Darkness Divides playlist and other news

 

First off, those of you who were with me on Facebook last night know that I picked a title for the novella I’m releasing at the end of this month (May).  After much debate and help with readers we decided on “Playing with Darkness”.  I’ve already got the cover art done and will reveal it as soon as the typography is on there.  It’s really looking amazing, especially with Sable joining Melena for this one.

I also want to thank all the fans for their support.  In the first thirty days since Darkness Divides has released it has sold over 3600 copies between all retailers and is still going strong.  This was much more than I expected for this early on!  It’s also reached as high as #3 on the New Release Best Seller list for Dark Fantasy and #6 on the regular list.  With authors like Charlaine Harris topping it, I’m happy to get that far.  I couldn’t have done it without readers like you all spreading the word about the series 🙂

Now, we’ll get on with the playlist that inspired my writing Darkness Divides and what I’m also using for the follow-up novella.  If you’ve got some suggestions for me to use with Darkness Clashes feel free to let me know in the comments.  All songs below are linked to their albums on iTunes in case you’d like to check them out further.

 

1) “Roar” by Katy Perry

 

2) “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

*Thanks to the Microsoft tablet commercials for getting this one stuck in my head (my husband likes to play the television in deafening volumes from the other room while I’m writing in what I suspect is an attempt to drive me crazy).  The lyrics to this song are rather inspiring, though.

 

3) “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty

*Especially influenced the first few chapters of the novel.

 

4) “Disease” by Matchbox Twenty

 

5) “Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty

 

6) “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry

*Especially influenced the fae city portion of the novel.

 

7) “This Is My Now” by Jordin Sparks

 

8) “Human” by Christina Perri

*Especially influenced the early part of the novel.

 

9) “Don’t Cry” by Guns N’ Roses

 

10) “Intuition” by Jewel

*This song just helped get me in a good mood to write 🙂

 

11) “You Were Meant For Me” by Jewel

 

12) “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

*Influenced the last half of the book

 

13) “Hells Bells” by AC/DC

*Influenced the last half of the book

 

13) “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

*Influenced the last half of the book and always makes me think of Lucas and Mel together

 

14) “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

*Influenced the last half of the book

 

15) “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas

*Influenced the last half of the book

 

16) “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

 

17) “Cryin’” by Aerosmith

 

18) “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses

 

That’s it for now.  Expect another post soon with more information about the upcoming novella, Playing with Darkness, book 3.5!

Playlist for Chained by Darkness

For those of you who are curious what songs I listened to while writing Chained by Darkness, I’ve got them listed below.  Some of them influenced the story overall while plotting/writing and a few were particular to certain chapters/scenes.  I’ll link all of them to iTunes and put up YouTube videos for a few of my favorites among them.  Enjoy!

1)  Insensitive by Jann Arden

2)  It Must Have Been Love by Roxette

3)  Wait For You by Elliot Yamin

4)  See You Again by Carrie Underwood

*Influenced the epilogue

5)  Just a Dream by Nelly

6)  The Way by Ariana Grande

7)  Titanium by Madilyn Bailey

*Influenced chapter 1 & 4

8)  Love is Blindness by Jack White

9)  Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

*Influenced chapter 2, 9, & 14

 

10)  The Freshmen by The Verve Pipe

11)  Now or Never by Three Days Grace

12)  Take Me Under by Three Days Grace

13) Not Afraid by Eminem

*Influenced chapter 14

14) Lose Yourself by Eminem

*Influenced chapter 15

 

15)  One Last Breath by Creed

*Influenced chapter 1

16)  My Sacrifice by Creed

17)  I will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan

*Influenced chapter 17 & epilogue

 

18) Angel by Sarah McLachlan

19) It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion

*Influenced chapter 16 & 17


20) Because You Loved Me by  Celine Dion

*Influenced chapter 17

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Feel free to comment if any of these songs are your favorites 🙂

Playlist for Darkness Taunts

MusicI know some people are interested in what music an author plays to help inspire them while writing a novel.  For anyone who wants to know which songs I’ve been listening to as I make my way through Darkness Taunts, the list is below.  It’s a rather eclectic mix of genres because I like a little of everything.

Do keep in mind that not all of them relate to the story, but help set a tone for a scene.  A few have key lines that resonate with me while the song itself doesn’t actually fit.  Some do not pertain to the main character, Melena, but to other characters and their side stories.

They are in no particular order and all song titles are linked to iTunes:

1) Savin’ Me by Nickelback

Favorite lines-

Heaven’s gates won’t open up for me, with these broken wings I’m fallin’

2) How You Remind Me by Nickelback

3) All You Wanted by Michelle Branch

4) Always by Bon Jovi

5) Gotta Be Somebody by Nickelback

6) It Matters to Me by Faith Hill

Favorite line-

Baby tell me where’d you ever learn to fight without saying a word.”

7) Skinny Love by Birdy

Favorite lines-

Who will love you? Who will fight?
And who will fall, far behind?”

8) You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

9) No Surprise by Daughtry

Favorite lines-

There’s nothing here in this heart left to borrowThere’s nothing here in this soul left to say.”

10) No Love by Eminem (featuring Lil Wayne)

Favorite lines-

I don’t go around fire expecting not to sweat.”

11) Not Afraid by Eminem

12) Tourniquet by Evanescence

13) Love the Way You Lie by Eminem and Rihanna

14) Too close by Alex Clare

Favorite line-

And it feels like I am just too close to love you.”

(Love the beat to this song and it fits a very specific scene)

15) No Church in the Wild by Kayne West and Jay Z (feat. Frank Ocean)

16) Down by Jason Walker

17) In the End by Linkin Park

18) Cooler Than Me by Mike Posner

19) You Make Me Sick by Pink

(This is actually the ringtone I use for when my husband calls, but it works for the book too)

20) Naseny El Donia (Translation- Make me forget the world) by Ragheb Alama