Saturday, January 26, 2013

Music is My Muse: Catherine Stovall Blog Tour

Catherine Stovall is a great author and friend, so keep track of her on the haunted blog tour. Things go wrong, almost to the point where it seems sinister. So if you dare, read on and enter to win a copy of Reborn. You won't regret it. Leave a comment stating how music inspires you for another chance to win.

Music is My Muse

Catherine Stovall

     Other than Hatter, the voice of insanity inside my head, music is my muse. I couldn’t carry a tune in a five gallon bucket, the list of my musical instrument capabilities consists of dashboard drummer, and I would fail miserably if I was asked to keep time to anything. Now that I have made it clear that I am by no means a music expert, I can share with you the music that has guided me through the creation of the Requiem of Humanity Series. Here is a sneak peek into some of the songs that helped build scenes in both Stolen and Reborn.

     In the opening pages of Stolen, you will find Jenda in the midst of a struggle with the mysterious and frightening vampire Matteo. As I wrote this particular piece, the forlorn sound of Falls Apart by Hurt played on my iPod. Something about the raw emotion of the song speaks to me about the battle waging.

     Excerpt: The intruder stood inches from her, his black eyes boring into her as if the entire world depended on this very moment in time. He stood almost a full foot taller than Jenda. His broad shoulders tapered down to a trim waist. He appeared to be well muscled but not overly large. He was almost handsome except that his presence sent tremors of pure undiluted terror screaming to every brain cell and nerve ending inside her. All of her senses told her to wake up, to run, and to escape as quickly as she could.

Link to Falls Apart by Hurt:

      Another great moment in Stolen features Jenda’s change from frightened human girl to vampire fledgling. As every ounce of torture and fear compounds around her, Jenda is brought to the finality of her life. For me this moment was sad. To see Jenda robbed of her humanity tore at my heart and no other song could express that sadness better than Hurt by Johnny Cash.  

     Excerpt: “Oh my God! No, no, no!” Was all Jenda could think. This wasn’t death. This was being changed. Belle was making her a vampire, a monster, an inhuman soulless being. She could feel the pin prick of Belle’s teeth now, could feel the pulling on her veins from the same spot. They were sharing blood! Jenda tried desperately to regain control of her body. She fought through the fog so hard that it did start to clear. Trying to ignore the painful burning, Jenda struggled to find the surface.

Link to Hurt by Johnny Cash:

     One of my favorite parts of Stolen is when Soborgne loses her mind and starts hunting the streets for blood. She finds her victim, a depraved and morally corrupt monster, lingering near an alley. The pure evil that pumps through Sobo as she stalks her prey surprised even me. The upbeat, dark tempo of This is the New S**t by Marilyn Manson captures the heat of the moment perfectly.

     Excerpt: At first, he was confused and then recognition dawned on him. He began to cry, to blubber like a baby. Soborgne dropped him to the ground in front of her and in a cold and passionless voice, she continued. “Beg. Beg as you made them beg. Scream for your mother and your father. Better yet, scream for your god. Bargain for your life. Promise anything so I will spare your pathetic existence.”

 Link to This is the New S**t by Marilyn Manson:

     Reborn took on a personality all its own and along with it, came several new playlists. One of the most powerful scenes for me was Jenda’s first feed from a living human. It was a moment of self-discovery and of understanding for her. The melancholy and melodic song Blood by The Pierces swayed me through this section so well.

     Excerpt: Jenda’s mind raced, her body felt as if her nerve endings were coming to life for the first time. The blood poured into her and she wandered how it could ever be wrong to do this act. Only moments before she was afraid and now, she was in pure ecstasy. As her mind locked in on the rhythm of Dominique’s heart, the images came.

Link to Blood by the Pierces:

     Soborgne may be reckless but without her, the Requiem of Humanity Series would be just the good guys against the bad. I always have had a soft spot for the grey area. Letting herself slide into the dark side, Soborgne learns how the other half live as she finds her prey within a chemically enhanced club, deep within the 8th District of Budapest to the sound of Blood by In This Moment.

     Excerpt: She could taste a hint of the cheap whiskey in his blood but it only gave it a heady spice. She did not fear the alcohol. She did not fear anything. The darkness came into her with his blood. It danced and dipped through her mind. It told her to follow the heartbeat down into the abyss. It guided her to the boys’ death. It told her she was doing what she meant to do. Its reasoning was winning her over.

Link to Blood by in this Moment:

     I try to avoid the love stuff as much as possible but without it, The Requiem of Humanity just wouldn’t be complete. Matteo and Jenda are overcoming many obstacles to love each other and one moment brings them together so completely, the reader will believe nothing would ever come between them. As they declare their intentions and bare their hearts, I could hear the song Stolen by Dashboard Confessional in my mind.

     Excerpt: They stared lovingly into each other’s eyes for a moment before he kissed her. Soon she was lost in the kisses and vows of love so thoroughly, nothing, not even Soborgne mattered. Somewhere off in the distance she thought she heard someone weeping and a strange image of an angel flashed through her mind. Jenda didn’t care.

Link to Stolen by Dashboard Confessional:

     I hope you have enjoyed this musical journey. In closing, I would just like to say thank you to the music makers of this world. You inspire, uplift, and give the gift of joy to so many.


Catherine Stovall is the author of The Requiem of Humanity Series and the short story Fearful Day. Catherine received her Associates of Science from Colorado Technical University. After working in the Criminal Justice field for several years, she has decided to dedicate her life to her true passion, creating captivating works of fiction. She lives in Southeast Missouri with her husband, three children, and pets.

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Twitter: @CathStovall
Publisher: Untreed Reads
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