Indiewritersreview’s Author Mindtrack! Feature: Author Desiree Finkbeiner of Ethos(Morning Star)!

Happy  Saturday everyone! I’m excited because today I have another Author’s Mindtrack! Today we will see what was on Author’s Desiree Finkbeiner’s mind when she was penning the cool YA  Ethos series, a YA urban fantasy/paranormal romance/action/adventure!

The first book in this awesome series, Morningstar Bk.1 of the Ethos series was released March 28th 2012 and scoring great reviews! So make sure you go check it out on Amazon! ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342864529&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=Ethos%28Morning+star+Bk1%29+by+Desiree+Finkbeiner

Okay, so let’s check out what’s on this author’s mind:)

When a mysterious stranger interrupts Brianna’s mundane routine,
her eyes
are opened to the dark underbelly of reality… immortal
rogues, ancient
conspiracies, prophetic revelations, savage tribes,
She’s thrust into a race for her life when Kalen, a warrior
Ethos, discovers that she is harboring a secret… a secret that
he’d give his life to protect.
There’s just one little problem… they are
tempted by a forbidden
romance, which threatens to compromise a divinely
mission. They are faced with a choice… love eternal, or the end
the world…


Desiree Finkbeiner attained a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Missouri Southern State University (2006) with a heavy background in business, marketing, music and fine art– She was heavily involved in campus affairs and served actively in several committees focusing on campus entertainment and events.

She performed with musical acts/bands in rock and electronic genres, released seven studio albums, performed in 11 states and has written hundreds of songs. Her band, Carbon Star, was a finalist for VH1’s “Bands on the Run” reality TV show in 2000. Then she performed with Pointy Teeth until finally leaving the music industry for the quiet life.

She had a scholarship for acting in college though she was not a theater major. Although she no longer performs or focuses on musical/performing arts, she has chosen to shift her talents to other areas that are more conducive to raising a family.

Continuing education is a constant adventure for Desiree with topics of interest ranging from civil and corporate law, history, political conspiracy, homeopathic medicine and spiritual healing. She prefers to read non-fiction, especially on topics that educate and broaden her perspectives on controversial issues.

With thousands of completed art works in her archives, most of which appear in private collections worldwide, Desiree hopes to focus more on publishing, marketing and licensing her work so she can leave a legacy behind.

Contacts for this author/links

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Author page:
Publisher: Hydra Publications
(March 28, 2012)
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Author Desiree Finkbeiner’s MindTrack!

Ethos: Morning Star, Music Playlist
When I write, I prefer silence, but when I’m doing other tasks I always  have  Pandora Radio going in the background. Some of my favorite Pandora stations include: Dubstep (genre), or stations like Mike Snow or Foster The People.
Choosing music for cinematic effect is something that’s crossed my mind here and there. Of course, if my book were a film, I’d prefer to have a composer write symphonic scores for it, but there are also scenes in the book that would gel well with popular modern music selections  of the day. Some of my top picks are included here, including the scene they’d accompany well. (I’ve even included you tube links so you can check them out.)
Brianna’s experience in college and going about her normal ‘human’ life  would work great with the following selections. The song, ‘Somebody that I used to Know’, by Gotye, would be perfect for the scenes following Brianna and Kalen’s broken and distant relationship. Their love is forbidden, but after they fall in love they are forced to pretend they are just friends. This song reflects that sentiment

well:  and this is the most FANTASTIC acoustic cover EVER:

When Brianna first becomes enamored with Kalen and seeks him out, she bites off more than she can chew. Her search for him and the mystery that surrounds him would be great with the song ‘Ghosts n’ Stuff’, by Deanmau5 (I’m a HUGE dubstep lover because of the intense mix of emotions).
When Brianna finally realizes the danger she’s in and she’s forced to leave her home and run from the evil for searching her- her life becomes unstable and bizarre. Nothing conveys that vibe better than Skrillex  in  the  song  ‘First  of  the  Year  (Equinox)’.

When Brianna finally crosses over to Ethos with Kalen, there is a short time when they are traveling alone together. She still loves him,  but  knows that they can’t be together. She mulls over it constantly in her mind going back and forth on whether or not she should ‘break the rules’ to be with him. She is, after all human, and that is her greatest weakness. ‘Animal’ by Mike Snow is perfect expressing  that  desire  to  give in and be true to her heart: 

There’s so much more to the story, but I think I’ll just invite you to read it for yourself and finish the soundtrack in your own mind. Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Indiewritersreview’s Author Mindtrack! Feature: Author Desiree Finkbeiner of Ethos(Morning Star)!

  1. Great soundtrack. Especially love both versions of “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
    I know I mention book covers a lot but Ethos: Morning Star is particularly pretty 🙂

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