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04/11/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #10 – Be Mine

This is Griffin and Helen’s song from the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS contemporary playlist. It’s tres romantique!

 

We only have two more songs to complete the playlist and then we’ll be back to our regular blog features, including Movie/Mystery Monday, Song of the Week, and the Friday Poll. If there are other features you guys would like to see, speak up! Bog features are a work in progress. It’s all for YOU, so if there’s something you want, I’m happy to comply.

On another note, I’ll be Rocking the Drop tomorrow by leaving copies of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS, and some other surprise books in and around my hometown. Hope you will all join me in celebration of Teen Lit Week!

Also want to remind you all that I’ll be in Houston this week for the TeenBookCon, so if you’re within driving distance, please stop by to say hello and get one of my infamous hugs (just say you follow me online and the hug is YOURS).
<3

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04/09/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #8 – Firestarter

I can’t tell you how much I love this song. It’s a kind of anthem for me, and it’s also perfect for Helen and Raum. Embedding has been disabled on this one, but I want to give it to you anyway.

Firestarter by Jimmy Eat World

I hate putting up a link instead of an actual video, so I’ll give you Song #9 as well. Sowing Season by Brand New was chosen as the theme song for Raum’s redemption. This also happens to be one of my favorite Brand New songs.

I also want to remind you all that I’ll be at the Houston TeenBookCon next Saturday, and I’d love to see you all there. A ton of amazing authors are attending. There will be panel discussions and signings and all kinds of awesomeness.

I’ll also be at Oblong Books for an event with author Jacquelyn Delorme on Sunday April 22nd at 4pm. Oblong is a fantastic Indie in historic Rhinebeck, New York, and I love these kinds of signings because they usually provide more opportunity to really talk and hang out with the audience. Plus, there will be snacks! And free books!

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04/05/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music # , ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #7 – Vices

I know, I know… Another Brand New song! But this one is perfect for sickle training.
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I’m also pleased to announce Shelley Koons as the winner of the $250 bookstore gift card! Thanks to everyone who rushed out to buy a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in-store. And stay tuned, because I will continue to offer AH-mazing giveaways and will announce the Ipad contest winners on Saturday.

SO EXCITED.

In the meantime, check this song. And don’t’ be turned off by its militant vibe. As with all Brand New songs, you really have to listen to the lyrics.
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04/03/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #6 – Hurricane

Chosen for the warehouse scene in the book, the sixth song on the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS contemporary playlist is Hurricane by 30STM. I’ve always loved this song, and it’s a particularly good fit for everything that transpires at the warehouse.

Hope you enjoy it!

And don’t forget; you can still get an entry (or more than one!) in the $250 gift card giveaway by buying A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar bookstore — but only until Midnight EST tonight. So hurry!
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04/02/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Playlist Song #5 – Breathe Me by Sia

Oh, you guys… I have such a soft spot for this song. Those of you who know me probably know why.

For those of you who don’t, just listen and enjoy. It’s perfect for Helen and is labeled “Helen Goes Home” on the playlist.

<3

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04/01/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music # ,

A Temptation of Angels Contemporary Playlist Songs 3 and 4

Sorry I blew it on the Temptation playlist song of the day yesterday! I spent the day on a college visit with Rebekah and came home BEAT.

To make it up to you, I’m giving you Songs 3 AND 4 tonight!

This one is song #3 and is labeled “Helen discovers her identity” on my playlist. I’ve always loved this cover of the Eurythmics original, and it’s a perfect fit here.

The 4th song on the contemporary playlist is Heartbeat by the Fray. I see this song when Helen and Griffin first become friends, walking the streets of London, getting to know each other, and doing sickle training in the ballroom.

Hope you guys enjoy these!

On another note, the Ipad GIveaway is officially closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered in the month of March by helping me spread the word about A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. You really made a difference. Winners will be announced on Friday April 7th, so stay tuned!

You still have a couple days to enter for the $250 store gift card by buying a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar bookstore (ANY store, as long as it’s not online). So many people bought copies online that we have surprisingly few entries for this mega gift card, which means great chances of winning. So hurryyy!
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03/30/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music # , ,

Temptation Playlist Song #2 – Search and Destroy by 30 Seconds to Mars

After posting the first song on the A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS playlist yesterday, I wanted to continue by giving you guys the second song, chosen for Helen’s escape. Those of you who have read the book will know what I mean.

Hope you enjoy it! And don’t forget there’s still a few more days to enter the $250 gift card giveaway for buying a copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS in any brick-and-mortar store as well as two more days to enter to win the Ipad and assorted other goodies.

Hurryyyy!!
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03/29/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music # ,

Temptation Playlist Song #1 – Noro by Brand New

This is the song I chose for the opening scene of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. Those of you who know me know that my adoration for Brand New if well documented, so this probably comes as no surprise. Still, it’s a perfect fit, and those of you who have read the book will know why.

And I always have to post lyrics for Brand New songs, because they are a true writer’s band. No one writes songs like Brand New.

I hope you enjoy it and that you’re all accumulating entries for the $250 gift card and the Ipad. Not long now!

<3

 

Little light lead us through the night
And if we die burn down the forest
chariots, carry us
distance says we don’t care to walk

I’m on my way to hell
I’m on my way to hell

Why doesn’t anyone in Noro sleep?
Are they all just scared of their dreams?
When they lay down there heads down at night,
What are they haunted by?
Why won’t anyone just close their eyes?
Could it hurt them to rest for a while?

(Because)
I’m on my way to hell
(Well I’ve tried, god knows that I’ve tried)
I’m on my way to hell
(One time, two time, three time)

Sitting duck
Running out of luck
And I caught up on the train crossing
How are we ever gonna know peace
How will I ever see a life through the tress
I wanna burn down everything we begun
I wanna kill and eat my young

(Because)
I’m on my way to hell
(Well I’ve tried, god knows that I’ve tried)
I’m on my way to hell
(One time, two time, three time, again)
I’m on my way to hell
(Well I’ve tried, god knows that I’ve tried)
I’m on my way to hell
(One time, two time, three time, again)

I’m on my way to hell [x4]

 

 

 

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03/13/12 A Temptation of Angels , Music , Song of the Week # , ,

A Tempting Song and Three Tempting Reviews

This week’s song, Within Temptation by Sinead, is brought to you by Krystal, who recommended it as a good match for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS after watching the trailer a couple of weeks ago.

Love it!

Also, have to say that the release of a new book is always stressful. In the old days, you were lucky (or not) to read a couple of professional reviews. Now, authors are subject to reviews from every corner of the globe 24/7. This can be good. And it can suck hard. It’s totally part of the gig, and I get that, but that doesn’t mean the tough ones don’t hurt.

So far this week I’ve been fortunate to have three stellar reviews for A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS from three reviewers I’ve long admired.

The first is from Bookalicio.us, who calls TEMPTATION, “… breathtakingly written.” She also told me on Twitter that she liked it MORE THAN CAKE. So, yanno, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I almost squealed out loud when I saw the review from Fiktshun, mostly because is having someone say, “This story was so utterly enchanting from start to finish that I did devour it in just one sitting” isn’t cause for squealing, I don’t know what is.

And then there’s The Viet Babe’s Blog review, who called TEMPTATION, “So engrossing and excellent, I couldn’t put it down.” Music to my ears!

So to these three bloggers and to all of you out there who spread the word about my work through your reviews, THANK YOU! Many of you are every bit as professional as someone who’s paid to write reviews for a living. I feel more fortunate than you know to count you among my supporters.

And now, go forth and enjoy music!

<3

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03/06/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music , Song of the Week # , , ,

Somebody That I Used to Know

This week’s song comes to you by VERY popular demand. After an informal shout-out on Facebook asking for recommendations, multiple people put this one up for consideration.

Who am I to fight the majority?!

Hope you enjoy this one, Somebody That I Used To Know, by Goyte.

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And don’t forget that the Be Tempted Ipad Giveaway is in FULL SWING. People are going hard to help me promote, but with prizes like the Ipad, signed books, Victoria’s Secret goodies, Visa gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, jewelry, bookplates for anyone who preorders, etc., I can’t say that I blame them. You should totally check out my Facebook page, if for nothing else, to see all the funny things people are doing to help get the word out. I’m dying! 😀

And it’s not too late! The giveaway runs all month, and I so appreciate your help spreading the word.

<3

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02/28/12 Music , Song of the Week # ,

Free Like You Make Me

You guys… I’m SO IN LOVE with this week’s song, Free Like You Make Me by Cary Brothers. You know that feeling of elation and meloncholy and discovery that’s all wrapped into one when you discover a great new band or song?

THAT’S what Song of the Week is about, and this one nails it for me.

It was nominated by Jeannie, one of my favorite online peeps, and I feel like I owe her a huge debt of gratitude. I’m going to look up ALL the songs by this guy right now.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

And P.S. Don’t forget to come back this Thursday for the kick-off of the MASSIVE A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS GIVEAWAY. I’m ridiculously excited to tell you guys about the Grand Prize, but I also have three amazing runner-up prizes. Stay tuned…
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02/21/12 Music , Song of the Week # ,

Just Breathe

This week’s song, Just Breathe from Pearl Jam, is from me to you. Sometimes we all need to just breathe. This is one of those times.

Love you guys.
<3

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02/14/12 Life , Music , Song of the Week # , ,

The Greatest Love Of All

Valentine’s Day makes me happy. Life is a struggle so much of the time. Any day — Hallmark holiday or not — that gives everyone a chance to focus on love is a good thing. But today, with so much focus on romantic love, I’m making it my personal mission to remind you all to love yourself first. Love yourself truly, deeply. Love yourself in all your complexity, frailty, mistakes, and all the beautiful flaws that make you human. Love yourself wholly and know — KNOW — that it is truly the only thing that can make you whole.

The luminous Whitney Houston sang it best. What a voice she had. I’m sending you all much love tonight with this week’s song, chosen by me for all of you who send me your love every day.
<3 I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows If I fail, if I succeed At least I'll live as I believe No matter what they take from me They can't take away my dignity Because the greatest love of all Is happening to me I found the greatest love of all Inside of me The greatest love of all Is easy to achieve Learning to love yourself It is the greatest love of all And if, by chance, that special place That you've been dreaming of Leads you to a lonely place Find your strength in love

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02/11/12 Music , Things I Love # ,

Let the Good Times Roll

This week’s thing I love is one of my favorite albums from the 80’s, The Cars self-titled LP.

Even after all these years, this album features some of the best music of all time. Between Let the Good Times Roll, My Best Friend’s Girl, and Moving in Stereo — to name just a few — it’s pure genius.

Proof that great music never gets old.

Here’s a sample for you! Happy Saturday!

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02/07/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music , Song of the Week # , , ,

Promises, Promises…

Love this week’s song, nominated by one of my dearest friends, Winsome. Winsome and I have been friends since fifth grade when we would sit on her canopy bed with the curtains drawn and listen to Devo and The Knack.

How fitting that she would be the person to nominate a song! Love her to death! She’s the one who taught me how to swim in the ocean and that clam chowder always tastes better on the pier after a long day of swimming.

And I have to say that I’ve never been a huge fan of Incubus, but this is very different for them. Really like it! Thanks, Winsome!

Also want to let you guys know that for tonight only there’s a promotion on Twitter to win one of the last three A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS ARCs. All you have to do is tweet with the hashtag #atemptationofangels between now and Midnight. You can enter as many times as you like, one entry for every tweet with the hashtag.

You can enter to win an ARC on Goodreads, too, but only for about 10 more days so hurry!

Tomorrow I’ll kick off my annual Take Care of Yourself Valentine Giveaway. I have some awesome goodies for you guys, because you don’t need a significant other to have or do nice things for YOU.

<3

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01/31/12 Contests & Giveaway , Music , Song of the Week # , ,

Habits by Maria Mena

This week’s song, Habits by Maria Mena, is brought to you by Travis who recommended last week when I did my shout out on Facebook. It’s so simple but so beautiful. Really love the piano and the woman’s voice. It reminds me a little of Allison’s in A Fine Frenzy (one of my favorites!).

Hope you guys enjoy it!

And don’t forget that the Superfan Giveaway is up and running through Friday. 50 of you will win, and this is a no strings attached giveaway. Just my way of saying thank you for all you do to support me.

<3

 

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01/24/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music , Song of the Week # , , ,

Surrender by Digital Daggers

This week’s song was recommended by Sara. It’s tres sexy!

Hope you guys enjoy it. And don’t forget you can still claim your free limited edition A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS bookplate and bookmark by sending a copy or photo of your preorder receipt or order confirmation to prophecypress@aol.com. This giveaway ends at the end of the month so hurryyyy!

You can also enter to win an advance reader copy on Goodreads. And it’s easy! Just the click of ONE button if you already have a Goodreads account.

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01/17/12 A Temptation of Angels , Contests & Giveaway , Music , Song of the Week # , , ,

Canvas by Imogen Heap

This week’s song is brought to you by JP, a reader who recommended it last week on Facebook. I love Imogen’s sound – it’s so restful and unique – but I hadn’t heard this one before. I especially love that slightly Celtic violin piece toward the end.

Hope you guys enjoy it!

Also want to let you know that right now you can enter to win an ARC of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS on Goodreads, courtesy of my publisher, Penguin/Dial. In addition, you can claim a free bookmark and personalized, signed TEMPTATION bookplate now through the end of the month. Details here.

<3

 

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01/10/12 Music , Song of the Week # ,

Let It Be Me

Huge thanks to friend and fellow author, Rhonda Helms, for reminding me how much I love Ray LaMontagne. For some reason, this one makes me long for hot summer nights, big glasses of lemonade, and slow dancing in bare feet. Such a beautiful song, an amazing voice, and something I hope everyone of you hears or feels during your lifetime.

Sending you all love tonight.

<3

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01/03/12 Music , Song of the Week # ,

Keep You Right by Blind Pilot

This week’s song comes to you courtesy of Missy! I like the folksy sound, and supporting an Indie band is always a plus.

Thanks, Missy!

And don’t forget you can enter to win a Be Tempted t-shirt, a nail polish, and five bookmarks in the first A TEMPTATION GIVEAWAY of the year, in partnership with YALitChat. Also, keep your eyes and ears open, because the free bookplate giveaway for TEMPTATION preorders is imminent!

<3

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