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How to make a book trailer

The Birth Of a Book Trailer I knew I needed a book trailer to help promote my debut YA novel Winnemucca. First of all, I love movies. Heck, I live in Los Angeles. And, I worked in the entertainment industry. I knew the power of the trailer. Plus, how much fun would making my own […]

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YA Storytellers : *blushes* or yeah I d-id….

This week for Fun Friday the YA Storytellers are dishing embarrassing moments. There are sooooo many to choose from for me. But the one that just cracks me up is the one that happened to me in Houston. I hadn’t flown very far, it was only a four hour flight. So I can’t blame this […]

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Johnny Cash inspired Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale

I thought I’d share one of the inspirations behind Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale, where fear’s as blind as love. There isn’t a better day to do it than today, what would have been Johnny Cash’s 81st birthday. It’s hard to believe he was only eight years younger than my Dad. Everyone always asks me […]

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A Valentine’s Day Story

Source: my.hsj.org via Amy on Pinterest   Valentine’s Day is full of happy memories for me. Once upon a time, I got married on Valentine’s Day and had a beautiful snowy Chicago wedding. And once upon a longer time, Valentine’s Day was the very first holiday that a boy did something so over-the-top amazing, it […]

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Shadow Slayer Tour: Laura Answers Readers’ Questions with a Q & A & Giveaways!

First a picture of my favorite ornament this year! (Read to the end of the interview to enter the giveawayS!) Where do you get your character names? Do they come natural or does it require a lot of thought? (Dana Mason) I LOVE dreaming up character names. They are such an important part of the […]

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Romance, Snoopy & Sonoma Valley

I had a wonderful time at the Sonoma County Book Festival last Saturday. I’ve got lots of stories to share from the festival and will be posting little snapshots of the festival this week. Today I want to share a few of the fabulous surprises that met me there:   Isn’t he adorable? I had […]

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Diary of a Debut Author: Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale, Bookiversary & Giveaway!

A year ago today Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale, was published. I can’t tell you what a thrilling year it’s been. Of all my books, Winnemucca is the best seller so far. Like my other novels, Winnemucca has sold all over the world and has even won an award for its trailer. I’ve gotten emails […]

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YA Indie Carnival : Fireworks, scenes with sparks!

What books have you read lately that sizzle? Any indie titles? I love getting great read recs! This Monday I’m participating in Indie-PENDENCE Day and it’s all about blogging great Indie Reads:) Stay tuned! Today a the YA Indie Carnival we’re celebrating the 4th with some fiction fireworks :) I want to post an excerpt […]

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Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale Book Anniversary & $25 gift card giveaway!

On July 9, 2011 Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale hit the ether and some amazing local bookstore shelves here on the central coast of California. “Boy, did this book take my breath away. It was completely different than anything I have read before and yet still had a tinge of familiarity about it. There are […]

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YA Indie Carnival: Location, location, location–where we like to go in books

Today the carnis are blogging about where we love to go in books. Like most readers, I love to go to places I don’t expect. I love to see regular places in new ways and feel transformed. Setting is powerful and I like when it’s used like a character. I try to do this in […]

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