Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Music Playlist and Character Traits - A Bloodline’s Echo by M. R. Pilot

Hello Fang-Tastic book lovers! I’d like to thank Roxanne for letting me commandeer this blog post. 

As writers and readers, inspiration is a big deal for us. 

Music is one of my main inspirations. Not usually in the form of a full song, but oftentimes a specific melody or lyric that evokes an emotional response. An endless number of songs do this for me for different themes throughout A Bloodline’s Echo. Although, for some themes, I haven’t found the perfect melodic sentiment. 

The good news is I have met enough to make the forthcoming playlist. I’ve even picked out a lyric of choice for each track. 

Here it goes!

A Bloodline’s Echo Playlist:

1.)    Silence – Marshmello ft Khalid

               “Love only left me alone/But I’m at one with the silence/I found peace in your violence”

2.)    Let the Flames Begin – Paramore

               “Somewhere weakness is our strength, and I’ll die searching for it”

3.)    Magic – Rudy Mancuso

               “When I just can’t let go, fear starts to show”

4.)    Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd

               “There’s no sensation to compare with this”

5.)    Fireproof – VAX

               “I got too close to the fire now I’m burning up in you”

6.)    Skin – LUME

               “You’re with me then gone/Cycle of waiting and want”

7.)    Sparks – James Bay

               “If I told you about my favorite dream/Would you spit fire at me?”

8.)     Burn the Pages – Sia

               “You’re dark like a gray storm cloud/It’s a heavy load carrying those tears around”

9.)     Let Me Touch Your Fire – A R I Z O N A

“If you only knew who I am/If you only knew my plans”

10.)  If You Want Love – NF

               “I’ve always tried to control things/In the end that’s what controls me”

11.)  I Have Questions – Camila Cabello

               “I’ve got questions haunting me”

12.)  Up in Flames – Coldplay

               “Tasted it too long/I only know I’m wrong”

13.)  Bloodstream – Stateless

               “The space between two minds and all the places they have been”

14.)  In My Blood – Shawn Mendes

               “It’s like the walls are caving in/I feel like giving up but I just can’t”

15.)  I Will Not Bow – Breaking Benjamin

               “Save your breath, it’s far from over”

16.)  I Know Places – Taylor Swift

               “Love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out”

While you enjoy the music, I’ve chosen to briefly describe FIVE characters you’ll meet in this story:

Corinth, AKA Cori

               From farmer to barkeep to adventurer.

-        Looks: Long, golden brown hair, once dark brown eyes that are now a shade of crimson. Slender frame. Wears tattered clothes and an old cloak.
-        Fears: Becoming her mother, never knowing her father, becoming a burden.
-        Habits/notable traits: Gets lost in thought/noticeably wanders off. Feels the texture of an old book she carries around for comfort. Always curious. Likes to twirl leaves around.  


-        Looks: Curly, bright red hair. Hazel eyes that respond to his mood. Wears a cloak, most notably with the hood up. Nice abs. In Cori’s words, he has a “constellation” of freckles.
-        Fears: Not completing his unfinished business.
-        Habits/notable traits: Puts himself in reckless situations. Doesn’t eat animal’s flesh. Tends to go from playful to moody without notice. Carries around emblems of each major city just in case he needs to pass as a trader.


-        Looks: Silky black hair. Radiant, tawny skin. In the real world, she’d likely be considered of Asian descent. Wears the sporty ensemble of Fallborough’s Watchers.  
-        Fears: Being in a room without light for too long.
-        Habits/notable traits: Supremely loyal to Fallborough and the Kamai. Is always laughing. Can usually be found somewhere around her love/fellow Watcher Thoran. Keeps Rylo in check.


-        Looks: A wicked kind of handsome. Dark hair, mossy eyes, black cloak.
-        Fears: Unknown.
-        Habits/notable traits: A personality that matches his face. Unabashed flirting. Annoys others, particularly Rylo, with a purpose. Shrewd humor. People he travels with tend to let him make the decisions.  


-        Looks: Age-telling wrinkles. Black everything to match her mood: eyes, the skin around her eyes, clothes.
-        Fears: Being vulnerable.
-        Habits/notable traits: Will speak sourly of having company, but will not only let them in, but also cooks for them. Won’t sleep in a bed, only a chair. Prideful to a fault.

And, of course, there are many, many more characters in A Bloodline’s Echo that are dying to meet you. 😉

~ Thanks for reading and thanks again to Fang-Tastic Books for hosting!

M. R. Pilot

A Bloodline’s Echo
The Avadi Series
Book One
M. R. Pilot

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

Date of Publication: December 29, 2017

ISBN: 1976766052

Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 98K

Cover Artist: Illustration - JDSarte
Typography - Rebeca

Tagline: A missing father. A handsome stranger. A feud within the Avadi. Cori will find out who she is in this tale of romance and adventure.

Book Description:

Eighteen-year-old Cori has been tucked into a corner of Verbena her entire life. With no memory of a father and an abusive mother, her escape came in the form of living and working in her town’s inn, a place that happens to be owned by her best friend. Cori was all but resigned to the uneventful and dutiful life as a barkeep.

That is, until a hooded stranger showed up—just in time to witness an incident Cori herself cannot believe—and changed everything. Now Cori must leave Sagebrush, the only place she has ever known, setting off to discover love, adventure, heartbreak, and more about herself and the world she lives in than she could have ever imagined.

Excerpt 2:

Moonlight peeking through branches illuminates his face, allowing me to examine his features. I thought it was odd that he kept his hood up, even inside the Oak Hand. Aside from hardened lines drawn by worry, his face holds youth. He can’t be much older than I am.
He looks to the side as if considering his response, his hood falling back a bit. He has light freckles splashed across his cheekbones, long fair eyelashes and a square, chiseled jawbone. When his hazel eyes return to me, they flicker with amusement.
“Am I following you? Hmm. I don’t think so. Is the moth’s intent to follow the flame? I don’t know that either. But I can understand why the moth is drawn in by the flame. It’s intriguing, isn’t it? How something with the potential for such destruction can dance around with the innocence of a child?” he asks, his eyes lighting up and widening. “From the looks of it, you’re trying to run away from your discovery. You can’t—you carry it with you. May I ask where you’re headed?”
By now his hood has fallen to his shoulders and, even in the dark, I can tell his hair is a short, untamed crimson. This strange encounter is not what I expected from this still nameless, shadowy figure.
Resigned, I shake my head and sigh. “I’m looking for something I lost long ago, something that went in this direction. Who are you?”
He doesn’t bear an emblem, but I hadn’t pegged him for a trader anyway. He smiles and reaches out a hand in greeting. “I’m Rylo. Corinth, right? Although the dark-haired gentleman, perhaps your male counterpart, called you something else. What did you lose, a pet? I’m good with animals. I can help you find it.”

I grip Rylo’s hand. We both pause momentarily, assessing the situation. The contact generates heat far too quickly, and I break the connection. 

About the Author:

M. R. Pilot is an avid reader, coffee-drinker and animal lover. When she’s not cleaning teeth, she’s partaking in Alaskan hikes, watching anime, relentless page-turning and/or keyboard clicking. She loves to talk about any of those things for an indiscriminate amount of time—feel free to reach out if you do, too.

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