Guest Author & Giveaway: Megan Hart featuring Switch

Thursday, January 7




***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the post...it's worth your time:)  Thanks for joining the fun!***

Megan Hart...what can I say?  She is unlike any other author that I read last year.  Her voice is unique.  When you read reviews of her books (Deeper especially) people either love them or hate them (hate may be a little bit strong...maybe more, I don't know...disbelief, dislike, disappointed?).  Anyways, two very strong reactions.  I ALWAYS have a strong reaction after reading her books.  Simply put, I think she is brilliant.  I've loved every one of her books that I've read.  Not just liked, LOVED! I savored each and every single one of them.  I can't begin to fathom what Tempted, or Broken, or Deeper would have been in another authors hands...probably not the perfection I believe them to be.

Switch, Megan Hart's newest novel that was released on Jan 5th,  is my fourth temptation this week.  Can you resist the siren's call to her new erotic romance?  I wasn't able to.  My copy arrived in the mail this week :)



The Importance of Music

Hello, everyone, and a special thanks for having me here today.

I make no secret about the importance of music to me in my writing. I won’t go so far as to say I can’t write without music, but it is an ingrained part of my writing process and while the lack of it won’t necessarily hold me back, the right songs can definitely make it easier to write.

I’ve always relied heavily on music while writing, but I think it became really integral to my “process” (if I have such a thing, some days I’m not convinced) when I started leaving my house to write in coffee shops while my children were in pre-school. When I tried to write at home during naps, I probably didn’t have music playing, so I could hear them if they needed me. Or more likely so I wouldn’t wake them up! But by the time they went to preschool and kindergarten, I was taking my Alphasmart to the coffee shop and writing like crazy in that two hours. I also used to take my son to an indoor playground and write there, hunched over a table while children screamed and played all around and parents chatted.

I needed music to block all that out. For awhile I burned CDs, mix-tapes, if you will, of whatever songs I was loving at the time. I resisted getting an iPod because it was an expensive piece of equipment and I couldn’t justify spending the money – this was when iPods were new, keep in mind. Very pricy and a luxury item (not a necessity the way I’d consider one now!) But my dear Superman bought me one for my birthday, and everything changed.

With headphones in, the music playing blocked out all the noise. It helped me fall into whatever world I was creating. I wrote most of Broken sitting in the window of a coffee shop, Joshua Radin’s What If You playing over and over. I wrote Dirty before that in the same place, the music pushing the words out until the story formed and shaped and became something more than a series of letters on a page.

I don’t often write in the coffee shops any more – I don’t have to, with both kids in school full-time I have a shiny, giant desktop computer and a home office where my music plays on shuffle or repeat and I try to resist the allure of the internet. It’s not quite the same as listening with headphones, though. Something about music through headphones makes everything else go away. The songs become a soundtrack, like I’m inside the book itself. So sometimes, instead of sitting at my desk, I’ll put my headphones in and sit with my Alphasmart Neo (I upgraded) on my lap in a soft, comfy chair and write that way.

Music is important to me while I write. The songs I pick for each book mean something, whether it’s just that I’m in love with it enough to listen to it over and over, or if the lyrics somehow mean something special to the story. All the books have a song or two that’s particularly special to it.

Whatever It Takes by Lifehouse is the song for Switch. I didn’t know about the song when I started writing, but I had the pleasure of getting to hear the band perform live in a small, intimate acoustic setting. It was new at the time, and though I was a fan of the band I hadn’t yet bought their new album. They played the song and it fit so perfectly with Switch I knew it was “the” song. The one I would play over and over as I wrote. The one that would help push out the words.



Now, when I hear it, I can remember what it felt like to be writing that book. I hope when you listen to it and read the story, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Thanks again for having me here!


Don't think.
Don't question.
Just do.

The anonymous note wasn't for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the habit of reading other people's mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly-- deliciously--it was not.

Before replacing the note--and the ones that followed --in its rightful slot, I devoured its contents: suggestions, instructions, summonses, commands. Each was more daring, more intricate and more arousing than the last... and I followed them all to the letter.

Before the notes, if a man had told me what to do, I'd have told him where to go. But submission is an art, and there's something oddly freeing about doing someone's bidding...especially when it feels so very, very good.

But I find that the more I surrender, the more powerful I feel--so it's time to switch up roles.

                                                                       We play by my rules now.



My many thanks to Megan for being my guest today.  If you haven't tried her novels, you really should.  My personal favorite is Broken, but I know several people also love Dirty.  I  haven't had the pleasure of reading Dirty yet, but it's on my wish list.  I succumbed to the lure of Switch instead.  

You can find Megan on her website, her blog, on Facebook, Myspace, and you can follow her on Twitter, and Dane Hart Discuss with Lauren Dane.  One of my favorites posts from her blog last year also talked about the importance of music in her writing titled "By My Side You'll Never Be"  If you'd like to read it, you can find it here.  If you'd like to see the playlist and watch music videos for some of the songs for Switch you can find it on Squidoo here. I loved loved loved this treasure trove on Squidoo.  Not only did it list the songs, but the meanings of the songs and how they relate to the story.  I was on there MUCH longer than I had time to, and loved every minute of it.  It made me even more excited to read Switch.  I consider it time well spent.

To celebrate the release of Switch, Megan is giving away several songs from the Switch playlist via iTunes, which I think is so very appropriate.  Since the songs will be sent via iTunes the winner must live in the US and have the capability of using iTunes (which is very easy and free to download).  The songs you will win are:
  • Whatever It Takes -- Lifehouse
  • Without You -- Jason Manns
  • Glory Box -- Portishead
  • What Would Happen -- Meredith Brooks
  • Paperweight -- Joshua Radin/Schuyler Fisk

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question: If you could choose a playlist for your life, or even just one song...that when you hear it/them, it takes you back to a emotional place that has significance...good memories or bad, what would it/they be and why?  (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Bonus:  Post the "Toast to Temptation" widget to your blog or website and earn up to 10 bonus entries on each giveaway that you leave a comment for a chance to earn a total of 50 bonus entries during the course of the event week.
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to anyone in the U.S. as long as you have the capability of using  iTunes.
  • The contest will end on January 10th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck!
Check out the first three temptations in our Sexy New Year celebration from Donna Grant, Lauren Dane and Stephanie Tyler.  Make sure to join me tomorrow with the final "temptation" from Courtney Milan!


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14 Comments:

alba January 7, 2010 at 5:00 AM  

Good Morning,
Hello Megan I'm a little pink I have to say I have not read your books though I see them in the book section at work I love the covers I know they draw me in every time...
After the review I will certainly pick one up....
I love to listen to music when I'm reading. It sometimes gives that little bit extra to transport me to a time a place.
Love Lighthouse your lucky to have seen them live I will have to check to see if they are heading for Canada,,,,
I'm Not in the US so I dont Qualify So good luck to the winner.....Enjoy.
Have a good Day everyone.

vslavetopassionv January 7, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

'Hate Me Today' by Blue October is a song that makes me think of problems with my parents.

I am a subscriber of this blog on my google reader. :)

Since I am a live-in sub boy, I especially like the sound of this book. I hope I win. :D

~smooches~
Jase

Megan Hart January 7, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

Hi, Alba! No worries about not having read my books. There's always that first time. :) I hope you like whichever one you pick!

Jase -- I love Hate Me Today, too. It's been on several playlists of mine. If you're interested in male submission stories, I did write a couple of books with my friend Lauren Dane (Taking Care of Business and No Reservations). The book features two couples and my heroine, Leah, is just discovering that she really likes being the one on top, for a change. Or, as her Brandon says "there's an awful lot a man can do for a woman on his knees." So if that's your flavah... ;)

It's a personal favorite of mine.

Thanks for commenting! I'll be back later to check in...

M

Bethie January 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

I don't know if I have a playlist for my life. But we recently drove to Florida and Party in the USA was on the radio nonstop. That was our vacation song! Everytime the kids hear they think of Disney. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I would love to win this one.

I follow on Google friend connect.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Anita Yancey January 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

The song for me would have to be Live For Today by The Grass Roots. Because when my husband and I met and started dating, he played this song over and over because he loved it. That takes me back 34 years, but it seems like yesterday. Please enter me. Thanks!

I follow on Google Friend Connect!
Email Subscriber!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

kalynnick January 7, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

One song that always bring memory to me Mama by Spice Girls because it really makes me appreciated my mom for everything she has done for me.


I'm follower

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

jeanette8042 January 7, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

I would have to say Show Me What I'm Looking For by Carolina Liar. I always listen to it when I'm going through difficult times in school and just need to sit and relax.

I'm a GFC follower.

I posted the widget in my blog:
http://jeanette8042.blogspot.com/2010/01/bye-bye-winter-break.html

CallMeKayla January 7, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

*gasp* I have this on my TBB list!!
Answer to question: HAVEN'T MET YOU YET by MICHAEL BUBLE
~follower
+10 widget on blog- sexywomenread.blogspot.com

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

Estella January 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime by Johnny Duncan.

I was in an abusive marriage and a guy my husband worked with said some of these things to him.

We divorced and 7 years later the guy and I married. Have been married for 20 years

AuthorM January 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

great songs and great stories, everyone! ;)

M

I Heart Book Gossip January 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

+1 I would pick Fifteen by Taylor Swift. 15 was when I was free and carefree. I love that time. I had nothing to worry about but homework and pop quizzes. As time goes, it all changes. Life gets more complicated and people do too.

+1 Google Follower

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justpeachy36 January 7, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a Google Friend Connect follower.

The song that is sort of my song... It's My Life by Bon Jovi

Amy M January 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

My song would be Angel by Sarah Mclaughlin. My husband and I were in the car on the way to the hospital to have our first baby, and that song came on. We were so young and nervous, it was sort of calming I guess. Then our 2nd baby came 5 weeks too soon, and on our way in a tizzy to the hospital, that song came on again. Kind of felt like a good sign. :)

I am a Google Follower!

Thanks!
Amy M

chelleyreads January 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM  

the song "must get out" by maroon 5 always takes me back to the last time i visited the philippines--not because of the lyrics or anything (though i love this song for that too) but it was the song i listened to over and over while there and now whenever i listen to it, it triggers memories and feeling and transport me back to that time. the same goes for the song "hands down" by dashboard confessional--it takes me back to 1st semester of my freshman year in college because it was the song i listened to over and over that semester. both these songs makes me feel nostalgic.

please include me in the giveaway. i'm an old follower and I added the widget on my blog's sidebar (booksandmakeup.blogspot.com)

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