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The Bow of Destiny Book Trailer on RRBC’s Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party

Holiday Banner 3(1)Today, I’m happy to participate in Rave Reviews Book Club’s Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party. As part of the party, I’m giving away two $10 Amazon Gift cards today – winners to be chosen by the book club. Also, to celebrate the day, I’m putting The Bow of Destiny on sale for $0.99 for the weekend – that’s $4 off the regular price.

Book Links

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords

BOD FinalThe Bow of Destiny is my first novel and it has a trailer viewable on YouTube. I made the trailer as a DIY project with as low a budget as possible. Here’s some background on how I did it:

1. First, I had some pictures I already used regarding my site so those made a good start. However, I did purchase some others from iStockPhoto to fill out what I needed.

2. Next I needed some background music. After doing some research I found out about the Creative Commons website. There I found some music that I liked entitled “Dark Fog” by Kevin MacLeod. Creative Commons allows you to use what’s posted for free as long as you clearly post the credits for the creator.

3. After downloading the music, I started using Microsoft Live Movie Maker and worked for several hours on the project. I added the pictures and the music and set the timing for the former based on the music. I also added the text and the various affects using Movie Maker.

It’s my first effort at a trailer and it seems to strike a cord with people. Take a look at the end result on my YouTube link. Also, you can check out the great lineup of trailers from the block party today and for previous days by clicking here!

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring D. R. Rosensteel

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today I welcome D. R. Rosensteel who’s sharing his latest book – take it away, D. R!

What’s the plot of your latest book?

Psi Another DaySixteen-year-old Rinnie Noelle is called into action again as the crime rate suddenly accelerates in Greensburg. Rinnie’s friends and teachers disappear in a bizarre game of riddles where fresh cemetery plots and poetic clues point to the next victim. Between keeping the Dweeb League from getting themselves killed, dealing with a new Psi Fighter who gives her attitude, and trying to figure out who Nicolaitan’s next victim is before it’s too late, Rinnie is pulled into a wild ride that makes her question everything she believes about good and evil. In a climactic showdown, the Psi Fighters and Walpurgis Knights face off for the first time in a decade. The problem is, Rinnie has learned that a rogue Psi Fighter is in their midst, and is unsure who is on her side.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing and why?

Good vs. Evil, drugs, bullying, God, standing up for what’s right, protecting the innocent.

How would you describe your writing style?

Fun and witty. I like characters who see the humor in life, even in dark circumstances.

What drew you to write fantasy?

I’ve always been a Sword and Sorcery fan. I loved the Conan the Barbarian stories growing up. I read Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for the first time while I was in college, and I was hooked. Most of my stories are modern-day fantasy, although I am working on a manuscript set in medieval times.

What actors do you envision as playing some of your characters?

Rinnie would played by Saoirse Ronan because of her fighting skills. She played an assassin in Hannah and was awesome. Kathryn would be played by Jennette McCurdy, because Kathryn is like a non-nasty version of Sam from iCarly.

What keeps you creatively charged?

Life in general. People are just awesome and writing about them is a blast (even though I don’t write about real people.)

What book have you read that you wish you had written and why?

Harry Potter. It’s awesome, and I should have thought of it.

Where do you like to write?

I am supposed to write at my desk in my office, but somehow I always find myself at the kitchen table or the table outside on the deck. It just seems like the thing to do.

Please reply with answers, your bio, book blurb, author photo, cover art, your contact links and sales links.

My Bio

P17-46292D. R. Rosensteel is a research consultant who had no intention of writing anything but technical papers describing his theories of metaphysical psychometry. But when a hoodied teen showed him a device that turned her thoughts into weapons, and told him about a secret society of protectors who trained her in their underground Academy, he knew her story had to be written.

He has put his research on hold to document the adventures of a girl whose face he’s never seen and whose real name he’ll never know.

Book Blurbs:

PSI ANOTHER DAY (released May 6, 2014)

When Rinnie Noelle, Greensburg’s youngest masked crime-fighter, totally botches her first mission and lets a frightening stalker escape, she is reassigned to protect her high school from arch-nemesis Mason Draudimon, a bully who has picked on her since fifth grade. The thought bores her to death. She could easily dust the lockers with his face, and that would be fun, but it would also give away the secret of her true identity. But the assignment takes on a whole new meaning when Rinnie discovers that the school has become a hunting ground, and she is the prey. The Walpurgis Knights, a mysterious group of supervillains, have dispatched an apprentice to find her. The good news is, he doesn’t know her true identity. The bad news is, she doesn’t know his, either. But Mason is the link to finding him.

Aided by an oddly shaped, politically imperfect band of outcasts, Rinnie searches the high school for the elusive apprentice. When the stalker returns to take a little girl from the elementary school, Rinnie has to choose between rescuing the girl and uncovering the identity of the apprentice. In an unpredictable game of deception, she learns that the Walpurgis Knights, the kidnapper, and Mason are all tied irrevocably to the man who murdered her parents.

Rinnie takes her Mental Arts skills to their limits in her first battle against the evil Walpurgis Knights.

LIVE AND LET PSI (currently in edits, releasing May 2, 2016)

Sixteen-year-old Rinnie Noelle is called into action again as the crime rate suddenly accelerates in Greensburg. Rinnie’s friends and teachers disappear in a bizarre game of riddles where fresh cemetery plots and poetic clues point to the next victim. Between keeping the Dweeb League from getting themselves killed, dealing with a new Psi Fighter who gives her attitude, and trying to figure out who Nicolaitan’s next victim is before it’s too late, Rinnie is pulled into a wild ride that makes her question everything she believes about good and evil. In a climactic showdown, the Psi Fighters and Walpurgis Knights face off for the first time in a decade. The problem is, Rinnie has learned that a rogue Psi Fighter is in their midst, and is unsure who is on her side.

THE PSI WHO LOVED ME (To be released in 2016)

When the Kilodan suddenly vanishes, Rinnie vows to find the Psi Fighters’ beloved leader. Her search uncovers hidden tunnels connecting Old Torrence and the mysterious Livermore Burial Grounds, where a single grave holds the key to all the disappearances. With the help of Mason and the Dweeb League, Rinnie finds the Kilodan. The problem is, he’s imprisoned with her classmates, and next in line for an experimental procedure that will mutate his mind, transforming him into a Knight. In a desperate attempt to save the Kilodan and her friends, Rinnie challenges the Nicolaitan, powerful leader of the Knights, to single combat, winner take all. It is a move that she may not live to regret.

Contact Links:

www.DRRosensteel.com

www.PsiFighterAcademy.com

Twitter: @DRRosensteel

Facebook: D.R.Rosensteel

Instagram: D.r. Rosensteel

Buy Links:

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/psi-another-day-dr-rosensteel/1117390269?ean=9781622660421

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1622660420?keywords=d.r.rosensteel&qid=1445454564&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

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What Wattpad Can Do For You Now

I’m not usually an early adopter when new social media, software and other services hit the public. I like to sit back and see how well it works and let the kinks get worked out.

WattpadThat being said, I recently joined Wattpad – finally – and found that it’s been very beneficial. I know, a writer not on a form of social media designed to share writing. But there are several reasons why you should be on Wattpad, including it’s partnership with Smashwords to feature existing authors.

Reasons I Joined Now

1. With the release of The Bow of Destiny I wanted to share related, pre-release short stories as well as what I’ll be working on in the future.

2. I wanted to interact more with other authors. Let’s face it, writing is a solitary process so the chance to give and receive input from other authors is important.

3. I wanted to expose my fiction to reader response to improve the final drafts before release.

Clip Art Image Copyright by Microsoft. Clip Art Used by Permission of Microsoft

Clip Art Image Copyright by Microsoft. Clip Art Used by Permission of Microsoft

Why You Should Join Now

For all the reasons above, plus one additional reason – join early in your writing career to build your following. By building your following you want to gain trust for your writing. The sooner you begin this process the more you establish your writing brand. Personally, I wish I had started much sooner than I have. My mistake was viewing this purely as a development platform rather than one which is social as well as constructive.

But this isn’t all. As you may have read from the link above, Smashwords teamed with Wattpad to feature works by 72 romance authors, covering 74 books – all of which have been on Smashwords. All of the books featured were free, giving the authors exposure to millions of readers in such a way that their brands gained more visibility as a result. I haven’t seen much on the results but you can bet that this will be done again using authors from romance, fantasy, science fiction and other genres.

Experience

So far, I’ve found Wattpad unresponsive with IE 11. However, it works well with Chrome though I haven’t tried it with Firefox yet. I like the format though the editor is rather difficult at times. I do like being able to save it as a draft and then go public as well as withdraw content as necessary.

Over all, I’m happy to be on Wattpad, sharing content and writing insights with other writers. I currently have What Is Needed out for pre-release and feedback until it’s out on Kindle, Smashwords, etc, for September. I’ll have another short story for August up on Wattpad within a week for pre-release before it’s posted on retail sites for free. Everyone’s welcome to read what’s out there and comment- I’m happy to receive feedback to improve the story before it’s released.

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