Music Sets the Mood
I’m not so sure I could write without music going on in the background. On the other hand, I can’t write if someone is singing, either. Why? Because, horrible as my voice is, and the fact that no one can stand to hear it but me, I have to sing along if I know the lyrics. If I don’t? I strain to hear what those lyrics are saying. This is not…repeat… not conducive to writing coherent sentences.
Imagine something like this: “Just then, a dim ball of light off the left passageway curbed her troubled thoughts. She stood still, and focused on the light. To her utter amazement, the ball grew in both dimension and luminosity. The orb moved toward her, and then…something about a truck in a farmer's field, no trespass sign, and time to kill…paused, about ten paces away.” Nope, not going to work.
So, what did I listen to most while writing Spirit of the Rebellion?
1. Thundering Rainstorm from the album Nature's Relaxing Sounds (It’s the only song on the album, by the way).
2. Lord of the Rings movie soundtrack (All three movies).
3. Songs from Yanni – In the Mirror and Tribute albums.
4. Songs from New World movie soundtrack.
5. Songs from Braveheart movie soundtrack.
6. Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger
So, there you have it. Throughout the day (or night), I’ll put on the playlist that best suits a particular scene, immerse myself in the story, and start writing…
By Deborah K Peterson
Souls touch and emotions flare when a historian and an embittered spirit form an unlikely alliance to investigate the centuries-old riddle surrounding his death…
Ready for a fresh chapter in her life, Shae Lynn Montgomery accepts a job translating a cache of Civil War documents from Wisconsin’s famous Norwegian regiment. The assignment takes her to Chickamauga’s haunted Starling Plantation and face-to-face with a handsome captain—its angry ghost in residence.
Tristan Jordahl, falsely accused of treason, has no use for the living—not even the lovely translator invading his home. Despite Tristan’s best efforts to frighten her, Shae Lynn refuses to leave, and reluctantly, Tristan enlists her help to clear his name. But as they grow closer to the truth—and to each other—an evil spirit makes it clear he will do anything to stop them.
Can a love that transcends time overcome all obstacles?
Link to booktrailer: http://youtu.be/l-eiGN33Kp4
“You’ve got to let me in, you have to let me explain, please,” she begged through the barrier that separated them. “I swear on everything dear to me, I’m not moving from this spot until you do. Do you hear me? I’m not leaving!”
“I am not interested in anything you have to say,” he growled back.
“I don’t care. I’m staying right here until you hear me out!” she shouted.
As the minutes ticked by, the Captain tried desperately to ignore her presence, but finally, his shoulders slumped in defeat. The chiming of the clock told him over an hour had passed since Shaelynn obstinately decreed her intention to remain in the small hallway until she said what she wanted to say. He hoped her wet clothes and the trauma of her earlier experience, would force the issue otherwise. But true to her word, she still waited outside his door.
Stubborn little hellion.
With a sigh of resignation, he opened the door and met her defiant gaze. She stood against the opposite wall, with one foot resting against the baseboard. Her arms wrapped tightly around her waist as if seeking warmth against her wet, torn clothing. On top of all that, she shivered with the cold. She looked so pathetic standing there.
“Shaelynn, you need to get into some dry clothes,” he said. The words surprised him. They weren’t anywhere near what he planned to say. The soft tone didn’t match either.
Shae clenched her teeth and shook her head. “Not until we’ve talked.”
About the Author:
Debbie Peterson, author of “Shadow of the Witte Wieven,” is introducing, “Spirit of the Rebellion,” through The Wild Rose Press. This paranormal romance centers on a murdered civil war captain, falsely accused of treason, and a beautiful Norse historian determined to clear his name. She invites you to come along on this incredible adventure, filled with mystery and romance.
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. She incorporates these aspects into all of the paranormal stories she writes. When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, she spends time with the beloved members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history and all things ancient and historic.
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