Feb 162012

Good morning to you all and thank you to Workaday Reads for hosting this stop.

Who out there loves music?

At least a few of you would’ve raised your hand, or nodded, perhaps quietly agreed in your own thoughts–and it’s rare, almost non-existent you will find a person who says no. Music is so influential in all our lives; it can be the catalyst for a great change, when you hear that song on the radio that says exactly what you’re feeling or thinking, you can suddenly drop everything and see through the foggy blur of indecision. We have been known to initiate many transformations by only the impact of one song. Some have even proclaimed music to be the voices of the angels–their way of giving us a message.

For me, while I’ve been writing the Dark Secrets series, music has been my emotion, my plot, my beating heart. It has driven me to tears and given depth to my novels that can only come from a place so deep inside ourselves we often call it mediation.

But who were these awe-inspiring artists that so generously graced the ears of this author as she conceived the much-loved story of David and Ara?

I welcome to the stage a list of artists I would love for you all to seek out and hear…

Daughtry played a massive part in the early days of the series. I loved songs like September, Life After You, Open Up Your Eyes and Tennessee Line.

I hope you will all go check out a sample on iTunes.

Muse would have to be the next on my list. I can’t even begin to express how many songs helped inspire the series as a whole, but not so much the creation of book 1. Check out the Exogenesis Symphony and you’ll know what I mean when I say that dreams can be envisaged while you’re a wake.

30 Seconds to Mars were probably second to Daughtry in my playlist. And Jared Leto (singer) would make a great vampire.

But, Jeff Buckley, Coldplay, and Live were all artists who blasted from my speakers in the early hours of morning when I would wake suddenly from my sleep, bursting with ideas. Their music helped me ignore the whinging children at my door, shutting them out under my headphones while I finished that last great line I was working on, and driving me forward with words of wisdom when I felt like closing my Mac and never looking at Dark Secrets again. There are many who thank me for that, and I say they should thank the music. We owe a lot to music. This post is in honour of all the great artists out there, especially Paramore, who inspire so many great works of art, not just writing.

Thanks again for hosting me here today, and I look forward to meeting you all on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to introduce yourself and say hello.

About AM Hudson:
A.M. Hudson started writing full-time after her third child. She lives a more than ordinary life in Australia with her husband and children. When she’s not writing, she sings in a duo or can be found under a pile of books.

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Tears of the Broken by AM Hudson 

When you love someone, there’s nothing you wouldn’t forgive. But what about murder? Ara-Rose will learn that life is fashioned from one tragedy after the next, and that sometimes, the truth people hide from you is nothing you could have imagined. But Ara has secrets of her own, and she’s willing to take them to her grave–a place David Knight will fight to keep her from.

Find online: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

Want to win a copy?
I have 2 ebook copies to give to 2 lucky readers. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what your favourite music artist is. Giveaway is open worldwide until midnight EST on Feb 22, 2012.

  4 Responses to “Guest post: AM Hudson + Giveaway”

  1. Thank you so much for hosting this stop on the tour.

  2. I would say right now my favorite is Adele but she is not a band. So I will go with my all time favorite of Def Leppard and Maroon 5.

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  3. OH and 30 Seconds to Mars is like in 3/4 place. They freaking ROCK!

  4. Great giveaway! I am a lifelong fan of Third Eye Blind and The Killers! 🙂


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