Book, Book Trailer, Booked Out

Sep 27, 2010 | Giveaways, Freebies, & Contests, The Standon Widows, TV, Movies, & Good Reads

You could call this week “Booked Up.” It’s always like that around here the week a book officially drops, or at least most authors like to think of it as a special week, worthy of celebration and events. Or some of us just hide and avoid the computer so we don’t know how it is being received. I’m not having any trouble avoiding the computer as mine had a rather fatal episode last week. Luckily for me, Norm, the guy who can resurrect nearly any Mac, will be able to bring it back to life (He’s sort of a Dr. Frankenstein of the Apple set) but in the meantime, it is on life support until he can get the needed part. So I am in the kid’s room typing away and just glad I am not in the middle of trying to bring a book in. Instead, I am between projects and keep telling Norm not to sweat it.

Speaking of the kids, I hired Nicholas, my oldest to help me make a book trailer. He thought it would be a great way to make some iTunes bucks and I had faith he could do a better than average job. At ony 11, he’s been making movies with his friends and editing school projects for two years now—and the lure of doing something professional and that it would be on YouTube (apparently the coolest place to be able to upload your masterpieces if you are 11) as enough to get him onboard.

So I wrote up my storyboard, explained royalty free music and images, and we began to work. We both discovered that working together wasn’t as easy as we thought it might be, and of course, I kept changing things, which didn’t set well with the director. But with a lot of work and a few arguments over who could use the mouse, he finally wrested control and did this:

I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If so, please feel free to share it on Facebook. And I do hope you can find your copy of Mad About the Duke quickly. It should be out on Tuesday, September 28th. If it isn’t on the shelf, ask. Make them go open that box in the back room. And take a little time this week to curl up and read. Believe me, without my computer around that is exactly what I am doing!


  1. LynneW

    I would like clarification about lay-down dates. Are *all* books given strict lay-down dates, and is it really “against the law” for stores to sell books before their release date, as I was told last night in my local store?

    Thanks for ‘splainin ~

    • Elizabeth

      Publisher’s set lay down dates with the booksellers so no one bookseller has an advantage over another by having early copies. It makes it fair for everyone, except for the reader who wants their copy.

  2. LynneW

    PS – the trailer is wonderful! Kudos to your son for so successfully interpreting your artistic vision ~

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you! I’ll tell him you said so.

  3. Sarah K

    I finally finished _Mad About the Duke_. I do enjoy the work of Parkerton’s household. When do we get Mineva’s story? and the Marlowe’s – it is so not nice of you as an author to leave a series so open like that. If I remember correctly there are still 3 unmarried Marlowes. And in re-reading the excerpt for _This Rake of Mine_ there is a mention of a Michael Tremon in Jack’s entry, who is he?

  4. sophrenia

    Finished reading too. Parkerton is so adorable when he’s all flustered ^_^. Any hints/sneak preview about felicity’s dad/ minerva getting together? And could it be that the captain who played cards at the gaming hell him?
    So exited for baron langley’s book!

  5. Tracy M.

    Hi Elizabeth ~ I finished reading “Mad About the Duke” yesterday afternoon. It was great and I loved it! I love it all but my favorite part is on page 102 when James grabs her and tells her “My good lady, that is how it is done best”. I’m such a sucker for romance. Thanks for such a great book.

    • Elizabeth

      Tracy, you totally cracked me up. And yes, that was one of my favorite lines as I was writing.

  6. Yvonne

    Hi, I just finished “Mad About the Duke” and I enjoyed it. I love romance novels, but I especially love, ‘love at first sight’ romance novels. I so liked the conversations Parkerton had with his brother Jack, I so like to know how men think. Great book, Thanks.

    • Elizabeth

      Quite honestly, I don’t think any woman knows how men think. My books are probably more like how I WISH they would think. LOL.



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