Words & Music Monday with Lea Nolan


Hello, my lovelies!! Today starts a trio of posts dedicated to Lea Nolan’s Hoodoo Apprentice Series. Today, we’ll get a little peek at some of the music behind the newest release in the series, ALLURE, and later this week, we’ll be posting reviews for both CONJURE and ALLURE. (Hint: they were soooooo good!!!)

First, let’s hear from Lea…

Lea NolanHi Jennifer!

Thanks so much for having me here at Books Make Me Happy! I’m so excited about this post.

Do you compile a “playlist” or “soundtrack” for you stories? If so, which comes first, the character/scene or the song?

I put together a unique playlist for each book I write. Music plays an essential role in helping get inside my characters’ heads and develop plot points.

Initially, I’d listen to my playlist whenever I wasn’t writing, because the music and lyrics were distracting. But lately, I’ve begun listening as I draft away, the song(s) on repeat at very low volume. After hearing them once or twice, I find I don’t hear the song so much as I just feel its essence, and what it represents for the characters and the story.

It’s hard to say whether character or scenes come first because it changes all the time, depending on the book. Sometimes the character comes first and then I go looking for a song that suits them. Sometimes a song inspires me to think more deeply about a character and how they must be feeling in a particular situation.

Occasionally song lyrics suggest new plot twists. In Allure, these two songs were very helpful in thinking through one of the story elements, but I’m can’t explain how because I don’t want to be spoilery:

Some authors have certain bands or types of music they listen to while writing certain types of scenes (slow love songs for love scenes… harder rock or metal songs for action scenes… etc.) Does any particular type of music inspire your scenes, or is the inspiration more character driven?

Music influences both my characters and their scenes—I’m open to whatever inspiration I can get!

I’ve noticed that most of the music I listen to while writing is pretty mellow and low to medium-tempo. I can’t concentrate if there’s too much rhythm or base. I’ve tried to listen to rock music, even some metal songs, but for the most part they drown out the action in my head. Lyrics and tone tend to convey all the information I need for inspiration. But who knows? I might find myself faced with a bad boy hero who needs more than alternative folk music!

Do your characters have theme songs? Do your couples have “their song”?CONJURE-by-Lea-Nolan

I don’t really select a song for my couples, but the major characters often get a theme song of sorts that represents their point of view.

For example, for Conjure, the first book in the series, Emma Guthrie’s song was Bubbly by Colbie Caillat because it perfectly captured how she felt about Cooper Beaumont. 

In Allure, the story progresses and so do her feelings. In this book her song was Adele’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love.

And here’s what Cooper thinks of Emma:


If you could choose only one song to sum up ALLURE, what would it be?

Emma Guthrie loves her cursed boyfriend, Cooper Beaumont with all her heart, even though he’s destined to lose his soul when he turns sixteen. As a hoodoo apprentice, Emma is determined to master the magic needed to stop the Beaumont Curse before it strikes, even if that means she’s hurt (or worse) in the process.

I must have listened to this song a million times as I wrote the book because it perfectly captures how far Emma will go to save Cooper.

Thanks so much for having me! It was so much fun to share the music of The Hoodoo Apprentice Series with you!


Lea Nolan writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and has spent nearly twenty years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children. You can learn more about Lea on her website, on Facebook, Twitter and on Goodreads

Worst. Summer. Ever.

FINAL Allure Cover- Medium ResolutionEmma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

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One Comment

  1. Comment by leanolan:

    Thanks so much for having me, Jennifer! It was so much fun to put this together for you and your readers!

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