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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Tour- WHILE YOU WERE GONE by Amy K. Nichols a Playlist and A Giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the WHILE YOU WERE GONE blog tour! I have Amy's playlist to share with you today and of course I'll share the videos for them! And make sure to enter the giveaway to win a hardcover of the book!

Haven't heard of WHILE YOU WERE GONE ? Check it out!

Author: Amy K. Nichols
Pub. Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue.

Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor’s daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition—years in the making—her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She’s struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny, a boy from a different world. Literally.

Raised in a foster home, Danny has led a life full of hurt and hardship until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he’s never seen, with parents who miraculously survived the car crash that should have killed them. It’s like he’s a new Danny. But this alternate self has secrets—ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee, he’s even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work.

As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that’s bigger than both of them. . . . And together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it’s too late.

Now on to the playlist! 


Music is a huge part of my life. There are always songs playing in my house, in my car, in my head. So it’s no surprise that it plays a big role in my writing as well. Part of my process is finding music that captures the tone of the chapter or scene I’m currently working on and listening to it on repeat as I write. While writing Now That You’re Here, the first book in the Duplexity series, I built a playlist that corresponded with the chapters, characters and overall feel of the book. Writing the follow-up book, While You Were Gone, was no different. By the time I completed the first draft, I’d also completed a playlist that conveyed the feeling and arc of the story.

Comparing the two playlists is interesting. The songs that influenced Now That You’re Here strike me as somewhat dreamy and love-centric. While there are love songs on the While You Were Gone playlist, overall the tone is grittier, the tempos are faster, and there’s a lot more angst. Which is fitting. Now That You’re Here is an emotional journey centered around two people’s discovery of each other, set in a world that is for the most part benevolent. While You Were Gone is also the story of two people’s discovery of each other, but the journey is more external and the world is pretty much out to get them. Thus the grit and the angst.

There was one cool coincidence with the books that involved music. Back when I was working on Now That You’re Here, I was driving in my car and a song came on the radio I’d never heard before. It started out simple, just a repeated piano chord progression. Then Rihanna began singing, and I was struck by how perfectly the words matched up to the story I was writing. The song was “Stay” and it quickly became my go-to theme song for the book. A year or so later, I was driving in the car and a song came on the radio that caught my ear. It started out simple, just a repeated guitar progression. Then the verse began and I was struck by how perfectly the words matched up with the story I was writing. The song was “Renegades” by X Ambassadors, and it quickly became the theme song of While You Were Gone

Danny and Eevee also have their own theme songs. In Now That You’re Here, Danny’s song is “Starlight” by Muse. Eevee’s is “Satellite” by Guster. In While You Were Gone, Danny’s song started out as “Vicarious” by Tool but changed to “Map of the Problematique” by Muse. Eevee’s is both “No Light, No Light” by Florence + The Machine and “She” by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.

The funny thing about linking music and story is that that connection doesn’t end just because the book is finished. Sometimes I’ll be out somewhere, standing in line for a coffee or something, and a song will come over the sound system that triggers a scene or chapter in my mind. Suddenly my writing brain turns on and I’ll kind of forget where I am, that I’m supposed to be standing in line for that coffee. My mind is a million miles away, in a parallel universe of sorts.

Here are some of the songs that influenced While You Were Gone. You can find the complete playlist on my website, at http://amyknichols.com/?page_id=758. I hope you enjoy listening, and I really hope you enjoy reading the books! Also Jaime *cutting in* I hosted the playlist for Now That You're Here last year for the blog tour so if you want to check that out click on this link :)

Crawling in the Dark – Hoobastank

No Light, No Light – Florence + The Machine

Come A Little Closer – Cage the Elephant

Club Foot – Kasabian

Map of the Problematique – Muse

Renegades – X Ambassadors

About Amy:

Amy K. Nichols has been crafting stories for as long as she can remember. She is the author of YA science fiction novel Now That You're Here, to be published by Knopf December 9, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, will be published in 2015. She is mentored by award-winning crime novelist James Sallis and lives on the edge of the Sonoran desert with her husband and children. Amy is a member of SCBWI and SFWA, as well as the Class of 2K14 debut authors. Visit her online at http://www.amyknichols.com.

Giveaway Details:

10 winners will receive finished copies of WHILE YOU WERE GONE. US Only.

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Check out the Tour Schedule!

Week One:
7/27/2015- Bookhounds yaInterview
7/28/2015- The Best Books EverReview
7/29/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
7/30/2015- The Cover ContessaReview
7/31/2015- Me, My Shelf and IInterview

Week Two:
8/3/2015- A Dream Within A DreamReview
8/4/2015- FiktshunGuest Post
8/5/2015- Fiction FareReview
8/6/2015- Fire and IceInterview
8/7/2015- The Young FolksReview


  1. Thanks to Amy for a chance to win this awesome book! :)

  2. This book sounds very exciting and definitely a page-turner. Thanks for the playlist--love Muse and Hoobastank.

  3. Thanks for the playlist. I think I'm going to enjoy the characters, Florence + The Machine and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians are two of my favorites. Thanks

  4. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing author's playlists. I know when I write, I like having songs that fit the novel/characters. X Ambassadors is one of my favorite bands (just saw them live again this past Saturday) so it's cool to see their new single on this list!

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  5. I am really intrigued by this book - and the playlist! Thanks for the giveaway!


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