Saturday, June 27, 2009

New Cover Alternative for Heavenly

I'm so excited to be able to offer an "edgier" cover op for Heavenly. LOVE the way it looks...and will share as soon as I get my cover artist to create a smaller version. Right now, all I have is the HUMongo sized jpg files that would take up this whole page.

It sucks that I can't do photo shop or one of those hartsy-tartsy programs....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wedding Sigh

I told myself I wouldn't cry at my daughter's wedding last July, and I didn't. I was so happy for her, that she found such a wonderful, steady companion that I couldn't shed any tears - especially those of the 'woe is me, my child is moving on' mother!

My son's wedding - same thing. No tears. Even though he is my first boy.

When he was born ( I had two girls already ) I thought to myself, "What am I going to do with a boy?"

He wrapped himself around my heart and that was that.

I can't wait to get to know his bride like I know my own girls. The future is joyful when love paves the way.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Getting Ready for a Wedding and Trying to Write

I've come to the conclusion that writing and getting ready for DS's wedding is NOT a possibility. Something has to give. Obviously, DS's wedding is not it, so...the writing is sporadic at this point. Which makes for a cranky mother, lol. Cranky mother coordinating mother-of-the-groom obligations, well, I just have to put my goals aside until the nuptials are wrapped.

Monday, June 15, 2009

ARC's and final copies

So, if you've read Heavenly and you've found errors, that's because it's not due for official publication until August. I'm not sure why amazon is selling the book before the street sale date, but it's aggravating to have someone review and say something about the errors.

I guess I assume most ARC readers KNOW that.

Consider yourself educated. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Book Trailers

I'm a big lover of book trailers. Again, I enlist the help of my creative daughter who helps me come up with a concept.

With A Season of Eden, I wanted to convey the impossible love tone of the book. Shooting anything visual, whether its a feature film or a short like EDEN is only as good as the "lens" of the creator. Like an author's lens that "shows" you the story -- the finished product is only as excellent, gripping, intense, romantic and interesting as what the author chooses to "show." Of course, most stories are so dense with plot ( at least mine are *wink*) that condensing into a minute or two is challenging.

With over 2700 hits, Eden's trailer is as addicting as the book itself.

Obviously, I was limited. But, for a zero budget production that took an hour to shoot, I was pleased with the way my jennsbooks2films edited the footage. Especially the black and white tone which directly reflects the questionable relationship.

Even though Magic Hands has been out there a while, I wanted to do a trailer. I asked a neighbor kid and a friend of my daughter's, both who fit the physical characteristics of the characters, and we went to the high school, grabbed some kids there for a singing concert and shot the scenes involving other kids. Then, it was back to my house for the "prom date" scene and porch scene.

All of this took about an hour and a half.

We were lucky to find a local, indie band who let us use their song for Magic Hands.
Music is essential for the mood of a trailer, and we've spent HOURS choosing just the right song, searching through hundreds of duds to find the gems.

Like this one we found for next year's release, Noon. The group is called Mudbison and their sound is haunting and addicting.