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Breaking Free

There’s so much going on right now. Book ideas flying out at me from all sides, family drama, work, things to look forward to and things I’m dreading that sometimes I feel as though I’m being buried alive. No, this post isn’t all depressing and “poor me”. I’m actually okay with all the chaos that’s become my life. Apparently I’m the kind of person who thrives on pressure even as it gives me panic attacks.

I’m not entirely sure what this post is about to be honest. I started to go into my DJ spiel talking about the song I’m going to play when I began listening to it. Tool is one of my favorite bands of all time. I’ve loved their music since I was 16 and it never gets old. In fact, I find that as I get older, their songs mature with me giving me a different perspective and meaning. I used to love it just because it was kick ass and melodic and heavy. As I aged, I dug deeper into the lyrics and the meaning behind them and discovered a whole new reason to love them. I know, that makes me sound shallow, that I just liked them because they were different from the usual and heavy, but aren’t all teenagers about the surface anyway? Most of them at least.

But there’s a line in today’s song that just reaches out to me and it has been for several weeks. I don’t talk much about my very personal life because I try to keep everything on the light side, but without darkness there would be no light. Almost a  year ago, my dad went into the hospital to have a tumor removed from his stomach. While he was recovering from surgery, he had a heart attack that landed him in CCU for fourteen days. We nearly lost him and then it was discovered he has stage 4 stomach cancer. Without getting into all the details, he isn’t taking any kind of chemo or other treatment. He’s doing okay for now, but we all know it isn’t going to last. It’s been a roller coaster my sister and I have been trying to cram as much time with him as we can.

So when I’m listening to this song and hear the line, “We are eternal, all this pain is an illusion”, it reminds me to live in the now, to accept everything as it comes and remember that this isn’t the end. All the stress of real life, writing life, family life, work, etc., all of it means nothing if I can’t appreciate the good that comes from all of it, to understand that the physical isn’t all we are. Yes, even my dad’s illness. The good is that it’s helped to brush aside a lot of negative things that have been stewing for a while, it’s brought me and my sister closer and us both closer to him. I think one of the hardest things for us all is to remember that each difficulty in life brings us one step closer to being the people we were born to be. Does that make sense?

Enough of all this rambling. I love Tool. I love this song. Hope you can appreciate it as much as I do!

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 6

Well, it’s the last day of February which means it’s the last day of the Touched by Lightning playlist recap. I hope y’all have enjoyed peeking into a little of the world I threw myself in while writing this book. Despite all my warnings about the darkness of the story, I truly love this book. It’s one of my favorite books of all that I’ve written and I can only hope readers see the true meaning behind it.

Before I get to today’s song, I’d just like to remind y’all that I’m participating in two giveaways. One is The Romance Reviews Anniversary Party which begins tomorrow with Touched by Lightning being featured between the 1st and the 5th. There’s a question to answer to win prizes and I hope y’all participate!

Then, Monday starts two weeks of a new blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours. There are guest posts, interviews and reviews coming and I’m giving away 2 Order of Themis travel mugs, 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards, and 2 sets of Danica Avet swag. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I hope to see some of y’all there! The schedule is posted below:

March 3-7 Author Feature Guest blog
Kay Dee’s Place
March 3 Spotlight
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path
March 3 Spotlight
Mila Ramos
March 4 Spotlight
Kristy Centeno
March 4 Spotlight
Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews
March 5 Interview
A Writer’s Mind-
March 6 Interview
Fierce Dolan, Words Without Limits
March 6 Spotlight
Books & Tales:
March 7 Interview
Butterfly-o-Meter Books
March 10 Spotlight
The Snarkology
March 10 review
Booklover Sue
March 11 Spotlight
Behind Closed Doors
March 11 Spotlight
Inner Goddess
March 11 spotlight
Author Karen Swart
March 12 Guest blog
TBQ’S Book Palace
March 12 Spotlight
All I Want and More
March 13 Spotlight and review
Crazy Four Books
March 13 spotlight
Eclipse Reviews
March 14 Guest blog
Erotica For All
March 17 Spotlight
Share my Destiny
March 17 review
Nicky Peacock Author
And now for the last song of the playlist. Of course it isn’t really the last song. I have a few hundred more to go, but you know what I mean. Everything’s been so dark and gloomy on the blog, I figured I’d better end this theme with a something a little lighter.
If you haven’t read the book yet, you haven’t had the chance to meet Joe. Josephina Daly to be exact. She’s the Director of the Order of Themis and she’s…something. Six feet tall with a penchant for mile high heels, an obsession with fashion, a faithful Irish Wolfhound she named Mr. Dimples and more power than any of the characters I introduced in the rest of the story. She’s a powerhouse, but she’s also strangely sweet and funny and I loved her the instant Lea and I came up with her character. It was so much fun to write her little cameo appearances in the book that I know, just know I’m going to have to restrain myself from writing her story next. Oh yes, she’s getting a story y’all.
Anyway, Joe has a sick sense of humor. Well, maybe not sick so much as warped. She loves to torment her employees with “team building events” like pedicures and full body massages. She adores picking on the big, strong men under her command by having them play princess tea parties with underprivileged kids. She’s awesome LOL
One of the ways she lives to torment her employees is by having the worst elevator music you could possibly want to hear. I picked two songs for different scenes with my hero where he’s in the elevator. And the thing is, I don’t hate these songs. Back in the day, they were the most popular songs on the radio and maybe that’s what draws Joe to them. We all heard them so many times that they’ve almost become a joke. But I’m only going to play one of them. You’ll have to read the book to find out what the other song is 😉
So the final song on the Touched by Lightning playlist is Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. I really loved this song back in the day. Classic Meatloaf with all the drama and because Joe is all about drama, it seems to fit her personality. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. I’ve had a lot of fun going over my writing process for this book.
Happy Friday y’all!

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 5

I really meant to blog Monday and Tuesday, but forgot. Things have been insane. I’m just glad I remembered to blog today!

I can thank Avenged Sevenfold for that. They’re coming to Lafayette in April and I want to go because I love their music, but they helped me blog today because thinking about them reminded me of this song which was one of the frequently played songs while I was writing Touched by Lightning.

But before I get to that, I just wanted to let y’all know that beginning March 1st, I’m taking part in the TRR (The Romance Reviews) Anniversary Party. That’s right, not only do I have another blog tour starting on the 3rd with prizes, but I’m also giving away an ebook copy of Touched by Lightning to the winner of my Q&A on TRR’s site. So I have two buttons for you to check out when the time is right. On Friday I’ll post the schedule for the blog tour which begins on Monday. Is that confusing enough? LOL

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So back to the song.

Again, I love Avenged Sevenfold. And not just because I’m crushing hard on several of the members. *cough* Their music works for me when I’m writing. I could probably list an easy half-dozen songs that I listen to while I’m working, but when I think back to certain moments in the book, I recall this song being one that stood out the most. My heroine has had to become tough due to her past. She’s afraid to trust, but in the end, she has to actually make herself vulnerable.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but this whole book is about second chances and working for your own happiness. It’s dark. I know I’ve said that before, but I’m not sure people realize just how dark it is. And I did that on purpose because without that darkness, that pain, how can you truly appreciate the beauty of the second chance Gyda’s been given? Ah well, I hope when readers are in the story they realize there’s a method to my madness.

Anyway, today’s song is Afterlife by Avenged Sevenfold. Enjoy!

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 4

Here it is, time for What’s Playing Wednesday again.

Touched by Lightning is out now through ARe, Amazon and Ellora’s Cave if you haven’t picked up your copy yet. We’re also only one day away from the end of the Superhero Scavenger Hunt, so if you haven’t entered to win, you’d better hurry!

I’ve made it no secret that Gyda and Brit’s story is one of painful pasts and strong emotions. For the most part, this book wrote itself with little input from me, but when I got to the end, to the big dark moment, I needed a little help. That’s where my music came into play. (Pun intended.)

As y’all probably know by now, I listen to music all the time. When I’m writing, when I’m sleeping, when I’m reading. It’s just a part of who I am and I’ve always been this way. I could probably blame it on my grandfather who’d fall asleep listening to his big band music, but I think it’s just one of my quirks. I must have music playing somewhere around me.

I have a big playlist I created for my regular work days and writing times. It’s a mix of reggae, metal, hip hop and a little dance music. It usually helps me in any situation when I’m writing because it’s such a broad mixture of songs. But when I got to that dark moment in Touched by Lightning I needed something a little more personal. So I created a playlist I called “Broody Songs”. Yes, broody because I wanted to sink into those dark feelings to give my characters more depth.

One of the songs on that list is one I’ve loved for years. I remember hearing it in the Natural Born Killers soundtrack, which I had to buy after watching the movie, and while it still conjures disturbing images of Mickey and Mallory Knox, it worked perfectly for writing a few scenes in Touched by Lightning. There’s something so haunting about this song, the vocals all whispery and soft, that it breaks my heart.

So today’s song is Cowboy Junkies’ “Sweet Jane”.

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 2

Touched by Lightning comes out just a week from today and I’m so excited I can hardly sit still. Actually, I’ve been so consumed by this release and making sure I cover all of my bases, I haven’t touched my WIP in two weeks. Which kills me because I have plans for this year, big plans that involve me writing like a fiend. And yet I’m failing at that.

Anyway, before I get to today’s song, I wanted to remind y’all that I have a Scavenger Hunt going on right now through Candlelight Book Promotions. I’m giving away a $25 gift card and an Order of Themis travel mug. It’s pretty sweet, if I say so myself. And when I forgot my personal travel mug at work one day, I was tempted to grab one of the mugs I’d put aside for promo. I didn’t. They’re all unused, but it was a near thing. Just sayin’.

So if you didn’t know about the scavenger hunt, here’s a little info:

TbL Tour ButtonAnd if you want to follow along, this is the schedule of stops I’ll be making between now and February 20th:

Lea Barrymire 2/5- Wed
In The Pages of a Good Book 2/6- Thur
A.M. Griffin 2/7- Fri
Literary Nook 2/8- SAT
deal sharing aunt 2/10- Mon
For Whom The Books Toll 2/11- Tue
Queentutt’s World of Escapism 2/12- Wed
Tattooed Book Review 2/14- Fri
Unearthly Musings 2/14- Fri
AReCafe 2/15- SAT
Riverina Romantics 2/17- Mon
Clutter Your Kindle 2/18- Tue
For the Love of Bookends 2/19- Wed
Lusty Penguin Reviews 2/19- Wed
Sizzling Promo 2/20- Thur

And now to the next song on the Touched by Lightning playlist. Remember, these songs aren’t the only ones I listened to while writing this story. They just happened to be the ones that spoke to me the most. I think I may have shared this song once before, but while writing Gyda and Brit’s story, it was one of the few that managed to really dig into the heart of the pain between these characters. I tell you this because I don’t want y’all to think “Oh, Danica’s just got all brooding on us”. I do listen to happy songs too. Granted, there aren’t many “happy” songs I like, but I’m not all doom and gloom. *sniff*

Anyway, Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen and Scott Reeder got together to make this song for a documentary about a music studio (I can’t remember the name of the studio at the moment) but the instant I heard this song, it moved me. And it was perfect for Touched by Lightning. Here’s “From Can to Can’t”.

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Touched by Lightning Playlist 1

I’ve been such a blog slacker lately! I’m pretty sure I said something back at the end of 2013 about being a better blogger and then I promptly dropped the ball. And I don’t even have a good excuse. So, I’m just admitting it. I’m a slacker.

But I’ll try to do better. Honest, guv!

And I figured today was as good a day as any because Touched by Lightning comes out next week. To say I’m excited about this book release is an understatement. I’m probably more excited about this book release than all of the others. There are a lot of reasons for it, but I think most of my excitement comes from all of the hard work we’ve put into it. Back in May 2013, Lea Barrymire and I locked ourselves in a room for six hours to hash out the world for this series.

There was a lot of “OMG, I got it!”. She was plugging away at her laptop while I did my pace-and-thinking-and-doing-terrible-impersonations thing, but it worked. In six hours we managed to develop 8 central characters, a plethora of superhuman powers our characters could have along with each powers’ weakness and came up with an entire organizational structure for our heroes/heroines to be a part of. Thus the Order of Themis was born. Over the summer, we smoothed things out, got some input from Amy Ruttan, A.M. Griffin and Cara Carnes on even more characters for us to use while I began writing Touched by Lightning.

And that’s what today’s post is about. The writing process.  This story is one of the darkest I’ve ever written. When we came up with this series idea, we knew we wanted something dark and gritty. I like to think of the Love’s Defenders series as a cross between X-Men and The Crow. Actually, that’s how I proposed the series to our publisher. We wanted a world where nearly every genetic mutation was possible, but minus the spandex. Where the superheroes were flawed or had painful pasts. A world where you can only sit there and think “God, I hope he/she finds someone who’ll accept them for who they are.” And that’s what we did.

So to help with that darkness, I had to have the perfect music. This month I’ll play songs that really spoke to me during the writing process. Granted, I have several playlists I used for this book, but some songs managed to put me in the place I needed to be to connect with my characters better than others and those are the ones I’ll feature this month.

First on the list is Seether’s “Driven Under”. It’s moody, it’s dark and it really worked for Gyda and Brit’s story.

Check back next week to find out what other songs were pivotal for writing Touched by Lightning!

CoverBook one in the Love’s Defenders series.

When empath Gyda St. Germaine is rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, she vows vengeance on her tormentors. Aided by two distinct personalities who bolster her powers, she becomes a vigilante, hungry for revenge. Her path of retribution tosses her into the arms of an Order of Themis Siphon and her world is turned upside down. Fighting her past takes a backseat to her all-consuming desire for the man whose honor and sense of justice go against everything she believes.

The moment electricity manipulator Brit Harper stumbled across a feral woman with a bloody knife, his life changed. Black and white becomes gray as the scales of justice tip. Fascinated by her strength and the darkness in her eyes, he vows to teach her the true meaning of justice and help her explore the passion sizzling between them. But when the evil haunting Gyda’s dreams returns in the flesh, he’ll have to choose between his beliefs and the woman he loves.

February 14, 2014 buy link: http://www.ellorascave.com/touched-by-lightning.html

P.S. I can’t believe I forgot today is the start of the Superhero Scavenger Hunt! Be sure to stop by and test your superhero movie knowledge for a chance to win a $25 gift card and an Order of Themis travel mug!

Lea Barrymire 2/5- Wed
In The Pages of a Good Book 2/6- Thur
A.M. Griffin 2/7- Fri
Literary Nook 2/8- SAT
deal sharing aunt 2/10- Mon
For Whom The Books Toll 2/11- Tue
Queentutt’s World of Escapism 2/12- Wed
Tattooed Book Review 2/14- Fri
Unearthly Musings 2/14- Fri
AReCafe 2/15- SAT
Riverina Romantics 2/17- Mon
Clutter Your Kindle 2/18- Tue
For the Love of Bookends 2/19- Wed
Lusty Penguin Reviews 2/19- Wed
Sizzling Promo 2/20- Thur

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Lovely Friday

I started off this week sick as a dog, but I’m so glad it’s Friday I could almost dance. Almost because this girl does not have the moves like Jagger. Not at all.

Of course because it’s finally the end of the week, it means I’m about to start up yet another week of training. That’s a good thing, right? Learning is always good. If I can keep my eyes open. The only really great thing I can think of to make up for being away from home and my bed a whole week is I get to spend it with my aunt and uncle. I’ve already put in my request for as much kimchee, bulgogi and other Korean dishes as I can possibly think of. Oh yeah, Danica is going to eat well next week.

The worst part of having been sick this week is I didn’t really get to celebrate the release of my erotic menage, Sweetest Taste of Sin. Sure, I posted about it on Twitter and Facebook, but I didn’t do the whole Happy Release Day to me! thing I normally do. So I’m going to do that now.

Yay! Happy Belated Release Day to me!

Okay. Phew, glad that’s over. Well not really. I’m going to post the blurb and buy links as well as my Friday song. *think* I had a few on tap when I started this post but I think it’ll have to be the song that made me think of the title for this short story. Ne-Yo’s “Closer” is such a good dance song and of course it gave me the idea for the book.

And here it is…Sweetest Taste of Sin.

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Logan Guillory finally has what she’s always wanted, a loving, sizzling relationship with J.B. Calhoun. So why can’t she shake her overwhelming need for his twin brother Anthony? Her small town morals tell her it’s not normal to love two men with equal fervor, but not even the risk of damaging her standing in Grand Terre, Louisiana can make her stop wanting to be possessed by them both.

 Anthony ‘Ant’ Calhoun had his eye on Logan long before his brother entered the picture, but now he’s lost his chance, or so he thinks. J.B. has other ideas, which includes sharing Logan’s sensual caresses and big heart with his brother. Torn between overwhelming need and fear of the scandal that might ensue, Ant resists with all his might, but doesn’t stand a chance against the needs of the two people he loves most.

Giving in threatens everything they all hold dear, but who can resist the sweetest taste of sin?

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