Music as Inspiration

When I’m working on a new book, I try to find songs to use as inspiration. There’s something about making connections between my characters and music that really helps my creativity. For those of you that have read my books, I have put together a list of some of the songs that inspired those stories or that I have since found that reminded me of my books. It isn’t always the entire song–sometimes just bits and pieces. One line or two, just the chorus, etc. But I hope you enjoy listening to these songs! The bold ones are my favorites 🙂

MISCHIEF AND MANORS:

Fly – Maddie and Tae 

Hiding My Heart – Adele

Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson

LIES AND LETTERS:

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Back To December – Taylor Swift

Breathe Again – Sara Bareilles

Unsteady – X Ambassadors

You Could Be Happy – Snow Patrol

From The Ground Up – Dan and Shay

Don’t Forget About Me – Cloves

What Hurts The Most – Rascal Flatts

ROAD TO ROSEWOOD (In progress :))

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Someone Like You – Adele

 

 

 

Road To Rosewood

Road To Rosewood, coming April 2018! I’m still writing this book, but I think it will turn out to be a fun story. I can’t wait to share it with all of you! This story is filled with adventure, regret, danger, romance, and humor. Lucy is quite the character. If you’ve read Lies and Letters you’ll remember her. There may be some other familiar characters in this book as well . . . 😉

Cover and synopsis below!

Lucy Abbot longs to return to the country estate where she spent the best days of her childhood with her cousins and their charming neighbor Nicholas. Her protective parents, however, have other plans for her. When she finally dares to escape, her carriage is besieged by highwaymen with a familiar man leading them. Could this mysterious outlaw be exactly the person Lucy has been searching for?

What’s Next?

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That is what’s been going through my head every time I think of writing lately. Translation: I freak out a little. I procrastinate. Then I realize I have two months to complete a manuscript that has been evading me.  Then I pull up my sleeves and get writing. Then I remember I only have TWO MORE MONTHS, yet still I procrastinate because of writer’s block. Then I freak out again. And the cycle repeats.

This is the first time I’ve written a novel with a deadline. My other two books I had written and sent to my publisher after I had polished them and taken all the time I needed. I took a deep breath of satisfaction (and nervousness) and hit send. But this time my publisher put their trust in me to create something good before knowing for sure if it will be good. The pressure is squishing my creativity, the countdown is numbing my fingers, and the fear of disappointing readers and my publisher is getting inside my head. But the contract is signed, so I have to do it.

“This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word in front of the other until it’s done. It’s that easy. And that hard.” -Neil Gaiman

Has anyone here completed NaNoWriMo? September is about to become my early NaNoWriMo. I have to write the rest of my book that quickly to finish with enough time to revise before November 1st. 50,000 more words.

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Aaaannnyway, you may be wondering what this book is all about. I can tell you right now that I LOVE it. I know–the above rant may suggest otherwise, but I really do love it. Just because something pushes you to your wit’s end doesn’t mean you don’t love it.

There aren’t many details to share yet. The title is still up in the air and the cover is in progress. It will be another Regency, this time full of adventure, runaways, danger, romance, and a touch of mystery–the biggest mystery being whether or not I will finish on time 😉 Like my latest Lies & Letters, the main character of this story has appeared on the sidelines in one of my other books. Any guesses who it is? I have loved getting to know this character more.

This new book will come out April 2018.

That’s all for now, but I will share more details as release comes closer. Wish me luck!

 

 

 

Baby Story Series no. 2

Hello again, friends! I dug up another story I wrote as a little kid, and this one is very…interesting. It can also be found in the infamous “Book of Hallawean Storeas” notebook.

The Funny Cat

A rockstar play! Sounds cool. 😉

Dood. 

Who is this ‘star man?’

His legs are the most crazy of all…

That is one creative way to spell ‘escaped,’ I must say.