Book Vortex Playlist!

Remember those changes I was talking about? Well here is the first one. Music is so important to my writing process. I cannot sit down to write without music playing. Usually it comes in one of three ways:

1) Through my iPod
2) Through my Youtube playlists on my computer
3) Through Music Choice on TV.

I used to have an office in my basement and being able to turn on Music Choice alternative channel was such a great way to feel the energy from that without having it be in my face like an iPod of laptop. I also didn’t have to worry about when the songs ran out on my Youtube playlist or if songs NOT on my writing list started playing on my iPod. Needless to say that is my preferred way.

If I have learned anything from past playlists guest posts by authors on this blog it’s that every author chooses a song differently. It could mean something to them personally or to their characters. It could mimic their storyline. Like I said, it means a variety of different things.

Music is so important to my writing process because my stories comes from the music. It doesn’t have to be what the lyrics are about. In fact many times I have no clue what the lyrics are when I decide a song is on my writing playlist. It all has to do with the mood of the song. The quality and tone of the singers voice and the instruments accompanying them. Sometimes if there is just one line in particular that stands out my imagination will pull it and create an entire world in a split second.

One of the earliest song I can remember that did this for me was a song called The Truth Beneath the Rose by Within Temptation. If you haven’t heard of this incredible band before I’ll give you a little background. They are from the Netherlands, fronted by a kick butt female singer with incredible vocals, and their music can be described as gothic symphony. Truth Beneath the Rose is an epic song. Check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me.

Yeah. Pretty awesome. I started writing a story of the same title (Truth Beneath the Rose or TBTR as I like to call it) when I was about 14-15. I hadn’t learned to just keep going yet so after numerous rewrites and starting over I moved onto a different project when I was 18. This story is still really near and dear to my heart though. This book is completely plotted out. Histories of both the world and characters are done. Basically I guess I am trying to say that I should probably get back onto that one as soon as my current project is finished.

Let me know what you think of the song! What songs do you guys listen too?

Making Some Changes

If you didn’t already get to read my previous post about finding a new hosting site then I shall remind you. I am finding a new hosting site. The one I use now hasn’t been working well for me for the past few months. Several of you have commented on the difficulty you have getting onto the site sometimes and it’s even more difficult for me to get a post up. Hopefully wherever I end up will be much better!

I have been thinking long and hard the past few months about this site. School and internship really kicked my butt last semester so I wasn’t able to read a lot. That fact alone killed posting on here. This is a book blog and so all of my posts are either reviews or blog tours. I very rarely have been able to post something outside of that. Because of that the site became baron when I wasn’t able to read. My posts became boring when they did go up. I lost the fun factor. The reading. The Love.

I’ve mentioned on here a few times that I also like to write. I will admit that like many book bloggers it is my dream to become a published author. Some actors knew they wanted to be in movies since before they could remember. Some singers knew that they belonged on the stage before they could even got into school. That’s how it’s been for me. Writing has been my passion for a really long time. When I first entered school I had a terrible time learning to read and write. I had to go to special classes and sit in the back of the classroom with my teacher during reading time of my regular class. Then something changed one day. I don’t remember the exact moment, but I do remember learning that I could come up with my own stories. Since then writing has become tied into every bit of my existence.

I know a lot of you are writers too. We share the same passion. Reading fantastic book by others and being able to spin entire stories out of thin air with only our imaginations. I have decided that along with the same book reviews and blog tour posts that I have been doing I am also now going to incorporate some of my own experiences into the blog. I hope that the things I have gone through and continue to go through will inspire other people who struggle with the same thing. I hope that if one of you are excelling at something I am failing at that you share your advice. One of the happiest weekends of my life was spent at an SCBWI conference. I have never before been around so many writers and publishing people. Everyone was so supportive of each other and I discovered that this is an awesome community that wants everyone to succeed. I will support you all and I hope you can support me too.

Thank you so much everyone for being awesome and continuing with me!

Inception (Blog Tour) Playlist

I am so excited to be part of the Inception blog tour! This book sounds incredible and I’ve got a review coming as soon I finish! When I opened my inbox on this I squealed like a fool. A playlist by Teal Haviland is such a great post for me! I LOVE getting to see what authors listen to while writing. I know for me music is such an important part of the writing process. The songs that I pick for my own playlist are so personal to me and important to my story. I love getting to see inside this part of an authors writing process!

The Playlist for Inception (The Reaping Chronicles, #1)

I have to admit that when I got the request from The Book Vortex to share my playlist for when I wrote Inception, I almost had a coronary. Not because I mind sharing it, but because I have a grand total of 859 songs on that particular playlist. My immediate thought was, which ones do I pick? Because I am positive that including all 859 songs in my guest post would not be a great idea.
So . . . I just included my absolute go-tos that I listened to the most.
Inception was my first attempt at writing anything longer than 2000 words, and the music I listened to was as much a part of creating the plots, characters, scenes, happiness, sadness, victories, and defeats as my fingers hitting the keyboard. I truly don’t believe it would have been the same book without these musicians, songwriters, and singers. They are my main muse, and I would never want to write without them.
Here it goes!
Basement Jaxx ~ Single: Scars
~ Here’s the thing with the song, Scars, if you read the book (which I sooo hope you do!) listen to the song’s lyrics when you’re done. I heard it for the first time when I was about ¾ of the way through the book and about died because it was so close to being written specifically for my book. Seriously . . . if it’s made into a movie (please, God) I will beg the producer to listen to this song and try to talk them into using it for the soundtrack.
The score to Twilight
The score to The Lord of the Rings
Jorge Quintero ~ 300 Violin Orchestra
DJ Beardy Boy ~ Single: O’fourtuna (Techno Remix)
Ludovico Einaudi ~ Albums: Dinenire, and Islands – Essential Einaudi
Olafur Arnalds ~ Albums: And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, and Dyad 1909
E.S. Posthumus ~ Singles: Unstoppable, and Arise
Enigma ~ Album: MCMXC, A.D.
Enya ~ Singles: Caribbean Blue, and Exile
~I listen to a lot of instrumental music when I write and edit because it’s not distracting. I usually don’t want lyrics to pull me out of my imagination when it gets humming. For times I do want to have lyrics to listen to, these are some of my faves:
Florence + the Machine ~ All of it . . . she’s a goddess.
The Green Children ~ Album: Encounter
Lykke Li ~ Album: Youth Novels (Special Edition)
Sarah McLachlan ~ All of it . . . she’s the queen of moody lyrics and a word painter.
Tori Amos ~ Album: Little Earthquakes
Pearl Jam ~ Album: Ten
Nine Inch Nails ~ Single: We’re in This Together, and album: Pretty Hate Machine
Ministry ~ Singles: Stigmata, and N.W.O.
White Zombie ~ Single: More Human Than Human
Garbage ~ Albums: Garbage, and Version 2.0
Lana Del Rey ~ Album: Born to Die
Robert Koch ~ Single: Nitesky (feat. John Lamonica)
Lia Ices ~ Album: Grown Unknown
Mazzy Star ~Album: So Tonight That I Might See
DeVotchKa ~ Single: How It Ends
Gabriel and Dresden (Chillout Mix) ~ Single: As the Rush Comes
Nathan Lanier ~ Single: Resolve
Nathan Lanier ~ Single: Torn
Awolnation ~ Single: Sail
Anna Johnson ~ Album: A Winding Road
Efterklang ~ Single: Modern Drift
Freestylers ~ Single: Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix)

As I’m sure most authors do, I pick the music I listen to according to what kind of scene I am writing at the time. Everything I listen to has a point in bringing forth the kind of imagery and feeling I want to call upon. For example, when I am writing a somber, heart wrenching scene, I will listen to something like Olafur Arnalds’s single: Loftio Verour Skyndilega Kalt (I swear that is the most emotionally evocative piece of music I have ever heard). Or, if I’m writing something full of the feelings and possibilities of a new romance, I will pick something more like Lykke Li’s single: Little Bit. And, of course, my fight scenes and more intense moments will get more of the edginess that groups like White Zombie, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails can provide.
I chose all the songs I shared here, and the ones I couldn’t, because they are my imagination’s best friend. They speak to me in some way. More than that, I feel they speak to the characters as I’m breaking their hearts, introducing them to a new love, ruining their plans, or making their world amazing . . . even if that amazing world has to come crumbling down around their feet at some point—and, yes . . . there are songs for that, too.


The world is in danger. Mankind is sinking deeper into darkness it cannot understand

Demons are easily capturing souls as they lead men and women down dangerous paths from which there is no return, while Javan, one of the Fallen, seeks an ancient book and the power it promises. If he succeeds, humans — and the world as they know it — will be destroyed.

There is someone who is capable of stopping Javan…

If she discovers him in time.

Gabrielle is one of the most powerful angels ever created, her job one of the most important. She has come to Earth to learn more about humans and what influences them, and to fight evil she sees growing at an alarming rate. She soon finds herself carelessly distracted with one human in particular, however. Lucas Watkins holds a promise of peace and love for Gabrielle that she never believed she could have again.

Caught between her new mortal ties and ancient immortal responsibilities, Gabrielle must race against what seems to be an ever-quickening clock to learn what she needs to know, uncover Javan’s plan, and find a way to stop him and all who live in Shadows.

Join Gabrielle and her allies in a story of love — past and present — fantastical beings, hidden realms, magic, fate, loss, and the fight of good versus evil in, The Reaping Chronicles.


Teal Haviland lives in Tennessee with her daughter and her four-legged friends. She enjoys photography, travel, reading, music, cooking, daydreaming, writing (of course), and above all spending time with her family and friends.

Teal grew up with a love for anything fantastical or outrageous. After years of dreaming of worlds where fairies, angels, demons, and shape shifters (to name a few) exist, she finally decided to begin writing her stories down. Inception, book one in her series The Reaping Chronicles, is her first published novel.

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Website Issues

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