Monday, April 22, 2013

Playlist Monday with Kylie Griffin + Giveaway

I haven't done this feature for awhile since I've been really busy with school and stuff but I'm back! Here's another edition of Playlist Monday (Tuesday actually sorry for the late post!).

I'm featuring the playlist of Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin. Allegiance Sworn is Book 3 of The Light Blade Series and if you guys haven't read the series you are totally missing it! Check out my review of the first book Vengeance Born. If want to know more about the series without further ado here's Kylie talking about Allegiance Sworn Playlist :)


“Betrayal, Lies & Love” ALLEGIANCE SWORN Playlist

I love music. There’s nothing that beat listening to a good song, the volume loud enough to be felt through your whole body but when I’m writing I prefer silence. I need to see the characters, the setting, like a movie running through my head. And like a movie, the soundtrack comes after I’ve finished writing the story.

Once I know the characters and the themes of the plot I find myself listening to songs or paying attention to the lyrics and matching them up.

An ALLEGIANCE SWORN, my latest release, Arek and Imhara – the hero and heroine – are enemies turned lovers. The story is darker and grittier in content than the previous two in the Light Blade series.

It’s still a romance but it’s a hard fought, angst ridden, life-changing story – for Arek and Imhara, and those they’re sworn to protect. Their perceptions, beliefs and goals are challenged by events. Their thinking and actions have to change, for the greater good, and the path their personal journeys take are nothing like they envisaged. Betrayal, revenge, hatred, prejudice, lies, truth and choice are all issues or hurdles both of them need to confront - especially since they’re forced by circumstance to trust one another.

It’s funny how certain songs can be inspiration or reflect what happens in a story. Sometimes it’s the lyrics, sometimes the mood evoked by the piece. I’d like to share five songs that would make up a play-list for ALLEGIANCE SWORN.

The lyrics in this song speak to one lover being hurt by another but it also deals with the emotional effects of betrayal, something both Arek and Imhara have gone through. The leader of her race assassinated Imhara’s family while Arek discovered he’s been lied to all his life by the one man he loved and respected, his grandfather.

Arek & Imhara are enemies turned lovers in ALLEGIANCE SWORN. Arek is physically attracted to Imhara from the first time he sees her but he hates all things demon so he does everything in his power to resist that primal attraction. Of course, he fails, and the sparks fly!

This is definitely Imhara’s song. Savyr, the demon king assassinates her family to gain control of her territory and a route into human territory that would give him an advantage in the war against humans. But Imhara survives and spends the next five years fighting plotting revenge to ensure the survival of her people.

Trusting someone you love only to find out they’ve betrayed you and the heartache that follows certainly applies to Arek. While the song focuses on a couple or lovers, Arek loses his innocence and has his world ripped apart by Davyn, his grandfather, the man who raised him from childhood. The warrior conspires with others to keep secret the history of humans and demons, and also covers up the fact Annika, a Na’Chi woman brought before the Council, is his half-sister. Davyn’s collective actions betray everything Arek has been brought up to believe and questions the events that have shaped his life.

Another song with lyrics that resonate. Arek is human. Imhara is Na’Reish. Her Clan is made up of humans, Na’Reish and Na’Chi (a hybrid race of human and demon blood). Demons and humans have been at war for nearly 500years and both hate the Na’Chi. Imhara’s Clan lives by the Old Wys, this means they accept all three races and don’t enslave humans or kill the Na’Chi. This song encourages people to combat prejudice, to embrace our differences and live in peace with one another.

So, do any of these songs intrigue you enough to take a look at ALLEGIANCE SWORN? Yes? Well, it’s a good thing that I have a giveaway planned. Just share one of your favourite songs and why it touches your heart and you’ll go into the draw for a signed copy of ALLEGIANCE SWORN. Good luck!

Allegiance Sworn
by Kylie Griffin
Series: The Light Blade #3
Published: April 2nd 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
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There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a demon leader seeks to unify the races…

With the alliance of the humans and the half-blood Na’Chi forged, the demon Na’Reish prepare for war by seizing human blood-slaves. Captured during a rescue mission-gone-wrong, Light Blade warrior Arek Barial finds himself claimed by a Na’Reishi female who offers him an unexpected choice.

Raised in the elite ranks of a society she abhors, Imhara Kaal lives a dangerous double life as a Na’Reish Clan-leader and an advocate for a caste-free life that honors the Old Ways. Openly rebelling against the Na’Reish would mean her death, unless she can find an emissary willing to present her petition to the human Blade council. But Arek isn’t about to blindly follow a demon—despite the intense attraction growing between them. And while hatred for the Na’Reish is all he has ever known, Arek must learn to trust Imhara, or risk the destruction of all three races…
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Kylie Griffin’s obsession with all things paranormal/fantasy started at an early age, when she used to imagine the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship used to defend the world from invading enemies. Writing stories seemed a natural extension to her childhood adventures.

Today, she’s a primary school teacher sharing her love for the written word with young children. In her spare time, she writes and reads all things paranormal.

Kylie lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, where she volunteers in a number of emergency service organizations in her local community. Visit her website at

Connect with Kylie on her: Website | BlogTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads



Get a chance to win a Signed Copy of Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin!
This giveaway is Open International
Ends May 10

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  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm really loving Gym Class Heroes Fighter. It's a great song w/ a great message and it makes me smile every time I hear it. Plus watch this video:

    from Phoenix Children's Hospital and it makes it all that much better :)

  2. Hi Erin, you're right GCHF does have a great message! I still have a smile on my face after watching the link you gave me. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  3. The Script's Hall of Fame because it's inspiring

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Hi bn100 - that is an inspiring song - the lyrics speak all about never giving up and reaching your goals if you just believe.

      The best words in the lyrics was:
      You can be a master
      Don't wait for luck
      Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself

      So true!

  4. I love Amazed by Lonestar because it was the song we danced to our wedding receiption. T hanks for the giveaway.

  5. What a gorgeous ballad and so appropriate for a wedding. The lyrics are beautiful and the tune is one that would stick in my mind...actually it will all day today - LOL.

    My fav.line - You touch every place in my heart

  6. Michael Jackson's Heal the World. It's a prayer to all humanity.

    I follow Kylie on twitter (@lindathum) & FB (linda thum)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win her fabulous book!

    1. Hi Linda, that was a powerful song when it was first released. It gave me chills when I listened to it. :-)

  7. How very fun, Kylie! I love hearing what songs inspired parts of stories/characters, or played in the background as they were created! Thanks for the neat post!

    1. I already have a play list developing for Bk#4, flchen1. It IS fun finding songs that relate.

    2. Ohh there's a book 4? I'm so excited for this! Does it have a title already?


    3. My contract with Berkley ended after ALLEGIANCE SWORN, Jay, so it's submission time for #4 and fingers crossed it finds a publisher. No title for it yet, just the boring old name of Bk#4. :-)

  8. Hi there , my favorite song is love me tender by Elvis Presley. I love this song sp much because it makes me believe in sweet tender lOve, Aretha Zhen , arethazhenATrocketmaildotcom

    1. Hey, Aretha, great to see you here at We Fancy Books! Elvis is an oldie but a goodie - he had quite a few classics, eh? Love Me Tender being one of them!

  9. The Truth Beneath The Rose by Within Temptation. It has a very interesting message.

  10. Such a quiet beginning for the first 15 secs of so then wow, does it ramp up!

    And you're right, what a powerful message. I love this verse:
    I'm hoping, I'm praying
    I won't get lost between two worlds
    For all I have seen the truth lies in between
    Give me the strength to face the wrong that I have done
    Now that I know the darkest side of me

  11. I actually don't listen to a lot of music, unless you count Mozart.


    1. Mozart and the classics are great mood music, Mary. So it's as good as any other sort! :-)

  12. I love listening to Defying Gravity from the Wicked soundtrack - it just inspires me to try new things even if no-one else will!

    Love this series and so excited about a book 4! :-)

    Mel S
    FB - Melissa Symonds
    Twitter - @Random_MelS

    1. It's funny how certain songs make an emotional connection with us, isn't it, Mel? It could be the lyrics or even just the sound track.

      I love the piece attached to the Balrog scene in Lord of the Rings. Every time I hear it I go through the gamut of emotions Frodo experienced when he lost Gandalf.

  13. One of my favorite songs would be "John Wayne Gacy Jr" by Sufjan Stevens. It's really sad but beautiful at the same time. It get you into the feeling of what those boys who were killed by Gacy must have felt like.

    I also liked Kylie's FB page: Meghan Stith
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Meghan, the guitar accompaniment and old time footage give this a haunting tone but the story contained within the lyrics is sad as well as horrific.

  14. I love Be Your Everything by Boys Like Girls. It s an awesome and romantic song :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  15. Janhvi, this is a great love song. I like the chorus lines "I;ll be your shelter, I'll be your storm...I'll be your everything". It's amazing how many ways artists can find to say how much loving another person means to someone. :-)

  16. I love It's Over by Civil Twilight because it's subtle and yet so profound. Like you finally found your soulmate. Even though I'm 24 I've never been really in love so I'm a sucker for this type of songs.

    Zemmy89 twitter follower
    Zemira Djedović FB like

    1. Zemira, this is a lovely song - I like love ballads too. We don't have to have been in love to recognise the power it plays in our lives or know it when we hear it in the lyrics of a song.

  17. My favorite song is "Here, There, and Everywhere" by The Beatles. It's a sweet love song.

    bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

  18. My favorite song is Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls-I never get sick of listening to it.
    I love the powerful lyrics!



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