Thursday, August 28, 2014

River tour with Skyla Dawn Cameron

I am thrilled to have one of my favorite people on the blog today. Author and amazing editor Skyla Dawn Cameron is touring with her book River. She has shared the soundtrack with us (with some amazing music selections, I might add) and a great giveaway that y'all are going to want to enter. 
Welcome, Skyla!


Defiant, nocturnal, moody–though River sounds like a typical teenager, she’s anything but. River’s a werewolf.

The life of an alpha female wolf was irrevocably changed the night she was attacked and bitten, and awoke confused, alone, and human. Three years later, thrust into a world where she doesn’t belong and living in foster care, River barely tolerates humanity and still doesn’t know who bit her or why.

But River isn’t as alone as she previously thought; someone’s been watching her, someone who holds the answers she’s been seeking. And though the human who changed her seems to be a step ahead of her at every turn, River is determined to beat his game and return to her pack and mate.

As if being stuck in a world she hates, with a life she never asked for, and faced with a destiny she doesn’t want wasn’t bad enough, River still must find a way to survive every human’s greatest challenge: high school.

eBook ISBN: 978-1-927966-02-0
Print ISBN: 978-1-927966-01-3

Release Date: August 25 (ebook), September 1 (print)

Buy Direct:

Nook and Kobo coming soon.

For a list of tour spots and to find out more about River—including the first seven chapters free—at

The River Soundtrack

I know music plays a part of Frances’ writing process, so when she kindly offered me space to talk here today, it seemed appropriate to share my own personal playlist from writing and revising River.

I finished my first novel when I was eighteen and still remember its lengthy soundtrack (epic traditional fantasy with the theme song “No One Like You” by Sarah Brightman); going back even farther than that, I was seven or eight writing “chapter” books (very short chapters) with zombies and monsters based on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Music has been a part of my process for as long as I can remember, and obviously River was no exception.

I first wrote the book over an intense two week period in October 2003. Living with my boyfriend in my first apartment, there was no actual office space and we didn’t have a desk, so my big clunky PC and monitor were set up on a nightstand at the end of my bed. I spent thirteen hours a day writing, my legs folded up light a pretzel, with headphones on blasting the same songs on repeat for different scenes.

All was well until the very end of the book. During the final, deeply emotional scene, when I had headphones on and the same song on repeat, tears in my eyes...

My boyfriend strolled into the room and said, “Whatcha doing?”

I think I set him on fire with my eyes. He never, ever interrupted my writing again. Incidentally, we are also no longer together. That was safest for all parties involved.

The book’s soundtrack has stayed with me over the years, so much so that a few of the songs so deeply remind me of River and her journey that I can’t listen to them in any other context. Revising River for re-release in 2014 meant adding a few new songs to the soundtrack because they were too perfect not to have included. Here they are, with a note of the lines from the book or scene where relevant (otherwise assume it’s an overall theme song).

Stabbing Westward – “Television
River’s theme.

Linkin Park – “Numb
Daryl's theme.

Jeffrey Gaines – “In Your Eyes
(If you’ve read the book, you know this song has a prominent role.)

Blue Foundation – “Eyes on Fire
River stalks Daryl.

Sarah McLachlan – “Building a Mystery
(Both because River feels like her opponent is building a mystery, and also because David Usher is in the video and he looks a bit like I pictured Daryl.)

Florence + The Machine – “Howl
“Daryl tumbled but I was on him before he hit the ground, my lips parted in a half-howl, half-scream.”

Korn – “Alone I Break
River’s rage when she tears up her room.

Evanescence – “Haunted
River’s nightmares.

Angie Hart – “Blue

Gary Jules – “Mad World

Sheryl Crow – “Strong Enough
River’s other theme.

K's Choice – “Believe

Moist – “Leave It Alone
River mourns at her brother’s grave.

BOA – “Duvet” (acoustic)
“I’d rather drown next time than have you following me”/“I’d rather you be alive and hating me than dead”

Twinbed – “Trouble I'm In
“Fine. No more words.”

Poe – “Wild
Chase through the woods/final fight.

Lifehouse – “Everything
“...if I thought it would make you happy.”

Sarah McLachlan – “Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
“We don't need human words.”

And, as a bonus, the theme song for the sequel, Wolfe:

Johnny Cash – “Hurt

Skyla is also holding a spectacular giveaway. Jump in on the chance to win these goodies! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is ONLY for US & Canada (due to the movie being Blu-Ray and the regions of Blu-Ray's and shipping costs over seas). Sorry.


Skyla Dawn said...

Thank you for having me by again, Frances!

Frances Pauli said...

It's always a pleasure! I love that photo of you with the wolf too. :) I bet it was amazing.

Skyla Dawn said...

It was fabulous--there's a tour post about it but I'm getting a message the site is down due to bandwidth. Just in case: Lots of wolf pics. Also a baby tiger.