I’m so happy to have my friend Elle J Rossi as a guest today. A former professional singer, Elle is focusing her creative energy on her haunting stories, as well as her cover art at EJR Digital Art. She’s giving away a digital copy of her newest release, INDIGO DAWN, to a lucky commenter! I’ll announce the winner here on Saturday morning.
A big thanks to Edie and all at Magical Musings for inviting me into their home today. I’ve brought along a jug of moonshine and an eclectic playlist to share with everyone. Technically, that’s not true. Don’t worry. The moonshine is legit and plentiful. The playlist, however, contains mostly country music with a couple of other genres thrown in here and there to keep me well rounded.
In my humble opinion, music makes everything better. When we’re at our highest, we crank the tunes, put our dancing shoes on (or boots in my case), and sing at the top of our lungs. Conversely, when we are at our lowest, music can be an aid to heal our soul. A song has the power to touch us in a place we didn’t even know existed.
The reason I navigate toward the country side of life has a lot to do with my upbringing, but even more to do with emotion and truth. At the heart of any country song, including the new “bro country”—which I’m still on the fence about, mind you—are themes based on real life, whether that be joy or heartbreak, success or struggles.
It’s this emotion that propels me not only through my daily life, but also through my stories. Music helps to mold the characters that take shape on the page. The right song will bring them to life—so much so that I have conversations with my characters. I listen to them. They listen to me. It’s a total win-win situation. Some say I’m mental. Maybe. But aren’t we all just a little crazy? Isn’t that what makes each of us unique and interesting?
Speaking of interesting!!! Nashville, Tennessee is one of my favorite places on the planet. There’s something about the vibe of the whole town that calls to me. The magic of the streets draws me in and holds me tight. If I had to guess, I’d say the music—the people who create the music—are responsible for the friendly atmosphere and the feel-good mentality. If you’ve never been, I highly, highly recommend you go sometime, even if you’re not a country music fan. Though, I reckon you might be by the time you head back home.
So, pass the jug, take a swig, and tell us what music means to you. Share what it does for you. While you’re at it, shout out a song recommendation. My current favorite is Kiss Me When I’m Down by Ryan Kinder. Check it out!
What song or singer have you been listening to lately?
Josie Hawk is a Huntress. A killer devoted to protecting the humans of Nashville from the shadows that lurk in the night. But the shadows are gaining ground.
When an infamous pixie tricks Josie into a drug-induced nightmare, Josie envisions the death of her vampire lover, Keller O’Leary. Was the vision a threat … maybe even a promise? But from whom?
Desperate to track down the source of the toxic psychedelic pixie dust, Josie kicks and punches her way toward the truth. But her efforts backfire, provoking a deadly attack at Wolfie’s—the bar Josie co-owns with her sister-in-arms, Sage.
Tag. You’re it.
Haunted by the threat to Keller, Josie scrambles to outwit her elusive opponent before the deadly game escalates and claims more lives. But in saving Nashville, will Josie lose those she loves?
Or will she be too late to stop the deadly game of tag?