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Jessica Shin: Mood Music (Contest)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Many writers have a particular style of music they like to listen to while they write. Hard rock, classical, pop, country…each genre has its diehard fans that swear they write better, faster and hotter because of what they listen to. For me, it tends to change with each story I write. It’s like I have a theme song for each book that runs through my head the whole time the story is coming together, whether I am actually working on it or just thinking about it.

When I was writing Tell Me Lies, it was Fleetwood Mac’s Sweet Little Lies. For A Rapture of Centuries, it was Michael Buble’s rendition of Fever. My upcoming release, Released By Moonlight, used Come on Closer by Jem for it’s inspiration.

My most recent release, Instruction by Seduction, follows the story of Leah, a young college student floundering in her life until along comes Hale, a mystery man who catapults her into making her dreams a reality with his erotic life lessons. For this story it was America’s You Can Do Magic that inspired me. The song’s description of a woman who can have anything she desires with her “magic” made me cheer for Leah throughout the book. It also reminds me that when each of us “spell-casts” with our thoughts throughout our daily life, we too can make our dreams a reality.

Is there a particular song that inspires you to create? Or a song that has its own music video that plays in your head each time you hear it? Share in the comments! I’ll pick a random commenter to win a digital copy of their choice of Tell Me Lies or Instruction by Seduction. The winner will be selected from comments posted by noon EST on August 19th.


You do not open the box. The box opens you.

When Leah picks up an ornate box at a flea market she knows it’s special. But she has no idea how her life as a sexually disappointed college student and grocery store cashier will be transformed.

Through forces unknown, the box summons Hale—a man who knows Leah inside and out. He uses their no-strings-attached sexual escapades—which include a hot threesome and light bondage—as lascivious lessons to teach Leah what she needs to succeed in her job, education and relationships.

With each sexual encounter growing more and more extreme, Leah comes away challenged and questioning everything. But will Leah listen to her new instincts and embrace the life of her dreams or will she continue to hide in her old and comfortable but self-defeating ways?

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Adrian Ennis has only known the life of organized crime, having been trained to be a mob assassin from age eight. Crime king pin Ezra Drake is more like a father to Adrian than her boss and is one of the few people she feels she can trust. But on the evening of her 29th birthday when Ezra orders her to kill Tony, her friend and lover, Adrian’s perception of who is and is not her friend becomes a blurred line of blood and bullets.

When Adrian makes an unlikely ally in Atlanta PD detective Damon Wyatt she learns the truth about her past, an unsavory web of murder and deceit that includes the destruction of her entire family. With an innocent life hanging in the balance – Tony’s ten-year-old son – Adrian has an opportunity to amend for the wrongs of her past and to bring those who destroyed her life to justice…her way.

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5 comments to “Jessica Shin: Mood Music (Contest)”

  1. Toni Whitmire
    · August 13th, 2014 at 11:04 am · Link

    I don’t have a particular genre I like them all

  2. Pansy Petal
    · August 13th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    I can’t say I have a particular song that inspires me to create, but music has always been an active force in my life. Various events or moments are bookmarked with a song. Or I can listen to a song and feel every word or note and be reminded of . . . something. But to create, I generally need silence or white noise. Music will distract.

  3. Ashley
    · August 14th, 2014 at 1:21 am · Link

    Lately it has been more mellow songs or songs that have a chat meaning. For example I hear Say Something by A Great Big World or Don’t by Ed Sheeran and my mind goes into overdrive. But sometimes I can only be sorry of listening to the music and a line will catch my attention and I’m done, my brain is off with an idea.

  4. Jessica Shin
    · August 19th, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Toni, you are the winner! Please comment and let me know which book you would like and in what format:

    Instruction by Seduction (.epub, .pdf or .prc/Kindle)
    Tell Me Lies (.pdf or .prc/Kindle)



  5. Toni Whitmire
    · August 20th, 2014 at 8:39 pm · Link

    I would like Instruction by Seduction on pdf Thank You.

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