January 30th, 2012

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J. B. Lynn : a deep love of soundtracks


Today's guest is fellow author J. B. Lynn talking about the music that inspires her writing.

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HERE COMES TORCHWOOD

 I’m not one of those writers who works in silence, and it gets awfully expensive to sit in a café sucking down an overpriced brew all day/ every day, so I write at home with my music blasting.

I have a deep love of soundtracks. Not only are they designed to evoke emotion, but there’s something soothing about their repetitive nature.

When I was writing my latest release, CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN, I listened to one soundtrack in particular – TORCHWOOD Season 1.

The very thing that annoyed me at times when I watched the season, namely how emotionally uneven it seemed, made it the perfect thing to listen to. If I was writing a light scene, I listened to a light tune on an endless loop. When it was time to write a dramatic scene, some of the chase music did the trick.

Is my book anything like TORCHWOOD? No, but I’d happily slip Captain Jack in any time he wants to stop by!

In my next book, which shall remain unnamed since I just sent it to my agent, I listened to a track from Torchwood Season 2 (“Owen’s theme” in case you’re interested) every time I had to write an emotionally heavy scene.

Don’t even ask what I did with the CHILDREN OF THE EARTH soundtrack.

So tell me, when you watch a TV series or movie, are you even aware of the soundtrack? What are your some favorites? (I wasn’t a fan of The Matrix movies, but I’ve written for hours to “Clubbed to Death” by Rob Dougan.) When do you listen to them?

Torchwood copyright of the BBC


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CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN


Maggie Lee is not your average hit woman. For one thing, she’s never killed anyone. For another, after hitting her head in the car accident that killed her sister, her new best friend is a talking lizard--a picky eater obsessed with Wheel of Fortune, who only Maggie can hear.

Maggie, who can barely take care of herself, is desperate to help her injured and orphaned niece get the best medical care possible, so she reluctantly accepts a mobster’s lucrative job offer: major cash to kill his monstrous son-in-law.

Paired with Patrick Mulligan, a charming murder mentor (who happens to moonlight as a police detective), Maggie stumbles down her new career path, contending with self-doubt, three meddling aunts, a semi-psychic friend predicting her doom, and a day job she hates. Oh, and let’s not forget about Paul Kowalski, the sexy beat cop who could throw her ass in jail if he finds out what she’s up to.

Training has never been this complicated! And, this time, Maggie has to get the job done. Because if she doesn’t – she’s the mob’s next target.

CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN is available on Amazon UK.
To learn more and for a listing of places it’s available in the States, please visit my website.



Check out JB's previous title THE FIRST VICTIM on Amazon US and Amazon UK.





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From Clare: Catch up with the fiction and links on my FREE FICTION DAY through THIS TAG.

Don't forget the PRIZE DRAW for the (in)famous GRL bracelet **OPEN TO JAN 31**

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L. J. LaBarthe: inspiration in photos

Today's second guest is fellow author L. J. LaBarthe, talking about the inspiration that comes from photo blogs.

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Happy birthday, Clare, and thanks for letting me be a part of your celebrations!

I thought long and hard about what to blog about, and it hit me when I was doing research to check some facts for book three of my Archangels in love series. A picture is worth a thousand words. So is music, for that matter, but for the purposes of this post, I'm going to be talking about images.

Photo blogs are one of my favourite kind of blogs. Seeing the world as it's captured through the lens of a camera belonging to one of many photographers gives an enormous variety of images of the world. Places that I know I'll never get to see for myself are captured in photographs and shared on the internet for all to see. These photographs captivate me – and not just because I'm a visual reader/writer and see images in my mind's eye when I read a book or write a scene. In addition, some of the places on photo blogs end up being used as locations for scenes in my books.

Years ago, there was a writing prompt community on LJ that gave a prompt every week – either a phrase, a quote, a word or an image. The participants would then write a short piece based on that prompt from the point of view of one character. This community was for original characters only and I've since lost the name of it, alas. However, I've found that photographs can give me an idea for a scene or a plot.

A picture really is worth a thousand words – just take a look at this small selection. (Click the thumbnail to embiggen.)



1. Egypt. 2. Japanese Garden, Portland, USA. 3. Lantern Festival, Hawaii. 4. Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Range, Chile. 5. Mongolia. 6. Pamakkule, Turkey. 7. Temple of Poseidon, Greece.

Does that spark the imagination? I love these images and I love to imagine what might be happening in and around them. Is the rider of the horse meeting his lover at the pyramids for a secret assignation? Is the bright pink blossoms the colour of a kimono of a geisha, dancing for her master? Does one of those lanterns contain a scrap of parchment with the name of a lost lover inside? Is that lightning storm what it looks like when Archangels fight demons? (In my opinion, in terms of my forthcoming novel, very much yes!) After a long day, will lovers meet at these warm pools and enjoy an afternoon of languid passion in the mineral waters? As the sun sets, will the priest of Poseidon gather his followers and set out towards the Temple or away from it? So many potential stories! (Personally, I love the photo of the little girl laughing with the camel in Mongolia. It's one of the most pure expressions of joy I've seen. As a friend said to me, I like to believe that she and the camel are laughing their joy into the wind.)

Of course, there are other photographs that speak to me . . . like this one, the first still released for the forthcoming James Bond movie, "Skyfall." Yes, Mr. Bond's back definitely speaks to me.



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What photos or images light the spark in your imagination?


Find me at:
Blog: [personal profile] misslj_author
Web: http://www.ljlabarthe.com
Twitter: @brbsiberia

Bio: L.J. LaBarthe is an Australian woman living with disabilities and her cat. As a young child, she won a competition for drawing a picture of Australian Humpty Dumpty, complete with Aussie hat, corks hanging from strings dangling from the brim to keep the flies away. The drawing was accompanied by an adventure story with Humpty Dumpty she wrote set in Australia. From that moment on, she has not looked back. She spends her free time watching television, reads newspapers online for fun, and enjoys a good novel. She loves to cook and enjoys a snifter of absinthe from time to time.

Current release: "Long Road Back" : Yoo Lee Shin had great hopes for his new life studying engineering in Australia, but nothing could have prepared him for the wonder of falling in love. His roommate’s brother, Craig, is beautiful, kind, and brave—and, very shortly after they meet, he’s deployed. As Christmas nears, can Shin keep hope for a happy ending bright enough to guide Craig to him on the long road back?

Coming soon: "No Quarter," book one of The Archangel Chronicles, coming in March/April with Dreamspinner Press.




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From Clare: Catch up with the fiction and links on my FREE FICTION DAY through THIS TAG.

Don't forget the PRIZE DRAW for the (in)famous GRL bracelet **OPEN TO JAN 31**

FOLLOW the Birthday Blog so far:

Jan 29: Jaime Samms asks, on the occasion of her new release, what is real life?
Jan 30: J. B Lynn and a love of soundtracks

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Check up on: Prior years fun HERE
and The 2012 Guest schedule HERE.


Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space


NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.

****All my posts are being mirrored at Dreamwidth, please feel free to friend me over there as well****