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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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Trailer park Thursdays — What I learned making 13 on Halloween’s book trailer

The trailer for 13 on Halloween was the second trailer I produced. I learned a lot when I produced my first book trailer for Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale. Winnemucca’s trailer was a bit long. The standard seems to be right around a minute and a half at the most. It’s crazy how long two […]

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YA Indie Carnival: Pssst…how long is your book?

How long should a book be? It’s so personal! As a reader there are times where I love to get lost in an epic and don’t care how long a book is. There are times when I just want a quick read, and that usually means a smaller word count. I am a very slow […]

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Monday Muse: The Sea Otter Classic––Redefine your limits

This Monday I’m inspired by the Sea Otter Classic bicycle races I went to over the weekend at Laguna Seca. There’s a motto FOX, a bicycle shock manufacturer, has––Redefine your limits it’s a fabulous way to start this week. Thinking about what’s beyond our limits. It’s something I like to write about. My characters try to […]

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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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Monday Muse: Oscars, pretty dresses & finding your voice

So yesterday was the big night. I love movies. I love popcorn. We went to an oscar party last night.

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Tasty Thursday: Los Angeles, food & romance

Source: via denise on Pinterest   For those of you who don’t know, champagne is my favorite drink. And this seems brilliant! I’ve never tried making champagne ice cubes, but I will have to very soon :) Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what screams Love like a wonderful, romantic meal? I hope […]

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Best writing block busters of the year :)

I usually post regularly until recently. Lots going on in RL. I’d love to share some good news though, it looks like after surgery my mom is going to be cancer free and that she won’t need chemo! Woot! She sure is a strong woman, especially for her mid-eighties. I admire her strength and courage […]

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Happy New Year! 2013 roared in, in many unexpected ways for me. Here’s a picture of the New Year’s Day hike I took with my husband in Big Sur on the Skinner Trail, at Devil’s Peak. I have a love of surprises. On the drive down to Big Sur we saw whales spouting in the […]

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I tried to go grocery shopping…I really did :D

I know y’all can relate to this. You’re writing. Or reading. You don’t want to do anything but write or read. You can’t put the book down. It’s just too dang good. You can’t leave your computer. There are so many deadlines to meet. But, there’s things like eating and laundry and real world stuff that […]

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