Guest Post: Leah’s Playlist from Leah by Andrea Baker + Excerpt + Giveaway

Leah (World’s Apart, #1)

  • By Andrea Baker
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 11th 2012 by Taylor Street Books
  • Genre: YA Paranormal / Romance
  • Leah knows that her mother died in a car accident when Leah was small and that her father, who used to be the gentlest dad in the world, has become increasingly controlling and occasionally violent.

    She also knows that her recurring dreams are telling her something more about how and why her mother died, and why her dad turned nasty, but they are becoming progressively more disturbing and confusing.
    When Leah meets Ben, she is excited to have a friend she can confide in and have fun with, but is he what he seems?
    The voice of Leah’s mother repeatedly tells her to rely on her instincts, but when Leah is run over in a freak accident and Ben’s family take over her welfare, are they protecting her or using her?
    And why would anyone, good or evil, bother with an ordinary girl just about to go to university?
    ~ Bewitching BT

    Andrea Baker – Guest Post and Playlist

    Hello Livia and Thank You so much for inviting me along!

    I’d like to talk a little today about music, and its importance to me in the writing process. My writing style relies heavily on music – to the extent that I would put a particular piece of music on time and time again when writing scenes, as the music would easily place me back in the middle of the story.

    Music also has a strong theme within “Worlds Apart – Leah”, Ben plays the guitar, and there are several instances where the right music is vital – There is a scene where Leah goes and watches Ben and his band mates practice, for example, where the wrong music could completely destroy the scene. Then of course there are the regional finals, just before the fight scene, where the music is again, intrinsic to the story.

    My own taste in music is pretty eclectic; you can find a sample of most different genres of music on my ipod – in the same way that I have read so many different genres of books. I’m pretty sure however you’re not that interested in what I would listen to, but how about Leah’s playlist?

    Leah is nineteen, and about to start University. Raised by her father since she was fourteen, after her mother’s death, she finds escape in music and books, so her playlist is very important to her. I asked her what she was listening to right now, and this was her response:

    “I’m in a good place right now Andrea, so my music is not as melancholy as it can be. Life is calmer, although the Harbingers can appear at any time, but I feel stronger and more able to do battle. I’m going to see “Hey Beatles” tonight, although the music is old school, I listened to it a lot with my Mum when I was little, so I still really like it. Right now I’m listening to my “general” playlist, so here’s just a sample of the next few on the list:

    “Feeling Good” – the Muse version, although it’s a cover, I love this particular one
    “Maybe Tomorrow” – Stereophonics
    “You Give me Something” – James Morrison
    “Decode” Paramore
    “The Swan Nebula – A Perfect Storm” Jonathan Hood
    “I won’t give up” Jason Mraz
    “Moves like Jagger” Maroon 5

    I could go on forever…”

    Thanks Leah, that is really interesting – I’m sure most people recognize those, even if they’re not something you’d listen to yourself.

    Anyway, thanks again Livia, hope your readers enjoy the brief snapshot of Leah’s music

    Sitting here, breathing in the familiar smell of wild flowers and sheltering under the huge old tree, I still found it difficult to comprehend everything that had happened. The air smelt slightly damp as though a storm was coming and I gave an involuntary shudder. Even now, knowing the truth, the fear of those storms had not completely dissipated. I leant my head back against the trunk, fitting nicely into the spot that I had occupied so many times before. Although I now knew I could do this at will, my stomach clenched with apprehension at what was to come. I knew that I would never want to revisit this period in my life again, I just needed to make sense of it this one final time. I just needed to be careful, to make sure I didn’t change anything that had happened, otherwise there would be consequences.

    Opening my laptop, I returned to the messages I had sent my best friend, Jen. All I needed was a trigger, to place me in the right moment in time. As I started to read, I smiled, remembering the friendship and familiarity of that time before everything changed. Then I let myself start to float, drifting back, allowing myself to occupy my old body and thoughts, carefully and silently, avoiding anything that could bring the change to the attention of those around me.

    Well, we’ve finally unpacked – or I should say that I have! Dad’s been at work most of the time, though I guess that doesn’t surprise you. His behaviour is still off – I’d really hoped it would improve once we got away from the old house and the constant reminders. He’s been going on about my needing a new start again – but after that last row, I just daren’t argue with him anymore. His mood swings can be just so scary and the temper has definitely not improved – in fact if anything it is getting worse. So much for the fresh start he banged on about! How’s Aber? I am SO jealous. Bet the sun’s shining, isn’t it? Where’s your room – is it facing the sea, or the mountains? Still wish I could have come with you, like we’d always planned but I lost that argument the day Mom died …

    Still Warwick should be ok. It’s got a good reputation and the course seemed just right, so need to keep my focus on that now, not worry about what could have been. Anyhow, this place is ok really – even though it’s very old. Kenilworth town itself is a bit old school but you should see the Castle. I love it up there. I can take my music and wander around for hours, or if the weather’s good I can just snuggle into a corner and read. No-one bothers me and it’s SO Goth – you’d love it. I looked it up on Google and apparently there are parts of it that date back as far
    as Norman times and it also played quite an important role in some siege. Some of it has been rebuilt, turned into offices, tea rooms (with the blue rinses to match LOL), but I like the ruins best. There’s an old Abbey too at the other end of town but there’s not much of that left, with far too many kids playing in the park for me and it’s not like I’ve got anyone to play tennis with here.

    The cottage itself apparently dates back to the 17th Century and has some connection to Walter Raleigh and the potatoes. It has three little corridors leading off to different, really odd shaped rooms – some people would hate it but I don’t and I know you won’t either. It’s easy to hide in the attic and pretend not to hear Dad. Can’t wait ’til November when you come to stay – I’m going to hold you to that promise! Has Freshers started there properly yet? I don’t start for a few more weeks but I feel physically sick when I think about it. I’m not looking forward to being the new girl but I guess we have that in common. At the moment though I’ve still got some time to myself – not that Dad likes THAT of course. I’m sure he thinks Greg will turn up out of the blue or something – as if! That boat sailed back in Clifford and I don’t ever want to see HIM again. Men are most definitely off the agenda and not just because of the promise Dad forced out of me. Wonder if that has something to do with these dreams I’m getting …

    Can’t wait to hear all your news, don’t keep me waiting.


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    About the Author & Links:

    Andrea Baker has written stories and poems all her life, although most of them no longer exist. After graduating from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in Economics and Marketing, she convinced herself to stop making these stories up, believing it to be something a “grown-up” should not do.

    Since then she has spent most of her career working on major programmes across both private and public sector. Of all the ideas that continued to occur to her, Worlds Apart has been the most insistent, refusing to go away.

    Andrea Baker lives and works in the beautiful English county of Warwickshire, with her husband and daughter. Kenilworth, the base for her Worlds Apart Series, is just a few miles away from their home.

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