I am super excited to welcome A.G. Howard to the blog today for the Authors are Rockstars tour. Anita published her debut novel Splintered this year, and the second book in the series Unhinged is set to release in January 2014. It is a magical retelling of the epic fairy tale Alice in Wonderland, and it is amazing. Splintered has been one of my favorite books that I have read this year. It has romance, magic, an amazing heroine, and totally hot guys. If you would like to check out my full review go here. On top of writing an amazing book Anita is also such a nice person. I have chatted with her on twitter a few times and she has always been so sweet and humble about her awesome work. I think she is a total rockstar and I will always be a huge fan. Today we have a special post about how music affected Anita’s writing and how it inspired her characters.
Music plays a role in everything I write, from evoking the mood or emotion I’m trying to portray, to helping me hone in on characterization. I choose songs not only for their beat and melody, but for the lyrics. Each book gets its own unique playlist.
Two of my favorite songs while writing SPLINTERED were “Distance” by Christina Perri ft. Jason Mraz and “Lose Control” by Evanescence. They both set the tone perfectly for Alyssa and her two guys.
First, “Distance” is the epitome of the relationship between Alyssa and her best friend/secret crush Jeb—how they’re both holding back, afraid to act on what they feel. And since it’s a duet, it’s easy to imagine each of their thoughts by reading the lyrics included in this video.
Anytime I needed to spotlight the power play between the bad boy, Morpheus, and our heroine—his manipulation and her fascination/hesitation—“Lose Control” was the song that nailed it for me. In fact, it’s so spot-on that I can visualize a conversation between them just by listening.
And so that you can, too, I’ve included the lyrics to the song below and attributed the verses to represent their wordplay. You can feel the seduction and temptation Morpheus weaves into every phrase, and Alyssa’s reluctant acceptance of it. In the last verse, Morpheus’s true intention comes to light … along with a hint of remorse for what it could ultimately mean for Alyssa.
You don’t remember my name.
I don’t really care.
Can we play the game your way?
Can I really lose control?
Just once in my life,
I think it’d be nice,
Just to lose control, just once…
Leave all the pretty flowers in the dust.
Mary had a lamb.
His eyes black as coals.
If we play very quiet, my lamb,
Mary never has to know.
Just once in my life,
I think it’d be nice,
Just to lose control, just once.
If I cut you down to a thing I can use,
I fear there’ll be nothing good left of you.
Since I love AG Howard’s work I want to be able to share her books with one of our lucky readers. You will have the choice of either Splintered or a Pre-order Copy of Unhinged. This giveaway is international as long as the book depository ships to you.
Anita Grace Howard lives in the Texas panhandle, and is most at home weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She’s inspired by all things flawed, utilizing the complex loveliness of human conditions and raw emotions to give her characters life, then turning their world upside down so the reader’s blood will race.
Married and mother of two teens (as well as surrogate mom to two Labrador retrievers), Anita divides her days between spending time with her family and plodding along or plotting on her next book.
When she’s not writing, Anita enjoys rollerblading, biking, snow skiing, gardening, and family vacations that at any given time might include an impromptu side trip to an 18th century graveyard or a condemned schoolhouse for photo ops.
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Thinking about slipping off for a summer of sun and fun in the South of France? Cozying up on the beach in Cabo? Partying in Palm Springs? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy an all expenses paid, character guided tour of some of the hottest locals in paranormal and speculative fiction?
Deadly Destinations: Your Guide to Killer Hot Spots is back!
Deadly Destinations is back! Starting on July 1st and running the whole month, All Things Urban Fantasy & Dark Faerie Tales invite you to visit all the different supernatural worlds/locations (guided by your favorite characters) from 62 of the most anticipated new Summer releases.
Picture it now, riding the ley lines through Atlanta with Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels, dodging stakes with Chloe Neill’s Merit in the streets of Chicago, or kicking it in The Hive which isn’t nearly as unsettling with Victoria Scott’s Dante by your side. And that’s just the beginning. We’ve got otherworldly places, oh so familiar faces, and you don’t even have to pack a bag! Wherever you want to go, whoever you want to go with, we’ve probably got you covered. And hopefully we’ll introduce you to a few new favorite characters that you’ll want to follow back to their own books…and did we mention the giveaways?
Deadly Destinations will be visiting the worlds of:
Dark Faerie Tales has been busy preparing the cage for another round of Supernatural Smack Down!
Some of your favorite characters are stepping from the pages in the most action-packed entertainment event of the year! Held in a super secret location, supernatural characters will put their talents to the test in hopes of winning the WORLD CHAMPION SUPERNATURAL TITLE and all the fame and fortune that goes along with it.
Supernatural Gladiators…fighting to the death…(or at least close to it – we don’t want to kill off any of your favorite characters) – winners decided by YOU the reader! Leaving YOU the reader to decide who is the biggest, meanest, supernatural BADASS!
The Supernatural Smackdown event will begin on May 6th and continue throughout the rest of the month. Giveaways will accompany most of the posts. We have some great authors and characters visiting, so stay tuned for a thrilling event!
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This March & April Dark Faerie Tales is once again hosting Fantastic Fables: Paranormal Edition. Starting on March 11, 2013 and going through the month of April, Fantastic Fables is featuring MANY Paranormal Authors that will draw you into worlds of wonders!
Everyday, you will be able to read a classic fable with a rather original twist, written by your favorite authors!
We asked our amazing crowd of authors to write a guest blog about one of their characters immersed in a well known fable, story, Disney movie, etc. How would it affect their world? What would their character do? What if their character had been the Little Red Riding Hood (example)?
It will be a great chance to revisit our favorite stories, all the while enjoying to wits of our best characters (and discover new ones!).
Dark Faerie Tales will feature stories everyday (still a few dates open as we speak) and giveaways will be joined to most posts. Amazing time guaranteed!
We are still in recruitment, but here’s what you can expect so far:
32 authors/titles are confirmed as we speak and we are still waiting for more confirmations.
There will be giveaways for the majority of titles featured, we are hard at work to try and get as many as possible Only the best for our readers!
The authors and publishers we talked to have been amazing, we are all cranked-up!
Fantastic Fables: Paranormal Edition ends on April 30th but all the giveaways for the event will end on May 7th and the winners will be announced on May 10th. Make sure you visit Dark Faerie Tales every day in March and April to find out more about these great titles and authors, and to enter all the giveaways. Feel free to start following us (if you aren’t already) to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
Who already confirmed their participation to Fantastic Fables: Paranormal Edition?