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Guest Post: I Want To Believe

Back when the incredible Cindy at Book About first offered to share her space with me, one of the questions she posed was about the joking reference in my bio to a novel-length X-Files fanfiction.  She wondered if it, like the show’s truth, was “out there”.

Alas, it is not.  All I have are the first chapters scribbled on notebook paper and a 5 1/2 inch floppy disk with the lost Wordperfect document.  Don’t worry; it wasn’t that good.  Okay, maybe the combination of Mulder, Scully and Cairo was pretty fun, but it was pure whimsy and personal amusement.

It did get me thinking about my tendency to write about the unexplained:  destiny, coincidence as fate, and ghosts.  It seems the roots of the Autumn Brody series go back to my very beginnings.

Over at Book About, you can read all about my family’s peculiar history, my odd taste in books and my youthful career ambitions, and how they shape the worlds I create.  If I’ve piqued your curiosity, Change Of Season is free today only on Kindle.

I Want To Believe. Do You?

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Giveaways, Guest Blogs and My Next Project…

The year is flying by and there’s so much to update about!

Goodreads Giveaways

The winners are in for the Goodreads Giveaways for Change Of Season and Waiting For A Star To Fall!  I’ve received confirmation that they are making their way to their new homes in GB and the US respectively.

Missed out this time?  That’s okay!  I tend to feel pretty generous.  In fact, if you have yet to check out Change Of Season, it’s FREE tomorrow (July 28th) on Kindle.

As for paperback giveaways, I’m cooking up something special to celebrate Autumn’s birthday in September.  Stay tuned!

Guest Blog

Speaking of July 28, watch for my guest post over on Cindy’s amazing site, Book About.   Ever wonder about that X-Files fanfiction that’s mentioned in passing in the bio?  Wondering if I believe in ghosts?  I dig into the creative process and the role of the paranormal in shaping my writing world.

My Next Project Is Underway!

Back in June, I mentioned my next project would be a Wattpad exclusive.  A prequel to the Autumn Brody series, Pretty In Scarlet traces the final days of Nikki Lang’s life — and the Casteel curse.  It can be read before or after the series (I recommend after Change Of Season to avoid modest spoilers) and offers new insights into Autumn’s experiences in room 308.

Look for it towards the end of August!

Buy Change Of Season and Waiting For A Star To Fall now (or read for free with Kindle Unlimited)

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Behind The Book: Every Couple Has A Song. This Is Autumn & Andrew’s.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing the soundtrack for Waiting For A Star To Fall, and how each song inspired or enhanced the creation of the novel.  Impatient? Full Spotify playlist is here.

Every couple has a song.

Maybe it’s the song they first danced to.  Maybe it’s a song they bonded over while talking at a party.  Maybe it’s not romantic, but a fun in-joke shared between lovers.  Maybe they had to find something to dance to at their wedding and finally connected with this particular tune.  But don’t let them lie to you.  Every couple has a song.

(For randomness, my song with my husband is Muse’s “Resistance”.  We had a bit of a hidden love affair when we met, due to working together.  And yes, we danced to it at our wedding, albeit an instrumental piano rendition.)

For two characters brought together by music, there were so many choices.  In Change Of Season, Andrew shoves aside his anxiety and sings a song meant as a love note to Autumn at a talent show.  They share a moment of quiet contentment and significance to another song.  These two, if I let them, would make each other mix tapes.  Among my writing playlists, I have a mix that contains every single song that reminds me of their relationship, or songs that frame their ups and downs.

How do you choose one song?  If you breathe melody like I do, and you listen to your characters, it chooses itself.

Autumn’s favourite artist is Andrew McMahon and his many monikers, including Jack’s Mannequin.  It leads to a few soft giggles between the couple, given that she’s found an Andrew of her very own.  Many of his songs featured in the Change Of Season playlist, including a song called “Casting Lines”.  I really liked it — I’m a sucker for a piano ballad with oomph and heart — but I didn’t fall head over heels for it until I wrote this scene in the first book of the series as it shuffled up on iTunes:

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