Music Revolution Contest with Tara Kelly, Stephanie Kuehnert, and Jeri Smith-Ready


Tara: Let me just say this was very hard. I really enjoyed many of these recs and appreciate the time all of you took to come up with them. Thank you all so much!!

Grand Prize Winner for AMPLIFIED: Jake for all of his recs. I loved every one of them! And I’ve also found a new band for my WIP–Broken Iris is awesome!

Runner up for AMPLIFIED: Corey for the Florence + The Machine rec. LOVED this song–excellent pick :)

Winners: I sent you both emails, but do email me if you did not receive them.

Stephanie’s Winners:

Grand Prize: Dani

Runner-Up: Corey

In celebration of the release of Amplified (Oct 25th *squee*), two lovely music lovin’ authors have joined me in hosting a contest. Discovering new music is one of my favorite pastimes…so I’d like you to help me. Due to tight budgets, this contest is US only (sorry).

The Prizes (enter to win all or just the book of your choice)

Grand Prize from Tara Kelly:


A signed hardcover of AMPLIFIED, a soundtrack to Amplified (in the form of an iMix playlist gifted to you), and a swag pack



Runner-Up Prize from Tara Kelly:

Signed Amplified bookmarks and a musical surprise

Grand Prize from Stephanie Kuehnert:






Runner-Up Prize from Stephanie Kuehnert:

A mix CD and signed bookmarks

Grand Prize from Jeri Smith-Ready:


A signed paperback of the anthology ENTHRALLED: PARANORMAL DIVERSIONS, an iMix of Logan’s playlist (gifted to you)




Runner-Up Prize from Jeri Smith-Ready:

SHADE swag pack

How To Enter

Each author is posting a playlist of some of their or their character’s favorite songs, and we want recommendations from you based on those songs. (If I like Come Here Boy by Imogen Heap, what other song (by a different artist) might I like?)

If you want to be entered into all three author giveaways, choose one song from each author playlist and give each of us a recommendation based on that song. If you are only interested in one or two of the giveaways, then just make recommendations to those authors. Leave your recommendations as a comment to this post.

Contest Ends October 25th

The contest will end on October 25th! Each of us will pick our favorite song recommendationand that will be our grand prize winner (for a total of 3 winners). We’re looking for awesome music we’ve never heard before, so put some thought into those choices :) As an added treat, we’ll also be choosing 3 runner-up winners because it’s hard to just pick one each. 

Tara’s Playlist

My tastes are obscure, but I did my best to pick more mainstream artists/songs. Hopefully most of you have heard of these bands or songs. If not, click on the song link and you’ll be directed to a YouTube video.

Right In Two by Tool

Come Here Boy by Imogen Heap

Switchback by Celldweller

Song To Say Goodbye by Placebo

Teardrop by Massive Attack

Stephanie’s Playlist

On A Plain by Nirvana

Violet by Hole

The 59′ Sound by The Gaslight Anthem

Lullaby by The Cure

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Sleater-Kinney

Jeri’s Playlist

Here are the songs, all plucked from Logan’s “Sucks to Be a Ghost (Sometimes)” soundtrack, which can be found here: You can also click on the youtube links below

Thistle and Weeds by Mumford & Sons

Ready to Fall by Rise Against

Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol

Don’t Let Me Die Still Wondering by Flogging Molly

Rhythm of Love by The Plain White T’s

Happy song hunting!

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13 Responses to Music Revolution Contest with Tara Kelly, Stephanie Kuehnert, and Jeri Smith-Ready

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi Tara,
    I think you would like this songs.

    Mirah – Special Death

    Deftones ft Maynard James Keenan – Passenger

    A Perfect Circle – Judith

    Jakalope – Feel It

    The Birthday Massacre – Violet

    Parabola – Tool

  2. I love recommendations!! This is fun :o )

    Celldweller – Switchback recommendation –>
    Sevendust – Praise

    Imogen Heap – Come Here Boy recommendation –>
    Adele – Hometown Glory

    The Cure – Lullaby recommendation –>
    Deftones – Change (In the House of Flies)
    Incubus – The Original

    Mumford and Sons – Thistle and Weeds recommendation –>
    Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

    Plain White Ts – Rhythm of Love recommendation –>
    We The Kings – What You Do To Me

    Okay, I had way too much fun with this. Hope you ladies like the recs! :o )
    Mickey @

  3. Corey says:

    TARA: Song To Say Goodbye by Placebo recommendation – Down by Jason Walker

    Teardrop by Massive Attack recommendation – What the Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine

    STEPHANIE: On A Plane by Nirvana recommendation – Monster by Paramore

    JERI: Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol recommendation – My Body by Young the Giant

    Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s recommendation – Faster by Matt Nathanson

  4. Dani Nguyen says:

    Tara – Right in Two by Tool always reminds me of Get Away by Earshot. People complain about Earshot copying Tool, but I like them both.

    Stephanie – Not as angry as Hole, but I really like the newish band The Joy Formidable. A Heavy Abacus is probably my favorite.

    I already have Enthralled so I’m going to skip Jeri’s giveaway. Thanks to all three of you for the chance to win!

  5. A.J. says:

    I haven’t thought of any songs yet, but this is the first time I’ve listened to CHAMELEON, Tara, and it’s just…AWESOME. :o I love your music!

  6. Jeri, I think you’ll like STAY by Hurts! :) And maybe Marchin’ ON by OneRepublic, too. Oh! And, also, One and Only by Adele.

  7. PaoMtzP says:

    Jeri! I would love to make you this recommendations:
    Kids in Love by Mayday Parade
    I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! at the Disco
    Kids by Two Door Cinema Club
    American Girl by Tom Petty
    Monster by Paramore
    Thank you for this awesome contest!!

  8. Grace Radford says:

    I would recomend See the World by Gomez. :D I think you would like it lots!

  9. Grace Radford says:

    Stephanie, you should try Paint it Black by the rolling stones. :D or…Are you Gonna be my Girl by JET! :D

  10. Gah! I wish I were more of a music aficionado. *hangs head in shame* Hey, do any of you like country? No? Hum.

    Okay. It’s a little eclectic; here’s my playlist:
    Flower – Amos Lee
    Every Time You Go – 3 Doors Down
    Take it or Leave it – Sublime with Rome
    Falling Down – Duran Duran
    Heaven (Radio Version) – O.A.R.
    You Are a Tourist – Death Cab for Cutie
    Creep – Stone Temple Pilots
    The Adventures Of Rain Dance Mag – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult

    Sadly, they’re not very obscure, since I’m more of a mainstream girl but I hope you’ll like-y! :)

  11. Jake says:


    I think you might enjoy “Always on my Mind” ( and “O.R.T.” ( by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Akira Yamoaka.

    Also, “The Eyes of Tomorrow” ( and “A New Hope” ( by Broken Iris.

  12. I already own I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (it stays in my nighstand) and well, Jeri, I have everything of yours. I desperately need AMPLIFIED for Rocktober.

    Here is my pick for you:
    Lauren’s Song by Breathe Carolina—YWE

  13. Hi Tara!
    I just wanted to stop by and say *Happy Release Day* :)