Scorned Playlist

Music has been an important influence on the Demon Within series, helping me get into a specific mood to be in Cami’s mind, which isn’t always—actually mostly isn’t—a bright, sunny place. She goes through several devastating circumstances through the series that change her, which changes the feel of the each book. Scorned was a particularly hard book to write because Cami struggles with everything that she is—everything she thinks is wrong with her or everything wrong that has been done to her to put her in the situation she’s in. There’s a particular feeling I felt throughout writing Scorned, and I wanted to share the music that helped me capture the essence. I hope you enjoy my compilation.

 

  1. Feel Again by OneRepublic

This song would be the theme song for Cami in Scorned. (Spoilers ahead) As you know if you’ve read Haunted, Cami gets pushed to the point where she no longer cares. In Scorned, Cami learns what it’s like to feel again, and the feelings push her toward change.

Favorite lyrics:

“It’s been a long time coming since I’ve seen your face
I’ve been everywhere and back trying to replace
Everything that I broke till my feet went numb
Praying like a fool who just shot a gun
Heart still beating but it’s not working
It’s like a hundred thousand voices that just can’t sing
I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing
Oh my heart is numb

But with you, I feel again
And with you, I can feel again”

  1. Ashes of Eden by Breaking Benjamin

This song reminds me Cami’s darkest moments in the series. She spends a lot of time wondering why things are the way they are, and her silent questions that never receive the answer in the way she wants, leave her feeling more alone than ever.

Favorite lyrics:

“Will the darkness fall upon me
When the air is growing thin
Will the light begin to pull me
To its everlasting will
I can hear the voices haunting
There is nothing left to fear
And I am still calling
I am still calling to you”

  1. Love Runs Out by OneRepublic

This song encompasses the lighter, feistier moments with Cami. It’s a song she might listen to in her Mustang while flying well over the speed limit with Evan in the passenger’s seat. It’s perfect to describe the heat (pun intended) of Cami’s and Evan’s relationship.

Favorite lyrics:

“I got my mind made up and I can’t let go.
I’m killing every second ’til it sees my soul.
I’ll be running, I’ll be running,
‘Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out.
And we’ll start a fire, and we’ll shut it down,
‘Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out.”

  1. Little Do You Know by Alex & Sierra

This song captures how much Cami tries to hide and control her emotions when they threaten to ruin her, especially when it comes to her relationship with Evan.

Favorite lyrics:

“Underneath it all I’m held captive by the hole inside
I’ve been holding back
For the fear that you might change your mind
I’m ready to forgive you but forgetting is a harder fight

Little do you know, I need a little more time.”

  1. Empty Apartment by Yellowcard

The final song in my short playlist is Empty Apartment. The song captures Cami’s relationship with Dylan and how Dylan wants nothing more than to help Cami in her loneliest, darkest moments, where she doesn’t know what to do or how to feel. He’s willing to risk his own heart even if she could possibly break it.

Favorite lyrics:

“Waking up
From this nightmare
How’s your life
What’s it like there
Is it all
That you want it to be
Does it hurt
When you think about me
And how broken my heart is.”

Thanks for reading! I’ve included my youtube playlist if you’re interested in listening to any of the songs.

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Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin

Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin

I fell in love with Nikki Godwin’s writing when I read Falling from the Sky, and Breaking Saint Jude only enhanced my love for her novels. It was fast-paced, and I read it in three nights.

Breaking Saint Jude is a contemporary LGBT novel with a diverse cast of eccentric characters that follows the story of Jude Calvert, the son of a zoo vet, as he tries to find his place in a world where he’s become an outcast due to an unfortunate situation with an ex-boyfriend’s family.

What I loved most about the novel was how well Nikki brings characters to life. Jude Calvert was so well written that I felt like he was a real person, and he was sharing his life with me. When we’re introduced to his new group of friends, which he meets through his love interest Max Rangel, you can’t help but find a piece of yourself in every character. My favorites were Terry, because I met him before in Falling from the Sky, and while he has a shady life, he just gets things, and Tuck. Tuck had some great one-liners that had me snorting with laughter.

I also enjoyed the unconventional storyline of a boy and his love for a polar bear and how he stumbles into a world with a secret brotherhood that scours the zoos for deceased wildlife to stuff and add to their collection, especially since Jude’s dad works at a zoo, and he’s a huge animal lover and vegetarian. It was a unique story that just made sense. I loved it!

Another thing I loved about Breaking Saint Jude was how Nikki wove in tiny blips of her other novels, like crossover characters, bands, etc. It made me feel like I was in on a secret, which was totally cool. If you haven’t read any of Nikki’s other novels, do so! They’re all fantastic.

I highly recommend Breaking Saint Jude for people who crave a diverse, young adult book with an LGBT main character, for those who like clean M/M romances, and those looking for something fun and different to read.

If you haven’t read Breaking Saint Jude, go do it. Now! It’s FREE on most book retailers at the time of this posting.

Links: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Smashwords

Author Q&A

1. The characters in Breaking Saint Jude all have unique collections—Jude with his broken glass, his friends with stuffed exotic animals. Do you like to collect anything?

I actually don’t collect anything. I do buy a ton of notebooks, notepads, and such, though, if that counts!

2. Jude loves a polar bear and a gorilla in the novel. What is your favorite animal?

My favorite animal is the giraffe. It’s one of the few animals that I highlighted in this book because I adore them.

3. Did you know you’d add crossover characters from your other novels in Breaking Saint Jude or was it something that just happened?

When I started writing BSJ, I hadn’t planned on it. I actually began this book in November 2011 for NaNoWriMo while I was also drafting Chasing Forever Down (and needed a break). It sat on my computer half-written for a long time. When I wrote Kids in Love (Saturn #2), I actually borrowed Sierra Springs from BSJ, even though BSJ wasn’t published yet. I love crossover, though, as a reader and a writer, so I try to find ways to shout out my other books along the way. I actually reallllly want to write a spring break road trip book of Max & Jude and Micah & Ridge (from Falling From the Sky). I’d love to see a week of those four together. I doubt anyone would read it, so I may just write it for my sister lol.

4. We discover that Jude’s boyfriend is into boy bands. Who’s your not-so-secret boy band crush?

Haha! I love the boy band shout out in this book. I often forget about it because it was a last minute addition. That scene was actually pretty revealing… Gotta love crossover. wink emoticon But I think everyone knows that I love Liam Payne from One Direction.

5. What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene in Breaking Saint Jude is one that happens on a rooftop. It’s a conversation between Jude and his dad (who is my favorite parent I’ve written to date). I’d originally planned on having this conversation between Jude and Max, but as I was writing, it just felt more organic and “right” to be between Jude and Dr. Calvert.

Thanks so much to Nikki for taking the time to do an author interview!


 

 

 

NikkiGodwinAbout the Author

Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she’ll never shut up. You’ve been warned.

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Announcing DESTINED FOR LOVE: A DESTINED FOR DREAMS NOVELLA

I discovered that I should never say never when it comes to my writing. I never thought I’d find myself immersed in the heads of Nadia and Hunter in the Destined for Dreams world again after concluding their series, but as it turns out, I had one more story left in me. Destined for Love is a Valentine’s Day special Novella that follows Nadia and Hunter as they celebrate the creature world’s equivalent of the most romantic day of the year, Lovers’ Day.

The novella runs at almost 19k words, which is about 100 printed pages. You’ll be able to purchase Destined for Love at all online retailers after February 10th, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

And now, for the cover and blurb…

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Weeks after leaving the danger and destruction of their past behind, Nadia Petrov and Hunter Sullivan finally have the chance to start their lives over.

When Lovers’ Day, the most romantic day of the year in the creature world, arrives, they finally have the chance to celebrate their everlasting love and new life together. The day spirals downward when new enemies arise from the shadows—enemies more merciless than even the most skilled Human Preservation Agency agent. They threaten to destroy the life Nadia and Hunter fought to create together.

As their special day turns to shambles, and the lines between good and evil blur once again, Nadia and Hunter must fight to save themselves and the world they fought so hard to make safe. In a battle that tests whether or not love can conquer all, they must discover who to trust and who the real enemies are before it’s too late.

Destined for Love takes place after Destined for Death and before the Finding Nate series. You can read it as a standalone, but it’s best to have read the Destined for Dreams series.

I hope you’re looking forward to the release of Destined for Love! Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive information first about new releases and be able to participate in exclusive giveaways!

XOXO,

Ginna

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End of the Year Recap and Plans for 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR

As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think about what a wild, sometimes devastating, ride 2015 has been for me. I didn’t get the chance to accomplish all my goals for the year, but I’m okay with that, because what I did accomplish I never thought I could do in the first place. This year has unfortunately been more terrible than good, but here I am, still standing and ready for what is to come.

With all the struggles I’ve faced this year, a lot of my publishing career has been put on the back burner. As an Indie author, I just couldn’t afford to invest the money it takes to put a good book into your hands, not to mention the hands of new readers. I didn’t have the time or money to invest in marketing, and I couldn’t spread the news about my books by word of mouth all on my own. It has forced me to make some decisions that I didn’t want to, like push back future publications longer than I expected and pursue other options for the new books I’ve written.

So, with saying all that, I wanted to let you in on a few not-so-secret things that could help get my books into your hands sooner:

-First, tell your friends. Spread the word about my books anyway you can. Word of mouth is the best gift you can give an author.

-Second, write a review. Reviews make or break a book and it helps author’s gain notice. It doesn’t have to be a book report. Writing a simple line about how you enjoyed the book makes a world of difference to authors.

-Third, interact with me on social media. It’s easy to scroll past my posts on social media, and the more you scroll, the more I start to disappear. Interacting keeps me around, and it also helps me gain visibility in a time where social media is trying to force me into paying to show you anything. I’m just not going to do it.

-Fourth, sign up for my infrequent newsletter, so you can stay up-to-date on everything to do with my books. This way you’ll never miss any news, sneak peeks, and even giveaways.

Doing even one of these things helps tremendously, and it’d help me release more books for you to enjoy. Also, let me know if you do any of these things. I’d like to thank you personally!

As for my plans for the upcoming year, I will try everything in my power to release the rest of the Finding Nate series. I’ve been working hard on them for months, and I can’t wait to share the rest of Mira and Nate’s story. I’ll also try to publish one more companion series, which I think is my favorite yet, but only time will tell. My other goals for 2016 are to blog more consistently, send out more newsletters, feature twice as many books from authors I love, hold more giveaways, and to reach fifty reviews for Destined for Dreams. I’d also like to write a completely new series and a standalone novel, which I’m most excited about. While I love the Creature Council and the HPA world, I’m ready to explore new places and people in my writing.

On a final note, I’d like to thank every single one of you for following me and reading my books. Thanks for the kind comments and for loving my stories. You’ve been my shining light through my dismal year, and I appreciate you with my entire heart.

Happy New Year!

Best,

Ginna Moran

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Breathing Life into Characters

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One of my favorite things about writing a novel is breathing life into my characters. It’s not every day that you get to give someone a name, an appearance, and a personality. But there’s more to it—you want your characters to be authentic, to feel as real to your readers as they do to you. So, when creating a character, I always think about what makes them real to me.

Is it how I imagine they look or is it the way they sound? Is it their struggles or hopes and dreams? What makes a character real to you will make the character real to your reader. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you’re imagining your characters.

 

 

 

What is your character’s full name?
That’s right—they need an identity.

Does your character have a nickname?
Nicknames can show a character’s personality or portray their relationship with another character.

How old are they?
Age isn’t only a number—it’s an important factor for your character’s voice.

What do they look like?
Physical descriptions help readers imagine your characters. Writing your character’s physical description down for reference also helps, because you don’t want your character’s eye color to switch halfway through your novel.

What is their clothing style?
Everyone has a style and you want it to be consistent, so get to know your character’s closet. Jeans and T-shirts? Dresses? High fashion? There are so many possibilities.

What are your characters word choices?
Word choice helps aid your characters voice. Each of my characters has their own vocabulary and keeping a list of words and phrases can be helpful.

What habits do your characters have?
If someone were writing about me, I’d expect my signature move to be tucking my hair behind my ear because I hate it in my face. What do your characters do that sets them apart from each other or brings them together?

What else do you want your readers to know about your characters?
You can write about their interests, fears, hopes, favorite color, favorite food, jobs, family, etc. Let the reader really get to know your character. It’s what they want and expect.

Another hint for creating characters is to not force yourself into a box. It’s okay for your character to grow and change—it’s what they’re supposed to do—so take the time after you write your novel to answer the questions again to see the progress of your character. It can also help in the editing process. Know your characters like you know yourself…or better.

What questions do you ask yourself when creating your characters? If you’re a reader, what do you like to learn most about a character?

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Rejection—I’m just not into your book

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You’d think after being rejected over a hundred times, that it’d get easier, but rejection is and always will be hard. Whether you get turned down for a date, a job, an idea, or a novel, no likes to hear no, sorry, you’re just not what we’re looking for. It makes you question yourself, hinders your confidence, and after being rejected, it’s hard to put yourself out there again.

The truth about rejection is that while it’s disappointing, it isn’t about you as a person, and while it’s easier said than done, you shouldn’t take it personally. Take the opportunity to grow from it.

What I learned from rejection:
1. Opinions are subjective and no one is going to like everything. It’s just a simple fact. I don’t like everything myself, so I can’t expect someone else to.
2. You can do everything right and still be rejected. Rejection occurs for many reasons—another client has a similar piece of work, the genre is impacted, just not interested, etc. Rejection happens. Don’t let the circumstances define you.
3. Sometimes you need to take a break. If rejection starts making you want to quit, it’s time to take a vacation. Write something new, relax, and remember why you love your novel.
4. Never give up. If you give up, you can never succeed.

To help get through rejection, I find that discussing it with someone else helps ease the pain of it. With saying that, what has rejection taught you?

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