Monday, May 21, 2012

Tallis Blog Tour ~ Playlist and Give@away!

Tallis by M.C. Rae
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press

The Empire of Andresium is threatened by the corruption of the immortals, ancient beings given the gift of eternal life after the death of the last reigning empress. A prophecy speaks of their eventual downfall at the hands of one of their own, however. Tallis is known by most simply as "The Loren", and seeks to avoid her destiny while trying herself to remain untainted by the decaying morals and indifference to the fates of men that plague her kind. As the events of the prophecy begin to unfold, Tallis finds herself conflicted between upholding her dedication to justice, and falling victim to the ramifications of following the desires of her own heart.

Tallis Playlist:

Nina Gordon – “Tonight and the rest of my life”
This song just captures Tallis’s self-awareness beautifully. She knows she’s about to betray her own nature, and feels a joyful sorrow in knowing it’s coming, and welcoming it.

Muse – “Butterflies and Rainbows”
Again, an encapsulation of a world on the edge of irreversible change, with the fate of the many in the hands of the few. I consider this song Tarameen’s theme (though readers will see this side of him more thoroughly in book two. ;) Plus, I just REALLY dig the latter half of this piece with its Rachmaninoff-inspired bridge.

Tori Amos – “Crucify”
“Lorens don’t typically show emotion, Tarameen, but we do feel.” (from Tallis) Tallis finds herself the victim of intrigues and vicious rumors, though she’s never done anything to jeopardize life and, though unknown by most, has protected mortals from Shahlamin’s desire for power for centuries. She’s getting tired of it, however, when our story begins. J

Composed by Allesandro Scarlatti (performed flawlessly in this clip by the incomparable Cecelia Bartoli) – “O Cessate di Piagarmi”
For this one, it’s really the words. The unrequited lover begs the object of her affection to stop making her suffer by ignoring her, reminding him that while he’s the cure to her pain, he’s also the cure.  Allowing for the flip of the sexes, this is the nature of the relationship between Shahlamin and Tallis.

Azam Ali – “The Tryst”
This woman’s voice is so haunting that I’ve fallen in love with all her music. This piece specifically, however, is very in tune with Tallis’s situation at the end of Tallis, as well as with the state of her presence in book two, in which her legend and the echoes of her actions are stronger in play than she herself. It represents her retreat to stoicism.

About the Author

M.C. Rae (aka Killian McRae) is a cross-genre author whose works include elements of history, fantasy, science fiction, and romance- sometimes all in the same novel. She hails from the midwest but currently makes her home in Northern California. She is  a devout student of history,a podcaster, an amateur graphics and web designer, a coffee enthusiast, and has an unhealthy obsession with world music.

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