First, thank you so much, readers, because WICKED ALL NIGHT hit the USA Today bestseller list in its debut week! In fact, every book in the Night Rebel series was a USA Today bestseller, which is amazing. Thank you, thank you!
Next up is the playlist I listened to while writing WICKED ALL NIGHT. As many of you know, I write each book to a specific set of songs. Listening to music helps me concentrate while I write, and listening to the same songs helps keep me focused on that particular book. Usual disclaimer: there’s no hidden meaning for the book in these songs, unless I note a song with an asterisk. Some songs are recent hits, some are retro, and some are in between. Also, music tastes are as personal as reading tastes, so if you don’t like some of the bands/songs, no problem! Just please don’t tell me that I shouldn’t like them, because if a song/band is listed, then I do and no arguing on your part will change my mind :). The layout is artist name: songs. Artists are in alphabetical order for ease of reading, but this isn’t the order that I listened to while writing because I am not that organized.
|Adona||Hit Me With Your Best Shot|
|Alanis Morissette||Reasons I Drink|
|Aloe Blacc||I Do|
|Appollo LTD||On The Way Up|
|Billie Eilish||Everything I Wanted|
|Imagine Dragons||I Bet My Life|
|Imagine Dragons||Burn Out|
|Kid Cudi||Up Up And Away|
|Lorde||Everybody Wants To Rule The World|
|Picture This||One Night|
|Rob Thomas||Can’t Help Me Now|
|Rozes and Mat Kearny||Walls|
|Sith and Thell||Forgive Me Friend|
|Snow Patrol||Don’t Give In|
|The Automatic Automatic||Monster|
|The Fray||Break Your Plans|
|The Killers||Mr Brightside|
* The lyrics to “I Do” could’ve been written by Ian during one of his most raw, honest moments. We all know how Ian felt about commitment, love, or–gasp–needing anyone before Veritas, so this song really encapsulated the profoundness of Ian’s change of heart for me. Sample of the lyrics to “I Do”:
Never understood why
People always say, ‘love chooses you’
Now I do
Now I do
Didn’t ever think that
I could ever say, ‘I promise you’
And now I do
Now I do
With WICKED ALL NIGHT wrapping up the Night Rebel series, I keep getting asked “Are you done writing about vampires now?” Once again, the answer is NO, and that’s not limited to my upcoming new Night Huntress novella in the HEX ON THE BEACH anthology with authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.
So, which vampire is next to get a book, after my story in HEX ON THE BEACH? I don’t know yet. I’ve joked that *I* don’t actually choose who gets a book because I just give it to whichever character is currently the loudest in my head. Well, right now, I have two characters being very loud, and you’ll recognize them both: Vlad and Bones.
Bones wants me to finish THE OTHER HALF OF THE GRAVE because he’s not done telling his side of he and Cat’s story yet. Vlad wants a fifth book because he feels I cut his series off too soon. Both are adamant about going first, and neither is playing nice. Here’s a snapshot of what it’s like to have the two of them in my head, arguing about this:
Vlad: You can’t seriously be thinking about making me take a back seat to that uppity peasant, can you? Do I need to remind you that without me, there would be no vampire stories?
Bones: Right there is why I call him a bloody show hound! Can’t wait to brag about his infamy again, can he? He should hire a plane to sky write “I’m Dracula!” over his home next. That’s the only publicity he hasn’t already given himself.
Vlad: Call me that name again, and I’ll burn you to death.
Bones: Not before I rip your head off. Feel that, mate? It’s me measuring your neck with my power.
Vlad: Feel this? It’s me setting your insolent ass on fire!
*grins* What are Cat and Leila doing, you may wonder, while the guys are hurling threats at each other? Having a drink and laughing at how bent out of shape they’re getting. Cat and Leila don’t mind who goes first. In fact, they’d really rather that the other get the spotlight because they know that whoever I write about, I put through the wringer, and neither relishes going through that again (sorry, ladies!)
So, I don’t know if Vlad will be up next, or if it will be Bones. I’m probably going to start poking at each story, and see which one doesn’t let me stop. Will it be the former prince, or the former prostitute who prevails? *wink* We shall see!