Words & Music Monday with Rosalie Lario (MARK OF THE SYLPH Blog Tour)

WordsAndMusicMondayThis week’s Words & Music Monday post comes from an author I had the pleasure of meeting at this year’s Olde City, New Blood mini-con. I’m happy to be included in the blog tour for Rosalie Lario’s second book in the Demons of Infernum series, MARK OF THE SYLPH. (Look for it on April 2nd!!)

blog tourWords and Music Monday with Rosalie Lario

Most writers will tell you that music is an integral part of writing. Whether they listen to it or not while writing, music sparks the creative muse. It coaxes our characters into speaking to us, and helps us weave the story thread.

Music is key for me when I’m in the stages of plotting a story. I’ll start off with the very basics of a character: who he is, what he does, and what his objective is. From there I’ll listen to music to help me shape his personality, his drive, the way he treats others.

Once I’m done plotting, I generally stick to white noise to actually write the book. Every author is different, but I’ve found that if I continue to listen to the playlist I’ve created for my characters and story, they’ll keep droning on in my head until I lose all sense of focus. So instead I tend to refer back to the playlist only when I need a boost getting back into the characters’ heads. But still…I can’t imagine the process of writing without the involvement of music.

So, for fun, I thought I’d talk today about the playlist for my newest release, Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum #2), and also offer entry into my release contest which features some awesome prize pack giveaways. First, here’s a blurb:

MotS-500pxHalf-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.

Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.

I tend to group my playlist into theme songs for the main characters and for pivotal scenes within the story. Here they are:

Maya’s Theme Song: Wrong by Depeche Mode; I Want You by Fiona Apple and Elvis Costello (this one is so powerful)

Taeg’s Theme Song: Closer by Nine Inch Nails

Love Story Theme Song: I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone (with occasional interludes featuring the Marilyn Manson version of the song); As the World Falls Down by David Bowie (from the awesome movie Labyrinth)

Action Theme Song: Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson (kick-ass!)

I want to thank Jennifer for inviting me here today to talk about my writing playlist. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter contest below! Here’s where you can find the other stops along the MARK OF THE SYLPH tour, with more chances to enter and win!!

Tour Schedule

March 26th, 2013

Demon lovers, books & more


March 27th, 2013

Cynthia Eden


March 28th, 2013

Dark Faerie Tales


March 29th, 2013

Under the Covers


April 1st, 2013

Fade Into Fantasy


April 2nd, 2013

Novel Reflections


 April 3rd, 2013

Urban Fantasy Investigations


 April 4th, 2013

Urban Girl Reader


 April 5th, 2013

Darlene’s Book Nook


 April 8th, 2013

The Wormhole


 April 9th, 2013

Kindle and Me


 April 10th, 2013

The Romanceaholic


 April 11th, 2013

Salacious Reads


 April 12th, 2013

Ja čitam, a ti? (I’m a reader, what about you?)


 April 15th, 2013



 April 16th, 2013

Romance Book Junkies


 April 17th, 2013

Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance


 April 18th, 2013

I Smell Sheep


 April 19th, 2013

Cocktails and Books


 April 22nd, 2013

Kristina’s Paranormal Books


 April 23rd, 2013

Reading Between the Wines


 April 24th, 2013

Once Upon a Twilight


 April 25th, 2013

Passionate Book Divas


 April 25th, 2013

Poisoned Rationality


 April 26th, 2013

Books and Things



Enter To Win!!

Prize Pack Photo3 Prize Packs (3 Winners from within the US) and 1 book retailer gift card worth $20 for an international winner.

Prize Pack Includes:

  •          1 autographed copy of Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum #1)
  •          1 autographed copy of Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum #2)
  •          1 autographed copy of For Love of an Angel (Fallen Warriors #1) ~ 35,000 word novella
  •          1 ruby heart angel-wing necklace (like the one worn by the heroine Ruby in Angel’s Kiss, Fallen Warriors #4)
  •          1 nifty double-sided, tasseled bookmark
  •          1 Blood of the Demon refrigerator magnet
  •          Virtual XOXOs from Rosalie (lol…priceless)

INT Giveaway

  • $20 Gift Card to the Book Retailer of Winner’s Choice
  • More virtual love from Rosalie 🙂

rosalieFormally trained as a corporate and real estate lawyer, I practiced law for 5 years before finally admitting to myself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. As an avid reader of romances and supernatural stories, I knew I wanted to write urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  Tales of vampires, demons, and other supernatural beings ensued.

I’m currently working on the Demons of Infernum series, a series of paranormal romance novels featuring four sexy half-demon brothers and their reluctant heroines.

When not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son in our home state of Florida, as well as searching out things that go bump in the night. I still haven’t found any, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

If I ever do find evidence of the supernatural, it remains to be seen whether I’ll jump around in excitement, or run screaming in terror (but I’m betting on the latter)!

Find Mark of the Sylph on:





Barnes & Noble


Book Depository



Find Rosalie at:










  1. Ping from Music & Mondays / Mark of the Sylph Blog Tour | Rosalie Lario:

    […] SYLPH (the second book in the Demons of Infernum series), and today I’m celebrating over at Books Make Me Happy. I’m sharing my playlist for the story, and I’ve also got a link to a Rafflecopter […]

  2. Comment by Sophia Rose:

    Congrats on the new paper copy release, Rosalie! I enjoyed learning about the music you connected to the story.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  3. Comment by Rosalie Lario:

    Thanks a mil for stopping in, Sophia. 🙂

  4. Ping from Marilyn Manson lyrics and news:

    […] Words & Music Monday with Rosalie Lario – Books Make Me Happy […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *