Monday, May 18, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Artisans by Julie Reece - Playlist + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today, we've got Julie Reece on the blog as part of the blog tour for her recently released book, The Artisans, out now from Month9Books! Julie took the time to put together a playlist for it, and we can't stop listening to it. We hope you love it as much as we do!

There's also a giveaway, which you can enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. And don't forget to stop by all of the other awesome hosts to see their posts - you can find the tour schedule by clicking the banner above.

About The Book

Title: The Artisans
Author: Julie Reece
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 300

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Synopsis: They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

About the Author

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances.

I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really
hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

The Artisans Playlist!

Hi! I’m so excited to be here today.  When I was asked to share The Artisans playlist with you, I was ecstatic.  Music is such a big deal in my house. My husband is a talented musician. My daughters are forever finding new music and it’s, “Mom! Oh my gosh, listen to this!” and “Mom! He’s/she’s/they’re so amazing, you have to listen to this song ...”

I don’t find new music. Without these other people in my house bringing me new songs, I’m usually listening to old school Seattle Grunge. Which is awesome, but I’m thankful for the new stuff, too. It’s fun falling in love with new talent. When a song gets under my skin, I associate it with where I am or what’s going on. Do ya’ll do that, too? First romance, bad breakup, summer camp, road trip, spring break, best friends ...

I’d love to hear about the music that most affects you. Where you were when you first heard a favorite song, and what it means to you now?

In my head, I’m always attaching songs to different scenes in my book as though I’m filming a movie. I hope you enjoy the list. If not, I blame my daughters.

And let me just break here a minute and give up a huge thanks to the always awesome Ashley and Paul for having me today! *waves*

Rock on, people.



~The Artisans Playlist~

Tame Impala – Elephant
Freedy Johnston – Bad Reputation
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly
Kill It Kid – Heart Rested With You 
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Kill It Kid – I'll Be The First
You+Me – No Ordinary Love
Milo Greene – 1957
Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This
Kill It Kid – Caroline
Rogue Wave – Eyes
Reignwolf – Are You Satisfied?
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Toad the Wet Sprocket – Something's Always Wrong
Hudson Taylor – Battles
Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Vapour
Kill It Kid – Let My Feet Fall Heavy
The Mowgli's – San Francisco
Gary Numan – I Am Dust
Right Away, Great Captain! – Barely Bit Me
Churchill – Change
Kill It Kid – Lord Hear Me Now
Rayland Baxter – Bad Things
Active Child – Hanging On
J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Heavy Bells
The Swell Season – The Moon
City and Colour – The Girl
Matthew Perryman Jones – Save You
Foster The People – Fire Escape
Active Child – Johnny Belinda
Other Lives – Black Tables
Augustines – Chapel Song
Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla
Fink – If Only

The Giveaway!

What's your favorite song on Julie's playlist? Let us know in the comments! 

--Ashley & Paul

1 comment:

  1. Hey guys! Just wanted to say thanks again for having me here. What's more fun than talking books and music? I had such a great time sorting through these tunes and hanging out with you! XOXOX