Saturday, November 21, 2015

Behind the Music: Cutting Through

As you all know, music has been a big part of my writing.  I either get inspired by a song or I hear a song and think, "This is totally a song for...."  Other authors have done the same where they have mentioned a song in a scene, and I have started going back and listening to some of those songs so that I can hear what inspired them to use it.  SO.... I am going to try my hardest to tell you why I chose certain songs for different scenes in the book Cutting Through. AND provide links to each song.  Once you hear them they really just become obvious as to why I used them.  OK, here is the list from the beginning.  (You may have to copy and paste the link in your browser if it doesn't automatically let you just hit the link.  Sorry, that is my lack of tech coming through.  Josh, where are you when I need you!!!?)

"Crazy Love" by Michael Bublé
First off, he has and amazingly sexy voice.  Second, I wanted a song that was not only romantic but also a little tongue in cheek.

"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
Again, I wanted a classic type of romantic song for them to dance to.  It's a song that reminds me of a couple slowly dancing, holding each other close.  To me, Jake was into all kinds of music and appreciated the classics.

"Shut Up" by Simple Plan
This is kind of Janie's way of saying fuck off to everyone that has been making her feel like shit.  At this point in the story, Jake had done something that pissed her off.  She felt as though he was treating her like a child, like someone who couldn't do things on her own.  She needed a bit of a release and this was the perfect song to help her.

These next few songs are the ones that Jake "gave" to Janie.  When they first met, she kind of gave him the brush off for her music.  Then she told him that she needed to listen to her music to run to.  He felt that the music would get through to her more than his words, so he would "give" her songs that expressed how he felt.

"Home" by Philip Philips
Jake knew that starting over for Janie was hard.  He wanted her to know that he was there for her.  Having her move into the cabin was helping her settle down and making sure she knew that she was home.

"Perfect" by Adam Cappa
Janie was slipping into her dark place and Jake wanted to help her, but had to leave for a few days.  Janie insisted that he go and that she would be fine.  When I heard this song I knew that it was the perfect song for him to give to her.  It says everything that he wanted her to know.

"Dark Side" by Kelly Clarkson
After Jake had his breakdown, he thought it was over with him and Janie.  He sent her this song to ask her if she could see past his dark side and love him for who he is.

"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
After Jake brought Janie back from Maryland and he knew things were going to be ok, he wanted to do something special for her that included the other people that meant so much to her.  This scene showed the more fun, light hearted side to Jake.  Again, the  words say everything that he wanted her to know.

"All That You Are" by The GooGoo Dolls
After I heard this song I knew this was the one Jake would give to Janie at the end.  It was their story to a T.  Janie was everything to him, beautifully broken and all. Makes me cry every time I hear it.

I will try to put one together for Maggie and Drew.  That one will be a little different as the songs I credited in the back were not all mentioned in the book, but were the songs going through my head for certain scenes.  I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.

Friday, September 18, 2015

I'm baaack!

Hello everyone!  Yes, I am in fact still alive.  I know it has been months since I've posted, and I apologize.  I have had some issues in my personal life that have derailed me from my writing.  I am hoping that with my upcoming changes I will be able to get back on track.
So, I have started writing my third book.  I have the epilogue done and part of chapter one.  I am however contemplating a serious overhaul, but that will come in time.  My next story is about Faith, one of the characters from Back To Me.  It is a "spin-off" or "companion" book and will be the second of a three books series.  The third book will be about Dan.
I will keep you all up to date on the progress, as I know your days are not complete without a little glimpse into my madness.  ;)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Getting personal

Trying to get inspired to write anything has been really hard.  I feel like I have too much on my plate right now and to be completely honest, I'm starting to get unmotivated.  I want people to read my books and tell me what they think.  Yes, I've had some of my friends write reviews but really, I only have 7 for Cutting Through and only 3 for Back To Me (all from the same people).  I poured my heart into Cutting Through.  Yes, the story was extremely personal to me.  I know I said it wasn't my story, because it isn't, but so much of it I went through myself.  With Back To Me, it was different.  I hadn't really experience any of it, maybe just one part, but I still poured myself into it.  It might not have been personal, but it was still emotional.  Having only a handful of people reading them has really bummed me out lately.  I've said it before and I've meant it every time, I don't care about the money.  I just want people to read my books and feel the things I did when I wrote them.  I want people to be responsive.  I want to thank the people who have reached out to me and told me what they thought and the people who have left reviews.  I want to know what people think.  Good and bad.  I know there are errors in my books, I don't have the best grammar and punctuation and all that shit.  I don't need to hear about that because I already know, trust me!  What I want to know is if you enjoyed the story?  Did you like the characters?  What was your favorite part?  What did you hate about it?  I would love to have more people write reviews on Amazon and Goodreads!  Make them anonymous if you don't want me to know it's yours!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Too much time on my hands

So, as some of you know already, today was my last day at my job.  What does that mean for me?  Well, unfortunately, unemployment until I can find a new job.  That sounds great right?  Now I have all this extra time to write.  I can get my next book done in record time!!!  But there's a problem.  I've got nothin'!  Ok, maybe not nothing, but very little.  I know I want to do 2 spin off books from Back To Me.  One book will follow Faith and the other Dan, and I already have their love interests, but their full stories haven't come to me yet.  I have more of Dan and Christine's story in my head so I would probably start on that one first.  It's just annoying that now that I have all this free time I should be getting writing done.  This is just how my life goes I guess.  If anyone has read Back To Me and wants to share their thoughts on Dan and Christine or even Faith I would love to hear it!
Also, I know some of you really want a second book for Cutting Through.  I have thought about it but I'm still not feeling it.  If that changes I will let you all know!  But in the mean time, read Back To Me.  It's a bit different from Cutting Through but it's still worth the read.  It's a love story.  How can you go wrong!?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

who cares, right?

As the royalties pour in from the new book (LMFAO) I sit and think about how I can get more people to read my books.  Hell, I can't even get some of my friends/family to buy them, how the hell am I going to get strangers to buy them?  I've said before that I don't care how much money I make on my books and that's true, however I still want to make something!  I know if I put Back To Me on for a free promo a lot of people will scoop it up, but the problem with that is that they aren't necessarily reading it!  I had hundreds of people get Cutting Through during the free promo, but I only got 3 ratings and one very bad review out of it.  Yes I did get other reviews from friends and family but I can't be certain that those are not bias opinions.  I mean so many people said they loved the first book but yet they haven't bought the second one yet.  I've said this before too, I am not a patient person!  I over think everything and I'm hyper critical of myself so every time I check for sales it kills me a little each time.  Every time I ask for suggestions I usually don't get any responses so I won't ask.  BUT, I will make a desperate plea that if you have read one of my books and liked it please recommend it to a friend, co-worker, neighbor.  If you are on Goodreads please either rate the book or leave a review.  PLEASE!!!  Thank you!