Awakening Foster Kelly – A Book Trailer

Melissa Robles, a book reviewer and friend of mine reached out earlier this month to ask if I might be interested in participating in the first post to launch her new blog. Of course I couldn’t have been more delighted. And I wondered what I might offer her that I hadn’t already given.

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Oh, I’ve wanted to experiment with one of these for quite some time. What a novel concept: a trailer for a book. I realize some find this trending phenomenon counter intuitive, as “The Book” was originally designed to reach beyond stationary thoughts and liberate the reader from having another’s images squashed into their minds. I rather like them. I enjoy the visual additives and, if the images don’t line up with what’s already coalesced in my head, well, that’s easy: I choose my own faces, places, and colors. I decided, however, I would avoid this potential issue by focusing on building the characters and depositing a snapshot of story in the reader. But, for those interested, there is a blog wholly devoted to the writer’s “dream cast” over at awakeningfosterkelly.com.

Can I be honest with you now? When we (Dear Husband and I) had finally finished the trailer, after many, many, many hours of inputting and rearranging and spooning cold soup into our gobs, I sniffled and blubbered and may have told my husband I needed to pee, but really smashed my face in a pillow where I could bellow properly. It’s just . . . I love it. I hope you will, too.

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when you have a moment, please come by, watch the trailer, enter the GIVEAWAY (If you already own a copy of AFK, you could always gift it to someone!), meet Melissa, and then read a few of her absolutely lovely reviews.

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Bless and be blessed, my friends!

~ Cara

How do you read?

I love being at home. I enjoy the morning time, sipping coffee, checking e-mails, stretching out the wrinkles a good night’s sleep has left me. But I’d be lying most grievously if I didn’t admit that being alone without anyone to say so much as a hello to — save the fur-children — doesn’t leave me lonely once in a while. When I’m writing, steadily, I hardly notice the lack of spoken words. For inside things are very noisy indeed; a tug of war between characters, voices raised or lowered, hims and hers demanding I pay them attention. But times like these, quiet times, when I’m caught in the undertow, I notice. I notice everything. Today I noticed, though not for the first time, how I read.

I read slowly. I don’t have to, but I choose to because I don’t read for numerical achievement, but for immersion. I come before a book the same way I once came before the sea and my God, to be baptized in a glory not my own. Books contain oxygen. You can breathe them or spit them out. I am quick to euthanize a book I am not enjoying. There’s been too much good stuff written for me to spend my time reading what wasn’t. For a good book I’ll go the extra hundred miles. I will look up its every foreign word. I will teach myself to pronounce names that don’t read phonetically. I will make certain that I understand what I’m reading before moving on to the next page. If this means I have to put the book down and move to the computer, so be it.

Today I learned about gables. I typed the word G A B L E into Dictionary.com and yielded this: “the portion of the front or side of a building enclosed by or masking the end of a pitched roof.” And when that read like Greek I jogged over to Google images and searched until I found a picture. All in all it took me about 6 minutes before I fully understood a gable’s function and where I might find one were I looking for it. Is this strange? Am I the only who does this? Feel free to say “Cara, my friend, there there, we’ll make sure to find you a warm room with a lovely view of the lawn.”

I also noticed I am a savorer. If a line or passage strikes me as true and sharp, a flawless diamond mounted in rubble, I will read and reread until words morph into music, thereby easier to trap, easier to match the rhythm with that of my own heart’s beat. I must, or be driven to madness, consume the words, be absorbed, for only then can I secrete its beauty. I cannot go on to the next page, line, letter. Not until I know. I must know.

For me, reading is a lot like coloring. A book enters my hands bearing the detail of shape and structure, but it’s flat, like a wall or the ground. If I ran my hand over it, there would be no bumps, no hollows or secret passage ways, grooveless. It is my responsibility to give every word a color, every move a sound. I decide if the starry sky is black or purple, if the leaves on the tree are mint-green or kermit-green, or maybe not even green at all, but almost blue because of the time of day and the way the sun is hitting them. It’s not my design, no, but it is mine. And only when I make it mine does it become three dimensional, a living, breathing, effectual thing. The writer is the dream, but I the reader am the sleep.

So, anyway, these are strange musings, but I was curious today. How do you read? What does it look like for you?

September Special Feature

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I am incredibly honored to have been asked to participate in this month’s Author Special Feature. Debdatta, from Book Reviews by DDS has kindly selected my book to highlight during the month of September. There at her site, you may also enter to win Awakening Foster Kelly in the Giveaway, and learn a little more about the characters.

I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!
~ C

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Awakening Foster Kelly – September Promotion

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To celebrate the hullabaloo and vast amount of great things happening during September with Awakening Foster Kelly, for the entire month my book will be available for purchase on the Nook, iPad, and Kindle for $3.99!

Kindle Edition

Nook Edition

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Happy Reading, my friends!