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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Tour: Jenny Pox Week with JL Bryan

The Paranormals series:

Jenny Pox, Book 1
Tommy Nightmare, Book 2
Alexander Death, Book 3

About The Book:
Jenny has a secret. Her touch spreads a supernatural plague.
She devotes her life to avoiding contact with people, until her senior year of high school, when she meets the one boy she can touch, and she falls in love. But there’s a problem–he’s under the spell of his devious girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all. Now Jenny must learn to use the deadly “Jenny pox” she’s fought her entire life to hide, or be destroyed by Ashleigh’s ruthless plans.

 Jenny Pox Playlist

I’ve always liked the idea of creating a “soundtrack” playlist for books.  I’ve played with creating some, but I’ve managed to put off publicizing them for so long that I can now use them as features for this blog tour :).

Each Wednesday, we’ll be revealing a soundtrack for one of The Paranormals books, starting with the Jenny Pox playlist today.  I’ve made them as YouTube lists, because I like doing them that way, and sometimes you luck out and find a video that’s extra good—maybe a live performance, maybe somebody’s homemade video of their own memories using the song as a soundtrack.  Not every video was a special gem of a find, but some were.

Here are some of the songs from the Jenny Pox playlist.  Feel free to comment on these choices, how or whether you think they fit the book, or you can suggest other songs you would add (assuming you’ve read the first book...):

“Creep” by Radiohead.  This song is still one of the best expressions of loneliness, hopelessness and feeling depressed and worthless that I’ve ever felt.  To me, it really fits Jenny’s emotional place early in the story, and for most of her life.

“Mushy Love Song” by Tsunami Bomb.  It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s romantic, it’s sad, it’s self-satirical and somehow extra genuine because of it.  The beginning of Seth and Jenny’s relationship.

“Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline.  This would be the kind of song Jenny loves, something from the boxes of old country records that belonged to her mom.

“All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Velvet Underground and Nico.  I love this song, and it reminds me of Jenny.  Intensity and sadness.

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
A hand-me-down dress from who knows where
To all tomorrow's parties

“Help Me Make it Through the Night” by Kris Kristofferson, performed by June Carter and Johnny Cash.  Well, I think you know what scene this is.

“The End” by The Doors.  You can probably guess this scene, too.  I spent a lot of time thinking over the right song for this, and I considered things by Tool and even Gwar.  But in the end, I chose The End.  I think it gets across the emotional and psychological distortion, as well as the murderous violence.

“Time after Time” by Cyndi Lauper.  You know you like this song, even if you’re too cool to admit it.  I really, really wanted to use the original 80s video for this, but the one I found on YouTube cuts off before the song ends :(.  If you don’t think it sounds right to represent the end of Jenny Pox, have a stiff drink, think about lost love or something nostalgic, and listen again.

What do you think?  We’ll do the Tommy Nightmare soundtrack next Wednesday, and the Alexander Death soundtrack the following Wednesday.  Thanks for following the blog tour!


About JL Bryan

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, dogs Violet and Tiger Lily, and cats Shadow and Sue.

Contest Info: Jeff is offering two EPIC give-aways for his tour!

The first give-away is a daily Trick-or-Treat give-away that will run throughout the tour. Each day, one of our cute/creepy trick-or-treaters will show up offering a trick or a treat! See which one you got below!

The second give-away is a Kindle Fire, skinned in the winner’s choice of Paranormals artwork and loaded with an AMAZING indie library! Simply fill out the form below (just once during the course of the tour) and you’re entered to win the latest and greatest from the biggest name in eReaders: an Amazon Kindle Fire! Open US/Canada. See full contest rules here.


By leaving a comment on the blog, you automatically get 3 extra entries for the Kindle Fire!

Jenny Pox week:


Jennie said...

Awesome playlist! I think it fits the book perfectly. :D

Pabkins said...

This is so perfect Jeff! I'm sure Smash and I are going to have a great time listening to this playlist as we read Jenny Pox this week!
and I LOVE Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper - she is my favorite 80's music diva!
Pabkins @ Mission to Read

Jordan Butcher said...

Great post! I loved the Paranormals Trilogy. And the idea of soundtracks for books is super cool. I'm actually posting Stephanie Nelson's soundtrack for her book Craved on Friday's post.

Jordan Butcher

Jill said...

I like the idea of a soundtrack! I have never really thought of doing that, but I am pretty sure that I will be doing it from now on :)

Jennifer | Book Den said...

The soundtrack is a really fun idea.

JL Bryan said...

Well, I misspelled Patsy Cline's name..I'm sure I'll more embarrassing mistakes during this blog tour!

@Jennie - Hi, thanks for visiting! I'm glad you like the list :D

@Pabkins - I look forward to you and Smash's double review! I promise I'm not nervous or scared about it... :)

Hey Jordan! All my blogger friends are showing up, that's neat!

@Jill - It's fun to do!

@Jennifer - Thanks!

Aimee said...

I didn't catch that either! I'll go and fix her name :D

Erica said...

Love it, except the song "Eclipse" by Evans Blue should def be part of this or one of them! Its perfect for Jenny and Seth! Maybe the third?

Candace said...

I keep seeing these books EVERYWHERE with loads of rave reviews! If I wasn't so overwhelmed I'd be getting them NOW! But I already have 60+ books to read NOW so they'll have to wait until next year. But when I do get them I'll be sure to listen to the soundtracks! This one is great, lots of awesome songs!

Julie said...

I liked the soundtrack!! I love finding new songs to listen to :)
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Na S. said...

Music often helps me connect better with a story so a sountrack is cool. I really like Time after Time, it'll be interesting to listen to this song in context with the book.

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JL Bryan said...

Thanks for fixing that, Aimee!

Candace - You can grab a Jenny Pox free on Kindle right now (also Apple, Sony & Smashwords) to read later :) I have been lucky with blog reviews lately!

Julie, thanks!

Na S. - I'm glad you like that song pick. :)

Book Love 101 said...

I spent a good hour listening to that playlist lol!

Paper Cut Reviewer said...

Great post! I love the idea of picking out a play lists for books. I think I might try this too =)Most of my music would consist of some oldies *Beatles/Who/Hendrix/Led/Johnny Cash* and of course some Weezer/Nirvana/SmashingPumpkins/Rage...This is gonna be a crazy playlist, lol. Well I really can't wait to read this series. On my way to Amazon right now;) Thanks for such an amazing giveaway! You definitely ROCK!


Aimee said...

Steph, you have great taste! Love your picks!

Anonymous said...

I picked up Jenny Pox free on Amazon and plan on it being my next read. I'm listening to and enjoying your playlist right now. christygibbon at juno dot com.

Barbara said...

Great post...awesome playlist! I like this idea of a song list for each book...

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

That is a great playlist! Thank you for sharing.


Vivien said...

The Doors is a superb choice! Excellent...really, who doesn't love Jim Morrison?

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Britany said...

I agree! All Tomorrow's Parties reminds me so much of Jenny! Good choices.


Bookish Brunette said...

Ooooh I love this list!!! The Patsy Cline song is perfect for Jenny!!!!

Lindsay R. said...

Great playlist! I can't wait to see the other two! I have very specific song in my head when I see the trailer for the Alexander Death movie.

Laura said...

Love the playlist.


Andra said...

woo! Love the playlist! I think it's great to see what the author plays during writing the book because it really helps set the tone! Thanks for the info!!


Anonymous said...

Hey there!
(This is Katy Hensel again! I really should try to not blog stalk at work because blogger apparently hates my work computer and won't let me sign in...)

I really like the playlist! I'm re-reading Jenny Pox right now and it totally fits! Thanks for the post!!

hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

The Slowest Bookworm said...

Awesome track list! I love Time after Time, but then the 80s was my time :)

JL Bryan said...

Book Love - That's good! I must have done something right.

Steph - I think I'd like your playlist, too :)

Christy, Barbara, Unabridged, Laura T. - Thanks, it's great that you're enjoying the playlist!

Vivien - Exactly!

Britany - It remind me of her, too. (Well, obviously, I guess...)

Hiya Brunette!

Lindsay - Oh, what song is it??

Andra - Thanks! I do like to play music while I write..

Hi Katy! It's nice to hear that it does fit the book while you're reading!

JL Bryan said...

Hi Karen (Slowest Bookworm!) Yep, there's something special about 80s music...

Lindsay R. said...

Shake Me Down by Cage the Elephant. I don't really care for the band with the exception of this song. At the very end when they are singing "Even on a Cloudy Day..." I can see the whole camera circling around Jenny as the Mayan ruins along with past lives change in the background. I could keep going but this is more of a discussion for week 3 of the book tour I suppose.

Aydrea said...

I have heard such great things about this series, I can't wait to read it!

Ammy Belle said...

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Awesome soundtrack! Just brilliant - and now I need to go jam to some tunes - including some new ones I had to look up while reading this! Like "Mushy Love Song" - how did I not know this existed!?

Thanks so much for sharing! :D

Ammy Belle
apereiraorama @ gmail . com

Mimi Valentine said...

Aww, that playlist is so awesome! I'm not usually picky about my music (I'll just listen to whatever's on the radio) but I actually recognized some of those songs, which made me feel really proud! :)

SacredmOOn said...

Yes! What an awesome playlist and contest!! TY for sharing to cool! I can't wait to dive into this series! Added in my Goodreads to-read list. Cheers!

donnas said...

I just got this book. Looking forward to seeing how the playlist fits.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Holly S. said...

I can't wait to read the book, so I don't know if they fit, but I know you named some good ones.

I entered for the Kindle as Holly Storm. Thanks!

Jaclyn Cotton said...

Love the playlist idea! I look forward to reading this and now have it on my kindle app so its on my TBR list...

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