Friday, August 5, 2011

Guest Blog: P.J. Hoover: Top Ten Songs That Go Along With Solstice

Today I welcome P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice who is sharing a top ten list which is a playlist for Solstice (and it looks like a great one).  So check it out, I already have the songs going in my head.


Thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog over here! I love top ten lists! For those
who don’t know, my debut young adult novel, SOLSTICE, was just released in May.
SOLSTICE is what happens when MATCHED meets THE LIGHTNING THIEF and is
largely set in a future where global warming is destroying the earth.

So one of the most fun things I did for SOLSTICE was come up with a playlist. It was
easy to come up with the first seven songs, but I’ll have to brainstorm for the final three!

1) (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER by Blue Oyster Cult*
2) COME AWAY by Isaac Angel
3) EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE by The Police***
4) I’M BURNING FOR YOU by Blue Oyster Cult*
5) RIO by Duran Duran**
6) THANK YOU by Led Zeppelin
7) ROADHOUSE BLUES by The Doors**
9) LIPS LIKE SUGAR by Echo & The Bunnymen
10) SUMMER IN THE CITY by Lovin’ Spoonful****

*I realize I have a special place in my heart for Blue Oyster Cult. I saw them in concert at
the most awesome venue in Georgetown, Washington DC back in high school. We were
so close to the band. Loved that!

** Look for hidden lyrics in SOLSTICE from these songs J Does anyone else hide lyrics
in their writing?

***Fun Fact: The inspiration for Piper’s dad in SOLSTICE is Sting from The Police.

****This song just makes me sweat. Always has. It’s the “back of my neck getting dirty
and gritty” line that really does it. So descriptive in so few words.

And of course there is the music I used for my book trailer. It was perfect and haunting
and I knew it was the right song the first time I heard it.

You can check out my playlist here along with a bunch of other fun extras!

Thanks so much for reading, and may your summer be a sizzling one!

SOLSTICE is available as a $2.99 eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords,
and iBooks. SOLSTICE will be released in paperback this summer.

Author website:

Link to Book Trailer:

Link to publicity photos and book covers:

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book
Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer
designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology
and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is also a member of THE TEXAS
SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her
husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and
watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice, takes place in a Global Warming
future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade
fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis,
chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he’s part of two feuding worlds hidden
beneath the sea.



LoriStrongin said...

Fun interview! I'm always listening to music when I write, but not often have my characters told me which song is "there's," save my surfer boy werewolf (who loves Werewolves of London, to no one's surprise).

Good call on the Blue Oyster Cult! :)


PJ Hoover said...

Thanks Lori! I love Blue Oyster Cult :)

And thank you, Crystal, for featuring me!

Usemeplz said...

It's amazing and funny interview! I like to listen dark and aggresive music, so my characterics are angry and dark, haha)

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