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Friday, August 27, 2010

Guest Post with Christy Trujillo, Author of Emmy's Song and I-Tunes Giveaway!

Hello all!

First, I would like to thank the lovely BookButterfly herself, Kim, for allowing me to have some space in her world to chat with you all. I’m very excited to be here! A little about me: Christy Trujillo, author of The Maldito Series, a YA paranormal romance about a race of half-human, half-vampires called ‘El Maldito (that’s ‘the cursed’ for you non-Spanish speaking folks) based on an old Spanish legend. My books are about a girl named Emmy who works towards a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and things get thrown off track when a handsome boy with a secret comes to town.

Music is a very large part of the trilogy. Emmy has music playing in her head all of the time, which changes based on her mood or the situation in which she finds herself. Some of the songs in the first book in the series include “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, “At Last” by Etta James and “Bring Him Home” from the musical La Miserables. These songs are woven through the story, allowing the reader to immerse in Emmy’s world, both though the written word and the beautiful melodies of the music.

As with Emmy, music is an enormous part of my life. I always listen to music when I write, and have even had a song (“Cosmic Love” by Florence + The Machine) actually affect the entire outcome of a story. I know many authors who make playlists for their books and think of specific bands as the voice of their character. I often wonder if songwriters write the lyrics or the melody first because to me, as they are inextricably intertwined.

Music can bring people together and give them common ground no matter race, age, or creed. Music can lift you when you’re feeling down and give you a soft place to lie in when you are wallowing in self-pity. Music can help you find your calling in this world. Sometimes, all you have to do is listen.

“Words can change your mood but add a little music and they can move your very soul.” ~ Me

Books by Christy Trujillo

Christy Trujillo was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Florida near Jacksonville and the Florida-Georgia line. As a child she loved books on vampires and the paranormal and has been heavily influenced by the writings of L.J. Smith. Christy currently works for a major staffing company, and dreams of becoming a full-time author. She resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, son, and two black cats that turned out to be anything but unlucky. Visit the author's Official Website


Official Contest information:

TO ENTER, leave a comment for Christy including your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner (or you can email me at bookbutterfly9(at)gmail (dot) com if you do not wish to have your email published).

ENTRANTS must be 13 years of age or older

CONTEST DEADLINE is September 10, 2010

CONTEST OPEN Internationally!


Maddie M. said...

Ahh, the books look really good! (: I'm dying to read them!(:

DarcyO said...

I agree with Christy that music is an essential part of life. "At Last" is a personal favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway!

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

OOH this looks interesting! I haven't heard of this series as of yet. I really like that quote you made up. Very inspiring. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

cc932005 at hotmail dot com

FionaChan said...

thanks for the giveaway!

anyway, I always wonder if they compose to melody or the lyrics first! Especially if the melody composer and the lyric composer are two different person! It's so.. interesting.

feeyonachan at gmail dot com

Ria Nichol said...
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Ria Nichol said...

Awesome giveaway!
I think it is great how music is very important in the trilogy.
Music does move my soul. Completely agree. :D


Reena Jacobs said...

I find music inspirational also. So much so, it can change the mood of my writing, and I find my story going off in a different direction than what I'd thought.

Thanks for sharing.


Kristen said...

I love when books are based on legends.. I feel like then I can go and read the legend and then read it again myself. Sounds like a great book!

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Tore said...

I am a follower. The books look really good. I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Malak said...

I agree with her. Music is a big part of my life too and i love it. I probably listen to music more than 2 hors a day!


Makayla Livingston said...

This series looks great! And i'm glad that an author really loves music, it's inspiring.


amandawk said...

This series looks really good. I'm also from north Florida, around Tallahassee,
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

Subhi said...

She's right, music can lift your spirit and make you feel so much better.


Kate said...

Great giveaway, thanks!

sithereandread (at) gmail (dot) com

MAfreedom said...

You take great passion in your writing- I always sandbag your Twitter account to see what insider tid-bits your giving about the charicters and plotlines and the such.
You write from the heart- and that makes your artistry better than any one of those mass produced "NY best seller" pieces of commercialised rubbish.
Stay true, stay free, and keep writing.

lag123 said...

Music AND books are part of my soul. Thanks for the great giveaway!

lag110 at mchsi dot com

ylime1981 said...

I love the idea behind this!

Emily ebdye1(at)gmail

Laina said...

I like the covers of these books, they're cute :)


Mrs.Trujillo said...

Thank you so much for all of your comments!! =)Be sure to check out the final book in my series that was released today at www.devinedestinies.com Thanks and I'll be contacting someone soon about the iTunes card!!

Atypical Girl said...

This sounds like a series I would def like! Thanks for writing!

Amy S.
artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

IK said...

A music story !!! It couldn't get better than this.i hope i can get my hands on a copy at my local bookstore !!


Scoot said...

Bring Him Home is my FAVE song from Les Mis. The books sound good! I will have to keep an eye out for them. Thanks for the chance to win!


Sue (okibi_insanity) said...

Music is a big part in my family. So Im happy to hear that a book has a musical element to it. Thanks for the chance.


Melissa R said...

I agree music is very important! My family is always happiest when we are in the car grooving to a song we all like. The book looks really good!

giveawaymommy at yahoo.com

coriwestphal said...

I also dream of being an author and I'm glad that someone just like me is making it happen! Congrats!

coriwestphal at msn dot com