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Music Monday- Three Yuletide Wishes

Just another Music Monday!

Today we’re welcoming Alanna Lucas with her book Three Yuletide Wishes

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Listening to music is a great source of inspiration. When a character connects with a particular song, I will listen to that song over and over again. Each time, the character reveals a little more of themselves to me.

A Marchioness for Christmas is my latest release (yeah, none of the music on the list are Christmas songs)- hope you enjoy!

Goodbye Agony by Black Veil Brides

The moment I heard this song, I envisioned Dracon visiting the gravesite of his first wife and unborn child. For ten years he struggled with her untimely death, unable to move forward. But when he heard Antonia play the violin, her music touched a part of his soul that he thought was dead. Dracon realizes he has to let go of the past to have future with Antonia. He says goodbye to his agony.

Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven

Beethoven has always been a source of inspiration for me. I love playing this on the piano when I want to relax- and even taught both my kids to play this piece as well.

This sonata represents the quiet moment when Dracon and Antonia realize their love for each other, but each are too afraid to speak, too afraid to confess their secrets.

You Belong To Me by Dean Martin

Despite all the wasted years, foolish decisions, and misunderstandings between Dracon and Antonia, he is still in love with her and wants to protect her. Deep in his heart, Dracon knows Antonia is his one true love. Antonia makes his world complete. She belongs to him.

The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy

The intro to The Phoenix has a powerful violin sample from Dmitri Shostakovich’s IV. Allegro Non Troppo. My heroine, Antonia plays the violin and was very drawn to this song. Every time I hear it, I imagine Antonia playing the introduction. At first, it was a way for her to release her anger toward her father, but as her journey progressed, she used that passion to express herself. Antonia discovers that she has more in common with Dracon than she first realized.

Immortals by Fall Out Boy

“I try to picture me without you but I can’t” This line sums it all up for Dracon.

What’s your next project on the horizon?

My novella, Stolen Kisses from the Viscount, is part of an eight-author anthology entitled Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss. The collaboration with such a talented group of authors has been an amazing experience. https://www.facebook.com/OnceUponATrueLovesKiss

Where can your readers find you?

www.alannalucas.com

https://www.facebook.com/alannalucas27

https://twitter.com/alannalucas27

http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/alanna-lucas

http://www.amazon.com/Alanna-Lucas/e/B00HPC0MYU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1420506577&sr=8-1-spell

http://www.romancebooks4us.com/Alanna_Lucas.html

Three Wishes: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/3-yuletide-wishes

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.

Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.

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Weekly Word Count #38

Word Count: 6,426

What story I’m working on: Scrying for Summer (ALMOST THERE!)

What I’m editing/marketing: Editing Iron Legacy, and marketing Hunting for Spring!

Line of the week: “Is this little surprise party all for me?” she drawled, walking straight into the center of the room.

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Music Monday- What You Crave

This Monday, let’s welcome Landra Graf with her new book, What You Crave!

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Dangerous by David Guetta ft. Sam Martin – This song sparked the initial ideas for the main characters in my latest release. As I listened I couldn’t get the thought of a sleek black Porsche, leather interior, and a woman in a black dress.

Bad by David Guetta ft. Vassy – Lauren, my heroine, is a good girl by nature. She doesn’t do anything crazy, until signing up for a 1NS. Meeting Sig and submitting to him is also something on her naughty list.

Damaged by Danity Kane – Both Lauren and Sig are damaged by their past relationships and so this song resonated with me to those parts of them and helped when developing the conflicts they faced.

Under Control by Calvin Harris ft. Alesso, Hurts – All those bondage scenes needed some inspirational help, and towards the end of the story things got super-heated, physically and emotionally.

I Want It All by Karmin – Every 1NS is typically just that, one night. This song plays up to the emotions riding high in my characters. As the story develops and the H/h become closer the question is will 1 night be enough?

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Crave is the first in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The second on, What You Want, is coming in March and features one of the characters from this story.

I’m always wandering Facebook via Landra Graf. My website is another way to check out my books and what I’m up to. If you want the latest news I highly suggest signing up for my newsletter, which I share with the awesome Catherine Peace.

What You Crave

Sigmund Bermudez has spent the last year out of the BDSM scene, mourning the death of his father and rebuilding the family business. When he loses a bet to his bodyguard that Madame Eve won’t locate a woman who’s down with his type of kink, he finds himself committed to a date he’s not sure he’ll enjoy.

Lauren Elser has heard about kinky escapades from one of her more challenging patients, and never taken in part in one. When offered a chance to explore this undiscovered side of herself courtesy of 1Night Stand, she jumps at it.

Neither of them is prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that comes with their date, and soon shibari bondage play turns into so much more. The only problem, is Sig’s not ready to open up and Lauren doesn’t want to be sued again. But if they work past the issues, there’s a world of wonder in store.

 

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Weekly Word Count #37

So, this week was a crazy one, what with Wicked Faire over the weekend and my internet being down (which explains the blank post for a little bit). But with the internet being down, I DID get a lot of writing done still, so yay!

Word Count: 7,632 (I’m nearing the end! We’re talking final 10k left!!!)

What story I’m working on: Scrying for Summer! Just finished the big sexy scene!

What I’m editing/marketing: The Iron Legacy is still getting shinied, and Hunting for Spring is still in the marketing circuits.

Line of the week:

“Life was bitter and uncompromising, broken only by short and glass-shard sweet moments like these.”

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An Airship Named Desire Free Day

In celebration of the final Wicked Faire which I’m vending at this weekend, An Airship Named Desire will be free on Amazon all weekend long!

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Get your copy HERE!

“This is a rousingly good tale, thick with action, occasionally lightened by witty dialogue, and with enough smart scheming, twists and turns, and surprises along the way to keep the reader riveted.”–Steampunk Magazine

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Travel Tuesday- Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Who likes otters? I LOVE OTTERS. Before going to San Francisco, I’d heard a lot about the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the conservation efforts, so obviously, I wanted to go over there and support them. First off, Monterey Bay is gorgeous. It has stunning beaches and the ocean water is glorious. Hooray for conservation waters!IMG_5342

This was an amazing aquarium, and my favorite aspect was the overlook on the back part of the aquarium that connected to the ocean. We spent so much time there peering out the viewers to see seals basking on rocks and swimming around, as well as the little otters poking their heads out of the water.

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Music Monday- Tyburn

Start your Monday off with some awesome new music!

Today we’re welcoming Jessica Cale with Tyburn, book one of the Southwark Saga!

Un Jeune Homme Chantait – Edith Piaf

This song is a terrific prologue for the book. It’s moody, beautiful, and a little eerie. It’s about a girl who gets seduced by a boy on a highway, thinking they’ll be together forever. He leaves her there, broken, and goes on his merry way, singing. When Tyburn starts, Sally is a disillusioned prostitute who had been abused or abandoned by multiple men. Plus, the song is in French and she’s from Normandy, so to me it sounds like her backstory.

Do You Love Me? – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

I listened to so much Nick Cave while writing this book that it was difficult choosing just one song. This one has a certain addictive mania to it that I love, plus the amazing line “I found God and all his devils inside her.” Yes. Exactly that. There’s this wonderful angel/monster duality here that suits Sally down to her toes. If I could pick a theme song for the book, this would probably be it.

Little Drop of Poison – Tom Waits

Poison plays a part in Tyburn, literally and metaphorically. Many of the medicines and cosmetics at the time like mercury, lead, and wormwood are recognized as poison now. You also have the lines “Nobody knows they’re lining up to go insane/I’m all alone, I smoke my friends down to the filter.” This is very much Sally’s mentality. She’s an alcoholic who regularly hallucinates the Death is following her, and her friends keep dying. Spot on.

One More Cup of Coffee – Bob Dylan

I love the shuffle of the intro to this song. It has this terrific folky, off-beat thing going on. It doesn’t scan and it should drive me crazy (I’m a drummer), but I’m crazy about it. This is a kind of tribute to a mysterious gypsy woman. I find the chorus asking for coffee is both comfortably relatable and oddly ominous. Sally is an orphan, and is raised believing her mother was a gypsy. During the seventeenth century when I’m writing, coffee was a hugely popular drink and tea was almost exclusively enjoyed by the wealthiest classes. Most of my characters are firmly working class or lower — carpenters, barmaids, prostitutes, highwaymen — and they drink a lot of coffee!

Stand and Deliver – Adam & The Ants

My hero, Nick Virtue, is a highwayman, and if highwaymen ever had an anthem, it’s this one! This song is a lot of fun and a welcome break from the sexy gloom of the rest of the playlist. This would be a good song to play over the closing credits. 😉

What’s your next project on the horizon?

I am getting ready to release the third book of The Southwark Saga, The Long Way Home. I’m hoping to have it out this Spring!

Where can your readers find you?

You can find me on my website at http://www.authorjessicacale.com. I’m also very active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicacale/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/JessicaCale).

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Blurb:

When survival is impossible, love is everything.

Sally Green is about to die.

She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a sinister ambition. As the last of her friends are murdered one by one, survival hinges on escape.

Nick Virtue is a tutor with a secret. By night he operates as a highwayman, relieving nobles of their riches to further his brother’s criminal enterprise. It’s a difficult balance at the best of times, and any day that doesn’t end in a noose is a good one. Saving Sally means risking his reputation, and may end up costing him his life.

As a brutal attack throws them together, Sally finds she has been given a second chance. She is torn between the tutor and the highwayman, but she knows she can have neither. Love is an unwanted complication while Wrath haunts the streets. Nick holds the key to Wrath’s identity, and Sally will risk everything to bring him to justice.

Unless the gallows take her first.

 

Buy links:

Liquid Silver: http://www.lsbooks.com/tyburn-p975.php

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tyburn-Southwark-Saga-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00PQV6H9Q

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tyburn-jessica-cale/1120852744?ean=9781622101740

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/tyburn-4

All Romance E-Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-tyburn-1695993-340.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tyburn/id947992086?mt=11