Living in the Darklands are the monshaad wraith creatures who rule with their magic and mind powers. The monshaad Emperor Morte-Bielze summons his neighbour, Lord of the vamplins. There are no loyalties between the races. Only magic keeps the Emperor in his seat.
At the other side of the Wall within the Lightlands, Rikka the hag brews a poison on her Master’s instructions. She and her son journey to the Royal City of Beldroth. Once in the city Fedros cleverly secures a post of guarding one of the Princes, by using the poison to murder the soldier on this duty. Meanwhile, Rikka convinces a local village of her herb and midwifery skills. Here she feeds her Master, the Emperor, with children’s souls through her evil spells.
Living in the Royal Palace is the youngest Prince Raphael, born with terrible weakness to his bones. His two older brothers love him dearly. Prince Amos is heir to the throne. Prince Leon grew up with the Head Mages daughter, Heather. The human King has been struck with grief since the birth of his youngest son, Raphael. when his wife Minah lost her life. Slowly King Alfred has been overcome with his loss and weakens as a leader.
Heather is a Changeling through her bloodline. She ventures into the sea and Changes for the very first time, into a female Huphin, with the guidance of the Huphin Prince. Whilst swimming, the dolphins become frantic and lead their sea Prince to rescue his daughter who is trapped by savaging sharks.
The Guardian Dragons and the Changeling are the only creatures who can pass through the Magic Wall that separates the Darklands from the Lightlands. The Queen Dragon overhears the vamplin Leaders sister discussing a plot by the evil monshaad Emperor to battle with the Lightlands. The dragon Queen then seeks the Ancient Mage.
Rikka is banished from the village and gains access to the palace with the help of her son, Fedros. The King’s mother is impressed with Rikka’s healing skills and hopes she can cure her grandson Prince Raphael, of his ills.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I am a new author and struggling to get sales and struggling even more to obtain any of those all important reviews. After reading what other Authors’ Marketing Methods were, I decided to have a go at audio and visual. Hence the production of a trailer. I’m also looking at pod casting. These are the up to date methods to be added to your publicity in an effort to reach a larger market.
It is quite a challenge to produce something so creative and it’s like having your book in film, well ok, mini film. Actually I didn’t do the technical side of things but I researched the pictures and created the wording, so I cannot really comment on how easy/hard it is to produce.
Purchasing pictures, even with free royalties, can become quite expensive if you’re on a limited budget as you can end up paying for licenses. This is a really good link and seems a bit cheaper than many other sites http://www.canstockphoto.com/ with no license issues. There are also Creative Commons images that may cost nothing and do not need any license as the artist has put them to the public for free. Though I must stress, check each individual one to ensure you have the right to use it. You are expected to give credit to the artist and mention the site on your trailer, which I believe is fair. There is also plenty of free music out there so if you do your research properly you can produce a quality trailer for little money.
I cannot comment on the success of my Book Trailer yet as it hasn’t been out very long.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
From the moment I can remember being able to ‘think’ I have always created plays and imaginary adventures in my head. I’m one of those people that could happily spend a long time with my own company as I would just make stories up and never get bored.
I didn’t actually become a serious reader until in my 30s when I was studying Language & Literature. Now I couldn’t bare to be without a book on the go and HAVE to read daily or there would be some serious withdrawal reactions.
I do love to watch movies but reading the words of a story open up your imagination much more effectively. Often I will imagine which film star might play a particular character in a book I’m reading. Imagination is never ending and I can easily float off into a daydream as a story takes place inside my head.
Catherine lives in the UK on the borders of West & North Yorkshire. Reading and Writing are part of her daily ritual. Her favourite role is as a mother and grandmother. Whilst not reading much as a child, imagining stories in her head was a natural part of daily child play. Studying Language & Literature as an adult, introduced Charles Dickens and a few other English Classics. Leading onto Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Now there is a book on the go daily and she wouldn’t be without something to read.