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Fairytale Book Trailers and More…

Thursdays Bite

a different view of paranormal romance

Before I bring you more amazing book trailers, I want to remind anyone whose missed it that my Goodreads ten print book Giveaway of my fantasy, fairy tale romance with elves, witches, and evil queens, The Dark Huntsman, will be ending on October 22nd. So make sure you enter, if you haven’t already.

Time for some new trailers!

I had to add this one since not only is it a fairy tale romance, but in The Dark Huntsman, Trina is a Gypsy Witch, and this book has both Gypsies and Fairy Tale in the title.

And from the same author, another paranormal trailer. I love the simplicity of this one but then I had to ask, does it give you enough information about the story. Let me know in the comments what you think.

Now this one doesn’t even have any words. Tell me what you think. Can you tell if it’s NA, YA or adult romance just from the pictures?

That’s all folks.  I’ll be on Joan Leacott‘s site with a cool interview on Monday, so check it out!

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What Should a Book Trailer Do?

Moonday Mania

book trailers and more

While looking for more hot paranormal romance book trailers, I realized that some of them needed more. More words, more description, more oomph! What do you put into a book trailer and why? What do you look for in a book trailer. Of course I’m looking for a new cool way to put the pictures together, possibly live action, definitely something that catches my interest. This first book trailer is live action, but instead of a full story that the author filmed, they put together clips. I thought this was a smart way to do a less-expensive live action.

Very cool, huh! But do you know what the story is about? Was it enough to only show you the pictures? Do you want to find out more enough to now look up a book description and then maybe go on to buy it? As an author I think I want not just cool clips, but I want the viewer to be intrigued by the story. Love the action here, but when you ask a reader to then have to find your book to find out what it’s about, I think the trailer misses it’s goal.

Here’s a more common way to do a book trailer with pictures and music only, but I left this one also wondering what the heck the story was really about.

See? The pictures were there, but the words seemed like they were brief awkward one-liners. This had a huge opportunity to use verbiage to pull you into an entire series and I think it too missed the mark. I do love the opening where the cityscape wavers as if it’s underwater. It definitely pulled me in, but the lack of a story line left me again feeling like the author missed an opportunity. Not just missed an opportunity, likely she paid someone for it.

The author provides the guidance for the book trailer. Unless you produce you trailer yourself, like Brinda Berry and Isis Rushdan did for the Kindred of the Fallen trailer, most authors hire someone else to do the actual production work. We provide the words, the ideas, and the theme that the artist uses to put together a trailer. It’s our responsibility to make sure that trailer packs as much punch as it’s able to into those few minutes and what’s the most important job a book trailer does? Hooks the reader.

Here’s one that did an excellent job hooking me, even though it really didn’t have the words that told me a story line. I loved the clips she used. Very professional and intriguing.

I still would have liked to see a few words about story lines, but in this case I think the quotes letting me know how fabulous the books are, worked!

What do you think a book trailer’s goal is? Is it to hook new readers? Entertain your current readers? Just make you more searchable on YouTube? Are book trailers worth the money? Do you think readers only want to see live action, or is a well put together series of clips enough? As a reader, do you look for trailers? What do you like to see?

It’s nearly time! Goldi and the Bear will be released at the end of this month and I’ll be on tour on July 22nd giving away copies, so don’t forget to come back on July 22nd for a list of blog hop stops!goldi and the bear release day blitz

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Celebrate the Release of Snow and the Seventh Wolf

I’m on tour February 18th!

Hop on by and enter to win books, read reviews, and discover some fantastic sites.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf Button 300 x 225

Readaholic’s Reviews
Books to Light Your Fire
Melissa Stevens,
Bad Barb’s Book Reviews,
SECRET SOUTHERN COUTURE,
Sapphyria’s Steamy Book Reviews:
Pure Textuality
Corsets to Bustiers
Place of Reads Blog
Musings From an Addicted Reader
LilyElement
A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
Offbeat Vagabond
Open Book Society;
Bex ‘n’ Books
A Girl and Her Kindle
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s
happy tails and tales
Intoxicated by Books
Share My Destiny

I’ve had lots of people ask about the music that Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs  used for my book trailer, the band is Flyleaf and the song is Bury Your Heart.

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Snow and the Seventh Wolf Trailer

Thursdays Bite

It’s out! Snow and the Seventh Wolf trailer is here!

I love book trailers! As many of you know I’ve featured them here several times. In fact below are the links if you would like to see some amazing trailers. I’ve been wanting to do a book trailer for some time and when the opportunity came up to do one with the cover artist for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, I took advantage of it. I wasn’t sure what would be required when I did this, but Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs is a professional and she did all the work. All I had to do was provide my blurb and a little information and she put the whole thing together.

So, without any more hoop-la, here it is!

You are welcome to like it, share it, spread the news! And as for those other posts with all those other trailers, here are just a few:

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/09/27/mermaids/

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/09/20/im-gone-but-here-are-some-booktrailers-for-you/

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/08/09/the-taker-a-slow-turning-screw/

Let me know what you think about my book trailer. Have you ever created your own book trailer or slide show? Are you as freaked out about the process as I am? What are your favorite book trailers?Leave me the links so I can check them out!

And don’t forget that Snow and the Seventh Wolf is finally out and ready for purchase. Click HERE for a list of sites.

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Wowza! Pamela Clare’s Defiant

Sensational Saturday

a blog for whatever

As many of you know, I love book trailers. I’m definitely going to have one for my next release, Snow and the Seventh Wolf, when it comes out in 2013. In the meantime I have become a book trailer junkie, scoping out my friends book trailers and sighing enviously over their gorgeous scenery, lovely music, and all those hot men with six-pack abs.

So it’s no wonder that when I saw that two of my favorite authors had gotten together and put together a book trailer I sashayed right on over to YouTube and got that puppy up and running. But oh, no baby, I was not prepared.

Not prepared for the absolute gorgeousness of the scenery, the sound, the man.

And I really wasn’t prepared for the…da-da-da-da!

 LIVE ACTION!!!!

Yes, you got it right. This is film, baby!

I love Pamela Clare‘s books. Not that I’ve read her historicals, I haven’t. I’ve only read her absolutely amazing suspense series. So I’m unfamiliar with the McKinnon’s Ranger series, but if you read historical I have it on the best authority that these books are just the same high quality as Pamela’s suspense. And of course, they are full of hot Scotsman. What more could a romance reader want?

Well, you might want to see that same hot Scotsman running through the woods in a live action shot. Picture Last of the Mohicans and you’ve got the idea. Pamela got together with Jenn LeBlanc, whose illustrated historicals have made history themselves, and the two of them (and a few other people) got together and WAMMO! a live action book trailer.

Okay, I’ve teased you enough. Enjoy!

And, just for fun here are the covers to the entire MacKinnon series. Check out Pamela’s Books too!

Pamela Clare's Surrender

Defiant by Pamela Clare

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Take a Ride on the Ghost Train with the High Bridge

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog

What’s creepier than living down a road that you’re afraid to drive at night because of a ghost train? You know it’s scary when an alpha male like Seth Montclair (Monty to fellow volunteer firefighters) is nervous.

My friend and fellow Passion in Print author, Elizabeth Haysmont‘s debut novel, The High Bridge, came out this month. My time crunch hasn’t allowed me to read it yet, but it is waiting in my e-reader queue for me to just have one weekend. I’m sure that’s all I’ll need for a fast paced romantic ghost story.

Blurb:

  Sandra Yorken made it her life’s work proving that spirit sightings are
the result of wishful thinking or willful misconduct. She’ll go to any
length to debunk a story that makes a location a ‘tourist attraction’.

    When she crashes her bike on a remote mountain road while
searching for the legendary Ghost Train of the Rocky Mountains, the last
person she wants help from is the mysterious (and breathtakingly
handsome) Seth ‘Monty’ Montclair. If her altitude sickness and an evil
spirit don’t kill her first, falling in love with the wrong man may just
break her heart forever.

The High Bridge is currently available at Passion In Print Press. Order here today!

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more cool book trailers

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog

Last month I shared some cool book trailers from my buddies (click HERE to see them). And guess what? I’ve discovered more!

Jordan K. Rose  has a very cool trailer for her book Perpetual Light.

A reincarnated woman must trust the husband she condemned three hundred and fifty years ago to help her defeat a power-hungry vampire hell-bent on ruling the world. As a Pharo of Redemption Lucia DiComano must destroy Samuel, a master vampire who’ll stop at nothing to possess her powers. But centuries of avoiding this task have weakened her. Now, in order to save all of creation she must rely on Vittorio, the man who holds the key to her soul, the very same vampire who changed her destiny.

I have to say that the trailer for Infinite Sacrifice by LE Waters had me curious about the book, and then I went to Goodreads and discovered it’s well rated, so I may have to add it to my TBR pile. Love the way those book trailers work!

Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die. 

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives. 

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England. 

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s promo for her new Dark Hunter novel, The Guardian, is very short, but very cool, with live action it feels like a movie trailer.

As a Dream-Hunter, Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions. She’s to descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill all of them. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian.

Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the key to Olympus and the heart of Zeus, then his own life and soul will be forfeit. No matter the torture, he hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. But when a rescuer appears, he decides to try a new tactic.

When these two lock wills, one of them must give. But Lydia isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus, she’s holding back the darkest of powers. If she fails, an ancient evil will roam the earth once more and no one.

I’d love to post some more cool book trailers next month, so leave me some ideas and links to discover the book trailers that turn you on.

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by | March 22, 2012 · 6:54 am