The Bard Merlin
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I thought I would talk a bit about music today. I am a writer who listens to music while writing and so naturally making a soundtrack for My Boyfriend Merlin was one of the first things I did.
A little background on My Boyfriend Merlin: it’s a YA Arthurian in which Merlin goes to high school to recruit candidates to pull the sword from the stone—one of them his girlfriend.
But what does a soundtrack actually signify in the book? To me, it’s the ebb and flow of emotions of the characters as they deal with what happens and more importantly the ebb and flow of emotions throughout the love story.
Here is the music for My Boyfriend Merlin. Disclosure: I’m a huge fairy tale/mythology junkie as well as a superhero junkie. No doubt, you’ll see it the music I listen to.
There are three main characters- Arriane, aka Ryan our nice girl protagonist. Matt, aka Merlin, our hero in a cape. Lastly, there is Vane, hero’s brother and generally, the villain. Take a look at my picks for this Round Table cast.
Ryan’s song - Alice by Avril Lavigne – Why? I repeat, fairy tale junkie. This beautiful moody piece perfectly fits Ryan’s struggle.
Matt’s song - Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five for Fighting –Why? In My Boyfriend Merlin, Merlin’s alter-ego is Matt. This is a huge struggle in the book for Merlin…does he want to be the “Most Powerful Wizard in the World” or does he want to be plain-old Matt?
Vane’s song - Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional – Why? Vane’s deliciously tortured. And he just knows he’s right.
Now, the My Boyfriend Merlin soundtrack:
- Crazier by Taylor Swift – The opening sequence. Ryan’s crush and high school.
- Running up the Hill by Placebo – First blood.
- Decode by Paramore – The world Ryan knows changes.
- Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine – Welcome to wizard school.
- Womanizer by Britney Spears – Ryan meets Vane.
- Hot and Cold by Katy Perry – Boys suck.
- Poker Face by Lady Gaga – Ryan’s gambit.
- Down with the Sickness by Disturbed – Betrayed. An ugly fight.
- All Around Me by Flyleaf – A kiss in the dark.
- She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5 – Boy’s dilemma
- Mr. Brightside by The Killers – Another Boy’s dilemma
- The Fear by Lily Allen – Welcome to London
- Bloodstream by Stateless – Filled with angst
- Head over Heels by Digital Daggers – The Christmas Ball
- Obsession by Sky Ferreira – The Trial
- Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell – Final Battle
- Love Story by Taylor Swift – appropriate since the soundtrack started with Crazier
For a complete playlist of these song plus other songs of My Boyfriend Merlin, check out the iMix in iTunes at (http://c.itunes.apple.com/us/imix/myboyfriendmerlin/id503587315). Want more Merlin? Watch the “If you can’t trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?” book trailer on youtube at http://youtu.be/dTMiYHRFEt8
Title: My Boyfriend Merlin
Available on: Amazon (US, UK, etc), B&N, iBookstore
Released: December 2011
Publisher: Ink Lion Books
If you can't trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?
In this teen Arthurian, 17-year-old student president Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out her badass biker boyfriend, Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons.
In fact, he is really Merlin--the Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.
Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
My Boyfriend Merlin is an eBook available through most major book retailers. The next book in the My Merlin series, My Merlin Awakening, will be coming out in May 2012! Add it on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/priyaardis
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About the Author:
I love stories of all kinds--but especially the gooey ones that make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. My young adult novel, My Boyfriend Merlin, comes from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. I started my first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides. While reading My Boyfriend Merlin or most books, I recommend pajamas first and a pumpkin spice anything for taste.
My favorite Arthurian piece is the poem The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson and a gorgeous song by Loreena McKennitt.
A hopeless romantic, I’m a longtime member of the Romance Writer's of America.
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