Just completed a short-and-sweet book trailer for Kyle Harrison Movie Star, Book One of the Kyle in Hollywood series. My video creator takes particular care to match the images and text to the music beats, so the whole thing took two entire days of intensive work, from media gathering to assembly to complete revision and production of two versions, and finally the choice of one. As usual, I am delighted with it, but interested in your comments.
The greatest challenge was to make it as short as possible while accommodating a bit of storyline. The musical composition playing behind the images is my own “Homeless in New York” because the instrumental track fit better with the general mood of the book. Those of you familiar with the quirks of my writing process may know that I often integrate some kind of song into my narrative. In this book, the character Randy Riley composes a song called “Winter Bites” for the soundtrack of the movie The Bite of Winter, in which he co-stars with Kyle Harrison. In the movie, Randy portrays an ageing cowboy confronted by outlaws, and the song relates to the moment when the gang is closing in on him.
However, the instrumental's somber mood did not fit the imagery and general tone of the book as well as the song I selected. You can still listen to “Winter Bites” for free on Soundcloud at this private link:
Since we are still in the first thirty days after launch, I have brought the book price down to 99 cents to encourage new readers to the series. You can read a generous excerpt on the Amazon product page, to see if it's the kind of book you would enjoy.
Although I started working on this series three years ago, some of the themes are unnervingly topical, like the recent scandals rocking the Hollywood power players.
If you read Scot Free in Hollywood, which is now officially Book Two of the series, you might enjoy knowing how Kyle's career got started and how he was introduced to the fascinating world of Hollywood movie making. If you haven't, then this is the perfect introduction to the Kyle in Hollywood series. Book Three (tentatively entitled Just Cause It's Kyle) is coming soon.
My latest release and Book One of the “Kyle in Hollywood” series is now published. It's the prequel to Scot Free in Hollywood (Book Three is in the works).
As a launch special, the book will be available for FREE for three days, starting sometime on November 4th (Saturday). So grab a copy to read now or for “the long winter evenings” as Wooster said to Jeeves. If you've read Scot Free in Hollywood, you will not want to miss the back-story. If you haven't, even better, you can read both in the optimal sequence, although each book is a stand-alone. Available from any Amazon site.
I think this novel turned out much better than anticipated when I started writing it, false modesty aside, and I learnt a valuable lesson about writing prequels: DON'T. Avoid if at all possible. Just creating a logical timeline for both took two whole days, although the challenge was fun in its own way. I hope you will conclude that it was worth doing! As usual, if you enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a short review. Cheers!
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