My Writing Playlist

I've mentioned before that one of my pre-writing rituals is creating a playlist of songs that "fit" the book I'm writing. I try to find songs that fit the mood of each chapter (dark songs, sultry songs, sad songs, exciting songs, etc.). My final playlist for each book is usually extremely long because…well…writing a 200,000-word book requires a lot of songs. (For me, anyway.) But there's always this one song that stands out to me, that "feels" like the book, more than any other. I posted (around this time last year) that "Better Love" by Hozier was that song for The Tomb of Blood. Well, I think "Battlefield" by Svrcina is that song for The Assassins of Light. The song feels dark, somber, suspenseful, and a little bit romantic, much like this book. Plus, the lyrics are perfect. ❤️ I mean, just look at them… ❤️❤️❤️

Crazy Writing Rituals

One of my crazy writing rituals is burning candles that smell like my characters. (For example, I usually burn vanilla candles when I'm writing important Rose-scenes.) Well, the one character that I never had a candle for is Kara, which made me kind of sad because I've written so many candle-less scenes for her. In the books, she's often described as smelling like "violets and leather," which, in Rose's opinion, is a scent that fits her because it's "wild and strong, but beneath the surface, so sweet." Well, guess what? I finally found a violet-scented candle! And I'm feeling a weird amount of excitement about it because it's my weird writing ritual, and I'm a weird person. So…yeah… Yay for scented candles and weird writing rituals and weirdness in general! ❤️

Playing Catch Up / Book Teaser (featuring Aaron)

I'm so behind on updates, so I'm going to be playing catch up for the next couple of days. The first thing I have for you is a book teaser, featuring the vampire we all love to hate: Aaron. 😂

—New Book Teaser 😁—

Aaron finished his speech with a pained smile. Well, actually, it looked more like a grimace, but it was clearly meant to be a smile. “I would like nothing more than to kill everyone in this room, but unfortunately, I need your help.”

"Has he always been this good at pep talks," Rose said dryly, "or is this a newly-developed skill?”

Kara laughed at her sarcasm. With a nod, she admitted, “The pre-battle speeches are usually my job. He gives the commands, and I…paraphrase.”

“You mean you lie,” Rose corrected.

“I,” Kara paused, choosing her words carefully, “make it sound good.”

Rose raised an eyebrow. “In order to make anything that comes out of Aaron's mouth sound good, you’d have to lie.”

Kara laughed, “Fair point.”

Most of the vampires left the room after Aaron finished giving the instructions, heading toward their assigned places for the night to come, which left only Rose, Kara, and Aaron.

On his way out of the room, Aaron stopped in front of Rose and Kara. He regarded Rose with a thoughtful look. “You’re the one I want to kill, most of all.”

“He means…your power is essential to this mission,” Kara translated.

Rose frowned at Kara. “Yeah, that’s not going to work on me.”

Kara nodded. “Didn’t think it would.”

Aaron dropped a key in Rose’s hand. “Just don’t screw it up this time," he snarled at her.

Rose turned the rusty key over in her hand, examining it, as Aaron left. “I had at least fifteen comebacks for that,” she told Kara, once he was gone, “but I missed my chance because I was trying to figure out why he gave me this key.”

Kara started laughing. She threw her arm around Rose and leaned in close, so that no one would overhear her. “You didn’t hear the plan, did you?”

“Of course not,” Rose said defensively. “I was busy being sarcastic.”

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from THE ASSASSINS OF LIGHT

Book 3 of the CREATURES OF DARKNESS series

© Britney Jackson