Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lines 9/20 - Fearless Part 2

I've got a question about Part 2. You can go weigh in over on my Facebook page.

Part II: "Crossing Lines"
Copyright © 2014 by Lauren Gilley

            For the longest moment, he studied her face, and she held still, afraid he’d change his mind if she so much as breathed. Finally, one corner of his mouth twitched.

            “I’m going to hell anyway, right?” he murmured.       

            And she closed her eyes as he leaned in and kissed her again.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Belated Workshop Wednesday - The Telling

Okay, let's talk about this song. Lorde's cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is so dark and atmospheric. They used it in the Dracula Untold trailer I posted Tuesday and I could not run to iTunes fast enough to download it.

Covers fascinate me, because with the same lyrics, the same number of beats per measure, and same basic chord progression, a song becomes an entirely different song. The song is the sum of all its basic components, plus one very intangible element: the human touch. The creative interpretation.

For example, one of my flagship songs for Fearless is "House of the Rising Sun." The original is actively sinister, and for that it makes the soundtrack. But also in my playlist is a cover by bluegrass group Jypsi, one you can't find on YouTube, but which I recommend you look up on iTunes because it is so railroad-tracks-lonesome and lovely.  Both the same song, both so different, both evocative of different mental images.

I won't preach today, because I do it too often. But I will always believe that the way a story is told holds more impact than the story itself. The author's tone, the elegance of prose - those things elevate the story from lines on a page to an experience. As authors we have to ask ourselves: Do we want to tell this story crudely? Or make a production out of it. If this were a movie, which song would we choose for the trailer? What is its soundtrack? Which images press themselves into the reader's subconscious?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nerd Things 9/16 - Movie Edition

I've been working a lot lately, and I'm starting to crave a mindless movie night, complete with popcorn and chocolate and a few blissful hours to not think about bikers and drama. My creativity always gets a boost from media that is totally different from what I'm working on. I don't know why, but that's just the case. And my little nerd heart's aflutter with all this new movie news kicking around.

The first official synopsis for The Avengers: Age of Ultron was released. I have to admit, the thing I'm most excited about in this movie is Paul Bettany's Jarvis coming to life, so to speak. And Thor being Thor and Cap being Cap. I choose not to dwell on the fact that there's no Loki in this film. I can pull through. It'll be alright.

Check out this amazing tapestry poster for the new Hobbit film. I'm so not ready for this movie.

Dracula Untold - with Luke Evans playing Vlad the Impaler - looks pretty freaking awesome. Period vampire films are my fave.

As far as thrillers go, I want to see A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson, and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. Amazing actors and intense, relevant plotlines.

Okay, back to work. Gotta earn my break.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Favorite Lines 9/15 - Fearless Part II

Part II: "Crossing Lines"
Copyright © 2014 by Lauren Gilley

           Maggie wrapped her hands around the cool glass in front of her and tipped her head, her body language an apology before she spoke. “You and Mercy sitting on the steps…”

            Ava gripped the back of her chair hard. She felt her jaw clench and tried to keep her breathing regular. Just the suggestion that her mother knew sent her into immediate fight-or-flight mode, and since she was a Teague, fight was winning out. “Mom–”

            “I understand,” Maggie said. “Trust me, baby, I understand more than anyone else in the world.” Her little smile said, Pregnant at your age, remember? “There’s pain there, Ava. It would be so messy and it would hurt you so bad.”

            Ava swallowed and stared down at her white knuckles. “You think I don’t know that?”

A Tale of Two Book Covers

I'm sure by now you've noticed that I have two novels with dog paws on the covers. It started with Keeping Bad Company, and it was a bit of an accident. I was thinking very different thoughts about the cover, and was just sorting out some old pics on my computer, when I found this unedited shot of Riddick's paws.

I didn't realize, at the time, that I would lose him to heart failure before the book was ever released, but then the cover became even more important. From cool, to special. Baby Boy immortalized. And how very appropriate, given the Lean Dogs, and how important the club's name and symbol and mythology is to me.

So when it came time to pick a shot for the cover of Part I of Fearless, I decided to forgo the initial idea of a motorcycle in favor of another black dog. A dog for the Dogs. This time it's little baby Viktor's feet on the cover. Like I said before, it just felt right. I happened to be snapping pics of his feet, and swapped the camera over to black and white on a whim, and here we have his little-big feet on the pavement.

Every book cover of mine is a happy accident. Always, I was working toward a different vision, and the whimsical, accidental, freak shots are the ones that always look best and end up the final cut.

I'm working on the ultimate, final cover of Fearless now, but each individual part will have its own black/white/chrome cover. Up next it's this...

And it's coming right along. Won't be too long now!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Can I Have Pasta for Breakfast? Or: The Random Thoughts of the Chronically Sleep Deprived

The Pioneer Woman
I woke up wanting pasta. With tons of olive oil, with garlic, fresh parsley, and mountains of parm. Is that possible? No? Okay. Peanut butter toast it is. A poor substitute in every sense of the word. 

I've had this book sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read for a week now, and I haven't had time to so much as crack the cover. I need to block off a couple hours for sitting on the porch with a glass of wine and diving into it.

I'm taking Viktor here today, to do some much-needed essentials shopping and to get him out and about in the world. Everyone we bump into in public thinks he's a girl. I don't really know why. He has such a "wassup, bro" look on his face at all times.

I need some new wool socks for the winter, and I have no idea where to find some really good thick ones. Cutsie dress socks inside of  work boots do not make for anything pretty.

I need a nap. And it's only 10:30.

I have a birthday party to go to and I wonder how much writing I'll get done today. Not much, I don't think.

If you missed my 12,000 mentions of it, Keeping Bad Company released yesterday and can be found here. Fearless Part I: Lying Down With Dogs can be found here. There's some crossover between the two. Mercy and Walsh make rather large cameos in KBC. It's fun.

I hope you have some pasta in your pantry, unlike me - and I hope that didn't sound dirty somehow. Pasta in your pantry...yeah, you could dirty that up if you wanted. I'm too tired to laugh at my own stupid joke.

Happy Saturday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Keeping Bad Company

I've been talking about this one forever, huh? It's here!! Head on over here to download your copy. And Fearless Part II: "Crossing Lines" will be out next month.

Happy reading.