Friday, January 27, 2012

Embrace Blog Tour ~ Guest Post and Giveaway!

Hello and Welcome to today's stop on the Embrace Blog Tour, hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews.  Today I have author Cherie Colyer here with a guest post on how music influences her writing. Be sure to stick around and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

How does music influence your writing?
I might be in the minority here, but I can’t listen to music and write. I’ve always found this funny because I can block out the television and I’ve even managed to block out the people around me if I’m in the zone. Music, not so much. It’s because I like to sing along. I find it impossible to focus on my story if I’m busy belting out the words to my favorite songs.
Music does help me get past moments of writer’s block and it also helps me to plot out scenes. What I listen to really depends on my mood and which scene I’m working on. For instance, when I was trying to capture the mood of the characters, I listened to songs filled with emotion. A few of my favorite songs from this playlist are Crash into Me by Dave Matthews Band, Far Behind by Candlebox, and How to Save a Life by The Fray.
When I was stuck, not sure what would happen next, I liked to listen to something a little more upbeat like Bubble Toes by Jack Johnson, Friends and Family by Trik Turner, and Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.  I’ve also found that my mind will wander when I don’t like a particular song. In fact, some of my best plot breakthrough moments came to me in the car when I stopped listening to the radio and started listening to my characters.

I don't know about you all, but I am always fascinated about the writing process!
Cherie is always dreaming of romance and expressing her dreams in stories. She combined her passion for writing with her fascination of all things mythical to weave together a youth romance story that led to her debut novel,Embrace.

She lives with her family in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

You can find her at:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

And now...the GIVEAWAY!
Author Cherie Colyer is graciously giving one lucky winner an Embrace ebook, an Embrace bookmark, and a bracelet!

(Because of shipping costs for the bracelet, this giveaway is for US residents only. Sorry.)

You can find all of the tour stops and giveaway information here.

The winner of the Embrace giveaway is Amy @ Book Loving Mom!

You can purchase Embrace at:
Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Amazon


  1. Andrea, thanks so much for having me on your blog and for being a stop on the tour!

    1. It wasn't pleasure! Thanks for the great post!

  2. Great post! I know that a lot of people also like to listen to music when they read, and I can't do it. I am the type of person who can't help but sing along too. If I wrote, I would only be able to listen to classical or something I think.

  3. Music always distracts me more than anything else because I HAVE to sing along. I just have to! haha. Great post!

  4. I can't listen to music and write either. Too distracting. I need complete silence to get any work done. I usually have to go to the library to really get stuff done so that I have peace and quiet with no distractions.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! It's a good thing I don't know the words to the songs. I hum along with my writing, which must be how the saying originated, but I don't write fast.

  6. You can tune out the TV? I drive my husband nuts always asking him to tun it down. Glad you had fun on the tour, Cherie, and thanks for the fun interview, B. Babes. ;) Sorry I'm late to the party.


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