Monday, October 29, 2012

Guest blog and Giveaway with Kim Carmichael

This is a Test…

No, not of the Emergency Broadcast System (but that still scares me when it comes on), but of my story, and what I use a lot to test how well my story is coming along is music – Yes, music.

I grew up in the 80's when music videos were just coming out.  Waiting for a music video was like waiting for a blockbuster movie.  YouTube was not even a twinkle in anyone's imagination and the thought of video-on-demand, a pipedream. 

That said, because I grew up in a time when "Video Killed The Radio Star" I liken everything in my life to a music video, and nowhere is that more true than when I am coming up with the different scenes to my stories.  I am sure that most writers at one point or another have these moments.

It's funny how different music fits different stories, but I have come up with a few "Test Songs" as I have dubbed them, that I use to ensure that certain moments happen in my stories.  While the music for each story will change, I have found that universally certain songs that I personally love will tell me if I got it right.

Here is my list of my personal top ten "test" songs:

One Republic – Someone To Save You – This is a great heroine in peril/black moment song for me.

Nine Inch Nails – Sin – Sex scene song – at least one of them.

Live – I Alone – Used for my very alpha males about their heroine.  Can be a lead in to a sex scene.

Keane – This is The Last Time – This is my all time favorite song – at least according to my Ipod.  Hero contemplation song.

From Gypsy - Everything's Coming Up Roses and/or Rose's Turn (don't make fun of me, I love musicals) – For my very driven heroines.  I can also use Defying Gravity in it's place from Wicked.

Fun. – Why Am I The One? – This is a recent addition, but a great breakup song.

Paramore – Airplanes – No, not the rap one, the one where she mashed up a couple of her songs and makes the best heroine angst song ever.

Macy Gray – I Try – Awesome heroine breakup song.

Patsy Cline – Why Can't He Be You – Love triangle song.

Maroon Five – How – This is my second favorite song according to my Ipod and is an awesome hero in love song.

Tell me about any songs you use to test your scenes….

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Hands On Me
Tramp Stamp Series Book One
Kim Carmichael

Genre:  Contemporary romance with some suspense elements.

Publisher:  Keith Publications

ISBN: 978-1-936372-46-1

Number of pages: 17
Word Count: 5000

Cover Artist: Elisa Elaine Luevanos

Book Description:

Agent Gwen Fredricks is a living target.  Captured after a failed mission, the code to crack a safe has literally been permanently hidden on her.  To free herself, she must retrieve a final key.  

All Agent Colin Alexander has to do to avoid a desk job is get a code said to be on an enemy agent.   He never dreamed it would actually be on the agent, especially Gwen.

The simple shoot-and-swoop mission takes a turn for these two sometime-lovers and full-time rivals when they call a truce to give into their desire.  Now with the promise to keep both hands on each other at all times, they share a night together.  Loyalties are tested when Gwen manages to swipe the key away, and Colin discovers the code carefully embedded into Gwen's tramp stamp tattoo in a glow of UV light.  When morning comes they must decide if what they feel for each other is worth betraying their agencies.

About the Author:

Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.  She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep all her gadgets running.  When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

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