This week’s song is an oldie but goodie.
I know, I know! I’ve been away SO LONG. I’m sorry. The only excuse that I have is that I’ve been writing A LOT and have tons of exciting stuff I’ll be sharing with you very soon.
In the meantime, I’m back with the Song of the Week. This one should give you a feel for what I’ve been working on since I’ve been listening to this kind of thing a lot lately.
Hope you enjoy Dirty Thirty by The Crystal Method!
This week’s song is courtesy of my latest Pandora station. Kye Kye keeps coming up while I write, and although I’d never heard of her before now, I’m totally enamored with the mellow, sensual sound.
Hope you guys like this as much as I do.
Also, I will have an announcement soon. *ahem*
Those of you who were recommending songs on Facebook today for the Song of the Week are probably going, “Wha?”
That’s because no one actually recommended this, but I came across it while browsing the ones you DID suggest and loved it so much I decided to go with it. So in a way, it WAS from you. 😉
Anyway, I love it! I’ll try to use some of your other recommendations next week.
Lately, all my best music recs for Song of the Week have come from Kenneth. This one, called Amalgam by the band Halos, is no exception. I am obsessed with this band. Their sound falls somewhere between Brand New (my favorite band of all time) and The Fray.
Hope you guys enjoy it!
After buying Bruce Springsteen’s CD, THE RISING, right after it was released, I found that I couldn’t listen to it without sobbing. All the songs on the CD were written for 9/11, and it was just too heart-wrenching for me to listen to it.
So I got in the habit of listening to it once a year on 9/11 and just letting myself cry my eyes out. I have to confess that this song in particular still does that to me, but somehow, it also gives me hope. I thought I’d share it with you today.
May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love bring us love.
Not much more to say on a day like today.
Last week, Kenneth reminded me about this song by The National after we watched WARRIOR, one of those hidden gems on Netflix that make streaming worthwhile.
The song played during the final fight scene between two brothers with a history of pain and loss. Standing in stark contrast to the brutality of MMA, I think it was a bold, interesting choice for that scene.
But also, it’s just an amazing song! Hope you guys enjoy.
I’ve had this song stuck in my head ever since I heard it (for the first time in many years) in THE WAY, a movie I proselytized about in yesterday’s post.
It’s not new, but it’s still awesome. Every now and then, I just need a reminder to thank the universe for ALL the experiences that come my way, because yes, even terror and disillusionment bring growth and discovery. And what is life without those things?
Oh, my gosh, you guys… I LOVE this song so much. Because it made me smile! And dance!
And any smile that can make me smile and dance is a winner.
Plus, the video is so happy making, and I’ve never listened to anything by Michael Franti before. So thanks to Jessie for the smile, the dance, the happiness, and the new music.
Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!
This week’s song comes to you courtesy of Melissa, one of my favorite bloggers and readers. I LOVE all of Florence + the Machine’s music, but this is probably one of my favorites.
I also need to announce the winners of the Escape Into Books Super Summer Giveaway. *cue drum roll*
The winners of a massive summer prize pack are… Nevey and Christina.
Congrats, you guys! Both winners were chosen by the RNG (Random Number Generator). Please email Rebekah at email@example.com with your full name and mailing address and we’ll get your prize packs right out to you.
Everyone else; stay tuned for the next giveaway. And in the meantime, enjoy this week’s song!
This week’s song is brought to you by Andrew, one of my favorite UK readers. I just adore Agnes’s voice, and her piano playing is just gorgeous. Reminds me a bit of A Fine Frenzy!
I actually had three different people email me with great song recommendations, which is funny, because usually I’m begging you guys for suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. This is a wonderful abundance of good music! You’ll be hearing the others in the next couple of weeks.
Also, a quick reminder that all three Prophecy novellas, Whisper of Souls, Mistress of Souls, and Rise of Souls are officially out. And speaking of abundance, the Circle of Fire paperback released today, too, which sort of officially ends the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. Now that all three books are out in paperback, it’s a great time to read the trilogy if you haven’t already. It’s the story of my heart, and I feel so privileged to be able to tell it.
What a wonderful ride it’s been. Thank you all for sharing it with me.
And here’s to more great stories…
I’m on deadline this week and didn’t have time to poll you guys for a song, so here’s one of my tried and true favorites.
Hope you enjoy it!
And check back tomorrow for the Escape Into Book Summer Reading Giveaway! I’ll be giving away two big summer reading packs with tote bags and other summer essentials along with some of my favorite addictive reads. I want to help you guys start your summer off right!
Sorry for the radio silence these last few days. I took a much-needed weekend off (after realizing I hadn’t had one since Christmas and handing in a big project Friday morning) and am still easing back into things.
Maybe the Song of the Week will help! This one was recommended by Stacee (@ivygirl702). Jack White is, in my opinion, one of the most talented musicians of our generation.
Love this! Hope you do, too.
I had so many great song recommendations to choose from this week that I had a tough time picking one. In the end, I went with this one from Rachel. It had just the beat I needed after a loooong few weeks of writing.
Plus, I’m thinking it might help me push through the next two days, which are going to be hardcore.
I made a note of the other recommendations, though, and will choose from them for the next couple of weeks. So if you offered up a recommendation, stay tuned!
This week’s song was recommended last week by Cat! I loved it then but had already chosen a song of the week, so I’m giving it to you this week instead.
Hope you enjoy it and that you all are having a great week!
I’m SO LOVING this week’s song, Let It Burn by Red, recommended by long-time reader (and writer!), Nazarea. I chose this one because it’s a band I’ve never heard of with a sound I really love, and that’s what Song of the Week is all about.
That said, I got tons of awesome recommendations (my readers prove over and over that they have incredible taste in music), so I’ll pull from them for next week’s song, too!
Before I get to this week’s song, I have a few orders of business!
First, a big thanks to MTV’s Hollywood Crush for the AH-mazing review of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. Hollywood Crush calls Temptation “a heavenly read” so please head over there, share the link on Facebook, tweet the link, and leave a comment to show them — and me! — some love!
I also received wonderful reviews from bloggers Well-read In YA, Lauren’s Crammed Bokshelf, and WTF Are You Reading (one of my favorites for it’s mention of “no wing molestation”). If you read and enjoyed A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS and reviewed it on your blog and I’ve missed you, please send an email to Rebekah at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link and we’ll try to post it for you here. I truly appreciate all reviews, bloggers or otherwise.
On a related note, if you enjoyed the book and haven’t yet left a review on B&N, Amazon, etc., please do!
I spent the weekend and the Houston TeenBookCon and had SUCH A WONDERFUL time. I wish I had pictures for you guys, buy I’m an in-the-moment kind of person and rarely remember to take them. I had an amazing time, though, meeting hundreds of readers and bloggers and hanging with so many incredible authors. It was a reminder to me that while I tend to be introverted and covet my alone-time, it really is good for the soul to interact with others who share your passion, even if you have to force yourself out the door to do it. As a bonus, A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS was sold out by lunchtime, which was pretty awesome.
This week’s song was posted on my Facebook wall by my beloved Caroline when I left for Houston, It’s one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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