PLAYLIST (Part 1) guided by author Allyson Gottlieb!
Hi there, everyone!
In case this is your first time hearing my name (unsurprising, because I’m still very much a little fish in this big wide pond), music is a huge part of my life, almost as much as writing. So whenever possible, I like to try and combine the two. In most cases, this means making playlists for my books. They’re not exactly background soundtracks—though sometimes a certain song will serve that purpose for a certain scene—but songs that fit with the characters’ moods, relationships, and sometimes even the world.
But why I am telling you this when I can just show you what I mean?
“Beauty from Pain” by Superchick
And all that’s left is to accept that it’s over
I try to keep warm but I just grow colder
I feel like I’m slipping away
This seems like a really depressing song to kick off a playlist, but it’s a pretty perfect fit for Kat’s state of mind at the beginning of the story. What I love about this song, though, is that it’s not just about being in that dark place, but knowing that you’re eventually going to come out of it “as gold purified in these flames.”
“Start of Something Good” by Daughtry
And I’m gonna say what I need to say
And hope to God that it don’t scare you away
Don’t want to be misunderstood
If “Beauty from Pain” was where Kat starts off, this song is for Reynan. Feeling drawn to someone without really knowing them, trying to do the right thing and knowing it might not be interpreted correctly. Worried yet hopeful that this decision will be a good one. All that good stuff.
“All This and Heaven Too” by Florence + the Machine
And the heart is hard to translate
It has a language of its own
And the words are all escaping, and coming back all damaged
I love how these lyrics seem to capture the awkwardness of Kat and Reynan are around each other at the beginning. This song is also about being attracted to someone and not understanding why—very fitting.
“My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy
I’m in the de-details with the devil.
I’m a young lover’s rage
Gonna need a spark to ignite
I didn’t intentionally draw him to be this way, but Reynan ended up having a little problem with his temper. Perhaps it has to do with his daddy issues? I can only imagine that growing up with Alistair (“in details with the devil,” anyone? Hehe) would be enough to make anyone want to punch something.
“Breathe Me” by Sia
Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Poor Kat. So much trauma in her life. I can only hear this song like a plea for help—a soft, barely audible one, uttered by someone who doesn’t want to appear weak but is nearing their breaking point.
“Trouble” by Coldplay
And I lost my head
The thought of all the stupid things I said
And I never meant to cause you trouble
There’s sort of a recurring theme that Reynan blames himself for anything that happens to Kat, whether or not he’s justified in doing so. I always like to laugh at the fact that he’s really the more introspective one, while Kat’s the impulsive, flighty type.
“Fools” by Lauren Aquilina
And so it all boils down to this
We’ve got our aim, but we might miss
We are too fragile just to guess
I might have squealed the first time I heard this song. It just…fits so well. Being scared of ruining something that’s working so well, but unable to deny that you want more from a relationship. And her voice is so floaty and ethereal, perfect for conveying that sense of fragility.
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Title: Finding North
Author: Allyson Gottlieb
Genre: New Adult Dystopian
Length (print): 301 pages
Sometimes you have to lose everything to find what you've really been looking for.
Katherine Zova spends her days patching up soldiers in the Alliance's army while praying for time to heal the wounds on her own broken heart. Crushing loss numbs her waking hours and nightmares threaten her sanity when she closes her eyes. All she wants is to be free, but instead she’s forced to trade one cage for another.
Reynan Caverly wears his uniform only out of loyalty to his father, who in his quest to build a new America has little time to spend with his only son. Indifferent to his sensational Las Vegas lifestyle, all he wants is to feel a connection with someone. A seemingly impossible request—until the day he finds a girl with haunting eyes in a group of captured Alliance soldiers.
Some wounds cut too deep to deal with alone. Sometimes only love can heal. But in a country torn apart by civil war, nothing comes without a price. And for Kat and Reynan, falling in love may cost more than they're willing to pay.
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Growing up, Allyson was always the girl with a big imagination and even bigger dreams. A California girl by birth, she currently lives in Boston while attending Emerson College. She has a slight addiction to Starbucks, eyeliner, and chocolate—and, of course, books.
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The only series is a series of standalone novels. You do not need to read one in order to fully understand the other.
William "Tripp" Chapman has always been the black sheep of his family's political dynasty.His oldest brother works on Wall Street, his youngest-groomed for the senate. And Tripp is the brother known for wrecking his Porsche after a drinking bender and winding up in rehab.
On the night of his father's presidential election he takes a detour and meets a waitress at a local hole-in-the wall. Samantha "Sam" Green is just as broken as he is, but covers it up with enough snark so no one tries to get too close.
When Sam gets kicked out of her apartment, Tripp agrees that she can crash on his couch until she gets on her feet. But as they grow closer physically, the ghosts of their past threaten to burden their new relationship
The Only Way they can overcome their demons is to face them instead of running. Can Sam help Tripp find his way or will their own battles bury them?
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
About the book: Emotions play an important role in how we think and behave. Our emotions are composed by how we experience them, how our bodies react to them, and how we act in response to them.
Nicola Forbes was born with a condition that leaves her with the inability to express or recognize emotions. It is only through countless years of therapy and repetition, that she can acknowledge some signs of emotions in other people. Being an emotional blank canvas has Nicola seeking out the only thing she does feel—pleasure. One of the highest paid escorts in New York City, she seeks solace through physical intimacy with her clients like it is a drug that she needs to survive.
Andris Gunn, a psychiatrist with his own mental issues lives a secret life in order to deal with his inner demons. Unbeknownst to him, he engages one of his patients into his secret world of ecstasy, desire, and physical pleasure that is the only thing to placate his own inner turmoil.
The trigger that Nicola and her doctors have been searching for nearly her whole life—the catalyst to ignite feelings within her— has sparked.
VOID is a story about seeking emotional barriers and tearing them down. It is a tale of deceit, betrayal, and lies, but even in the darkest of times, love will find a way.
I’m an Escort.
I screw men and get screwed for money, living my life everyday as Jericho Lane. My clientele list is immaculate. I am sought out, demanded and damn good at my job.I don’t care that these men have families at home, or that they are important people. I do it for the money. to survive.
There is nothing that could make me feel a bit of remorse or concern about what I do because I was born with the inability to experience or feel emotions...
I don’t feel PAIN I don’t feel SORROW. I don’t feel extreme HAPPINESS or LOVE
I am VOID.
A blank canvas of emotions.an empty hole in an endless sea of circumstances, moods and relationships.
Until one client changes EVERYTHING.
About Cassy Roop:
Cassy is a work at home mom where she spends her days surrounded by children running her in-home daycare. She loves to cook, read and spend her nights and weekends being a Les Mills group fitness instructor. She has been a lover of all things romance from a very early age. She hopes and dreams that everyone can receive their happy ever after. A good ol country girl at heart, she was born and raised in Arkansas and now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and three young children.
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To celebrate the cover reveal of the third and final book of The Purgatorium Series, Eva Pohler is hosting a fabulous Facebook event and rafflecopter giveaway.
In the first book, The Purgatorium, seventeen-year-old Daphne Janus has no idea that her parents have sent her to an experimental psychologist on an island off the coast of California as a last-ditch effort to save her from herself. People go to the island wanting to die, and they leave fighting to live. This book is FREE!
In the second book, Gray’s Domain, Daphne is delighted to learn she will now have a chance to have revenge on her parents and boyfriend by participating in their therapy, but when real bullets fly and lives are at stake, she decides she wants no part of it and hatches a plan to save her family against what she sees as a tyrannical doctor.
In the final book, The Calibans, Daphne returns to the island to save her best friend, Cam, and the other “Calibans” who’ve been brainwashed by Dr. Gray, but, once again, things aren’t what they seem. Daphne’s entire world comes crashing down along with the Purgatorium when federal ATF officers arrive with a warrant during a dangerous exercise. What she believed to be so isn’t, and the blurry line between art and reality leaves her reeling.
Without further ado, another masterpiece from Book Cover Corner…
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*This is Book One of the Love and Skate spin-off series.*
For months, Cyrus Black has been in hiding. After ruining his cousin’s chances of college, he goes from job to job, from place to place, making sure he doesn’t have to face them—or himself.
Beatriz Morales is set. She has a plan, a schedule, and a dream. Life has thrown her a few curve balls, but nothing keeps a derby woman down.
She’d never admit it, but she’s stretched too thin. Something has to give.
Love doesn’t just choose a person to see our strengths—sometimes love chooses the person we trust with our weaknesses.
The choice is hers.
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About the Author:
I am a stay at home mom from the South and wife to the most giving and hard working husband ever. I love to cook and try out new recipes even if they don't always turn out like I want them to. I refer to my kids lovingly as the Three Stooges as they are constantly coming up with new ways to reek havoc in the house. Most recently that included putting a rubberband on the kitchen sink sprayer so it would douse me when I did the dishes. I love to go to roller derby bouts and read in my spare time. I write mostly at night when the house is silent and I can sneak cookies without having to share! If you're into stalking, try under the Cypress trees in the swamps of Louisiana, but watch out for gators!!
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Today on le blog is the awesome Bryan Coburn, author of Vacancy, a dystopian novel.
Tell us about what inspired you to pick up the pen, so to speak.
Like most authors, I have wanted to write since I was a kid. I didn’t get serious about writing until I was in my thirties however, and even then, my first WIP is only half done. I have always been a reader, and have read various different genres. As a male teen, it was all about sci-fi and fantasy. I even belonged to the Science Fiction Book Club, and would get books in the mail all the time. I know, super- geeky. Then I went to university and got a BA in English with the hopes of going on to a journalism degree, but that never panned out. University introduces you to all different genres and time periods of literature. I even took a course called Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies, which translates to Shakespeare 24/7. Now I read whatever draws my interest. I believe in the idea that to be a writer, you have to be a reader.
Describe the location in which you write? Favorite chair? Favorite desk? Do you have to have a certain drink/snack? What are your writing quirks?
My laptop is embarrassing. Cats have chewed off a large number of the keys: G, N, M, 4, and whatever is between Shift and X. Where these keys used to be are now just the little pads on the keyboard base and I have to press hard to get the letter to come up on the screen. So for heavy duty writing sessions I plug in a desktop keyboard into my laptop. The laptop works great otherwise so why bother buying a new one?
I don’t really have a favorite drink, but as I write this, I am having hot chocolate and Bailey’s because I just got back from snowboarding at the mountain.
How did you come up with Vacancy’s plot?
The setting for Vacancy is a large ski resort hotel, which part of a large vacation village. I was working, and still am working part-time at the hotel which is the basis for the hotel in Vacancy. During the off season, which is spring and fall, the hotel is almost empty of guests. The hotel also has minimal staff, maybe only a hand full of employees working in the evening. I was working one such evening, walking the empty, quiet halls of this five story, three hundred room hotel, and I thought, “this is what it would be like if I was the only person left alive.” It was on these nights, that you could go for a couple hours without even seeing another person. Vacancy grew from that experience. I got in the habit of carrying around a note book in my back pocket, and writing down ideas and observations as I worked – sights, sounds, smells. I added in the virus theme, but wanted to see what it would be really like to be the last man standing. Instead of having everyone turn into zombie, I wanted to create a more realistic scenario where everyone just died, and people reacted semi-peacefully instead of looting, raping, pillaging, - all the usual.
Tell us about main character, Martin and the Solara virus.
The main character is a combination of myself and another guy who worked at the hotel, mostly the other guy, - a simple, loyal, hardworking, introverted guy. At one point another character calls Martin the “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (from the movie), this also describes Martin, never married, never really had a girlfriend. He knows how to run the hotel, but doesn’t know too much about manly things like shooting a rifle, or driving a big truck. He’s a homebody, and is happiest when he is in the confines of the hotel, and alone.
I had to do some research on what type of virus I wanted to put in the book. I just didn’t want to say, “the virus”. I wanted it to be believable. That it could really happen, and based on an actual virus or at least plausible. The name Solara comes from a character in the movie The Book of Eli. Vacancy has a lot of “easter eggs” that come from my favorite dystopian/zombie books, movies, and video games. I put these in the for the fans of the genre.
Favorite Book: The Stand by Stephen King, I also read Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut last year and loved it. I bought it at this amazing book store in Portland Oregon.
Favorite Color: Orange or red
Plotter or Pantser? A mix of both. I write in chronological order, but don’t have the whole story plotted out. Ideas come to me in the months it takes to write. Sometimes when I am minding my own business like driving, or it’s early in the morning and I am still in bed, idea will come or I will write sentences in my head. You never know when a good scene is going to come to you.
What projects are you working on for 2015?
I am currently writing the second book in Vacancy, aka year two. I hope to get that finished soon, so I can get back to a YA dystopian story I started about ten years ago.
What advice do you have for new authors?
Books don’t sell themselves. Writing a book is only half the work. You have to sell it, and this falls on you to be the salesperson. You have to promote your own book, all the time, every day, in all sorts of creative ways. Sure your book is on Amazon, but unless you are high up in the ranks, Amazon does very little to promote you or even notice you. I have proof, so far for 2015, I have spent very little time promoting Vacancy, and I have had no sales at all for January, not one book sold, but that is my own fault, and I accept it, I’ve been just been too busy to go on the computer to promote.
Don’t Get Discouraged by Sales: Some days you can spend a few hours promoting your book like crazy, and not get a single sale for the day.
Don’t Compare Your Sales to other Authors’: You will hear about other authors selling X number of books per day, sometimes even X number of books per hour and you look at your sales chart for the previous day and it’s one book, or one Kindle Unlimited borrow, or no sale at all. Different genres sell better than others. Like one author told me this week, “sex sells”, this is coming from an author who had a zombie book with limited sales then put out an erotica story and he has way more sales with the erotica story. Be true to what you want to write, keep plugging away, and the sales will come.
Make “Friends”: Make friends on Facebook, twitter and whatever other medium you like. These friends will help you sell books, you help them sell their books, and along the way you learn a lot – plus meet a lot of cool people from all over the world.
In the end have fun.
Blog of Casey L. Bond, Author of Young Adult and New Adult fiction.