Guest Blog & Giveaway with Kathleen Gallagher

Books-n-Kisses is pleased to welcome Kathleen Gallagher to the blog today.  She is talking Play list for her newest book Echoes at Dawn.  Don’t forget to read all the way to the end Kathleen is giving away a copy of her book.


Today, I thought I would share some of the songs from my playlist for my debut novel Echoes at Dawn, released by Decadent Publishing. The print version is finally here, and I’m so excited. It’s wonderful to be here to celebrate with you.

 Echoes at Dawn is a story inspired by an old black and white photo from the 1920’a. It takes place in today’s world, but the past is an important part of the characters future.   

The songs I’ve chosen all have a special meaning. One of them plays a significant role in the story itself. However, I won’t give it away. You’ll have to read Echoes at Dawn to find out which one it is.

Love theme from Titanic, My Heart Will Go On    Celine Dion

This song was released the year I started dating my husband.  

 (You Want To) Make a Memory by Bon Jovi

I love this haunting melody, and of course the singer.

Suddenly   Billy Ocean

Suddenly is my hero’s song to his lady.

The Power of Love   Celine Dion

This song is my heroine’s song to her love.

The Music of Goodbye from Out of Africa  Al Jarreau and Melissa Manchester

This song is so beautiful, and it ties in with the characters conflict.

Dream On  Aerosmith

Dream On, sums it all up with an amazing performance by Steven Tyler.

The strangely intertwined lives of a widowed woman, and a charismatic bachelor come together in order to show that in life, there are no coincidences…only destiny.

Waterfront restaurant chef Madeline Young adores her job. If only her love and family’s lives were as successful as her career. With a teenage son, who spends time in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning and a dementia-plagued mother, Madeline doesn’t know how much more she could handle. Then her mother enlists the help of her deceased twin sister, Mary, to guide Madeline to find happiness. An early dawn visit from the spirit directs Madeline to volunteer at the local hospitals center for addiction recovery, where she comes alive for the first time in many years under the attention of Nat Griffin.

Nathaniel Griffin, a part-time counselor and contractor, fascinates his clients with his lectures. In keeping with his philosophy of professionalism, Nat prefers to keep his personal life private. When attraction tests his beliefs, Nat must confront his marred past. Is he willing to face his demons or take the easier path and remain isolated?

Can unworldly ghosts save this couple from their own self-destructive behavior? Will they be able to accept change and move forward, or allow secrets to stand in the way?

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Giveaway ends Sept 7th
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19 Responses to Guest Blog & Giveaway with Kathleen Gallagher

  1. Debbie Gould September 2, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Excellent songs, love them all. Echo's at Dawn sound like a beautiful love story. Congrats!

  2. Decadent Publishing September 2, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Dream On is one of my favorite Aerosmith songs! Go figure, me being rocker-chick, right Kathleen? The Bon Jovi song is so beautiful. They know how to give good ballad .

    Heather Bennett
    Decadent Publishing
    www decadentpublishing com

  3. Jessica Subject September 2, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I love learning other authors playlists, the music that inspires their writing. Do you find you listen to the same music while you're writing other stories, or does each story have their own individual soundtrack. I find that many, but not all, songs cross over into my stories.

    Congrats on your print release!

  4. JM September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Hi Kathleen. What a great list! I don't know about you, but I write much better with just a hint of music playing in the background. Not enough to distract, but enough to hear the beat and timing. Maybe I just need a metronome to time my key strokes. 😉

  5. Natasha House September 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    This sounds like such a good story. Love the playlist you provided, how fun :-)

  6. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Debbie: Thanks for stopping by today. Music can create such magic!

    Heather: It's always nice to hear from you, Heather! Aerosmith's and Bon Jovi's music always inspires me when I write.

    Jessica: Thanks for joining in! I choose different songs for each of my books. Sometimes I even like to play a Broadway soundtrack while I dream up a scene. It depends upon the mood I'm trying to set. I love to get into a zone while I write.

    JM: Hey, JM! I'm glad you like my list. You can get distracted if it's too loud, but a song like Dream On, makes me feel like anything is possible! Thanks so much!

    Natasha: It is fun to use songs to bring your story together. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for your comment:)

  7. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Thanks so much to Books -n- Kisses for having me as a guest today!

    Don't forget to leave your email address to be entered to win a print copy of Echoes at Dawn:)

  8. katsrus September 3, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Those are great songs. I cannot wait to read your book. Don't enter me as I just won a book from you. Just wanted to come and say "hi."
    Sue B

  9. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 3, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    So nice to here from you, Sue! Your book goes in the mail today. Don't forget I'm sending candles, too. Enjoy!!

  10. Amanda W. September 3, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    All excellent music choices! My house is never silent as we all love music! But the one band we can all agree on is Aerosmith!!
    Can't wait to read your book.

  11. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 3, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Thanks for stopping by, Amanda! Steven Tyler still ROCKS!!

  12. AmyS. September 3, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    This book seems like it will be a great read. I am definitely going to have to read it. Great playlist. I love Areosmith.

    GFC: AmyS.

    truebloodfan AT

  13. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 3, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    It's great to see you here, Amy! Songs like "Dream On" never get old!

  14. Christine A. September 5, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I have the radio on all day- music is so soothing. Your book sounds so good Kathleen. I can not wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Gfc- Christine A.
    your1chef at aol dot com

  15. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 6, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    Hi Christine, Thanks for stopping by. Music is a great way to lift your spirits. All the best!

  16. Na September 7, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    This sounds like a sweet, heartwarming book. I like stories about second chances and widow stories fits this :)

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 7, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I love second chances, too! Thanks so much for your kind words, Na:)

  18. majoy September 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Last minute entry :)
    Thanks for this great giveaway :)

  19. Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect September 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Glad you stopped by, Majoy! Thanks so much:)

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