Sunday, November 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Burn on the Western Slope

Guest Post

Music is a universal language. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard. And I tend to believe it because I can listen to a music composition in another language and fall in love with and even comprehend some of it. Music can be without words and still speak to us.

Music is a drive for many aspects of art. If I decide to paint, I can listen to music while painting. Same goes for drawing or art or cooking or any activity. I love to listen to music while writing. You can listen to music while doing almost anything, and it’s the only true art form you can appreciate while doing something else.

Unless you’re in a company meeting. You probably shouldn’t listen to music while in a company meeting, unless it’s in the music industry.

Some authors speak of having playlists for the books they write. I can’t say I have a playlist, but a play “station”. I listen to Pandora while I write and find a certain radio station that fuels that particular work. I might have a few specific songs, but mostly the artists I choose change with each book I write. I have my favorite all time songs, of course, and all time artists, but my lists to fuel and inspire my work-in-progress changes with each WIP.

For instance, I am working on the third (and probably final) installment of my current Slopeside series. Burn on the Western Slope, the first in the series, is published and I will be querying my second, tentatively titled Fatal Snag, very soon. I’m now almost finished with the third, tentatively titled Final Mend. Each book had its own play “station” list.

All books were very much inspired by the emotional aspects of music. In Fatal Snag, a fashion consultant is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin's wedding but hits her first snag when she encounters the groom's sexy brother. In Final Mend, a recovering alcoholic-turned triathlete hires a former investigator-turned bartender to help track a missing child. Both require a lot of emotion. Music, in my opinion, is the best way of drawing out emotion. I use music to fuel my emotion, in hopes I will compose emotions from my stories in my readers.

To show you how different, and how similar, my artists and/or songs are for the last two novels in my Slopeside Series, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10, 5 songs or artists for each novel:

Top 5 Songs or Artists for Fatal Snag Playlist:
  1. The Kill, 30 Seconds to Mars
  2. Dani California, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. Nobody’s Fool, Cinderella
  4. Three Doors Down
  5. The Who
Top 5 Songs or Artists for Final Mend Playlist:
  1. Life is Beautiful, Sixx: A.M.
  2. Nickelback
  3. Theory of a Deadman
  4. Queen
  5. The White Stripes
Can you tell I prefer rock and roll?

 More on the book

GENRE: Romance

Reagan McKinney is on a mission to discover more about a deceased uncle who mysteriously left her a sizable inheritance, a condo in the mountains, and a stash of stolen jewels. With both her graphic design career and her love life in shambles, the opportunity to begin a new life couldn’t have come at a better time. When she becomes involved with the sexy FBI agent next door, she finds her struggle is not only to keep her heart intact, but her life. Grief stricken after an undercover investigation ends in the death of his partner, FBI Agent Garret Chambers goes home to find solace in the arms of his mountain retreat.

That is, until his boss assigns him to investigate the spirited brunette staying in the condo next door. He is assigned to investigate Reagan’s involvement with a large jewel fencing organization, but his investigation becomes comprised when his attraction to her heats up. Will his discovery destroy everything he has come to love, including Reagan?


Meet the Author

In high school, I was dubbed most likely to write a novel because I always had my nose stuck in a book. I’ll never forget the day the history teacher told me to finish my page and put down the novel romance I had hidden behind the history book that he was lecturing us on. I thought it was cool of him to let me finish my page, LOL! Of course, I closed the paperback right then. I was way too nervous to finish reading with all eyes on me.

Most people didn’t know back then how much I wanted to write, and now it’s no secret. I’ve always loved reading about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed my love of suspense. I believe the whole act of love is a mystery that most people have trouble resolving, so now I work on resolving the mystery of love for my characters. It might be the only thing in life I can solve!

I work full time as a certified paralegal and spend my nights writing my next scenes.


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