Necromancing the Stone Blog Tour: Playlist and Giveaway!

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Necromancing the Stone Blog Tour: Playlist and Giveaway!

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
Series: Necromancer #2
Published by Henry Holt BfYR
Pub Date: September 18th 2012
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With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.

But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?

I am always super excited to learn what songs inspire these awesome authors while writing their books, so I asked Lish for her playlist and she delivered such a fun, eclectic mix! Check it out below!


As many of you might know, the chapter titles from both Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and now Necromancing the Stone, come directly from song titles or lyrics. This makes constructing a playlist for the book quite easy, but it also makes me realize that I have a lot of chapters. Hm. Perhaps I should have done this sooner…

Anyway, below I’ve listed the chapter titles from Necromancing the Stone along with the name of the performers and, in some cases, which versions I prefer. I enjoy a wide range of music and I think this list shows that. Hope you like it! (I have left them as they are for the chapters, so some are the actual song title while others are snippets of lyrics. Hope that’s not confusing!)

1) Welcome to My World– Nerf Herder. I think this song–and this band in general–with its geeky, sweet outlook and pop culture references, fits Sam perfectly.

2) Come on-a My House, My House, I’m Gonna Give You Candy– Rosemary Clooney. My old roommate used to have this on vinyl and we’d dance around to it while we got ready to go out sometimes. I love the oddness of this song and I’m glad I got to include it.

3) Hello Darkness My Old Friend– Simon and Garfunklel. There was a Paul Simon song in the last book. Clearly, I like the man.

4) Our House, Was Our Castle and Our Keep– Madness. Man, I love Madness.

5) Let’s Get Together and Feel All Right– Bob Marley

6) Every Time it Rains, it Rains Pennies From Heaven– Everyone has recorded a version of this song. Everyone. My favorite, though, is the Louis Prima version. It’s just so upbeat. I love it. Plus I’m pretty sure they yell “macaroni” at some point, and I’ve always wondered why.

7) Smoke On the Water– Deep Purple

8) Slow Ride– Foghat

9) Another One Bite the Dust– Queen. ‘Nuff said.

10) Soul Doubt– NOFX. I’m a big fan of pop punk, and NOFX in particular. I love that they can talk about politics, social issues, racial issues, and reference Zaphod Beeblebrox all on the same album.

11) Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend– Mr. T Experience. Still one of the best band names out there. Plus the singer (Doctor Frank) wrote a kid’s book. You should check it out.

12) No More Mr. Nice Guy– There is something so…awesome about Alice Cooper. Is it that he wears makeup, a lot of black, and golfs? Perhaps. I do love people that challenge social norms. Goth, metal, awesome, funny, and good at golf. Mr. Cooper, you are a Renaissance Man.

13) Summertime, and the Living is Easy– from Porgy & Bess. Though I think I love Sam Cooke’s version best (mostly because I love Sam Cooke) I also enjoy the Me First and the Gimmie Gimmie’s cover of this song. And the Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstong versions…you know what? It’s just a good song.

14) Turn and Face the Strange (Ch-ch-changes)– Even pure evil loves David Bowie.

15) Take it easy, Don’t Let the Sound of Your Own Wheels Make You Crazy– The Eagles

16) I Remember You– Ah, Skid Row, you brought us such glorious hair metal.

17) Hello, is it Me You’re Looking For?– You have to love any list that goes from Skid Row to Lionel Richie.

18) Mr. Sandman, Bring Me a Dream– This song was originally sung by the Chordettes, but I also like the version Pomplamoose sings. This song also makes a great cameo in the movie Cry Baby.

19) Our House, is a Very, Very, Very Fine House– Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

20) I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet– Carole King

21) I Got Cat Class and I Got Cat Style– The Stray Cats

22) Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car– Billy Ocean. I used to have to do a five minute run to this song in gym class in junior high. Always this song. No variation. To this day when I hear it I break into a sweat and my sides hurt.

23) San Dimas High School Football Rules– The Ataris. Not only did I like this song a lot, but it’s also a reference to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which has a lot of meaning for one of my characters…

24) I’m a Soul Man– Sam & Dave, though this song also has a lot of great versions.

25) Stand By Your Man– Tammy Wynette, though the Blues Brothers did a great cover of this in the movie…

26) I Hear You Knockin’, But You Can’t Come In– Fats Domino originally performed this song and I love it, but I also enjoy the version that Dave Edmunds did.

27) Love is a Battlefield– Pat Benatar. I still remember this music video. So much spandex and 80’s eyeshadow…a dance fight…I love it so much.

28) Your Turquoise and Silver Won’t Weaken this Old Heart– Cake. I like this song because turquoise and silver come up a lot it mythology, and some of the lines really remind my of Douglas. Take a listen to the song “Pentagram” and I think you’ll see why.

29) Take Me Home Tonight– Eddie Money

30) Papa Don’t Preach– Madonna

31) We Are Family– Sister Sledge

32) I Never Promised You a Rose Garden– Lynn Anderson, though I quite like the version by the Suicide Machines.

And there you go! A very lengthy playlist!

Listen to Playlist Here!

Get the Scoop on all Fierce Reads!

—Lish McBride is part of our Fall 2012 Fierce Reads campaign and she will be going on a multi-city and multi-author tour this month, 9/18 thru 9/23. Details can be found here:
—Check out the new Fall Fierce Reads trailer which Necromancing the Stone is included in:
—A chapter excerpt of Necromancing the Stone can be read on the Fierce Reads Fan Page:
—A free Fall 2012 Fierce Reads chapter sampler for e-readers is available for download, which includes Necromancing the Stone:
—Last year, Lish McBride wrote a free e-short story, entitled Necromancer:
—Lish McBride’s Twitter:
—Lish McBride’s Facebook Fan Page:

Check out the other stops on the tour!

Monday 9/17
Tuesday 9/18
Wednesday 9/19
Thursday 9/20
Friday 9/21

Monday 9/24
Tuesday 9/25
Wednesday 9/26
Thursday 9/27

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Jess @ Gone with the Words

25 Responses to “Necromancing the Stone Blog Tour: Playlist and Giveaway!”

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    April Books & Wine

    I am not entering because I’m a part of the tour and have read both books, but I am PSYCHED there’s a spotify playlist finally. I’m totally going to listen to it at work today. :-)

    Great guest post, Lish!

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    I like a lot of these tunes. My favorite would probably be One Love, One Heart by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Thanks for the giveaway, it’s awesome.

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    Sound of Silence! I really love that song. You can’t go wrong with a little Simon & Garfunkel, can you?! Thanks so much for the giveaway, Jess! I was lucky enough to meet Lish (she’s hilarious!) this week and I can’t wait to read Necromancing the Stone!

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    I have to go with Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. It is my daughter’s soccer gear up song. ;)

    I’m so excited about this one. It is going to force me to get the novella into the read pile.

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    alicia marie

    That’s a great playlist!! But, I definitely would have to say my favorite is Love is a Battlefield : )

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    Hello Darkness My Old Friend, I love Simon and Garfunkel. But honestly every time I read the tile Hold Me Closer Necromancer I cannot help but sing Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.

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    1. I LOVE Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.
    2. I LOVE LISH.
    3. I have an arc of Necormancing the Stone sitting on my shelf. It’s totes i n my next 5 books to read!

    SO HAPPY to see Lish and this series getting some attention.

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    What a super fun post! I have been loving putting together playlists for books but it’s even more fun to see what the authors pick themselves. LOVE that the chapter’s start with lyrics from songs :)

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    Suz Reads

    Wow! There are so many good songs on the list but I’d have to go with Let’s Get Together and Feel All Right– Bob Marley! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

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    Flannery (The Readventurer)

    I love so many of these songs but I think my favorite is the Summertime one from Porgy & Bess. All those singers like Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and even Sam Cooke a few decades later have such wonderful, happy-making voices. I love all of their music and that song is lovely.

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    Holly Letson

    *Changes* by David Bowie.

    Not to upset the author or anything, but several of the titles on her list are actually just lyrics from the song, and not the actual song titles. Like how she used a long lyric as the title for the one I chose.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      You are correct, Holly! But she knows already, she says it in her post. :)

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