Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bad to the Bone playlists (and an ARC giveaway)

As some of you know, my WVMP Radio novels (beginning with Wicked Game) have playlists in the front. Thanks to, you can hear most of the songs from those playlists right here on my website.

I decided to release the playlists for Bad to the Bone early, to give everyone a musical taste of what was to come. It probably won't help you guess what the story is about, but I won't tell you not to try. ;-)

What I mean by "Playlist": These are not songs I listened to while writing the book. It's cool that some authors post those--I love getting that glimpse into the creative process and seeing which songs remind them of which characters.

But that's not what this is. This is a list of the songs that actually appear in the book. They might play in the background, or they might play a crucial role in the plot itself. Maybe a better label would be "soundtrack," but music is so integrated with the stories, that word doesn't really cover it either. (I could make up a pretentious phrase like "narrative-enhancing auditoria," at which point you'd be within your rights to reach through your monitor and slap me.)

Anyway, the first one is the actual playlist/soundtrack. To see all songs, drag the white scrollbar on the right side of the playlist. You can also hear individual songs by clicking on their titles, or click the right arrow to skip a song you don't like (and by "you," I mean, "my mom").

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P.S.: Merry Christmas.

Each chapter is named after a popular song, from the 1940s to our current decade. I chose them for how well the words of the titles (as opposed to the content of the songs) fit the chapters, so this list is much less of a “soundtrack” than the “Playlist” above. But it’s still a great bunch of tunes.

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To enter this week's Bad to the Bone ARC giveaway, tell me a song, any song, that reminds you of a character or story you love. It could be from a book, movie, TV show, whatever. Extra points if it's one of my books*.


Tell me which of the songs from the above playlists most fits the soundtrack of your life. It could be the title alone, or the song's content or meaning. No need to explain, although you'll get extra points for scandalous stories**.

I'll randomly draw a name Tuesday night at 11:59pm Eastern daylight time from the combined comments from my blog, MySpace, and LiveJournal, and announce the winner next week. Good luck, and as they say in radio, thanks for listening!

*not really, though it might help me with future books and get you a mention in the acknowledgments. Just sayin'.
**again, not really, but it'd feel good to share, no?

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oh, HEY. im first. :D

the song "Hysteria" by Muse makes me think of my OWN characters (who are vampires). it makes me think of them fighting, biting, loving, lying, just EVERYTHING. when Matthew Bellamy is singing "i want it now, i want it NOW... GIVE ME YOUR HEART AND YOUR SOUL....I'm not breaking down, im breaking out.... feeling my faith erode..." it just makes my blood BOIL. i think of my Tristan just in full on vamp mode tearing someone to shreds, as he's usually a very quiet sort. but after centuries of being tortured by the same thing, he snaps. :D so thats why i love that song and that's what it makes me think of. i LOVE music because it's so inspiring. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2009 9:49 AM

UMMMMMMMMMMMMM. At the moment, "Love is a Battlefield" makes me think of Jen Garner in 13 Going on 30, only because I just saw it two nights ago.

I am not much a music person when it comes to writing. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum made me think of the characters in a defunct novel though.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2009 10:17 AM

Yay for using Concrete Blonde! My absolute favorite band from when I was about 13, 14, 15 and most people don't seem to remember them or know who they are. I was also a huge fan of Anne Rice back in those days (that was before she started writing Jesus books people.) So the song "Bloodletting" and really most of the songs off that album remind me of early Anne Rice Vampire Chroncle books--Interview, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, and The Body Thief. Good times, brings back memories.

Posted by: Blogger gaimangirl at 3/11/2009 11:31 AM

A song that instantly reminded me of a novel is Dead to Me by Ludo. For some reason, I pictured Bella and Edward from Twilight when I first heard this song. Here's the video.

As for a song about my life? Right now, it would have to be I Will Survive by Donna Summer. My son just turned 2 and it's like a switch was flipped or something. He's pushing all of his (and ours) limits right now. Plus he loves being outside and this mixture of nice days vs crap days is messing with all of us.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2009 12:58 PM

Something about "General Lafayette! You Are Not Alone" by Ravens & Chimes reminds me of Acheron, before he found love.

Then, of course, there are the two Lestat songs, "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)" by Concrete Blonde and "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by Sting...

Posted by: Blogger Chris at 3/11/2009 2:10 PM

Hi Jeri

Well thanks to Wicked Game I now associate every Nirvana song with Shane lol So I love seeing that Heart-Shaped Box is on the playlist *yay*

I have some stories I could tell about the times I went to see the Australian Doors Show tribute band and how me and my guy got locked in the ladies toilet after hours and had to break out of the club but I'll keep those to myself lol Come on Baby Light My Fire - The Doors hehe

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/11/2009 2:48 PM

Good afternoon and thanks for the contest!

One of my favorites harks back to my college days. Michael Moorcock actually collaborated on Blue Oyster Cult's "Black Blade", I believe, but "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" always belongs with Elric of Melnibone (428th prince, I think? *shrug* It WAS a long time ago!)

As for my own songs, I left on my personal sabbatical for Europe with only a paycheck in hand (yesterday was my 12th anniversary)- Annie Lennox's "No More I Love You's" was the soundtrack for my departure, but I returned nearly a year later to Men in Black and new adventures! Life is all good!

Posted by: Blogger K Giardina at 3/11/2009 2:54 PM

OMG. Wow. what a playlist! I especially love that you have Younstown by Springsteen in there! Pittsburgh is one of the few places he plays it (May 19th! I'll be there! :D)

Anyways, anytime I hear Bring Me to Life, I think of Ben Affleck's character in Daredevil. I know, its the theme song, but I can't help it. I'm mindblanking on some of the others right now.

My husband and I are music junkies :)

Posted by: Blogger macbeaner at 3/11/2009 5:41 PM

I Will Survive most fits my life right now. Long long long story.

Cant wait for Bad to the Bone to come out, Wicked Game was great. And those are some great playlists listed above, some awesome songs.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 3/12/2009 12:40 AM

For movie associations. When I see Dazed and Confused, first thing I think of is the movie Dazed and Confused. But since its 1. a great song and 2. the movie has Matthew McConaughey in and 3. its a really good movie with awesome music thats not a bad thing.

Thinking of the song I Will Survive makes me think of the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. If you've seen it I think you will understand why. If you haven't its about Drag Queens crossing Australia in a bus that doesn't quite work. Very funny though again with some good music.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 3/12/2009 12:45 AM

Bring Me To Life by Evanescence always reminds me of Christine Feehan's Dark series. Kind of describes the whole finding-their-lifemate experience.

Calling You by Muse reminds me of Edward from Twilight.

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 3/12/2009 4:08 AM

Thanks for the opportunity!

Of the songs listed, I think "I Can't Be Satisfied" really fits my life, at least right now. The title anyway...

I can't wait for BTTB!

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Posted by: Blogger Donna at 3/12/2009 9:35 PM

Good song for a vamp book Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" and for werewolves, "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon. :)

Song representative of me now, "King of Pain" by The Police.

Thanks for the contest!

Posted by: Blogger Donna at 3/12/2009 9:38 PM

Right now...Basket Case is a good example of how I am feeling. I have not been sleeping too much and my darling kiddos are on spring break...probably enough said there.

Keeping my fingers crossed!!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 3/12/2009 10:36 PM

Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows always reminds me of Chandler and Monica from Friends.

~ Popin

Posted by: Blogger -.- at 3/13/2009 4:45 PM

"Drain You" by Nirvana reminds me of Shane McAllister. He appeals because he isn't fantastical, just a normal guy that happens to drink blood to survive.

Oh wow, yeah that song is a pun, isn't it? Unintended, I assure you. But still clever!

Posted by: Blogger Carrie Clevenger at 3/13/2009 5:33 PM

Jennzah: I really need to check out Muse. I've heard them once on the radio, but that's it. You make it sound so good!

Jess: I LOVED that movie, especially that scene.

gaimangirl: Concrete Blonde was wonderful. I saw them in concert at one of the first WHFStivals in 1990. I loved all their albums.

Jackie: Thanks for the band rec! I'll definitely check out the video.

Chris: I think it's interesting that one book inspired those two songs (although I always think of them as written for Louis instead of Lestat). I don't know of any other songs inspired by books.

catbyte: Score! Shane is in your head. ;-) "Heart-Shaped Box" is on the chapter title list. "Breed" is on the actual playlist. They are both among my top 5 or 6 Nirvana songs.

And I'd love to hear your story about that Doors concert!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/13/2009 8:40 PM

Kim: I didn't know that about Moorcock and Blue Oyster Cult. It's fascinating to see the intersection between literature and music.

macbeaner: I love "Youngstown." It's a chapter title, so that just might mean that Youngstown (Shane's home town) appears in the book. I'm just sayin'....

donnas: LOL, you're the second person to claim "I Will Survive" as your life soundtrack song. Sounds like we're all determined to make it through. :-) And Wow, both of those movies are a trip back in time. Nineties ahoy!

Dawn M: Ahh, Evanescence. That song is so evocative and romantic. I knew the moment I heard it, I'd found my new favorite band.

Amy: LOL, I think that could be the theme song for my entire life. ;-)

Fantasy Dreamer: My chiropractor used to call me the "Princess of Pain." Long story.

Lori T: Good luck with the kiddies! Maybe they have an early case of spring fever?

Popin: Ooh, I don't know that CC song. I have all their albums but one--it must be on that. Love that band. I think they've made playlists for both books.

Shadows: Hmm, maybe because Shane played that song for Ciara during their picnic? And yeah, I/he totally meant the double meaning. He's gotta be a little bit dangerous, right? ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/13/2009 8:48 PM

Mercy Thompson makes me hum Bad Moon Rising. I know, predictable. I guess that song makes me think of werewolves and trouble.

Posted by: Blogger Janicu at 3/14/2009 10:40 AM

Well, thanks to that Youtube video from a couple of years back, I tend to see the ladies of Firefly when I hear "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/14/2009 11:33 PM

I really enjoy listening to your playlists. When the DJs mention a song in the book that I'm not familiar with I like to give it a listen.

The song Shine Down by Godsmack reminds me of Dante from A Rush of Wings.

And the song for my life would be Where Are You Going.

Thanks for having the ARC contest. :)

Posted by: Blogger Leslie at 3/15/2009 2:37 AM

Janicu: It's funny, the CCR song that makes me think of werewolves is "Run Through the Jungle". I know it's about 'Nam, but in Stephen King/Peter Straub's THE TALISMAN, the hero and his werewolf friend are on the run, and that song was part of the story. I get really mad when I think that song is starting to play on the radio, and it turns out to be "Suzie Q"--they have similar intros.

Crystal: Hmm, I'll have to check that out.

Leslie: I love your icon! Is that a red panda? I'll have to check out that Godsmack song--I love them, and I *really* love A RUSH OF WINGS!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/15/2009 10:03 AM

Hi Jeri: It is a red panda. Love them! I've got In the Blood in my TBR pile. Can't wait to get to it.

Posted by: Blogger Leslie at 3/15/2009 3:11 PM

I'm going to go with two songs by Shinedown...'cause I think they are appropriate for Dante from A Rush of Wings & In the Blood...

I Dare You
The Sound of Madness

Posted by: Blogger Kristin at 3/16/2009 11:12 AM

I'm slow joining in because it was really hard to think of a song I could mention that wouldn't reveal my total and utter musical dweebery ( I swear, my taste is so bad). But the Police song "Wrapped Around Your Finger" is the theme song of one of my wizard characters (D&D character, actually, but I've written fiction about him as well). I think I have a "Murder by Numbers" character as well---the Police are just gret story tellers, I think!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 3/16/2009 12:42 PM

Okay, one song that just reminds me of the book 'Requiem for the Devil" is either Chevelle's "An Evening with El Diablo" or for some strange reason, "My Immortal" by Evanescance....

Posted by: Blogger Chesh at 3/16/2009 4:16 PM

Accidentally in Love was in the Shrek soundtrack I think, I don't know if it ever made their album though. :)

~ Popin

Posted by: Blogger -.- at 3/17/2009 2:18 PM

Sister Christian by Night Ranger makes me think of a cousin who I was really close with....we spent one afternoon singing it badly over and over. He was tragically murdered 17 years ago. I think this is a good song to Ciara. It would give her the strength to battle on in her New World. "sister christian now the time has come.....don't you give it up before your time is due...."
ShellB the Hockeyvampiress

Posted by: Blogger HockeyVampiress at 3/17/2009 10:09 PM

I just had to take my son to work and came up with a couple of other song choices. First is The Offspring song Kristy are you doing OK? the line that says "on the wings of time seam to wash away the scenes of our crimes. For you this never ends. ..... "Don't waste your whole life trying to get back what was taken away...."
As soon as the intro started I thought of Rhia and her loss of Nilo and Nilik. It is perfect!!!!

Oh and and on a LOL note Nicklebacks something in her definately Princess Merry from LKH.
Shell the hockeyvampiress

Posted by: Blogger HockeyVampiress at 3/17/2009 11:46 PM

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