have been besieged by confident-sucking vampires (Yay!) and singing this song (repeatedly) occasionally makes me feel a little better.

So I am sharing it with you.

Should you choose to listen to it, just be aware that the song is NSFW. It does contain some language that polite society would consider rude. (Which really just makes me love it more. I am incredibly mature that way.)




Key Lyrics: (No worries...I didn't select any of the rude ones. Just the inspirational ones.)

You have a story to tell/ pull your novel out of that sock drawer!/ You have a painting to paint/ you best paint and then paint some more!

and

In fly the vampires (oh my the vampires)/ then die the vampires/ filling you with life, creativity/ all that your life should be/ out go the vampires/ Die, vampires, die!


And now for something not really all that different...



It's Day Six of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list, and perhaps a story snippet or two.



Song #1—Equinox by Floater

This is the opening song to my YA urban fantasy, Solstice. I just love the mood it establishes.



Key Lyrics:

From the swinging of the axe/ to the swaying of the hips/ it's such a tangled web we weave/ from the soul to the lips

Song #2—(The) End by Levi Weaver

This is one of two songs in contention for a Second Nature scene, toward the end of the novel, where the characters have to re-define the depths of misery. (Sorry, characters...).



Key Lyrics:

When the butterfly is faded/ and the beast shows you the earth/ when the bird has died/ somewhere in mid-flight/ and you crash down to the earth

and

When you're incomplete/ will you try your feet/ or will you find your knees/ and admit defeat


Sorry for the over-long post today, but I swear I'm done now. (At least until tomorrow...) Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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It's Day Four of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs, in which I will share with you selections from playlists I create to accompany my novels, the key lyrics that earned them a spot, and maybe a snippet of the scene it with which it pairs.


Song #1—Do What You Have To Do by Sarah McLachlan

This is from Effigy's playlist, and has the distinction of being one of the song which inspired me to create a story-specific soundtrack. For those of you who have read the book, it's a chapter 27 second scene in Chapter 28 song. (I just looked it up. Which I should have done when I first started this post. Oops.)



Key Lyrics:

What ravages of spirit/ conjured this tempuous rage/ created you a monster/ broken by the rule of law

and

Every moment marked/ with apparitions of your soul/ I'm ever swiftly moving/ trying to escape this desire/ this yearning to be near you/ I do what I have to do 

Song #2—Drifting by 4 Non Blondes

This is  Full Circle song.



Key Lyrics:

I might be a mess/ but I sure can survive


Monday, April 4, 2016

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Welcome to Day Three of the A to Z Challenge!

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My theme this year is Soundtrack Songs. Each post will feature selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels.


Song #1—Coming Undone by Korn

This is another Second Nature song, in case the first two days of this challenge didn't drive home well enough that this is about as far from a happy story as a book can get. I want to give a shout-out to both my sister-in-law, Alison, who suggested this song after I said, "Hey, I'm looking for a dark, angry song. Know anything?"



Key lyrics:

Keep holding on/ when my brain's ticking like a bomb/ Guess the black thoughts have come/ again to get me

and

I'm trying to hold it together/ Head is lighter than a feather/ Looks like I'm not getting better/ Not getting better

Song #2—Courage or the Fall by Civil Twilight

This is a Full Circle song, because so far that story isn't shaping up to be any happier than its predecessors. (I swear there are some happier songs coming up later on the month!)



Key lyrics:

Man wasn't made to live alone/ That's why I have my enemies/ Whenever I close my eyes/ They're all I can see


Still no accompanying scenes...I swear, those are coming, too!

Thanks for stopping by today. See you next time!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

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Welcome to Day Two of the A to Z Challenge (click on the link for a complete list of participants)

My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs, and my posts will feature songs that are on my novel playlists, and the key lyrics that put them there.




Song #1: Born Villain by Marilyn Manson. It's a Second Nature song. I can't share a scene snippet with you because it's way too big a spoiler, but I will tell you that it pairs with a Chapter 36 scene...



Key Lyrics:

There's a taste of blood/ And it's something deep inside

I'm a born villain/ Don't pretend to be a victim


Song #2: Bad Blood by Alison Mosshart and Eric Arjes. Another Second Nature song (Chapter 38). But too good not to share. Potentially Interesting Fun Fact—Both of these songs relate to the same character.



Key Lyrics:

Don't listen to any word I say/ I'd say anything to make you feel okay/  I'm not who I thought I was/ Not today/ 'Cause I've got bad blood/ bad blood/ You don't want none of what I have

Good lord, give me peace/ From a life long of pain and greed/ But not yet/ I'm not done paying for my crimes

Friday, April 1, 2016

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It's Day One of the A to Z Challenge! (Click on the link for a complete list of participants...)

In case you missed it, my posts this month will feature selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels.

Today's songs—in addition to the fact that their titles begin with the letter A—are perfect for the start of this journey because they are all what I would consider to be "trailer music," meaning they're the songs that would play over a dramatic theatrical trailer for movie version my books.

First up, is Ashes by the Bengsons. This song belongs to Second Nature, the second novel in my epic fantasy series (release date: TBD)



Key lyrics:

I've been running/ since you broke/ since you broke me 


Song #2 is And The World Was Gone by Snow Ghosts. It's the trailer song for Full Circle, book three in my fantasy series.



Key lyrics:

You said you'd wait forever/ but I blinked and the world was gone/ You wade through the water/ Slowly your hands grow numb/ I wish you felt me falling/ I wish you watched over me/ You said you'd wait forever/ but I blinked and the world was gone



See you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!