February 5, 2014

Snakeroot Blog Tour: Author Guest Post

Welcome to the SNAKEROOT blog tour! Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All... Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world? Follow the SNAKEROOT blog tour, featuring nine posts from author Andrea Cremer, over the next three weeks to get the inside scoop!

Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy #1)

Author: Andrea Cremer
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Philomel


Picking up right where BLOODROSE left off, SNAKEROOT follows two characters readers know well from the original Nightshade trilogy.  Adne, one of the Searchers and Ren's half-sister, is plagued by nightmares featuring the evil Bosque Mar, now trapped in the Nether and looking for a way out.  Adne's power draws him to her, and he wants, more than anything, for her to come to the side of dark magic and free him. Logan Bane, the Keeper who was once set to rule Calla and Ren's Haldis pack, is one of the few of his kind left, after he helped Shay close the rift between our world and the Nether.  But he wants to re-open that rift so he can re-create Guardians and reclaim the Keepers' magic. He raids the Rowan Estate to find what he needs to perform dark, ancient rituals, but Bosque Mar has turned his back on Logan for his treachery, and without his help, Logan is lost.  The two teens are both battling Bosque Mar--one who wants to be left alone, and the other who wants help.


Music plays a key role in each of my novels. I listen to a lot of indie rock, so that’s what makes up the majority of the Snakeroot playlist. A few examples: Father John Misty “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” Violens, “So Hard to See,” Bat for Lashes “The Haunted Man,” Beth Orton “Poison Tree.” I also like to have a few instrumental, atmospheric tracks in the mix. For Snakeroot I listened to Atlan “Winter Path,” Hauschka “Snow,” Olafur Arnalds “Lost Song,” Dustin O’Halloran “We Move Lightly.”
When I’m writing a series there are often songs that to the surface and become signatures for certain moments or particular characters.  The only song that’s done that for Snakeroot surprised me, because it’s an older song that I hadn’t listened to in a while. Alanis Morrisette’s “Uninvited” fits the plot of the novel very well.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your music inspiration with us Andrea!
Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes the critically acclaimed Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Rift and Rise. She went to school until there wasn't any more school to go to, ending with a Ph.D. in early modern history--a reflection of her fascination with witchcraft and warfare--and taught for years at Macalester College.  She grew up roaming the forests and lakeshores of northern Wisconsin, but now lives in New York City, where she roams the sidewalks and riverbanks of the concrete jungle she calls home.

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