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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blog Tour- ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey and a Giveaway!!!

So today I’m excited to have my good friend Mary Lindsey here to talk about music and her book ASHES ON THE WAVES which was a fantastic book and I highly suggest you all read it when it comes out! And there’s also a giveaway so make sure to enter below!

Ok on to the post! 

While, I had a playlist for Shattered Souls, I don't have one for Ashes on the Waves

Because the book is steeped in the rhythm and feel of Edgar Allan Poe's works, I relied on the tempo and mood of his writing, rather than music. Each chapter is springboarded from one of his poems, letters, essays or stories. I didn't listen to music while writing. Instead, I would read the source piece out loud, whether it was The Fall of the House of Usher, "The Raven," or "Annabel Lee."

There were songs that influenced the process, however, even though Liam and Anna don't have a playlist. The intensity of the relationship really hit me when listening to the song, "Words," form the album, Water, by Fisher. It is an obscure song, so there is no video. 

Here's the first verse: 

We were one heart, separately beating in the time to one dream.
Born apart, we were twins cut from the very same skin.

Now I, miss you more than words
Life got in the way
Words got in the way

Now I, don't know what to say,
Words get in the way.
They get in the way. 

I listened to a lot of classical while plotting and brainstorming. Mozart's "Requiem in D Minor" got a lot of play, especially the Dies Irae and Rex Tremendae, Confutatis, and Lacrimosa sections. I can't wear earbuds, so this was blasting in the house a lot. My family is very tolerant, bless them. 

The song that nailed the back part of the book for me, though was "C'est La Mort," by the Civil Wars. Love it!

Thanks, Jaime for hosting me on your blog today! 

Thank you Mary love you!!!!

About the Book:

A sexy gothic romance based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied, but the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, with references to many of his other works including The Raven, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series, Kendra Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood, and Kelly Creagh's Nevermore.

 Praise for Ashes on the Waves 

“Achingly beautiful and darkly sensuous ... an extraordinary read that left me breathless at every turn!” –Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

“Mary Lindsey, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, has created a haunting, mystical world. I loved this tragic, romantic story.” –Cate Tiernan, author of Sweep and  Immortal Beloved

"A romantic potpourri of doomed amour, Celtic lore and mystery-laden suspense."--Kirkus Reviews

Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Indie Bound/Penguin Publishing

Did I mention there's a trailer? And it's AWESOME!!!!!!

About Mary:
Mary Lindsey lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter's pet rats, an Australian bearded dragon, and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (The roaches are along story. Don't ask). 

Make sure to go to Rockstar Book Tours to see the rest of the tour schedule. There are some awesome posts!

ASHES ON THE WAVES Giveaway Details:

5 Winners Total
2 winners will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS, a necklace tile, magnet, and a signed bookmark.
1 winner will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS (out of whatever is left from the first 2 winners), a necklace tile, and a signed bookmark.
2 winners will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS(out of whatever is left from the first 3 winners),  and a signed bookmark.


  1. Gorgeous cover, can't wait to start this series!

  2. Pretty cover and sounds like a great series!

  3. Congrats mary on the new release !Thanks for sharing ;)

  4. This sounds awesome!!! Love the cover too :)

  5. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK. It's like you've taken everything I've ever loved and rolled into a plot and put it on paper. I already know this will end up being one of my all-time favorites!

  6. Comment. I love giveaways :)

  7. I'd so love to read this! It looks great!!!

  8. Thats so awesome! :D Where did u get the tiles? Or did you make them urself? Either way thats terriable clever! :)

    Mary G Loki

    1. Hi, Mary. The title came from something one of the characters says. It is a tie in to an Edgar Allan Poe poem, "The Conqueror Worm." The character is speaking of how they have to cremate their dead on this tiny island because during certain times of year, the ground is too frozen to bury them. The other character is horrified, so he says something to the effect of ,"It makes no difference whether we end up food for the worms or ashes on the waves."

      The minute I wrote the line, I knew it was the title. It took over a year to find it. :)

  9. I have only read one other gothic book and I really loved it, so I am really interested in this book! I would also love a chance to read Shattered Souls, since that has been on my TBR list for some time now. Thanks so much for offering such a great giveaway, and those necklace tiles are such a cute idea!! :)

  10. The cover is beautiful! and inspired by EA Poe! sounds marvelous

  11. I desperately need this book! Thank you so much for writing it! Poe forever. :)

  12. I'm so excited to read these books!!! They look so fabulous! And those songs are super interesting ;)

  13. agreed, the cover is gorgeous!

  14. I am counting down the days for this book! The cover is beautiful and the synopsis had me practically foaming at the mouth with anticipation. I am always impressed with people who can write while listening to music. I love music, but I just can't focus on something like writing when I'm listening to it. I always think of fitting songs afterward, lol. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Great author post, new follower :-)

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  15. This book sounds amazing, plus Poe-creepy! I had my eye on this one for quite a while.

  16. The trailer is really great! I love Poe's work and I've yet to read a 'retelling' of one so I'm really looking forward to your book. I love the title as well. :)

  17. I loved Shattered Souls!!! I can't wait to read Ashes on the Waves :D

  18. Gah, I need to read them both! Book 2 is on my TBR pile, but I hadn't even realized it was in a series! What is wrong with me?! Lol:)

  19. This blog is amazing. It's my new favorite thing!!

  20. I cannot wait to read this! It Looks awesome :)

  21. This sounds like a great read! And the cover is gorgeous!!



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