In the mix.

Let me begin with a random thought for today: I love the surname Throckmorton. How can you not love that last name? Throck. Morton. Delicious. If your name is (Fill in your name) Throckmorton, I envy you.

Now, as many of you, my wonderful amigos know, I have delved into the world of writing young adult novels. In order to become profricient at writing young adult novels, I have found that I must read young adult novels. Admittedly, I do not mind this part of the job. Ok, ok, I kind of love it. There are just so many  more immortal creatures, angsty youngsters, and coming of age stories in young adult novels that in adult novels.  Being that this is part of my “job,” I have begun reading my way through NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list. Since I began the year with Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, I decided to pick up the first book in her Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones. So far, it’s going pretty well.city_of_bones

Also, I’m going to use my blog to do some promotion for my friend Belle Whittington’s Cicada series. If you like aliens, smalltown Texas, and modern-day heroines, you will like Cicada. You can buy Cicada here. The Kindle edition is also available.

Ok, now I’m getting excited because I am going to morph from Faith A. Rice-Mills, author, into DJ Feezy R. Baby. (One of my talents is coming up with rap names. Contact me and I will come up with one for you).  I have come up with a soundtrack for Identified: The Maya Price Story. I have assigned each chapter a song,  along with  lines relevant to the what is happening at that point in the story.  I hope that those of you that have read the book enjoy the soundtrack.  I have included a clink to each  and, if you don’t have time to read through the lines of the songs, you should at least listen to them.  They are excellent, if I do say so myself.

Chapter 1: “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver

Relevant lines: “Take me home, country roads

To the place, I belong…”

Chapter 2: “Steady As She Goes,” The Raconteurs

Relevant lines: “Live a simple life in a quiet town…”

(Midway through) Chapter 3: “Gunpowder and Lead,” Miranda Lambert

Relevant lines: “If he wants a fight well now he’s got one
And he ain’t seen me crazy yet…”

(End of ) Chapter 3: “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie

If there’s no one beside you

When your soul embarks

I’ll follow you into the dark…”

Chapter 4: “Wake up,” Arcade Fire

Relevant lines: “Somethin’ filled up
my heart with nothin’,
someone told me not to cry…”

(End of) Chapter 5: “Almost Lover,” A Fine Frenzy

Relevant lines: “Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do”

Chapter 6: “The Cave,” Mumford and Sons

Relevant lines: “So come out of the cave walking on your hands…”

“Cause I need freedom now

And I need to know how

To live my life as it’s meant to be…”

Chapter 7: “Apres Moi,” Regina Spektor

Relevant lines: ” I must go on standing
You can’t break that which isn’t yours
I must go on standing
I’m not my own, it’s not my choice”

(Beginning of ) Chapter 8: “We Are You Young,” Fun.

Relevant lines:  (the title)


(End of) Chapter 8 (“The Fight”): ” Ugly,” Bubba Sparxxx

Relevant lines: “How else can I say it

I don’t speak no other languages…”

Chapter 9: ” Bittersweet Symphony,” The Verve

‘You know I can’t change…

But I’m here in my mind…”

Chapter 10: “Queen Bee and Her Pals,”  Thurston Moore

Relevant lines: (the title)

Chapter 11: “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes

Relevant lines: ” I’m gonna fight ’em off
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back…”

Chatper 12: “Sail,” AWOLNATION

Relevant lines:

” Maybe I’m a different breed

Maybe I’m not listening….”

Chapter 13: “Fix You,” Coldplay

Relevant lines:

“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed…”
“When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep…”
” And the tears come streaming down your face
“When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?”
“Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you”
Epilouge: “Welcome Home,” Radical Face
Relevant lines:
“All my nightmares escaped my head
Bar the door, please don’t let them in
You were never supposed to leave
Now my head’s splitting at the seams
And I don’t know if I can”
I hope that you enjoyed the soundtrack to Identified: The Maya Price Story.   What are your thoughts and suggestions?

About Faith Rice-Mills

Librarian. Writer. I teach my students, but they also teach me. Married to my best friend from high school. Mommy to the most cutie patootie I've ever seen (AB, we call her. Though the husband likes to say "little monkey"). Owner of Simon and Fitzgerald (Not Paul and F. Scott, my dogs). My parent's daughter, in every sense of the word. Siblings-Yes! They are some of my best friends. Afraid of snakes, elevators and cotton balls. Love having coffee with my best friend. Yoga=yes please! Developing a sense of style. Interested in playing with verb tenses. Oh! And point of view! Would love a delicious chicken fried steak followed by a chocolate chip cookie. Love my red pants, my pearl necklace, and my sparkly gold shoes. Wish I was fluent in Buffyspeak and that Harry Potter was my friend. And so that's me...
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