I needed to pick the perfect song. If I was going to write a novel where music was the actual plot device, then I had no choice but to embed a playlist into Playlist of the Ancient Dead. The music had to represent parts of my life and fit into the novel. So each chapter heading became a song title. Each song fit it in its own peculiar way, and one song changed the name of the main character. That song was Caroline by the Espers:

 

It wasn’t easy picking Caroline. My main character was named Marissa in the early drafts, and I didn’t want to change it. I was going to change Murphy’s name before I changed Marissa’s. But like all prolific writers, I decided to deal with the problem by ignoring it. The first song in the playlist within the Playlist needed to set the tone of the book, and introduce the main character. But there wasn’t a song about a Marissa that fit the description, so I turned to music to mull the problem over. Often when I felt particularly introspective, I’d listen to Caroline and other songs like it on repeat. One such evening, I noticed a comment on youtube about the Espers:

There is something ominous hiding in plain sight.

And that’s when it hit me, I had to name my main character Caroline, and no other song could fit better than Caroline as the first song in the playlist within the Playlist. There was something truly ominous hiding within plain sight of Caroline. It was a building she walked by every day, yet failed to understand the significance. Not only did I find the song that fits the tone of the story, but I also found a song that would annoy Caroline’s parents. It also gave me a nice character moment. I could hear her parents now, “why’s it got to sound so depressing!”

Caroline only rebelled against the song of her namesake because of all the embarrassment she suffered at baseball games:

 

If you are curious to find out the artists of the rest of the playlist within the Playlist, please follow this blog or one of my social media outlets. You may be surprised by some of the artists on the list.

Playlist of the Ancient Dead

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Now that you have Playlist of the Ancient Dead, I need your help one last time. Could you leave a review on Amazon of Playlist? My goal is to get at least twenty reviews. All the research on internet marketing says that most people won’t purchase a book unless it has at least twenty reviews. There are also a couple ezines and review blogs that won’t even consider my book for review until it has twenty reviews.

For a book to get going, it needs reviews. You don’t have to go in depth. A couple of sentences will suffice. A few seconds of your time will help me immensely. Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy the book. You can post your reviews here.

Playlist of the Ancient Dead

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Even though Amazon didn’t select my book for publication, everyone who supported me should still get a free copy. I do have one more favor to ask of you. If you enjoyed the book, please review it on Amazon. Reviews help independent authors get out there. People are more likely to purchase a book if it has reviews. Even a review of a couple sentences would suffice. Please help me out one more time with a review and enjoy your free copy. You can download the copy here.

 

Playlist of the Ancient DeadI’m very pleased to say that my book has been on the “hot and trending” list almost the entire time it has been in the Amazon Kindle Scout competition. While you can only nominate once, I ask that anyone who would like to get their free copy, please ask a couple of friends to nominate this weekend. They’ll get a free copy too! A big final push would really help. Thank you everyone! Here’s the link:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/13MS0QT3I7YVE

Cowboys and Drones

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I’m going to switch gears today. Playlist of the Ancient Dead is still on the “hot and trending” list. It’s also been mentioned on Matt Molgaard’s Horror Novel Reviews and Essa on Everything. So keep letting your friends know about the book and thank you again for the support. Today, I wanted to announce my short story collection Cowboys and Drones. It’s almost all the short stories I’ve written in the past year in one collection. For Spiral fans wanting to read all the stories associated with the songs from Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime, the collection will include each story from the album and one called Rumspringa that will pair with a song from our new album. The collection also includes the entire Sperm Donor for a Cosmic Paradox collection. The cover art features Anna facing off with the Gold Piece Bandit from the Sperm Donor series and was made by the talented Albuquerque artist Rudy Lovato.

And an added bonus, the kindle edition will be on sale today for only $1. Enjoy. You can find the book here.