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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blog Tour GRUDGING by Michelle Hauck A Playlist and a Giveaway

I am so excited to be hosting a spot on Claudia Gray's Official TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU blog tour! I am freaking OBSESSED with this series, I mean seriously there are no words for how much I love it (and Paul *swoons*). I have a guest post to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway to win signed finished copies of both books

Haven't heard of TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU? Check it out!

Author: Michelle Hauck
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Formats:  eBook
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything. 

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood. 

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps. 

The Women of the Song. 

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out. 

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.

Now on to the guest post!

Michelle was nice enough to add the html for all the YouTube videos so I shared all the songs.

1. Any playlist for Grudging has to start with this song. Come Along by Vicci Martinez and CeLo Green was the inspiration behind the whole book. The very first magic the witch Claire uses involves these words, “Come Along With Me.” “Friends, foes, God only knows” was the line behind the title. I used just about every line in the song for some type of plot point.


2. Brother by NeedtoBreathe is on the playlist because the story starts with two brothers. The elder assured and confident, a captain with his own squad behind him. The younger Ramiro on his first real ride with the squad, trying to earn his beard and prove he is a man. 


3. In a desperate attempt to outwit the army holding their city under siege, Ramiro and his brother are sent on a mission to find their traditional enemy the witches. There is little hope the witches will help. It’s all very “Damned if I do, Damned if I don’t,” from Damned by Open Air Stereo. 

4. When Ramiro’s mission takes a turn for the worst, Broken by Seether with Amy Lee fits the tone of desperation and aloneness. 

5. This throwback song from my past really shows how the characters reacted as they tried to get the people encouraged for the final battle. It’s not often you find a song that perfectly fits a city under siege by a vicious army. A Call to Arms by Mike and the Mechanics : 

6. Ramiro and the witch Claire feel each other out. They might not hate each other anymore, but can they ever trust? Make Me Believe Again by Nickelback. 

7. As Ramiro heads back home with Claire to do what he can, The Hammer’s Coming Down by Nickelback, demonstrates his determination. 

8. At the end, Ramiro realizes he will be himself and not worry about others’ expectations, I Don’t Want To Be by Gavin DeGraw.

Bonus song: There’s a running gag about dry socks through Grudging. Watch for it and enjoy this song about socks, Socks Song!


About Michelle:
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant's Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer's Double Edge. She's repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive an eBook of GRUDGING. International
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Check out the Tour Schedule!

Week One:
11/9/2015- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview
11/10/2015- Oh, For The Love Of StoriesReview
11/11/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
11/12/2015- Marty MayberryReview
11/13/2015- YA Book Madness- Interview

Week Two:
11/16/2015- Cover2CoverReview
11/17/2015- Me, My Shelf and IGuest Post
11/18/2015- Kelly P's BlogReview
11/19/2015- Parajunkee- Interview
11/20/2015- Mama Reads Hazel SleepsReview


  1. The book sounds interesting. Witchcraft and Chivalry don't always go hand in hand.

    1. Thanks! I hope you give it a try. There are three very different cultures in the story and they clash mightily.

  2. Fascinating book! Thanks for the Giveaway!


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