Hey, guys! Thanks for checking out my stop on the Every Word Blog Tour to celebrate the US release! You might be living under a rock if you haven't heard anything about this series yet, but that's okay. You're definitely going to want to read it after you check out the author's playlist below! And you'll probably get the urge to dance, too. :)
By Ellie Marney
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Here's the blurb:
James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago...without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.
Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him...and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.
The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents...Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever?
Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.
EVERY WORD SONGLIST
Hi there, and welcome to the Every Word blog tour!
Jen has asked me to put together a little songlist for the book to show you all – that proved to be the easy part, cos I always have a playlist for every book I write.
What is a bit strange, I guess, is that I actually hate listening to music while I write. I find it too hard to compose words in my head when there’s music-words playing in the background – actually, even instrumental music puts me off!
But like I said, each book always seems to gather its own little playlist that I usually hammer while I’m in the car, driving to wherever (you do a lot of driving when you live in the country), or while I’m doing dishes or something…I do find music inspiring, and great for setting the mood.
So here are the songs for Every Word. Hope you find some of them enticing enough to add to your own playlist!
Prytania – Mute Math: This is the song I always imagined for the opening credits, if Every Word was ever made into a movie (in my wildest flights of fantasy this happens, lol). I think it had something to do with the fact that when I first listened to the song, I misheard the lyric – I thought they were singing ‘Britannia’ (instead of ‘Prytania’), which made me think of England, and…yeah, okay, kinda stupid, but it still stuck with me! Also something about the upbeat action of the music reminded me of Rachel and Mycroft’s journey for this book.
Rocksteady – The Bloody Beetroots: For the roller derby scene, obviously. It’s actually mentioned by name on page 4. The Bloody Beetroots are an Italian electro-house outfit.
Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys: Mycroft has a little obsession with The Black Keys, you might have noticed – he always has a Black Keys song on the hop, and for this book, he loved this song.
Lay Your Love on Me – Racey: This is what plays on Mycroft’s ringtone on page 18, with the ‘tacky Casio-organ intro’ – it interrupts a rather (ahem) heated moment between Rachel and Mycroft. I changed my mind a few times about this song, because I thought it was too daggy. But then I figured, Mycroft is kind of daggy, in an off-beat way. That’s one of the things I like best about him! What finally convinced me to include it were the lyrics: ‘Every word you say/ every move you make now…’
Wide Load – Ainslie Wills: This is a beautiful, mournful song of regret by a singer-songwriter from Ballarat, which is a regional town about an hour away from where I live. Ainslie Wills’s voice is gorgeous, and the clip for this is unusual too. I think it sets the mood perfectly for the scene where Rachel sees Mycroft through the window of his room, late at night, on page 34.
London Calling – The Clash: Yeeess – the ultimate song for arriving in London. What else could you use? Plus, Mycroft mentions the Clash specifically during one of those hair-raising drives with Professor Walsh, on their way to the Westminster Mortuary on page 120.
Royals – Lorde: This song was massive while I was in London researching the book – omg, it was played everywhere. On the day I went to visit the Sherlock Holmes museum I caught the train to Marylebone, and there was actually a busker playing it on a saxophone in the tunnel, while I was on the escalator going up…so I wrote it into the scene where Alicia and Rachel visit the Sherlock Holmes museum, on page 161.
Fine Shrine – Purity Ring : This song is for Rachel, swimming back to consciousness after a (no spoilers!) traumatic event on page 258. It’s a very odd song: sweet but disturbing (listen to the lyrics and you’ll know why). It sounds like a bubblegum pop song that’s been warped and turned inside out so you can see the entrails – which is a lot like I imagined Rachel would feel at that point.
Burning Down the House – Talking Heads: Omg, this song would not leave me alone during the writing of Every Word. I love Talking Heads, and I actually wanted to use a quote from this song (‘Strange but not a stranger’) in the front of the book, but later realised that a Shakespeare quote would fit better. But it’s still a song I associate with the book – especially after what happens on page 269…
Stay – Rihanna: This song is very melancholy and yearning – I thought of it immediately for the scene out in Rachel’s front yard, before the final scene of the book, when she and Mycroft are talking. It’s mentioned by name on page 327.
Straight Lines – Silverchair : Another song that ear-wormed me! Silverchair are another indie Aussie band, fronted by this incredibly talented (and gorgeous) guy called Daniel Johns.
(see? Incredibly talented and gorgeous)
Silverchair are actually a part of a lot of people’s growing up in Australia, I think, because they began releasing music when the guys in the group were all about fifteen or sixteen, so they’ve been going a long time, and they still create amazing music now. This song is about finding a balance in your life, and I think it would make a great ‘closing credits’ song for the (imaginary) Every Word movie.
About the author:
Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go.
Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.
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Thank you so much, Ellie, for stopping by and sharing your playlist with us! I love so many of the songs you featured!
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You guys absolutely have to check out this series if you haven't already. It's insanely addicting, especially for a Sherlock fan like myself. Plus, it helps pass the time while we wait for the new Sherlock special! :) #Wattscroft forever!!!