Music and writing

November 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Equilibrium, tinsel and dust, Writing | Leave a comment
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Music is very important to my writing process. I only write without music if I absolutely have to, which thankfully isn’t often. The music I listen to while writing has an impact on the mood of the story: a dark story has to have a soundtrack full of dark music, while a more lighthearted story can have a more lighthearted soundtrack. Each of my published stories has a soundtrack, either a mix of songs from different artists, or a single artist; for Equilibrium it was a mix of songs, for Reasonable Force it was Velvet Acid Christ, for Eyes Wide Shut and Rust Red: Galvanized it was Midnight Oil. For Tinsel and Dust, my upcoming Equilibrium sequel, it was the John Butler Trio. Music actually plays a larger role in Tinsel and Dust than it ever has before, in that the music of the John Butler Trio actually features in a scene.

Now, I’m not going to give away what that scene actually is, because that would be telling. ūüôā But what I will tell you is what songs I was thinking of when I wrote it. To me, they fit Michael and Ryan’s situation to a tee.

Both of these songs are off the album Sunrise Over Sea. The first is called Peaches and Cream:

For so long I’ve sung this sad ol’ song,
And it feels like my time is up.
For she came and landed in my arms,
And she filled my half empty cup.
Yes she filled my half empty cup.

There you are right in front of me, 
A brand new day sunrise over sea.
No longer my cup half empty cause there you are…

and the second is called Seeing Angels:

Why do I deserve such a visit
From the one I thought I’d never meet.
Beyond my greatest expectations.
You exceeded everything. 
Well here I am 

Take me for what you see
For I’m transparent in the light of you.¬†
And look inside,
See that fire burning bright
The same one you rekindled inside me 

My mouth was dry
only you quenched my thirst
I thought I was last
You told me I was first. 

So there you have it, two great songs for my boys. Tinsel and Dust should be released mid-December, I have a tentative release date of December 14th for it. That’s not set in stone at the moment, but if I learn any different I’ll be sure to let you all know.

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Cheap books!

November 22, 2011 at 6:16 am | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Promotion, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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Everyone loves a cheap book, don’t they? As someone who bought about 10 ebooks in one fell swoop yesterday, my answer is a definite yes to that.

If you’re like me and love cheap books, then you’re in luck, because both Dreamspinner Press and Torquere Press are having sales at the moment!

Dreamspinner says:

Dreamspinner Press Sale!

There are three ways you can save on purchases from Dreamspinner Press this month.

First, there’s a We Are Thankful Sale, 20% off everything on the web site through Nov. 30.

Secondly, DSP reached 1500 fans again on the Facebook page after FB ate the old one. To say thank you, there’s a code on the page for 15% off one order of any size over the next year. Go here¬†to get the code¬†for the discount.

Finally, every purchase between now and Nov. 30 enters people in a drawing for a Kindle Fire, to be drawn on Dec. 1.

So go forth and shop at DSP to save and win!

Torquere says:

Thanksgiving Sale!

It’s Thanksgiving and we’re going to give thanks all week long! Get 15% off
your purchases from now through the end of day Saturday the 26th. Just put
‘givet2011’ in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books
(www.torquerebooks.com) before next Saturday at midnight to get 15% off your
order.

Sale good now through Saturday November 26 at Midnight (est).

Give thanks with a book from Torquere Press today.

Rust Red: Galvanized a recommended read at ARe

November 16, 2011 at 6:55 am | Posted in Promotion, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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I’ve had quite a few good things to wake up to this morning which will make getting through my Wednesday a little easier. One of those is that Rust Red: Galvanized is a recommended read at the ARe cafe at the moment, which is fantastic. Check it out here if you’re so inclined.

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