Guest Author & Giveaway: Melissa Schroeder

Posted September 12, 2012 by Shari in Guest Post / 29 Comments

First, I want to thank Shari for having me here on the Delighted Reader! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I am best known for my best selling erotic contemporary Harmless series. But, this month, I’m releasing the first of my new By Blood series: Desire by Blood.

I have never written vampires, but I wanted to do something different than contemporary vampires. Don’t get me wrong, they are great, but I have a love of all things in the past and that is why I decided to set them in Victorian England. I loved the whole feel of London during that time period. With my degree in history, writing something set in a different time is always a joy for me.

For years though, I had the soundtrack in my head. I know a lot of my Harmless readers know about my love of music. I have written about it before. I grew up in a house where music was appreciated. When I entered high school I learned how to play the flute. The soundtracks actually did not happen at first. When I first really started to get serious about writing romance, we were stationed in Hawaii. We only had a 1200 sq ft house with two kids and two bedrooms. I took over what would have been the dining area and wrote mostly at night. The music started for two reasons. One, my family is LOUD. I mean, when they enjoy something, they are laughing and giggling and well, that was distracting. Secondly, one of the things I liked least about Hawaii was the bugs. Listening to the flying roaches fly into the sliding glass door at night was not conducive to writing. So, I started soundtracks.

I like to immerse myself into the music while I working on the book. So not only do I listen to the music when I work, but also while I drive or do chores around the house. It helps me stay connected to my characters.

I have some songs that will be on a lot of soundtracks.  Still, each soundtrack has a few songs that really speak to me while I am writing the book. For Desire by Blood, it was no different. The soundtrack to every book enhances the way I write it.

So, I want to share with you some of the songs I listened to while I wrote it.

My Immortal-Evanescene
This song inspired the book to begin with and really helped me come up with the atmosphere of the book.

A Quiet Mind-Blue October
In the book, you have a hero, Nicodemus Blackburn, who has to hunt down a vampire he thought he had killed before. A lot of his internal monologue was written to this song.

Running Up That Hill-Placebo
Eyes Open-Taylor Swift
Both of these songs I listened during the action scenes and more of what I call the DADUM scenes where they realize it is worse than they think.

The character songs

I also have one or two songs that speak to me of a couple. It isn’t always a love song, but the evolving relationship. Again, Desire by Blood was no different.

Lie to Me– Sara Bareilles
This was really Cordelia’s song. She is thrust into a world she knows very little about and her husband doesn’t truly do a good job of helping her adjust. For a woman who is accustomed to taking care of herself, she feels lost in their world. Always made me think of her being lost, trying to discover more about her husband and more about the vampires.

Safe & Sound-Taylor Swift
This is an oddity for me to include to of Swift’s song. Living in the girl house, I hear Swift songs all the time, so they rarely end up on a soundtrack for a book. But, these two songs from The Hunger Games movie really hit me while I was writing this book.
This really is a couple song. Nico has promised himself never to truly bond with a mate, and Cordelia has been left on her own for so long, they both think they don’t need anyone. When they start falling in love with each other, they realize

I Never Told You-Colbie Caillat
I’d Come for You-Nickelback
These two songs speak so loudly of our hero and heroine. They are desperately in love and too stupid to admit it to each other or even themselves. But, in the moment when it matters, they both would lay their lives on the line for the other.

So, since this is about music, let’s do a music question. Up for grabs, a signed copy or a digital copy, your choice, of Desire by Blood.

To enter, just let me know if there is a song that reminds me of a favorite movie or book? Or is there a song from a certain time of your life that always takes you back?

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*Giveaway ends September 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT

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  • Kelsey S.

    I don’t know of a song that reminds me of a movie or book, but I’ll always associate Christopher Cross “Think of Laura” with General Hospital and Sting’s “Every Breath you Take” with All My Children. I watched both when I was younger and still in school and every time I hear those songs I think of those shows. I will also always associate Extreme’s “More than Words” with the summer of 1991 and my boyfriend at the time. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the Harmless series and can’t wait to read this.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

    • Kelsey,
      OMG, Think of Laura, YES. That always reminds me of GH!

  • Crystal

    I want to say first off that I absolutely love your books. ☺ Ok. I am a huge music fan. Music was always a big deal growing up in our family. My parents listened to anything from classical and Kenny G to R&B and country. I remember listening to a lot of Sade and Bobby Brown with my mom and ZZ Top and Trishia Yearwood. Anytime I hear that it always bring me back to my elementary school days.

    • Crystal,
      Thank you! Of course, I remember all of that music, but I was the one driving the car, lol.

  • Melissa,

    Thank you so much for appearing on Delighted Reader! I am such a fan of yours…fan girl moment *sqeeeeeee*…ok that’s out of the way 🙂

    I used to have a Meme here called Book Music Monday where I paired songs that I felt fit a book. It was fun while it lasted, but I spent a large amount of time wanting to listen to the music vs actually writing the post.

    Growing up I played the organ, French horn, and base clarinet. Ask me now and I couldn’t tell you how to play any of them, but music was always part of my life. About the only genre I can’t handle is country music. I tend to slant slightly harder than the average rock music, but not really into heavy stuff.

    Right now I am into Pop Evil … 100 in a 55 ( and Monster You Made (

    When I had a formal career, I was a web developer and loved to code to music. Linkin’ Park got me through a lot of tough coding situations. Someday I hope to go to a Nickelback concert so I was excited to see them on your list!

    And my oldest monster…I mean daughter plays Taylor Swift and Colbie Callet all the time, so I know them by heart now.

    My favorite activity…turning on the music and dancing with my kids. Just one of those moments that is not scripted and you just do what you body and heart want!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us today Melissa!


    • Shari,
      I am the same way. I have to pick times to set my soundtracks for books up. Otherwise I do spend all day listening to music. lol

  • Darla

    I love vampires and love your books, Evanescence is one of my favorite bands and their music has brought me through some good and bad times. And anytime I hear “Bring me back to life” it also reminds me of the Daredevil movie.

    • I love Bring Me Back to Life!

  • I love listening to “sleep to dream” by Fionna Apple. She’s my absolute favorite and it takes me back to when I was prego with my first child.
    She makes great angry girl music 🙂

  • Becki Wyer

    Every time I hear “Roxanne” by the Police, I think of Eddie Murphy sitting in a jail cell singing it…I think it was in “48 Hours”. I don’t remember anything else from the movie – just that scene lol.
    Thanks Mel 🙂
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

    • LOL, that is one of my favorite scenes of ALL TIME.

  • Michele Costello

    For me it’s not so much a song but a type of music that takes me back. Irish music reminds me of my childhood and specifically my Dad (who was from Ireland) he would play it on the weekends & when we were little my siblings & I would dance around the living room & sing the different songs. It’s one of my favorite memories of him & growing up.
    Melissa I LOVE your books & can’t wait to read Desire by Blood

    • Thanks, Michele. My father was a fan of the Four Seasons so all those songs remind me of him:)

  • Susan platt

    I love your books!! I can’t wait to read this one! If I hear a Barry Manilow song or an Elvis song, instant childhood memories happen. My parents played these albums! Prince reminds me of college dorm life!

  • Elizabeth

    Music has always been a big part of my life. I’m not too fond of opera but will listen to almost anything else. The first album I remember buying for myself was Band on the Run by Paul McCartney. I still get that song Bluebird stuck in my head when I think back. Ok, I was in the 4th grade so why it sill sticks is a mystery.

    I love knowing the music that inspires a writer. I get the song in my head when I’m reading and it seems to fit.

  • Petula Winmill

    I love your books and I agree that music always bring you memories. My special one is Rockabilly Rebel by Matchbox. My husband had bought tickets for a show starring a local band called the Jets. They had as their warm up act an unknown band. Matchbox. The day of the show Matchbox hit #1 with their first record. Rockabilly Rebel. The atmosphere at that show was incredible. It goes down in history as our best night out ever

  • Judi

    There are so many that take me back. I know this is going to sound really strange, but lately it’s painful to remember. I’m not sure why. Even if it’s a happy thought it just seems to drag on my heart like Scarlet remembering her life before the war. I’ve had a personal war, so maybe that it.

    I’m curious about your cover. I don’t see Victorian England 9a particular favorite) when I look at it. Is it just me?


  • Natasha

    There are alot of songs that take me back! Music is one of my favorite things and I have so many favorites. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • Diane Sallans

    I Love the sound track to “The Last of the Mohicans’ and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Suite which was used in the movie ‘Four Seasons’ with Alan Alda. Love songs like ‘The Way We Were’ , Love Story ‘Where Do I Begin’ – music can really effect emotions.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • Susan W.

    There are so many songs that I love but Paralyzer makes me think of John Mathew from the BDB when he kept going to the club to watch Xhex. Any Johnny Cash or Mel Tellis song takes me back to when I was little and my dad drove a tractor-trailer cross country. I would get to go with him once in a while and he always had 8 tracks of them playing. Good memories! Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Julianne

    In the 80’s every time I heard Christopher Cross’s song, Ride Like The Wind, it would remind me of the hero of a romance I was reading. I could see the hero in the long coat striding across the room toward the heroine. Now even when I still hear that song I think about that book. And this is going to sound so stupid, but I can’t remember the name of the book or the author. It was an historical romance and I’m racking my brain for the title.

  • Mary Preston

    My parents always listened to classical music – Mozart in particular – during Sunday lunch. I hear Mozart & I want roast chicken. Pavlov’s dog!!


  • Na S.

    I sometimes find music to connect to books. Everytime I hear I Will Always Love you, I automatically think of The Bodyguard (its theme song). When I read a book in a certain era, the music of that time also goes through my mind.


    Nothing Else Matters from Metallica always takes me back to high school.
    I love reading about vamps

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  • bn100

    Nice song list. I like My immortal.


  • Maureen

    When I hear Forever Young by Rod Stewart I think of being pregnant with my daughter.

  • Cathy V

    When I hear “Only” by Nine Inch Nails it makes me think of raunchy, animal, passionate sex. Yup it does. I don’t know why, it’s certainly not the lyrics, so it must be the beat, voice, arrangement etc. Their song “Closer” makes me think about the same thing, the lyrics play a large role, listen to them, I dare you!!! – I guess we all know where my head is at the moment… wow!

  • Lori Meehan

    Turn the page by Bob Segert. That was the the first song my husdand and I danced to at my senior homecoming dance.