1 May 2014

Reflection Pond Guest Post




Reflection Pond
by Kacey Vanderkarr


Release date: April 1st, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy





Book Description:

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.


 

Guest Post

The Reflection Pond Soundtrack

I like to consider myself a bit of a music aficionado. I listen to everything. Rock, punk, pop, alternative, classical, metal. You name it, it’s on my playlist. I’m a Spotify snob. It’s probably the best thing to happen to me since being born. Okay, maybe second best, but who’s counting?

I’ve found that my writing really gets into a groove when I have a perfect soundtrack to complement it. When I’m working on a particularly intense scene, be it a fight, a romantic development, or something insanely emotional, I gotta have the right song playing to put me in the state of mind to get it done.

As such, I have quite the playlist for each of my books, and today, I’m sharing the Reflection Pond Soundtrack. I hope you’ll find it brings the story to life (or at least find it entertaining!). I’d love to hear some speculation about which song goes with which scene—I thought it’d be too spoilery to post my insider opinions. (Remember, all the lyrics are copyrighted and belong to their respective artists. I’m nowhere near brilliant enough to write music. I’ll stick with books!)

Since Reflection Pond went through multiple rewrites to get to the final published version, I actually have multiple playlists on several devices for this book. (Can you say obsession?) Since I’m only spotlighting these fifteen songs, I’m including the entire list, in all its glory, at the end.

Enjoy!

1.     Skinny Love by Birdy
           
“Who will love you?
Who will fight?
Who will fall far behind?”

2.     Wild by Royal Teeth

“Help me see everything we used to be
We won’t forget
The lives we lived, the loves we chased
We lost the things we can’t replace”

3.     Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons

“When the hour is night
And hopelessness is sinking in
And the wolves all cry
To fill the night with hollering
When your eyes are red
And emptiness is all you know
With the darkness fed
I will be your scarecrow”

4.     Promise by Ben Howard

“Who am I, darling for you?
Who am I?
Gonna be a burden in time, lonely
Who am I, to you?”

5.     This by Ed Sheeran
           
“Take me home
Watch me fall
Down to earth
Take me back for

This is the start of something beautiful
You are the start of something new”

6.     Walls by The Rocket Summer
                       
    “The story of my life I can't quite comprehend.
Don't tell me if you know how it ends.
When everywhere you go feels like a mirror maze,
And you're not sure how you're stuck in this place...”

7.     Home by Gabrielle Aplin
           
“So when I'm ready to be bolder,
And my cuts have healed with time
Comfort will rest on my shoulder
And I'll bury my future behind
I'll always keep you with me
You'll be always on my mind
But there's a shining in the shadows
I'll never know unless I try”

8.     Distance by Christina Perri featuring Jason Mraz
*This is Callie and Rowan’s Theme Song. Can we say complicated?

“Please don't stand so close to me
I'm having trouble breathing
I'm afraid of what you'll see right now
I give you everything I am
All my broken heart beats
Until I know you'll understand

And I will make sure to keep my distance
Say, "I love you," when you're not listening
And how long can we keep this up, up, up?”

9.     I Need to Know by Kris Allen

“Feel like I'm trying to breathe under water
Trying to climb but I keep falling farther
Will you take my hand?”

10.   Belong by Cary Brothers

“The moon is the only friend I have outside
One more drink and I'll be healed
I told you the words and then knew it was a lie
I wish I could offer an appeal

You're wrong
I don't belong”

11.   Believe by SafetySuit

“Even when you can’t find a light there
Even when you just cry in your bed
Hold on, you’re almost there
Hold on, you’re almost there
Even when you get lost and you’re scared
When you wanna give up I don’t care
Hold on, you’re almost there
Hold on, you’re almost there”

12.   Sinister Kid by The Black Keys

“I got a tortured mind
And my blade is sharp
A bad combination
In the dark”

13.   The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves

“I wanna have the same last dream again,
The one where I wake up and I'm alive.
Just as the four walls close me within,
My eyes are opened up with pure sunlight.
I'm the first to know,
My dearest friends,
Even if your hope has burned with time,
Anything that's dead shall be re-grown,
And
your vicious pain, your warning sign,
You will be fine.”

14.   Cactus in the Valley (Acoustic) by LIGHTS

“I never meant to wither
I wanted to be tall
Like a fool left the river
And watched my branches fall
Old and thirsty, I longed for the flood
To come back around
To the cactus in the valley
That's about to crumble down”

15.   The Shade of Poison Trees by Dashboard Confessional
*This song is foreshadowing for the sequel to Reflection Pond, Poison Tree. (You may notice where I got the inspiration for the title.)
           
“As we lie
In the shade
Of poison trees
Are we as safe
As we let
Ourselves believe?”

Kacey’s All-Out-Insanely-Long-Playlist for Reflection Pond (Minus the songs above because, see above.)

You Don’t See Me by SafetySuit
Be Still by The Fray
One Grain of Sand by Ron Pope
Near to You by A Fine Frenzy
My Skin by Natalie Merchant
Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute
A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope
I Can Lift a Car by WALK THE MOON
Never Stop by SafetySuit
Human by Civil Twilight
Hold on Till May by Pierce the Veil
Shelter by Birdy
No Envy No Fear by Joshua Radin
I Saw by Matt Nathanson
Bedroom Hymns by Florence + The Machine
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Slow It Down by The Lumineers
Black Flies by Ben Howard
Under The Same Sun by Ben Howard
For the Broken by Social Siberia *This Swedish band is actually so obscure that I couldn’t find a YouTube video for their song. The link goes to their Facebook page. Check them out!
The Storm by The Airborne Toxic Event
Learn to Dance by Andrew McMahon
More by Tyrone Wells


Whew!



Author Spotlight:


Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, crazy cats, and two bearded dragons.





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