Friday, February 25, 2011

Nicole Peeler belly dances, listens to baaad music, and still teaches at a prestigious university

So one day Rachael and Sophie and I were talking about great bloggers and --swear to God-- we all stopped, gaped at each other, and said, why hasn't Nicole Peeler blogged for the Pens? WTF? Do you think she could take time out of her busy schedule of belly dancing and molding young minds and writing smut to be our guest on Pensfatales?

Nicole said yes, of course, because she is all kinds of awesome and her superhero quality is to be funny and creative and genius on demand.

Check out her Jane True series of Urban Fantasy novels -- you'll thank me. Really. Nicole is h-o-t hot, and so are her books.


Well hello there, Pen Fatales and Readers! I am stupidly excited to be here. I haven’t had the chance to meet all of the Pens, yet, but if I were to begin waxing poetic about Juliet Blackwell, Sophie Littlefield, and Rachael Herron, I would have to write an EPIC. An epic, people. Because that’s how much I adore them.

So when Juliet asked me to guest blog here, I was super excited. I also knew I had to really dig deep, and really share. Nothing else would do for the Pens but brutal honesty. And so that’s what I did.

I like a lot of music. In fact, I would say that, for the most part, I’m pretty hip, pretty happening, pretty “in the now” when it comes to music. Except for one secret I keep buried . . . a secret so dark, so painful, I keep it hidden for fear of reprisal.

I freaking love Roxette.

I love them. I’m sorry. I know that’s like claiming allegiance to Twinkies, or to Hanson, but it’s true. I love the saccharine gooey sweetness that is Roxette. And here’s what I love about them:

  • I love that I can take a power stance, and sing along with their songs in a REALLY dramatic way. The way I might, in other scenarios, herald the impending apocalypse, or sing of my lover having fallen on the battlefield, or announce that Sarah Palin has become our President.
  • I love that the lyrics often mean absolutely nothing when you actually think about them. Roxette presents us with a philosophical conundrum akin to Schrödinger’s cat: If a song is sung about nothing, but with tremendous passion, does that song actually come to mean something?
  • I love all of that spikey, spikey hair.

If you’re still not convinced, try it out. First, take a power stance--legs apart, arms akimbo, and head back so you’re READY TO WAIL. Now play this song and sing along as loudly as you can:

Enjoy the drama and the meaningless, all while imagining your own hair in all its potentially spikey glory. It’s infectious! Granted, it’s infectious in the same way that sexually transmitted diseases are infectious (caught doing things we know we shouldn’t be doing, with people we certainly shouldn’t be doing them with) and yet it’s SO MUCH FUN.

At least it is to me.

Stop judging, meanies.

Cuz I bet y’all have your own secret sin music! But who is brave enough to share?

Bio: Nicole Peeler writes the Jane True series of Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books. She’s also an assistant professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Seton Hill University, where she mentors up and coming writers in SHU’s MFA in popular fiction. In her spare time, she travels compulsively and belly dances badly, but with great enthusiasm. You can find out more about Nicole and her books a


Michele Writes said...

I listen to "Ice Ice Baby" all the time. I can't help it. When Vanilla Ice says, "All right stop. Collaborate, and listen." I'm sucked in. It's my shame. But I can't stop.

Rachael Herron said...

Oh, that's too fun. I'd forgotten that. And here: come closer. (I like the first Spice Girls album. No, um, I love it. I actively hated it -- my sisters played it all the time -- until one day I snapped and it turned into love. Fine line, and all that.)

So glad you're here!

Juliet Blackwell said...

How about Paula Abdul's "Straight Up"? Or "Cold-hearted Snake"? Go-to karaoke songs, for sure ;-) Next time we're together, we should go do Karaoke! And as a nod to Sophie, I should say that I have much love for current songs, too, but they're not as much fun to confess.

Nicole Peeler said...

Michele: YES! V-Ice is a classic of shame.

Rachael: If you want to be my lover, you gotta get with my friends. Words to live by!

Juliet: Ohhhh Paula. Yes. Paula. She dances with cartoon cats.

A. J. Larrieu said...

Awesome--listening to that song just made my morning. Especially the sparklers. My confession is that I'm a closet country music fan. There's one (one!) country music radio station in the Bay Area, and on those rare occasions when I'm driving alone, I totally indulge and hope no one hears me and takes away my city-mouse card. What can I say? I grew up on it, and it wormed its way into my brain.

Gigi Pandian said...

You realize I'm going to have Roxette stuck in my head all morning now don't you!? na na na na na na na na na na...

And, um, how have I not heard of your amazing-sounding series before now? I love Selkie folklore. (Juliet - c'mon now, you gotta keep me in the know here!)

Sophie Littlefield said...

Haaaaaaaahhhhh! I LOVE that. I love any angsty song where you can like twist your hair and sway and just long bad you're gonna just die. I'm so eleven that way. And I think the kids got it 'cause of their Journey obsession. You should hear us all wailing to Wheel in the Sky as I have threatened many times. :) I put on my "Evanescence" pandora whenever I want to feel like that now! And A.J., sister, I'm with you! And you can get the Sacramento station ok - oops that's prob. just an east bay thing. My friday secret, I sniffle a little to Zac Brown songs.

Dani In NC said...

I don't have a particular band or song that is a guilty pleasure; it is more of a genre. Not an established genre, mind you, but one I made up in my head. I love angry songs by cute little pop princesses who think that they are being punk. Kelly Osbourne's first album "Shut Up" falls into that category. I just think it is so CUTE the way they think they have something to be angry about! Of course, it is a guilty pleasure because the target audience for this music is really my 14-year-old daughters, not 44-year-old me.

Unknown said...

Yay Nicole is here!! :)

I don't think any music should be a guilty secret. Just like I don't think any reading should be a guilty secret. We like what we like. :)

But I did really think that video was very cool. I want to go to that venue. And someday I am going to chop off all my hair and go really short and really platinum and I'll prolly spike it just like Roxette. I've been thinking about doing it since my kids were little. :)

Nicole Peeler said...

A.J.: Haha! I would totally shake my head at your for listening to country. And then we would both rock it out. LOL It IS so addictive! LOVE the old stuff, not such a fan of the new stuff, tho.

Gigi: Sorry for the earworm. ;-) And I dunno! But now you have! Yay for selkies love. Just don't watch Ondine . . . that m-f'er LIES. . .

Sophie: ME TOO! I am so with you on that one! Hair bands definitely did it RIGHT (even spikey-hair bands).

Dani: I love that toooooo! And I totally know what you mean! It's like you want to pet them, but they'd snarl and try to bite your hand like a wee Yorkie puppy with a bow in its hair!

Lisa: DO IT! And thanks! It's about time I was invited . . . ;-)

Mysti said...

I know all the words to King of the Road and Hey Porter, and listen to Hispanic Heavy Metal when driving through the central valley.

It's not my fault that Billy Joel's Scenes... perfectly described my high school cohort. My *niece* likes him, so I can't be all wrong.

toni in florida said...

I would love to have been at that exact concert! Thanks for reminding me of a "classic" song I hadn't heard in far too long. I'm off now to to buy the mp3 for my iPod.

Can't wait to get to a bookstore and read some of your books. I'm with Gigi, who asked how come I've never found your books before? Ah, well, better now than never.

Rebecca said...

Dirty little band love. We all have em. Love the series!

Nicole Peeler said...

Mysti: LOL I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Toni: Doesn't it look dramatic??? And glad to have discovered you right back!

Rebecca: Those pens are clever gals! ;-)

Brian_B said...

Am I the only Y chromosome reading Pens? Because I don't have any musical guilty pleasures? I am only allowed to like the coolest, loudest, rock and blues and reggae and only scary classical music. Okay, I'm kidding, when I was 11, I had a pocket sized Realistic AM radio, so I really like 70's AM gold. I can't tell you how many people I've freaked out, when, instead of singing Rory Gallagher or the Dropkick Murphy's or Led Zeppelin, I start singing along to the songs in the grocery store or in an elevator. I'll admit 'Muzak' music has gotten better over time, but old Linda Rondstadt(sp), Elton John or even Barry Manilow or .. nah, that's enough, I'm going to go listen to the new Radiohead album I just downloaded, while I go check out
Thanks, BB

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