Dirty Blood Playlist – A Guest Post by Heather Hildenbrand + Giveaway

We are thrilled to be participating in the Blood Bond Tour hosted by Heather Hildenbrand, author of the Dirty Blood series! Today Heather has agreed to share with us, and all of you, her playlist for Dirty Blood, the first book of this wonderful series. =^.^= She has also offered an eBook copy of Dirty Blood to one lucky winner. You can enter by simply filling in the form following this post. And be sure to come back later today for Sara’s review of Dirty Blood.

Now, without further ado, on to the playlist!


I’m so excited to share my playlist for Dirty Blood because the list is so eclectic! There’s everything from GooGoo Dolls to Beatles to movie soundtracks. Most of this music made its way onto the list by accident. In other words, I didn’t search out music for the book but instead, stumbled across a song that spoke to me. Once that happened, I just had to add it and play it on repeat from then on.

I don’t listen to music often during the writing process, because that’s sort of like watching a movie and talking on the phone at the same time. You can’t concentrate on both and make sense of either. But I do for plotting and developing characters and planning scenes. Then, again for editing, I play the songs that inspire me. Here’s a list of those songs for Dirty Blood:

Iris, GooGoo Dolls (City of Angels soundtrack)

“Yeah, you bleed just to know you’re alive… I don’t want the world to see me ‘cuz I don’t think that they’d understand. When everything’s made to be broken. I just want you to know who I am.”

This reminds me of Wes. (And Tara, but not until she finds out all the things that have been kept from her.) For Wes, being a Dirty Blood is a struggle. Part of him feels ashamed because he identifies with being a werewolf, but most of his kind look down on him. It makes him angry and more sensitive to anyone that judges without getting to know someone first. It’s all about identity for him. And he hasn’t quite figured out who this makes him.

Angel, Sarah McLachlan

“You spend all your time waiting for that second chance. For the break that would make it okay. There’s always some reason you feel not good enough. And it’s hard at the end of the day. I need some distraction. Oh, beautiful release. Memories seep from my veins. Let me be empty and weightless and maybe, I’ll find some peace tonight.”

Lots of peeps in Dirty Blood feel the need for a second chance. Tara. Wes. Tara’s mother. George. Cord. You just don’t know WHY yet in book 1. But you will…

Girl, Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe soundtrack)

“Is there anybody gonna listen to my story? All about the girl who came to stay. She’s the kind of girl you want so much it makes you sorry. Still, you don’t regret a single day. A girl… A girl…”

This is definitely straight from Wes’ mind into our hearts. This song makes ME want to be the girl he’s talking about! And this scene makes me think of the first time Wes meets Tara. In the alley behind the pool hall. I think, even then, he was already hooked.

Hey Jude, Joe Anderson (originally Beatles, remade for Across the Universe soundtrack)

“Hey Jude, don’t make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better. Remember to let her into your heart. And you can start to make it better. Hey Jude, don’t be afraid. You were made to go out and get her. The minute you let her under your skin, you began to make it better. Anytime you feel the pain, Hey Jude refrain. Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders. It’s the fool who plays it cool, by making his world a little colder.”

THIS WAS MY FAVORITE!! This is Wes’ song, to a “T.” I played this one on repeat a lot as I wrote or plotted Wes’ character and the dynamic between him and Tara. This sums up his fear of the relationship and overcoming what people will think or the dangers he knows they’ll face if they get together.

LOTS of Sea Wolf <– Love this band! Songs like: You’re a Wolf. Middle Distance Runner. Leaves in the River (the entire album). The Cold, The Dark & The Silence. Wicked Blood. Dew in the Grass. Orion & Dog. Spirit Horse. The Violet Hour <– from the Twilight soundtrack.

Their lyrics are so good. And their sound is relaxing and chill but also thought-provoking. It’s the perfect background music for the soundtrack of my life. This band makes it into EVERY playlist of every book I’ve ever written.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this list. I’d love to hear your thoughts—what songs do YOU think fit Dirty Blood or its characters?


About the Author:

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her husband and two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she’s not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she’s helping her husband with DIY projects in their home (he woodworks – she paints) or she’s lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she’d grab is her DVR player.
You can find out more about her and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com
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Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit www.accendopress.com.

Congrats to Lynda Tatad for winning an ebook copy of Dirty Blood! I will contact Heather with your contact info and book file preference shortly, so be on the look out for an email from her soon, murr! =^.^=


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