The Basics of the Book Trailer

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Here’s a great post by a fellow author, Stephanie Stamm. I think you’ll be interested to hear her observations on Book Trailers!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Steph_2 copy (2)This post by Stephanie Stamm.

When I first heard about video trailers for books, I thought the concept sounded odd. We’re talking books, right? Words on a page. Why advertize a book with a movie? But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Then I watched a few—and I was sold. We all love movies, and video trailers offer a great way to use images and music to create teasers for our books. Plus, they’re a lot of fun to make, giving us authors yet another way to exercise our creativity.

Check out this Halloween appropriate example, the trailer for Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Kind of creepy, huh? Makes me want to read the book.

Software like iMovie (iPad), Windows Movie Maker (PC), Microsoft Photo Story or applications like Animoto make it easy to create your own…

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Aging and Learning: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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I thought you’d like this post from fellow Author Gayle Irwin on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

He sleeps on the multitude of dog blankets which we’ve bought for him and spread throughout the house. He stands and his back legs wobble, oftentimes collapse, and he falls and struggles to regain his footing. In dim light, he walks into corners and simply stands and stares, as if confused. His appetite has decreased so we often coax him to eat using hamburger and chicken. Despite the struggles of aging, he looks at me with adoring, trusting eyes and cuddles next to me on the couch as I watch TV.

Cody_PlaidBlanketCody, our 16 ½ year old cocker spaniel, came into our lives when he was nearly 10. Used as a stud dog all of his life, his previous owners declared his services no longer needed and left him at the local Humane Society. I noticed him immediately as I leafed through the “Dogs…

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Autumn Delights

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If you’d like to read about my memories of autumn as a child, the post is on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you enjoy looking into a window to the past.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

I’ve always loved October. In our part of the world it’s when the trees put on their finest and each vies with the other to be the most outstanding. The result is a scene that is breathtaking, as with the naked eye you drink in the brilliant colors displayed on a backdrop of blue sky and white fluffy clouds. I often stand admiring the beauty around me and thank God for creating a world for us to enjoy and appreciate.trees

See fabulous Wisconsin/Michigan Fall Color HERE

In my childhood, at some point in early October, we’d bring out the rakes. Since we had a very large yard this was a chore and was given to us four children to do. We absolutely loved it! It was never work toraking us, but playtime instead. We’d rake up a big pile of leaves and…

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The Other Half

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There is a fascinating post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today written by Author Doris McCraw. Ms. McCraw is a history buff and brings that passion to her writing about early women (and men) who helped shape the west. You owe it to yourself to read this post and follow the links. I think you’ll be glad you did!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Post written and copyright by Doris McCraw

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This past weekend I spent time with some amazing women who write about the experience of women in the West. The organization was celebrating its twentieth conference.  It began when women authors wished to be acknowledged as writers of western fiction. The group grew and we are the recipients of their vision.

Some have called me a feminist. While not offended, I consider myself a historian who wants to have a more complete picture of what really took place as we grew as a nation. The energy I received from being around others who also tell the story, both as fiction and non-fiction spurs me forward in that quest.

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This in no way is discounting what history has told us about Kit Carson, Red Cloud, Custer and any of the other figures in our history. This is about telling…

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E-whelm

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Have you heard the term “Blogwhelm?” If not, you owe it to yourself to read this post by Author Kathy Waller on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I’m absolutely sure you’ll identify with at least some of the problems she mentions.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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I’ve come down with a serious case of Blogwhelm.

The term Blogwhelm was coined several years ago by my writer/songwriter/all-around artist friend Nita Lou Bryant. It describes the brain fog that develops when one realizes there are so many blogs on his favorites list that he can’t possibly read them all, and that there are more blogs out there just waiting to be discovered. It’s one of the best words I’ve come across in years. I’m waiting for it to go viral, after which it can take its rightful place in the OED.

When Blogwhelm hits me, I become paralyzed. I stare at the emails in my inbox announcing new posts. My index finger loses power. It doesn’t possess the strength to click. If I manage to access a post, perfectionism descends. I begin writing a comment but cannot find the…

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To the Rescue: Part 2 – How to Help Pets in Need

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This post is from Writing Wranglers and Warriors and is about something we should all be aware of. Author Gayle Irwin gives us facts about pet rescue/spaying and neutering/and pet adoption. This post is something we should all aware of.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

As far back as the mid-1800s, people in the United States rallied to the plight of animals. In 1866, Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the first North American-based humane society. Nearly 150 years later, the ASPCA remains a fighting force for helping animal victims of cruelty and assisting pets and pet parents through adoptions and animal shelter assistance.

The ASPCA estimates there are nearly 14,000 animal shelters in America, and there are innumerable pet rescue organizations as well. From Rez Dawg Rescue, which focuses on helping homeless dogs on Native American reservations, to Kitty Keepers, a cat rescue organization based in Havre, Montana, from large sanctuaries like Best Friends in Utah to smaller, all-volunteer-based rescues like Western Border Collie Rescue, these organizations help the mutts and the breeds as well as provide…

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The Ghost Lady Who Didn’t Know She’d Died

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Since October is Halloween month I thought I’d share a scary story with my readers. Be sure to read this ghostly tale by author Mike Staton. It’ll leave you with shivers. Only on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This post written by this mustached guy, Mike Staton.

This post written by this mustached guy, Mike Staton.

I had a dilemma. Should I write a Writing Wranglers and Warriors post detailing the history of Halloween or undertake a risky move and write a scary story to mark trick-or-treat time? Well, I solved the dilemma. Here’s The Ghost Lady Who Didn’t Know She’d Died. Hope you enjoy my tale.

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The antique table’s oil lamp provided enough light to draw attention to the wrinkles on Old Man Tucker’s craggy face. Eighty years of hard work produced those age lines – cutting and hewing trees and sawing and hammering until Tucker had fashioned himself a cabin in Southern Ohio’s Dungannon Valley. He’d made the cabin’s furniture himself, including the kitchen table and the chairs the two of us now sat in. In one corner a wood-burning stove expelled heat that drove back the October chill. A pot…

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To the Rescue! Part 1

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This is an important post about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, written by Author Gayle Irwin. You won’t believe some of the information included and how the author helps in her own way.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

On Sunday I helped rescue: I transported a dog for English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America (Rocky Mountain chapter – there are chapters across the country) to his new, although temporary home. I have served as a transporter for various dog rescue organizations for nearly six years, primarily helping Springer Rescue and Big Dogs Huge Paws (based in Colorado), but I have also transported for Black Dog Animal Rescue (based in Cheyenne, Wyo.) and I’m on the contact list for at least two other groups. I find great satisfaction in helping dogs go from neglect or other difficult situations into new homes, whether those are caring foster homes (temporary) or their loving, permanent homes.

I transported Pepsi, a springer/beagle mix, on Sunday; he had lived with the same family for more than seven years but was kept outside most of his life and the…

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Fear of Falling, Part 2

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Here is Part 2 of Fear of Falling, a painful look into the past 2 years of my life. Thanks for reading!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1_1This post written by L.Leander, Writer of Fearless Fiction

You may wish to read Fear of Falling Part 1 before you read this because it is a continuation of that post.

We had planned a trip with friends to a town south of Guadalajara, MX and had already paid for bus tickets, etc. There was no way I wasn’t going, even after the concussion and my Doctor’s orders to take it easy. This was three weeks later. The bruising was faded and I’d have Ralph to help so I wasn’t too worried. Everything went well until the first night and I had some sort of seizure. My whole body stiffened and I shook uncontrollably. This happened a couple of times during the night but with God’s help and Ralph holding me close, I got through it. We had a nurse in our party and I checked

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Remembering a murder and a man with multiple personalities

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I’m reblogging this post from Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It is written by Author Mike Staton, former news reporter. The incidents he encountered and wrote about in his newspaper days were interesting. Give this a read and see if you don’t agree!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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She sat in the chair at the last table in the detective bureau. Her hands shook as she raised a hamburger to her mouth. No, that’s not exactly accurate. Her whole body shook, as if she’d been on the cusp of a seizure. Except she wasn’t having one. She was in the custody of the Lancaster Police Department for shooting and killing her boyfriend.

It’s been 35 years since I walked into the bureau and saw that terrified girl, alone in the back of the room, trying to eat a bland hamburger. I don’t remember her name. I don’t even remember her hair color or the exact clothes she wore. But I do recall she was pretty with long hair and long legs; it must have been the summertime… she wore tight jeans and a revealing top, but I can’t tell you the type of…

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