The Music that Fueled the Alliance Part 2

Last week’s blog post listed the songs which helped me write The Alliance: Bloodlines. This week, I go into more depth with my playlist selection for Drakon. You’ll find lots of similarities here—it’s completely obvious rock music fuels my soul—and you’ll even notice some repeats from the previous list.


For Drakon, I kept some of the fast and heavy songs which I like to play while visualizing a fight scene or action sequence. “Down with the Sickness” and “Bodies” are two of my top contenders for fight scenes.

“End of the World” is a song I always imagined being a perfect theme song if the Alliance had a TV adaptation. I think the song packs an emotionally fitting punch for the series as a whole.

“Hero” is a song that I find really suiting for Bailey and Jameson. I imagine their inner voices singing this.

“Get Out Alive” and “Animal I Have Become” are for Jameson’s story. “40 Miles from the Sun” is also one for Jameson’s flashbacks—specifically the demon dimension of Drakon.

I can’t help but to think of classics when I write scenes for Star. Jess is a fan of metal and classic rock so I feel he would approve of most of the full playlist below.

If you’ve read the series, i’d would love to know which songs you’d pick for a theme song or specific characters.


The Drakon playlist:


“End of the World” by Cold

“Hurt” Johnny Cash’s NIN cover

“Break on Through (to the Other Side)” by The Doors

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses

“Come as You Are” by Nirvana

“45” by Shinedown

“Never Too Late” by Three Days Grace

“Animal I Have Become” by Three Days Grace

“Get Out Alive” by Three Days Grace

“40 Miles from the Sun” by Bush

“You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had a Chance” by A Day To Remember

“Hero” by Skillet

“Monster” by Skillet

“Awake and Alive” by Skillet

“Take Me” by Papa Roach

“Scars” by Papa Roach

“Change or Die” by Papa Roach

“So Far Away” by Staind

“Fade” by Staind

“Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed

“Stricken” by Disturbed

“Land of Confusion” by Disturbed

“Indestructible” by Disturbed

“Bodies” by Drowning Pool

“37 Stitches” by Drowning Pool

“Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold

“Numb” by Linkin Park

“What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park

“So Cold” by Breaking Benjamin

“I Will Not Bow” by Breaking Benjamin

“6th Avenue Heartache” By The Wallflowers




Book Cover Design Tips

If you’ve been following my FB and blog, you already know about my Indiegogo campaign which was funded to help cover costs of self-publishing. Part of the campaign funds were allotted for the cover art for book one and two of my Alliance series.

Prior to the campaign, I spent a lot of time researching and brainstorming to give myself a plan for the covers. I needed to have an idea for series cohesion, a possible budget, and I needed to choose concepts appropriate for my genre. Basically, I needed to right the wrongs of my previous self-publishing adventure. I already covered some of this information in a previous blog post, so click here to get info on planning covers for genres and series.

Okay, so you know your covers need to fit the book’s genre and you need cohesion for a series. Now what? Let’s get more specific.

Find a designer within your budget who has a great portfolio and testimonials. You can even research those books on Amazon to see if they are real. Basically, do your homework.

Make contact when you find a designer you like. From that first email/message you can see how long they take to response and if they seem professional. If you are working on a series, don’t forget to ask if they offer discounts for multiple books. Not all designers will advertise a discount, but I’ve found many who were willing to offer me one when I inquired.

If you are on a really strict budget, there are some designers who offer premade covers at a much more affordable price. This can be a great steal if you can stumble on a premade cover that fits your novel. They usually update their premade selection, so bookmark a designer’s site if you like their work even if you don’t currently see one to fit your story.

Make sure you also do research on design rules. For example, your cover needs to translate well when reduced to a thumbnail size. The book might look good to potential readers in a store, but remember many customers will be browsing sites like Amazon. Your thumbnail image is important whether it’s print or ebook.

You should also understand what makes a good layout for a cover and this includes the importance of a legible font. I cringe when I see indie books using some really odd and hard to read font. A good designer can help you avoid these mistakes, but it helps to know the basics yourself. Again, do your homework.

I hope this information is helpful to some fellow indie authors. Stay tuned for my next post discussing a plan for self-publishing on a budget.