Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{Guest Post} Lauren Hammond



I’m a big…big… music person when it comes to my writing. I have very
eclectic tastes though. One minute a classical song could inspire me, the
next who knows, maybe a rap song.

I’m an emotional writer and I think that’s why I relate music to my writing.
Because with music there’s so much emotion in certain songs and with
some I can actually feel like they fit the novel.

And this…is what I was listening to when I wrote Insanity.

1. My Boy Builds Coffins - Florence and the Machine
2. Claire de Lune - Claude Debussy
3. Change In The House Of Flies - Deftones
4. Breath of Life - Florence and the Machine
5. Hospital Beds - Florence and the Machine
6. Blood Bank - Bon Iver
7. Climax - Usher
8. Criminal - Fiona Apple
9. Crazy - Stars Go Dim
10. A Drop in the Ocean - Ron Pope
11. Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
12. When I'm Gone - Eminem
13. Lullaby - Nickelback
14. Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
15. My Heart - Paramore
16. Heart Attack - Trey Songz

Check out INSANITY by Lauren Hammond
click book cover to add to your TBR pile!


Sometimes love...can drive you crazy.
Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.
Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.
Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.
Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.
And they had a plan.
They were going to run away.
Be together forever.
And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane. Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...
She wants out.
And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.
And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...
That one true love never dies.
Shoving my feet off the side of the bed, new surroundings burn my eyes. Tan plaster walls instead of thick white padded ones. One oblong barred window. Two dressers. Two closets. Two beds.
They've moved me to a different room. A gentle squeaking noise bounces off the walls and my eyes avert to my right. Oh crap. They put me in a room with a nut job.
They say I'm a nut job. But not like this. Not even close.
She rocks back and forth on her cot, knees to her chest, twisting a piece of her wiry, red hair between her fingertips. Her freckled arms are trembling. She sings with vibrato.
I am slowly going crazy. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
Crazy going slowly am I. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
I think about screaming again. I think about plugging my ears. Somebody turn her off. She lifts her head slowly, a maddening look in her big, brown eyes, an eerie smile crawling across her pale, freckled lips. “Shh,” she whispers. “They're coming for us.”
“Who's they?”
She shakes her head and lets out a cackle laced with the deepest kind of crazy. I think they put her in here with me purposely. They're trying to break me. They think if they put me around truly insane people that I'll accept my place here.
Well...They are wrong.






  1. Now I am curious about this novel..thanks for sharing it!

  2. Hi, your blog really touches me, have been reading it for awhile... Just wanted you to know about a website i started It's a place for Bible study guides.. I also put a forum in that can be viewed from a mobile device.. I couldn't find where to contact you privately so I'm commenting, hope that is okay. :) God Bless!


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