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Win a Book Wednesday: Rock ‘n’ Roll + Romance = Forever Love

Win a Book Wednesday

I love so much music and so many different kinds, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Can they all be my favorites? I like the fluid, aquatic sound and R&B vocals of Banks. I like the easy, breezy style and simple yet soothing harmonies of the Eagles. I like the melodic and thrashy sound of Killer Be Killed. My taste in music is literally all over the place.

I tend to move in phases. I’ll go through binges, where I’ll listen to everything a particular artist has put out, or solely one type of music. I can remember summers when all my sister and I wanted to listen to was Sheryl Crow, and shared, long stretches of Lenny Kravitz. When I was going for my B.S., I used to listen to only Silversun Pickups during my 45-minute commute to campus. Autumn always brings me back to Type O Negative.

This summer, I’m on a Lana Del Rey binge, but that could end at any moment; I’ve been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac. (Can we just talk about how beautiful the song “Rhiannon” is?)

Sex. Drugs. And… Boy Bands?!

Win a Copy of Amplified and Tempo

Mixing rock bands and boy bands may seem like a strange thing to do, but that’s the premise of my ESX series. Koty Jackson, the heart throb of boy band ESX, wants out. When he meets Jett Costa and finds out that she needs a guitarist for her band Perpetual Smile, he is determined to land the spot in the band… and get the girl!

The ESX series is part band saga, part romance, and part self-discovery. It’s New Adult, which means all of the characters are in their twenties and are trying to figure out how to survive being a grownup. Later this month, the 5th book in the series will be out, and the sixth and final book will be out in September.

Want to win a copy of the first two books, Amplified and Tempo?

  • Leave a comment and tell me what music you’re hooked on right now. Make sure you use a valid email address and are signed up for my (free) newsletter! Simply check the box to sign up when you comment. You’ll get weekly newsletters with tips for being a 20-something, exclusive coupons, and updates about my latest work in progress. It’s free and you can unsubscribe at any time, though I really hope you’ll enjoy it!
  • Comment on or by Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 to be eligible.
  • I will draw one winner using random.org. If you are chosen, I will email you with the email address you provided and ask you which format you need (Kindle, iBooks, etc). If you don’t have an e-reader, I can send you a PDF or help you download a free ebook app for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Ready to win? Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite music!

Amplified (ESX #1), by Elizabeth Barone Tempo (ESX #2), by Elizabeth Barone

FYI: If you want to read Amplified right now and don’t want to wait to win, you can download it for free via Kindle, iBooks, and all other major ebook retailers!


Hooked on BANKS

No, not Banksy (though I like his art), and not the place where you get money. (I do wish I could have more of that, but don’t we all?) After gushing about Lana Del Rey and Sia over Twitter, Kaila recommended I check out BANKS. Her name is actually Jillian Banks, but she records under her last name.

Her music is simply constructed, but atmospheric and chill. It’s the kind of music that calms you down, even when it gets lyrically deep. I like her creative and confessional lyrics, and like her voice. I’ve been listening to her songs on YouTube when I should have gone to bed hours ago. Here are a few of my favorites.

I also like “Warm Water” and “Brain” and everything this woman has released! There isn’t a single song I’ve heard yet that I didn’t like. She even did a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”—a song I like but can’t stand the original. (I’m sure other ’80s babies are going to crucify me for that, but I’m sorry, okay? I don’t like Peter Gabriel.)

I’ve always been a music junkie, but since I started writing professionally, it’s gotten much, much worse. Songs are basically emotions crammed into three-ish minutes, and when I write, I aim to infuse my prose with emotion. I can easily see myself cranking out chapters while listening to BANKS. Many of her songs are yet more inspiration for Jett. I really could listen to her for hours and not get bored.

I’m sensing an impending BANKS binge.

Thank you, Kaila!

The Beginning of a Love Affair

I remember the first time I heard Lacuna Coil. Their song, “Swamped,” was on a sampler I’d bought for about $3 at Hot Topic. I had gone to the store to get yet another pair of what I called “bondage pants,” and while checking out, the cover of the CD caught my eye. This was when CDs were still a thing, and when the closest I got to lip gloss was black lipstick. I was obsessed with Type O Negative, but knew I needed to branch out a bit more. So, I took Metal for the Masses home with me, popped it into my boombox, and was baptized.

I had to have more Lacuna Coil. (In Flames and a few other good bands were on the sampler, too, but my heart had already been claimed.) I was captivated by their melodic, almost gothic sound, the male and female vocal interplay, and the fact that they were Italian. Even then, I was a Google junkie, and it didn’t take long for me to learn more about Lacuna Coil and memorize the names of all their current albums. Despite the fact that English was not their native language, I was also completely smitten by their lyrics. Abstract but also specific, I found that I could relate to almost all of their songs. They focused on depression and relationships. You just had to listen.

That kind of poetry pulled me in. I was tired of straightforward pop lyrics. I grew up with ’80s metal and ’90s grunge. Even though I still liked that kind of music, once I discovered metal, a whole new world opened up to me.

Even their new music, mature and cleaner in sound, still grips me.

I will never forget the way I felt the first time I heard “Swamped,” though.