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Friday, September 27, 2013

TILT News and Trailer Release!

If I could do back flips without earning a trip to the ER, I'd be doing them all the way down the street. Possibly even in heels. Why am I so excited?

For starters - MY SEQUEL COMES OUT IN 2 WEEKS!! Honestly, waiting for this second book has been in some ways far harder than the first. Partly because I finished it in February (which feels like YEARS ago right now), but partly because this time around I know more about what to expect from a book launch and I'm dying to take the bull by the horns. And even though it really, totally, and uber-completely feels like it sometimes, I have at least finally come to the conclusion that I won't actually die from the anticipation.

That Never-Ending Moment of Anticipation 

The other reason for my excitement also led to another realization: Inspiration is the bitter ex-wife of the Sandman. I'd decided long ago that I wasn't going to do a book trailer for TILT because it takes such a huge chunk out of my already limited writing time (and I'm making headway on the 3rd book!). It takes time to write the script, research images/video, find music, get the narration worked out...  You get the picture. And, to be honest, I wasn't 100% convinced of the merit of book trailers. 

But that's where the vengeful Inspiration and the dysfunctional relationship with her estranged ex come into play. Last Thursday night I was happily drifting off to sleep when suddenly the thought hit me: "If I were to make a trailer, how would I tell the story?" By the next morning I had - in addition to bags under my eyes - a working script in mind along with image concepts that I was bent on spending the next night refining. Then I got the thread of a song in my mind that I could make work perfectly with the narration. Long story short, after 24 hours of work in one frenzied weekend I managed to compose and record a piano score, write and record the narration, assemble and edit the video, and then drink happy amounts of beer to celebrate.

And now I have the pleasure of sharing with you the little book trailer that refused to not be made. 


I hope you enjoyed the trailer! As another part of the launch festivities, ALICE WILL for Kindle will be FREE from October 10th to October 14th! If you haven't downloaded your copy yet, mark it on your calendar to get your copy in two weeks


  1. Great trailer, Ashley. Good luck on your sequel.

    1. Thank you so much, Diane! I'm having a minor heart attack right now because I just saw it go live for Kindle early... that's NEVER happened to me! I'm waiting to hear back from the publisher to make sure it's not going to disappear again before Friday so I can go shout it from the mountaintops :-)

  2. Congrats on your sequel! Loved your trailer. I've been seeing you all over the interwebz. Good job! If you want to send me your info, I can give you a shout out sometime this month.

    1. Mary, thank you so much! I absolutely appreciate it - I'll gather the links and send it to you through Facebook :-) It actually just went live for Kindle early, but I'm going to wait a couple of days to make sure nothing goes wrong before I go all out. If my itchy 'share' finger doesn't drive me crazy before then, that is ;-)

    2. And I just noticed my iPhone changed the intro to 'Mary' on my previous comment... I should have caught that!! lol


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