Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Guest Post: Foresworn by Rinda Elliott + Giveaway


Hello everyone! So today we have Rinda Elliott on our blog to give us the 'Songs That Most Remind Me of the Characters in FORESWORN' and of course to celebrate the upcoming release date of the 3rd book in the Sisters of Fate series, Foresworn. Check out each songs below, read the excerpt and don't forget to join on the giveaway! 


Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 2nd 2014
It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.

But only if they survive…

Kat Lockwood grew up listening to her unhinged mother’s stories about the Norse goddess souls she and her triplet sisters carry, about fiery deaths and a prophecy foretelling the world’s end. Now, to save that world, Kat must find a guy who hosts the soul of a Norse god–a warrior with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

But at a truck stop on her road trip, Kat freezes time while she writes out a cryptic message in runes. The only other person able to see this happen? A gorgeous guy with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

Kat’s not convinced peaceful Arun is the future warrior who will turn the tide in the final battle. Yet, Arun turns out to be a lot tougher than he seems. As soul-carrying teens and underworld creatures gather over the world’s deadliest volcano, Kat finds that no one, including her sisters and mother, is exactly who she thought they were….

Sisters of Fate

The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.
"Songs That Most Remind Me of the Characters in FORESWORN"

Thank you for having me on your blog! And for the interesting topics! I chose Songs That Most Remind Me of the Characters in FORESWORN because I am a music lover. In fact, I’m kind of a fanatic who has purchased more music than I could ever keep up with. So, it was easy to choose this topic because I actually put together soundtracks for all of my books. They don’t always make sense to anyone but me and some can be all rock, some trip hop, some all instrumental, but most are a mix of both.

I also usually pick one song to be the main song. It could be that a particular song sparked the idea for the book or sometimes, I’ll be walking with my iPod and one song will strike me as perfect for a particular couple in my books. For instance, in book one of the Sisters of Fate books, FORETOLD, one song actually sparked an image of Raven and Vanir in a scene so vividly, I ran home and wrote what ended up being the opening scene. (Originally, that scene was in the second chapter.) Every time I heard the song after that, I wanted to work on the book. I even thanked the band in the acknowledgments. The song?



Across the Stream by Elsiane. 

In book two, FORECAST, half of the soundtrack was from the Butterfly Effect. They just fit Taran. One song in particular stood out. 



Beautiful Mine by The Butterfly Effect 

As for FORESWORN, book three, I’ll share most of the soundtrack. I would usually put this playlist in, go for a walk or run errands, clean…whatever I needed to get done while I got into the mood for the story. I did listen to it while working, but often had to set it aside during the harder scenes because…well, I have a tendency to start singing if there are lyrics. (You never want to hear me belting out Still Here. Never.) Or I chair dance. (I have to remove bands like Crystal Method, Ladytron or Rob Dougan from my soundtracks sometimes so I’ll stop dancing.)  While working, I usually end up playing a lot of moody instrumental bands like Mogwai, Solar Fields, H.U.V.A. Network, Daft Punk, Zoe Keating, All India Radio, etc. 

But here are the songs that made up the FORESWORN soundtrack. I’ve included links to Youtube on them all in case it’s someone new to check out.  


The Incision by Alone Architect (The main song) 


Come Crashing by Digital Daggers (The other main song-wanted both.) 



Out of Myself by Riverside 


Moth to Flame by Alone Architect 


Red Sky by Thrice


Black by Kari Kimmel 


Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys 


Psyche by Massive Attack 


Not Alone by Alone Architect 


Mine Again by Black Lab 



These Good People by The Gathering 


Psymbiology by Psymbience (This is my brother's band. He’s not on Youtube and there are several places you can hear this entire song, but there’s a sample at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/psymbience)


The Devil Within by Digital Daggers 


Helix by Break of Reality 


Say Goodbye (I Won't Even) by Adaline 


Still here by Superchick 


Foresworn
by Rinda Elliott

“Call me later. At this number. Let me know you’re okay.”
“I will.” Other people in the parking lot were stopping, rubbing their ears. “Hey, Raven? Be safe, okay?”
“You, too, Kat.”
The sadness in my sister’s voice cut into me.
Arun came around his truck. “It feels like the world is muffled.”
I nodded because that’s exactly how it felt. Like someone had plugged my ears so all the sound around me came at a different decibel. It was so strange. Like even my nose had been stuffed with cotton balls.
“Come on,” he said. “Maybe it’s better inside the store.”
But the closer we walked toward the store, the quieter it got. I walked around a set of shopping carts, noticed that even the sounds in the air—the cars, birds and snow—seemed to disappear. To test my theory, I went back and walked on the other side of the carts. Sound got louder.
I took Arun’s hand and pulled him back to walk him on either side of the carts to show him. He stared to our left. “Someone yelled over there earlier. Let’s head that way.” He pointed toward the fast-food restaurant at the front of the store’s parking lot. There was a lake beyond the restaurant, and I looked around and realized this was near the place I’d pulled over to talk to Raven yesterday morning. It was hard to believe everything that had happened since then.
We walked closer to the lake. Snow fell hard and fast, coating the trees, the ground. Some even floated on top of the water. A group of blackbirds gathered overhead and I heard the distant sound of their cries.
But they were right over our heads.
They should have been so loud.
After we stepped off the pavement and onto the grass, everything sort of just stopped. I stepped to the right and again heard the cries of the blackbirds above us. Barely. Arun touched my arm and I looked at him. He held up a finger in the universal “wait” signal. Frowning, he took another step to the right, stopped, then moved left. His dark eyes went wide and he gestured for me to follow.
I stepped to the left and even the sounds from the birds disappeared.
At this point, all I heard was the fast pound of my own heartbeat. And it raced, raced, raced because everything in me at this point was screaming for me to start walking backward. Back into the parking lot, back to the truck. As fast as humanly possible.
But another part of me wanted to keep going left so I could see why the noise seemed to be sucked out of the atmosphere with every step.
So I took another.
This time, even my heartbeat stopped sounding in my ears. There was complete and total silence and nothing in my entire weird, crazy life had ever sent this sort of terror singing through my veins. It moved so fast and hard, I half expected to hear it swimming through my body.
I closed my eyes, tried to wrestle back the fear and felt Arun take my hand.
I stared at his hand, then looked up at him, expecting to find one of his kind smiles as he offered me comfort. But he wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were narrow and directed to a group of drooping snow-covered trees right next to the water.
In that moment, something in my chest—this knot that had made everything feel tight and full—sort of loosened up. Warmth flowed through me, and I tightened my fingers around his. His expression, when he looked down at me, turned that warmth into something I hadn’t felt since that night I’d taken another boy’s hand and followed him into the woods.
Excitement.
Hope.
Arun tilted his head left, wanting me to go with him.
I nodded but tugged on his hand first.
He bent close but shook his head. I knew he was telling me he wouldn’t be able to hear me, but I hadn’t planned to say anything. Instead, I stretched up and pressed my lips to his. He smiled against my mouth, then kissed me back. When I pulled away, there was something new in his gaze as he stared at me, something thoughtful. And something kind of hot.
Answering heat crept up my neck, and I guess he could see it because he grinned and touched my cheek.
Brigg’s face appeared right next to ours and he rolled his eyes.
I rolled my eyes back, then glared at him.
He laughed silently, his smile fading fast as he pointed.
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I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.

You can find me at http://relliott4.wordpress.com & http://www.deadlinedames.com


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