A Tale of Two Trailers

While querying A Season for Killing Blondes, I started another writing project, one that I hoped would distract me from the seemingly endless process of trying to find a home for my first novel.

The words flowed quickly and, in less than one year’s time, I had written, edited, and polished Between Land and Sea, the first book in the Mediterranean Trilogy. And I quickly found a home for my second novel.

After signing the contract for Between Land and Sea with Soul Mate Publishing, I started brainstorming about different marketing tools. One idea that popped in my head was a trailer. In my research, I had discovered mixed messages regarding the effectiveness of trailers. Some authors and publicists were wildly enthusiastic while others suggested that trailers did not necessarily lead to more sales.

Weighing both sets of opinions, I reached the conclusion that it wasn’t just about sales. I wanted to celebrate the launch of my debut novel with a trailer. And to make the prospect of a trailer even more exciting, I could call upon the expertise of my musically-talented brothers.

I had envisioned my brothers collaborating and composing one theme song, but that’s not how their muses worked. Each brother had his own unique interpretation of the middle-aged mermaid who was aged beyond recognition and then dumped on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England. Unable to choose between them, I decided to use both versions and hired Erin Kelly to produce the trailers.

Ernie G came up with the Yin version. Aptly titled, “It’s Your Time,” the soft, contemplative music gently skims over the heartbreak, encouraging Isabella to imagine a happier future.

Augy G delivered the Yang version in “Father Time Blinked.” Very different music with several pointed comments and questions sprinkled throughout the lyrics. Is Augy taking Isabella to task?

Two years later,  The Coming of Arabella, Book 2 in the Mediterranean Trilogy, was released.

***This week, both ebooks are on sale for $0.99***

Blurb – Between Land and Sea

After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged, weathered, and abandoned on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England. She faces her human journey as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three-year-old woman.

With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, she reinvents herself as a career counselor, motivational speaker, and writer of self-help books. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers. As Isabella evolves into Barbara Davies, she embraces her middle-aged body, heals her bruised heart, and learns to love again.

This contemporary version of The Little Mermaid offers hope and inspiration to anyone who has been dumped, deceived, or demoted. It will also appeal to mermaid enthusiasts.

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Blurb – The Coming of Arabella

On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So, when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.

Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic FOOL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic FOOL

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Rosa shook her head. “Does she really think that no one is watching when that black Mercedes shows up in her driveway? Half of Moonglo is Italian. Who is she fooling?”

Joanne Guidoccio


Terror and adrenaline coursed through her system, settling like ice inside the marrow of her bones. She couldn’t stay. Couldn’t let Benji know what a fool she’d been.

Jeannie Hall


“You don’t want to take one car?”

“No, it’s wise to take both.” In case I want to do something foolish and go home with you.”

Marian Lanouette


“Well, yes. It’s not like I’ve ever worn a wire before. I’d be a fool not to be nervous.”

Marsha West


I’d made a fool of myself over Ben. And Daniel had known, even tried to warn me. I felt so stupid, incredibly embarrassed.

Vicki Batman


The last time she was on the ice—a long time ago—she’d made a fool out of herself trying to show off for a handsome senior in her school and ended up in the hospital nursing a broken arm. Fun times.

Jacquie Biggar


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Distancing & Social Connection

This is a term I heard Rabbi Rottenberg use in a CNBC report recently. His synagogue in Rockland County, NY experienced a mass shooting over a year ago. The reporters were checking back with the Rabbi to see how his congregation was managing in the current crisis.

aTqby68TMHe made the point, that while they were apart, they were still a community. He said we shouldn’t be social distancing ourselves, while we physically distance ourselves. Now more than ever, we need to be making social connections. This distinction really struck me.

We certainly need to stay more at than arms-length from others. (Six feet is probably two-arms-length.) But now more than ever we need to connect with each other, support each other, and take care of ourselves.

Taking care of ourselves starts first. It’s just like with the airplane safety instructions about what to do when the face masks drop. Parents are supposed to fix their own mask first, then take care of kids. This applies to us now.

Sunset Sunset a couple of weeks ago makes me breathe deeply.

Here are some suggestions from my Noom App for taking care of ourselves. You’ll recognize these ideas. They’re not new, but so much more important now than before:

  1. Get plenty of sleep
  2. Exercise-outside if you can
  3. Eat healthy meals
  4. Practice meditation/deep breathing
  5. Hug yourself (we’re missing a lot of physical touch right now)
  6. Reach out on social media (Our church services are now on Zoom & Facebook. My writing chapter’s meeting Saturday was on Zoom. So good to see faces of friends.)
  7. Read/watch positive, uplifting affirmations, books & movies. (Joanne Guidoccio shared good quotes in last week’s SOS blog.) https://sisterhoodofsuspense.com/2020/03/20/in-praise-of-quotes/

That gets to what we on the SOS blog write. No matter how suspenseful or what bad stuff happens in our books, they have a Happily Ever After ending or at least a Happy for Now ending. People desperately need that now–hope we will get through all of this. And we will, even if life is substantially different afterwards. Our characters showing courage will inspire our readers to show courage. So, keep writing and reading.

What have you been doing to help get you through these troubling times?

I think I’d also add to the list above: Order take out from your local restaurants. 😊 Be safe out there.

ACT OF TRUST is Book 2 in the Second Chances Series. The heroine is a widow who lost her husband on 9/11. I’ve heard people liken our current situation to this event. And yes, with all my books, you get a Happily Ever After.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic NEED #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic NEED

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Levi watched Holly. Her reticence was a cloak she hid behind like a safety net. She didn’t need to protect herself from him, but that was something she had to learn with time.

Jacquie Biggar


The open house for my new career counseling office needed a proper launch, one that could only be achieved with pastries from a Sicilian bakery.

Joanne Guidoccio


I needed to be alone. I might have hurt her feelings. I didn’t use tact when I told her.

Why are you intentionally sabotaging your relationship with her?

Marian Lanouette


She had to get up. She had to get back inside to find Brett. Yes, she needed Brett.

Marsha West


He loosened the silk knot at his throat and stuffed the tie in the coat pocket. “Beautiful, we need to talk.”

Vicki Batman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Praise of Quotes

In my late teens, I started a quote collection. I would underline sentences (and sometimes entire paragraphs) in books and jot down inspiring thoughts from other print media. I would then copy these words of wisdom into a journal. When I joined Pinterest, I set aside a page—Words I Love— where I recopied these quotes.

Maintaining a personal collection of quotes has helped me immensely. Here are some of the benefits I have discovered:

  • Quotes have the power to transform moods. While books and movies can accomplish the same goal, quotes do it faster. I don’t have to invest hours of my time to experience the same effects. Whenever I need a quick jolt of inspiration, I click on my Pinterest page or visit one of many twitter hashtags devoted to quotes, among them #Quoteoftheday, #Inspirationalquotes, and #quotes.
  • Quotes have introduced me to new authors, poets, and other creatives. After hearing Oprah and other celebrities quote from Maya Angelou’s poems, I picked up several of Maya’s books. My favorite poems include Phenomenal Woman, Still I Rise, and Amazing Peace.
  • Quotes provide excellent starting points for essays and articles. During my Toastmaster years, I would start my speeches with an appropriate quote. A seasoned toastmaster advised me to memorize quotes and weave them into the Table Topics segments of each meeting. Being able to quote from past (and present) wisdom supports and enhances all forms of communication. Or to quote W. Somerset Maugham: “The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute to wit.”
  • Quote collections can help friends and future generations. If a friend is experiencing a difficult season, a tweet or text of daily encouragement in the form of a quote can uplift them. Children and grandchildren can learn more about you by reading your favorite quotes. Consider passing on your collection.
  • Quotes provide different perspectives. In addition to validating my feelings, quotes gently steer me in new directions. One quote that continues to resonate with me is the following from best-selling author and speaker Brené Brown: “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.”

Here are five more favorite quotes:

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor, and style.” Maya Angelou

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” Coco Chanel

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C.S. Lewis

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” Margaret Shepard

“Every great comeback first requires a setback. What you’re going through is a season of your life, not the end of your life.” Pastor Rick Warren

Do you have a favorite quote? Please share in the comments.

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic WANT #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic WANT

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Really? This from the guy who ecstatically turned my life into a living hell? Who wants nothing better than to rub in how stupid I’ve been?

Vicki Batman


She froze, everything within her leaning into the touch, and waited. Wanted. Anticipated.

Jacquie Biggar


There were moments—like this one—when I didn’t really know or want to know my cousin.

Joanne Guidoccio


“I don’t want you to leave, Mia. I’m sorry I’m making a mess of this. There are times … after I examine a body that I’m not fit for human company.”

Marian Lanouette


“Mom wants to make sure you can take care of me if need be,” Devon glanced up at Brett as he laughed. “I’ll be sure to bring my security credentials and maybe the results of my last weapons practice.”

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic BETRAYAL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic BETRAYAL

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“I’d like to trust you, Brett, but I’ve been betrayed before and now again by Franklin. I’m not depending on anyone again.”

Marsha West


All that come-hither stuff Ben had doled had been friendly teasing. He didn’t want me.
He wanted Maggie.

Vicki Batman


Susan hesitated on the threshold, their gazes fusing across the distance. A cold draft knifed its way between them filled with ugly words and betrayals.

Jacquie Biggar


“I’m healing, and doctor on duty gave me the name of a professional to speak with after I finish up with the police. The doctor said it would help me deal with the betrayals from Cedric and Linden.”

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic VILLAIN/ENEMY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic VILLAIN/ENEMY

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I think wasting my time with Blake narrows the chances of me finding Edy Dunstan alive. I don’t want you as an enemy, Mayor, but I have to do the job before politics.”

Marian Lanouette


“What if she finds out her father is a thief, or the bad guys come after Bailey or me again?” She squared her shoulders and clenched her hands into fists. “I’ll do anything to keep her safe…”

Marsha West


I’d show him and smacked his bicep. It was hard. “Don’t need your help, lamebrain. I can manage just fine. And stop calling me beautiful.”

Vicki Batman