Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Music Playlist♥Giveaway: The Syrenka Series by Amber Garr

Promises (Book 1)
"Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love. 
When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.
A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape."

Betrayal (Book 2)

"Life as a mermaid can be suffocating. 
Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders. 
When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies."

Arise (Book 3)

"With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.
After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality.  Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever.  With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side.  Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.
Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana.  And he is not alone.  As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs.  An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past.  A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans.  Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive."

The Syrenka Series Playlists
Here is my list of albums and/or songs that I consistently listened to while writing The Syrenka Series. The soundtracks helped me concentrate (especially those without words), and then there were other songs that emulated a scene or a character and I found myself going back to them each time I needed inspiration.

Albums for the entire series:
Black Marmot – Run Home
Nathan Barr – True Blood Soundtrack Seasons 1 and 2
Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna – Camelot Soundtrack
Working for a Nuclear Free City – Businessmen & Ghosts
Adele – 21
Florence and The Machine – Lungs
Trevor Morris - The Tudors Soundtrack
Brian Reitzell – Red Riding Hood Soundtrack
Trevor Morris - The Borgias Soundtrack
DeVotchka - How It Ends
Tori Amos - Night of Hunters

Promises Playlist:
Clues – Perfect Fit
Working for a Nuclear Free City - Rocket
Kathryn Caldor – Arrow
Hannah Georges – The Beat Stuff
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – White Rabbit
Vitamin String Quartet – Full Moon
Justin Walker – Down
October Sky – Black to Blue
Coldplay – Cemeteries of London

Betrayal Playlist:
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Death to Everyone
Civil Twilight - Teardrop
The Dead Weather - So Far from Your Weapon
Civil Twilight - Letters From the Sky
The Temper Trap - The Heavy
The xx - Shelter
Seasons After - Cry Little Sister
Dave Matthews - Gravedigger
Other Lives - Black Tables
Rasputina - Sweet Water Kill
Tori Amos - Butterfly
Mazzy Star - Into Dust
Choir of Young Believers - Hollow Talk

Arise Playlist:
Radiohead - 15 Step
Liz Phair - Don’t Have Time
Blue Foundation - Eyes on Fire
Elbow - Red
Hugo - 99 Problems
Lana Del Ray - Blue Jeans
Goyte - Smoke and Mirrors
Royal Wood - In the Garden
David J Roch - Skin & Bones
Kathyrn Calder - New Frame of Mind
Josh Ritter - Change of Time
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers - Liquidation Sale
Elsinore - Body of Water
Minuit - Aotearoa
Arcade Fire - Abraham’s Daughter

Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

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