Monday, May 7, 2012

Guest Post From Amber Garr: Author of Promises

My Musical Muse
by Amber Garr

If you have visited my website, you’ll see that I have a section posted under Extras where I wanted to share my playlists or favorite songs for each book.  You will also notice that it’s said “I will compile a list soon” for several months now.  It just seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.  So thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for finally making me put this post together for at least one of my books!

I have been a fan of music for as long as I can remember.  My parents would play records (yes, actual records) for us to fall asleep to at night that ranged from Mozart to Steely Dan.  I’ve been a dancer since age three, and find that I simply do not function well if I don’t have music to listen to.  I can’t read music and I can’t play an instrument, but I sure do enjoy a good song or artist when I hear one. Reading, writing, studying, working…if you see me, I will most likely have those white earbuds hanging from my head.

So without further ado…here is my list of albums and/or songs that I consistently listened to while writing Promises.  The soundtracks helped me concentrate (especially those without words), and then there were other songs that emulated a scene or a character and I found myself going back to them each time I needed inspiration.  And now I think I’m inspired to get the rest of my playlists together…

Full Albums:
Black Marmot – Run Home
Nathan Barr – True Blood Soundtrack Seasons 1 and 2
Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna – Camelot Soundtrack
Working for a Nuclear Free City – Businessmen & Ghosts
Adele – 21
Florence and The Machine – Lungs
Trevor Morris - The Tudors Soundtrack
Brian Reitzell – Red Riding Hood Soundtrack

Clues – Perfect Fit
Working for a Nuclear Free City - Rocket 
Kathryn Caldor – Arrow
Hannah Georges – The Beat Stuff
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – White Rabbit
Vitamin String Quartet – Full Moon
Justin Walker – Down
October Sky – Black to Blue
Coldplay – Cemeteries of London

Book One of The Syrenka Series
By Amber Garr

Genre: fantasy/paranormal YA

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love. 

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. 

Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.

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About the Author

Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire.  Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids.  Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell.  She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

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