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I finally finished my video book trailer and it is officially up and running live on YouTube.  It is actually a lot work to create something like that on your own and I am very pleased with the end result. The entire project was a lot of fun and I was able to tap into a form of creativity that I really never touched on before.  I have a link to the Trailer on my Book Page but I will also provide the link here so that if anyone wants to see it they can.  This trailer represents the mood of the journey that my main character Sydney London takes throughout book one in the series.  Just by watching the trailer you can walk through the various points of her experience.  Her supernatural abilities, and the challenges of being different as a child.  Her adulthood and the idea that she is on the verge of finally excepting that she will always be different.  Sydney’s encounter with other supernatural beings and the concept that she is willing to do anything to save someone she loves is something else that she must deal with, in addition to falling in love and making an attempt to save the world from destruction.  This young woman has a lot on her plate not to mention coping with a past that just will not stop haunting her. Check it out!

http://youtu.be/DezNGh3I3Qw

Happy Reading

L.L

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My life has been filled with constant changes over the past nine months, but especially over the past few weeks.  I’ve been so busy with preparing for the arrival of my son, my book promotion and writing the next book in the series that I hardly have time to jot down whats going on in my blog.  First of all at this point in my pregnancy I am ready to have my baby and somewhat return to normal.  The nights are the worse for me.  It is so hard to get a decent nights sleep.  My son plays and wiggles around like he is having a party or something.  It starts around ten.  He will settle down for an hour or so and by midnight he is all over the place.  I will watch tv sitting up and close my eyes when I can, before I know it, it is around four in the morning.  This is the time when he really comes alive with so much energy.  It seems like the best sleep I get is in the latter morning hours between five and eleven.  I’ve done a lot of research and most of the books and internet sites say the same thing.  They say that most babies in the womb start the show their newborn patterns during this time in the pregnancy.  If that is true I will be working hard to put my baby on a schedule as soon as I can.

When it comes to my book Swept into the Darkness, I am doing everything I can to get noticed as a serious author.  I am now a goodreads author and have my book and profile all set up.  It is still a work in progress.  I never realized how challenging promoting yourself on goodreads could be.  Its one obstacle at a time but I will do my best to make it work.  I published the book through KDP so now my book is up live and available for purchase on Amazon Kindle.  I am so very happy that worked out because I was a little worried when I found out that smashwords was having some distribution issues with Amazon Kindle.  The links to purchase my book can be found on my Book Page on this site.  I am still waiting for Barnes and Noble to have my ebook stocked and available.  I have no idea what the delay is but I am getting very frustrated over waiting and checking the status and not seeing my book up.  It is so very important to have my book available to the major channels so that everyone has the chance to get it on whatever reading device they have.

Book two in my Chronicles of the Celestial series is progressing very well and at this point I will be able to soon start entering it into my laptop.  I will be working on preparing book one for the paperback edition to be released early this fall, so I am looking forward to all the new changes, improvements and developments that this summer will bring inaddition to the fall.

Happy reading and Writing

L.L

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 Snow White and the Huntsman directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron tells the classic fairy tale with a very dramatic twist.  The struggle for power, beauty and immortality are the basis that supports the over all theme of good vs evil.  Kristen Stewart plays a Snow White that is rarely portrayed when it comes to fairy tale princesses.  The character demonstrates strength and perseverance as she sets out on a journey to survive being hunted, avenge her father’s death and to save the kingdom from permanent darkness.   Unfortunately  I feel that Stewart was not a good choice for the role of Snow White.  I understand the goal of  the casting director but Stewart did not do a good job with the character portrayal.  I just saw her as a modern girl who was thrown into period costume, making an attempt to portray a fairy tale princess.  Her mannerisms were way too Bella like, and I kept seeing Bella push through the Snow White character.

On the other hand the Queen played by Theron was a perfect choice of casting right along with the Huntsman played by Hemsworth.  Both characters had a very interesting story that continued to draw movie goers deeper into the fairy tale.  The darkness within Theron was extremely engaging, the more you saw her on camera the more you wanted to learn about her character.  Charlize was by far one of the best evil queens I have seen on silver screen.

The special effects and costumes were stunning and engaging.  They did not over shadow the mood of the movie or the storyline.  They both added to the realness of the environment.  The effects were used in methods that told the story in a way that our imaginations could only visualize.  The fantasy world demonstrated a vast array of creativity and innovativeness.  I was completely drawn into the elements of the magical land.

One major down fall in the movie was the portrayal of the dwarfs.  Played by various known actors, collectively they were not a major component to the story line like in the classic story.  The casting director should have picked real little people to play the seven dwarfs.  There are lots of little people actors out there that should have the opportunity to demonstrate their acting skills.  They would have also presented a more authentic feel representing their part of the story.

The movie has some good action that will keep you interested.  I give this movie three stars.

Happy Reading and Writing

L.L

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Now that my baby is due within the next couple of weeks I am really feeling the pressure of trying to get as much done with my book promotion as I can.  I still have a long list of things to do, like submit my press release, advertise and create pages on Goodreads and Facebook.  I am also waiting for my book to ship to B&N and other book distributors.  Book promotion is a full time job on it’s own and you really have to have a plan and be organized in order for it to be successful.  Book two is almost complete yet I feel like I am still behind in my plans.  I already have a opening for for book three, and am very excited to get started on mapping out my goals for that book.  As the baby’s arrival draws near so does my list of things to do when it comes to promoting book one in my angel vampire fantasy series.

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

L.L

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Now that my baby is due within the next couple of weeks I am really feeling the pressure of trying to get as much done with my book promotion as I can.  I still have a long list of things to do, like submit my press release, advertise and create pages on Goodreads and Facebook.  I am also waiting for my book to ship to B&N and other book distributors.  Book promotion is a full time job on it’s own and you really have to have a plan and be organized in order for it to be successful.  Book two is almost complete yet I feel like I am still behind in my plans.  I already have a opening for for book three, and am very excited to get started on mapping out my goals for that book.  As the baby’s arrival draws near so does my list of things to do when it comes to promoting book one in my angel vampire fantasy series.

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

L.L

 

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Now that my baby is due within the next couple of weeks I am really feeling the pressure of trying to get as much done with my book promotion as I can.  I still have a long list of things to do, like submit my press release, advertise and create pages on Goodreads and Facebook.  I am also waiting for my book to ship to B&N and other book distributors.  Book promotion is a full time job on it’s own and you really have to have a plan and be organized in order for it to be successful.  Book two is almost complete yet I feel like I am still behind in my plans.  I already have a opening for for book three, and am very excited to get started on mapping out my goals for that book.  As the baby’s arrival draws near so does my list of things to do when it comes to promoting book one in my angel vampire fantasy series.

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

L.L

 

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Now that my baby is due within the next couple of weeks I am really feeling the pressure of trying to get as much done with my book promotion as I can.  I still have a long list of things to do, like submit my press release, advertise and create pages on Goodreads and Facebook.  I am also waiting for my book to ship to B&N and other book distributors.  Book promotion is a full time job on it’s own and you really have to have a plan and be organized in order for it to be successful.  Book two is almost complete yet I feel like I am still behind in my plans.  I already have a opening for for book three, and am very excited to get started on mapping out my goals for that book.  As the baby’s arrival draws near so does my list of things to do when it comes to promoting book one in my angel vampire fantasy series.

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

L.L

 

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