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Hollywood is not in danger of me taking it by storm, but I did have fun creating this book trailer for my latest installment in the Beachcomber Investigations series, Beachcomber Danger. The dramatic opening, the music and the credits at the end are all part of iMovie’s “Hollywood” treatment.
Hint: The book is better than the movie!
Let me know what you think of the trailer. (Myren, my chauffeur, has of course weighed in. He thinks I’m hopeless and have nerve even referencing Hollywood in the same sentence as my book trailer.) (I reminded Myren which side of his bread is buttered and by whom.)
Myren aside, take a look and leave a comment. It would be much appreciated.
Like most everyone, I’m a movie-lover. I love the whole scene. Movies! What could be more exciting and glamorous? The lights, cameras, stars, all that drama and action. I won’t kid you, I would love if any one of my books were made into a movie. I’d jump up and down and even do cartwheels (at the risk of breaking my wrists). (Myren, my chauffeur–for now–is shaking his head in concern. Or is it disgust?)
Though none of my books have been made into movies yet, I’ve dabbled a bit and created a book trailer for my most recent Beachcomber Investigations series novel, Beachcomber Danger. Here it is!
Let me know what you think – should I stick to writing? (As you might have predicted, Myren, my overly-confident in his job security chauffeur, is nodding his head vigorously.)
Hi Stephanie Queen and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Happy Valentine Day! Thank you so much for having me on this special holiday! My romantic suspense, Maximum Risk (Book #1, Wolff Securities) is on sale for .99 for a limited time only so I hope you’ll go pick up your copy now! You can buy it HERE on Amazon.
As a special treat, Quinn and Avery have agreed to do a character interview for you today! Yes, it took some doing, considering it’s Valentine Day, but I managed to get them to answer a few questions for me. So, without further ado, here are the hero and heroine of Maximum Risk, Quinn Wolff and Avery Marks!
How did you first meet your writer?
Quinn: When she decided to pull me on a rescue mission in the Middle East.
Avery: I was the rescue mission.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Quinn: Hell, no. I run a private security firm, our business shouldn’t be in a book.
Avery: I’ve been written about in brochures and magazines with my charity work, but never a book.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Quinn: More like she convinced us. I’m still not happy with what you did, Jennifer.
Jennifer: I know, and I’m sorry, but I had to go where the story took me.
Avery: *sadly* I don’t like that part of the story. Let’s just move on.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Avery: That’s a loaded question. Romantic Suspense is great and all, but it means hell for Jen’s characters. I like the romance, not so much the suspense. Too nerve-wracking.
Quinn: I prefer to keep my wife out of the suspense part.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Jennifer: I can’t let them answer that because it will give away the book. They don’t like to talk about it anyway.
*Quinn and Avery nod in unison*
Do you like the way the book ended?
Avery: Despite what we had to go through to get there, yes. *laces her fingers through Quinn’s*
What do you do for a living?
Avery: You already know Quinn runs a private sector security firm. I’m founder of Books for Change. A non-profit organization that helps teach women and girls to read in deprived areas of the world.
What are you proudest of?
Quinn: My family.
*Avery nods, squeezing his hand*
What do you like most about where you live?
Avery: Quinn’s family lives on a private lake in Michigan. It’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever been. I love it there. Although it took some time to get used to not having the city outside my window.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Quinn smiles: Mom cooks a big family dinner and afterwards we play our traditional football game.
Avery: Translated into five alpha male brothers kicking the crap out of each other *she smiles*
If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do?
Avery: I have the Wolff brothers surrounding me. I would have no worries. Not that I believe in zombies.
I hope you enjoyed talking with Quinn and Avery! Thank you for stopping by!
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Lowery is a romantic at heart. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance.
She debuted her first book in 2012 which made her dreams of being a writer come true, followed with her SEAL Team Alpha series and loves her job as much today as she did then. She is delighted to bring you stories from the heart and hopes you enjoy them as much as she did writing them.
Thank you for having me today, Stephanie Queen!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! All my best, Jennifer
EVERYONE loves a great read. I always crave a great romance read. But how do you find them? Especially if you’re like me, and you read a lot AND you want the best possible stories. Good books are hard to find. [CAVEAT: Everyone gets to define what constitutes a GOOD book for themselves. Even Myren, my chauffeur.]
What to do? There are millions and millions of fiction books out there. Last count on Amazon was over 1 million romances books alone. Here are the SQ Tips to help solve this problem. [I just swatted Myren, my chauffeur, on the arm for laughing at me and he almost drove us into a mailbox on the side of the road. Writing can be a very dangerous business.] [Myren just accused me of being melodramatic. Should I hit him again? (Answer below)].
5 Tips to Find Your Next GREAT Romance Read:
Personal Recommendation: Narrow down your sub-genre. Pick one based on your mood right now. Got it? [I’m picking Romantic Suspense. I’m in the mood for danger for some reason…] Now ask your friends, your book-reading pals, book club peeps, local librarian or mother-in-law [do NOT ask your chauffeur] for a recommendation for the BEST Romantic Suspense novel they ever read. This happens to be the NUMBER 1 way readers buy books.
Reviews: Reviews can be anything from professional, like the New York Times Book Reviews (fat chance they’d review a romance novel) or Publisher’s Weekly or Romantic Times Book Reviews, to amateur reviews such as an Amazon reader review posted on the book page. The in-between reviews would be those on book blog sites and such. If you have a book reviewing source you trust based on past experience, check out these sources. My romance book review source is the book review blog Fiction Vixen Books & Beauty.
Facebook Groups: If you’re like me, you spend a good amount of time on Facebook. Besides checking out what the heck your friends were doing without you last weekend, you can find books. I don’t mean that you need to try sifting through the millions of Facebook ads. I’m talking about Facebook Groups. Facebook has interest GROUPS for EVERYTHING. If you want a quick way to find books in a niche you enjoy, like Romantic Suspense, especially if you want new releases or sale books, and you want to learn a little something about the books, this is the place to go. I regularly visit the Romance & Thrillers Group and the Romance Novel Junkies Group for info on what the latest and greatest romances are.
Favorite Authors: I have a list. So far it’s a mental list, but I don’t have to worry about forgetting their names. The authors on my list have made a big impression on me. When I’m in the mood for Romantic Suspense, some of my favorite go-to authors are Lisa Mondello, Jacquie Biggar, Mimi Barbour,Rebecca York , Taylor Lee and too many more to list. I’ll check out their author websites to see if they have anything new.
Amazon: As a last resort, you can use Amazon’s search engine to find the top rated books in any category known to mankind. I say this is a last resort because you may not want to buy your book on Amazon. You may want to get it from your library or buy it from a book store or download it from an author’s website, for instance. [Myren is asking me why he can’t download books from my website and I kicked him and told him to mind his business. He has a creepy habit of reading over my shoulder while he’s driving. Maybe I should sit in the back seat…]
You get the picture. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Too bad there’s no sure-fire way to find that WOW! book every time, but as die-hard readers, we persevere and keep trying. [Myren pointed out that I’ve been redundant. I pointed out that I wanted to emphasize my point.]
If you have a good and quick way to find a fabulous read, please share it here.
Where do you go to find your next GREAT ROMANCE READ?
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