Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Guest post by Lexi Ryan + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Lexi Ryan, author of the beloved New Hope new adult series published by Entangled Publishing. Lexi stops by today on her blog tour celebrating the release of Wish I May, Book #2 in her New Hope series to talk about the connection between writing and music and how some songs have inspired her stories. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end! :-)

Writing and Music
by Lexi Ryan

There are three things that grab me by my gut and totally own me: reading, writing, and music. Though it sounds melodramatic, you can literally find dried tear drops in my paperbacks. While I wrote Unbreak Me and Wish I May, I was that crazy woman crying onto her laptop in the coffee shop. And it’s almost too embarrassing to admit how often singing along with a song will get me a little weepy. But it’s not just sadness stories and music evoke—these can also predictably make me happy, contemplative, or even, I admit…hungry. (Haha! I know what you were thinking. No worries. I appreciate a dirty mind.)

When I was a little girl, I would listen to albums on cassette in my mom’s bedroom (in a house with seven kids, that was probably the only place I wouldn’t be bothered). I’d make up stories that connected each song to the next. Every album was a puzzle with missing pieces, and I loved listening and pretending I was living the emotions of the songs, from one to the next. I loved finding the missing part of the story that explained why a happy, upbeat song was followed by a sad one. The songs compelled me to write their stories, even if I wasn’t picking up a pencil to do so.

When I’m deep into drafting a novel, I find myself trying fit every song I hear on the radio into the story taking up all the space in my head. Sometimes it doesn’t fit, but when it does it’s this amazing moment for me—that a-ha moment when we realize someone truly gets something we’re feeling. The moment we know we’re not alone. Perhaps most art is simply a pursuit of that moment.

Music also has this amazing ability to transport us back in time. There’s a scene in Wish I May where Cally and Will are at Brady’s (the local bar) and a Nine Inch Nails song comes on. It was a song they listened to when they were dating in high school, and the whole scene evolves from the nostalgia they both feel hearing that song.

Story and music are both about these connections we all share, the pain we all endure, and the beautiful moments we savor, remember, and recreate in the stories we tell, books we read, and music we listen to.

Do you write stories in your head when you hear songs? Have you ever heard a song you felt was written for you?

Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. A former college English professor, Lexi now writes full time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two children. 

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Wish I May by Lexi Ryan 

I grew up wishing on stars.

My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together.

Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.
This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me.

I find myself looking to my stars again...wondering if I dare one more wish.

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Lexi is giving away 4 $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Cards and the grand prize winner will also receive a signed copy of Unbreak Me during the tour!

To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and tell us in a comment: Do you write stories in your head when you hear songs? Have you ever heard a song you felt was written for you?

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 8 November 2013!

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