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Words & Music Monday with Alex R Kahler

Posted October 20, 2014 By Jennifer


Today’s Words & Music Monday post is coming from an author I met at the RT Booklover’s Convention in New Orleans this year. Alex Kahler’s Immortal Circus series caught my attention right away, literally, as I was walking down an aisle during the signing. The cover attracted me, and the write up hooked me. Next week, the first book in his Hunted series, MARTYR, is releasing. I’m so excited to share a bit of his musical inspiration with you all here. (And… for those of you who aren’t familiar with his books… definitely check them out.)

db5c5d4712de0a7e9d9a65_L__V363653305_SY470_Music has played such an integral role in all of my books, and MARTYR was definitely no exception. I pretty much wrote one draft entirely to the ‘Sucker Punch’ soundtrack (and yes, that version was just as angsty and battle-driven as you can imagine. I sometimes feel I should credit the producers). Seeing as the book has seen no less than 6 incarnations, the music that inspired it has changed and shifted over the years. A few themes have remained the same, though—MARTYR has always been a mix of really sad and nostalgic songs and pulse-driving battle anthems. I mean, it’s sort of a given when you look at the title.

As you can imagine, it was insanely difficult to pick just five songs for the five main characters. But I tried. I’m still not entirely settled on them, but this should give you an idea. If you’re interested in learning more about the characters and the world, visit http://fearthehunted.com/characters/

(And a minor plug—I’m giving out swag/signed bookplates for anyone who pre-orders and sends me a confirmation image to alexrkahler@gmail.com or @ARKahler!)

Now, on to the music!

Tenn : Wear it Like a Crown – Rebekka Karijord

For a protagonist, Tenn is…not the strongest of characters. At least not at first. As a Water mage, he’s rather unsure in his powers, and his tendency to slip into nostalgia is strong. But that is also a source of strength for him—his element feeds on emotion, and he has plenty to spare. I guess that’s what happens when everything you know is ripped away. This song is all about facing what scares you and using it to move forward. If only Tenn knew this song, he might grow sooner rather than later…

Jarrett : Run – Snow Patrol

The first time I heard this song, I knew it was Jarrett’s theme. Or, rather, it’s the theme of him and Tenn. This is a love song for the apocalypse, that terrible love of knowing things probably won’t last. It’s about having that one person who makes the darkness worth fighting through, the hope of a light at the end, a return to normalcy. It’s not a comforting love song. Let’s be honest, it sort of hurts like hell.

And in so many ways, that’s love in this world. Once you have it, you know precisely what you risk losing.

Martyr cover 18aug2014_highresDreya : Set Fire to the Rain – Adele

Okay, I’ll admit, Dreya isn’t really the longing-in-love type. She’s stoically independent, save for her ties to her brother Devon. And yet, there’s a power in this song that has always, always reminded me of her. She’s best known for summoning storms, and something about this song resonates with my concept of her. She’d be the one to say goodbye and burn the world down around you, just to make sure there’s no bridge to cross.

Devon : Army of Me – Bjork

Devon is insanely quiet, but that’s mainly because he’s afraid of speaking his mind. The element of Fire does that to people. Which just means, his inner ragings fit perfectly well with this battle-worthy song. He feels like a single man against the world, and he’s going to make the world pay for what it did.

Tomas : Flesh – Simon Curtis / Devil Within – Digital Daggers

I couldn’t choose between the two, so I picked both. Tomas is such a fantastic bad-boy antagonist. He has many motivations, but the ones that he exemplifies are sex and power. So, “Flesh” was a natural choice for a character with such diabolical tastes. And “Devil Within” is just so damn creepy and stalkerish, which is Tomas to a T. These two combined perfectly highlight his twisted psyche.

****You can click the MARTYR cover image above to read the first chapter of the story. Release day is October 28th.****

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Words & Music Monday with Chudney Thomas

Posted September 29, 2014 By Jennifer


I’m so excited to have Chudney Thomas with us this week, to showcase music from her first release, FULL CIRCLE!!

ChudneyHello Everybody! My name is Chudney Thomas and I write Paranormal Romance. I write shifters, weres, others, whatever you want to call them. I like my men hairy with big teeth. Wait, wait that didn’t sound right. What I meant to say was… I like all the goodness that comes along with Alpha males and I like it even more if they’re werewolves or shifters.

What I love just as much as writing and reading is music. I write to it. I belt out on songs in the car. I play piano. I’m a bit rusty after years of no practice, but I can still play from memory an exam piece that evokes sadness. Music has the power to move you. Make you, happy, sad. Make you ache and trigger lust.

I was in the bedroom the other night when I heard Adam Levine’s voice. It turned out not to be a music video but new Kia Soul commercial. You know, the one with the hamsters. (Go advertising team, you used my love of music and Adam Levine against me.)

That song and his voice sort triggered a thought in me. We’re living in a day and age when listening to our instincts can seem barbaric. The reason I love reading and writing in the paranormal genre is simply because it allows me to tap into that deep primal state that’s no longer acceptable in modern society. Unless you like to be terrified, but that’s a whole other post.

This song, besides having Adam Levine  belting it out, covers some of the territory of we find in a romance. You can hear need and wanting in his voice, and the lyrics take you through what quite a few characters in some of my favorite books go through in their courtships. My husband may roll his eyes when I play it, but I still like it.


Title: Full Circle
Series: Central Florida Pack (#.5)
ebook: ISBN- 978-0-9895805-0-2
Print: ISBN 13: 978-1502507327
ISBN 10: 1502507323
Length: 23,000 words


He’s waited years for her

In a pack of werewolves, a half human isn’t exactly at the top of the food chain. Half-human, half-werewolf, Ria Marlett knows her place in the pack. And she knows exactly how the pack’s alpha, Drake Neilson, views her; as a convenient lay. So far she’s managed to avoid his advances, but she knows his patience is growing thin.

Now he’s ready to claim her.

Ria does her best to avoid Drake, but the sexy woman can’t hide who she is. Tired of waiting, now he’ll do whatever it takes to win Ria, even woo her while dealing with rabid lone wolf attacks. With the pack in danger Ria is forced to face what Drake has been telling her all along, she just might be the strongest of the pack.



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Author Bio

I was born in Brooklyn New York, raised on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. According to my father, I learned to read at three and wouldn’t allow him to skip a page of a story. I grew up raiding my mother’s stash of books and my Aunt Patsy’s extensive library. There, I developed my love of literature, and specifically romance.

Books transported me to different worlds, and encouraged me to learn about different cultures, continents, expanding my horizons. I currently live in Central Florida with my family and our interesting pet pooch Maya.

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Chudney will also be one of the Featured Authors at the 2015 Coastal Magic Convention! Don’t miss a chance to hang out with her, and the other awesome  authors and readers attending. For more info, click the image below.




Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. 
With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something 
for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. 
Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. 
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Words & Music Monday with Charlie Cochet

Posted August 25, 2014 By Jennifer


Today’s Words & Music Monday post is from an author who has my reviewers absolutely raving!!! Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series is a witty, action packed, offering that, despite it’s paranormal/urban fantasy theme, is full of relatable characters. We are so, so happy to have her with us today to talk about the musical inspirations for Destructive Delta, and it’s members. (Links to our reviews of the first two books are listed at the bottom. Hint: GO BUY THEM… NOW… GO AHEAD… WE’LL WAIT HERE…)

CCochetRRWHello all! A big thank you to Books Make Me Happy for having me here today. Like many authors, I write to music most of the time. I love music and have always been a fan. In Rack & Ruin, the thirds THIRDS book (out in Nov), Dex is talking to Sloane about how he’s always loved music. How he remembered dancing around with his parents to his dad’s records while his mom made lemonade and baked cookies. Well, Dex’s experience was similar to my own.

When I was little, ever since I could remember, there was music in my house. My dad would play is ABBA, Elvis, and Beatles records along with a host of music from the 50s through to the 80s, and we would listen to them and I’d jump around while my mom cooked goodies in the kitchen.

For me, music has the power to bring out certain emotions, which is why it’s always played a part in my writing. Of course not any song will do. If I’m writing an action sequence, I need something fast paced or an intense instrumental piece from a soundtrack. For sweet or romantic scenes, love songs with lyrics to match what’s happening. I tend to choose songs for most scenes as I write the book. Below is the playlist that I listened to while writing Blood & Thunder, the second THIRDS book with songs key to what’s happening in certain scenes/chapters. Hope you enjoy!

Blood & Thunder (THIRDS, Book 2) Spotify Link

Genre: M/M Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Series: THIRDS Book Two
Length: 240 pages
Published: Aug 4th, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-63216-178-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63216-177-2

When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

Read Chapter One here.


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About the Author:

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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Today’s Words & Music Monday is a special post stop on Angela Addams’ CURSED blog tour. Here, you’ll learn a little about the music that inspired the writing and characters of that story. You can also click HERE to read our review of the book.

Angela Addams Cursed blog tour graphic


I love listening to a variety of music…as long as it’s hard and fast and dirty….okay…so I like a particular kind of music, specifically the kind that isn’t overly mushy or sentimental. I’m a weird kinda romance writer. My heroes tend to be rough, bad boy alphas and my heroines are strong, determined women. When it comes to writing, I’m not the kind of author who can listen to music as I’m working. I find it too distracting. Before I start writing though, or when I’m in the middle of writing and pause to hash out a plot snag, or details of a scene, or character profiling, I listen to music a lot. It inspires me in unusual ways. Here are some of the songs that influenced aspects of Cursed.

Melissa Auf Der Maur – Followed The Waves – This song inspired parts of Darcy…in fact it’s like her theme song. “My heart lies to you. Never have me true.” She is motivated by vengeance and tangles her heart up by accident. Great song and I am partial to female artists. Powerful women, folks, it’s always about the powerful women.

Nine Inch Nails – Ruiner – NIN is my favorite band of all time and is the inspiration behind Riot (the band featured The Order of the Wolf series) When I listen to Ruiner I think about how Raven reacts to what Darcy has done to him. “You had to covet what was mine.”

Stupid – Sarah McLachlan – I like to write about torment, especially women who are tormented by actions or decisions they’ve made. When the heart is involved we don’t always make the best choices. “Love has made me a fool…How stupid could I be?” This song helps me think about forbidden longing and desire, perfect for Darcy and Raven.

Satellite Mind – Metric – “Heard you f**k through the wall…” I’m a fan of most of Metric’s songs and find that many of them inspire my writing. This song always gets me pumped to write erotic scenes. It gets me thinking about sexuality and how we connect to other people around us, sometimes in very intimate ways without even realizing it.

NWO –Ministry – This is a throwback to my goth years. I’ve never outgrown Ministry. I love the anger of this music. It pumps me up, especially for fight scenes. This song puts me in a good mood (I told you I was weird) especially after a bad day. I always think about it when I’m writing anything aggressive.

So there you have it, a sound track of sorts for Cursed. It’s an interesting mix but perfectly embodies what goes into any piece of writing. Chaotic emotions and a roller coaster romance.

The Order of the Wolf, Book 1

Her biggest mistake comes with fangs…and a nose for tracking her down.

Wherever there’s a lying, cheating scumbag who’s broken a woman’s heart, Vengeance Dealer Darcy Wells is there. So what if she isn’t the most skilled witch around? She’s only using one spell, which leaves the hapless male suffering tormenting lust for one woman. Her.

The beautiful part? This curse comes equipped with a blinding agent, allowing her a clean getaway. Unrequited lust, coming right up! As far as Darcy is concerned, it’s justice served. Her next target: Raven Glock, rock band bassist and drop-dead-gorgeous sex god.

When Raven lays eyes on the luscious Darcy, he gives her what he promises all the starry-eyed groupies who toss their panties at him—one unforgettable night in his bed. Sex with Darcy is so epic that he forgets his cardinal rule: to get her out before morning.

At the crack of sunrise, Darcy serves Raven a face full of cursed ash. But something goes horribly wrong…and she finds herself magically tethered to one pissed-off werewolf.

Worse, breaking the spell could cost her everything…maybe even her life.
Warning: Sexually explicit language, tattoos, piercings, and giant…um…feet. Wet panties are a given. Author assumes no responsibility for spontaneous ravishment of significant others, pool boys, or local pizza delivery personnel.

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Words & Music Monday with Tawnya Brock

Posted August 4, 2014 By Jennifer



Today’s music post has to be one of my favorites that we’ve done, because it features a band that I LOVE!!!! (I’m actually going to be posting a special edition Words & Music Monday with this band very soon!!)

Tawnya Brock’s inspiration for her story, FATAL, comes from 30 Seconds to Mars… and I completely understand!!


Author Pic TA BrockAnyone who knows me, knows my love affair with music is legendary. Music and I, we have the sort of relationship that would put Beyonce and Jay-Z to shame. It started in fourth grade with a recorder. I learned to play Mary Had A Little Lamb on that plastic, hole-riddled tube, and basically just assumed the next step was being a rock star. I was a band geek, choir nerd, and frequent music video watcher.

In seventh grade, I taught myself how to play piano and that’s how I decided, when I grew up, I was going to have a job that somehow involved music. I didn’t know how or in what capacity, and it didn’t matter. As long as music was there somewhere. I mean, even if I worked in an office and my stationary had music notes on it, that would count. But just to solidify my chances, I majored in music in college. After graduation, I had a wonderful job as a choir director for about a year, and my love for music grew to hyper-obsessive-fan status. It would be like, if music was One Direction and I was a teenage girl.

Now, fast forward to when I started getting serious about writing. It really all started from listening to a song. I’m a lyrics person, and I have a habit (which drives my family insane) of putting songs I love on repeat… for a gazillion years. One day, on the 587th time through a song, I thought, this would make a flippin’ good book. And that’s how my relationship with music led me to writing.

As you can imagine, listening to music while I write is crucial. One of my all-time favorite bands to jam to while writing is 30 Seconds To Mars. I could wax poetic about Jared Leto’s lilting gravel-on-ice voice but I’ll spare you. Instead, I’m going to list a few of my favorite 30StM songs, which helped me write FATAL.

Vox Populi– I love the title of this song. It means “the voice of the people”. My zombies are under the tyrannical thumb of a group called Oracles, Fatal_FRONT coverso this song about an uprising helped me to get into that mindset.

Kings and Queens– This song has been on like, a hundred and fifty movie soundtracks (most recently, How to Train Your Dragon II), because it’s so awesome. It’s probably the most over-played 30StM song, but I don’t care. Every time I hear it, I rock out like a maniac.

Night of the Hunter– My hero, Grayson, is in a bad place because he’s angry about being turned into a zombie. This song helped me tap into those emotions.

100 Suns / Hurricane– In FATAL, Grayson tells Cori, he “believes in nothing”. These two songs go on repeat anytime I’m writing a scene like that, fraught with internal struggle.

I realize now, all these songs are from the This Is War album. It’s my favorite, but honestly, ALL of their music is good. Especially if you need to tap into your writing feels!

Thanks for having me today!

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