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7 Must See Book Trailers

Book Trailer

I’m fascinated by book trailers. They seem like an inventive way to bring a book to life. Book trailers are relatively new additions to the literary world.

What is a book trailer, anyway?

A book trailer is a short video teaser for a book. The video can consist of live action, animation, scrolling text on a black background, or anything that captures the attention of the viewer.

Fun Facts about Book Trailers

  1. Book trailers have been around since 2002.
  2. Readers are 64% more likely to purchase a book if they see a book trailer that effectively promotes it.
  3. Book trailers create more buzz about a book and help with marketing it.
  4. Book trailers are short and sweet – usually less than a minute each.
  5. They can be a combination of still photos, live action video, with text and music.
  6. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, a moving picture is priceless!
  7. Authors and publishers can hire companies to produce a book trailer that generates buzz about a book prior to its release.

Where can I find Book Trailers?

Many book trailers are posted on YouTube. There are 1 billion users that watch YouTube videos, and 4 billion video views daily.

There is also a really cool site called Trailershelf. It’s a curated site, dedicated to showcasing book trailers to help readers find good books to read. You can explore videos by genre, most popular, staff picks, and more. Check it out.

7 Books That I’ve Read Lately with Book Trailers

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

Are there any book trailers that you recommend?

Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

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Publish Date: April 10, 2018

Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.” – Reid Hoffman

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. 

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Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, Sophia of Silicon Valley is a story of a professional woman storming the corridors of geek power and—and the price of living in the shadows of its eccentric maestros.

The daughter of successful Taiwanese immigrants, Sophia Young has always spoken her mind, and in Silicon Valley, that turns out to be her greatest asset—especially when she’s often the only woman in a room.

As companies like Apple, Google, Tesla, and Oracle are beginning to revolutionize the world, Sophia ends up as the right-hand woman of male tech CEOs —a thrilling and terrifying position that challenges her, threatens her relationships and even her health, yet ultimately teaches her how to take charge of her own future. But as time goes on, Sophia starts to question whether the big paycheck and high-status career are worth dealing with the constant stress and boys’ club environment. Continue reading “Book Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen”

Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

Beautiful Lies

Publish Date: April 3, 2018

A twisted, fast paced thriller that will keep you reading and creep you out too!

I received an advance copy of this book from Harper Collins / William Morrow through Edelweiss.

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Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publish Date:  April 3, 2018

I laughed, I cried, and I laughed a lot more about this poignant story on carpools, coffee, and secrets.

This book has the humor, friendships, and families that remind me of Big Little Lies.

I received an advance copy of this book from Berkley Publishing through Edelweiss.

Synopsis:

At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…

*record scratch*

As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors’ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton’s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this…

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that’s a notion easier said than done when Anne’s husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families–and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage. Continue reading “Book Review: Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman”

Book Review, NetGalley

Book Review: Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Publish Date: March 27th 2018

Books Like This: The Circle by Dave Eggers, The Startup by Doree Shafrir

I am a sucker for books with a Digital Age plot!

I received an advance copy of this book from Doubleday Books through NetGalley.

I’m attracted to novels that reference social media, texting, the Internet… anything online. Why? Because it’s relatable. We are all addicted to Facebook, Twitter, texting, and the Internet. We rely on technology for many aspects of our life. And I love books that are associated with things that I can identify with, but hopefully with a more glamourous perspective.

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Continue reading “Book Review: Sociable by Rebecca Harrington”

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**Happy Release Day!** The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Release 1I am very excited that The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian is being released TODAY! 

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

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The plot is simpleSexy Flight Attendant + Hot Guy + LOTS of Booze + One Night Stand = Dead Man w/Slashed Throat + ON THE RUN

Poor Cassie Bowden. All she wanted was a good time, a good lay, and a walk of shame. Instead, she wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel room with blood in her hair and a deader-than-a-doornail date.

She does what many people would do in that situation – she FREAKS OUT and RUNS! I don’t blame you at all, girl.

This book is like watching a train wreck. You know what’s likely going to happen, but you can’t look away. The story is glamorous, fascinating, entertaining, and you will binge read it until you finish

This book has so many exotic locations – Dubai, New York, Paris, Rome, Russia  – and you’ll get an inside peek into the wild, crazy, and fun life of a flight attendant.

I really like this fast paced story about someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time where bad judgment gets mixed in with dangerous people.

Don’t miss it!

Here is my full review.

Book Review, NetGalley

Book Review: The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Publish Date: March 6, 2018

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Yoav Blum for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

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What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love. Continue reading “Book Review: The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum”