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The big winner of Evernight Contest #1 is -- Jennifer Marie! She's already received her Barnes & Noble gift certificate, to spend on all kinds of lovely books. Thanks to absolutely everyone who sent in questions for the FAQ. I have tons of questions to answer now, and a real true Frequently Asked Questions Update will be on the website soon.

But what's new on the website right now? Check out the brand-new Evernight wallpapers! Download, display, enjoy. Soon we'll have icons and LJ banners to match. And if you're a teacher, librarian or somebody else who wants to get a bunch of people together to talk about vampire books, you will also find a downloadable PDF with discussion questions. Let me know what you guys think!

And now, for Evernight Contest #2:

I will soon start work on the fourth book in the Evernight series. As you guys might know from my website, I love to put together a soundtrack to write to -- a different one for each book, although a few tunes remain the same. So right now, I'm looking for new music to write to. What songs remind you of your favorite vampire stories? Or are just cool songs, period? I need love songs, hard-driving rock songs, quirky songs, the whole gamut. And who better to ask than you guys?

The contest rules: You enter by suggesting a song or songs, either in comments here on my LJ (please include an e-mail address here if you have no LJ account) or through the Contact Claudia form on my website. Just give me the artist and the title of the song, and I promise to check it out -- and I have no doubt some of the songs you suggest will end up on my personal soundtrack.

Because there's no way you guys can automatically know my taste, or what songs I might already have picked out, I will randomly choose one winner from all the entrants. That winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to either iTunes or Amazon, wherever you prefer to buy your music.

So let me hear it, guys -- what songs should I be listening to?
my suggestions:

"Your Guardian Angel" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
"Dreamworld" by Rilo Kiley (and really, just about anything else by Rilo Kiley :D)
"Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional
and the "Calling the World" album by Rooney (I just can't choose 1 or 2 songs form that album....the entire thing is completely wonderful!)

(the first 3 are all such beautiful songs!)
"Rest in Pieces" by Saliva
"Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence

There's another funny song I'm thinking of, but I can't remember the title or artist, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow when I'm home and can look it up. Maybe I'll think of some more in the meantime.
Oh, the wallpapers are smashing!

And the most vampire-y song I know is "Only the Very Best" by Peter Kingsbery. Gothic melodrama, all the way.
I love the wallpapers! Who made them?

I'll be back with song suggestions! I could give you plenty :)

And since I've also been curious on these gift giveaways that authors do, where do you get the cool prizes? Are they from out-of-pocket expenses? Publishers?
The creative taraljc made them, and she also designs and updates the website. She's super-nifty.

I don't know about other authors, but this is all out of pocket for me (save for a great Elizabeth Scott ARC she traded me, and possibly some other ARCs in the future that HarperTeen may share).
Possum Kingdom - The Toadies
Not really a vampire song, but I used to think of vampires when I heard it.
Forsaken - David Draiman
Really anything of the Queen of the Damned soundtrack would work, but I love this song.
Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
No one needs an excuse to listen to this song.
I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
The obsessive nature of the song makes me think of vampires, in an odd way.
Fairmount Hill - The Dropkick Murphys
Faerys, but oh-so-atmospheric.
Toccata & Fugue BWV 565 (D Minor) - Bach
One of his most recognizable pieces, for good reason.
Supervixen - Garbage
I associate nearly-random songs with vampires. This one because of the lyric, "I will be your religion."
Apres Moi - Regina Spektor
Dark and beautiful.
Danse Macabre - Saint Saens
Best use of a xylophone, evah.
Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
Swan Lake Opening - Tchaichovsky
This song invented atmosphere.
This Corrosion - The Sisters of Mercy
Another odd association, but a great song with a wonderful chorus.

Can't believe I forgot this!

Senor Senora Senorita by Miyavi

"Strange Face of Love" -- Tito and Tarantula
"Gravity" -- The Dresden Dolls
"Post Mortem on Our Love" -- The Flash Girls
"Take This Waltz" -- Leonard Cohen
"Do You Love Me" -- Nick Cave
Last Waltz, by the Rasmus

I'll be back with more! =D
Congrates to Jennifer Marie!

Some songs I think about when it comes to vampire romance:

1. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
2. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
3. Good Enough - Evanescence
4. Chemicals React - Aly & AJ

A quirky song I love:

1. Anyone Else But You - Ellen Page / Michael Cera

One more song I love:

1. Breathe No More - Evanescence

*fingers crossed*

paigeaniyah at gmail dot com
I guess I have to go with the songs I've been listening to the most recently. Um...

"She's the Blade" by Sugarcult
"Haunted" by Kelly Clarkson (mostly just the music of that song, not the lyrics)
"Invisible City" by the Wallflowers
"Colorblind" by the Counting Crows
"Drive Away" by Gratitude
"Salvation" by Pennywise
"Wake Up" by Story of the Year
"Thanks Bastards" by Mischief Brew
"Alien" by Pennywise
"Pain" by Jimmy Eat World
"Revealing Too Much" by The Honorary Title (I'm not sure about this one, it starts kind of light and fluffy, but it builds, getting stronger and louder. I like that)
"Scream" by Zoegirl (I don't know why, but I associate this one largely with a few books I've read about vampires and a couple I've read about other mythical creatures)
Basically anything by Pennywise, my favorite album being The Fuse.

I hope that helped. I love doing playlists for my writing, but I can't really do someone else's unless I've been reading the story, and I haven't yet gotten to read Evernight

my e-mail is ManiacMonkey47@aol.com
also, I'm curious as to how reviewer's get authors to participate in contests. Such as the reviewer getting a copy of the book to give away. I'm one myself (http://plentyofpaper-reviews.blogspot.com) and haven't been able to do a contest yet. Do you know anything about that? Just curious.
Personally, I love all things Blink 182. There are songs for almost every mood! My personal favorites:

The Party Song
What's My Age Again?
Man Overboard

--Megan (www.paperxxflowers.blogspot.com)
Love those wallpapers! The stone shield one is my current laptop desktop. Heh. That's confusing.

It's gorgeous!

Can we make icons of Evernight visuals? Like the wallpaper or the book cover(s), if they are posted on your site? Or is that a nono?
I think the iconnage is fine, although you might want to hold out for taraljc to work her magic; we'll be adding icons eventually.
Hm, since I only know vaguely the plot, I feel kind of silly suggesting theme music, but here's a shot:

La Danse Macabre- Camille Saint Saens is my number one rec because... holy god, nothing says supernatural like this.

Kings of the Wild Frontier- Adam & the Ants
The Second Waltz, conducted by Andre Rieu
Queen Bee- Barbra Streisand
All I Want is You- Barry Louis Polisar
Eve, The Apple of my Eye- Bell X1
Both Sides of the Gun- Ben Harper
Juicy- Better Than Ezra
Aphrodisiac- Bow Wow Wow
Exit Music (for a Film)- Radiohead
The Ballad of Grim and Lily- Bree Sharp
Irgendwo Auf Der Welt- Comedian Harmonists (I don't speak German, but just the music is very... amazing. Totally amazing. The lyrics when translated are pretty beautiful too.)
The Culling of the Fold- The Decemberists
The Infanta- The Decemberists
The Bagman's Gambit- The Decemberists
Sleep to Dream- Fiona Apple
Someone to Love- Fountains of Wayne
Matinée- Franz Ferdinand
The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
Read My Mind- The Killers
When You Were Young- The Killers
I Like Giants- Kimya Dawson
Tree Hugger- Kimya Dawson
Throw Me a Rope- KT Tunstall
Take This Waltz- Leonard Cohen
Baila Morena- Zucchero featuring Mana
Uno- Muse
Welcome to the Black Parade- My Chemical Romance
Ophelia- Natalie Merchant
Wuthering heights- Pat Benatar (cover of the Kate Bush song)
Aspettami- Pink Martini
Sway- Rosemary Clooney
Building A Mystery- Sarah McLachlan
Caramel- Suzanne Vega
Delta Dawn- Tanya Tucker
Leather- Tori Amos
Rinse- Vanessa Carlton
The Tower- Vienna Teng
C'mon C'mon- The Von Bondies
One Headlight- The Wallflowers

So, um, it's a huge list, but I figured it was better to overrecommend than underrecommend. And I can hook you up with MP3s for most of these if you would like them. ;)

One thing I think you should keep in mind is how creepy songs can be mind based on the context. For example, there was a song used in an episode of The X-Files ("Home") called "Wonderful, Wonderful" by Johnny Mathis. The episode completely ruined it for me forever, because it is so deeply associated with the theme of the episode. So if you can somehow link, like Polly Wolly Doodle or something to something sinster and vampirey, it's kind of awesome. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Hee. Posting again to show off my new fannish icon.

Because a post should have some purpose, I suppose:
I Am Kloot?
My Chemical Romance?
The Faint?
Oh I have lots of books to chose from on my WANT list so I'm very excited about the gift card. Thanks so much. There are some great songs on those lists! And even a few I'm going to have to try out.

Jennifer Marie
You're welcome, Jennifer Marie! Hope you enjoy the books.
hehe, i love music, so i took great care in picking these songs:
"Empty Room" by Marjorie Fair
"Note to Self" by From First to Last
"Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic at the Disco
"Hold the Door" by Armor for Sleep
"I Caught Fire" by The Used
"We Sleep Forever" by Aiden
"When Your Heart Stops Beating" by +44
"Prayer of the Refugee" by Rise Against

i love these songs. i hope you do too!!