Hello, I’m Eli Lang. Welcome to the blog tour for my contemporary f/f romance, Skin Hunger. Join in on the discussion in the comments and have fun! Thanks for stopping by!
Playlist for Skin Hunger
I always listen to music when I write, and since Ava’s a drummer and a member of Escaping Indigo, I wanted music to play a really important role in the book. But I actually had a very concentrated playlist that I listened to on repeat while I wrote this book. These are a few of my favorite songs from it.
Pachuca Sunrise (Alias Remix) by Minus the Bear
This is such an Ava song for me. The lyrics are about hanging out at night on a beach, looking at the moon, and missing someone far away. Ava loves the beach, loves her home in California, and for the first half of the book, all she wants is to get back there, to her friends in Escaping Indigo. And this song really captured that for me.
The Cold by Exitmusic
I stumbled across this song when I was about halfway through writing the book, and it just seemed to fit the emotions I was writing about. The lyrics are pretty vague, you could read a lot into them but the music itself is dense and sweeping and to me, it spoke to Ava’s confusion, her emotions about Tuck, and her growing feelings for Cara.
Global Concepts by Robert DeLong
This song is so fun! I love everything about it. And it worked perfectly for me while I was writing Ava. Ava’s someone who’s still, in many ways, figuring herself and her life out. And this song reflects that. But it also talks about living life out loud, and making something of yourself, and bringing joy to other people, which is what Ava tries to do with Escaping Indigo. And the music itself is so bouncy and energetic. It was great to write to.
Slip by Elliot Moss
I think of this as Cara’s song. It’s quiet and introspective, and that reminds me of Cara’s personality. The way she expresses herself through dance, and through her thoughtfulness. Also, Philip Chbeeb, an amazing dancer, choreographed an absolutely gorgeous dance to this song, and I think of that, and Cara, whenever I hear it.
Ingenue by Death Cab for Cutie
This is another song that makes me think of Ava. It was when I was listening to this and I heard the lyric Escape from this town, before your time runs out, that I got a clear picture of what Ava’s story was. I don’t see Ava as nai’ve as the song makes the character sound, but there are so many spaces here that remind me of Ava wanting to get away from her hometown, and from her parents expectations.
Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids
This one’s cheating a bit, because I didn’t hear the song until I’d finished writing the book. But it might as well have been written for Ava. The lyrics fit her perfectly.
About Skin Hunger
Ava should be living her dream as the drummer for Escaping Indigo. The problem is, she’s secretly in love with her bandmate, Tuck. But he’s fallen for someone else. Being a drummer is still the best, but for Ava, every day is also a reminder of what she can’t have.
With her grandmother moving into assisted living, Ava figures it’s a good time to head home and help out. And if it lets her get some distance from Tuck and his girlfriend, all the better. But Ava hasn’t visited her family in years, and home isn’t really home anymore. Instead, it’s the place she’s been running from, full of memories of everything her parents wanted for her, and everything she didn’t want for herself.
But on the airplane, Ava meets Cara, and the two women feel an immediate connection. And when they bump into each other a second time, it seems like fate. Cara offers Ava something she’s never had someone to love who loves her back. But to be with Cara, Ava may have to change her whole life around, and that’s something she’s not sure she’s ready for.
About the Escaping Indigo Series
Escaping Indigo is a busy band, whether they’re playing edgy rock music in a darkened theater, touring the country together, or meeting up with other musicians at a summer festival. And they’re always writing new melodies, new riffs, and new lyrics to tell their stories.
Micah, a drummer, is hoping to leave the memories of his old band behind by going on tour with Escaping Indigo as a stagehand. But there he meets Bellamy, the lead singer, and he finds himself tangled in a romance that makes him face everything he’s lost.
Ava, drummer for Escaping Indigo, is hoping that time away from the band will give her a chance to sort through her complicated feelings for her best friend, who’s in love with someone else. But a chance meeting with a beautiful woman leads to an unexpected romance that makes Ava rethink her plans for her future.
From unrequited love to finding your way, old friendships to lost dreams, surprising secrets to unexpected encounters, Escaping Indigo has a song to suit.
About Eli Lang
Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and has had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.
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To celebrate the release of Skin Hunger, one lucky winner will receive an e-copy of both Escaping Indigo, the first in the Escaping Indigo series, and Half, also by Eli Lang! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 18, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!