I’m thrilled to be here on EverAfter Romance. Thanks so much for having me today. When I set out to write The Deepest Well, which is a historical paranormal, I intended for it to feel like a classic Gothic romance but with a raw supernatural edge. As a dark and often haunting novel, I felt the playlist should accurately mirror George and Katherine’s story. So it’s no surprise that my playlist reflects the brooding, ethereal melodies of artists such as Amy Lee in Evanescence and Christina Perri. But just as in the classic Gothic romance of Jane Eyre (which happens to be my favorite book of all time), there is light and beauty and love in the end. So I’m happy to say my final song turns toward joy when we reach our happily ever after.
Along with the songs, I thought it would be fun to pull the most meaningful lyrics as they relate to the characters. So here’s a quick breakdown of my playlist for you. Hope you enjoy!
- “Arms” by Christina Perri reflects the Weathersby Ball in chapter one when George dances with Katherine for the first time. Most Meaningful: “I hope that you see right through my walls, I hope that you catch me because I’m already falling…”
- “Seven Devils” by Florence and the Machine definitely reminds me of the demon prince, Damas, as he determines to seduce and corrupt Katherine. Most Meaningful: “See I have to burn your kingdom down…I’m gonna raise the stakes, I’m gonna smoke you out.”
- “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri is the perfect song to sum up how George feels about Katherine throughout the novel, from the first moment at the ball and throughout their tragic story to the very end. These lyrics reflect George’s undying devotion. Most Meaninful: “I have died every day waiting for you…Time has brought your heart to me…”
- “Sorrow” by Flyleaf hits me to the heart, reminding me so much of Katherine in her loneliness when she longs for George. Most Meaningful: “I’ll take this piece of you and hold for all eternity, for just one second I felt whole.”
- “My Immortal” by Evanescence reflects Katherine toward the end of the novel when we fast-forward through time. Most Meaningful: “These wounds won’t seem to heal. This pain is just too real. There’s just too much that time cannot erase.”
- “Anywhere” by Evanescence. Yay! This song is so utterly beautiful, reminding me of George speaking to Katherine when they finally find their happily ever after. J Most Meaningful: “Dear my love, haven’t you wanted to be with me, and dear my love, haven’t you longed to be free? Forget this life…come with me…don’t look back, you’re safe now…unlock your heart…”
*BONUS TRACK* What do I listen to when I’m writing intense battle scenes? Game of Thrones radio station on Pandora. I get a badass mix of music from Pandora with this “station,” perfect for writing angel/demon battles, which includes the soundtracks from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, Halo-Mass Effect and more. So cool. Happy listening, everyone!
Christina Perri: “Arms”
Florence and the Machine: “Seven Devils”
Christina Perri: “A Thousand Years”
Evanescence: “My Immortal”
Ramin Djawadi: “Game of Thrones” Soundtrack
Love can stand the test of time. Can it rise above the taint of Hell?
Age of Gray, Book 1
Lady Katherine Blakely is married to a monster. On the same night she witnesses how low her husband can sink, she meets a charming stranger, a gentleman from top to toe. Yet even her gallant rescuer is possessed of a dark side.
Lord George Draconis Thornton, commander of the Dominus Daemonum, is on a mission to expel the demon prince Damas back to the underworld. But a golden-haired beauty derails his plans and stirs an attraction he’s never felt before, not even for his centuries-dead wife.
Discovering Lord Blakely is in league with Damas, George sweeps Katherine away from the chaos and devilry threatening her life. With every touch, their love grows by joyful leaps and bounds.
Sensing his enemy’s vulnerability, Damas kidnaps Katherine to his hellish lair, where he wages a sensual assault on her defenses. As George tears at heaven and earth to find her, he is painfully aware of only one way to save her soul. The cost will break her heart…and destroy his own.
Warning: Contains wolves in gentlemen’s clothing, a precipitous descent into Hell, and a frightening glimpse of a post-apocalyptic world where angels and demons wage war for dominion on earth.
Juliette Cross is a multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. She calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.