#MusicMonday with Juliette Cross



I have eclectic taste in music. Do you? I can listen to and enjoy just about anything. But when it comes to my writing, I tend to lean toward a distinct style—dark, intense, and passionate. Something about certain kinds of music kicks my muse’s butt into gear. If you’re a Game of Thrones or Evanescence fan, that’ll give you a hint to the wide range I find inspiring.

I thought I’d share an “Inspiration Playlist” for a few book scenes where songs were either actually playing in the background in the story or I was listening to while writing the scene. For fun, I’ll title the scene like a song. 😉


  • Light of the Seven by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones)
    • Book—The Black Lily
    • Scene—Arabelle Puts Down the Blade



  • Wildfire by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones):
    • Book—The Red Lily
    • Scene—Revenge of the Fire Witch



  • A Knife in the Dark by Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings):
    • Book—The White Lily
    • Scene—Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…



  • Burn by In This Moment:
    • Book—Forged in Fire
    • Scene—Into the Demon’s Den



  • Point of No Return from Phantom of the Opera:
    • Book—Sealed in Sin
    • Scene—Thomas Pushes Gen Too Far



  • Heavy In Your Arms by Florence & the Machine:
    • Book—Bound in Black
    • Scene—Saving Jude from Hell



  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri:
    • Book—The Deepest Well
    • Scene—George Gives His Heart



Yeah, a definite Goth/emo theme going on here. Lol! So what kinds of music inspires you? Whether it’s while crafting, painting, studying, doing laundry…I’d love to hear.




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Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…







Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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