Today I’m so excited to let one of my favorite publishing sistas from Curiosity Quills take over my blog to promote her new release!
Let me just say that I LOOOVED her first book, Fade, and recommended it to anyone looking for a paranormal read.
Let me also say that Ayden has been served a pretty large cup of suffering as of late, and she could really use our help promoting her new book right now. You can visit her blog if you’d like the full story. But as always, Ayden is keeping strong and carrying on . . . . so take it away, Ayden!
Songs of Destruction: FALL’s Playlist by @AKMorgen
Music is such a big source of inspiration for me. Nothing invokes a certain emotion, memory, or frame of mind quite like the perfect song. Naturally, one of the first things I do when I sit down to write is to create a playlist that reminds me of the story in some way.
In my new release, FALL (The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two), we see this struggle unfolding between Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews, our apocalypse stopping heroine and hero, where they both have their own ideas on what’s best for everyone. They end up clashing over those differences of opinion and reacting to this added element of angst in their relationship in some pretty intense ways at times. As a result, this created a sort of dark, melancholy tone for FALL in places.
I’m not exactly a dark and melancholy kind of person, so it was critical that I found music that captured that feeling or it simply wouldn’t have worked. But because FALL took over a year to write, I often reached this point where I literally could not listen to a specific song again without wanting to scream. I had to switch things up for my sanity, so the playlist for FALL evolved and changed a lot while I wrote.
Luckily, there is an endless supply of music out there that really captures the more angsty parts of FALL, so I had a lot of good choices. 🙂
Here are some of my favorite angst-ridden songs from FALL’s playlists:
- Letters From The Sky – The Civil Wars – This song so perfectly captures Ari and Dace’s relationship, and the whole hopeful yet melancholy apocalypse theme of the series, I added it to the list the first time I heard it.
- Closer – Burn Season – This song reminds me so much of Dace at times. He’s so screwed up, and yet so amazingly good at the same time, I always feel a little sad for him.
- Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics – I can’t think of any other song that says so much with so little. It’s sad, it’s hopeful, and just all around powerful.
- All Falls Down – Adelitas Way – This song was an early favorite. I love it for Ronan, who we see a lot more of in FALL, and really start getting to know. It also perfectly captures some of the darkest points of the entire Ragnarök series.
- Radioactive – Imagination Dragons – This song has such a great feel to it. There’s that apocalyptic vibe, and then that self-loathing vibe, and then underneath all of that is the story of an awakening or desire to change. We see a little of each in FALL.
- Always – Saliva – This is one of my all time favorite pissed off songs. It’s so spot on when it comes to that “breaking point” of relationship angst. I rocked it a time or five.
- One More Night – Maroon 5 – This is another great dysfunctional relationship song. Plus, I don’t know anyone who can make dysfunction sound as hot as Adam Levine does.
- Hold it Against Me – Sam Tsui – Speaking of hot, I love, love, love Sam Tsui’s cover of this song. It’s so raw and lovely at the same time. There’s a specific scene in FALL where this song fit perfectly.
- Tears of an Angel – Ryandan – If I had to pick a single song to listen to while writing the entire Ragnarök Prophesies series, this song would be it. It’s haunting, beautiful, sad, hopeful, and just all around amazing.
You can listen to this playlist, as well as a few bonus tracks, here.
About the Author:
A.K. Morgen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three dogs, and demonic cat. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and plans to save the world some day. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews how to cause mischief. You can also find her dancing in the grocery store, building a spork army, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart.
You can learn more about Ayden at http://akmorgen.com or by following her on Twitter, GoodReads, or Facebook.
FALL – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two (summary)
How do you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?
Those called to stand guard against the end are broken, and Sköll and Hati run free. Now Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews face a threat unlike any before. Ragnarök is coming and they aren’t strong enough to stop it.
Arionna thought she understood sacrifice, but she never counted on her destiny tearing Dace apart. Ever since she nearly died, he has been consumed with guilt. Now it threatens to turn him into the monster he always feared.
It’s up to Arionna to stop him before it’s too late, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions, and Dace is hurtling toward self destruction. This time, Arionna isn’t sure she can save him from himself. Can she convince him to let the past go, or is her true destiny to sacrifice her heart in exchange for the lives of the people she loves?
You can read the official prologue to FALL here.
FALL – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two will be available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on October 5, 2013 from Curiosity Quills Press. FADE – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book One is available now at Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
*Thanks for visiting, Ayden! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers! I loved your playlist! Maroon 5 and The Civil Wars are two of my favs!
What song is at the top of your playlist right now? I don’t know why, but I’m loving Royals by Lorde. I heard it for the first time on the way to my retreat last weekend when I was in the car with teenagers, and now it’s stuck in my head. Sooo catchy . . . .
Last but not least, I’d also like to give a shout out to the hilarious Cassie Mae! Happy Book Birthday, chica! Be sure to pick up her new release on Kindle today for only $2.99!