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It’s hard to put into words how much music affects my mood and enhances my life. This is especially true when I’m writing. The sound of songs I love playing in the background adds to my creativity in so many ways. My taste in music is very eclectic. Rock will always be number one with me. But, I can get into a good country or bluegrass song, too. The following links are the songs I listened to over and over again when I was writing Superstition. I’ve really been enjoying listening to all of them again while I’m putting this post together.
A few years ago I wrote this little blurb and I think it sums it up best: Music…moves me, inspires me, touches my deepest emotions and my darkest desires. It gives me wings to soar over the highest summits. A song can change my day, my mood, my world. Sing to me and I’m yours forever. Take my music from me and I will simply fade away like a vanishing mist…Veronica
Superstition Play List
Casper: Derek Blake
This is my amazing oldest grandson, aka D-Rock. I’m biased, but I think he’s just great! He lives in Fort Collins, CO, and plays regularly all over Colorado and on many nationwide tours. When he released this song last year, I just couldn’t stop listening to it, especially when I was writing.
Beneath Your Beautiful: Labrinth
This song…wow! The lyrics, the singing, the music, all of it, just gives me goosebumps. It inspired the dance scene in Superstition.
The Sound Of Silence: Disturbed
I loved the original, but I really LOVE this version. The gritty sound of David Draiman’s voice just moves me. The song didn’t inspire anything in my book. But just listening to it when I’m writing is inspiring to me.
Down: Jason Walker
This song was relatable in the worse way when I was very depressed about trying to switch genres from historical romance to contemporary paranormal romance. I listened to it way too much and let it get me ‘down’ way too much.
Tougher Than The Rest: Chris LeDoux
As I mentioned before, I’m a rocker chick, and not a big fan of country. But thanks to my upbringing, I am a country girl in some ways, too, and there are some singers and some songs that just inspire me regardless of their genre. Chris LeDoux and his songs touch me deeply. I listen to them when I’m writing because they tell a story and I’m telling a story. His words have meaning to me. Tougher Than The Rest…the song and the video just make me what to write about dynamic heroes and the fierce women they love! His songs are constants when I’m writing any book.
Look At You Girl: Chris LeDoux
Another song I love to listen to when I’m writing, especially when I’m writing a love scene. When this song is playing, I can clearly see my hero looking at my heroine with the greatest love and deepest devotion ever. Inspiring? Oh, so much! Candles burning softly are a must when listening to this song.
Riding For a Fall: Chris LeDoux
Just another Chris LeDoux song that I find has so much meaning to me. Every book hero and/or heroine tempts fate. In a romance novel there is no escape from the destiny set in motion from the very first word, and that is what creates the conflict we all love to read about. For some reason, I wasn’t able to just post the link, so you’re getting the entire video picture. ??
Bella’s Lullaby: Carter Burwell
If you know me at all, you know that I’m a HUGE Twilight fan, also known as Twihard or Twiheart. I love this beautiful piano solo and I love to listen to it when I’m feeling mellow and writing is coming easy. A glass of wine is always nice with this song, too.
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
Another beautiful song from the Twilight Saga. It was perfect for the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn, Part One, and it makes me think of my own hero and heroine in Superstition. Their love is so great that not even forever is long enough.
Feel Like Makin’ Love: Kid Rock
Kid Rock is one of my all time favorite musicians. I love everything he does, but this song was just seemed to be one that fit my mood while I was writing Superstition. Mateo and Dawn always feel like makin’ love.
Crave You Flight Facilities
The title caught my attention…Mateo craves Dawn’s blood. Then the line, ‘dripping in gold’ made me think of the goldmine in Superstition. Boom!
Beauty of the night: Mads Langer
I loved this song as soon as I heard the title, because my hero, Mateo, could only come out at night. Night time felt special—beautiful—when he was with my heroine, Dawn.
Walls On Fire: Stevie Nicks
Everything Stevie does, I love. This is an old song, but I enjoyed listening to it when I was writing. Mateo is my favorite book hero…I loved writing about him. He sets my world on fire.
Poison: Alice Cooper
I’ve always liked this song. But, it related to Superstition, because it makes me think about how Dawn would get sick when Mateo bit her. His vampire bite was like venomous poison. Perfect!
I Will Follow You Into The Dark: Death Cab For Cutie
My talented grandson played this song at one of his concerts I was fortunate to be at, and the words reminded me of how Dawn would follow Mateo anywhere, even if it meant she could die.
I love Halestorm. I love this song. Sometimes, I just need to rock out when writing. When this song comes on my playlist, I take a break from the computer and dance around the room and do a little head banging. It’s probably scary to see (I’m old), but it keeps me young and it’s inspiring. Haha!
Tomorrow I will post the blurb from the back cover of Superstition, and my favorite scene from the book. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book. Release date: June 9, 2017
Mateo Two Moons. He is compassionate and loving; tender and protective. Of course, he’s drop-dead gorgeous and a magnificent lover. He’s an Apache, and oh, did I mention he’s also a centuries old vampire?
Dawn Malone has got her act together. She’s a woman looking for adventure and loving life when she relocates from Colorado to Arizona. She only wants to concentrate on her teaching career and explore her new surroundings. Falling in love with an ancient, but irresistible, vampire who plans to take her to a hidden village in the Superstition Mountains and make her his eternal mate was definitely not in her plans.
Although I knew the Superstition Mountains were the ideal location for my clan of vampires to dwell, in the beginning I was not sure about having a contemporary vampire hero who was Native American. I had read many books about vampires and seen lots of movies about immortal blood suckers, and a present-day Native American vampire just didn’t seem to fit the part. It only made sense he would be an Apache if he lived in the Superstitions, but I still struggled with this when I first started writing this book.
In my previous historical romances I’ve had several dynamic Native American heroes, but this one had to be entirely different. As I finally started to envision this unlikely leading man, I could see a gorgeous man dressed casually in jeans and boots, but still with long raven hair, a shimmering dark gaze, and smooth bronzed skin. He would drive a big truck that would be as sexy as he was. A modern-day vampire hero of Native American descent was starting to look pretty darn good. The name Mateo Two Moons just popped into my head somewhere along the way and it seemed to fit.
Once my hero starts to become real to me, it’s easy to create my heroine. She just needs to be the woman of his dreams. That’s easy, right? I knew I wanted Mateo to have an Apache name to call her by once in a while, so I did some research. I found the name Udaya, which meant Dawn in the Apache language. It was perfect. Both of my main characters were now ready for their story to unfold.
When developing characters for a book, I sort of feel like I’m giving birth. In my mind, I know everything about these people that I’m creating—from the time they are born until they die—even though I’m only writing about a brief period in their lives. While I’m sitting at the computer writing, I literally become these characters and feel as though they are just letting me be the instrument that chronicles their story, because they truly do write their own narrative once they become fully developed in my mind. Even though they are like my babies, and I give them life, I never know what path they will take us on until they lead me there. I love them as if they are real. If they are sad, I cry. When they are happy, I rejoice. If they are in the throes of a wild sexual escapade…well, I wish I could join them.
While surfing the Internet one day I saw a picture of a guy that took my breath away. The instant I saw him, I knew he looked exactly like I pictured Mateo. Not long afterward I saw a picture of a beautiful blonde girl that looked just how I imagined Dawn. This was the first time I had actual pictures of the characters I was writing about. In my past books, they were only images in my mind or resembled an actor/actress in the movies or on TV. It’s been so fun to be able to look at those pictures and feel like I was actually looking at Dawn Malone and her sexy vampire, Mateo Two Moons.
I learned that the man in the picture was a model from Sweden named Filip Gustavsson. If he only knew how his picture has inspired some of the most erotic love scenes I’ve ever written, well, he’d either be flattered or embarrassed.
Recently, I found out the picture of the girl is actress Kate Upton. I’ve never seen another picture of her other than this one that looks like my heroine, but in this picture she is my Dawn. After seeing the cover that was created by my publisher’s artist, though, I realize that Dawn and Mateo have never looked more perfect than they do on the actual book cover.
Although I’ve loved all of my heroes and heroines in my other books, I have to admit, Dawn and Mateo are my favorite. I hope you enjoy their passionate love story as much as I do.
Tomorrow I will talk about how hard it was for me to switch genres from Historical Romance to Contemporary Paranormal. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book. Release date: June 9, 2017
I’m very excited to announce that I have sold the first book in my Blood Clan Series to The Wild Rose Press. Superstition is a Contemporary Paranormal Erotica Romance and will be a part of The Scarlet Rose Line. The release date is pending, but will be sometime in 2017. I will be posting lots of updates once I know the exact release date.
Thank you so very much to everyone who encouraged me not to give up on this book. I couldn’t have done it without you! xoxo
Contemporary romance is the hot thing right now. Historical Romance is not so hot right now. Paranormal is still hot, but not if it’s about vampires—vampires are really cold (excuse the pun). Witches, angels and demons are hot. Shape-Shifters are still hot, but only if the hero or heroine shifts into something odd like a dragon or a dinosaur; or some towering hairy beast. How about a hero with fish gills, who when in the throes of passion sprouts octopus-type tentacles shaped like penises and can do multiple women at a time? Not your cup of tea? Mine neither.
Recently I attended a romance writer’s conference with the hopes of being inspired to continue on my quest to switch genres from Historical Romance to Paranormal Contemporary Romance. Instead, as I listened to some of the authors on the panels and in the workshops I came away feeling discouraged and out of touch with what is popular in the romance market at this time. Besides cowboy and Native American heroes, I love vampires. I’ve always read books and watched movies about vampires, so that is what I wrote about when I decided to try something different from my previous eleven Western Romances. Switching genres and finding my contemporary voice was not easy for me. It took me over two years to write this new vampire book and I think I might have missed the boat, so to speak, by a year or two. One agent and one editor have already told me that they weren’t looking at any new manuscripts about vampires and the talk at the conference confirmed this trend. It appears vampires are way too tame for the new paranormal market and I am not sure I want to write about half-reptilian heroes or demons that grow horns and tails when turned on. A debonair warlock, maybe. But, a mysterious dangerously sexy vampire who thirsts for the blood of his one true love will always be my first choice when it comes to paranormal heroes.
I could write another Historical and give up on my desire to write a series of romance novels about vampires, but my heart isn’t into writing another historical at this time, and after attending a panel on Historical Romance at the conference it was apparent traditional publishers aren’t buying many books in that genre right now either. Still, I have no doubt that someday I will write about the Old West again. What I did hear time and time again at the conference was that hot—very hot, very erotic—contemporaries are the types of books everyone wants to read right now. Alpha males and strong heroines, such as cops, firefighters and secret agent-types are the hot commodities in the romance market at this time, and the sex should be scorching—no holds barred and preferably in public places.
So, what does an old-fashioned type writer do in this new market? I’m just going to keep writing because it’s been far too long since I’ve had a new book released, and I won’t give up on my hot vampire hero, because I think his story is just too good not to find a literary home someday. I’m going to start working on another manuscript about one Hell of a hot alpha male and a hot heroine who is as much of an alpha as my hero. There will be lots of hot—very hot, very erotic love scenes in very public places, and yes, my hero is going to be a vampire. So even though I left the conference feeling a bit defeated and confused, after having time to think about what I learned from attending, I realized that I did gain a new enthusiasm for my writing even if I don’t want to write about what is considered hot right now. In my world ‘bite me’ and ‘I want to suck your blood’ are still quite hot.