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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Guest Post with Author Hailey Edwards and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Hailey Edwards to the blog. Hailey is currently on tour celebrating the release of her newest book, Eversworn. Hailey is here today to chat about music and is sharing some songs that influenced her. Before I give the floor over to Hailey, lets get to know her a bit.

Hailey is a wife turned mother turned writer, who loves her husband, her daughter and alone time with her computer. Whenever southern living strikes her as too ordinary, she can be found squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after or with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen. Wings and/or cupcakes are usually involved…

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The Music in Me

Playlists for books are a hot topic at the moment and for good reason. Authors use certain songs to get in the mood for writing difficult or emotional scenes. By sharing those playlists with readers, the author shares a spark of inspiration that helped them get their characters through a tough spot.

I haven’t compiled a playlist for my books yet, but I remember the songs that got me through on each of the Daughters of Askara novels.

For Everlong, it was “All the Same” by Sick Puppies. The song fit Clayton’s point of view to perfection. His love for Maddie was so absolute. All he wanted was to love her, and he didn’t care if she was unable to do the same. He was willing to let her have who and what she wanted, even if he knew that he was what she needed.

The lyrics: “I don’t mind where you come from, as long as you come to me…”

For Evermine, it was “My Hands” by Leona Lewis. I heard this song from Emma’s point of view. When one of my critique partners emailed a copy of the lyrics—and I listened to the song—I cried. It was perfect for the way she mourned Harper.

The lyrics: “I wake in the morning, tired of sleeping… Ready for a new day without you.”

For Eversworn, it was “Let You Down” by Three Days Grace. This was definitely Isabeau’s song to Dillon. It gives me chills to hear it now even knowing how things worked out in the end!

The lyrics: “When you finally trust me, finally believe in me, I will let you down.”

How about you? Do you like when authors share their playlists? Have you discovered any new bands or music because of them? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Everlong or A Hint of Frost in any digital format.

Steal the salt. Bind the grimoire. Escape the male.

Daughters of Askara, Book 3

When an exchange of stolen goods in the Feriana marketplace turns sour, Isabeau stumbles from the encounter bruised and laden with new orders to complete an even larger heist. With her child’s life at stake, there’s no room for error—or allies.

Armed with a lethal book of spells, she strikes a dangerous bargain with Roland Bernhard. Steal a shipment of salt from the Feriana colony, and she’ll have her freedom—and her daughter. It’s all she’s ever wanted. At least it was…until she runs into Dillon Preston.

Dillon is out of commission after a mine explosion, and itching for a distraction. He gets it when the female who saved his leg arrives at the colony with nothing but flimsy excuses and even flimsier attire. She’s after something, but is it him—or the salt?

Trapped in a desperate bid to gain true freedom, Isabeau is willing to sacrifice her life for her daughter’s, but Dillon has other plans. He wants a package deal, and he’s not willing to lose either female, even if it means the future king of Sere’s head will roll.

Warning: This title contains a heroine desperate to save her daughter and a hero determined to make them a family. It also includes wings, horns and other assorted appendages.

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  1. I Love to see the playlists and I have gotten a few new bands that I like :)
    great interview and thanks!!

  2. I am just as much into different genre's of music and love to discover new bands just as much as I love to read different genre's and learn of new to me authors. Put the two together and I'm in heaven:) Love to listen to music and read! I really enjoy learning what the author wrote a particular story to with their shared playlists. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for a fun post! Ehhh... I'm indifferent to the playlists. I like hearing what an author does to facilitate the writing, but I'm not a big music lover :)

  4. I love to see playlists and songs. For example, I listened to the ones for your books and they sounded so angsty that now I'm definitely interested in reading the books. Also, I think I'm going to have to get that Leona Lewis song. I had never heard it before.

  5. I like when authors share their playlists. I've discovered new artists that way.

  6. Cool. I like the diverse answers I'm getting here. I'm always curious about what readers want and what they would like to see on authors' websites.

    Jen, I had never heard the Leona Lewis song before it was sent to me. It breaks your heart listening to it.

  7. I do like when authors share their playlists and I have discovered some new artists from that. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I'm indifferent. I don't listen much to music; I get too distracted & can't do anything else & I'd much rather be reading a book!

  9. I like listening to playlists but usually after I read the book. Yes, I have found some nice new artists to me this way.

  10. Love the playlists - add more depth and dimension to the plot and the thinking of the author!


  11. Though I might not end up loving the author's playlist, it makes me like I'm closer to them now than before I read about it or listened to those songs. It makes me feel like they're sharing a part of themselves with me.

  12. I don't listen to a lot of music these days so no I haven't found any one new but it is interesting to see what authors like to listen to