Friday, September 23, 2016

{Book Nerd Tour} Gilt Hollow Music Playlist + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop in the Gilt Hollow blog tour!
Today I have for you a music playlist.
It apparently has 50 songs in it,
so there's a YouTube link to the full playlist.

I hope you enjoy this stop and the tunes!

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Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

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Lorie Langdon has longed to write her own novels since she was a wee girl reading every Judy Blume book she could get her hands on. So a few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author, she spends her days tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as, and 
Lorie’s first solo novel, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, releases September 27th 2016!

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Gilt Hollow Playlist
Thanks so much for asking me to discuss my Gilt Hollow playlist! It’s seriously the best blog request I’ve ever received! 
Music is one of the things that inspires me most while I write. I can hear a song and it catapults me into a scene, a relationship, or an entire story. Gilt Hollow was no exception. Ashton in particular is emotionally moved by music. One of his favorite hangouts in the village is a record store called Twisted Beauty that specializes in vinyl albums. His musical tastes are influenced by the classic rocker who owns that store. 
The actual playlist is long…over fifty songs! You can listen to it in its glorious entirety on YouTube here: Gilt Hollow Music Playlist
And just for you guys, today, I’m going to highlight the top twenty songs that shaped this story. I agonized way too long on which twenty to choose…
1. What I’ve Done and Numb by Linkin Park – *Warning! There’s a lot of Linkin Park on this playlist!*  While writing this book one of my local radio stations played Linkin Park on loop for months. Their music instantly put me in Ashton’s head. 
2. Back In Black by AC/DC – This is one of those ironic moments in the book. As Ashton is climbing the stairs to Twisted Beauty, all in black, fresh out of juvie, this song is blasting. I had to do it.  
3. Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar by Taylor Swift – Love her or hate her, this girl can spin a tale through her songs! And this one is perfect for the anger and betrayal Willow feels when Ashton returns to Gilt Hollow. 
4. It Ends Tonight by The All-American Rejects – Ashton’s feelings about Willow when he first returns to town. 
5. Love The Way You Lie (Original Demo) by Skylar Grey – Captures the volatile push-pull of Willow and Ashton’s relationship. 
6. If I Die Young by The Band Perry – I’ve always loved this song and it fits perfectly as Willow begins to face the reality of the situation she’s been sucked into. 
7. Midnight City by M83 – This song is more about the tone it sets than the lyrics. This is Ashton’s theme of freedom. 
8. Under the Milky Way by the Church – Ashton is listening to this song at Twisted Beauty in Chapter 9: In accordance with his herbal-enhanced mood, Jeff changed the LP to a mellow, and only slightly less angsty, band from the eighties singing about finding a destination under the Milky Way. Ashton closed his eyes and let the song flow through him. He’d missed this. The way music could either transport you or gut you like a pumpkin, leaving your innards exposed and vulnerable. 
9. Clarity by Zedd – “If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? If out love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?” And ALL the lyrics!
10. Break by The Cinematics – Ashton’s dark state of mind as things begin to fall apart all around him. 
11. Problem by Ariana Grande – “Even though I hate you I wanna love you. And even though I can’t forgive you, I really want to.” Enough said.
12. Style by Taylor Swift – This was THE song that captured the heart of Ashton and Willow. (#Wilton or #Ashlow…ship name?) Every time I heard it, the words would instantly flow onto the page. But when it would come on the radio, I would change the station—I couldn’t risk getting sick of it and it losing its power to inspire me! 
13. The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez – Another one that I listened to over and over while writing Willow’s relationship with Ashton. 
14. There She Goes by The La’s – When I was in college, a boy made me a mixed tape and this was the first song on it. *Sigh* It also expresses Ashton’s feelings as he longs for a girl he believes is too good for him. 
15. The Promise by When In Rome – Another song that Ashton hears at Twisted Beauty. “If I had to walk the world and make you fall for me, I promise you, I promise you, I would.” Best. Line. Ever! 
16. Beautiful Disaster (Acoustic) by Kelly Clarkson – Absolutely flawless lyrics.
17. Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight – Things turn dark.
18. This is Halloween by Panic! At The Disco – The Sleepy Hollow Ball. This scene was unquestionably the most fun to write!  
19. The Words by Christina Perri – The lyrics of this song tear my heart out. It’s so perfect for Wil and Ash. And I may have watched the video with Colin O’Donoghue a few dozen times! 
20. Not a Bad Thing by Justin Timberlake – No Lorie Langdon playlist would be complete without JT! The ironic thing about this song is that some the lyrics mirror what my husband said to me on our first date. After you finish the book, read my dedication to him and the pieces will click into place. <3 b="" nbsp="">
*Bonus: Disney’s Haunted Mansion - Otherworldly Concerto – I originally got the idea to write a thriller with a creepy vibe while in line for The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. It was a dark, rainy day and when I glanced up at the mansion, I saw a shadow move across one of the windows. I knew it wasn’t real, and yet, it gave me a chill that started my creative juices flowing. What if I wrote a novel about a creepy, old house that held secrets? And a girl that lived there and wasn’t quite sure if it was really haunted…This was the original spark for Gilt Hollow, even before I realized I wanted to write about a boy who’s a convicted felon. 

Thanks again for asking me to chat about the Gilt Hollow playlist! 

--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

-ONE winner will get a chance to have a 10-15 minute Skype call or Google Hangout (Winner's Choice) with Lorie and a Signed Copy of Gilt Hollow.

-ONE winner will receive a signed copy of Gilt Hollow.

-THREE winners will receive a copy of Gilt Hollow.

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I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the tour!

Happy Reading!! xoxo

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

{Book Nerd Tour} H.A.L.F The Makers Excerpt & Music Playlist! Plus GIVEAWAY!

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Hello! Welcome to my stop in the H.A.L.F The Makers blog tour!
Today I have for you and excerpt from book 2 in the series 
as well as a music playlist from the author herself!

Also, keep scrolling to the bottom of the page for a giveaway!

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Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.

You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?

And what if the Greys are only the beginning?

Erika Holt dodged death and departed Earth in an alien ship. It wasn't how she'd planned to spend her senior year. Is Erika on her way to paradise? Or to a hell worse than the underground lab she escaped?

The greys rescued Tex from the underground lab and promised him a life he could never have imagined. But what will he have to give up to become one with The Conexus?

Jack Wilson is still Commander Sturgis' prisoner, but a promise of freedom comes from an unlikely source. Will his liberation cost more than he's willing to pay?

On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.

And hungry...


Natalie is the award-winning author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy trilogy with over 2 Million reads on Wattpad. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two cats. Natalie spends her time writing, reading, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, and meeting readers and fans at book festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. Natalie appears frequently on radio, podcasts and vlogs such as The Speculative Fiction Cantina, Front Row Geeks and iHeart Radio.

Excerpt #1: Erika 
The cold void that had swallowed Erika’s scream as she entered the alien ship enveloped her. Her once-again boyfriend Jack was no longer below her. Ian was not beside her. She didn’t know where Tex or Dr. Randall were. She was surrounded by darkness, the only sound the frantic beating of her heart.
The fat, wet tears that had spilled onto her cheeks evaporated into the cool, dry air. She’d feared being compressed into nothingness, but the pressure subsided. She tried to kick her legs and run but she was paralyzed, able to move only her eyes.
She couldn’t tell if she was floating in the center of the alien ship or hovering in a void of nothingness. She could have been upside down and not known it.
Erika screamed for Ian but no sound came from her. Despite the chill in the air, sweat dripped from her temples. Her eyes flitted wildly from side to side, trying to see something – anything. She closed her eyes in an effort to shut out the unnatural vacuum around her, but it was no good. The dark inside her mind was no better than the black emptiness of the ship she presumed she was in.
Don’t panic, Erika. Maybe they immobilize us for our own safety. Since humans had not achieved interstellar travel, there was no reference point for how it was done. She remembered Jack’s words. “Cowboy up,” he’d said. Erika wasn’t sure she was cowboy enough for space travel.

The Makers (H.A.L.F. #2), by Natalie Wright

Copyright 2016

Playlist for H.A.L.F.: The Makers

I create a “soundtrack” for all of my books. Some songs on the list are ambient, mood setter songs. Other songs capture a character’s feelings or ideas. Still others actually inspire scenes.

For The Makers, my soundtrack is heavy with songs by Moby. The electronic, sometimes futuristic tunes captured the vibe of the book. The song Scream Pilots is on the soundtrack for all books in the H.A.L.F. series and is the “theme” for Tex and Erika. I’m quite literally writing their story to get to the place where it will match this song!

1. Wait for Me by Moby
2. Hunger of the Pine by alt-J
3. Everloving by Moby
4. Aero by Jean-Michel Jarre
5. Fight for You by Morgan Page
6. Teardrop by Massive Attack
7. These European Cities by Marconi Union
8. Our Remains by Bitter: Sweet
9. 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps
10. Isolate  by Moby
11. Scream Pilots by Moby

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Discover Your Egyptian Name + ~GIVEAWAY~!

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Hello, and welcome to the next stop in the Recreated Blog Tour! 
I hope you've been having a great time going from blog to blog!

Scroll on down to read the blurb, watch the book trailer, & find your Egyptian name!

Also, don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom 
and enter the GIVEAWAY!

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Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Published: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Watch the book trailer for the next book in the series, Recreated:

My Egyptian Name is Rehema The Seer...
What's yours? Leave your Egyptian name in the comments section below!
I can't wait to read them!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Put Me In The Story Cover Reveal

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This cute little personalized storybook would be absolutely perfect for the little Princess in your life!
I know my girls can't wait for me to get them each a copy!

Happy reading Everyone!! xoxo


Thursday, June 30, 2016

I'm Back Lovelies!!

Some of  you may have noticed that I haven't posted anything in almost 2 years! I just needed a break from blogging for awhile. Honestly, I hadn't really noticed how long it's been since my last blog post.
But recently I was invited to be apart of a blog tour for an author who I really like, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be apart of one of her tours again. After accepting this invite, I thought about how much I've missed the blogging world. I think 2 years ago, I was trying to take on too much, and it just overwhelmed me. So I think after this very long hiatus, I am ready to get back into the blogging world and see what's new and upcoming!

I will be accepting opportunities to review new books very soon.
Please contact me on Facebook at RosesBookCorner. I have a pinned post about this, so please read it before contacting me.

Thanks so much.

I am looking forward to rejoining the blogging world!