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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blog Tour- A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray and a Giveaway!

Hey y'all! I have an awesome stop for you today a playlist from Claudia Gray's  A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and there's videos for all of them since I love all the songs! The book is out today so make sure to grab your copy. It is my absolute favorite book of 2014 and has a swoonworthy boy that makes my top 10 all time book boyfriend list! Oh and make sure to stick around and enter the epic giveaway! 

Haven't heard of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU? Check it out!

Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Now on to the playlist!


I always create soundtracks for every book I write, and listen to that music virtually every time I sit down at the keyboard. (Weirdly enough, if the soundtrack won't come together, I know something's wrong with my preliminary plans for the book. Kind of spooky, right? But it's always been true.) However, with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, I … maybe went off the deep end a bit. I actually made separate soundtracks for every single dimension Marguerite visits, with a few songs thrown in for her home. That means the playlist for ATPOY is about 75 songs long. Eventually I'll post it on my blog, but it would be the Guest Post That Ate The Internet here and now. So instead of going through the whole list, I thought I'd share a few of the songs that were most important to the writing process.

1) "Breath of Life" by Florence + the Machine (Jaime loves anything Florence)

This is the theme song for the entire Firebird trilogy. The lyrics don't really match up, but there's something about the sound and the meaning of the whole song that just captures this driving, desperate sense of going forward no matter what. For me it just captures where Marguerite is as she begins these journeys, and the strength of her sense of purpose. No matter how dangerous it gets, she's going forward.

Every single universe's soundtrack had "Breath of Life" in it. According to iTunes, while writing the first book, I listened to this song 403 times. That's not even counting the later books – we'll see how high that count gets.

2) "Once Upon a December" by Sarah Morgann

Yes, the theme song from the movie "Anastasia"! How could I not have that as one of the main songs for the Russiaverse? Although I wanted the version from the movie, you can't buy the single on its own; Sarah Morgann recorded the cover that worked best. The lyrics are about a beautiful Russia lost in time, beyond the singer's memory or reach. But for Marguerite, it's about the family she finds there, the incredible romance that happens in this dimension, and her knowledge that no matter how much the Russiaverse means to her, ultimately she has to leave it all behind.  

3) "Problem" by Natalia Kills

LOVE Natalia Kills, always, and this song seemed to fit the rougher, party-girl Marguerite that we meet in the Londonverse. I imagine it playing in the nightclub when Theo finds her.

4) "The Dress Looks Nice on You" by Sufjan Stevens

To me this sounds like the shy, unspoken appreciation and love Lieutenant Markov feels for the Grand Duchess Marguerite in the Russiaverse. The lyrics are so gentle, and there's no expectation of the love ever being returned. It's just this expression of selfless devotion, which was the perfect song for him in the Russiaverse.

5) "In My Life" by The Beatles (Ahem one of Jaime's favorite Beatles Songs!)

Marguerite begins her mad chase through the dimensions to avenge her father's death, and when the story begins, her grief is new and raw and horrible. During her journey, she encounters versions of her father – for whom it's any other day. So there's all this love inside her that she can't fully express. These are the last moments she's ever going to spend with her dad, and they're incredibly precious to her.

Well, Marguerite's father, Henry Caine, would count as a die-hard Beatlemaniac. His favorite song of theirs is "In My Life," and it's something he used to sing or hum around the house. So the song is a huge emotional touchstone for her during the story.

6) "The Lightning Strike" by Snow Patrol

The other day, someone on Twitter was asking how many YA love scenes are inspired by Snow Patrol songs, and my answer was, "Probably all of them." Cliché? Well, I don't care. This song so beautifully captures Paul's emotions in the final scenes of the book that I had to listen to it over and over as I wrote the last chapters. (The only problem is that the lyrics talk about "gold hair" and Marguerite's a brunette, but we'll all pretend we didn't hear that line, okay?) And this song builds to an amazing climax, which is what I was hoping for with the book! Hope it worked. 

Thanks Claudia I loved this! I can't wait to see the playlist for book 2!!!!

About Claudia:

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Giveaway Details:

(1)  A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU Prize Pack consisting of a scarf with a quote from the book, a scented candle from one of the mutliverses, and a signed book. International

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Check out the Tour Schedule for more awesome posts!

Week One
Oct. 27th – The Midnight Garden – Guest Post
Oct. 28th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview
Oct. 29th – BookHounds YA – Review
Oct. 30th – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview with Paul
Oct. 31st – Reading YA Rocks – Guest Post

Week Two
Nov. 3rd – Parajunkee – Interview
Nov. 4th – Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post
Nov. 5th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post
Nov. 6th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
Nov. 7th – Page Turners Blog – Review


  1. Morgan ~ drewblythe2004@yahoo.com

    I can't wait to read this book, I will be getting a copy no matter what!!! I would love to this, so thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity!!!

  2. Read a lot of mixed reviews about this book. But I absolutely loved Gray's Fateful so i'm very interested to see how this book goes like. The Dimension jumping thingie is also drawing me in and the playlist is amazing.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  3. I've been hearing so many amazing things about this book and am so excited to try it out myself!! It sounds so intriguing! :D

    ~Fari @ My Little Corner For Books

  4. I have been eyeing this! I can't wait to dive into this. Happy release day Claudia!!

  5. This sounds fascinating! Also, a thousand times over, that cover is gorgeous.

  6. This looks so good :) Love the cover <3

  7. This book sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read it!

  8. I've just started reading it and I am already loving it!

  9. i like claudia's books...thx u for the chance to win her new book ^^

  10. I love the cover and the story looks amazing !

  11. A Thousand Pieces of You has such a beautiful cover and I've been hearing very good thing about it! I can't wait to get the chance to read it and the playlist makes me even more curious about the book.

  12. With beautiful writing, stunning world-building and a protagonist with a personality and a story that will keep a reader on their toes, this is one book from Claudia Gray that readers won't want to miss. I know that I was absolutely blown away after reading this, and I believe that you will be too.

    HP Elitepad Review


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