Monday, October 18, 2010

Awesome Giveaway #3

It's Monday, so that means it's time to announce the winner of last week's giveaway, I Capture the Castle.

L.T. Elliott kicked out the random number of 7, and L.T. had the 7th comment of the week. I'll be in touch.

Let's keep the fun going with Awesome Giveaway #3 in the Month of Giveaway Awesomeness. But first, make sure to check in often in the next 2 weeks, because we will be giving away more than one thing a week. (Oh, yeah. Sprinting to the finish, baby!)

If there's one thing that writers love almost as much as books (no, I'm not talking about chocolate) it's music. And often that's because music and writing go hand in hand. Many writers have certain music to go with specific stories. It helps get them in the right frame of mind and kick start their muse.

When I'm doing heavy revising, like right now, I tend to listen to movie soundtracks, like from the "Bourne Supremacy" and "King Arthur," or keep things silent. But I have written entire scenes to single songs put on repeat, like a final, climactic battle scene to "Sahara" by Nightwish. And this song is my YA Paranormal. All I have to do is listen to it and I am instantly transported into the story. (Ack! I have to quit listening to it! I have to finish my MG first.)

There is also a music genre out there that is less known but is a great muse catalyst for me. It's called Electronica, and it's often dramatic and lyrical at the same time. Groups such as Delerium, Blue Stone, Conjure One, and Balligomingo are big. (Raise your hand if you've heard of them. No?)

Because I love and listen to Electronica A LOT when I write, I want to introduce you to the sound, and what better way than to give away a CD!


I have, in my very own possession, the Unseen Album from up and coming Electronica artist Lori Cunningham. All you have to do is comment on any blog this week to be eligible to win.

“Unseen” features thirteen beautiful original works ranging from soaring vocalizes set in soothing soundscapes to complex instrumentations that interweave driving beats with Lori's intricate vocal style. While each song is unique, they all invoke you to experience emotions unseen by most.

You can find out more about Lori and listen to samples of the songs on the Unseen Album on her website,, but here's a sampler of her angelic voice. Emeria is her latest project and isn't out on CD yet, but this video gives you a great feel for the electronica genre.

What music do you listen to when you write?


L.T. Elliot said...

YAY! I'm a winner! Hooray! *happy dance, happy dance!*

And I can TOTALLY vouch for Lori's music. My husband and I LOVE her CD and listen to it all the time! Excellent writing music!

Angie said...

Congrats to Laura!

I usually just turn my player on shuffle and let it surprise me. Right now, though, I'm playing all my Gordon Lightfoot music.

Jack Ripple said...

Lori's CD is best heard and not left "Unseen"! Hehe. I hope to win it this time - cheers!