Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Author J.A. Howell

Welcome to the Mistaken book tour! There are so many exciting things going on with the tour, such as a great giveaway that includes a chance to win a paperback copy of Mistaken, bookmarks, a fun magnet and a Mistaken Charm Necklace. I'd like to thank J.A. Howell for stoping by!

Music from Mistaken

Music has always been a big part of my life, so it isn’t surprising that I always am writing to music. Below are some songs that inspired various parts of Mistaken. I may not share exactly why each song fits so I don’t give away too much of the story, but if you read the book you might understand them a bit better.

1.       Emotion Sickness by Silverchair- The tone of this song just really  seemed to fit the tone of the prologue. Somewhat abrupt in parts, very emotional, and it gives a sense that things are spiraling out of control.
2.       Paradise by Coldplay- “When she was just a girl, she expected the world, but it flew away in her sleep.” Definitely suits the Dillan we meet in Chapter One.
3.       Ghost By Your Side by Lovedrug- I just felt this suited her  first glimpse of Trey, and the ensuing  bus chase. Also, I LOVE this band.
4.       Sober by Pink- Dillan’s breakdown and ensuing self-medicating. “The quiet scares me cause it screams the truth.”
5.       Miss You Love by Silverchair- I imagine something like this was playing on the radio during the time after the meds and alcohol kicked in. Also another great Silverchair song.
6.       Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones- Trey finds out his brother is dead/visits his grave-he’s pretty pissed…
7.       Memories Remain & Do Or Die by Dropkick Murphys- Most likely what may have been playing when Dillan elbowed Jamie into the face the day the met.
8.       The Ghost Of You by My Chemical Romance- Dillan’s nightmare and her feelings about everything that was hidden from her about Jamie.
9.       Buried Myself Alive by The Used- The ride out to Dillan’s grandmother’s house.
10.   Blue and Yellow by The Used- Talking about her parents.
11.   All That I’ve Got by The Used-  Hanging out at the stream. Another of my favorite songs.
12.   Take It Away by The Used- Fits Trey’s rage after his conversation with Agent Luciano. Outside he looks calm, on the inside he is probably smashing everything  in his reach.
13.   Don’t Cry by Guns N’ Roses- Definitely is the song playing at the bar.
14.   I think I Smell A Rat by The White Stripes- I can’t really say much about this song. J
15.   Creep (Acoustic) by Radiohead- suits Dillan and Trey’s growing  and very conflicted feelings.
16.   A Martyr For My Love For You by The White Stripes-  Trey’s song to Dillan.  “I could stay awhile, but sooner or later I’ll break your smile.”
17.   Disenchanted by My Chemical Romance- Dillan feeling confused about, well…everything, and missing Trey.
18.   Bulls on Parade by Rage Against The Machine-  Fit very well with Trey’s mother’s death.
19.   Hang ‘Em High by My Chemical Romance-  Trey discovering Dillan is gone and going after her.
20.   If I Ever Leave This World Alive by Flogging Molly- Beautiful song.  “She says I’m okay; I’m alright. Though you have gone from my life. You said that it would; now everything should be alright.” Best sung at a Flogging Molly concert at the top of your lungs with a beer in hand.
21.   Good Life by OneRepublic-  My song for Trey.  If this were a movie, this would fit the ending as the camera slowly zooms up and away.

J.A. Howell

Genre: General/Mainstream Fiction/Suspense

ISBN: 1477456368 

Number of pages:198
Word Count: 61,448

Cover Artist: J.A. Howell

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Book Description:

One year ago, two bullets from a .45 caliber pistol ripped away any hopes Dillan had of a future with her fiancĂ©, Jamie. On the anniversary of Jamie’s death, the appearance of his estranged twin brother, Trey, leaves Dillan wondering what other secrets her prefect fiancĂ© was hiding. When Trey learns of his brother’s death, Dillan takes pity on him and gives him a place to stay.

Trey’s erratic behavior and a series of suspicious phone calls lead Dillan to believe that Trey knows more about the circumstances surrounding Jamie’s death than he’s letting on. With all leads exhausted and Jamie’s murderer still on the loose, Trey is Dillan’s last hope for finding the truth.

Sometimes the truth hurts… but in Dillan’s case it could kill her.

Author Bio:

J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A street named Mars

As you may have noticed I have been working on a new YA Murder on Mars. This story is set in New Orleans, LA a place where I had spent a few days with some amazing friends. It was August of 2008, yes August!! One thing about traveling is that I never remember what the weather was like, only the highlights from my trips and there were a lot of them. But, before we knew it we were back on the plane headed home.

 I really enjoy history, and I make it a point to include this in the places I travel to and I'm always amazed at what I find. So I dragged my friends with me to a few sites that I had to see before we left. It was a good thing that I had a friend who lived in New Orleans at the time and was able to show us around town and when not-- we took in some tours. I was a little disappointed in the tours that were offered, but not so much that it would keep me from returning to the city.

In my paranormal Murder on Mars, there is one thing I would like to share first. The title. It does sound like it would take place on Mars, but it doesn't. The reason why I chose this is because I want my readers to be prepared for the unexpected. As indicated in the title there is a murder and it does take place on a street named Mars. It's where the story begins and the reason behind bringing Ava Lopez to New Orleans.

There is one scene where Ava arrives at the airport and she finds a band playing near the taxi and shuttle area. This actually happened to us, it was amazing and such a welcome. We were taking the escalator down and we could hear music playing. They were really good, I only wish I got their name, I would have loved to have shared it with you.