Monday, July 11, 2016

Welcoming Lincoln Cole

I'm so pleased today to be welcoming Lincoln Cole to my blog.  He's a fellow member of Rave Reviews Book Club and the author of the excellent Raven's Peak, which was recently chosen by Kindle Scout.  I just finished it last week, and if horror is your thing, it is a must read.  So, take it away, Lincoln.

Raven’s Peak is the first book I built a trailer for. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to for my other books, it was just that this one felt like it needed the trailer to bring it to life. And, I didn’t want a cheap and short video that would just glide over a couple of images, show some text, and then end: I wanted something that developed the world of Raven’s Peak and set the stage for everything that was to come.

I reached out to a designer and offered a couple of ideas about what I wanted. One thing that was important was having live action moments in the trailer, not only still images, and enticing music. The designer went above and beyond my expectations, finding amazing images and live video that really brought the world to life.
My favorite thing about the trailer is how effectively the music aligns with what’s being shown. Everything starts with a sort of twilight feel and gradually turns darker until the end. I loved the live action moments and the video of the raven instead of just using cover art to convey the imagery.

Would I get another trailer made by the same designer? Probably. Maybe not for every book that I release, but for all of my important ones I think it is completely worthwhile having a little extra to help entice people to visit the world!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Welcoming RRBC Spotlight Author Micki Peluso

I'm delighted to welcome to the blog today Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Micki Peluso.  Her well-reviewed memoir,  . . . And The Whippoorwhill Sang, is available on Amazon.

"Angel at a Book Signing"

My first book signing was quite an adventure. I had just recovered from the flu and wasn't feeling too perky. The mall was crowded and hot, filled with hordes of people intent on finding Valentine presents. Borders bookstore was running a sale on every best seller, offering half price, buy one, get one free--so even I would have preferred not to buy my more expensive first book. Still, as suggested by my publisher, I set up my table, looked pleasantly classy, and displayed great promo stuff up --along with a gorgeous poster of my book on a tall easel, just outside the bookstore and in the actual mall. Many passed by admiring the poster, asking if it was for sale--few stopped to buy the book. The bargain hunters that day, dressed in less than their finest, seemed harried and hungry--proven by the way they sneaked valentine chocolate hearts from my crystal bowl as they dashed past my table. The candy was free, but it entailed listening to my sales pitch for a book they didn’t seem inclined to buy.

After an hour I was getting dejected. This was not fun. Root canal was more fun. I forced family and friends to suffer through it with me but it still did not even border upon fun. My grandkids with their sweet faces and big blue eyes handed out flyers and bookmarks, asking people to buy my book. If that didn’t work I figured nothing would. The potential book buyers threw away the flyers and kept the bookmarks. I signed and sold about a half dozen books and was getting hungry and bored, when someone ran up to me, all smiles and excited. I could not tell if it was a boy, adult or teen. He introduced himself as John, still smiling that amazing smile on his elfin face. "I loved your book,' he repeated over and over.”I cried and cried and cried. "

          He didn't have his book with him so I signed a book plate for him and gave him a bookmark and a chocolate heart. He leaned over with both arms stretched out to me. I instinctively reached out and hugged him back, something I would never do to a stranger in a Mall.

          "Don't you dare stop writing books!  You can't not write books. You're a good writer and you must keep on writing books!" I wondered how he knew that this was my first book and I didn't plan on another.

          “I’ll think about it,” I said, smiling back at that wonderful face of his.  I glanced away for just a second and when I looked back he was gone. He seemed to disappear as strangely as he’d appeared. I turned to my daughter who was sitting right behind me and asked," Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" She nodded. This was not the first time we had encountered an "angel unaware" concerning my book and the story it relates. Another time was at a cemetery when we were lost while searching for my younger daughter’s gravesite. There was no way to explain those beatific smiling faces either time. I had a feeling this would not be the last encounter. From the moment he left, my energy returned, all pain left and I was able to continue signing books for another hour and a half, ending up selling all of them. I hope my angelic being shows up at all my future book signings. I want to tell John that I have started my next book—but somehow I think he knows.

Author Bio

Micki Peluso began writing after a personal tragedy. This lead to a first time publication in Victimology: An International Magazine and a career in Journalism. She's freelanced and been staff writer for one major newspaper, written for two more and has published short fiction and non-fiction, as well as slice of life stories in colleges, magazines and e-zine editions. Her first book was published in 2012; a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival, called, . . . And THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG which won the Nesta CBC Silver Award for ‘Writing That Builds Character’, won third place in the Predators and Editors Contest and first place for People's Choice Monthly Award. This book is close to her heart since it’s a deathbed promise to her dying child. It has the humor of ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ with the heart of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird. Some reviewers liken her writing to a cross between Erma Bombeck and Harper lee. She has over a dozen short stories in 'Women's Memoirs', 'Tales2inspire', and 'Creature Features'. Two of her short horror stories were recently published in an International Award winning anthology called "Speed of Dark." She is presently working on a collection of short fiction, and slice of life stories in a book collection called, 'Don't Pluck the Duck', due to be released in late 2017. Her first children’s story, ‘The Cat Who Wanted a Dog’ will be released in June of 2017. Author Peluso is a multi-genre and speculative writer who plans to tackle novels next.

To learn more about Micki Peluso, or to purchase her book, …AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG,
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Twitter: @mickipeluso