Saturday, April 5, 2014

Studio Smexy Saturday: Playlist for Absolute Surrender by Jenn LeBlanc + #Giveaway (US/International)

YOU GUYS YOU GUYS YOU GUYS!!! My book is coming! This book that I’ve been working on for so very very long now! I am actually a bit shocked that it’s ready, that it’s coming out on Tuesday! The book formerly (oh who’s kidding, formerly and forever) known as #Twitchy will be out on April 8, 2014.

I’m exhausted. This has been quite a whirlwind, actually. Once the book was finished, back in February… or was it the end of January? Checked Facebook, it was January 18th! Wow.

Anywhoo, once I wrote THE END it really was just the beginning. Because I had to do the illustrations. Guys. This is what I live for. I LOVE illustrating. It’s a really involved, very time-consuming and insanely precise process, but I love it. I have it down to a system now, which would bore the pants off of you so I’ll skip it. But friends, it happened and the shoot was planned, the models were booked, Kati was on a flight and once she landed in Denver on March 8th it was on, and I haven’t stopped working since.

THAT is why I’m exhausted. But this is the result:

I would like to share a little with you about the book, so I thought I would share a few images, and some of the music, and the meanings behind the characters’ names.

PRONOUNCED: ə-MEE-lee-ə (English)

This name always fit my heroine, even before I knew the meaning. Amelia works, she works to keep her family safe from her secrets. She works to keep Hugh and Charles from destroying each other. She works to ensure her mother’s future.

Amelia’s theme: Secrets — One Republic

Hubert Percival Alexander Garrison, The right honorable Baron Endsleigh
a.k.a. Hugh, a.k.a. Ender
MEANING: Means "bright heart", derived from Germanic elements hug "heart, mind" and beraht "bright".

Hugh truly is Amelia’s heart. He is her safety. He knows everything about her and sees no issue with who she is. He loves her deeply and is the only person in the world she trusts completely. He does hold her heart, he always has.

Hugh’s love theme: Grá Dom Leonadh — The Swell Season. It’s slow and sweet but builds powerfully until it grabs you and simply will not let go.

Charles Henry Tristan Jackson, Duke of Castleberry, Marquess of Braverton, and etcetera
PRONOUNCIATION: CHAHR-əlz (English), SHAHRL (French) [key]
MEANING: From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word which meant "man". However, an alternative theory states that it is derived from the common Germanic element hari meaning "army, warrior".

Charles is the strength that Amelia needs to survive, he truly is her warrior in ever sense of the word. He will protect her against all odds, and any foe.

Charles’s love theme: All I Want Is You — U2

There were several other songs included in the #Twitchy playlist, in various scenes. Here are a few:

Dead In The Water — Ellie Goulding
This song was used for Amelia in moments of desperation

Love Is Blindness — Jack White
This song was used when the three of them came together unexpectedly.

Kiss Me — Ed Sheeran
This is their love song.

Unchained Melody — U2
This is the reconciliation song.

Hammers and Strings — Jack’s Mannequin
This is another of Amelia’s reflection songs.

Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV1007: I. Prelude — Bach Cello Suite — Matislav Rostropovich
This really was background music for so much of this book. It is stunningly poignant and beautiful.

With Or Without You — U2
Amelia quits London.

In My Room / Midnight — Yaz
Cliff House

There are a few other songs I listened to, some I won’t talk about, because they actually cause uglyinstacry because of the scenes they remind me of from the book. But this gives you an idea of what music was playing while I was writing.

For a Victorian novel, there isn’t much Victorian music… for me it’s all about the feel of it, as opposed to the authenticity of the sound.

So, there it is, and here are a few of the illustrations:

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