Music Monday — I’m Reading a Book

I’d been trying for awhile to find the perfect song to link with Elle Casey’s anniversary promotion, and I found it just in the nick of time (Thanks to Janette Rallison’s blog.)

So, what’s the deal with Elle Casey’s anniversary. Well, she generously put together a promotion of indie authors and their books — over seventy books to be exact — to celebrate the publication of her first book one year ago.  That’s some seriously good karma. Readers  can enter to win in here. Some are paperbacks, most are e-books, and you’ll need to read the fine print if you care about which is which.

I’ve read, or intend to read, a number of these.  The list below is by no means comprehensive, but only meant to give you a feel for what’s available over at Elle’s site.

Adriana Ryan — World of Shell and Bone — a dystopia featuring feminism gone wrong. Two words: read it.

Amanda Brice — Codename Dancer — Clever.  Dancing with the Stars meets Gallagher Girls

Dalya Moon — Smart Mouth Waitress and Broken Shell Island — Quirky and whimsical, just like the author

Shana Norris — The Boyfriend Thief — a super cute contemporary romance.

Tina Ferraro — The Starter Boyfriend.  Her books are fun, and bonus points because this one has a mannequin character, like My Wishful Thinking.

Here’s a couple more to think about. These are authors that I really, really like and I’ve read some of their books, but not the ones in Elle’s promo:

Sibel Hodge — I’ve read adult books by her and she’s got a children’s book It’s A Catastrophe.

ME Purfield — Is darkly funny. A Black Deeper Than Death is the featured book.

Plus there are a lot of other popular authors that I haven’t read their books yet:  Dannika Dark, Imogen Rose, Sarra Cannon, Samantha Young, TS Welti.

And, of course, Elle Casey’s books, which aren’t part of the giveaway, but she’s been busy over the past year and you can see her complete list of titles here.

Certainly, I’ve left authors off this list and there’s no ill will or editorializing about it. There’s just no way to mention every single book or author that’s participating in Elle’s ginormous promotion, so here’s the link, again. And now for this silly, but widely viewed video. Apologies if you’ve already see it.

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January 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Music Monday with Author Shana Norris

I’m thrilled to have Shana Norris, author of  Something to Blog About, Troy High, The Boyfriend Thief and the soon-to-be- released Surfacing here for Music Monday.  Like me, Shana links her writing with music and I’m curious to see what song she’s going to pick for our listening pleasure. Take it away, Shana:

I’m one of those writers who can’t actually listen to music while writing. I need quiet so I can focus, yet music is still an important part of my writing. When I’m working on a new idea, one of the first things I do is create a playlist for the book that I use during brainstorming. The playlist may change over time as I get to know the characters better, but I always have a group of songs that help me get into the mood of the story.

My newest ebook release Surfacing, a YA paranormal which will be available on November 15, takes place on an isolated island along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The book has a very quiet, lonely feel and I wanted that to be reflected in the playlist. Most of the songs are soft and quiet, except one: “Santa Monica” by Everclear. It was the first song I added to the playlist and I knew it had to be there. It was one of the original inspirations for Surfacing, the song that helped put images in my head before I ever started writing the story. I can still see my main character Mara whenever I listen to it. It may seem a bit odd next to the quiet songs in the rest of the playlist, but “Santa Monica” is the perfect depiction of Mara’s feelings in the book.

The video for this song looks like it would make an awesome story!  Here, everyone, check it out:

Yep, that definitely makes me want to read the book!  If you’d like more info about Shana or her books, here ya go:

Shana Norris lives in North Carolina and likes to imagine all the secret things living in the ocean. You can visit her online at www.shananorris.com.

October 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . guest post, music, YouTube stuff. 1 comment.

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