#MusicMonday

Castle On The Hill

by: Ed Sheeran

When I was six years old I broke my leg
I was running from my brother and his friends
And tasted the sweet perfume of the mountain grass I rolled down

I was younger then
Take me back to when

I found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long
I know I’ve grown
I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
It’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

Fifteen years old and smoking handrolled cigarettes
Running from the law through the backfields and getting drunk with my friends
Had my first kiss on a Friday night
I don’t reckon I did it right

But, I was younger then,
Take me back to when

We found weekend jobs, when we got paid
We’d buy cheap spirits and drink them straight
Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long
Oh, how we’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
It’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

One friend left to sell clothes
One works down by the coast
One had two kids but lives alone
One’s brother overdosed
One’s already on his second wife
One’s just barely getting by
But these people raised me
And I can’t wait to go home

And I’m on my way
I still remember these old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way
You make me feel
It’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

I do not own any rights to this song, video or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

I fell in love with Ed Sheeran’s style with “Give Me Love” and gained much respect for him when he did “I See Fire” for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug which he did most of the instruments and layers of voices, himself. “Castle on the Hill” takes his talent one step further, by showing the depth of emotion Ed’s really capable of that doesn’t always come across in his more popular, fast-paced songs.

#MusicMonday

Blood

by: In This Moment

I hate you for the sacrifices you made for me
I hate you for every time you ever bled for me
I hate you for the way you smile when you look at me
I hate you for never taking control of me

I hate you for always saving me from myself
I hate you for always choosing me and not someone else
I hate you for always pulling me back from the edge
I hate you for every kind word you ever said

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
Shut your dirty, dirty mouth
I’m not that easy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
I’m a dirty, dirty girl
I want it filthy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
Shut your dirty, dirty mouth
I’m not that easy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
I’m a dirty, dirty girl
I want it filthy

I love you for everything you ever took from me
I love the way you dominate and you violate me
I love you for every time you gave up on me
I love you for the way you look when you lie to me

I love you for never believing in what I say
I love you for never once giving me my way
I love you for never delivering me from pain
I love you for always driving me insane

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
Shut your dirty, dirty mouth
I’m not that easy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
I’m a dirty, dirty girl
I want it filthy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
Shut your dirty, dirty mouth
I’m not that easy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
I’m a dirty, dirty girl
I want it filthy

I hate you, I hate you, I love…

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
Shut your dirty, dirty mouth
I’m not that easy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
I’m a dirty, dirty girl
I want it filthy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
Shut your dirty, dirty mouth
I’m not that easy

Blood, blood, blood
Pump mud through my veins
I’m a dirty, dirty girl
I want it filthy

I hate you for every time you ever bled for me

*WARNING: This video is NOT kid friendly or for everyone, please don’t watch if you’re easily triggered by blood, partial nudity or masks.

I have no rights to this song, video or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

It’s almost time for Avarice Unleashed’s Cover Reveal so I had to grab a song from my Hell on Earth inspired library. I love In This Moment, and Maria Brink is an amazing singer (who’s surprisingly soft spoken). She’s one of the few female rockers who’s gained equal notoriety in Scream-O, a male dominated music genre. If you’re not into her heavier sound, she has older stuff that is milder and if you hear her sing live, you’ll be hooked. 😉

Feel Good Friday

I was recently discussing a homework assignment with one of my best friends for her English class. The topic was something along the lines of a meaningful memory. Of course, she’s like Spotify without the commercials–everything is a song–so it was no surprise she chose ♫♪ Music ♪♫ for her essay.

While we were hashing old times where certain songs became significant in our lives, I found myself getting lost down memory lane. There are SO many songs! So many moments in our lives that have a particular background melody that, even when we hear it today, can trigger heartwarming fondness, wistful what-if’s, or rolling laughter.

I’m completely over my head cold-finally-and feel really great, and I want to share some of that Feel Good energy with all my lovely blogging friends. This was the first song I used to plug into the jukebox every night after closing down the bar (as a bartender, not a lush!) to help energize me for the cleaning tasks ahead. I loved that 2-3 a.m. hour when I had the music all to myself and room enough to shake my ass while vacuuming up popcorn and peanut shells! 😀

Enjoy!

I do not own any rights to this song or the video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents.

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL! Hope you have a great weekend!

#MusicMonday on a Tuesday

 

Angel Eyes

by New Years Day ft. Chris Motionless (of Motionless In White)

There’s something about you, I cannot explain
I just want to know you
I just wanna know your name
It’s not what you said,
Not the way you said it
I’m under your spell and I don’t regret it

Take my breath,
Baby reach inside my chest,
You can have whatever’s left,
Now baby I’m possessed

Don’t you try to hide with those angel eyes
If you let me inside, I won’t hold back this time
Such a deep disguise; devil’s right inside
More than paralyzed, oh it’s the chase you like

There’s a darkness,
I can feel it in your touch
I should get away, get away
I want you way too much

Take my breath,
Baby reach inside my chest,
You can have whatever’s left,
Now baby I’m possessed

Don’t you try to hide with those angel eyes
If you let me inside, I won’t hold back this time
Such a deep disguise, devil’s right inside
More than paralyzed, Oh it’s the chase you like

I don’t care how many times it takes to get through to you,
It’s a force that not even God can stop,
You’re fucking mine!

You’ve got this power over me
And there’s no way to fight it
There’s no way!
I can’t help but gravitate towards you,
This is a force I can’t defeat

Take my breath
You can reach inside my chest

Don’t you try to hide with those angel eyes
If you let me inside, I wont hold back this time
Such a deep disguise, devil’s right inside
More than paralyzed
Watch out the devil’s inside

**WARNING** Video contains blood and violence, not for the faint of heart. Side note: No demons were harmed in the making of this video. Not sure about the humans, though. 😉

I do not own any rights to this song, the lyrics or the video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents.

I meant to post this yesterday – the name of the band “New Years Day” was just too fitting, but I was away from my laptop so it’s a day late. And yes, the song’s another inspiration from my Hell on Earth series. Enjoy!

Dear Indie ♥ Weekly Resource Post

Independent

Whew! What an exciting week it’s been. So many things happening, changes going on with my publisher as well as my self-publishing – fortunately, they’re mostly good things. Or I should say, blessings in disguise. 😉 Last week I promised to share some non-mandatory options you can use for pre-marketing your book before the big day. The three most popular choices are:

  • Book Trailer
  • Teasers
  • Book Playlist

I loved the idea of having a Book Trailer, so I shopped around, read “How To” articles, then opted to make my own for my first novel The Zen Lounge (the trailer is right down there on my side bar —->). I used the ‘slideshow’ feature on the free online movie maker Kizoa, because the Windows movie maker was both too complicated and didn’t have half the features I wanted. Here are the pro’s & con’s from my experience:

Pros:

  • I spent $30, rather than $400.
  • I got the experience, worked through all of the kinks, bugs and learning how to do it (was frustrating at times and I almost quit) and can now make my own trailer with confidence.

Cons:

  • I haven’t received a single book sale from having a book trailer.
  • It’s extremely time consuming, having to shop for the right stock photos and videos, on top of actually making it and then finding the right song for it, adding the credits at the end, etc. It took me a week or more before I got to the finished product.

So, there you have it. You’ll have to decide on your own if it’s worth the time to make your own or even the outrageous price for a professional trailer when it probably won’t help you sell any books. I’m now completely ambivalent about book trailers and am in no hurry to make another one.

Teasers are far easier and a fan favorite. As you all know, I made all of my own Teasers for Collar Me Foxy using the free design site Canva. I signed up for a membership through the stock photo site Dreamstime, because they were offering the first 5 photos for only $0.05/each and they’re about $5 cheaper a month than iStock or its sister site, Getty Images. So, shop around for those bargains!

Another option is that if you’re going through a professional cover designer, they might offer Teasers for an additional price. My designer for my upcoming novel, Avarice, offers a package of 5 Teasers for $75. Considering that if you don’t have a membership with a stock photo place, most pictures are upwards to $45 a piece, that might be worth it. Or, simply if you don’t want the hassle of making your own.

Either way, I highly recommend having Teasers for your book to use not only for pre-promotion, but with your Release Day tour.

You may have already seen Book Playlists on other author’s tours. These are fun to make and 100% FREE. Some people make them from the songs they listened to while writing their book, I chose songs that best represent what the book is about, or that matches my character’s personalities. I never made one for Collar Me Foxy, but my Hell on Earth series has one for each book that I’ve already started. It’s just another fun thing to include in your book’s Release Day tour for fans to check out.

All you have to do is sign up for a “Channel” on YouTube. You can create however many lists as you want under your “Library” and name them after your books. Hint: When you’re searching for the music videos to add to your list, make sure to have YouTube open in two different tabs, because the search bar that comes up while “Creating” the list will not list the official videos, but other people’s “covers” of that particular song. I don’t know why, but it happens. Use the regular search bar provided by YouTube on the second tab and then copy and paste the URL into your “Add to List” box on the first tab.

If you’re interested you can check out my YouTube Channel here.

Well, that’s all for this week. Just some things to consider and keep you busy while your MS is in the capable hands of your editor. Next week we’re going to be getting into the nitty-gritty work that comes between editing and publication. This will be the busiest time in your journey, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and turn your MS into an actual publishable novel. 😀

Weekly Accomplishments: I got the first mock ups for an upcoming novel through my publisher, Hearthstone Alpha, and it is smoking hot! 😀 I also got a new publication schedule worked out with them, so now my series will be publishing consecutively (a book a month) starting next summer, rather than 1 book every couple of years. I’m also super excited to see the first book I ever beta read, His Hostage by Anna Adler, getting released this week on the 15th! What are you celebrating this week? Please share with us in the comments so we can celebrate with you!

The Zen Lounge Playlist

I’ve never made a playlist for my books before, but I’ve seen a few authors make them and thought it would be fun to try.  Strangely, The Zen Lounge was really hard to pick music for that I feel best represents both the characters and/or plot points.  I wrote the first draft around 8-10 years ago so I was trying to remember what I might have been listening to around then.  This is probably a work in progress! 😉

First time I ever heard Blue October’s “Not Broken Anymore” I not only cried like a baby teared up a little, but knew it was the theme song for The Zen Lounge!

Book Trailer for The Zen Lounge!

Well, it only took me all week, several pots of coffee, a lot of frustration and many, many hours of editing – BUT I finally did it!  I made my very first Book Trailer. Check it out:

 

I used the program Kizoa, because it’s a lot easier to navigate than Windows Live Movie Maker and has way more options.  Still a pain for those who’ve never attempted to make a book trailer before, though. If you plan on trying your hand at it, make sure you have the extra room in your budget for stock photos, videos & music – also, be prepared to have your patience tested… a lot!   🙂

Feedback is welcome & appreciated, good or bad!