Friday, September 2, 2011

Guest Post: Tera Lynn Childs & Sophie Jordan

Vanish and Sweet Venom Romance Blog Tour

Hey guys! Today we have two very special guests on the blog, Tera Lynn Childs and Sophie Jordan! Both have new books being released on September 6th: Sweet Venom and Vanish. I am so very excited to be a part of the Vanish and Sweet Venom Romance Blog Tour, hosted by Big Honcho Media and HarperTeen! Keep reading as Tera and Sophie talk about their Favorite Romantic Songs!

Favorite Romantic Songs
Tera Lynn Childs

My taste in music usually depends on a particular memory I have associated with the song/artist/band in question. I love metal bands from the late 80s because I remember listening to it on my way to school in junior high. I love Beat It and Oh, Mickey because they were two of the first pop songs I ever knew, way back in first and second grade. And I love the following romantic (melodramatic?) love songs because of the movies in which they were featured.

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams from the soundtrack of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Still my favorite Robin Hood to date and so many great moments (romantic and otherwise) in that movie.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston from the soundtrack of The Bodyguard. The former Secret Service agent with a ghost in his past. The diva superstar with a stalker on her trail. Plenty of romantic fireworks.

“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion from the soundtrack of Titanic. Yes, this is probably one of the cheesiest, over-the-top romantic movies of all time, but that didn’t make me cry any less when that ship went down.

“Keep On Loving You” by The Donnas from the soundtrack of Drive Me Crazy. This is my all-time favorite teen movie, with darling Melissa Joan Hart and pre-Entourage Adrian Grenier. When they start dancing to this song at the end... Well, my heart goes pitter-patter.

Favorite Romantic Songs
Sophie Jordan

I’m a sucker for a romantic song –of course. ;) I’m all about a good romance. That’s what I write … love to read, love to watch. The first romantic song that immediately pops into my mind is Vanessa Williams’s “Save The Best For Last”. As a teenager I had a long-standing crush on one of my best guy-buds. This song became my anthem. Picture me at age fourteen … fifteen, sixteen, seventeen (um, I said long-standing right?) listening to this song over and over again in my bedroom, reveling in my heartache.

The lyrics summed up our relationship perfectly. All of the nights you came to me/ When some silly girl had set you free. Oh, yeah. Story of my high school life. I could write a book on unrequited love(oh, wait. I have!). I totally get that sentiment. It was like this song channeled all my heartache. You wondered how you would make it through/ I wondered what was wrong with you/ Cause how could you give your love to someone else/ And share your dreams with me? This song was my life. Still pretty applicable to the theme of unrequited love today, too. That’s what a good romantic song needs to be. Not overly sappy. Real. Something we all identify with … hm, just like a good romance in a book. Right?

Today, I still love romantic songs, but the edgier stuff appeals to me. Pink is at the top of my list. And almost all of her songs are a win since most of them deal with relationships. They’re just so relevant. And emotional. Again, I feel like I could be describing a good book – edgy, emotional, and relevant. Some of my favorite Pink songs are: “Crystal Ball” and “I don’t believe You” – this one has strings in the background. It really sweeps you away. Gotta love that. And yes, I love listening to Pink while writing … maybe that’s why my heroines are so spunky. What about you? What are some of your fav romantic songs?

Thank you so much, Tera & Sophie, for stopping by the blog today!

Don't forget to check out the next stop on the blog tour:
Tuesday, September 6th @ Confessions of a Bookaholic!

Want to meet the authors in person?? Here's a list of where they will be in the next few days!
  • September 7 @ 7 PM - Blue Willow Bookshop Houston, TX
  • September 8 @ 7 PM - Books & Co  Dayton, OH
  • September 9 @ 7 PM - Magic Tree Bookstore  Chicago, IL
  • October 1st - Austin Teen Book Festival  Austin, TX
About the Books:

Sweet Venom
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters. These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Vanish
An Impossible Romance. Bitter Rivalries. Deadly Choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.

About the Authors:
Tera Lynn Childs (Authora neo) is a newly discovered species of author fish who always dreamed of being a mermaid, but never got closer than a career as a competitive swimmer. She loves to spend as much time as possible in and around water (right up until her fingertips turn all pruney) in the vain hope that one day her legs will magically turn into fins. When stuck on land, Authora neo can be found writing in coffee shops across the country, prowling for cool mermaid gear on Etsy, and spending way too much time online. Visit her at http://teralynnchilds.com.


Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler. Visit her at www.sophiejordan.net.

8 comments:

  1. Aw, great post! I really like that Bryan Adams song too, and my cousin used to play "Save the Best for Last" on loop when I was younger! Thanks for sharing your favourites with us!

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  2. Oh my gosh the theme song from Robin Hood!!! I was obsessed with that song when it came out and had a wicked crush on Kevin Costner:) Such a great romantic song! Pink is a favorite of mine too, this tour is so much fun. Thanks for the post Tera, Sophie and Christy!

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  3. This is by far one of my fav interviews! I had to laugh at some of the oldie but goodies that Tara loves-some of hers are mine and I will always be a Bryan Adams fan.

    Same with Sophie along with her high school explanations which I think we can all relate to!

    LOL, I have to pass along a little FYI to Jenny about Pink: Did you know that before every concert that her assistant has to squeeze her nipples? Hard! It gets her pumped for the performance, apparently the 'assistant' has it down to 'a fine art'!
    Man, I hope they pay that chick good! Teeheez! That's your 'useless trivia' for the day!

    Beautiful post that I totally enjoyed, Christy!

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  4. Great guest post. Some of the songs are ones I remember (that Bryan Adams one especially). It is nice to get some insight to what the author is listening to when they write, or get inspired by.

    Great post Christy!

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  5. Love the post! Romantic songs are the best. I think everyone at some time in their life can relate to a song. Yay for music!

    I can't wait to read both of their books!

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  6. OMG--I just read Kristi The Book Faery's info about Pink and I'm totally blushing. Good lord, can you imagine being Pink's assistant? Do you suppose that was in the job description when she (he?) was applying? Sheesh.

    Anyway, loved the duo interviews! I can't wait to read both of those lovely books.
    Mary @ BookSwarm

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  7. I love Pink! She's so very awesome.

    Kristi- That is Totally new information for me! lol

    You guys definitely have to check out these books. They were seriously amazing. :)

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  8. Great interview! Two authors who's books I want to read.

    I'm a fan of P!nk as well. I hope we don't have to wait too long for her next album.

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