Book Vortex Playlist #2: Now We Are Free

Gladiator is one of my all time favorite films so it’s no wonder I use the score and soundtrack to write. I just bought the song Now We Are Free after having listened to it on Youtube for years.
Why I like this song: I like it because it has beautiful melody in it. The instruments all flow together like a gentle stream making it a relaxing song to write to. I am a person who needs relaxing music to write. If I am not listening to pretty songs then my thoughts get too scrambled and I can’t concentrate. The vocals in this song are also smooth and gentle. I will be totally honest and say that I have no idea what she is saying, but I guess that makes it even better. I do best with songs that have no words so one that I can’t understand is fine by me.
Type of scenes I write with this: I just wrote a scene where one of my characters die. The battle is over and they die peacefully and it’s a really bittersweet moment for all of the characters. After the bloodbath that is the actual battle with several deaths occurring and really shaking up the crew this characters death is not nearly as violet.

What songs do you guys use to write death scenes?

If You Find Me Review


Title: If You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Source: Netgalley

From Goodreads

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch was a breath of fresh air. Literally. The story opens with Carey and her younger sister Nessa living in a trailer in the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park in Tennessee. Having been there for as long as she can remember Carey makes the best of day to day life living off of the land and raising Nessa.

Carey was taken from her father at a young age by a drug addicted mother and thrown into a world of struggle and solitude, company only coming at the birth of her younger sister. Carey’s knowledge of her mother’s abuse is very blunt and yet it is obvious to the character that her mothers brainwashing has deeply affected her. Murdochs description of her father finally reuniting with his kidnapped daughter and the pain that he feels over her not warming to him made my heart hurt. I could imagine the look he would give her and the pain that his eyes would have shown.

Carey and Nessa’s journey to relearn basic rituals and the names of everyday items is intriguing. Things like real showers and brushing ones teeth are new to the sisters, Nessa especially having spent her entire life in the trailer. Murdoch has an ability to fantastically spin all of the characters together, stringing their lives together in an unbreakable weave that left me crying for the life Carey and Nessa didn’t have growing up.

When I first finished the book it was one that I had to think about a bit. The second half of the book was not how I expected it to go. My first impression was that it ended in an awkward spot and I wanted to see it continue on. Then I realized that would have changed the meaning of the book. This is a book about a girl who is dealing with a life changing event and the immediate aftereffects of it. If You Find Me ends when we finally know that Carey and her sister will be fine. Big secrets are revealed shocking her father and finally letting her move on. It was the closing of the first part of her recovery and therefore a perfect time to end the book. I would love to get to read more about Carey and her process after the book ends.


Forever YA June 30 Line Up Change

Hey everyone! There’s been a slight change in the line up for the even on the 30th! Georgia McBride has had to drop out due to medical problems (health always comes first!) and Amanda Havard has agreed to step in! I’ve had Amanda on the blog several times before and so I am super excited to have her at the event! Remember you can check out the original post here, but here is all the information again!

Where: Edmondson Pike Branch of the Nasvhille Library
5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: 615-880-3957

When: Sunday June 30, 2013 at 2:30pm

What: A fun afternoon with your favorite Youn Adult authors! Will include a reading, Q/A, and signing.

Books: Books will be available for sale curtsey of Parnassus Books. You are encouraged to bring the ones you own and buy the ones you don’t!

Who: This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! What amazing authors are coming? Well take a look!

Sharon Cameron author of The Dark Unwinding and A Spark Unseen

Kristin Tubb author of The 13th Sign and Selling Hope

Courtney Stevens author of Faking Normal

Heather L Reid author of Pretty Dark Nothing

Author of The Survivor Series including The Survivors and Point of Origin

Thanks so much to Parnassus, all the lovely authors, Angela at the library, and Lauren for helping me with this! Hope to see everyone there!

If there is anything you guys are dying to ask any of the authors please email me at Hannah_TBV@yahoo.com and I’ll try and include all of the questions! If you include your Twitter handle I will try and tweet you the answers!

Nashville Event: ForeverYA June 30, 2013

Hey everyone! I’ve been working really hard these past few weeks getting all of the information and facts worked out for this before I said anything and now I can! On Sunday June 30, 2013 at the Edmondson Pike branch of the Nashville Library there will be a panel of five amazing authors. The event is called ForeverYA bringing together some really talented Young Adult authors together for an afternoon of fun!

Here are the details!

Where: Edmondson Pike Branch of the Nasvhille Library
5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: 615-880-3957

When: Sunday June 30, 2013 at 2:30pm

What: A fun afternoon with your favorite Youn Adult authors! Will include a reading, Q/A, and signing.

Books: Books will be available for sale curtsey of Parnassus Books. You are encouraged to bring the ones you own and buy the ones you don’t!

Who: This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! What amazing authors are coming? Well take a look!

Sharon Cameron author of The Dark Unwinding and A Spark Unseen

Kristin Tubb author of The 13th Sign and Selling Hope

Courtney Stevens author of Faking Normal

Heather L Reid author of Pretty Dark Nothing

Georgia McBride author of Praefatio

The event will be moderated by the lovely Lauren from The Housework Can Wait.

Thanks so much to Parnassus, all the lovely authors, Angela at the library, and Lauren for helping me with this! Hope to see everyone there!