Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Guest Appearance and a Giveaway: Music and writing and how they connect by D L Richardson, author of Little Red Gem


I'm so excited to have D.L. Richardson on the blog today.  

Just in case you didn't know, a quote from my review of her novel, The Bird with the Broken Wing, is on the front of her newly redesigned cover.  

Anyway - that's just a fun fact.  Let's get back to the novel at hand ~~ Little Red Gem.  

D.L. has written about what she calls her "top 30 kick butt songs" and I get to share them with you!

Music and writing and how they connect
by D L Richardson

Recently I created a collection of songs for my sister. She was going through a tough period, feeling overwhelmed about a lot of things, and as a single mother of four kids this is totally understandable. I felt she needed some perking up, so I went through my CD collection and looked at all the songs that have perked me up over the years.

Music has and always will act as a soothing balm for me. I’m thankful that as a teenager I was able to crank up the stereo and use music to cure me of my troubles. Today, music forms part of the methods I use to get my creative juices flowing.

Going through my music collection, I carefully chose songs that I call my ‘kick butt’ ‘I’m stronger than this’ ‘get out of my way’ songs. I wanted my collection to ignite the spark inside my sister the way they’ve ignited the spark in me.

So here are my top 30 ‘kick butt’ songs, and if you’ve red Little Red Gem, the book featured in today’s tour, you’ll understand why this selection of ‘kick butt’ songs is relevant to the story line. My main character Ruby Parker has a few butts to kick. As well, she uses music to communicate. Music, films, books, arts, dance are all great communicators.

Okay, it’s actually 32 songs, I saw you scroll to the bottom and count the list, but I just couldn’t cut it down to 30, I swear.

If this list seems extensive, just note that it’s the scaled down version. When I sit down to listen to music I can do so for hours. It’s how I recharge my batteries. How do you recharge your batteries?

1. What You Waiting For – Gwen Stefani

2. So What – Pink

3. Since You Been gone – Kelly Clarkson

4. Hold On To My heart – WASP

5. Gone Away – The Offspring

6. Long As I Can See The Light – Creedence Clearwater Revival

7. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

8. Stronger - Kelly Clarkson

9. Someone Like You – Adele

10. Heroes – David Bowie

11. Never Gonna Die – The Choirboys

12. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

13. Don’t Surrender – Joan Jett

14. No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen

15. Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie

16. I’ll Be Holding – Doro

17. Roar – Katy Perry

18. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

19. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

20. It Can’t Rain All The time – Jane Silberry

21. Firework – Katy Perry

22. Survivor – Destiny’s Child

23. Heart and Shoulders – Heather Nova

24. Stand By Me - John Lennon

25. We Are The Champions - Queen

26. I Am Woman – Helen Reddy

27. The Edge Of Glory – Lady Gaga

28. These Boots Are Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra

29. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper  (Saph's note - this is my favorite Cyndi song EVER!)

30. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

31. F*ck You Very Much – Lily Allen

32. Zombie – Cranberries  (Saph's note - I've seen the Cranberries in concert twice and Zombie is my favorite song by them).

On a final note, are you like me and dream of one day taking over a radio station and playing your list of songs? Maybe one day it will happen and you’ll get to hear all the songs listed above.

About Little Red Gem:

Love can make you do crazy things as Ruby Parker discovers when she dies and returns from the grave to unearth how much Leo Culver loved her. With the aid of bad advice from a ghost who is trapped by a curse, a little bit of magic courtesy of her unsuspecting half-sister, and a televised music talent show coming to town to hold auditions, Ruby Parker makes more of a mess in death than she ever did in life. Can she fix everything before it’s too late? Or will she spend eternity as a ghost, haunted by the unknown depths of love? Either way, one thing Ruby learns is that while love can make you do crazy things, it can make you do amazing things too. But at what cost?

About the Author:

Music first captured the creative interest of young adult author D L Richardson. From choir, to her first acoustic guitar at age ten, to singing with the school band and performing in school musicals. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she sold her equipment and focused on writing instead. She now has three novels and one short story anthology published. 

Little Red Gem is a tribute to her former life as a musician and contains some of the author’s actual experiences, though she has never entered a national singing competition to capture the attention of the boy she loves. It is also a tribute to those brave young women who charge forward in pursuit of their dreams.

She lives in Australia on the NSW South Coast with her husband and dog. When she's not writing or reading she can be found playing her piano or guitars, renovating the house, or walking her dog.

Find D.L. Online:


Read an Excerpt:

…The way frost crunches under foot, my insides crusted over to warn me that Leo’s earlier words and my mother’s years of warnings against falling in love with the wrong man wouldn’t die so easily now that they were planted and had taken root inside my head. I had believed that Leo and I would be together forever. I still wanted to believe it.

Badly. So why was I running away?

I told myself to forget about this silly argument and go inside the cabin with Leo. The other boys might not like it, but I needed Leo more than they did.

When I next blinked, instead of picturing Leo’s eyes – deep pools of chocolate, warmer than the flames hungrily licking the logs in the fire inside the cabin – what I visualized was my mother sitting on the floor in front of her closet, crying and sorting through the secret box of Dad’s stuff she thought I was clueless about.

“Babe, please,” Leo begged. “It’s cold and the middle of the night. Come inside and we’ll even break the rule about spending the night together and continue this conversation in the morning. Did I tell you the cabin has a hot tub?”

Through half-closed eyelids I snuck another look at him. Dammit. He was even more gorgeous this way. And then I smelled it.

Faint, but at this close range I detected the sickly-sweet scent of alcohol. At once, I took him in with a fresh set of eyes. His lopsided grin, his messy hair, the gentle way he swayed as if he was floating on the wind…

“Leo, have you been drinking?”

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The author will award to one commenter at every stop a prize consisting of one ebook, a bookmark and a laminated pass (the passes relate to the storyline).

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Hope Clippinger said...

Entertainment and!

bn100 said...

Fun playlist

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Goddess Fish Promotions.

Hope and bn100~ Thank you for stopping by!

D L Richardson said...

Thank you Sappyhria for your continued support.

Thank you Goddess Fish Promotions for organising.

Thank you everyone else for stopping by.

I hope you all enjoy my playlist.

Best, D L

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, DL :)

D L Richardson said...

Congratulations Hope, you are the winner for the ebook and swag. Can you please supply your email address for the ebook and your postal address for the swag. You may email directly to the author to protect your privacy

Best regards