Blog Tour: The Gateway Chronicles Playlist (CLOSED)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Today I have the lovely K.B. Hoyle on the blog who will share her playlist for her series, The Gateway Chronicles.


I’ve had a blast creating a playlist of songs for my YA fantasy series, The Gateway Chronicles! Hopefully this eclectic selection of songs will give you a good picture of what my books are all about. Enjoy!

The Gateway Chronicles Playlist: A little epic, a little angst, a lot of fight!
1. “Numb” by Lincoln Park
This song was inspirational for creating the main character, Darcy Pennington. I think this song does a good job of expressing the desire that is in many young girls’ hearts to just be understood as who they are. The frustration in this song is something that Darcy feels quite keenly in the first book.

I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I'm becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

2. “Learn to Breathe” by Thousand Foot Krutch
This song is also reminiscent of Darcy and her burgeoning experiences in Alitheia. In some ways, it’s kind of the answer to “Numb,” because it’s not as self-focused. While it’s one thing to want to be understood, it’s another thing to acknowledge that you, also, have to be willing to understand, change, and grow.
Take the time, to learn to breathe, 'cause some day we're going under, when did we, all fall
asleep? won't someone wake us? take the time, to learn to breathe, 'cause some day we're going
under, help us see, what's underneath
i'm not here to place the blame, 'cause although we're not, we're all the same, you lit a fire
when you called my name

3. “Dream Chasers” by Future World Music (Future World Music Volume 10 – Immortal Empire, Disc 1)
An instrumental piece, I stumbled upon this while listening to movie soundtracks when I was writing The Scroll. I think every good fantasy story needs a good epic song associated with it, and this song is EPIC. It just makes me smile, and it embodies the journey home from the archipelago in The White Thread. The joy of having Yahto Veli returned to them, the flight of the Zephyra, combined with phoenix song . . . this is simply a perfect match.

4. “Awake and Alive” by Skillet
This is a Darcy song. It’s a song of resolution to do what’s right, even when everything is against you, and that’s a decision Darcy has to make time and again in The Gateway Chronicles.

I'm awake I'm alive
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
here (right here), right now (right now)
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive

5. “Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse
This is one of the quintessential love songs for me and my particular generation, so of course I think of Darcy and Tellius in book 4, The Enchanted, when they are falling in love.

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held on to
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you
I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

6. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
This song just has a feel and energy to it that makes me think of certain moments of The Gateway Chronicles. I don’t know that I can necessarily pick out a specific moment, but I listened to this song a lot when I was writing book 5!

7. “Arwen’s Vigil” by The Piano Guys
This is another instrumental one, but I frequently tell people this is my new favorite song ever. I listened to this over and over as I was writing The Scroll, so it’s really the theme song for the book. The progression of the song from mournful to poignant and swelling is perfect and follows the progression of the story in The Scroll to a T.

8. “Everything” by Lifehouse
This is another one of those “throwback” songs for me. I think I must have listened to this a thousand times in college, and I even sang it for a friend’s wedding one time (and yes, I CAN hit those high notes!). J Anyhow, the whole feel of this song is perfect for The Gateway Chronicles, but I particularly think of Darcy and Tellius’s engagement-through-wedding segment in The Scroll.

9. “Hero” by Skillet
This song reflects how, although Darcy is the ultimate hero of the story, she also recognizes that she can’t save herself. Not only does she need Tellius and her supporting cast of friends, but she also needs something “other” to get the task done.

I'm gonna fight for what's right
Today I'm speaking my mind
And if it kills me tonight
(I will be ready to die)
A hero's not afraid to give his life
A hero's gonna save me just in time

10. “Fight Inside” by Red
I’ve always thought about this song when writing about Darcy’s curse in the stories. So this is one of those songs that encompasses the whole series.

Enemy, familiar friend
My beginning and my end.
Knowing truth, whispering lies
And it hurts again.
What I fear and what I've tried,
Words I say and what I hide.
All the pain, I want it to end
But I want it again.

And it finds me
The fight inside is coursing through my veins.
And it's raging
The fight inside is breaking me again.

I'm still the same, pursuing pain.
Is it worth all that I've gained?
We both know how this will end,
But I'd do it again.

11. “War of Change” by Thousand Foot Krutch
This song is kind of like Darcy’s battle cry at the end of book 5/moving into book 6. Actually, this song pretty well encompasses many of the themes of the entire series, so I included ALL the lyrics:

"War Of Change"
It's a truth that in love and war,
World's collide and hearts get broken,
I want to live like I know I'm dying,
Take up my cross, not be afraid

Is it true what they say, that words are weapons?
And if it is, then everybody best stop steppin',
Cause I got ten in my pocket that'll bend ya locket,
I'm tired of all these rockers sayin' come with me,
Wait, it's just about to break, it’s more than I can take,
Everything's about to change,
I feel it in my veins, its not going away,
Everything's about to change.
It creeps in like a thief in the night,
Without a sign, without a warning,
But we are ready and prepared to fight,
Raise up your swords, don't be afraid,

This is a warning, like it or not,
I break down, like a record spinning,
Gotta get up,
So back off,
This is a warning, like it or not,
I'm tired of listenin', I'm warning you, don't try to get up,
There's a war going on inside of me tonight (don't be afraid) [x2]
Wait, it's just about to break, it’s more than I can take,
Everything's about to change,
I feel it in my veins, its not going away,
Everything's about to change,
It's just about to break, it’s more than I can take,
Everything's about to change,
I feel it in my veins, its not going away,
Everything's about to change.

12. “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis
Last but not least, for giggles, because Darcy can talk to animals and could probably answer this question!

Summary for The Gateway Chronicles: 
At the age of thirteen, Darcy Pennington found out the world in which she lived was only one of many, and that the existence of other worlds meant she was far from ordinary. Her destiny, along with the destinies of her five best friends, is entangled with a realm called Alitheia. She journeyed to Alitheia for the first time, armed only with the knowledge that she was destined to help expel an evil Shadow from the land and she would someday be queen. Darcy never could have guessed how deep the rabbit hole would take her. Now, at the age of seventeen, Darcy finds herself thrust into a position of uncertainty after four extraordinary trips to Alitheia, each fraught with drama and adventure. Gifted with elemental magic and with an uncanny ability to get herself into trouble, Darcy has always managed to make it through, but when her heart is on the line, the stakes are higher than ever. Great hope, great joy, and great love have always been tempered by great sorrow and great loss in Alitheia, and Darcy wonders if the trials she is about to face in her latest trip will break her, and the land of Alitheia, beyond repair. 

Summary for The Scroll:
Darcy Pennington may once have been an average teenager, but not anymore. Living each year twice, once in her world and once in Alitheia, has made her into someone who cares little for normal teenage activities. She’s got more important things to do, like save the mythical, magical world of Alitheia. But this time, Darcy can’t save Alitheia until she saves Tellius, the love of her life.

A window between the worlds allows Darcy to see Tellius from her home in Chicago. But, far from being reassured, she plunges into despair when she sees Tellius captured, imprisoned, and tortured. All her plans for her future life in Alitheia are put on hold as Darcy faces a singular goal: save Tellius, even if it means giving Tselloch something in return.

Intrigue is high upon her return to the castle, where old friends tell new lies, best friends hide crucial secrets, deceptive apparitions roam the halls, and betrayal lingers around every corner. The only way to unravel the mysteries and protect Alitheia is to bring Tellius home, but Darcy lacks the necessary magic for that.

As time runs low, Rubidius keeps to himself, and even Sam has her own secret this year. Darcy wonders if anyone else cares the way she does, and why it’s always a fight to get anything done. Still, she’ll do anything to rescue her future husband, including surrender herself to the fate she knows is coming anyway. Now, if only The Six could unveil the scroll, they might learn the greatest secret of all, before everything burns to ashes around them.

K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three rambunctious little boys. Her favorite literary genres have always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people, and she wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven. Her goal as a writer is to take a look at existing truths in the world around her and repackage them in new, exciting, and fantastic ways.

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