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Gailean Quartet Blog Tour: Guest Post

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Today we have Christine Schulze with us as part of Teen Book Scene‘s Blog Tour. For a full schedule of posts please click here. I’m so excited for her to share with us her top ten playlist of songs she listened to while writing her quartet. Without further ado, I give you Christine!

Top 10 songs I listened to while writing The Gailean Quartet:

1. “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven: The music playing in my head during all the stuff that happens
in chapter thirteen of The Prism of Ashlei, “The Caves of Aquanitess”:

2. “Scarborough Fair” by Celtic Woman: Inspires the concept of the Siren of the Wood as she plays
her mysterious violin to lure unsuspecting strangers into the wood in The Silver Stag:

3. “Siren of the Wood/Reflection”: Okay, so I actually composed this one after the fact, but it
accompanies The Silver Stag, and you can listen to it here:

4. Zelda music: Both the games and their music have always inspired. I especially love the songs
from Ocarina of Time and also the opening/trailer music to Twilight Princess. I do remember
Twilight Princess inspiring some of the scenes towards the end of Elantra: Song of Tears, Lady of
the Dawn, including the side story with Adrian. Listen to a sample here:

5. “The Song of Tears”: Another inspiration of mine, made while the books were under way and
accompanying Elantra: Song of Tears, Lady of the Dawn. You can listen here:

6. “Blue Eyes”: And yet another song composed during the writing of the books. Also known
as “Gail’s Song”, it is the song Chamblain composes in Gail’s honor in The Prism of Ashlei. Hear
it for yourself:

7. I know I was listening to music from The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King around this time. I
can’t think off-hand what this music might have inspired for The Gailean Quartet, but I am sure it
did, just as it influenced The Hero Chronicles. A favorite piece is:

8. Another song I composed at this time was “Ah Lum Deo” or “Ah Lum Amiel”, which is the
song the Octavial Eight battles Moragon with in The Last Musician and the Pool of Lorelei.
Unfortunately, it being a song full of both orchestral and human voices, its complexity has kept
me from putting it down on paper as of yet. However, it does allude to some of the music from
Mozart’s Requiem (don’t watch if you’ve never seen Amadeus and don’t want to spoil it!): http://

9. “She Moved Thru’ The Fair”, also from Celtic Woman. I actually listened to a lot of Celtic Woman
at this time, but this is another song inspiring the siren’s character in The Silver Stag: http://

10. Music from The Pirates of the Caribbean: After all, the vampires in The Silver Stag aren’t just
vampires; they’re vampirates:

Thanks so much for visiting Christine! Readers, keep your eyes open for a review of her book(s) coming soon!

Today we are soooo lucky to have Kady Cross, author of The Girl in the Steel Corset with us for a this or that list with our favorite characters! This post is provided as part of a Teen Book Scene blog tour. For a full schedule of events on this tour click here. For my glowing review, and why this is possibly one of my favorite books of 2011 so far, click here.

1) Rain or Snow?
Griffin: Rain
Finley: Rain
Sam: Snow
Emily: Snow
Jack:  lol — Jack would prefer to remain indoors!
Jasper: Snow

2) Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?
Griffin: Coffee
Finley: Tea
Sam: Coffee
Emily: Hot Chocolate
Jack: Hot Chocolate
Jasper: Coffee

3) Vampires or Werewolves?
Griffin: Werewolves
Finley: Vampires
Sam: Werewolves
Emily: Vampires
Jack: Vampires
Jasper: Werewolves

4) Cats or Dogs?
Griffin: Cat
Finley: Cat
Sam: Dog
Emily: Cat
Jack: Cat
Jasper: Dog

5) Is the glass half empty or half full?
Griffin: Half Full
Finley: Depends on the day
Sam: Half Empty
Emily: Half Full
Jack: Whichever best serves his purpose
Jasper: Half Full

6) Would you rather die in a fight, or of a disease?
Griffin: Fight
Finley: Fight
Sam: Fight
Emily: Disease
Jack: Fight
Jasper: Fight

7) Would you rather go blind, or go deaf?
Griffin: Deaf
Finley: Deaf
Sam: Deaf
Emily: Deaf
Jack: Blind
Jasper: Deaf

8) Maths and science or liberal arts?
Griffin: Science
Finley: Arts
Sam: Arts
Emily: Science
Jack: Arts
Jasper: Arts

9) Do you believe in fate or coincidence?
Griffin: Coincidence
Finley: Fate
Sam: Fate
Emily: Coincidence
Jack: Coincidence
Jasper: Coincidence

10) Choose a superpower: Invisibility, Telepathy, or Flight? (really curious about Griffin and Finley here!)
Griffin: Telepathy
Finley: Flight
Sam: Invisibility
Emily: Invisibility
Jack: Telepathy
Jasper: Invisibility

11) Right or Left Handed?
Griffin: Right
Finley: Both
Sam: Right
Emily: Left
Jack: Left
Jasper: Right

Finley and/or Emily:
12) Nerd or bad boy?
Finley: Yes, please
Emily: Bad Boy

13) Blond/blue eyes, or tall dark and handsome?
Finley: Does dark and handsome include reddish brown hair and gray/blue eyes? :-)
Emily: Tall, dark and handsome

So very interesting! Thank you to Kady for visiting today!

Shadow Dancer Tour: Review

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Title: Shadow Dancer (Shadow Dancer #1)
Author: Courtney Rene
Origins: This review is provided as part of a Teen Book Scene blog tour. The full schedule of reviews and guest posts can be found on this page.
Summary: [from GoodReads] Sunny has a gift that she has no idea how to use, until she meets Leif, a boy from the kingdom of Acadia, on the other side of the shadows.

Leif teaches Sunny about Shadow Walkers and how to use her new found gifts. As they grow closer and their gifts grow stronger, a threat arrives. The Shadow Guard has been sent to bring Sunny back to Acadia, to determine if she is a threat to the king as the rightful ruler of Acadia.

As Leif and Sunny prepare to defend themselves, Sunny finds that Leif has also been sent to bring Sunny back to the kingdom but for very different reasons. As a battle for possession of Sunny wages, she is struggling to come to turns with her feelings of inadequacy regarding controlling her gifts as well as the hurt regarding the lies and deceit of everyone around her.

My Review: Shadow Dancer is the most recent in a long line of YA paranormal novels on my TBR pile. In many places it reminded me very strongly of Twilight while in others it reminded me more of The Mortal Instruments or Paranormalcy. But, I really appreciate the mixture of things. It’s almost like a collage in art – sometimes putting pieces together in a new way can make something really beautiful.

I’ll be honest, at times this really wasn’t my thing. I was very close to putting it down several times because I was having difficulty getting through the style. I felt like Rene would occasionally go off on tangents that detracted from the emotion of the scene, or that were just irrelevant. I am glad I stuck with it though, because it really wasn’t that bad of a book. Once you get past the occasional tangent the story itself is fairly interesting. I found myself curious about the mythology Rene sets up behind the story and I was indignant right along with Sunny when she finds out she’s been lied to.

Overall, I’d say this is a decent read. Give it a chance if you choose to read it though, as it may take some getting used to.

Today we have Courtney Rene, author of Shadow Dancer here as part of her tour with Teen Book Scene. For a full schedule of posts and reviews please visit this page.

1. What would you like your readers to know about you before reading your book?

Not much to tell really. I’m a wife, and mother and all that comes with that. I’m kinda boring
actually. I don’t sing or dance and I am far from being artistic. I’m clumsy as all heck and shy
which makes me being clumsy all the worse. Nothing like drawing attention to yourself by
falling off the fourth row of bleachers at a softball game. Ah yes, that’s my life.

As for the book, I wrote it on a whim, not sure it would even go anywhere. The idea came
to me, bugged me for a while before I finally decided to sit down to write it. Then once I
got started it poured out of me. Writing the story was easy and fun. Editing it was the hard
part. Oh how I hate to edit. It’s a real struggle. Even now all these months later I see
where I could have changed it, made it better, fixed it. Why didn’t I listen to my English and
composition teachers when I had the chance? In the end, I love the story. I hope my readers
do as well.

2. What kind of books did you read growing up? What, of those books, inspired you to start

I was a horror story fiend growing up. Stephen King, Anne Rice and Dean Koontz littered
my room and covered every flat surface. I couldn’t get enough. I also had a thing for V.C.
Andrews for a time. They didn’t always have happy endings, which I liked. They seem more
real because of it. I know you are saying “real?” It’s Vampires and Monsters, how real can
they be? I just had an aversion to happily-ever-after for some reason.

I don’t know that any of them inspired me to write. I had been a storyteller since I was very
small, before I could even write in real sentences I was telling stories. If I had to pick one of
the above, it would Stephen King, as he was my favorite for a long time.

3. Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life, or are they completely made from
your imagination?

Its funny actually as they start out as completely made up characters, but as they grow and
progress and evolve, they take on traits of people around me. Yes, even the bad guys. I’m
not saying they are the actual people, they just take on the mannerism of them. No, I’m not
telling who….

4. What advice do you have for aspiring young writers?

I always give the same answer when asked this question. It’s the same advice I was once
given and I think it helps me all the time. Just write the story. Don’t worry about the grammar
or the structure. Just write it. After you have that, then go back and worry about all the rest.
People don’t want to read the grammar and structure. They want to read the story, so write
the best story you can, take care of the rest later.

5. What’s next for you, after Shadow Dancer?

I have several things going, but mainly, I’m very excited to announce that the second book in
the Shadow Dancer series, titled Shadow Warrior, is finished and will be coming out as soon
as my publisher and I can manage it. It will take you on a journey to the other side of the
shadows, to the kingdom of Acadia, were you will meet both old and new characters. I have
been told that Shadow Warrior is even better than Dancer, which makes me very happy as
that was my goal. Once I have a release schedule I will be shouting it out to the world and
posting it on my website and blog and anywhere else I can squeeze it in.
I am currently finishing up a shape-shifter novel. It’s in the editing phase, and as you now
know, I loath that part. As soon as I can get through revisions, I will see what I can do with it.

Courtney Rene lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She
is a graduate and member of the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Her writings include magazine articles, short fiction stories, several
anthologies, and her novel, Shadow Dancer, published through Rogue
Phoenix Press. Please feel free to contact her at or

Interested in my review of the book? It’ll be up on the 8th!

The Chosen Blog Tour: Guest Post

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Today we have with us Andrea Buginsky, author of The Chosen. For more posts on this blog tour, please visit this page.

Into the Past

I loved to read when I was a kid.  Now that I’m writing books for young adults, I have a much better idea of what it takes to produce books for children of all ages.  Though I haven’t published any books for younger children, I have tried my hand at writing stories for them, and I can tell you from first hand experience that it’s quite hard to come up with characters and plots that will keep a child interested, especially in this age of computer and video games.  It seems more kids today sit in front of a screen than a book.  Hopefully, with the amount of attention ebooks are getting, they’ll start sitting in front of an ereader screen too.

If I were to meet my past self today with the way things are now, I would definitely want to introduce her to books and the wonderful world of reading.  There were some wonderful books I loved to read growing up, as there still are today.  Here are some books I would recommend to myself at my past ages:

Age 5:

“Good Night Moon”
“Where the Wild Things Are”
“The Pokey Little Puppy”
The entire “Magic Tree House” series
Dr.Seuss books

Age 11:

The entire “Harry Potter” series
The “Ramona” books by Beverly Cleary
Rick Riordan’s books (“Percy Jackson,” “Heroes of Olympus,” “The Kane Chronicles”)
“Charlotte’s Web”
Judy Blume books
“The Popularity Papers”
“Priscilla the Great”

Age 16:

“Twilight” saga
“The Vampire Diaries”
“Eragon” series
“Sweet Valley High” series
“Little Women” series

Age 20

Danielle Steel books
Nicholas Sparks books
John Grisham books
Nora Roberts books

Some of these I did read, and would want to make sure I read again.  Some I didn’t read, and wish I had, like “Little Women.”  Some weren’t around when I was a kid, and I wish they had been, like the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series.
There are so many incredible books available, both new and old, that helping a child find one he or she will like shouldn’t be hard.  Just look for books based on their interests, and set up a specific time of day for them to read.  Shut off the electronics, find a comfortable chair with good light and watch their imaginations soar.

Thanks so much to Andrea for joining us today! If you would like to win a PDF copy of Andrea’s book to read for yourself, we are running a scavenger hunt May 25-31. Just answer any of the questions on THIS FORM. Any correct answers will count as entries, up to 8 entries total. The winner will be announced on July 3 at Lost For Words. Good Luck!

The Chosen Blog Tour: Review

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Title: The Chosen
Author: Andrea Buginsky
Origins: This review is provided as part of a Teen Book Scene blog tour. The full schedule of reviews and guest posts can be found here.
Summary: [from GoodReads] A young dwarf leads a quiet life until she learns of her true calling and becomes a hero of her world.

My Review: One of the main things I really appreciated about this book is it’s one of the very few YA/MG high fantasies out there anymore. Despite my strong love for the genre my biggest complaint is that it’s rather obsessed with Paranormal and Urban Fantasy right now. The closest we get to high fantasy is Steampunk, and that really counts more as historical fantasy than high fantasy. This book, though, is an all out questing high fantasy, meany for the YA/MG crowd, and I found it a refreshing change from everything else I’ve been reading.

I will say that this book is definitely not for everyone. The names are hard to pronounce, if you like to read out loud, there are lots of strange animals and places, and there’s lots of battles along the way. This is world-building writing and if you know you don’t like those things, then don’t read it. And I will admit it reads a little like an account of a Dungeons and Dragons game. I appreciated the references that I recognized (I’ve never played myself, but I had friends in high school who talked about it all the time). Those who don’t have that basic knowledge might be a little confused.

Overall, this was a refreshingly different read. It was fast and easy to read too – just what the doctor ordered after a long stretch of heavy dystopians!

If you would like to win a PDF copy of this book to read for yourself, we are running a scavenger hunt May 25-31. Just answer any of the questions on THIS FORM. Any correct answers will count as entries, up to 8 entries total. The winner will be announced on July 3 at Lost For Words. Good Luck!

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