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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Official WATERFELL Playlist from @AmalieHoward #TheAquarathi @SamiJoLien

Today I have another awesome HarlequinTeen, book touring on my blog, Lady Reader’s Bookstuff. 
Amalie Howard and her upcoming new release, "Waterfell" (Oct 29) is touring with JKS Communications.

 Check out the stellar 20 song Playlist and Amalie's explanation behind each choice.
I hope you totally dig it!


Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered.

Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.    Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do.
But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy.
Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

Series: The Aquarathi #1

Published by: Harlequin Teen on October 29th 2013

 Genre: FantasyMermaidsRomance, Young Adult

Pages: 360


Lights by Ellie Goulding
This was technically my official theme song for Waterfell. I probably played this song over a hundred times while writing this book. 

Eyes Open by Taylor Swift
I loved the pressure and struggle of this songit really embodies what Nerissa is going through.

Deep Blue by Arcade Fire
This song made me think of Sanathe Aquarathi’s home planet and everything Nerissa wants to escape.

Underground by Sneaker Pimps
I love this song. It is so gritty and totally captures Nerissa’s feelings on wanting to be someone else: “I’m open to falling from grace.”

Pieces by Sum 41
This song is really Nerissa’s song with Lo and how badly she treats him in the beginning. She wants him to know that he is falling for a lie and that he’s better off without her. It’s quite sad.

Stupid Girl by Garbage
Again, another Nerissa introspective song (go figure, my novels are all character-driven). She’s really taking a hard look at herself here: “Stupid girl, you stupid girl, all you had you wasted…”

Yellow by Alex Parks
This song has a special place in my heart because it’s Jenna’s song for Nerissa. Best line: “your skin and bones turn into something beautiful. You know, you know I love you so.”

The Lonely by Christina Perri
This is where Nerissa realizes that she’s become someone she doesn’t like too much “I’m the shell of a girl that I used to know well,” and also that she’s in love with Lo (but it’s too late because she’s pushed him away).

You Can Go Your Own Way by Lissie
This is where Nerissa is losing everything.
Arms by Christina Perri
This song is where she hopes that she hasn’t lost Lo for good, and realizes that she’s been in love with him from the start.

Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars
Lo’s song.

Too Close by Alex Clare
Speio’s song.

Spitfire by Porter Robinson
This song makes me think of the Aquarathi and being underwater. It’s fierce. Wait for the drop.

Aural Psynapse (Original Mix) by Deadmau5
Another awesome underwater song.

Wake Up by Arcade Fire
This is where Nerissa realizes she has to do something to save her people. She makes the choice to defend her throne.

The Reason by Hoobastank
Nerissa’s apology song to everyone: to Jenna, to Lo, to Speio, to Soren, to Echlios.

Sink 'n Swim by Plumb
The song at the prom! Also Lo and Nerissa’s Waterfell song.

Maybe I'm Amazed by Jem
Nerissa’s song for Lo.

I Love You by Sarah McLachlan
Lo’s song for Nerissa. 

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex
The fight-scene showdown in Waterfell. And the title is kind of perfect: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.

Lights by Ellie Goulding  (Bassnectar Remix)

Theme song remixed to show that Nerissa has come full circle, only I love that the remix has a touch of Aquarathi “other” in it.

A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers. 

A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed her into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.

Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years.

Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

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