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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Author Override: Jennifer Ashley

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Jennifer Ashley


Thanks for having me on the blog today! I’ll do a giveaway at the end.

I’ve been asked to talk today about what the soundtrack to Mate Claimed might be. Hmm. That’s something I had to think about.

Let me say a little bit about the book first:

Mate Claimed is the story of Eric Warden, the leader of his Shiftertown, and Iona Duncan, a half Shifter who’s been keeping her Shifter side secret.

Eric, a Feline Shifter, knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her.

Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her, but she vows never to take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she's Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona's hunger calls to him.

The Soundtrack:

The first thing that sprung to mind was a theme song for Graham, a Lupine Shifter (new to the series), who has been forced to move in to Eric’s Shiftertown. He’s made it clear he wants to take over, and Eric has his hands full with him. The perfect song for Graham is Bad to the Bone, by George Thoroughgood.

A great song for Iona and Eric is (Kissed You) Goodnight a song by the country group Gloriana. Eric and Iona would do more than kiss (!) but it fits them, and it’s a lovely song. If you haven’t heard it (it’s very new), find it and give it a listen.

A song that conveys the heat between them is Smooth (Santana and Rob Thomas). That’s a hot, sexy song, and I can see Eric and Iona dirty dancing to it.

Another very hot song with emotional intensity is Crush by the Dave Matthews Band. I vividly picture Eric and Iona when I hear this song.

Last is a song for Tiger (you’ll meet him in Mate Claimed), who will be the hero of the next release, Tiger Magic—Iris, by the Goo Goo Dolls. I just love that song. So heart-wrenching! And it fits Tiger very well.

Grab a player, listen to songs, and enjoy the book!

Best,
Jennifer Ashley
  

Eric Warden knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her. Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her dreams, but she vows never to "come out" and take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she's Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona's hunger calls to him.

 
In keeping with the musical theme, not only will I offer a free book (Mate Claimed or winners choice from Shifters backlist), but a $15 gift certificate to iTunes (which should be enough for all these songs)! US ONLY

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43 comments:

Starla Young said...

Thank you for the giveaway. It sounds like an interesting book. :)

redjuliet said...

I love learning about what music my favorite authors listen to when they're writing as well as what songs bring their characters to mind. I have found some new artists to listen to this way! Thanks for the giveaway!

powerse said...

thanks for the giveaway and the song list!!


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Betty Hamilton said...

Great post!! TY for the give away!!

Chinyere said...

I haven't read any of her PNR, but I LOVE her historical romance series with the MacKenzies. The madness of Ian MacKenzie is the first book. Great series.

I bet the romance in these will be just as good. I hope I win

vadeluna07 said...

Shifters Unbound and the Stormwalker series are two of my favorite series. Love reading them and I'm looking forward to all future books. Thank you for the opportunity to win the latest book in the Shifters Unbound series.

SheriV said...

Love love this series. Can't wait to actually get to Mate Claimed. :)

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Allison W said...

I've been wanting to read these books, I've heard such great things!!

Maria D. said...

I just got this from my book club and I can't wait to read it- love this series

Holly said...

I love this series!!! Thanks so much for the giveaway =)

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Julianne Keller said...

Great cover for Mate Claimed. I haven't read this book yet, but I'd love to have the chance to. It's always interesting to learn more about authors.
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CarrieMarie said...

I haven't read any of this series yet, but it's on my list! I found a couple at the bookstore last week. :) also, on the soundtrack vein... music makes everything better!!

CarrieMarie said...

I haven't read any of this series yet, but it's on my list! I found a couple at the bookstore last week. :) also, on the soundtrack vein... music makes everything better!!

Lindsay Avalon said...

This looks like such a great book!!

erin said...

thanks for the great post and congrats to Ashley on the newest release!

Jennifer Mccambridge said...

I listen to certainmuisic or songs for diff books. I loved the songs you picked. Cant wait to meet new shifters.Thank you for books worth reading

Wendy M. said...

Great giveaway- just finished the book- Loved it

Sheree said...

Congrats on your new release! And such a hot cover, too!

cutiephinphin said...

Congrats on the new book! I'm afraid I've not read any of Jennifer's books but I love reading about shifters and this book just sounds interesting and intriguing. Would be checking it out. Thanks for the giveaway.

Maureen said...

I like the song choices. Smooth is an excellent choice.

SdyLion said...

I love this author and her amazing series. She really has a wide range of talents for writing different types of stories. I would love to win any of her novels. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Lady D said...

Love the entire song list, and can't wait to read the book!

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway and the great song list.

Rebe said...

I love this series, and I can't wait to see how Iona and Eric work things out. She sounds like a stubborn woman, lol!

Diane D - Florida said...

I love Jennifer's books,and would love a chance to read this.

Thank you for this opportunity.

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Rebecca T said...

Really looking forward to reading this as soon as I can get it on my kindle. I love the series 'Hard mated' was brilliant Spike was so gorgeous especially due to his awesome Dad skills. Thanks for the giveaway and play list too.

bexherren@hotmail.com

kandj7299 said...

I love Jennifer/Allyson's books. All her books are fantastic. Thanks for having this giveaway!!

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Barbara E. said...

I think that's a great soundtrack, and it's great to learn what Jennifer chooses for her characters. I think this is a great series and I'm looking forward to reading Mate Claimed.

June M. said...

I have a book or two from Jennifer's Shifters series in my TBR pile and really need to get the others. Thanks so much for the soundtrack list and for the great giveaway.

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

This series totally rocks!

Anne said...

I hadn't heard of Gloriana or the song. Thanks for youtube.

One thing that I like about this series is that the previous book in the series gives a decent amount of time to set up the couple for the next book.

Bboo04 said...

I looooove shifter books and this one sounds fantastic! Thank you for introducing me to this series and for the giveaway!

Angela Johnson said...

Thanks for your thoughts on the music, it is always interesting to see what music an author would match to her words...Thank you for the giveaway!!

bookbunny68 said...

I love to have playlists with my books. It adds so much to the feelings in the book/story. Find many new artists that way too.

Drmgrl99 - Dawn said...

I LOVE this series and I can't wait for more!! I want more more more - lol.

Amanda TheBookSlayer said...

Oh I can see all of those songs working with those characters. I have to say that I did love Eric and Iona, but I am extremely interested in Graham. I can't wait till we get to find out more about 23. :o)

Jyl22075 said...

I've read and enjoyed the first two books in this series and look forward to reading more. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jyl22075@gmail.com

Cheryl S. said...

This book sounds great! Now I know which song to sing while reading ;) Thank you for this amazing giveaway!
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Jasmyn said...

I love cat shifters - can't wait to read it.

gamistress66 said...

interesting song list. I'll have try to keep them in mind when I read the book :)

Janette said...

Love this series, and can't wait to read Mate Claimed!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! :)

Janette said...

Love this series, and can't wait to read Mate Claimed!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! :)

Ashley Applebee said...

Love the series!! I can't wait to read Mate Claimed!! Sounds like a great read!!
Ashley A
ash_app@hotmail.com