Anthems for Authors – Writers Block

I think this song and the video do a perfect job describing a writer’s mind during “writers block.” While I personally don’t believe that exists (it’s fear – of what, depends on the author), I do see these sorts of non-sensical brain meanderings as typical when an author is procrastinating or confused about writing a scene.

Without further ado, here is Just Jack singing Writers Block.

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Featured Book: Sand Dollar

Sand DollarSand Dollar
by Sebastian Cole
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Available from Amazon.

Robin’s love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his powerful parents and reclaim his true self at all costs. But Robin harbors a devastating secret. Is it enough that two soul mates have found each other, or are the forces that would tear them apart too great?

Excerpt:

“Because for me, the sand dollar represents how fragile life really is. What was once so very precious, suddenly and without warning, disintegrated and vanished before my eyes. Seemingly solid and secure in our hands, the blessings we have in our lives today are easily shattered tomorrow.”

“The lesson learned: Never take your loved ones for granted. And if you’re ever lucky enough to find that one person in life who makes you love more than any other person could possibly make you love, you treat every day together as if it were your last. You cherish every moment.”

“However, for me, this lesson came too late, for she was already gone. And there was nothing I could do to put the pieces back together. I would spend my life wishing I could somehow travel back, back in time, to the day I first laid eyes on that precious beauty…”

What others say:
“So to the hopeless romantics out there I say, Highly Recommended – have at it, this is a must-read. To the snarling cynics like me who mentally have their arms akimbo and their eyebrow raised, I say pick up Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love and surprise yourself by discovering the romantic in you.” – Bookideas.com

Making a Video Trailer with Windows Movie Maker

books-moviesIf you have not already made a video book trailer because you thought it would take an expert, don’t worry. YOU can do this. If you follow the steps below, in less than thirty minutes, you can have a good start on a very basic video trailer for one of your books.

Not sure what a book trailer video is? Or not sure you need one? If you are still trying to get noticed as an author, a video trailer can help. People like movement, color, and sound. A video trailer accomplishes all these things in a very short amount of time while displaying your book’s information. Every opportunity counts – read Lynne Cantwell’s post on Effective Frequency to see why.

The following will guide you in creating a book trailer in less than thirty minutes. In my next post, we will add music to what we created, and upload it to the world. Continue reading

Video Trailer: Eleven

Eleven by Carolyn ArnoldEleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he’ll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he’s become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

Eleven, the FBI thriller by Carolyn Arnold, is available for Kindle and in print through Amazon.com and Amazon UK.
Don’t forget, you can cast your vote for trailer of the month on October 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. Pacific time.