After boot-stomping all night with every last Cameron man on the ranch, Holly can’t wait to get her honeymoon started with her new husband, Gavin. He’s her dream come true–smart, rugged and kinky as hell, but the very best part is marrying into his big family; a close-knit, loving clan who take care of each other. She’d never had that. Ever. “Do you take this man…?” was the easiest question Holly ever had to answer.
But when Gavin poses a new, unthinkable question on their wedding night, Holly must choose between the idealized happily-ever-after she’d always dreamed of and something much more than she ever knew she wanted– or needed. Yet her happiness isn’t the only thing put at risk by the unconventional arrangement she finds herself in, and when everything Gavin treasures is threatened, Holly must decide if she can give up the family she’d always wanted for the family that wants her… in every possible way.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I live in Hollywood, so I’m constantly surrounded by people who use visual imagery to tell their stories. I’m usually the only writer in the coffee house working on a novel instead of a screenplay. I decided to create a book trailer to give readers a hint of what I felt the story and setting looked like, while still leaving room to use their own imagination.
To create the trailer, I started with stock photography images. I searched several stock websites, including veer.com, istockphoto.com and fotolia.com. Within each I created “lightboxes”, storing any pictures that resonated with me around the story–landscapes, characters, buildings, etc. These were pictures which looked most like scenes from my book and truly captured the feeling of my story.
I looked at some video clips, however the ones I loved best were not in my budget for this trailer. Once I’d finished my image search, I sorted my lightboxes to weed out those that were too costly, or that no longer fit. Before purchasing anything, I downloaded samples.
Next, I worked on the text, writing simple sentences to convey the part of the story I wanted to highlight–the most titillating aspect which I hoped would peak a reader’s curiousity. I tried very hard to keep it under 60 seconds, though I would have preferred to bring it in under 45. I used an online app to upload and arrange my photos (samples first!), text and music. I would swap out images, play with different text and music, until I found the right combination. I wanted a quick, dramatic build and music is critical to that–music has the ability to tell us how to feel about what we are seeing.
Once I had it where I wanted, I purchased the images (low resolution for web) and replaced the samples.
When the final video was built and exported, I uploaded it to YouTube and my Facebook page.
I really believe I have given readers a glimpse into the way Cameron Ranch looks in my head, but without so much detail as to replace their own creative thinking.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As with most of my stories, I met someone who lives a very different life from mine, and found myself asking the ‘what if’ questions. What if a heroine were presented with the option of an open relationship? And what would it take for her to say ‘yes’? What sort of ‘opportunity’ would she not be able to pass up? Many people are exploring open relationships and I’m fascinated by how they make it work, and what makes it fall apart. What if a woman could shamelessly explore the depths of her own sexuality and capacity to love, supported by those who are most important to her?
Also, I absolutely love country music and the lifestyle it often portrays. I wanted to write a story that feels like those songs, but reflects a sexually open way of life.
Felice Fox is the Amazon bestselling author of short erotic romances and novellas. Her “naughty little love stories” include erotic romance Hold Me Together, The Right Kind of Wrong erotic romance short story trilogy, and steamy bluegrass romance Take Me for Longing. She works, lives and loves in Los Angeles, California.