Destined Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


I'm excited to be the next stop on the Destined Blog Tour hosted by Good Choice Reading. Today there is a guest post by the author, Jessie Harrell plus a chance to win an ebook of Destined.

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell.


Hi everyone! I'm really excited to be here and get to share a topic that I'm pretty passionate about: music. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket and seven years of band was lost on me, but I LOVE listening to music. I think it can hold so much sway over our emotions, comforting us when we're down or lifting us up even higher when we're full of energy. For the past several years, I've found that I cannot write (or work, for that matter) in silence. I need some sort of music running through the background.

Day-to-day, I tend to listen to satellite radio. The Pulse (modern) or The Coffeehouse (acoustic) are my favorites. When I really need to focus at work, I'll switch over to some classical music, but those instances are rare since it also tends to make me sleepy.

When writing Destined, I kept a playlist of special songs just for Eros & Psyche that I listed to over and over again and really inspired the writing. I think you'll find most of the songs are soulful, often sad, mostly romantic, and the words typically fit with the emotions at the heart of Destined. The notable exception is "Crack the Shutters" by Snow Patrol - it's the last song on my playlist. This song is specifically for the Epilogue and is the happiest and most up-beat song on the track. If it sounds out of place with the rest, it is. But I love it and if Destined were ever a movie, this song would close it out as Eros & Psyche fade to the credits.

Here's the playlist. Like I tell everyone, if you like the songs as much as I do, please support the artists and buy them!


I hope some of you will hum along to these songs as you're reading Destined. Maybe try to guess which song I imagined matching up to which scene. And for a chance to get an early copy of Destined, just leave your name and e-mail address in the comments below. One person who comments by midnight EST will win an e-ARC of Destined (in either .mobi for Kindle, .epub for Nook or .pdf for computer viewing). To learn more about Destined, please visit my website and my blog. Don't forget to add Destined to your TBR pile on Goodreads too or even pre-order it on Amazon.


Thank you so much for stopping by Jessie. Check out the Destined blog tour schedule throughout November here for chances to win copies of Destined and other goodies.

22 comments:

  1. I'm going to check those songs out, I'm always looking for something new to listen to.

    Mini BookDom
    lovemibooks@aol.com

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  2. Destined looks really good!

    Nicole
    nicoleslibrary@yahoo.com

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would love to win a e-ARC of Destined. :)

    Memrie
    darkangel231988(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Great giveaway!

    chelsielichty@gmail.com

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  5. Thank you for the giveaway. :] Gabi: teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

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  6. Thanks so much for hosting me here today & letting me share my love of music with your readers!

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  7. Great playlist! Arms, I love that song.Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  8. I would love love love to get my hands on this!! Sounds amazing and I love all the songs

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  9. Thank you for the giveaway :) It looks great!!

    rachie2004 AT yah00 *D8T* c-m

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  10. I sooooooooooooooooo want to read this one!! I'm in!

    jessica(DOT)agreatread(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. Thank you very much for the great giveaway I would love to read your book sounds so good!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  12. Aaah, I'm a HUGE book/music person as well! I'm about to bookmark this page so when I get to reading Destined, I'll have it on hand! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Momo
    booksoverboys at hotmail dot com

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  13. Great songs Jessie! Destined was awesome.

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  14. Nice =) I listen to both of those stations too. I love Sirrius radio. I'm so glad for this blog tour....I just joined in on the last stop. I think your book sounds great, I love Greek Myth. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. would love to win!!

    marian
    mariannguyen16(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  16. Hope I can still get a chance to win Destined. The book is going to be part of the books I'm going to read for the YA Mythology Challenge on For Those About to Read. The cover is pretty awesome! :)

    - Mauie (The Traveling Reader)
    travelingreader(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  17. Loved the playlist!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  18. Words can't express how excited I am to read Destined!!! :D

    ~Marisol
    marisolgaddi (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. Hope I can still get a chance to win Destined.
    alipeli
    alipeli2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I'm so excited for this book!! :D

    Zeinab
    super_girl7@msn.com

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  21. never heard of this book before. it sounds really good! thanks for stopping by our WoW. :)

    -michelle

    p.s. please don't enter me. i sadly don't have a an e-reader and my eye sight is too poor to read on my computer. :( good luck everyone! :)

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  22. Congrats to Nicole - who won the eARC! (I'm e-mailing her now.) For the rest of you, please swing by the rest of the stops on the blog tour for more chances to win every day between now and the 23rd!

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