Playing With My Novels…using song lyrics, art, photography, quotations…

I love to create little advertising campaigns for my upcoming releases. I didn’t do it for Beggars and Choosers or Unfinished Business, as I was completely social-media-deficient at that point. I started with A Package Deal, and had fun with the concept that “it is not that kind of package.”Image

 

I realized that the “package” expected by the readers would be a totally different type of “package” than what Robby got, which was a “package” of people. Along with the man he loves, Robby gets his best friend, or someone he considers to be his new sister, Savannah.  And you all got a lot of “package puns”.

After A Package Deal I got to experiment with musical concepts when I promoted Intervention. Lyrics of songs, along with certain types of voices, and acoustic guitar or piano have always spoken straight to my heart. I can remember in fifth grade going to see a local summer stock play of Beauty and the Beast, and falling in love with the Beast as he sang his sad song. (I’ve also long been into tortured souls.) I still remember his raspy voice, his pleading eyes, the soft accompaniment of the piano.

Here are some lyrics from Snow Patrol that I used in Intervention called Chasing Cars:

We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I can almost hear it as I type. Music affects me and, as romance readers, I think it affects many of you. And it was the only way that Kai could speak to Jamie for a long time, because it affected both of them, too.

Not Broken, Just Bent was a lot of fun to play with, based on its title. I named the book after the song by Pink, and Nate Ruess, Just Give Me a Reason, as the song cut through to my soul every time I heard it. I got captivated by it, and I listened to it over and over. The story came first, but the song just fit with it because Timmy and Ben’s love certainly gets bent, but ultimately it is strong enough to remain unbroken. I had fun with the lyrics:

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

But I also used pictures to promote my novel. Not broken…

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just bent…

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My upcoming release is called Out of Hiding. Thanks to a painful childhood experience, Philippe Bergeron is an introverted former commercial fisherman who, because he is injured, has been pressured by his older brother into being a summer chaperone for his teenage niece, Sophie, as she tours the prominent dance colleges and dance education programs in NYC. (Very long sentence but this is MY BLOG, so I can.) There he meets the dancer, Dario Pereira, who refuses to look away when Philippe tries to hide from him. The two men fall in love, which is not a smooth path, as Philippe must find a new comfort zone.

In pictures, I have dealt with the subject of ways Philippe tries to hide:

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and speak no evil…

I have quoted song lyrics; this one is Adele, Hiding My Heart Away:

I wish I could lay down beside you
When the day is done
And wake up to your face against the morning sun
But like everything I’ve ever known
You’ll disappear one day
So I’ll spend my whole life hiding my heart away

And I have lots more themes and pictures and songs and quotations involving Out of Hiding to share with you. So consider yourselves warned!

My mind brims over with ideas about all kinds of things, day and night. Does yours? I have a notepad and a Sharpie (waterproof) on my bathroom counter because I get SO MANY IDEAS in the shower. I keep paper and markers (they are easy to write with in the pitch black of night) on my bedside table, as I find that drifting off to sleep engenders great brilliance! Driving was getting hazardous until I got a tiny tape recorder to speak my thoughts aloud. So I am thankful to Facebook and now my website/blog thing because it provides me with another outlet for my overactive imagination!

I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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3 Comments on “Playing With My Novels…using song lyrics, art, photography, quotations…

  1. Well done Mia! I am so proud of you! By the way I am sucker for love songs too! I love Beyonce “Halo”. I will sent a video to you why I love this song. It was the background music for the gay movie “From Beggining To End”. I think you will understand why I love this song, if you watch the movie. Cheers!

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