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Musical Moments: Enchanted Awakening by Alanna Wilson Playlist

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The first in a two-part series and it is a YA paranormal love story.

Synopsis

Celeste Marsden is a lively teenager hoping to live out her days with the first love who has captured her heart. However, when a fatal winter accident takes her first love, Cameron, away and leaves her with a head filled with other peoples’ memories, her future begins to look drastically different. Then she meets a boy who just might have all the answers. He is passionate, angry, and indecipherable and as he lets Celeste in on his secrets she realizes that the world around her is more dangerous than she’d ever imagined. Celeste is rattled by the feelings she develops for this boy, Isaac, and the guilt she feels for moving on. However just when she begins to truly heal and to see a future with Isaac, she realizes she has unlocked the power to bring Cameron back. If you could bring back the one you lost what would you do? What if you could change everything?

Enchanted Awakening Playlist

1. Beautiful Ride – Alanna Wilson

This is a song I wrote back in high school and it ties into the story in some interesting ways. Firstly, it is about the loss of a loved one which is a major theme in the story (as the main character Celeste loses her first love in a tragic accident). I actually wrote this song when my own first love’s father died in an accident; he was a wonderful person and I wanted to do his memory justice. It was a very sad time that made me realize how fleeting and fragile life is. Celeste’s first love is loosely based off of my own first love (Cameron is the middle name of the real life boy and they look exactly alike).

2. Back to December – Taylor Swift

The tragic accident in the story happens in the wintertime and Celeste spends her days “going back to December all the time”; it is constantly on her mind. Just like in the song, Celeste wishes she could go back and change the outcome of that fateful day, and wishes for some way to change things now. In fact there are 3 wintry days with Cameron that Celeste reflects on and yearns to change throughout the novel.

3. Wish You Were Here – Avril Lavigne

I think this song encompasses Celeste’s longing for Cameron and her desperation; that she’d do anything to have him there with her.

4. Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful – Kelly Pickler

Throughout the novel Celeste has issues with body image; a scar on her shoulder in particular. She has been diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder; a disorder in which the sufferer becomes obsessively preoccupied with a real or imagined (perceived) “flaw.” Cameron believed she was beautiful just as she was, but with him gone she finds herself struggling with it more than ever. I love that in the sequel “Enchantment Everlasting” she is able to overcome this and see that sometimes what we perceive as our greatest flaws can actually be our greatest gifts.

5. Enchanted – Taylor Swift

I just had to… it has part of the book title as the song title! Plus this song captures some of the feelings when Celeste meets Isaac. The lingering question kept me up, 2am who do you love? I wonder til I’m wide awake. Celeste doesn’t know what to make of what she’s feeling for this new boy, Isaac; but she knows that she needs to know more about him.

6. Wired – One More Girl

I adore this beautiful love song and it describes the force with which Celeste is drawn to Isaac. Boy there’s nothing that I can do, it’s like I’m wired to love you. I won’t give out any spoilers but there is a reason that Celeste is so drawn to Isaac beyond that of obvious attraction. I also love the lyrics: no one would ever know it, if they checked my vital signs. Yeah you could call that living, but I was not alive… you shocked me back to life in the most magnetic way. Celeste hasn’t really been “living” since losing Cameron, that is, until she meets Isaac who just like in the song, brings her back to life.

7. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne

-I feel like this is a song that romantic rival Meredith (a blonde bombshell that rides a motorbike, is always talking to Isaac, and has a major secret) would like to sing to Isaac and Celeste.

8. Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift

This is the song I think Celeste would love to sing to Meredith. Meredith is certainly not a saint, and not what you think ;). I also think it’s fair to say that both women have underestimated each-other.

9. Thinking of You – Katy Perry

I adore the video for this song (so much that the character of Atarah in Enchantment Everlasting was inspired by Katy Perry from this music video). I think this song captures the feeling of being torn between two lovers, and Celeste’s guilt over being with Isaac when she still loves Cameron. And things are about to get a whole lot more complicated! But I’ll leave you to read the novel to find out why…

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: May 2015: Chosen by Bryony Pearce

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Huge thanks to Bryony Pearce for coming to my rescue and picking this month’s song of the month. I always tell my students that dystopia is one of the biggest ongoing trends in young adult fiction, thought provoking and realistic dystopian takes a look at the problematic elements in today’s society – such as the depletion of natural resources. Dystopia stands out to teens because it is easy to picture the events that COULD happen while also providing possible solutions they may not have considered.

From the feedback I have received from my students there really is no stopping dystopia, even with those reluctant to read for pleasure can be enticed by something they can relate to ♥

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One of the key messages of Phoenix Rising is environmental: mankind has used up the resources of our planet. When the fuel crisis occurs, bringing with it perhaps inevitable wars and recession, man, finding himself laden with unusable technology, simply tosses all of his rubbish into enormous islands of junk floating in the seas and oceans.

The eruption of Yellowstone brings tsunamis that break up the islands and the sea is polluted beyond redemption. Now it is simply ‘the salt’, poisoned with acidic currents, filled with floating junk and the promise of death to any who spend any time in the water.

This is the world into which Toby is born, a world that has been polluted and used up and which has only scraps left to offer the nations whose survivors can only fight for every advantage.
It seems as if every time I leave the house, I am picking my way over the rubbish that people think it is acceptable to toss over their shoulders. Our society is consumer driven and disposable. From unnecessary technology upgrades (our phones, our cars, our televisions, our computers) to wardrobes full of clothes we barely wear, to food we buy and never eat, it seemed a logical progression to have a world where man has used up almost everything and thrown the rest away.

Already we have seabirds drowning in oil, ocean-going mammals snared in plastic, distant colonies of birds that have never seen a human being covered in so much rubbish that they can barely nest in safety.

Phoneix Rising is a rollicking adventure. It has pirates, sea battles, explosions, It is Junk-Punk. But it also contains a serious environmental message that I would love readers to ponder next time they consider throwing something away.

And so the song that I have chosen is my favourite song about the environment, a comment on man’s consumerism, his drive to destroy nature and build on the green spaces.

It is Where Do the Children Play? By Cat Stevens.

ABOUT PHEONIX RISING

In a future world where fossil fuels have run out and democracy has collapsed, an outlawed pirate crew fight for survival on their ship, the Phoenix, kept afloat by whatever they can salvage or scavenge on the debris-filled seas. Toby has never known anything other than life onboard the Phoenix and he’s desperate for adventure. But when trouble comes hunting the Phoenix down, Toby realizes that what you wish for isn’t always what you want. He meets beautiful Ayla from the Banshee, a rival pirate ship and sworn enemy of the Phoenix, and his world is thrown into disorder. How can he know who to trust and what to believe? The future rests on him making an impossible choice…A gripping novel, perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer and Suzanne Collins.

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ABOUT BRYONY PEARCE

Please check out the amazing Bio Bryony has on her website HERE

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: April 2015: Chosen by Jay Crownover

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There is much fangirling happening at Book Angel Booktopia today :) Welcoming Jay Crownover with the song of the month for April and the upcoming release of ASA!!!!!!!!

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The song I pick is Streetlights by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit…Jason Isbell is an amazing singer. songwriter and every single one of his songs tells a story. He’s ended up on more than one of the Marked Men soundtracks in fact. I like that his music has a point, makes you invested and takes you on a journey. That’s what I try to do with each book I write.

This particular story is about a guy getting drunk in a bar, of course fitting since most of Asa’s book takes place in a bar, but more than that it’s haunting, desperate and lonely. The guy in the song is lost at the end and trying to find his way home but he’s not really sure where that is or what that means…just like my southern charmer. He’s wandering around aimlessly and just trying to figure out where he needs to be.

Those emotions are ones that echo how Asa feels as he tried to figure out this new life he’s found himself in and how to deal with a girl that wants him despite how awful he thinks he is.

There is also the fact that Americana music is the perfect blend of bluesy country and bouncy pop with catchy lyrics. I kind of feel that’s a good mash up of how both Asa and Royal can be perceived. He’s all southern charm and twang, she’s bubbly and infectious…together they make something unexpected and lovely.

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: March 2015: Chosen by Trisha Wolfe

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I cannot tell you how much I adore this woman, it’s like she’s got a direct line into my mind sometimes. I am delighted to welcome Trisha Wolfe to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the Song of the Month for March 2015, coinciding with the publication of her latest book, Fading Out.

Enjoy

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Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Emma! You know how much I adore you, and it’s such an honor to be asked to host your March event. Thank you.

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The scene below is from my current release in my New Adult Living Heartwood series, FADING OUT. While I was writing this scene, I had to really put myself in Ari’s place. Feel how she was feeling; all the pressure and anxiety of living up to her family’s standards. Trying to be so many things for so many people that finally, you just snap. And that’s exactly what Ari did here. She tossed caution to the wind, desiring just for one moment to let loose and enjoy life. Though, I have to admit, she kept her emotions bottled for so long that when she finally let loose, she went kaboom.

 FADING OUT Excerpt

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I chose Korn’s Never Never because the lyrics reflect so much of what Ari tries to force herself to believe. She’s been scorned by someone she cared for, trusted. She doesn’t want to let another person into her very closed off world. Ryder is forcing his way in, tearing down her walls, and she’s desperate to keep him from seeing the real her—the one she believes isn’t worth his love.

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