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Monday, August 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Deception by C.J. Redwine Playlist and a Giveaway!

I adore this series by C.J. Redwine and I am so excited to have her here today for the DECEPTION Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms and Mundie Girls Tours! And you all know how much I love music so I asked C.J. to do a playlist for DECEPTION. I will share some of the YouTube videos as well!

Here's some info on the book and make sure to enter the awesome giveaway below to!

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Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, which is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, slowly killing them off. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the survivors begin to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

And C.J Take it away!

Music is a big part of my writing process. As stories and characters come to life in my head, I slowly build playlists for them. Anyone who follows me on Spotify can see a huge list of playlists under my name … many for books that won’t be written for years. I’m constantly listening to new music, discovering new voices, and when I hear something that fits a story, I add it to that playlist. As a result, many of my finished playlists (like the one for DECEPTION) are pretty long! For the sake of not writing a post that would take nine years to read, I picked a representative cross-section of music from DECEPTION’s playlist to share with you.

My playlists encompass the atmosphere and emotional journey of a story. I can’t use the same playlist twice, even within the same series of books, because the emotional journey and the struggles within that book are unique. For Deception, the theme was tension, fear, depression, and betrayal mixed in with high stakes action scenes. I needed music that captured those elements.

One of my favorite songs to play while I wrote the scenes where Logan and Rachel struggled with each other and with what their lives had become was Stray by The Exies.


Another favorite that captured the tension well was Familiar Taste of Poison by Halestorm. 

Before anybody panics, the lyrics don’t always have to match perfectly with the circumstances. It’s the emotion, both in the lyrics and in the music itself, that makes a song right for the playlist. And speaking of emotion, Can’t Live Without You by Bebo Norman is the song that best fit romantic moments between Rachel and Logan in DECEPTION. (See? There’s hope!)

DECEPTION was the first book I’ve written where I actually used more instrumental music on the playlist than singer/songwriter songs. I pulled several pieces from The Dark Knight’s soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioQnaB1ijtk along with pieces from the soundtrack to Assassin’s Creed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6kRdmUnks8  Both of those perfectly capture the atmosphere of growing fear and tension laced with grief that permeates much of DECEPTION. 

The final song I’ll share from DECEPTION’s playlist is Rise With Me by In This Moment because I feel like it perfectly captures the haunting desperation of the book, both Rachel’s inward journey, and the outward conflict as well.

If you want more songs from DECEPTION’s playlist, or are curious about other playlists (including Defiance book 3!), follow me on Spotify and check them out for yourself. And feel free to send songs recs. I’m always looking for the next perfect song!

Thanks so Much C.J!

About The Author

C. J. Redwine lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her four beautiful kids, an amazing husband, two fairly crazy cats, and a dog. She has books in every corner of her house, an impressive Harry Potter memorabilia collection, and a bunch of really cool friends she doesn't get to see nearly as much as she'd like to. She is also the author of Defiance.

Visit C.J. via her Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

The Giveaway: 

Mundie Moms is giving away a signed copy of either Defiance or Deception (winner's choice), and 2 runner up winners will receive a set of bookmarks
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure to follow the tour schedule for more awesome posts! 

8/23- Carina's Books, interview with Rachel
8/23 -  Curling Up With a Good Book, excerpt

8/24- MundieMoms, review

8/26- Two Chicks on Books, playlist (you are here)

8/27 - YASisterhood, review
8/27- Fitshun, interview with Logan

8/28 - Reading Teen, Top 10s List
8/28 -Fangirlish, review

8/29- ExLibris, author interview

8/30- PageTurners Blog, review
8/30 - Emily's Crammed Bookshelf, excerpt

8/31 - PeaceLove Teen, excerpt


  1. Look forward to reading. Sounds intriguing. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I haven't been able to get my hands on the first book yet, but I'm dying to read these!

  3. What a great prize, the new book looks wonderful. Thanks for your generosity.

  4. Great book. Love the first one!

  5. I read the first and preordered the second weeks ago on Amazon but if I could win a signed copy I would donate my unsigned copy to my local library.

  6. I do the same thing as jose an donate the book if I win a copy - seems like a great way to help promote the reads even more.

  7. Thank you for the giveaway. I would be nice if more writers would come to Colo. I would love to met them. I also love the cover. Just makes you want to grab it and not put it down.

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway. It is a very good beginning of a great series.

  10. I'm really looking forward to book 2 of this series! A signed copy would be awesome!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm so excited for Deception!


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