Trapped Under Ice by M.J. Schiller @mjschiller

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Trapped Under Ice is a novel about a three time platinum record-producing band whose lead singer, Chad Evans, is haunted by his past. Growing up in an abusive home, then being left alone at the age of thirteen to raise his kid brother, Chad still fights the pain he felt as a child, and the anger it causes, despite being a wildly successful rock star. “Chad [tries] to play his heart out on the stage; but he [can] never quite seem to leave it there.”

Beth Donovan, lunch lady/writer, is thrilled to be enjoying a Trapped Under Ice concert with her daughter, Cassie. Even though it has been three years since her husband, Paul’s, death, sorrow still shadows her life, so the distraction of seeing her favorite group is a welcome one. However, when the concert is over, Beth and her daughter are followed and attacked by two men in one of the stadium’s bathrooms. When Chad and his bodyguard, Pete, come to their aid, an attraction sparks immediately between Beth and the tall singer.
Though the pair is drawn to each other, the relationship goes through numerous trials centered on Chad’s unresolved anger, and Beth’s fear of opening herself up again. Just as the two seem to be able to work through their problems, they face being separated forever by someone who is sending Chad death threats. Trapped Under Ice is the story of a love-affair fraught with difficulties from without, (ex-girlfriends who resurface, crazed fans who don’t want to take “no” for an answer…), as well as difficulties from within, (jealousy, anger, fear…). Will Chad and Beth be able to rise above these trials and tribulations? Or will they remain trapped under ice?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I have three book trailers. Three of my four children have made one for me! I had no idea that they even knew how to do a trailer! Each of the trailers they made did a good job of capturing the book.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
TRAPPED UNDER ICE was inspired, in part, by Nickelback music. The heroine is a lunch lady/romance writer like myself, so I guess you could say I was just putting my fantasy to words.

Author Bio:
MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh, can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has an nineteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and seventeen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

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Jack Who? by Lisa Gillis @ligillis

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Is the answer to a breakup a hookup? Reluctantly, pressured by a friend, Marissa heeds this advice. But Jack (What was his name?) is not the average girl’s fling. Jack is a celebrity in his niche of the music world, and Marissa has no idea of his public identity. Jack Who? will bring smiles and wring tears—it is one night with a rock star gone awry, a secret, and a couple that must work together years later to bridge their very different worlds.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
A friend of mine is in marketing and is always impressing on me that visual speaks more than words. So to get the word out about the Silver Strings Series I try to keep that in mind and make fun visual teasers–and of course the video. The hardest part about the video was planning it out and finding fitting pictures. After that, it was fun to put the pieces together! Kind of like gathering all the ingredients before baking the cake.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My friends and I have always been interested in the behind the scenes stories of life as a musician. One night after watching Almost Famous, I was inspired to write the first in the Silver Strings Series.

Author Bio:
Lisa Gillis resides in Texas, with her husband of many years who is the inspiration to the fictional men loved in her books, her son who is her world, and a spoiled brown lab, Bailey.

Writing is a recent passion and she strives in her books to blend a perfect mixture of fantasy and reality.

Her love for music, bands, and concerts inspired her Silver Strings Series.

When she is not writing those little voices out of her head while listening to music, she is making her own noise on drums or guitar.

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The Ballerina & The Figher (Book 1) by Ursula Sinclair @lavernethompson

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I travel through life dancing.

All I ever wanted to do was dance, as did my best friend. We’d made so many plans together, but one night an explosion changed it all. Only one of us survived, and I promised myself I’d succeed for us both. And I did, until an accident almost ruined my career, but Maze came back into my life when I needed him most. He pulled me out of the depths of my despair. But could I save him now?

I travel through life fighting.

It had always been Ivy; from the first moment I saw her leaping through the air like she had wings to lift her from the ground. But she was my dream, something I wanted more than anything else in my life. I promised myself I would stay away from her. Violence followed me everywhere and I tried to keep her far away from it. She was my point of illumination in the dark tumultuous world I lived in. But I could not stay away from her. Not when I knew she needed me. As much as I needed her. But could she accept me as I am?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I’ve created my own video trailers for years. I enjoy doing them. At one time I co-owned a book video production company.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been immersed in the world of dance for fifteen years. My youngest is a classically trained ballerina and I’ve always wanted to write a story about these talented young men and women. To show they are no less an athletic than the sports that tend to take the spot light. It takes a lot of strength to be able to stand on a a tiny block of wood on your toes and make your movements look flawless. So my ballerina series is for them and everyone who’s dedicated to their sport and/or craft.

Author Bio:
LaVerne Thompson is an award winning, best-selling, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She also writes romantic suspense and new adult romance under the pen name Ursula Sinclair.

She is currently working on several projects. Both of her daughters are now away at college. However, she and her husband don’t like the term empty nester. She’s added a cat to the household to keep the dog of the house company. Hopefully writing will keep her sane. Visit her website at http://lavernethompson.com to read excerpts of her books or Facebook to contact her, http://facebook.com/groups/lavernesnews or http://facebook.com/ursulasinclair98 and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lavernethompson

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Empty Places by Martin Roy Hill @MartinRoyHill

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The year is 1987. Battle-scarred news service correspondent Peter Brandt returns from covering the wars in Central America to bury his ex-wife, Palm Springs TV reporter Robin Anderson, after her brutal murder. When Peter discovers the local police refuse to investigate Robin’s murder, he sets out with an old friend, retired cop Matt Banyon, to find her killer. They unearth secrets old and new – a shadow world of sex and drugs, political corruption, and a wealthy Cuban freedom fighter with a suspicious past. In a final, cliff-hanging struggle, Peter faces his own demons – and death in a dark and empty place.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I had created video trailers myself for my first two books, “DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond,” and “The Killing Depths.” I’ve had good experiences using those trailers to promote my books. However, this time I decided to use the services of Tanya Watt

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
“Empty Places” was inspired in part by my own experiences as a journalist in Palm Springs and later. I was an investigative journalist in the mid-1980s, when the book takes place, and covered many of the scandals of that era that make up a good part of the book.

Author Bio:
Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, “The Killing Depths,” the award-winning short story collection, “DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond.” His latest novel, “Empty Places,” was published in October 2013.

Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.

Much of Martin’s freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association. He was also a contributor to the 2013 Civil War anthology, “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States.”

Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History,
Plan B Mystery Anthology, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer’s Monthly. His first book, “DUTY,” was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection during the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (SDBA). “The Killing Depths” was also named a finalist for the SDBA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award.

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Valerie’s Retreat by Joseph M Rinaldo @jmrinaldo

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Valerie, a 40-ish Head Teller at a bank, has met Franco, 16 years younger and studying for a doctorate in archaeology. He is stunned yet eager to begin a relationship with this attractive “cougar”, and they become lovers. Their lives begin to unravel when Valerie’s female bisexual boss makes advances (and threats) toward Valerie and Franco is accused of the theft of an Incan artifact from a museum where he has been working part-time. Frustrated, under surveillance by the FBI, and seeing no way out of their dilemma, they decide to steal money from Valerie’s bank and flee the country. They go to Peru to start a new life, but they find there the same type of corruption and threats. How can they escape their nightmares and make their dreams come true?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
We created a trailer because we wanted to stay on the cutting edge of indie book advertising. I truly enjoy the process from writing the script to editing the video. The making of the three videos for three different books taught us a great deal about shooting videos every time we made one. I enjoyed it, but ultimately, they haven’t proven beneficial. We’ve received so few views and seem to have generated no sales through the video. Honestly, I would counsel authors not to spend the time and money to shoot a video.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My background has a teeny influence on Valerie’s Retreat. Valerie meets a man sixteen years her junior at a local church dance. My wife and I have the same age difference and met at the same kind of place. That got me thinking about Valerie’s Retreat, but I had to write it after REALITY TV made the older women in these relationships look so petty and sex-starved. I had to set the record straight and show an older woman to whom who other women her age could relate.
The jokes Valerie must endure, such as, “Do you have to cut his meat for him?” are actual barbs my wife received during our dating process. Like Valerie, I also worked in a bank. Unlike Valerie, I never considered robbing the bank where I worked.

Author Bio:
I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my wife and daughter. We like to go boating as a family, and I jog to stay fit. My daughter has Down syndrome and competes in Special Olympics powerlifting, bowling, and basketball. I’m an assistant basketball coach and helper “coach” for powerlifting. My arms are so tiny they make Barney Fife look strong.

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By Way of Water by Charlotte Gullick @gullickwriter

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A unique look at the Jehovah Witnesses in the rural western United States and the logging industry in Northern California during the 1970s, By Way of Water addresses the devastating effects of poverty on rural families. Struggling to feed their children in an unforgiving California forest when there are no logging jobs to be found, Jake and Dale Colby make personal vows that only make matters worse. Jake will not accept help from the government or his neighbors, and Dale won’t allow him to hunt, believing her faith will sustain them. But one other member of the family makes a promise to herself. Seven-year-old Justy believes that she alone can hold the family together, even when her father’s violence resurfaces. With a clear insight and the deepest empathy, Justy isolates the stark realities around her, even as she dreams with her mother of a safe world that only God can promise.

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How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I am teaching a Digital Storytelling class and I wanted to learn the software; creating the book trailer seemed like a great first project. I used iMovie which was user friendly and made the process accessible and enjoyable. The image is so powerful (“Under” by Ines Batllo) so I felt it was strong enough to “carry” the narrative. It was a tremendous please to put this together, even as simple as it is, and I recommend it to any author considering creating a book trailer. The process itself was worth it.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am a firat generational college graduate and as such, I felt that education was changing my relationship to my family and to the place where I grew up. Writing this book helped me “locate” the time and place and people I come from with a sharp eye for landscape and characters caught in changing times.

Author Bio:
Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. A first-generation college graduate, she received her AA with High Honors from Santa Rosa Junior College, a BA with Honors in Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis.

Charlotte’s first novel, By Way of Water, was published by Blue Hen Books/Penguin Putnam and was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as the Grande Prize Winner of the Santa Fe Writer’s Project in 2002 and will be available November 2013 from the Santa Fe Writers Project.

Her other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, Faculty of Year from College of the Redwoods as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award. She has taught in the Travis County Correctional Complex and organized classes and literary events for Veterans in the Austin Community. Additionally, she has presented twice at the Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference (Washington, DC and Chicago, IL) on offering writing courses for Veterans.

She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter.

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The Monster of Silver Creek by Belinda G. Buchanan @BelindaBuchanan

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Terror has come to this small town. A sinister killer is on the loose. A serial killer who feeds off of young women’s fear…and leaves a most unusual calling card. Police Chief Nathan Sommers is on the hunt, but every road leads to a dead end.

Nathan is battling his own personal demons as he tries to cope with the death of his wife. He feels her dying was a direct result of his actions and is consumed by guilt.

His personal life becomes more complicated when he meets Katie, the pretty new owner of the bakery. Nathan slowly builds a relationship

with her, but still struggles with Jenny’s death.

As he draws nearer to the killer, everything in his life suddenly comes undone. He is forced to deal with his feelings for Katie and his love for his dead wife.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
Book trailers were just starting to get noticed when I wrote The Monster of Silver Creek, and I was all in for giving it a try. I LOVED making this trailer. To me its a mini-movie and a way to display your characters as you see them in your mind.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My husband and our two boys had taken a day trip to Mammoth Cave in Ky, and we had to take a bus to the new entrance of the cave. It was about a twenty minute ride and as I was observing the other passengers (a personal quirk of mine) I took notice of the driver. He looked as if this was his day job and at night he returned to his prison cell. (He had the creepy eyes, disheveled long hair, etc.). Anyway it started my mind turning about doing a book regarding a serial killer. Inspiration can happen in the strangest ways…

Author Bio:
I am an author of edgy, women’s fiction (yes, it means what you’re thinking) and mystery romance. Hailing from the bluegrass state, I still live there with my husband of twenty-three years, my eight-year-old son who loves me unconditionally, and my teenage son who only loves me when we’re not in public. I am a professional hamster wrangler, lover of cats, and a firm believer that Krazy Glue fixes everything.

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The Wandering Leader by David Small @davidsmalltweet

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By reading this book you’ll learn how to unleash the Great Promise that is inside you. You’ll grow as a leader, and take steps forward in seven areas of your life; Career, Spiritual, Physical, Social, Intellectual, Financial, and Family. This book is a leadership book that focuses on growing the most important part of your leadership persona – yourself. From Finland to Italy, Thailand to Canada, this book shares leadership stories from David’s travels around the globe.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
People like to be drawn in by video these days – so I decided creating a video of some of my travels would help give them a sense of the book. I mainly used a GoPro to create the video – other footage was taken using an iPad mini – then edited simply through iMovie. It was a very easy process.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
“David shares his strengths, weaknesses and passion for life so openly – motivating others to greatness seems to be the natural consequence.” Jackie Frederick, President, The HotKey Group

“David is one of the lucky people who has found his passion early in life and it shows everyday. He works to make his players better on and off the ice.” David Hale, Former NHL Player

“Deeply motivated by your astute truth. I have conquered some of my most difficult obstacles and have you to thank.” Mitch Labreche, Helicopter Pilot and former BCHL Player

Author Bio:
David graduated from Haaga-Helia University of Science, Vierumaki and is currently the Vice Director of Hockey for HC Eppan Pirates. David has worked in professional sports for the past decade. He is the founder of the Small World Network and is a reserve officer in the Canadian Army. David is from Kenora, Ontario, Canada.

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The People Factor by Van Moody @Van_Moody

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The relationships in your life will make the difference between happiness and misery.

The right relationship will launch you to the heights of achievement; the wrong one will tether you to mediocrity. Your relationships will be your sources of greatest joy and your venues of greatest pain. Van Moody says, “When people show you who they are, pay attention.”

We need to undertake the important task of evaluating our relationships intelligently. We need to recognize the people with whom God has called us to walk in mutually beneficial relationships and to identify those who will derail our destinies or hinder His purposes for our lives. It is high time we cultivate our Relational IQs, understanding not only how to build great relationships but also how to avoid or skillfully exit bad ones.

God works in our lives through our relationships. Yet, all too often, we get our relationship advice from the most toxic sources we can find. The People Factor is based on the most effective, trustworthy relationship book of all time: the Bible.

If you hunger for a richer, more fulfilling life, your Relational IQ is the place to start. If you put The People Factor principles to work, you will become stronger, happier, and healthier in all your relationships. You will be a better spouse, a better friend, a better boss, a better parent, and a better person.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
It is so important to be visual with people. It is a great medium that makes a huge difference in connecting with your audience.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I saw the need for more practical advice on relationships, but could not find a concise, practical resource for people who need to become more relationally savvy. I needed a beyond-the-basics study guide for Relational IQ. The People Factor is my solution.

Author Bio:
Moody has lectured in the classrooms of Harvard and Oxford Universities where he, himself, has also studied to further his quest for knowledge. Among his numerous affiliations, Moody is an associate trainer in Japan for EQUIP, the world’s largest and most comprehensive grassroots leadership, personal growth and development organization founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell. He also serves on the board of directors for Joel Osteen’s Champions Network.

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Blessed are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino @KristiBelcamino

Award-winning former journalist Kristi Belcamino’s debut mystery BLESSED ARE THE DEAD is an atmosphere-rich sojourn that has been compared to Sue Grafton and offers chilling, authentic glimpses into the mind of a psychopath while also mining the psyche of an extremely likeable and sympathetic protagonist.

The novel was inspired by Belcamino’s dealings on her crime beat with a serial killer who police and FBI agents linked to the kidnapping and murders of at least two little girls. When the man died in prison two years ago, she was called for a comment. Belcamino’s personal past colors this smart, effective novel that showcases a strong new voice in the market.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I used Imovie and finished it in about three days. I loved it and was pretty much obsessed with the process, which was all self taught by googling how to use IMovie. I did spend about $30 on stock photos but that was the only expense.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My dealings with a serial killer while I was a crime reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Author Bio:
Kristi Belcamino is a writer, photographer, and artist who also bakes a tasty biscotti. In her former life, as an award-winning crime reporter at newspapers in California, she flew over Big Sur in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, watched autopsies, and conversed with serial killers. During her decade covering crime, Belcamino wrote and reported about many high-profile cases including the Laci Peterson murder and Chandra Levy disappearance. She has appeared on Inside Edition and local television shows. Her work has appeared in such prominent publications as Salon, the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Chicago Tribune.

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We Don’t Die – A Skeptic’s Discovery of Life After Death by Sandra Champlain @SandraChamplain

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If You Realized That You Could Never Die, How Would You Live Your Life?

Every second, 4 human beings are born and every 1.8 seconds, one dies. As natural as death is, dying is the most common fear that we all share. With every loss comes the most painful emotion called grief, which can cause break ups of relationships, depression and even suicide. Over 100 million suffer from grief daily, although it is a subject not often spoken of, until now.

The fear of dying led Sandra Champlain on a 15 year journey to find evidence of the afterlife. Courageously, she now shares her personal story from skeptic to believer, along with proof that our deceased loved ones can still see, hear and communicate with us. Sandra also shares new information on the how our brains function during the grieving process and provides tools that ease pain and saves lives. It is now your time to find out who you REALLY are and discover for yourself that “We Don’t Die”.

Discover…

* Amazing Evidence That You Will Survive Physical Death

* Your Deceased Loved Ones Are Still With You

* The Purpose Of Your Life And Why You Are Here

* How To Ease The Pain Caused By Grief

* ‘Remote Viewing’ And Experience Who You Really Are

* How To Create A Powerful Life and Produce Extraordinary Results

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
Emmy-award winning video producer, Robert Lyon, said that my book changed his life! Wow! He flew to Massachusetts to film me telling my story. It is 50 minutes long but is all the things that took him from a skeptic to a believer. He is correct, many people don’t read books these days, but EVERYONE enjoys a movie! You can watch it here: http://muvi.es/w4850/180077 or go to my website wedontdie.com and watch it there. There is a small fee, but I think it is worth it. Enjoy!

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Plagued by a lifelong fear of death and dying, Sandra Champlain began a passionate search for answers to some of life’s most perplexing questions. She attended a workshop with international best-selling author and angelic communicator, Doreen Virtue, PhD. and discovered that she had a gift to communicate with beings who had passed on. After this breakthrough, Sandra realized deeply in her heart that she no longer needed to fear death.
However, having been a ‘normal’ person all her life, she didn’t want to be labeled a “psychic lunatic”by her friends and family! So she told no one about her new skills and insights, and instead decided to search for proof of life after death before going public. Through a series of life-changing events and exhaustive research, Sandra now feels that she can finally share this truth with the world: Our souls really do survive death.
Since that time, Sandra has courageously shared her journey with others. She has gathered the evidence, stories and experiences that can convince anyone, including a skeptic like herself, that ‘we don’t die.’ Her goal is to help people know within themselves that their own souls are eternal and that their deceased loved ones are in heaven, loving them.

Author Bio:
Sandra is a highly respected speaker, author and entrepreneur committed to making a difference in the lives of others. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and at 25 years old, opened Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company, where she is the owner located in Kent, Connecticut. Since 1986 she has chefed for world-class race car teams in the American LeMans Series and Grand-Am series. She and her mother, Marion, own Marion’s Hospitality and together they provide delicious, nurturing meals to the hard-working mechanics, drivers and servicepeople on race car tours around the country. Sandra lives in Byfield, Massachusetts.

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The Tree of Mindala by Elle Jacklee @ellejacklee

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Miranda Moon’s vivid imagination has gotten her into trouble more times than she can count. This time, she’s been suspended from school. So her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, blames her when they’re relegated to their late grandparents’ old cabin over Halloween weekend. But when Miranda finds a curious trinket, they’re mysteriously whisked away to Wunderwood, where magic flows through the trees and everyone already knows their family name. A place even Miranda never imagined.

Just as they arrive, a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is freed from a long banishment. He resumes his deadly agenda to find The Tree of Mindala, the source of all the realm’s magic. As Miranda and Marcus discover branches of their own family tree that they hadn’t even known existed, they learn that Thornton has a score to settle with anyone in their bloodline. Especially them… Though justice has always had a way of being naturally restored in Wunderwood, Thornton’s latest evil deed just may be the tipping point.

When Miranda discovers her own role in Thornton’s release, she knows it’s up to her to stop him from stealing not just magic, but also hope. With travel companions that could as easily be foes as friends, and only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, Miranda must decide if she can carry out the task that will either save Wunderwood… or doom it forever.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I decided to create a trailer because I see it as another opportunity to expose people to my work. I think if you can successfully convey the tone and brief story line with a trailer, it can be a powerful tool to attract people, who on the whole are a visual bunch. It’s an opportunity to showcase your work in a way that the synopsis or jacket copy cannot. For me, it was a fun and rewarding experience, despite the painstaking effort and investment of time it took to find the artwork and music that I feel are perfect for The Tree of Mindala.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been a lover of the outdoors. Nature maintains a delicate balance that I can only describe as magical! That wondrous miracle, along with my belief that we are all connected to nature, are the seeds that grew into the world of Wunderwood and inspired The Tree of Mindala.

Author Bio:
Believe in karma, magic, and the power of books to open doors to other worlds! I’m almost as passionate about writing as I am about reading. I write in the middle grade/YA genre because it was those books that made the biggest impact on me when I was a young girl. I hope to pay it forward by offering stories that young (and young at heart) readers will enjoy as much as I enjoy writing them! And if my stories can ignite that spark that will grow into a life-long love of reading, then I will have reached my ultimate goal!

I am currently working on the second installment of the Wunderwood series. I live in Wisconsin with my husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up. And that’s just fine with me!

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