Monday, October 13, 2008

Jean Reynolds Page Introduces Boundtrack

A few months ago, I read and reviewed a wonderful book called THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER by Jean Reynolds Page. I mentioned in my review that I thought the section in the back of the book where Ms. Page created a list of songs that "fit" her novel was very interesting. Well she's taken it one step further now and created a concept called Boundtrack®. I just love that name!

From the press release:
SEATTLE – (July 24, 2008) – Jean Reynolds Page, author of the recently published novel THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER (Avon A, an imprint of HarperCollins), has introduced the innovative concept of a Boundtrack®, a playlist of songs, much like a movie soundtrack, to complement her novel. Page believes that her readers will have the opportunity to gain an even better understanding of the characters through music that inspired her during the writing of the book. The idea of a Boundtrack® originated with the material included in the supplemental pages that followed THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. The notion of providing a list of songs to accompany the narrative came to Page one afternoon while she was listening to music as a way of fleshing out the emotional lives of the characters.

“The songs helped me then and still help me to define the essential selves of the people who populate my imagination and, eventually, my books,” noted Page. “I thought it might be fun to share my own working soundtrack for the characters in THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. In the Avon A+ section of the novel, I follow each song with a brief explanation of how the music brought me closer to each character.”

On Pages’ website, http://www.jeanreynoldspage.com/, readers are able to view the Boundtrack® and purchase individual songs or the entire mix by linking to iTunes. The inclusion of song suggestions not only offers a more in-depth level of reading but also a way to get in touch with the storyline from a variety of senses beyond the literary aspect of traditional reading. For example, in THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, Page selected James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes” as the character Holli’s, theme song. When asked why she chose this song, she suggested that to her, the author, the song represents an ‘adult lullaby’ that holds within the lyrics -- and within Taylor’s soothing vocals -- all the comfort that a parent would want to offer when her nearly-grown child is in trouble. Hearing this explanation, the reader/listener is able to better understand the depth of the character and perhaps gain better insight into where Page is taking the narrative.

Critics are raving about both Page’s work and the music she is associating with her characters. Woman’s Day selected THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER as one of seven “juicy” beach reads in its Best-of-Summer issue, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer found Page’s inclusion of music in the supplemental pages of the novel “intriguing”.

“The Boundtrack® opens up another way of listening to what you are reading,” added Page. “After all, it seems that in today’s world, when music accompanies everything from movies to baseball games, there is an opportunity here to enhance the reading experience, as well.”
Jean Reynolds Page is the author of two earlier novels, A BLESSED EVENT and ACCIDENTAL HAPPINESS. Her next book, which is scheduled for publication with Avon A/HarperCollins next year, will also include a Boundtrack® in the supplemental pages.

I am so excited about the Boundtrack® concept and how it enhances THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. I think many of you will agree with me and think this is a terrific book, especially when you can "listen" to the songs that inspired it. If you'd like to get a sneak preview of THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, you can read up to 20% of the book here (including the list of songs and the explanation behind them.)

The wonderful people at Harper Collins have graciously offered to giveaway up to ten -- yes, ten -- copies of THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address. If you'd like to receive two entries, just blog about Boundtrack® and this contest with a link back to this post. To make things a little more interesting, I will be giving away a book for every ten entries that I receive. For example, if I get 40 entries, there will be four books given out; 80 entries - 80 books, and so on. The contest will be open until Sunday, October 26th at 11:59 p.m. I will announce the winner on the following Monday. Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to U.S. mailing addresses only.

157 comments:

Bridget said...

I've listed this at Win A Book. No need to enter the contest.

Shelly Burns said...

This is such a great concept! Who knew that music inspired writers? I would love to get a copy of this book!

Red lady-Bonnie said...

What an awesome idea, how cool to link a soundtrack to your book!!! I love that idea!! I am really swamped with books and have had a winning streak lately. You're tempting me...so please add my name. I am really going to limit myself from now on...I'm trying!!

I'll post back when I blog about this. Thanks for the contest!

heatherlo said...

Please enter me ... I've been really hoping to get a chance to read this book soon!

Ti said...

I'm amazed at how books are promoted these days. Such a unique concept.

I'd love a chance to win the book.

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bermudaonion said...

Please enter me! milou2ster(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Love this book and such a unique and great giveaway. Thanks.

Mariah said...

Boundtrack® sounds like such a cool idea, I love it! Music really inspires me when I write! Please enter me into this contest, this book sounds interesting. Thanks!

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shelburns said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog:
http://writeforareader.edublogs.org/2008/10/13/very-hairy-bear/

I also forgot to leave my email address with my comment, so here it is:
shelly dot burns at cfisd dot net

blueviolet said...

What an incredibly unique concept!
I would love to read this. I hadn't heard of it before your review!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

darbyscloset said...

I love the idea of "Boundtrack"...what a great addition to a book club's discussion!
Pls, enter me for a copy of this book.
Thank you
Darby
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Kristina said...

I love the Boundtrack idea! Count me in!
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Stephanie said...

This looks like a great read!

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windycindy said...

The cover of the book is so lovely!
The story line sounds great and so do the characters. Please enter me in your fabulous book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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planetbooks said...

I love creating Playlists and soundtracks for my life so this book sounds interesting.

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S. Krishna said...

I'd love to be entered! And since I love music, the concept of a soundtrack for a book really appeals to me.
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Mom of 5 Boys said...

interesting idea! I'd love to read the book. :)

Jeane said...

I can't remember where, but I just read a post on another blog where the blog author mentioned music they associated with certain books. How cool to find an author doing the same thing- and promoting it. It sounds very interesting.

Sara said...

Please enter me...Thanks!
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Alyce said...

This sounds like a great idea! I would love to be entered to win this book.

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Wrighty - said...

What a neat concept! please enter me in your contest. I've also put it on my blog.

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Wrighty - said...

Forgot my email!

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Kim said...

Whoohooo!! Please enter me for this contest, I've been wanting to read this one!

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Janel said...

Wow, Boundtrack is such a great idea!

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

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geebee said...

I like the sound of the book AND the music -- BoundTrack is a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!
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BoxingKing said...

I've got my fingers cross that I might win something with so many copies! I'll also be blogging about this one, too. Thanks!

Dawn M. said...

This sounds like a great book. Please enter me. :0)

Thanks!

Just.Me said...

Wow. Wonderful idea. I love that the music gives you a chance to get to know the characters better as well as the author. Count me in!

Melanie said...

How cool. I'd love to read the book. And now everytime I read a book I'll be thinking of what music should go with it.

ChristyJan said...

Please enter me to win THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER.

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Sunny said...

Sounds interesting...especially about the music!

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Alyce said...

I blogged about it here:

http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/weekly-giveaway-roundup_16.html

Jo-Jo said...

This book caught my eye a while ago....I would love the chance to read it!
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Karlie said...

Please enter me.

Baba said...

Hmm Boundtrack sound very inovative. I would love to read this. Thanks so much for the chance!

Diana Dang said...

I would love to read this!

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AmandaSue said...

what an interesting concept, i've never really though of music to go with a book, but its neat and i like it! Thanks for entering me.

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Tracy said...

Sounds good!
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Sandy said...

interesting idea there..hmm mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

betty R. said...

enter me please,i'd love to read this!Sounds great,music can be so inspiring...

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betty R. said...

adding your contest to my blog as well..thanks for the extra entry!

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http://oldwaybecomesnewagain.blogspot.com/2008/10/fridays-sweepsfreebiescontest.htmll

mommyjen99 said...

Sounds like a great book.
Please enter me
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Dawn said...

I'd love a shot at winning! Please enter me in the giveaway

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toni said...

Pick me, pick me!

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Nancy said...

What an interesting idea - to match book characters up with the music they would listen to. It is certainly an interesting concept and one which would enhance the reader's understanding of the characters! I would love to win this book - thank you for the opportunity!
Nancy
allibrary [at] aol [dot] com

Red lady-Bonnie said...

I just blogged about this!

http://redladysreadingroom-redlady.blogspot.com/2008/10/great-giveaways.html

anne said...

This intriguing concept certainly is appealing and lovely. Thanks for this delightful and unique giveaway.
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petite said...

An excellent idea to have a soundtrack connected to this book. Loved that idea. Thanks.
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risanjax said...

Please count me in.

Abby said...

Enter me to WIN please!

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nancy said...

Thanks so much!

Yan said...

How fabulous! Count me in~

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andeeram said...

I'd love to win a copy! It sounds like it'd be a great read.

Tonya said...

Two of my favorite things, books and music. Enter me in the contest too!

Sheryl said...

I would love to win!
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janetfaye said...

Please enter me.

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judybrittle said...

I would love to win this! Thank you so much!
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zoe hunter said...

Thanks for the fab contest..I looove to read!!

Wehaf said...

The Boundtrack is an awesome idea!

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robin_titan said...

wow! this sounds like a very interesting read

valerie2350 said...

great prize - please enter me :)

Think about it said...

hi please enter me, thanks :)

Tracy said...

What a novel (no pun intended) idea to list the songs in the back of the book. I think boundtrack is a great idea!

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Robert Doscher said...

I am looking forward to reading this book. Cheers!

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reb said...

I would love to win. Please enter me.

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toughturtles said...

Boundtrack idea sounds good Count me in

idahomom said...

I love to read and this looks like a good read.

agordon10 said...

wow

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randio said...

I'd really like to read the book, but I'm not quite sure about the Boundtrack Concept.

Nicole said...

I would love to read this!!

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

Please enter me to win-thanks!

dwhogan said...

Good luck to all

ariyana9501 said...

I would love to win a copy of this! Thanks!

redron said...

the idea of "Boundtrack

Sunnyvale said...

Sounds like this would be a good read.

Christina said...

Nice!

susan1215 said...

I would love to read this book

littlelatina said...

great

Keyomi said...
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Keyomi said...

i would love to be counted in.

Tobye said...

Well, that is an interesting idea!

Melissa B. said...

This is a wonderful idea. I would love the chance to read the book.

madangle said...

cool idea, would love to win

mverno said...

very innovative

chromiumman said...

love to win this

vboackle said...

this looks good.

Cadmar said...

I would love to read this book!
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zekebamm said...

I love the concept of music to go along with reading a book -- would love to win and get the chance to read it!

sweetsue said...

I love soundtracks to movies-so I am sure I would love a soundtrack to this book. Maybe it will catch on and all authors will do it! Fun idea!

Zoly said...

I hope this becomes an audio book. It sounds interesting.

myntric said...

I'd love to win!

K. Cleaver said...

Thanks for including me too!

dwarzel said...

Count me in!

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kygirl said...

That is a great idea I love it.

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I would love to win this to have a great read. THank you
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ddurance said...

Wow, sounds great! Throw me in the pot.

Deidre
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krystal said...

great giveaway. hope i win.

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Bebe said...

Hi!
What a wonderful idea of pairing music and books! Please count me in on the contest ~ thanks!
Hugs, Bebe :)

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janehixon said...

The book sounds fascinating....and the soundtrack is wonderful.......James Taylor, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac......how can you lose?

Smooshy said...

enter me!

Lori said...

Sounds wonderful, please include me. Thanks.

Lori
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Erica G said...

Wonderful idea! Please include me!

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Michele said...

What a fabulous concept! Count me in.

LINDALSHOT said...

Great idea!

yadgirl said...

This sounds great!

MoonMaiden said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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kaylee8 said...

What a great idea for a book with songs - I am intrigued!

Anne said...

I can never have too many books! Would love to read. Thanks!

Paulie said...

I read alot. TY for this great opportunity.

zwriter said...

I travel a lot and am always on the hunt for something good to read. The music aspect is very interesting.

kjc02 said...

Enter me please!
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Miss Heidi said...

Please enter me. Thanks.
Heidi
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ChantalLenee said...

Boundtrack. What a good idea. Glad someone finally put it into action. I have never read Jean Reynolds Page but will be reading this book!

Jinxy and Me said...

This looks like a great book.

soldierdeb said...

Sounds like a good read!

Kelly said...

Music is always an inspiration to me and I love to hear stories about how it inspires others. This giveaway is awesome!

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Margay said...

What a great concept! There are a lot of authors lately who mention playlists for their books, but this takes it one step further.

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Anna said...

I'd love to be entered. Thanks!

Boundtrack is a great idea. I'm writing a novel, and I've created a playlist that helps me get inside my characters and into the story.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Anonymous said...

hi! my mom is a 60-year-old student who is getting bored with her schoolbook reading. this would be a nice change for her.

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oanaday said...

I love the Boundtrack idea! Count me in!

Tasses said...

I am so jealous! I had this idea years ago and failed to act upon it.

Please use the email from my Tasses tag and I have blogged for an extra entry on Random Wonder.

blueviolet said...

This is the coolest idea! Thanks for the giveaway.
Elizabeth
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hansenpj5 said...

please enter me to win this book thank you

Brenda S. said...

I'd love a chance to win the book.
Please enter me! Thanks!!

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Betty C said...

What a unique marketing idea. Although I am not a writer music inspires me daily.

bison61 said...

I would love to get a copy of this book

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Aisling said...

This sounds like a fine book and I think the related music concept is an excellent idea.

Stacie said...

I would love to win a copy!
Thanks!
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Jen said...

I would love this!
jen

purplepassion126 said...

I would love to read this--thanks!

cpullum said...

Wow this is cool and different! Thanks for introducing me to this!!

Bonnie said...

Please enter me for a chance to win this book. Thanks,Bonnie

Heather said...

I would love to read this without racking up library fines. :-)

David Bertolo said...

Fantastic giveaway! Please sign me up for your contest.

Colleen said...

Please enter me in this one- book and Boundtrack sound so interesting...

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psalmstress said...

Love the concept of music and characters. Thanks for sharing

klp1965 said...

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

Tara said...

Please throw my name in!

djgroz said...

Enter me Please

Anonymous said...

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I love the idea. Hope I win. garrettsambo@aol.com

sito50 said...

What an interesting idea. Lends a depth to the characters from the author's perspective that the reader can use to understand the character better.

Becky said...

I love the Boundtrack idea. I love reading and music so this idea really appeals to me.

Thanks so much!

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Amy said...

There are many many different songs that inspire me to do all the things in my life. Glad to see that someone has gone one step further with it!

Tammy said...

I think this is great, a lot of times I want to further think upon a book, and music to help me out to do that would be neat.

daytoncat said...

I can totally see how music can inspire someone's imagination to write! Please enter me!

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Jaime C. said...

Please count me in! Thank you!!

Kristi said...

Music is so important in my life and I am a very "lyrical" listener...this is a really neat thing! Thanks for the entry and the chance to win!

calgirl said...

I love the idea of music associated with writing. Music adds another dimension to the experience if done well.

Anonymous said...

Your review made me interested. I would like to win a copy of this book.
Kathy
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angie said...

I am a big music lover and avid reader~what a great idea! I'd love to win this book.

jenna said...

Please count me in!
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Aimee said...

How cool is a boundtrack, I wish I thought of that! Thanks for the contest! acirucci(at)gmail.com

donna444444 said...

It sounds good.
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ldrnc2000 said...

Nice prize! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!