Today, I am welcoming author Laura Kaye to Book Savvy Babe. Laura is on tour promoting her new release, In the Service of the King. This is a vampire romance novella, and a hot, good read! (Read my review) With that, I am turning the blog over to Laura, who is sharing her Musical Inspiration with us today! Be sure to stay tuned after the post for a GIVEAWAY!
The Musical Inspiration for In the Service of the King
I’m very excited to be here at Book Savvy Babe celebrating the release of my dark paranormal romance, In the Service of the King, the first in my new Vampire Warrior Kings series with Harlequin Nocturne. Set in Northern Ireland, the story features a vampire king and his human offering at the feeding ceremony the king loathes but requires to maintain his immortality and humaneness.
Music has always been one of the biggest inspirations behind my writing. For every story, I’ve compiled a playlist of songs that have helped inspire the atmosphere, dialog, and characters.
In the Service of the King came out so fast, though, I didn’t have time to pull a playlist together. The idea for the story came to me while driving home one night from an urgent care center. I felt like crap and had horrible bronchitis, and by the time I got home it was midnight and everyone was asleep. But driving always relaxes my mind and lets the creative juices flow—and it was true that night. By the time I got home, the story was so alive in my head, I started writing, churning out the first twenty pages by the time I went to bed at 3:30.
So, long after the fact, I finally got around to putting together a playlist, because I like to share the “musical feel” I perceive behind a story. Here it is:
So, what do you think? Any particular likes on the list? Any new-to-you songs?
Thanks for reading, and listening!
Laura KayeBook 1 in the Vampire Warrior Kings Series Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn’t enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn’t want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla’s beauty and poise…and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire–even if it means risking Shayla’s life?
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
To celebrate her new release, Laura is giving away one e-copy of In the Service of the King at each stop on her New Release Tour, 1/30 – 2/15! In addition, all commenters from across the tour will be entered to win a prize bag filled with swag and various vampire items, perfect for the vampire lover! (contest at Book Savvy Babe open through the Feb. 15 at midnight)
RULES: Must leave e-mail address & if from U.S. in comment. Ebook prizes open to international; prize bag to U.S. only.Note: Please leave your actual email in the comment/ text section. You can break it up to prevent spammers, ex: booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com So, what do you all think of Laura’s playlist? I love the playlist, especially Paramore’s “You are the Only Exception.” What about you? Comment away! Thank you so much Laura for stopping by today!