A.G. Howard Playlist Sneak Peek & Two Giveaways

Ensnared_500x250Welcome to the third day of our Ensnared in a Winter Wonderland Tour, and thank you Jay for the opportunity to hang out on your amazing blog once again and chat music!

By now, hopefully most of you have found my playlists. If you haven’t, here’s a link. If you’ll notice, Ensnared isn’t there yet. So, I’m giving you a peek at four songs from the official Ensnared playlist which will be revealed in its entirety after the book’s launch in January.

This third book of the Splintered trilogy focuses a lot on character growth for everyone, especially our three main characters, Jeb, Alyssa, and Morpheus. Many of the songs represent their inner battles and feelings.


ENSNAREDThe first two belong to Alyssa. At the end of Unhinged, she has embraced her madness, and is ready to step up and fix the things she’s broken. But it’s not going to be an easy journey. And it will be an emotional one, as demonstrated by this excerpt from chapter two:

Each guy occupies a different side of my dual heart. Together, they bridge my netherling and human worlds. What I’m supposed to do with that knowledge, I’m not sure. And unless my dad emerges from his room with memories intact, I might never get the chance to figure it out.

Alyssa’s two-sided heart plays a huge role in many of the events that take place in Ensnared. She’s being pulled in so many directions, and often feels as if she’s lost the ability to read and understand its inner-workings. Her first song captures that confusion perfectly.


All This and Heaven Too by Florence and the Machine

And the heart is hard to translate

It has a language of its own

It talks in tongues and quiet sighs,

And prayers and proclamations

In the grand days of great men and the smallest of gestures

And short shallow gasps

But with all my education I can’t seem to command it

And the words are all escaping, and coming back all damaged

And I would put them back in poetry if I only knew how

I can’t seem to understand it


And I would give all this and heaven too

I would give it all if only for a moment

That I could just understand the meaning of the word you see

‘Cause I’ve been scrawling it forever but it never makes sense to me at all

LINE Alyssa’s second song represents her bloodthirsty, unforgiving side. It crops up a few times throughout the book when someone she cares for is hurt or threatened, and although it’s thrilling to embrace the power that comes from her Wonderland heritage, at times it scares her, especially when she uses it against someone she loves.

What Have You Done by Within Temptation (feat. Keith Caputo)

Would you mind if I hurt you?

Understand that I need to

Wish that I had other choices

than to harm the one I love


What have you done now?!


I know I’d better stop trying

You know that there’s no denying

I won’t show mercy on you now

I know, should stop believing

I know, there’s no retrieving

It’s over now, what have you done?


What have you done now?!


Song number three represents Morpheus’s goal to win Alyssa. In Ensnared, he pulls out all the stops to make her face what’s happening between them, and that what they have is real. He’s not willing to let her run from her feelings anymore. What better place for this seductive and enigmatic fae to coax out such a realization than in the looking-glass world, home to mutated prisoners, with their very existence being threatened at each tick of the clock?

Time Is Running Out by Muse

I think I’m drowning


I wanna break this spell

That you’ve created


You’re something beautiful

A contradiction

I wanna play the game

I want the friction


You will be the death of me

You will be the death of me


Bury it

I won’t let you bury it

I won’t let you smother it

I won’t let you murder it


Our time is running out

Our time is running out

You can’t push it underground

You can’t stop it screaming out


I wanted freedom

Bound and restricted

I tried to give you up

But I’m addicted


Now that you know I’m trapped sense of elation

You’d never dream of

Breaking this fixation


You will squeeze the life out of me


Bury it

I won’t let you bury it

I won’t let you smother it

I won’t let you murder it


The last song is for our third player in this tale. Jeb faces a lot of monsters in book three. None of them will be easily defeated, least of all the one that isn’t indigenous to AnyElsewhere to begin with. As I was writing Jeb’s most tortured scenes, I often pictured him singing this song while painting a self-portrait. It’s hard to hide from the enemy when you’re looking him straight in the eye.

Save Your Lies by Lost Autumn

As the green hits the canvas

Your eyes come into view

Olive skin alive with texture

Coat your frame anew

Could you feel this coming?

You’re drying inside…

The finish is cracking

The truth no longer hides


Don’t waste your breath on me

I happen to know everything

I’ve seen the creature you try to hide

So save your lies…


Your lips once soft and moist

Now chipped, eroding away

Beautiful eyes so enchanting

Now fading to gray

I could see this coming

You’re decaying inside

The character you’re playing

Has run out of lines


Don’t waste your breath on me

I happen to know everything

I’ve seen the creature you try to hide

So save your lies…


Don’t waste your breath on me

I happen to know everything

I’ve seen the creature you try to hide

So save your lies…

Thanks for checking out the song teasers, and be sure to watch for the full playlist reveal in January!



About A.G. Howard A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse. Website/Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/Pinterest/Goodreads


Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Amulet Books
ISBN: 978-1442465985
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?



10 winners will receive a hardcover of ENSNARED. Click here to enter. US Only. 4 additional giveaways will be taking place through the tour so make sure to check each blog for their giveaway items and details! 



raffAs a treat to all of the Splintered Trilogy fans, and as a thanks for all the support Anita has given our site, Jay is giving away his ARC copy of ENSNARED. Click the Rafflecopter logo, or here, to enter. The giveaway is international! 🙂 The giveaway is over. 😦 We had over 5,000 entries! Thanks for entering.



As a thanks to the fans who left so many amazing suggestions for songs that reminded them of the ‘Splintered Triology’, I put together a playlist for all of you to enjoy. Turn up the volume!




12/1/2014- http://www.fiktshun.com/fiktshun/Fiktshun- Morpheus Post

12/2/2014- Two Chicks on Books– Jeb Post

12/3/2014- All The Write Notes– Playlist

12/4/2014- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Jeb Post

12/5/2014- Dark Faerie Tales– Ch 1 Reveal