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I Want That For You

As y’all know I love my music. I have to have it. Which means when I can’t get data through my phone and can’t listen to my satellite radio, I get pissy. The way it’s been doing all week.

Music feeds my soul, fires my imagination and relaxes me. Even when it’s stuff that’s fast-paced and hectic sounding, sometimes it calms me. Which is why I need it at the Evil Day Job, dammit! *seethes* Of course, even though I don’t have my satellite radio, I still have music. I carry an MP3 player with me everywhere I go and have music on my phone that isn’t connected to the internet. But I like having variety, like being able to say “I’m kind of tired of Slipknot. How about some Niel Diamond?” What? How can you not like Neil Diamond?

Mostly though, I like my satellite radio because it allows me to discover new bands that aren’t on the local radio stations yet and probably never will be.  Like today’s group. 3 Pill Morning. There are a lot of bands with the number Three (3) in the name, but these guys have a great song I’m sharing with y’all today. I Want That For You is a song I crank up whenever it comes on because it has catchy vocals and sounds passionate. I’ve been listening to it a lot while writing Primal Flavor.

What do y’all think?

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A Small Complaint

I love music. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to y’all. I managed to fit my love of music into a schedule on my blog with What’s Playing Wednesdays. It’s been an essential part of my life for as long as I can remember.

My mom loves to tell stories about me as a child singing every song that came on the radio. Every song. Including the commercial jingles. Not much has changed. I still sing along, but my tastes have changed. *shuffle* Okay, so there are a few commercials I still sing along with, but not as many.

I love nearly all kinds of music, although I gravitate more toward rock and heavy metal.  I just enjoy the intensity of the songs, but that doesn’t mean I scoff at softer bands. I will get teary-eyed listening to Snow Patrol because wow, that songwriting. *sigh* Rap, hip-hop, some country, some pop, classic rock, golden oldies, jazz, blues, alternative, I love it all. But in the end, I would rather listen to screaming guitars and growling vocals.

Which is why the current trend in crappy female-led metal bands pisses me off. Oh sure, I’m all for girl power. I think it’s awesome that the music industry is starting to see that women love to rock out as much as men do. I think it’s a wonderful thing and I’m all for music that supports that. When it’s good. I’m sorry, I’m sure there are some people out there who just love some of the bands that have become popular lately, but all I can say is “are you kidding me?”

When did being female become more important than writing good music? When did having tits and ass become the most vital part to a band’s popularity than good musica ability and some vocal ability? There are very few bands that I’ll listen to these days with a female singer. VERY few. I can count them on one hand. Those are the bands that are about the music. If I can listen to a song and it takes me a while to realize the singer is female because I’m so entranced by the music, by the lyrics, by the sheer power of the song. I shouldn’t wince when the song comes on because it sounds like two cats fighting and screwing in an alley. The screeching-I’m-so-sexy-I-don’t-need-musical-ability of the newer bands turns me off. And that’s probably wrong of me, but there you go.

There are a lot of bands out there who have female singers who make their songs more about femininity than just a walking vagina singing on stage. Those are the groups I’ll listen to because being a woman is secondary to the music. It isn’t the primary aspect. I can respect that because it shows me they’re not just in it to make men go “Oh man, I wouldn’t kick her out of my bed if she hadn’t shaved her legs in five weeks”.

Of course the record companies aren’t catering to me. Although they should. Maybe if they picked bands who had a smidgen of talent and passion for the music instead of the ones that were only a hair off from being bubblegum pop groups, I’d like them better and share them on my blog.

I surely can’t be the only one who’s noticed this, right? Have any y’all realized the same thing? Or am I really just that snobbish about music?

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Rebel Love Song

It feels funny not to have a book out this month. August and September were insane with blog tours, book releases, nerves, hospital visits…yeah, it was insane, but that’s what this writing gig is all about isn’t it?

I’m actually glad to have a few months off to rest and recuperate. Oh wait, I’m not going to be resting completely this month. Next week is RomantiCon which means this old lady won’t be going to sleep at 9 every night. Heh. But with those beautiful men to look at, who cares about sleep? Not me, that’s for sure.

So it’s October, which means Halloween and I’ve decided to go with a black theme for What’s Playing Wednesday this month. The songs will either have black in the band name or the song title. Today, we have Black Veil Brides (which I learned was another name for nuns. But these guys don’t look like nuns.) Their song Rebel Love Song is another one of those young lovers songs because you know, no one feels as intensely as the youth of the world.

I also happen to adore this song. It’s catchy, it’s fast, it’s passionate…okay, I sing my little heart out every time it comes on the radio. I hope you enjoy it!

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Saber Inspiration #5

Well, I’m hunkered down waiting for Isaac to do what it needs to, but I haven’t forgotten about What’s Playing Wednesday.

Today marks the last day of the Saber Inspiration themed Wednesdays. I’ve had a lot of fun playing songs that either influenced me, or reminded me of the band. From AC/DC to Avenged Sevenfold, the guys of Saber are a mishmash of some of my favorite bands and I love sharing their music with you.

Primal Design book two in the Cajun Heat series comes out September 19th which means next month’s theme will be dedicated to songs that remind me of my characters, their situation or their jobs. It’ll be a wide range of songs, so I hope you’ll join me for that.

Back to today. This song is one of my current favorites. Any time I hear it, I sing along (badly) and rock out. It’s slow and kind of mellow at first, but toward the end, it picks up until it’s galloping to the final chord. It’s excellent and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Today is Avenged Sevenfold’s Buried Alive. I could totally see these guys as my band, Saber.

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Saber Inspiration #3

We’re in the third week of our Saber theme. I’ve taken part in so many interviews and answered so many questions in preparation of Primal Song’s blog tour, I feel even closer to the characters in my story than I did when I was writing it.

The town of Maison Rouge, Louisiana is a close-knit community and one I easily identify with. When I watched the video for today’s song, at first I was leery about posting it. I don’t condone stealing and stuff. In fact, it pisses me off like nothing else. However, there are some clips in the video, especially the scenes with the band, that reminded me of my wilder college days. Not that we did anything truly nuts. Unless you call roaming the streets on a golf cart at three in the morning, or tossing old Christmas trees on our bonfire nuts.

It was the bonfire in the video that made me think of those days. It was all about just hanging out with my friends, drinking, talking, feeding the fire, and discussing our future. We weren’t into blatantly breaking any laws. Okay, so there was that one time we were shooting fireworks after midnight, but it’s the country!

When I came up with the band, Saber, I thought about the kind of music they’d play. I knew it would be hard rock and decided they’d be more of a down to earth band, one who plays songs people can connect with. Songs about the everyday struggle in life. Hellyeah kind of has that vibe to them. They have that new Southern rock thing going on that I love so much. I like to think of it as a modern version of Lynard Skynard or .38 Special. This song is called “Hell of a Time”.

Remember, I do not condone the activity taking place in this video. Heh

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Saber Inspiration #2

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I’m coming off of a minor surgery and not up to sitting in front of a computer for very long.

Saber is a hard rock band. They’ve done and seen things we can only imagine. So to honor that, I had to pull up this awesome AC/DC song. I love their music back when they had Bon Scott and it doesn’t hurt that the song has bagpipes. Bagpipes in a rock song. Hello, Awesome!

So enjoy “It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” and imagine it’s the theme song for five cat shifter rock stars as they roll into a small, south Louisiana town. They might have done a lot but nothing could prepare them for a little Cajun hospitality.

 

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Saber Inspiration Song #1

So as most of y’all know, the first book in my Cajun Heat series, Primal Song comes out on Friday. I’ve been giddy for at least two weeks. It doesn’t seem real that this book found a home at such an amazing publishing house, but it has and I couldn’t be happier.

Even better, I was able to tell a story about two characters who at turns frustrated me and amused me. Daisy and Ram shouldn’t be together and if it hadn’t been for a little help from Jillian Chantal, they probably wouldn’t have hooked up. Thanks, Jillian!

You see, Ramsey “Ram” Reinhardt is a rock star. Not just any rock star, but a lion shifting rock star. He’s seen, and done, it all. Women flock to him and the other members of Saber, his band. All except for Daisy who’s had her heart broken by a lion shifter in the past. This bear shifter isn’t about to let it happen all over again, but Ram hasn’t become the lead singer of one of the most popular hard rock bands by giving up.

It was so much fun to write about Ram’s band as well as the concert where Daisy first sees him in person. As most of you who follow this blog know, I’m a huge music fanatic. I’m partial to heavy metal and hard rock, but I have pretty eclectic tastes. If you want an idea of what I listen to, flip through some of the old What’s Playing Wednesday posts. Every month I pick a different theme and August is no different.

I couldn’t exactly have a hard rock band without having inspiration, so I’ve decided to dedicate this month to songs that inspired me to come up with the band, Saber. (They’re all cat shifters and the band name is a nod to their mutual ancestor the saber tooth tiger.) Ram has a gruff, gravelly voice, so this first song is to showcase his vocals. If I had to pick any singer Ram sounds like, it would be Philip Labonte of All That Remains. But I couldn’t leave Daisy out of it, this song definitely gives us her mindset when she meets Ram.

Besides, I adore this song. It played a lot when I was writing Primal Song and every time I hear it, I picture Ram and Daisy’s unconventional love affair. I hope you enjoy this first installation in my month of Saber Inspiration. Here is The Waiting One.

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BYOB

Well, today marks the last day in our month of acronym-titled songs. I’ve had fun with these and I hope you’ve enjoyed listening.

Next week marks the release of the first book in my Cajun Heat series with Ellora’s Cave, Primal Song. The book is about a rock star and a small town deputy, so I’ll be playing songs that remind me of the rock star’s fictional band, Saber. Did I mention the members of Saber are all cat shifters? Yup, a lion, two tigers, a lynx, and a panther. I had a lot of fun writing the book and a lot of music inspired me to write about Ramsey “Ram” Reinhardt, the hero of Primal Song. I hope you check it out!

Today though, it’s all about a band with the last acronym-titled song of the month. I do enjoy this band’s music. They can sound frantic and chaotic one minute, but melodic and groovy the next. “B.Y.O.B.” is an example of this. The band even goes by an acronym: SOAD, or System of a Down.

I hope you enjoy!

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Author Interview: Olivia Cunning

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to have a very special guest with us for What’s Playing Wednesday. Usually, I let my MP3 player choose a song to entertain you, but after reading this author’s books, I knew she had to stop by for a visit. I may have stalked her whined at her a bit, but she’s been a great sport and I can’t wait for y’all to meet her.

So please give a warm welcome to Olivia Cunning!

I know one of the most frequently asked questions to an author with a series is “What gave you the idea for the series”? I’m not going to ask that. No, I want to know who was your inspiration for your band members?

I got the original idea for Backstage Pass at an Avenged Sevenfold concert (no, not because I had a backstage pass… bummer…), so it’s only fitting that they were the original inspiration for Sinners. Once I got writing, I deviated from the real life band, especially personality-wise, as the fictional characters became more “real” to me than real-life rock stars, but yes, they were the original inspiration. Especially, Synyster Gates, M. Shadows and Zacky Vengeance. Yum-to-the-um.

Nom, nom...tattoos, piercings, dark clothes, cool hair, AND they rock! *drool*

You have so much detailed information in these books from song composition to performance so I have to ask, are you musically inclined? I’ve tried playing bass guitar and while I can do it…it’s boring trying to play by yourself (and y’all can stop snickering!).

I wanted to be a rock star when I was a teenager. I picked up the guitar, learned to play Stairway to Heaven and realized my fingers are too short and stubby to ever be any good at it. I was the top ranked flutist in my junior high band (we had 40 flutes, talk about a band heavy on upper registers) and also played piccolo. Maybe I should have followed in Jethro Tull’s footsteps. The detail in the books comes from being a life-long fan of rock music. I’ve followed it since I was a child. If you write what you’re passionate about, I’ve hit the mother lode.

Who’s your favorite band? Who have you seen in concert more than twice?

Well, that depends. Do you want to know my current favorite band, or my favorite band of all time or my favorite band based on my record collection? Currently, I’m loving Bullet for My Valentine. Can’t get enough of Avenged Sevenfold and have more of their songs on my iPod than any other band. I’d say my favorite band of all time is Guns ‘n’ Roses. Though I had massive love for dozens of bands in the 80s, they’re the ones who have stuck with me the most over time. I’ve seen sever bands in concert more than twice. Avenged Sevenfold takes the prize with 6 times. Papa Roach 4 times. Disturbed 3 times. The other thirty or so bands I’ve only seen once or twice.

The Sinners are hot…very hot. Who’s your favorite band member? I have to pick Jace because I’ve always had this thing for bass players…gr-owl. But Brian, Trey, Sed, and Eric are very, very close seconds. Okay, that isn’t entirely true…they’re all so hot, I couldn’t pick if I had a choice. Maybe one for Monday, one for Tuesday, etc.

I honestly love them all. I don’t have a favorite.

Are you planning a book for each band member? What about side characters like the luscious Dare and Max?

I’m currently working on the rest of the Sinners books and I would love to do a spin-off of Exodus End (with Dare, Max, Logan and Steve) when I finish the Sinners on Tour series. You can never have too many hot rock stars.

You’re given the opportunity to put together a dream band filled with your favorite musicians, living or dead. Who do you choose and why?

I’m dedicating each novel in the Sinners on Tour series to a different rock musician that has died before his time. I’m not sure what they would sound like all together, but I’ll go with them. Guitarists: Dimebag Darrell Abbot (Pantera) and Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osbourne); Vocalist: Kurt Cobain (Nirvana); Bassist: Cliff Burton (Metallica); and Drummer: James “The Rev” Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)

And just because I’m nosy…what was your road to publication like?

I’ve been writing fiction for about 20 years. I started with contemporary category romance and have also written fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance, scientific thrillers, and I’m sure there are other things I’m forgetting. I queried all of them and have the requisite rejection letters to prove it. Backstage Pass was my first erotic romance novel. The second publisher I queried bought it and the entire series. I was stunned.

Now to appease my What’s Playing Wednesday schedule, what song has a similar flavor to the Sinners’ music? 

Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions

Just have to say…kick ass! This is one band I have to see in concert!

Olivia, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope to have you by again when your next book comes out…I know, I’m such a fangirl 😉

I’d love to visit again. Thanks for having me!

Author Bio:

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own.

Y’all simply have to check out this series!

For him, life is all music and no play…

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius…

She’s the one to call the tune…

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on…

Then the two lovers’ wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory…and sin…

Trapped together on the Sinners tour bus for the summer, Sed and Jessica will rediscover the millions of steamy reasons they never should have called it quits in the first place…          

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