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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blog Tour- THORNHILL Playlist by Kathleen Peacock and a Giveaway!


Hey y’all! I’m really excited to have Kathleen Peacock here today for the THORNHILL Blog Tour! There are two reasons for this one I normally don’t like werewolf books but I fell in love with the characters in HEMLOCK, book 1even the wolf ones lol and number two is I have a playlist and you all know how much I love my music posts! Ooh also Kathleen and I have very similar tastes in music. I’ll be embedding my favorite videos for you to watch and make sure to enter the awesome giveaway below!

Check THORNHILL out!

Title: THORNHILL
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Pub. Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages:352

Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for  young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.

Now onto the playlist!


The playlist for Thornhill is actually quite long (twenty-four songs on the final playlist and about seventy songs that I listened to at various points), but bellow are nine songs which were integral to writing the book.

"Running Up That Hill" (cover of Kate Bush) by Placebo




"And if I only could/ Make a deal with God/ And get him to swap our places/ Be running up that road/ Be running up that hill"

According to Wikipedia*, Kate Bush (who wrote and performed the original song) has said, "I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman, can't understand each other" while Q magazine has described the Placebo cover as "sound[ing] more like a pact with the Devil' than the original 'deal with God'." In Thornhill, Mac is willing to risk everything—her life, her freedom, her future—to save Kyle and Serena from a life in the camps which makes the Placebo cover the perfect Thornhill song.

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"Set the Fire to the Third Bar" by Snow Patrol 




"I'm miles from where you are/ I lay down on the cold ground/ And I, I pray that something picks me up/ And sets me down in your warm arms"

"Set the Fire to the Third Bar" is one song that really defines the Mac/Kyle dynamic in Thornhill. Kyle and Mackenzie are separated by physical distance as the book opens, but even after they've been reunited, you have to wonder if the distance between their two worlds is just too great for happy ever after. Even the music video seems to perfectly capture the situation faced by the two of them in the camp; I would rewatch it whenever I got stuck on one of their scenes.

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"9 Crimes / 9 Crimes (Demo version)" by Damien Rice 




"Leave me out with the waste/ This is not what I do/ It's the wrong kind of place/ To be thinking of you"

If "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" is for Mac and Kyle, then "9 Crimes" is for Mac and Jason. Or, rather, "9 Crimes" is for Jason's conflicted feelings about Mackenzie and his self-destructive nature. The second chapter of Thornhill (in which Mac patches up Jason in a dingy motel bathroom) was written to the album version of this song and other Jason scenes were written to the demo version.

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"Shattered" by Trading Yesterday

"There's a light/ There's a sun/ Taking all shattered ones/ To the place we belong"

I actually stumbled onto this song while watching fanvids and wrote an entire scene between Jason and Mac to it. Most of that scene ended up on the cutting room floor (for anyone who has read the book: the rest of the scene is the bit where Mac and Jason are on the broken porch swing), but I feel like the song really suits Jason's character arc in the book. He finds something bigger than himself, something—and someone—worth pulling himself together for.

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"Annabelle" by Gillian Welch

"We cannot have all things to please us/ No matter how we try"

No matter how much Mac might want to outrun her childhood, it comes back to bite her in the butt in book two. While the lyrics to "Annabelle" don't really suit the situation, the tone and feel of the song is a perfect match for Mac's twisted past.


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"You Made me the Thief of your Heart" by Sinead O'Connor



"I'll never wash these clothes/ I want to keep the stain/ Your blood to me is precious/ nor would I spill it in vain"

Very bad things happen to the Hemlock crew inside Thornhill. Very, very bad things.

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"Heavy in Your Arms" by Florence + the Machine 




"And is it worth the wait/ All this killing time?/ Are you strong enough to stand/Protecting both your heart and mine?"

This song unstuck me when I was badly stuck. I had reached a key part of act three and just couldn't figure out how to get everyone in place for the big, climatic showdown. Finally, after hours spent staring at a blinking cursor, I hauled on my coat and went for a walk. It was dark and raining and this song came up on shuffle. As I listened to it, I saw the entire scene unfold in my head.

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"Young Cardinals" by Alexisonfire 



"Strange things happen in the night-time hours/ White tails graze and wolves devour"

It's hard to imagine a more perfect song for an uprising. This is one of two Alexisonfire songs on the playlist and one of three Alexisonfire songs I listened to while writing the book.

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"Shake it Out" by Florence + the Machine 




"I am done with my graceless heart/ So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart/ 'Cause I like to keep my issues strong/ It's always darkest before the dawn"


I knew how I wanted Thornhill to end before I sat down to write a single word, and it always ended with the same two characters in a scene set to this song. Mac knows she can't keep running from the past and that there is a long road ahead, but she's hopeful.

Thanks so much Kathleen now I have Palcebo and Florence stuck in my head lol Awesome playlist!!!!


About Kathleen:
Kathleen Peacock spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college, but tripped over them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles. Her debut, HEMLOCK, is coming May 8th, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, and will be published in the UK under the title DEADLY HEMLOCK from Simon and Schuster Children’s Books.


Giveaway Details:
For First Place (International): "Unlock the wolf within" Thornhill necklace (engraved stainless steel pendant on a silver-plated chain http://instagram.com/p/cIGkoowOJq/#)
Signed copy of Thornhill
Signed swag

Runners Up (International)

3 runners up will get swag packs (stickers, bookmarks, signed bookplates)


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Tour Schedule:

Week 1
9/2/2013- Book Chic- Review
9/3/2013- In the Best Worlds- Interview
9/4/2013- Fall Into Books- Guest Post
9/5/2013- Portrait of a Book- Interview
9/6/2013- The Book Life- Review

Week 2
9/9/2013- The Reader's Antidote- Guest Post
9/10/2013- Auntie Spinelli Reads- Review
9/11/2013- The Book Belles- Review
9/12/2013- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

9/13/2013- Mundie Moms- Interview

12 comments:

  1. I have heard so many awesome things about this series I can't wait to read it!!!!

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  2. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I've been wanting to read this series for a really long time :D

    Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

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  3. I've been wanting to read Hemlock, I even have it on my iBooks' shelf all ready to be read! Haha, great playlist, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Love Hemlock so really looking forward to this new book in the series!

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  5. Love Sinead O'Connor, thanks for putting her on the playlist. Her voice is so pure and her emotions are so sincere. Great choice.

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  6. Wow! What an amazing giveaway! LOVING the cover of Thornhill btw! The pink contrasts so well with the haunted-looking trees...until you look closer and see the vine's deadly thorns! Wish you lots of luck on promoting your book Kathleen!

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  7. My computer has decided that Chrome shouldn't let me play anything anymore. Something stupid about the apps. SO I can't watch your videos but I can tell you that I love your covers. Thank you.

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  8. That necklace is so pretty!! I enjoyed listening to the songs too! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  9. Awesome! I can't see the necklace but Im sure its awesome! :D
    Mary G Loki

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  10. I am dying to read this series! Werewolf stories are my favorite!!!

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  11. I'm currently reading Hemlock right now, it's really good! I can't wait to read Thornhill!

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  12. So I don't really do werewolf books, but WOW that is an awesome playlist! I imagine writers are heavily influenced by the music they listen to, and any book inspired by "You Made Me The Thief of Your Heart" is one I should read.

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