Friday, September 28, 2012

Blog Tour- Promised By Caragh O'Brien and a Giveaway!!

 Ok ya’ll know how much I love music posts! And I think this one may be a favorite of mine! Caragh and I have similar tastes in music and she actually chose one of my all-time favorite songs! Oh and the awesome peeps at Macmillan have given me a whole set of books to give away! Paperback copies of Birthmarked and Prized, and a hardcover copy of Promised! So check out Caragh’s music post and fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

First let me say thanks, Jaime, for inviting me by and asking me about how music plays a role in my writing.  I love music, especially when it’s live. If I don’t have the radio on, it’s playing in my head anyway, so I pretty much always have a soundtrack accompanying my life.  I cantor at my church, and I also sing in the Vernon Chorale where I love trying to blend with the other soprano voices. The rich harmonies of forty people singing together give me chills, and I like rehearsals even more than performances.  Between listening and singing, my tastes range from the classical to Adele, with a bit of country thrown in.
              For music to write by, I usually have Grooveshark or Pandora playing, and I’m drawn to favorites that either release me to somewhere far away or put me in a particular mood. The plaintive melody of Sara Barielles’ “Gravity,” for instance, always makes me lonely, which matches what I sometimes feel on Leon’s behalf.  Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” makes me wistful, and connects to how I feel about Gaia in the wasteland. John Mayer’s “Say” was on the radio all the time in early 2008, when I was writing the first draft of Birthmarked, and whenever I hear it now, I get a sense of excitement and possibility that goes far beyond the simplicity of his lyrics.
            In case you want to listen along, I’ve pulled together a collection of my favorite writing songs in a playlist on Grooveshark .

Promised: The Writing List includes: (I’ll include some of the videos but this is a long list so not all of them)

1. Say, John Mayer

2. Gravity, Sara Bareilles

3. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Lady Antibellum
4. Over the Rainbow, Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole
5. Living It Up, Rickie Lee Jones
6. Dawn, Dario Marianelli
7. More Than Words, Extreme

8. Hide and Seek, Imogen Heep
9. One Step Up, Bruce Springsteen
10. And So It Goes, Billy Joel (Jaime's most favorite song ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

11. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow
12. Lux Aurumque, Eric Whitacre
13. In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel

14. Silent All These Years, Tori Amos

15. Wanted, Rachel Diggs
16. Why, Annie Lenox (Another of Jaime's Favorites!)

Thanks again, Jaime, for having me by! 

Thank you Caragh! Awesome playlist!!!!! Check out all of her books on Goodreads! Birthmarked, Prized, and Promised!

Make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter and good luck!

Check out the rest of the tour stops!
Promised Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 9/24           
Tuesday 9/25           
Wednesday 9/26    
Friday 9/28                
Saturday 9/29          
Monday 10/1           
Tuesday 10/2           
Wednesday 10/3    
Thursday 10/4         
Friday 10/5                

 Also check out all of this cool info:
Fierce Reads
—Caragh M. O’Brien is part of the Fall 2012 Fierce Reads campaign and she will be going on a multi-city and multi-author tour in October. Details can be found here:
—There’s a new Fall Fierce Reads trailer which Promised is included in: 

—A free Fall 2012 Fierce Reads chapter sampler for e-readers is available, which includes Promised

More info about the author and The Birthmarked Trilogy
—Caragh M. O’Brien’s Twitter:
—Author Website:

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  1. Gravity. I love everything by Sarag Bareilles!

  2. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Definitely Lady Antebellum:) Love it:)

    Thank you:)

  3. Annie Lennox - Why! I've loved her voice & music for years <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  4. Love Tori Amos - Silent All These Years!

  5. Gravity! I love her voice.

  6. My favorite song is Gravity- Sara Bareilles :D!

  7. cant take my eyes off you
    tinyauthor at yahoo dot com

  8. i love Over the Rainbow, Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole. It's such a sweet song about optimism!!!

  9. More than Words by Extreme and Over the Rainbow by Isreal Kamakawiiwo'ole are both beautiful songs and my two favorites on this list!

  10. Gravity. Love me some Sara Bareilles!

  11. All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow

  12. My favorite is Gravity by Sara Bareilles : )

  13. Ooh, I love Lady Antebellum, but my best friend would say Hide and Seek by Imogen Heep! Lol. :)


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