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2011 – Darby Rae

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All I Want for Christmas…is a Book Trailer

The more I see book trailers, the more I want one!  So when my youngest son asked what I wanted for Christmas, the answer was simple…a book trailer!  I’ve spent countless hours on the internet this month viewing videos.  Here are three sites I’ve visited: BookScreening.com, AuthorIsland.com, and Book-Trailers.net.  At the risk of stating the obvious, the very best book trailers are ones that have already been made into movies such as Tell No One by Harlen Coben or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

However, if you search the internet for book trailers of popular Young Adult novels, you’ll find pages of amateur videos.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a perfect example.  I stopped on page 50 of my Google search.  Yes, more than 50 pages of video…and most of them created by teens.  Some of these amateur trailers are on par or better than ones I’ve seen by fellow authors in the links above and some of these teen trailers have over 500,000 views!  (Compared to 176 views for my 22 seconds of television fame on YouTube.)

Now, these teens have a few advantages over my fellow authors and me.  First, they aren’t in fear of prosecution of copyright infringements (when they pirate footage from other movies or music) for their Freshman English Project.  Second, the majority of them are exponentially more technically savvy than my generation.  (Wow, that phrase makes me sound old!)  And third, they aren’t worried if their acting comes across a bit…ah, schmaltzy.

Schmaltzy acting or not, I’d be thrilled to have even one Google page of amateur trailers for my novel!  (Hint, hint)  Unfortunately Merciful Law is not in the YA genre and so far, a video/trailer hasn’t been any teen’s English project.  And although there are still a few days until Christmas, I’m doubtful Santa’s elves or my teens are producing a book trailer for my stocking.

Even without a book trailer, Christmas will be bursting full of many blessings.  I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Hanukkah.  May your lives be very blessed as well.

 

Winners of the Book Blog Tour Contest Announced!!

Congratulations to…(drumroll, please)…

Jamie Long – winner of the 8GB iPod Nano

Kristie Cobb – winner of the autographed copies of Merciful Law and Killer Coordinates

Amy Brenton – winner of the autographed copy of Merciful Law

Thank you to all who participated! And thank you for supporting Darby Rae and Merciful Law!

More details on another great contest coming soon!!! Check back for details!

Book Blog Tour Contest

Over the last month and a half we have had several book bloggers review Merciful Law! We’ve had successful reviews and it’s our turn to show our appreciation…

Order a copy of Merciful Law – doesn’t matter which type – off darbyrae.com between now and December 15th and you’ll be entered to win an 8GB iPod Nano!!

Runner-up will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Merciful Law and an autographed copy of Killer Coordinates when it comes out in the Spring.

Second runner-up will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Merciful Law!

Good luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

*Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase is necessary. Submit your name, telephone, email address, mailing address and where you heard about the contest from to amanda@darbyrae.com. All entries must be received by midnight, EST on December 15th. All orders and prizes will be shipped December 16th to allow time for arrival prior to Christmas. Winner will be announced online December 16th and notified via email. Please direct all questions to amanda@darbyrae.com.

Thanks for the bird!

About ten years ago I read the book, You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, by David H. Sandler.  In the first 15 chapters, the author is teaching the reader his seven step selling system.  Chapter 16, ‘Getting the Angle in Success,’ is where he talks about a concept called the Birdcage Challenge.  In this chapter, he challenges the reader to buy a birdcage, put it in their kitchen, and see how much time passes before someone buys them a bird.

The birdcage is a metaphor for our goals.  Setting it in the kitchen symbolizes telling others our goals.  Someone buying us a bird reflects our friends and family wanting to help us achieve our goals.  This story encourages us to speak our goals to our network of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  It is my experience that while there are always people who can’t wait to tell you something is unachievable; there are many others standing in line to help you get there.  (If you find the opposite is true—you may be hanging around the wrong people!)

Over a year ago, I metaphorically brought my birdcage into the kitchen.  I discovered I had a burning desire to finish writing a fiction novel I had started, and wanted to have it published.  If this goal had surfaced years ago, I wouldn’t have told anyone.  Frankly, I used to be afraid if I failed, and all these people knew about it, I would look like a loser!  I shed this belief when my very wise mentor once told me (or maybe he told me repeatedly until it sunk in), “If you never fail, you aren’t trying hard enough!”  He pushed me often to stretch out of the safety of my comfort zone.

When I realized how committed I was to being a published author, I shared this goal with my family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  Over the past year, the outpouring of support from my personal network of ‘bird buyers’ has been tremendous!  Initially this was in the form of accountability.  I hardly had a conversation with family or friends without the question surfacing, “have you finished the book yet?”  The most relentless to keeping me accountable to finishing my novel were my kids and their teenage friends.  You want to be accountable to a goal…tell your kids and their friends!  What parent wants to face their children and their children’s friends admitting they gave up…decided not to finish/pursue their goal.  Not this parent.

An empty birdcage is a powerful thing! So during this wonderful Thanksgiving season, I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of those who saw my empty birdcage…and helped me fill it!  To my family, fans – who I call friends, friends of my children, friends of friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, ad infinitum…thanks for the bird!  Now go get your own birdcage.

THIS week only, you will be able to download Merciful Law (from my website, www.darbyrae.com) for only $.99!! That’s right – from Sunday, November 20th through Sunday, November 27th you can download any electronic version of Merciful Law for only $.99 using the special promotional code TURKEY99. Thank you to all of my fans! Happy Reading! & Happy Thanksgiving!!  -Darby Rae

New Review by Danica Page

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Loved this novel.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved loved loved this novel. I was hooked from the very first page to the very last page. After reading the first chapter, I knew I had to immediately read this book and preferably in one sitting if possible. And that’s exactly what I did.

Darby Rae is a masterful storyteller. She wove a beautiful, compelling novel that combined romance, suspense, faith, grief, and enough wit to keep anybody’s attention.

I loved the characters. I love it when characters are witty and have scarcasm, this novel had all of that and more. I found myself laughing out loud in the most inconvienent places and at the most inconvienent times.

 

Deborah Davenport, alias Annie Logan, was the narrator for most of the novel. She was a character that I could relate to and fell in love with from the very beginning. From the very first page Lawrence intrigued me. And from the moment I saw Emmet interact with his best friends Chase and Mitch I was captivated. They are the type of friends that everybody should have. Darby Rae assembled an all-star cast in this masterfully composed novel.

Honestly, this book is pretty long page-wise. 455 pages long, but it didn’t feel like a long read. I flew through this novel because I had to know what was going to happen next. Every time I turned the page, I couldn’t wait until I could turn the next one, and so on and so on.  Until finally I turned the last page and just sat there with a content smile for ten minutes.

I loved this book and definitely recommend buying and reading it. I will admit that I love romantic suspense and this novel is one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve read in awhile.

It was funny, cute, adorable, romantic, suspesneful, and touched upon some of the harsher aspects of life in a way that blended into a beautifully written novel. Darby Rae is an author that I will definitely be keeping my eye on.

 

In Summary: A novel that I’d recommend buying. I love love loved it. This is another book that I will be keeping and proudly placing on my shelf.

 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some sexual references, slight drinking, and minimal violence. I wasn’t offended by this book. I was too busy laughing hysterically to be anything but amused.

 

The Wrap-up: A great novel that I loved. Darby Rae’s style is compelling, emotional, hilarious, and entertaining. A name I’m going to keep my eye on.

 

Additional Information/Side-note: If you want to buy this novel, please check out this link. You won’t regret it, trust me. Darby Rae will also be back in the near future for a guest post here on the blog. So be sure to check it out.

 

Also, thanks Darby for allowing me to review your book and for agreeing to do the guest post. I loved your book.

 

Happy reading!
Love,
Danica Page

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss Didn’t Write it…I Did.

I would not, could not write my blog.
I could not, would not take a jog.
I can not make another call.
Or take a trip out to the mall.

I will not clean my dirty house.
I will not wash yet one more blouse.
I will not send another tweet.
I will not format my spreadsheet.
I will not buy another book.
Not in the store, not on my Nook.
I have to write 3,000 words.
This other stuff is for the birds!

Is there always something getting in the way of your writing?  I spend 50+ hours a week in the world of “Talent Management” consulting (yes, much more interesting than it may sound) and running a household for a family of five (me plus 4 teens).  There is always something!

Years ago when I was in direct sales, I used to journal affirmation statements.  These statements are written in the present like, “I call on prospects who want to talk to me; I want your business, but I don’t need it; I have plenty of hours in the day to do everything I have to; I am in perfect health,” and so on.  As with many things, it worked…and I stopped doing it.

Journaling “I” statements is one of the best ways to reprogram your brain toward positive thinking.  I can’t count how many times this month I’ve said, “I’m having difficulty with…I’m struggling in…I can’t seem to…”  All those negative thoughts are slowing me down, so I am journaling again.

There are many ways to journal, but I keep it simple by writing affirmations.  The key is to write in the present (I am, I have) and without negative words (I am in perfect health, NOT I don’t overeat.  I have plenty of money, NOT I am not in debt.)  Every morning I rewrite the 5 negative statements that have been slowing me down into positive affirming ones, like these:

-I finished writing ‘Killer Coordinates.’
-I am a bestselling author.
-I have perfect health.
-I have plenty of time to do everything I need and want to do!
-I reach the goals I set for myself.
-Life is easy and fun.
-I have four teenagers who clean their rooms and do their homework without my prompting.  (OK…I don’t write that.  These are affirmations, not insanity statements.)

Internationally-known speaker, author, advisor and dear friend, Boaz Rauchwerger (http://boazpower.com/), once told me, “Darby, stop putting roadblocks in your own way!”  He was right then…and he’s still right.  Take a look at Boaz sharing his wisdom,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzorXvYeBfA, including powerful attitude advice like, “If it’s not what I want I won’t say it!”  Then leave me a comment with your Attitude Statements.  Have a powerful week.

Merciful Law is going on tour!

So, my publicist has been telling me I need to do a blog tour. I have to be honest, I thought she was making it up. Turns out, it’s a real thing. There is an entire community of readers out there that dedicate their time to read and review author’s works. Not only was I excited to share my work with colleagues and peers that value reading as I do, I was so excited to learn they want me to guest post on their sites! I feel so honored!

This tour is virtual – Instead of going from city to city, traveling on a beaten down bus, eating horribly and keeping odd hours, I will be featured on different blogs throughout the fall. We’ve coordinated with some great bloggers and I’m so excited to hear what they think of Merciful Law. All of the posts will be shared on my calendar.

If you’d like to participate in the Merciful Law Fall Book Blog Tour, please contact aparker@collectivealternative.com.

Real Beauty…Wednesday October 26th…1:00-7:00

What do you think of when you hear of an event called Gorgeous Gals!  I’ll tell you what I thought when my publicist said she signed me up to participate in it.  I thought it sounded self-centered.  I wondered why anyone would want to come to an event where the vendors thought of themselves as “gorgeous gals?”  How tacky.  Well, it wasn’t at all what I thought.  Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Hi4ucizIDdM

Gorgeous Gals! is a Celebration of Indiana Women coming together to support the courageous Gorgeous Gals who are fighting cancer.  The proceeds of this event go to Hello Gorgeous, a nonprofit organization that provides complimentary make-overs for women battling cancer.  What will this celebration include?

  • Shopping of course! Over 65 unique vendors selling everything a woman could want.
  • A Strolling Fashion Show where cancer survivors feature fashion from area Boutiques & Designers.
  • Happy Hour Celebration from 4:30-6:30 with a cash bar.
  • Door prizes.
  • A Hello Gorgeous surprise makeover & reveal for a Nominated Cancer Survivor.
  • A Wall of Honor for all cancer survivors and fighters.
  • A Wall of Remembrance for those who lost their courageous battle.
  • All Cancer Survivor Attendees will be honored.

 

Gorgeous Gals! A Celebration of Indiana Women!

Cost:  $5.00

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Forum Conference Center 11313 USA Parkway  Fishers, IN 46038

Why:  Because Hoosier women are Gorgeous–from the inside out!  Join our celebration.

 

Sponsored by Affiliated Women International     http://affiliatedwomen.net/events/2226-2

Benefiting Hello Gorgeous of Indiana “Gifting a Life Lift to Women Surviving Cancer” http://hello-gorgeous-of-indiana.org

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SEX SCENE…

In the 68 fiction novels I’ve read this year, most of them contained a thread of romance.  Some of the romantic scenes were funny, some wildly passionate, some horribly awkward or just plain bad and unnecessary to the story. So what makes a good love scene? And why do some enhance a story while others leave you wondering,  what was the point of that?

, Romantic Suspense novelist of Killing Bliss, Over Her Dead Body (both I have read) and many others (I look forward to reading) give sound advice for writing romantic scenes. Here’s what she says…

“The steamy sex scene isn’t the exclusive territory of the romance novelist. Writers from many genres think about including sex scenes in their stories, either because they want to write one or because they feel somewhat compelled to. Sex sells, the writer hears, and we do want to sell our stories.  What writers don’t want is to win the Bad Sex of the Year trophy. So here’s some helpful thoughts, writer warriors. (Oh, hell, let’s call them rules. That way we can have fun breaking them.)

  1. You never, ever have to write a sex scene. It’s a choice. Like climbing Mt. Everest.
  2. If you do write a sex scene, never, ever write one that takes you beyond your personal comfort level. You’ll know when you’re doing it, your story will show it, and your reader will know it.
  3. (My personal favorite!) It is a far, far better thing you do—not to write a love scene at all than to write an egregiously bad one.

“We all know a reader is lulled by tone—it’s like music playing in the background. Tone is a form of continuity and it sets up expectations. So if you jump from light and frothy to down and dirty, your sex scene will jar the reader. The reverse is also true. Stay true to your music.”

Read the full blog http://penwarriors.com/?p=926

 

Behave Famously

 

In September I attended a meeting with business owners to share best practices.  The session that I loved began with the speaker announcing, “I want to be famous, so I behave famously.”  Then he began to ask us questions like, “Do famous people do interviews while they are becoming famous—or only after they are famous?  Do famous people do speaking engagements while they are becoming famous—or only after they become famous?  Do famous people write articles, do videos, appear on television while they are becoming famous—or only after they are famous?”

This was an ah-ha moment for most of us in the room.  One of those times when you hear something so basic, it’s brilliant!  Famous people have certain activities or behaviors they do that help make them famous.  They don’t become famous and all of a sudden begin doing them, duh.

Here are some ideas for behaving famously:

  1. Schedule book signings.  If you are only contacting local bookstores to hold your book signing, think again.  Is there a local coffee shop, non-profit event, fashion show or book fair you can attend?  I’ve done several events this year, even one at my chiropractor’s customer appreciation event.  I sold a bunch of books, received exposure to his clientele, and had an adjustment done on my aching body.
  2. Offer to speak at a function for free if you can sell your books before and after the event.  Eighty percent of the population want to write a book.  If you’ve published one, you likely have wisdom to share…even if it’s a list of “Don’ts.”
  3. Give stuff away.  Anytime I’m contacted to donate a copy of my book to use in a fundraiser, I say yes and always will.  (Note: I wouldn’t support ‘Cash for Satan’s Children’ or a ‘Do Drugs—They’re Fun!’ Event, but so far nobody like that has asked.)  Look for opportunities to give back.
  4. Get on television!  It certainly takes more than a phone call to David Letterman to get on his show, but there is plenty of local air time available.  If you are intimidated by feeling not good enough for even local programming, watch some.  I promise you will feel better.  For some inspiration, tune into WISH-TV on Sunday morning, October 16th at 7AM to catch me speaking about the Gorgeous Gals event happening on October 26th.  Besides, if David does call, wouldn’t it be nice to have some experience appearing on television before you’re a guest of his?
  5. Tape a dozen short videos and post them on YouTube.  Then put them on your Facebook page, tweet about them, and put them on your website with links to them in your blog.  Think that’s a dumb idea?  Google James Patterson and see how many videos he has.  I stopped scrolling forward at page 55.  He earned $70 million this year.

To date I don’t have any video, but I am working on it.  I tried to record a 20 second video with my 12 year old as the camera man.  After more than two dozen takes, I had to start bribing him for each subsequent take.  It shouldn’t be that hard, but he kept cracking me up by directing through pantomime and exaggerated arm movements.  I’ll give it another shot soon.  If you have a video, feel free to post it in the comments section.  I’d love to see what others are doing to behave famously!