Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mind of the Beast Blog Tour! (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Mind of the Beast
Author: Brian and Juliet Freyermuth
Series: Sundancer #2
Pages: 286
Date Published: August 19th, 2014
Publisher: Middark Press
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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When a vampire asks Nick St. James to investigate his friend’s murder, the answer should have been easy, right? NO. Okay, not so easy. How do you say no to a friend like Felix?

Besides, with Thelma by his side, what could go wrong? She’s got that, umm … cute pink backpack of Voodoo magic. Of course it hurts that she manages to look good even when she accidentally conjures and gets possessed by a drunk loa. No, it won’t be at all distracting to have her along. Since no good deed goes unpunished, a crazy man with starry eyes jumps out of the shadows at the victim’s apartment and pummels them. Their attacker doesn’t just beat them up but also infects them with some bad mojo that’s killing Thelma and making Nick angry … angrier.

If the trail to the suspect—the Green Man—is any indication, they’ll be killed before the poison finishes the job. The old gods are more dangerous than helpful. The Watchers—even the one who seems to have a brain—are always a hazard. And what’s with the all the minions? Who has minions anymore? Not to mention the rapid progression of the infection that quickly upgrades Nick’s condition to ‘blind-rage-filled.’

Why couldn’t Felix have just asked Nick to help him move?

~Guest Post!~
Playlist for Mind of the Beast

People always ask me if I listen to music while I write. The funny thing is, I can’t see myself not listening to music when I write.

How it works is simple. I determine the emotional mood of the scene I need to write, and then I turn on music that fits. I love a HUGE range of music, so the artist doesn’t matter as much as the mood. (I like to tell people that I listen to everything from the soothing sounds of Enya to the hip-hop of Rhianna to the gothic metal of In Flames. My son gives me funny looks when he hears my playlists). On the other hand, Juliet listens to music before she sits down but needs silence when she writes.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten songs and artists I listened to while working on Mind of the Beast.

1)      Lacuna Coil: This is a big one. They are an Italian metal band, and their album, Dark Adrenaline was on repeat quite a bit as I wrote the novel. The gothic nature of the band fits really, really well with the Sundancer series. You can check them out at .
2)      In Flames: Another gothic band, this one from Sweden. I used them more in Demon Dance than I did with Mind of the Beast, but some of their songs were still used to fuel the action scenes in the new novel. Especially the song “Deliver Us”: .
3)      Eminem “The Monster”: And on the other end of the spectrum we have Eminem. “The Monster” is a great song about becoming something you don’t want to become, and it encompassed a lot of the self-doubt Nick felt through the novel.
4)      Coldplay: A staple of any Sundancer novel is Coldplay. As you can guess, these songs play during the downturns, those points in the book where things turn bittersweet.
5)      Within Temptation - Hydra: Now back to the metal side of things. Within Temptation’s latest album “Hydra” came out around the time I began Mind of the Beast, so it went into the playlist. WT is like Lacuna Coil, but it’s a little less gothic. They also aren’t afraid to try something different. 
6)      Jim Dooley - Veiled Nation: I worked with Jim on Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and you’ll probably recognize his name from the television show, “Pushing Daises”, as well as a host of other movies, games, TV, and even the Circus. His trailer album, “Veiled Nation” played during the truly epic fight scenes in the book.
7)      Lindsey Stirling: Like Jim Dooley’s music, I listen to Lindsey Stirling during truly epic moments, as well as any scene that needs a sense of wonder. She has an amazing mixture of violin and pop, with a little Dubstep mixed in.
8)      Sirenia - Seven Widows Weep: Another gothic metal staple for the Sundancer series, this album came back into rotation during the more fantastical elements in the book. This band is a perfect example of metal with a Norse twist.
9)      Sting “Fields of Gold”: Whenever I have a scene that is particularly emotional or bittersweet, I listen to this song. I like the acoustic version, but the original is great too.
10)  Imagine Dragons “Demons”: Most of the time when we write, we get lost in the story and the words. It’s fun and energizing and you know you’re telling a good tale. However, there are times when the words fade from the page and you are swept along by a dark ocean. You have no clue where it’s going to take you, and when you’re finished, you’re left breathless in the face of what you just wrote. There’s a scene in Mind of the Beast, where the main character, Nick, needs to face his past. I started with the song “Demons” by Imagine Dragons on repeat, just to see where the scene would go. Forty-five minutes later I emerged, blinking weakly in the sunlight. I had tears in my eyes and had almost no recollection of what I just wrote. Needless to say, it’s my favorite scene in the book, and I have this song to thank for it.

So that’s my list for Mind of the Beast. Some of these will make it back into the playlist for the sequel, along with new ones that come my way. They are the soundtrack for my muse, and for that I’m grateful. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
“How about a beer?” Felix asked.

“Beer? I didn’t know you could drink that.” A beer actually does sound good, I thought as I put away the coffee beans and grabbed a couple bottles from the fridge.

“We can drink or eat anything as long as it doesn’t have garlic in it,” Felix said as I handed him a bottle. “That shit burns, man. I once saw a couple of vamps have a garlic eating contest.”


He shrugged. “They were bored.”

“Who won?” I asked as I sat down in my old black recliner.

“Their heads caught on fire.”

I blinked.

“Seriously, it was like chomp-chomp-poof.” A ghost of a smile played across his lips. “Our bodies burn out most food. High metabolism or something. Does nothing for the hunger, though. I know a few that don’t eat at all,” he said before chugging the amber liquid.

“Did you know,” he continued, “there’s a dude who actually wrote a book called The Anatomy of a Vampire? He wrote it like fiction so the Watchers wouldn’t get him, but I’ve had a couple of my peeps on the slab over the years. He was right on the money. Talked about how our cells don’t work with food anymore, man. Just blood. How we can eat and eat and eat, but the blood just sends the food packing. Talk about having something go right through you.” He chuckled, although the humor didn’t reach his eyes. “Another reason most vamps don’t eat or drink.”
~Meet Brian&Julie!~ 
After 18 years of marriage, Brian and Juliet Freyermuth decided to try something crazy; write a book together.

Brian’s writing is not limited to print. For twenty years he wrote and designed games such as Fallout, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Epic Mickey 2 and Lichdom: Battlemage.

Juliet’s love for writing began with a fourth grade assignment. She has been writing ever since. Her writing took a new direction when she enrolled in journalism and met amazing people. Whether it is an article about anthropology or a hero’s journey in a magical world, she hopes to inspire readers to new possibilities.

When Brian and Juliet aren’t writing, they enjoy reading, watching shows like Persons of Interest and going on road trips with their son, Kyle.

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