Monday, 9 April 2012

Here Blog Tour: Guest Post + Book Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Here, a young-adult paranormal novel by Denise Grover Swank. To view the full tour schedule from AToMR Book Tours, click here. Denise is on the blog today to share a guest post about something I'm sure many of us enjoy as much as books: music. Stick around for a giveaway at the end.

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before. 

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

Music Playlist by Denise Grover Swank 

Music plays a significant role in my writing. For one thing, I can’t write in silence. It drives me crazy. Plus with all my kids, (I have five living at home) my headphones are my best friend.

The music I listen to changes from book to book, scene to scene. With HERE, the overall tone of the book was emotionally heavy. Obviously something light and upbeat wasn’t going to work. I listened to Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight album on repeat a LOT. “What I’ve Done” is the theme song for the book and fits Julia, Evan and the Reece in Evan’s world. All of them are ruled by guilt. Guilt plays a huge role in the choices they make, trying to rectify their mistakes. Yet ironically, their attempts to fix their past experiences only makes things worse.

The instrumental on the album “Wake” was on repeat when I wrote the scene when Julia is in the parking lot of Chick-Fil-A, faced with a decision. No matter what choice she makes, her life will change. The tone of the song captured that moment for me.

HERE Playlist:
Theme song: Linkin Park: What I’ve Done (The book is full of guilt and how the characters deal with it. Perfect song.)
Red: Hymn of the Missing (Evan)
Linkin Park: Numb (Julia)
Red: Faceless (Julia)
Linkin Park: In Pieces
Linkin Park: Wake (key scene)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Parallel Universe
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Otherside
Lifehouse: Everything (Studio Version)
Lifehouse: From Where You Are (Reece)
Lifehouse: All I’m Asking For
Lifehouse: It Is What It Is (Last chapter)
Evans Blue: The Future in the End

Thank you to Denise for the post and sharing her playlist with us. I actually have a thing for Linkin Park so I'm glad to see What I've Done as the theme song. :)


To enter the giveaway for an ebook copy of Here in a format of your choosing, follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below. Giveaway is international.

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Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning. Denise is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary. You can find out more about Denise and her other books at or email her at You can also follow her on Twitter: @DeniseMSwank or friend her on Facebook:


  1. Awesome guest post, Sam! I've been seeing this book around lately and it looks so awesome!

    Thank you for sharing this with us! ♥

  2. Oohh... this books sounds very interesting! Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Great post, Sam :D <3 I really wish to read this book. But, yeah, the paperback on book depo is way too expensive :p So hoping to win your giveaway :D It really sounds like an awesome book, I think ;) Thank you for this post and this giveaway. <3

  4. Great post! I've never heard of this book before but it sounds awesome. Thanks for putting it on my radar. :D

  5. I. Love. This. Guest. Post. I've been dying to read Here, for like ever. That cover is so creepy good and music is love! I freaking love everything Lifehouse! They rock my world.

  6. Fabulous guest post, Sam and Denise! I'm actually sort of the opposite; I can't really write with music on :S I need music for maths, but when it comes to writing (any sort of writing), I need complete silence :/ hahaa
    Anyway, this book sounds fantastic! So eerie and mysterious :) Can't wait to read it :D

  7. Loved this guest post, some of my favourite songs there. Yeah, I am one of those people who can't do 2 things at once lol no reading & listening to music for me :)This book sounds so interesting, thanks for bringing my attention to it, Sam. (love the cover too.) :D

  8. This book sounds great. Love the cover as well!

  9. This book sounds amazing! And I love your playlist Denise, especially with all the Linkin Park and Red Hot Chili Pepper songs, I've listened to What I've Done countless times on repeat and still can't get enough of it. Thanks for the giveaway Sam! :)

  10. great guest post! This sounds like a very intriguing book. can't wait to read it : )

  11. Oh, I've had my eyes set on this book for such a long time! I can see with five children living in the house, there must be time when headphone become your bestfriend! :D The only songs I heard from Denise's playlist are Linkin Park songs LOL! I love it that Denise uses their song as the theme song of this book! I have a thing for Linkin Park too. ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway! <3

  12. I love Linkin Park!

    This book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  13. I so love Lifehouse!! Their music is so so beautiful :) :)

    Awesome post Sam :) ;)

  14. I love Lifehouse! I just finished this one like, half an hour ago! Haha. I really enjoyed it it totally took me by surprise. My tour stop is tomorrow :) Great post!!

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  15. Yay! I love it when authors connect music to their books because I'm a huge believer in musical inspiration! I have to admit that I can't really write when I have music playing in the background (because I tend to sing along and I'm not that great at multitasking LOL), but listening to music beforehand ALWAYS helps me out! ;)

    And I have a thing for Linkin Park too! I just went back to listen to What I've Done on Youtube and if that song is the main theme song for Here, then I'm even more excited to read it than I was before! Love that song so much! x) Thanks for sharing this, Sam & Denise! :) <3

  16. The book sounds amazing I cant wait to get a copy- Oh and that cover its so creepy-cool I love it!!
    I Love this guest post, I listen to music when I read so I am always curious to what Authors listen to while writing certain scenes.

    Thanks for sharing Denise & Sam

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  17. Great guest post Sam and Denise, and thanks for the giveaway too

  18. I'm one of those people that has to write in silence, I cannot be listening to anything otherwise I start typing what I'm listening to and that's completely unhelpful isn't it? Yes, yes it is. Strangely enough, I can read just fine with all sorts of noise, I have no idea why. I'm a huge Linkin Park fan and Lifehouse as well, so the above would be a perfect soundtrack for me!

  19. i love book playlists

    sounds awesome

  20. Lovely post! My favourite song is "Linkin Park: What I’ve Done" :) Great giveaway too!

  21. I love posts like this. Seeing what music the author feels fits the book, makes me want to read it even more. I'm terrible at matching a song with a book.

  22. Awesome guest post! I seriously want to read this. :)

  23. Sounds like a very interesting book. I'd love to read it. Especially as I'm kinda running low on books to read.

  24. Awesome post! :D I've never been able to write with music playing, but I know it really inspires a lot of people. I like most of the Linkin Park songs that I've heard, so I definitely approve of this playlist. :D

    Also, this shouldn't amuse me as much as it does, and it'll have changed by the time I post this, but . . . you have 666 followers. ;) That made me giggle.

  25. I love the cover and the summary! Awesome playlist, too! So glad to "meet" another Lifehouse fan - I listen to Everything nearly every day!! Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

  26. I really like the cover, it has an eerie feel to it! And I love finding out the music that inspires writing, great post & thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  27. Ooh I love the idea of this post! It's always interesting to hear what music inspires an author and I love looking through book playlists. Music can really mean so much, I love how much emotion it brings out. Thanks for this post, Sam and Denise. :D

  28. This book seems like a great mind challenge. Something that I need to figure out. :)

  29. This really sounds like an interesting book. I love when authors have book playlists :) Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway.

  30. I love the playlist! Linkin Park, Life House and Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of my favorite bands! I've been seeing this book for quite a while. Sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway! :))

  31. Sounds like a really interesting read. LOVE the cover, it just demands one's attention.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. I approve of this playlist! LOL. Linkin Park has been one of my favorites--I love their music, so good choice. :D Thanks for this giveaway.

  33. Rebecca Hipworth14 April 2012 12:34

    Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. Katie Robertson14 April 2012 12:42

    Entered the giveaway. Thanks.

  35. This book sounds really great. I like the alternate reality it is something I have not read in books yet.

  36. The soundtrack for this book alone has me wanting to read it. The Future In The End is an amazing song. This book does sound really interesting

  37. I love it when authors compile music playlists for their novels - I always listen to them when I've finished reading and try to imagine which parts of the novel each song would fit.
    This is an especially great list - loads of songs I love!

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