Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LAURA KAYE & SOUTH OF SURRENDER

It is such an honor today to be a part of Laura Kaye’s SOUTH OF SURRENDER TOUR. We absolutely Love this book, along with all of Laura’s other yummy reads and hope to express to all of our followers just how much we admire and appreciate this special author. Wendy, LT, and Shonna 





Guest Post for Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My!


By Laura Kaye

The Musical Inspiration Behind South of Surrender

Very happy to be back at VW&F.Oh My! to celebrate the release of my tenth novel! South of Surrender is the third book in my Greek-mythology-inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series and features Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, who crashes into the life (literally!) of human Laney Summerlyn.

I was inspired in writing this story in part by a particular song, which I listened to on repeat several hundred times while I wrote South of Surrender. In many ways, Katy Perry’s "Wide Awake" captured the feel of the story and characters, right down to particular lines of lyrics. Do you know it? Give it a listen:



Here are some of the ways the lyrics of the song related to the story, for me:

"Wide Awake"

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

I'm wide awake
Yeah, I was in the dark
I was falling hard
With an open heart
I'm wide awake
How did I read the stars so wrong?
I'm wide awake
And now it's clear to me
That everything you see
Ain't always what it seems
I'm wide awake
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long


The above lines always made me think of Laney, who suffers from a degenerative eye diseases and is nearly blind. Literally, she lives her life mostly in the dark, yet she is open-hearted. Her disability also gives her an interesting ability to perceive the divine and reality everything isn’t always what it seems.

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
'Til I woke up on
On the concrete

[Chorus]
Falling from cloud nine
Crashing from the high
I'm letting go tonight
Yeah, I'm falling from cloud nine

This chorus for me is the end of the first chapter of the book, when Chrys is grievously hurt in battle and falls from the heavens. And it’s the first time he realizes he has to let go of someone he’s cared about all his life.

I'm wide awake
Not losing any sleep
I picked up every piece
And landed on my feet
I'm wide awake
Need nothing to complete myself, no

This stanza reflects something both Laney and Chrys need to learn and come to grips with over the course of the book. That they are good enough all by themselves. That they are strong enough on their own. Yet, they’ve ever better and stronger together.

I'm wide awake
Yeah, I am born again
Out of the lion's den
I don't have to pretend
And it's too late
The story's over now, the end

"I don’t have to pretend" – oh, man, is this Chrys revealing a phobia he has to Laney, and having her accept it. Gah!

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
'Til I woke up on
On the concrete

[Chorus]
Falling from cloud nine (it was out of the blue)
I'm crashing from the high
I'm letting go tonight (yeah, I'm letting you go)
I'm falling from cloud nine

I'm wide awake
Thunder rumbling
Castles crumbling
I'm wide awake
I am trying to hold on
I'm wide awake
God knows that I tried
Seeing the bright side
I'm wide awake
I'm not blind anymore...

The bridge of this song is the climactic battle of the story, which includes not just the fight scene but a massive weather event and a major tragedy (castles crumbles). Everyone must fight to see the bright see. And everyone’s eyes are opened.

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

[Chorus]
Yeah, I'm falling from cloud nine (it was out of the blue)
I'm crashing from the high
You know I'm letting go tonight (yeah, I'm letting you go)
I'm falling from cloud nine

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake

So those are some ways that "Wide Awake" helped inspire South of Surrender. While we’re on the topic of songs, do you have a favorite song that just feels like summer to you and/or makes you think of summer? GIVEAWAY: One commenter who leaves their email address will win a $15 iTunes gift card. Open to international!

Also enter the Rafflecopter for a chance at the overall tour prizes to be picked on June 22!

Thanks for reading!

Laura


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"A fast-paced thrill ride." ~New York Journal of Books

"Sexy, emotional stories, powerful, evocative writing, a vivid and unique vision, and enough magic and mysticism to keep the most demanding reader satisfied, Laura Kaye delivers it all. I love this series!" ~Maggie Shayne, NYT Bestselling Author


About South of Surrender:

She's the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within...
Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious storms that threaten the mortal realm and dangerously drain Chrys.
Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather's horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.
Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can't resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who's ever loved the real him.


Personal thought's from Shonna's review: Siting here in front of my keyboard, I have so much to say about this book, (and series) I just don’t know where to start. How do I condense all that I am busting to say about this UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC story in just a few short lines.   The truth is, there is no way to express how AMAZING this work is (wish I could think of a better word to express here) and how I absolutely am in awe and in LOVE with the world Laura Kaye has created. Please start at the beginning of this series (not that it’s necessary to understand what is going on in the third installment but) because this is well worth your time. Never boring, never a stalling moment, and to top it off, a huge twist in SOUTH OF SURRENDER that had me crying (one of many times throughout this series) and numb because of the way Laura Kaye effortlessly absorbs you into this tale, you will not want to put down. You honestly become a part of the words on the pages. A new fork in the road now, with all of the characters, new and old, places a spin that I did not see coming for future books, and put me on pins and needles to see where it all goes. I hope this series never ever ends. This *placing my hand over the last page of the story*  is what reading and enjoying a book is all about.

Thank you Laura Kaye. 
My Rating: a Big Fat 5 
  
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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today
bestselling author of a dozen
books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.




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28 comments:

  1. Now everytime I hear ' Wide Awake', I'm gonna think of Lane! I have always liked the old school song, 'Summertime', by Will Smith. Even though that song quite a few years old, radio stations start playing it around Memorial Day. I think I've heard it like 5 times so far this summer.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy of Chrys & Laney's book! I have the first two signed & I'd like them all signed :)

    -Selena Mc
    redzsm@yahoo.com

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  2. That's a great song, Selena! Thanks for kicking off the comments! :)

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  3. Sweet Caroline -Neil Diamond from 1969 Great summer memories. Now I hear it at sport games and in bars all the time. Always makes this old hippie smile. Peace.

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    1. LOL! Great choice, Teresa! Thanks for commenting!

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  4. For me it's anything by Kid Rock- lol not sure why but when I hear his music I think of floating on a raft in the pool.. *strange but true- haha*

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    1. That is strange LOL but also fun! ;)

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  5. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love that song, and now I want to read South of Surrender even more! I've not read any of the series yet, though, so I have to catch up.

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway! :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

    Lindsey8907@yahoo.com

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try, Lindsey! :)

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    2. Oh, I know I will try them. I'm going to go on a Laura Kaye Kindle ebook shopping spree in the next few weeks. I have to load my Kindle up with all your books! :-)

      I wonder when the individual giveaway of the iTunes gift card is over. The same time as the overall tour prize, maybe?

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    3. Yay! :D

      Usually runs a few days for the gift card - I'll ask Shonna! :) Thanks!

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    4. Yes, we will let it run for a few days to give everyone a chance ;)

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  6. I'm going to think of Laney and Chrys everytime I hear Wide Awake now. That song is perfect for them.
    Anything by the Beach Boys usually makes me think of Summer.
    Congrats on the new release. Can't wait to read South of Surrender. Thanks for the great guest post and giveaway.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Aw, that's awesome, Joanne! Thank you! Yes, Beach Boys are classic!

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  7. Wow, what a perfect song! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about how each part relates.

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  8. Even though Joanne has already mentioned them, I have to go with the Beach Boys. Love their music, but not as much as I LOVE your books Laura!!!!!!! I am for sure, your #1 fan!

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  9. looks like i have been sleeping on this series. I better catch up because i'm surely missing out.

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  10. I love when authors take the time to respond to the readers. Makes us feel that much closer. Thank you

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    1. Aw, you are so welcome! That's the fun part to me! xo!

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  11. Interesting song choice

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  12. TY so much for this! jmelter at gmail dot com

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  13. Ooooh perfect song! I can't wait to read this book!

    amzpar[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. OLDEEE BUT GOO:DY..!
    See the curtains hangin' in the window
    In the evening on a Friday night
    A little light a-shinin' through the window
    Lets me know everything's all right

    Summer breeze makes me feel fine
    Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind
    Summer breeze makes me feel fine
    Blowin' though the jasmine in my mind

    See the paper layin' on the sidewalk
    A little music from the house next door
    So I walk on up to the doorstep
    Through the screen and across the floor

    Summer breeze makes me feel fine
    Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind
    Summer breeze makes me feel fine
    [. From: http://www.elyrics.net .]
    Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind

    Sweet days of summer, the jasmine's in bloom
    July is dressed up and playing her tune
    And I come home from a hard day's work
    And you're waitin' there
    Not a care in the world

    See the smile awaitin' in the kitchen
    Through cookin' and the plates for two
    Feel the arms that reach out to hold me
    In the evening when the day is through

    Summer breeze makes me feel fine
    Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
    Summer breeze makes me feel fine
    Blowing through the jasmine in my mind

    redz041@yahoo.com

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