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CentreStage features wonderful authors from around the world. These authors might share with you stories about their lives, their books, their journeys or anything else that inspires them. Today, it is my tremendous pleasure to welcome fellow loveahappyending.com and totally-up-for-impromptu-singing-sister, Stephanie Keyes. Are you ready? Hold on to your seatbelts, here comes a rockin’ post!
The Star Child Music Playlist
As you all know, one of the great things that the lovely Nicky Wells and I have in common is our love of music. So I thought I would talk about that very thing today. I had some great music on my playlist for The Star Child, so let me walk you through some key parts of the book and share the music that influenced me.
Kellen Meets Calienta
Into the Fire by Thirteen Senses
Kellen and Calienta have known each other for almost all of Kellen’s life, but it had only been in dreams. Until Kellen meets her face-to-face and she pulls him into a world of magick and mystery in a fight to save the world and themselves. As they fall deeper in love is as if they’re walking straight into the fire.
Kellen and Stephen
Caring Is Creepy by The Shins
Kellen goes to visit Stephen after his graduation and finds him oblivious to the fact that Kellen even graduated on that day. Kellen makes a conscious effort after that point not to care about Stephen and seeks only a measure of “closure” in visiting him.
You Are Mine by MUTEMATH
Stuck in a thunderstorm of Lugh’s making, Kellen and Calienta run for cover and share their first kiss.
Postcards From Far Away by Coldplay
After sneaking into Faerie under the cover of night, Kellen confesses his love to Calienta.
The Trooping Faeries
Night of the Hunter by 30 Seconds To Mars
With the Hounds of the Hill after him and a troupe of Trooping Faeries not far behind, Kellen finds himself on a run through time to find Calienta and save his love. There was no better song to embody the section than the 30 Seconds to Mars hit.
Go Do by Jonsi
As Gharda’s powerful wings carry Kellen through dimensions of the Faerie world and back to Calienta, Jonsi’s pure voice embodies flying through the clouds.
The White Stag
Sonata for Two Clarinets by Richard Stolzman
Kellen and Calienta move through the birch tree forest in search of the White Stag, the only one that can lead them to The Upside-Down Ocean. As they move through the ghostly trees, the haunting melody of the clarinet seems to embody the journey.
Fix You by Coldplay
The White Stag, having reclaimed Kellen’s soul, fights the unforgiven as Kellen fights his way towards his love. Oooh! If you could only see the picture in my mind here!
If you’ve picked up your copy of the book, you also know that I wrote music for the book itself (check out the last pages 309-310). As I write this, I haven’t had the time and resources to have that recorded, but hope to one day.
In the meantime, enjoy these popular tunes and thanks to Nicky for hosting me today!
Stephanie, you are so very welcome. How could I resist a post like this, with all this music? (But, **whispers** where’s Bonnie? Total Eclipse? That song?? Just kidding)
Are you intrigued, my friends? You can listen to Stephanie’s amazing playlist in its entirety here.
About The Star Child
The world is about to be cloaked in darkness.
Only one can stop the night.
Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.
Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?
You can buy the book here…
About Stephanie Keyes
Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Stephanie worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.
In May of 2012, Stephanie left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.
Inkspell Publishing released her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. The Fallen Stars, the second book in The Star Child series, is slated for an April 2013 release, also with Inkspell Publishing. She is currently at work on the third book in The Star Child series.
Stephanie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.
Visit Stephanie on her website or at loveahappyending.com. Stephanie is on Facebook and Twitter, too!
So… over to you! Do you have a favourite among Steph’s songs? What about your own playlist ~ do you have one?