I would like to thank Reading Between the Wines for hosting me today on my virtual book tour for Luca’s Magic Embrace. I really appreciate the opportunity to stop by and share a guest post with readers.
This post is about is about the popular trend of creating playlists for novels. Whether we prefer the solitude of a quiet library, music playing or the buzz of the city around us, everyone has a personal preference for how we like to read our books.
How do you like to read your books? In silence? With music? Hope you enjoy my take on playlists for books.
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. ~Edith Sitwell
Book Playlists, a Novel Idea
Intrigued by the idea of a playlist, I matched music with the scenes and storyline in my book.When I finished creating the playlist, I was amazed at how naturally music fits with books. Even though it is a subjective process and therefore, subject to individual interpretation, music and books can be an enhancement to the written word and the overall experience of reading a book.
When we read, we unconsciously engage our five senses, immersing ourselves into another world. While it is true that we deliberately use our eyes to read the words, we also automatically visualize what is happening the book. We see pictures in our head of the characters, locations, etc. And while we do not actually smell anything, we connect the descriptions in the book with familiar smells from our own memories. We can also conceptualize the feel of textures, when described in detail. For example, as we read “He ran his hands over her silky smooth skin,” wethink of touching something soft as silk, not rough or calloused.
When we read about sounds described in a book, like the beeping of a horn, or a driving techno beat playing in a club, we can almost hear it in our minds.In Luca’s Magic Embrace, there is a scene where Luca and Samantha dance to Nina Simone’s, I Put a Spell on You, where literally, there is music within my book. Even with the scenes where there’s no music, the drama and action could easily flow with a soundtrack.
So it does seem that music and books are synergistic. But what will readers do with the playlists? For some people, music can enhance the reading experience. And for those who prefer to readsilence, the playlist can provide him/her with song ideas to listen to before or after reading the book. While a playlist is simplya collection of songs, it is yet another wonderful way to engage the reader’s senses. The creation of a playlist is a creative process that has potential to show readers an author’s perspective on the book. But the question remains: Will the playlist match up with songs the readers think shouldgo with thebook? Maybe yes, maybe no. In either case, it is a fun process and certainly worth a read and a listen.
So it is with great pleasure that I share my playlist for Luca’s Magic Embrace. Happy reading and listening!
Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Playlist for Luca’s Magic Embrace:
• I Put a Spell on You ~Nina Simone
• Sing ~My Chemical Romance
• Know Your Enemy ~Green Day
• I Will Wait ~Mumford & Sons
• Ho Hey ~The Lumineers
• Head Over Feet (Album Version) ~Alanis Morissette
• Ain't No Other Man ~Christina Aguilera
• Feeling Good ~Nina Simone
• Zydeco ~Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band
• Home ~Phillip Phillips
• Girl On Fire ~Alicia Keys
• Feel This Moment ~Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
Luca’s Magic Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Paranormal Romance
Approximately 255 pages in pdf. Varies in e-copy.
Word Count: 80,799 words
Cover Artist: Carrie Spencer, CheekyCovers
An erotic paranormal romance...Purchase at Amazon
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.
Samantha doesn't want to be a witch, yet that's exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha's worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.
In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?
Luca’s Magic Embrace is my second paranormal romance novel, which is the second novel in the Immortals of New Orleans Series. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and I started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, www.AutismInRealLife.com and now blog and write articles for PsychologyToday.com.
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains. I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things regarding vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals.
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