Monday, September 1, 2014
SUNNY - BLOG TOUR, GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: "Five Weeks" by Dannika Dark
(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark
Thanks for joining us on the Blog Tour for Five Weeks. We have something special for you today. Dannika has written a Guest Post sharing with us the Playlist for Five Weeks. We also have an excerpt and a grand Giveaway.
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.
Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.
Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.
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Five Weeks Playlist by Dannika Dark
I don’t listen to music while writing, but I love hearing an amazing song that fits a scene perfectly. Over the years I’ve been adding music to “book” playlists for fun, but it’s also a great way for a reader to slip into a scene from the author’s perspective. This one ended up growing a little longer than my others, but music is at the heart of the story.
Five Weeks centers around a rock star named Jericho— a man who once had a taste of success. Unfortunately, that fame came at a price and almost cost him his life. Now his gigs are local, but his life still revolves around music.
This story is about a couple torn apart by misunderstandings and time. They weren’t in the right place in their lives to be together, so a lot of songs reflect that, like “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” and “With or Without You.” The tune “Yesterday” encapsulates their relationship best and sets up a scene in the book. I can’t listen to that song without thinking of Jericho and Izzy.
In the end, “Love Will Find a Way.”
“Night of the Hunter” by Thirty Seconds to Mars
“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye
“Yesterday” by the Beatles
“Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues
“Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin
“Clementine” by Sarah Jaffe
“With or Without You” by U2
“If You See Her, Say Hello” by Bob Dylan
“Far Behind” by Candlebox
“Let her Go” by Passenger
“How Can I tell You (That I love you) by Liz Durrett
“She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” by David Guetta
“I just Want to Make Love to You” by Foghat
“This Love” by Maroon 5
“Love Will Find a Way” by Tesla
“You were Always on my Mind” by Willie Nelson
“Closer” by Nine Inch Nails
“Love Me Again” by John Newman
“Isabelle” by Michael Kaeshammer
“Thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeran
This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you: I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).
Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it's what I love to do.
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