Hard to believe tomorrow is Beltane! Time moves so swiftly – make the best of it.
See. Told you women kick ass! 😉
Huh. I never thought of that…
You may have noticed that I use hashtags in my blog post titles, and I wouldn’t blame you for wondering why – that used to be me, too, when I noticed an author I follow cluttering up her titles with those rather unattractive tags.
But we want people to share our posts, don’t we? After all, that’s why we have all those ‘share’ buttons after our posts – to make it simple and fast for people to share – but how effective are they?
If you’re sharing to Facebook, then its likely to be to your closer group of friends; to Google, your like-minded associates.
But to Twitter?
Have you looked at the tweets generated by the share buttons, before you click on ‘tweet’?
They include the title of your piece – but unless the sharer takes the time to add hashtags, they go out with, often, a title that strangers…
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I enjoy book trailers, but never knew how they were made. What a great instruction post.
With Wildflower Crown set to come out in June, I’ve been looking into making a book trailer. Now, it’s important to note that book trailers are not the same as movie trailers. Especially for indie authors, you’re not going to have actors acting out things that happen in the book and showing clips of it. You can, if you want, but your trailer is likely going to flop. This is an amazing trailer, but unless you’re willing to shell out a lot of money (or you happen to be a talented film student), it isn’t going to happen:
So if you can’t make a trailer like that, what is it going to be like? Well, you’re going to have pictures and words. Narration, possibly, if you or a friend has a nice voice and a nice microphone. Here is an example of a good book trailer than anyone could make:
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“We know we cannot underestimate the importance of emergency planning in our region, nor can we assume we’ll have ample warning time. If an earthquake or terrorist attack hits, we won’t necessarily have advance alerts or opportunities to double- and triple-check our plans”. – Ellen Tauscher
“The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.” – Tony Blair
“This country values freedom, but you and I both know that ‘freedom’ is a joke. We’re somewhere between a third-world country with a corrupt government and an overbearing corporation on the scale of how free we really are. Americans now hold on to every scrap of ‘freedom’ they can find, including their own individuality –“ Nick Thacker, The Enigma Strain
Harvey “Ben” Bennett, Yellowstone Ranger, has had a crummy day. First, the worst kind of campers created a huge mess at their campsite – then are all bent out of shape when Mo the Grizzly shows up. Good ol’ Mo, he knows where the easy goodies are. Stupid, messy, complaining psudo-campers, ruining the sanctity of the ecosystem. Bah. Now, Ben has to haul Mo up to the northern end of the park, far away from the campsite areas, and ignorant tourists. This is Mo’s third strike – if he wanders back to populated areas, he winds up on death row. All because tourists can’t keep from treating the park like Disneyland, complete with throwing their trash on the ground.
But when Ben and Carlos Rivera haul Mo north, they run into more than they expected. A monstrous explosion, complete with mushroom cloud, causes an earthquake that drops Carlos into a chasm in the Earth. Now, a red dust cloud hangs over Yellowstone – a cloud of death. As people begin to die, Ben finds himself partnered with Julie Richardson, a specialist with the Biological Threat Research Division of the Centers for Disease Control as they chase the origin of what appears to be a synthetic, airborne virus. A virus that, if released across the US, could cause near total destruction. But that isn’t the only terrorist action that is planned. For the explosion in Yellowstone may only be the first – and if the caldera under Yellowstone blows, the United States will turn into a wasteland.
There is action aplenty in The Enigma Strain. Ben and Julie are realistic characters, well developed and designed, and the people they run up against, from self-centered management personnel to soulless terrorists and guns for hire are also well rendered, though tend towards ‘over-the-top’. As with my review of Thacker’s The Depths, I find myself disappointed with the obvious continuity issues. Editorial issues are not as bad as in The Depths, but I find continuity issues to be tremendously aggravating – especially when it changes the character of the actors, their mental, intellectual and psychological actions and capabilities. Hard right turns in intellectual levels are infuriating.
The ideas are on the edge, but frighteningly believable in these days of worldwide terrorism. It was a fun read overall, and worth the time spent. The infusion of historical events gave the book the extra ‘kick’ it needed to encourage the excitement level.
I receive this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
I can’t believe it, but I am actually catching up on my books from Netgalley and Storycartel. Lots of other books as well – but if I tell you what I am doing, well, maybe I will get caught up, right? One is The Juan Doe Murders by Noreen Ayres. A Smokey Brandon Thriller, it deals with a serial killer who murders Mexican Immigrants, and in a fiction format brings up issues of immigration, the rich vs. the poor, and the tremendous imbalance of wealth in this country. It came to me from Netgalley – only THREE Netgalley’s on my list, then I will be caught up!
The Deeper Genome by John Parington expands upon the Human Genome Project, delving into the international ENCODE project and what it says about the deeper findings of DNA and RNA the layers of regulatory elements controlling and coordinating the switching on and off of genes. Deep stuff, but utterly amazing. The second of my Netgalley books awaiting review.
Penguin books are harder for me to read, as they have a heck of a DRM, which means that on my Samsung tablet I have to read in a program which accepts PDF files – a TOTAL pain, as Adobe Reader says “ERROR: The document has features that are not supported in this version of Adobe Reader.” Duh. It is an Adobe PDF! Sigh. The only thing that really works is Aldiko Premium which, though it pulls it up, and allows me to highlight for notes for my reviews, is a true pain in the backside when it comes to moving between pages . . . I can swipe ten or fifteen times before it will turn a page! Gack. Anyone recommend another program that works with PDF’s that is easier to work with?
Another one that is taking time to read, requiring “fun” reads between chapters? The Enigma Strain: Harvey Bennett #1 by Nick Thacker. Terrorists, explosions in Yellowstone National Park, murders, and biological weapons straight out of history. Intense.
Also from Storycartel, Path of the Horseman by Amy Braun. The Four Horsemen decimated the world – but now they are stuck here. Sounds like it might be interesting…
Reading for fun in between the deep stuff? Spin Art by Jacey Boggs. I have been seeing all these wonderful textured yarns on Etsy, and learning how to do them is a lot of fun! Wraps, corespinning, bumps, and foreign objects, i.e., spinning in beads, baubles, shiny objects and bits of cloth spun into your yarn! Examples from some of my fav spinners on Etsy.com? Click the pics to go to the etsy pages.
Relaxing before bedtime? Suzanne Wright’s The Phoenix Pack series. The fourth book just came out, and I get a huge kick out of Taryn Warner, the heroine, so I am listening to them in order (Kindle Whispersync) – seeing as how I also missed the third book. Fun – two new smexys for the reading! (Note to British authors writing settings in the U.S. – Americans don’t eat baked beans for breakfast – that is a completely British thing to do! LOL) If you liked the Ridgeville Series by Celia Kyle, you might like this one as well.
Of course, my TBR stack is monstrous…. but the next two books I have “Up Next” are Witches Diary: A Lost Library Novel and the Lost Library Short Story Trilogy both by Kate Baray. If you haven’t read this series, you are really missing out. If you haven’t read my reviews, type “Kate Baray” in my search box.
Wow. I just realized, I need to get reading!
Awww… I LOVE me some BOXERS!!!
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