I am so, so excited to be hosting a stop today on the blog tour for Mindee Arnett's The Nightmare Charade, the final book in the Arkwell Academy series! This has been one of my favorite series from the beginning because it's such a fun approach to magical creatures--nightmares are pretty much the coolest--and Dusty is the most endearing protagonist. And lucky me has a guest post from Mindee herself with her writing playlist for The Nightmare Charade, plus a fantastic giveaway! Read on, y'all!
About The Nightmare Charade:
The final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she'll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.
Mindee Arnett thrills again in this stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series.
The Nightmare Charade Playlist
When it comes to music, I have a magpie approach. I collect songs from everywhere in almost every genre. I have everything from classic rock to current pop to gangstagrass. My musical loves include both the old and new. In my most recent purchases list on iTunes you’ll find the brand new Mumford & Sons album, Girl Crush by Little Big Town, Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys, Bang Bang by Jessie J,, Could you Be Loved by Bob Marley and the Wailers and so on.
The great thing about my music magpie collection habits is that when it comes to creating a playlist, I don’t have to go far to glean inspiration. Which is great when you’re past deadline like I was while writing Charade. I didn’t have a lot of time to find brand new music, but it didn’t get in the way.
With that said, I present to you the playlist more or less as it exists on my iPad at this very moment. Going into Charade I really wanted to turn up the romance. These songs helped put me in the mood to do that. They’re a mixture of the romantic and the heartbreaking. You’ll notice a fair bit of them are from the 80s/90s. There’s a reason for this—some of these were songs I listened to as a young adult in the heyday of my romantic years. Hope you enjoy!
All for Love by Bryan Adams
All Too Well by Taylor Swift
As the World Falls Down by David Bowie
Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi
Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie
Bother by Stone Sour
Cowboy Take Me Away by The Dixie Chicks (Fun tidbit: This is the song that played during my wedding after my husband and I had said our vows and were marching up the aisle as man and wife for the first time.)
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
Glory of Love by Peter Cetera
Heavy in Your Arms by Florence + The Machine
I Don't Love You by My Chemical Romance
Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
The Last Unicorn by America
Lover's Eyes by Mumford & Sons
Say Hello 2 Heaven by Temple of the Dog
When We Dance by Sting
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) and AVALON, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.
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