Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Paranormals Tour: Tommy Nightmare Playlist/Giveaway!

Breaking news just in!
That's right my zombie friends. We interupt your scheduled programming for a special Paranormals event!
So drop the brains on your plate, open your ears, and give a warm welcome to J.L.Bryan, author of the Paranormals Series! Or more importantly, and also why I told you to open your ears, we are dicussing the playlist for the second book in the series, Tommy Nightmare.

Stay tuned to this broadcast for your chance to enter a giveaway that will blow your mind!
But first how about we introduce you to the book shall we?

Tommy Nightmare
By J.L.Bryan
Pick up your copy today at Amazon today!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

While Fallen Oak recovers from the Jenny pox, someone new is hunting Jenny.

Like Jenny, Ashleigh Goodling belonged to a pair of opposites with powers that mirror each other.

The man behind the books:
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the
English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys
remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of
stories. He is the author of The Paranormals trilogy (Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander
Death). Fairy Metal Thunder is the first book in his new Songs of Magic series. He lives in Atlanta
with his wife Christina, his son John, two dogs, and two cats.

Now for the music!

To view the entire soundtrack on YouTube click HERE!

As promised last Wednesday, here is the soundtrack to Tommy Nightmare, the second book in The
Paranormals series. I’ll pick some of the songs out of the playlist and explain a little about why I chose
them. Again, feel free to comment below about these songs or other songs that might be included in
the Tommy soundtrack.

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division, performed by The Cure.~ Yeah, this is a little bit of
foreshadowing for how the book will go. Seth and Jenny are listening to the Cure as they drive around
town in the aftermath of the first book.

“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen.~ To me, this is where Esmeralda decides to run off with
Tommy, despite the fact that it clearly might be a bad decision...

“The Highwayman” performed by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris
Kristofferson .~ If there’s one song that represents the whole trilogy to me, it’s this one. There just
aren’t many old country songs about reincarnation. In fact, I’m sure this is the only one. It had to
either at the end or right in the middle of the three books. :)

“Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd.~ This is what Wooly is listening to at home when he gets a special
visit from Tommy. I think it also applies to the characters learning to use their powers and also trying
to grow up. But maybe that’s just me.

“Violet” by Hole.~ While I had to think and rethink about possible choices for a song to represent the
climactic scene of Jenny Pox, this one took no time to decide. Jenny makes a decision to surrender, in
a way that might look passive, but it’s actually a choice showing her personal growth. It only seems
like a weak choice to those who don’t recognize that nonviolence takes greater courage and strength
than violence.

“Alexandra Leaving” by Leonard Cohen. I definitely knew this would be the song for the end of
Tommy Nightmare, and it’s probably the one I listened to most while writing that book. This song is
based on a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy, which is in turn based on a story by Plutarch, which says
that Marc Antony heard his patron god Dionysus abandoning him the night before he lost the city to
Octavian Caesar. The song is one of deep loss. I felt like Alexander had a very Dionysian character,
and the song’s portrayal of lost love in terms of ancient gods and epic wars seemed to resonate with
Jenny and Alexander’s relationship.

And that’s the soundtrack for Tommy Nightmare. We’ll do the Alexander soundtrack next Wednesday!

Now on to the giveaway of epic proportions...
Jeff is offering two EPIC give-aways for his tour!

Giveaway # 1 is a Trick-or-Treat if you will.
Each day of the tour you will have a chance to win different Paranormals related prizes from a friendly Trick-or-treater. Todays treating guest is....
And that cute little mummy brought  a SIGNED COPY of Tommy Nightmare!  All need to do is leave a comment on this tour post and they are automatically entered in the give-away!! Please leave your email address.  US/Canada only.

Giveaway #2 is of EPIC wonderment!
The second give-away is a Kindle Fire, skinned in the winner’s choice of Paranormals artwork and loaded with an AMAZING indie library!  Simply fill out the form below (just once during the course of the tour) and you’re entered to win the latest and greatest from the biggest name in eReaders:  an Amazon Kindle Fire!  Open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.
Here's the schedule to check out the rest of the stops on the Paranormals Tour during Tommy Nightmare week!

Tommy Nightmare week:
Monday, October 24th - Reading in the Corner
Tuesday, October 25th - Books With Bite
Wednesday,October 26th - Paranormal Wastelands
Thursday, October 27th - Reading Angel
Friday, October 28st - About Happy Books

Until next time...


  1. Very well thought out play list; I love that I actually respect your music selections! Other writers who I adore have made them too, and I was bummed because my musical taste did not align with theirs and it made me weep inside ;) I am loving that the tour still has a week and a half!

    vshanno1 (at) mail (dot) naz (dot) edu

  2. I like this playlist even better than Jenny's! I especially liked your explanations behind the choosing of a few of the songs. I think it helps us to again learn more about the characters/story before actually reading the books...and also gives us a little insight to your personality as well. Fun stuff! Oh...and I'm diggin' on the signed copy too...

  3. Great playlist!

  4. Love the playlist and the explanations behind the choices. I think Violet is perfect!

  5. Awesome soundtrack - especially "Alexandra Leaving" - that song is just so haunting! And now I have a new one to add to my playlist: The Joy Division! Look forward to listening to it ... :)


    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

  6. Marvelous selection - I think I like this soundtrack more so than the Jenny Pox one! I'll bet it was fun choosing them - while probably a bit nerve racking.
    I don't need to be entered in the book giveaway.
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  7. I really like this selection...I've been listening to Alexandra leaving on repeat for the last 20 minutes :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book! I'd love one!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  8. I love the playlist! I really like finding new songs to listen to :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  9. That was an awesome playlist! I live under a rock when it comes to music LOL so I had to search them on YouTube, but I adored almost all of those songs! So haunting! :)

    Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway! I would love to win a copy of Tommy Nightmare!

  10. Some of the music is new to me and I'm going to go listen to them right after! Others I have heard before and they are great selections. I like to attach songs to books too!


  11. Hmm, I see some very 80's music in there. God, Joy Division broke up in the early 80's! I'll definitely have to listen to this soundtrack as I love the Cure. And now I understand the Boris Yeltsin thing!

    Not entering, I'm part of the tour, but I'd love to win that Kindle Fire so tell your friends!!


  12. This is a great playlist! I can't wait to read the third installment of Jenny Pox!

  13. Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Any playlist with Pink Floyd and Springsteen works for me ;D Great choices!

  14. Thanks for sharing your playlist. I had never heard Alexandra Leaving, I love the song.

  15. perfect at times.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  16. I really want to read this book, I have been meaning to since I read Jenny Pox.


  17. I loved this series. I am definitely Team Seth. Can't wait to read the next series too. Exceptionally talented author.
    Jessica McBrayer

  18. thank you so much for sharing these awesome prizes! :D

  19. this is AWESOME. I HOPE I WIN THE FIRE FIRE FIRE..I hope I win! I want a fire sooooooooo bad and it will be signed and loaded with awesumsauce books?! DREAMZ COME TRUE! I am gonna pray & do good deeds and be a good gurl to build up lucky karma points for the fire :) TY AGAIN :)

  20. PS: Sorry..
    fcoleman76 at gmail . com

  21. I LOVE BOOKS, especially when they are SIGNED :) So WiCKED! I'd rather win the book than the Kindle. I WANT IT!


  22. I LOVED Jenny Pox 1, didn't know 2 and 3 were out!!
    Must get them! thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. I wish the series wasn't over!

  24. I'm just starting to understand the importance of a playlist when writing!! Thanks for sharing yours! misscrazej(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. like the play list idea! I look forward to reading Jenny Pox. I now have it on my kindle app and its on my TBR list!