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Character Quotes from Emma Dangerous by Dellani

character-quotes-imageDetective Tan was already on his phone, calling officers to the scene. He escorted Emma, Sam and Raleigh back to the common room. When his people arrived, he put the sergeant in charge and took the teenagers to the library.

“This case gets weirder by the second,” he commented as an aside.

“Who is this guy?” Sam asked. “He doesn’t seem like the run of the mill psychopath to me.”

“You’re familiar with psychopaths?” Frank Tan looked skeptical.

“I spent a lot of time in juvie,” Sam said. “I also have a crack head for a father. His customers are pretty f**ked in the head. I think one or two of them qualify.”

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Character Quotes from Take On Me by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Perhaps, but will he change up his MO?” Petra asked. “Like you said, he knows we know. Is now the time to change? He knows this method works. Changing it up is risky.”

“It would be riskier to continue,” Etienne countered. “Don’t you think?”

“I want a crack at that bartender. What’s her name?” Chelle asked.

“Risha Porter. Twenty-three,” Stringer replied.

“You want in?” Chelle asked Petra. “You’ve got a lot invested in this case, too.”

“Thought you’d never ask. Jones?”

“Don’t need three of us, but thanks. I’ll watch. If you need me, you know how to whistle.” Hooking his thumbs in his utility belt, he winked.

“God, you’re incredibly good looking,” Petra said.

Jones laughed. “Did you mean to say that out loud, Deputy Reyes?”

“Yep.” She strode toward the door with Chelle behind her.

The door thumped shut. Once they got in the elevator, heading to holding, she glanced at Chelle, who was laughing quietly.

“You totally called his bluff. I’m not sure if he’s a show-off or if that’s just how he stands,” Chelle giggled.

“He’s showing off—for you. You know he likes you, right?”

Chelle smirk. “Yeah. He’s hot as seven kinds of hell, but not while I’m his boss….”

Petra chuckled, nudging her. “If I weren’t hooked on a psychologist, I’d be all over that.”

“It’s tempting….”

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Character Quotes from One Night in Daytona Beach by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I told you, I didn’t kill him,” Draven insisted.

“Maybe not, but we have his place wired for sound. You made certain threats. Then twenty minutes later, his wife finds him in the garage, his head bashed in with your baton. It’s got your prints all over it.”

“F**k. I dropped it in the yard. He was alive when I left, Erickson. I swear.”

“I believe you, kid. But I don’t think the boss will. Stay put. My guys will be there in twenty.”

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A Book Trailer or Not

There are many views on having a book trailer or not having one and it is a personal decision. Many book trailer companies make very high-quality trailers, and some do actual film trailers to excite people’s interest in your book. The biggest problem with the actual film trailers is they are so pricey that it will make one think twice or three times about having a trailer. They can run more than 1000 dollars. Yes, it would be wonderful to have that kind of trailer, but you would probably be as well off to promote the trailer through social media, even if it means spending a few dollars on that promotion.

These trailers have as much chance of having people view them as do any other trailer.

One thing to keep in mind is that the days of just a slide show of book photos and a few interesting transitions from one slide to another are gone, make sure you pick good music, have something in the intro to draw potential buyers into looking at the trailer and with luck buying your book. Put it up on your website or FB author page, pin it to the top of the page, and above all talk about your book.

Some authors are doing videos to sell themselves instead of their books, this can be a good thing if you are branding yourself as an author, but keep it to Instagram or another short format. Above all keep the trailer short, all too many lose interest after a few seconds or a minute, unless the music fits the trailer, and enough is going on that your prospective buyer forgets the time when watching the trailer.

Along with the more traditional trailer, there are now teasers both animated and filmed. A book trailer is an excellent way to promo an up and coming book, to get the interest of buyers before the book ever hits print.

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Book Trailer for Religion of Trees by Lisa L Borm

A wonderfully written novella of the connections between the birthday trees and the residents of Harding Street. Ms. Borm’s novella tells of the growth, love, loss, tragedies, connections, and reconciliations that happen to the children who are given the birthday trees and their connection to them.

It is spiritual, magical, thought-provoking, and worth the read.

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Character Quotes from Car Trouble by Dellani

character-quotes-image“So, you’re an author, huh? What kind of books to you write?” Cadence asked.

“Crime novels, for the most part. Though I’ve tried my hand at other things as well. I’ve got a sci-fi series and even a few of romance novels,” I replied.

“Romance? You aren’t secretly gay, are you?”

“Why does everyone think that? Men can write romance novels too, you know. Of course, mine are more smut than romance….” I laughed at my joke, I write mostly historical romance and they aren’t very smutty. However, I can turn my hand at smut if it helps pay the bills. And it pays well.

“Oh, smut boy, huh?” She grinned, taking a sip of her coffee.

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Character Quotes from Ben Drexel by Dellani

character-quotes-imageBen Drexel is a prequel to my Lone Wolf sci-fi series.

“Pitiful! If we’d tried to hit you, you’d all be dead!”

“Were you using live ammo?” One of Ben’s wounded men asked.

“Obviously, Marine. It went through your leg, didn’t it? Moron.”

“Colonel, permission to speak freely?” Ben said.

VanLipsig nodded.

“Sir, this wasn’t an accurate test of our knowledge. My men are the best….”

“No, Sergeant, my men are the best, or you’d be dead. Let me point out something—you are never off duty in a war zone, never off your guard. You pay attention to your surroundings or someone gets dead. Since my ass is dependent upon what you do, I’m fairly certain I’ve got a right to do what’s necessary to assess you.”

“This is hardly standard protocol.”

“Boy, ain’t nothin’ I do that’s standard. I go where others can’t. I pull off major miracles on a daily basis. In case you haven’t figured it out, kid—I’m the evil twin of Jesus. Get your babies back to barracks. You’re confined until I say so. All leave and privileges are revoked until further notice. That means you too, First Sergeant. So tell that hot girlfriend of yours she ain’t gettin’ laid for awhile and march your sorry ass on home.”

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Character Quotes from Love Under Lights by Dellani

character-quotes-image“So. At four o’clock today, we’ll meet up here for set crew. Bring your tools, pencils and balls cause you’re gonna need them all.”

“Um—J.D., some of us don’t have balls,” one of the girls said, waving at him.

“Then borrow a pair.”

“Got it.” She jotted down a note. “Borrow a man’s testicles,” she said as she scribbled. “Guys?”

“Only if I’m attached, Nicki,” Stan said.

“Anytime, baby.” She made a kissy face at him.

“That’s it! Get outta here!” J.D. bellowed.

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Character Quotes from Portrait of Love by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Do you want a chaperon?” Henry teased. “I know how artists are with their models.”

Kendrick flashed him a look of pure loathing. Henry didn’t miss the tightening of the jaw or the glimmer of anger in his eyes.

“Gemma is perfectly safe with me,” Ken declared. “Unlike some, I allow a lady to set the pace.”

Henry took a sip of his soup. Dabbing his lips, he smiled. “I’m sure women everywhere appreciate that quality, Ken. But you have to admit that the pushier bastards get laid more often.”

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Character Quotes from Analysis of Love by Dellani

character-quotes-imageWhen you get where you’re going,” Oracle told Officer Pruitt. “You call this number and ask for Barbara. She’ll do right by that poor girl and see to it she’s cared for. She’s gonna need a bed in the psych ward.”

Will do.” Pruitt put the card in her breast pocket. “Do you think she’s dangerous?”

Very. But you treat her gentle, she’ll be okay. Just keep talking to her. Poor thing—she’s shattered.”

That your professional opinion?”

No, baby. That’s my spiritual one.”

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