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Monday, May 4, 2015

Blog Tour- TRACKED by Jenny Martin A Playlist and A Giveaway

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the TRACKED blog tour! I have Jenny's playlist and make sure to enter the giveaway below for a copy of the book and swag!

Haven't heard of TRACKED? Check it out!

Author: Jenny Martin
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

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Now on to the post! Jenny sent the spotify code so have fun listening! 

I love music—it’s a big part of my life, even when I’m writing. Often, when I’m trying to think deeply about a character or gearing up to write a big scene, I’ll key into a particular song, listening to it over and over, for inspiration. Here are some of the tracks that…ahem…inspired Tracked.

1. Strange Times by the Black Keys

Man, I love the Keys. And to me, Strange Times evoked Phee’s world, a planet that’s so corrupt, and so far gone from its original, Earth-colony roots. There’s a line in Strange Times about “statues in the square” and what they used to stand for, and that’s pretty much Phee’s planet in a nutshell.

2. Fast Fuse by Kasabian

This song reminds me of Phee, during her first few races, when she’s all heart, but no head, just a fast fuse, smoking the competition.

3. Howlin’ for You by the Black Keys

I always imagined this song playing in the backroom club when Phee first meets Cash. It’s pretty clear, right away, that there’s something between these two. They’re both a handful. They’re both smart-mouthed and bold and volatile, for entirely different reasons. And this song…it’s like what happens when you mix two brands of TNT…spontaneous combustion. But oh boy, it’s fun to write that kind of chemistry.

4. February Stars by Foo Fighters

While Phee and Cash make a strong case for explosive chemistry, Bear’s relationship with her is something all together. Bear and Phee share a deep bond, an abiding closeness built on family and friendship. For me, this song seems to ask the question--what happens when that friendship changes…what happens when we grow up, and loyalty grows into love?

5. Lightning Bolt Pearl Jam

Another anthem for Phee, only this one’s a shade more triumphant. I think of this one when Phee’s just starting to practice for her first circuit race. She’s in this hot, state-of-the-art machine, spinning out of control, simply for the pure joy of it.

6. The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails

For me, this song is all about obsessive, out of control love, and the price it exacts. To understand why this song reminds me of Tracked…no spoilers, you’ll have to read it.

7. Rope by Foo Fighters

There are moments in Tracked, when the noose tightens and Phee’s staring at a set of seemingly no-win choices. I love the way Rope speaks to that kind of emotional state—that sense of crippling indecision.

8. White Limo by Foo Fighters

I always, always listen to Foo Fighters when I’m deep into a book, looking for inspiration. And if I had to pick one song for this book, it’d be White Limo. There’s a really big, climactic race in Tracked, and I listened to this song over and over while dreaming it up, drafting and revising it. Honestly, listening to White Limo is like put an ear to the most primal corner Phee’s soul. (And hey, this song is totally kickass.)

9. Dear Dictator by Saint Motel

If I had to pick a song for my bad guy, Charles Benroyal, it’d be this one. Saint Motel is such an awesome band, and if you’re not listening to them, you should be. Dear Dictator is pure villainy. Love it.

10. No Church in the Wild by Kanye West

Another perfect track for my sharply dressed, smooth-talking villain, Benroyal. I listened to this one a lot, when drafting scenes in the Spire.

11. Satellite by Guster

Here’s another song for Cash, one that evokes the softer side of his personality. Satellite is touching and tender, and it perfectly articulates his feelings for Phee.

12. Bridge Burning by Foo Fighters

There are a lot of Foo Fighters songs on this playlist, so many that the band’s in my acknowledgments. I feel I owe them a huge debt for all the inspiration! So many of their songs are perfect for action scenes, and this track is no exception. If I imagine Phee sitting behind the wheel, before her most fateful race, it’s this song I hear.

13. Half the Man by Methodic Doubt Music

Here’s the perfect track for a sweeping, epic climax…no words, just a hard-driving beat and a sense of pulse-pounding doom. I’ll let you figure out what scene this song evokes.

14. Something from Nothing by Foo Fighters

This is Phee, facing down all the powers who oppose her. She is not going down without a fight, or without blazing bright. If you read the lyrics, it’s totally Phee vs. Benroyal, and I love it.

15. Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters.

It was really difficult for me to say goodbye to book one, and draft the final chapters of Tracked, so this song really evokes the feelings I had writing them, and the emotional tone of the book’s resolution.

Hope you enjoy the playlist, and hope you enjoyed getting a sneak peek at my thoughts about Tracked. ;) 

About Jenny:

Jenny Martin is an author and librarian. Her first novel, Tracked, will be released on May 5th, 2015 by Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random-House. Jenny is also an experienced speaker, panelist and presenter who’s appeared at many state and regional conferences, events and festivals. She lives in Dallas, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction. And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake.

Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED and an awesome swag pack! US Only.

5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED! US Only.

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Check out the Tour Schedule!

Week One:
4/27/2015- Icey BooksReview
4/27/2015- Girls In The Stacks- Guest Post
4/28/2015- Novel NoviceGuest Post
4/28/2015- I Read Banned BooksInterview
4/29/2015- Alice MarvelsReview
4/30/2015- Mundie MomsInterview
4/30/2015- NerdophilesReview
5/1/2015- Bookhounds YAGuest Post

Week Two:
5/4/2015- Reading TeenReview
5/4/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
5/5/2015- FiktshunInterview
5/6/2015- Stuck In BooksReview 
5/6/2015- ParajunkeeInterview
5/7/2015- Me My Shelf And IInterview
5/8/2015- FangirlishGuest Post
5/8/2015- Page TurnersReview


  1. I love so many of these songs. Great choices and now I want to read the book even more!! :-)


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