Words & Music Monday (AND Contest Entry) with Laura Kaye

Today’s featured is playing double duty. First, we’ve got a fantastic author, Laura Kaye, to talk about her stories’ musical inspirations.  Then, since she’s one of the 50 awesome authors who’ll be attending Olde City, New Blood in February… there’s a contest entry form below her info. Fill out the Rafflecopter link and enter to WIN YOUR WAY IN to the mini-con!!! First things, first, though… the music 🙂

Words & Music
By Laura Kaye

People often ask me how I come up with my stories, and it’s a hard question to answer. I don’t feel like I “come up” with them. I feel like they come through me, usually led by a character who tells me more and more of the story until I know enough to start writing. But there’s no question that music helps that process. Sometimes it’s a single line of lyrics. Sometimes it’s the tone of the song that sets the atmosphere. Sometimes a song reflects a scene just perfectly.

Today, I’m challenging myself to pick just one song that best captures the way my stories feels in my mind. So read on for a little glimpse – and listen – to how my books sound to me.

Hearts in Darkness
Contemporary Romance
“She is Love” by Parachute

This is how Caden feels about Makenna…

Forever Freed
Paranormal Romance
“In the End” by Linkin Park

This story embodies the angst in Lucien’s heart and head…

North of Need
Fantasy Romance
“When I See You Smile” by Bad English

This is how Owen feels about Megan, and captures his sweetness…

In the Service of the King
Dark Paranormal Romance
“Say When” by The Fray

This totally encompasses how Kael, the vampire king, feels to me and also captures the romantic tension of the story itself…

Her Forbidden Hero
Contemporary Romance
“Your Love is a Song” by Switchfoot

This song inspired me so much about this story that I did something I’d never done before—write an entire manuscript while listening to music (one song, on repeat, over 500 times!). It so perfectly encompassed the tone, feeling, and deep connection between Marco and Alyssa…

West of Want
Fantasy Romance
“Never Let Me Go” by Florence & the Machine

This song is the perfect soundtrack for two emotional scenes in the book—one from Ella’s point of view, and one from Zeph’s…it captures the way I feel these scenes…

One Night with a Hero (releases 10/20/12)
Contemporary Romance
“Yellow” by Coldplay

As with Her Forbidden Hero, I found myself again inspired by a song enough to write the whole book to it. This is how Brady and Joss feel to me…

Have you ever associated a song with a particular book? If so, tell us all about it! And thanks for reading!

Laura Kaye

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About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

******Now for the contest part!!!!**********

Don’t miss your chance to meet Laura at the Olde City, New Blood mini-convention in St. Augustine, FL this coming February 8-10th. Need MORE of an incentive to come chill out with some awesome authors by the beach?? How about if you win FREE REGISTRATION?? That’s right… this week we’re having a blog-hop-style contest and you could win your way in!!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form, AFTER you answer the blog question in the comments below. All of the featured bloggers for the event will be hosting special guests from Olde City, New Blood this week (September 30th – October 6th) and every post is another chance for you to enter to win. There will be additional chances to enter at some of the featured authors’ websites, as well. There will be 3 winners, who will be chosen randomly from all entries, announced on October 7th. (Winners will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs, but their registration fees will be covered by the mini-con!!) For a complete list of blog posts and extra author entries, please see the official contest announcement on the website.

Click Here To Enter


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  3. Comment by Phaedra Seabolt:

    I don’t normally associate music with books. I just don’t listen to enough music for it to affect my ideas of books.

  4. Comment by Steph Trujillo:

    Love the song selection, I’m always a fan of putting different genres of music with the books I read 🙂

  5. Comment by Julie Titus:

    I don’t really associate music to books I’ve read, but I do like to see what the movies will use when an adaptation is made. I usually find myself either agreeing or disagreeing with the music creator. I did, however, really enjoy the Taylor Swift song for the Hunger Games and when I re-read it with my kids, that’s the song I had playing in my head the whole time. It really worked well… Taylor Swift did an excellent job envisioning the music to the book.

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