Book Trailers – Are They Worth It?

Lauren Mayhew Author - Liliana TrilogySo, now that the Liliana Trilogy is complete and out there for all to read, I often wonder if I should be doing more in the way of marketing.  (Links to buy them here.) I don’t have a lot of money to spend – correction – I have no money to spend on marketing. I need to save all the money I can on buying a house one day, so my books often take a back seat. I live in the UK, and buying a house right now is damn near impossible.

Something that a lot of authors seem to do is create a book trailer. It’s a great idea if you think about it. You can embed a video on any website, put it on YouTube and all other social media platforms, and anyone can view it. It’s the perfect way to get people interested in your books. Continue reading “Book Trailers – Are They Worth It?”

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Play-Writing – How Hard Can It Be?

Masks with the theatre conceptWriting a stage play is a lot harder than I initially thought it would be. I knew it was going to be a challenge, as it’s the complete opposite of writing a story. It’s all dialogue and no description. In my novels, the dialogue is probably the bit I struggle with most. So why am I writing a play, I hear you ask. Because I like to challenge myself. If you don’t challenge yourself, life gets a bit boring.

So, I’m writing a murder mystery set in modern times. Normally, I have a title before I even start writing, but not for this one. The title has evaded me so far. I usually use a line of text from the story itself as a title, but no-one has said anything yet that’s catchy enough. That’s a little worrying now that I think about it.

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A Month Full of Drama

A Month Full of Drama - The 39 Steps - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, other than the new job, and the release of ‘Eternity Begins’, I’ve got other excuses for being so terrible at updating my blog. The main reason, is my Amateur Dramatics group. I’ve been a part of Brightlight Theatre Company since March 2016, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

From April this year, until now, I have been part of three different productions within the group, and it has pretty much taken up all of my time. In April I found out that I got the part of Anabella Schmidt in ‘The 39 Steps’. Even though it was a small part, taking up only the first 10 minutes of the play itself, it was a massive challenge, as I had to try and perfect a German accent. Everyone says I did a good job at it, but I’m still not sure. I took my camera with me for the dress rehearsal, and I managed to snap a few good ones, with the help of my friend Sarah whilst I was on stage. We performed this at the end of September.

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Eternity Begins Release Day!

Eternity Begins Cover - Lauren Mayhew AuthorIt’s finally here, the day that the Liliana Trilogy comes to an end. Book 3 in the trilogy is out today, and it’s only 0.99! (Find it here.)

The first book in the series, Reality is in a Dream can be found here for 0.99 too! AND, Mourning Memories, Book 2, can be found here for FREE! So, if you fancy getting all three at once, it will cost you 1.98. Not bad, eh?

Eternity Begins is probably one of the best things I have ever written, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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Liliana Trilogy Cover Reveal

The third and final instalment in the Liliana Trilogy is finally on its way. With the help of the fabulous designer, Rachel Bostwick, I’m so excited to reveal the title and cover of the third book in the trilogy, Eternity Begins.

I had an idea in mind for Eternity Begins, and so I sent the below sketch to Rachel. It’s fair to say, she transformed it into something beautiful!

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Book 3 Cover Reveal

Liliana Trilogy Book 3 Cover Reveal - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe third book in the Liliana Trilogy finally has a release date! On 31st August 2017, you’ll be able to get a copy of the last installment, however, I’m not quite ready to release the title or cover.

Over the next week, I’ll be teasing the cover on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so if you want to catch a glimpse, use the links at the bottom of this post to keep track of the reveal.

The final reveal will, along with pre-order link, will be here on 30th June. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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Character Inspiration: People You Know

Character Inspiration People You Know - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis one may seem obvious, but I think it’s worth writing about. You don’t have to copy someone that you know completely, as that may be a bit too obvious if they ever pick your book up, but you can take certain traits from them.

For example, my first book ‘Reality is in a Dream’ has two characters that are exaggerated forms of two of my old school friends. Certain events that take place in the book involving the main character, Liliana, actually took place during my time at school. It’s quite funny, because I once had a reviewer tell me that she thought these character’s actions were not believable, and yet it actually happened to me. Continue reading “Character Inspiration: People You Know”

Character Inspiration: Dreams

Character Inspiration Dreams - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDreams are full of people, some that pop up more frequently than others, and some who you’re sure you’ve never even met before. But all of the dreams are created by you, and each of the people in them is a character in that scenario.

Throughout my trilogy, characters and certain events have all come to fruition because of my crazy dreams. My dreams are so weird, I’m surprised my mum hasn’t sent me to be sectioned yet. On the plus side, I can get some wicked storylines and characters from them. Continue reading “Character Inspiration: Dreams”

Character Inspiration: People Watching

Character Inspiration People Watching - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI love to people watch. I could literally watch people all day. Some of them are just so fascinating.

Have you ever been sat somewhere, and watched a person run through a town centre? Did a part of you ever wonder what they were up to? Did you then find yourself creating a scenario in your head about what it is they’re doing? If you did, then you’ve essentially created a character. If you’ve never done this, you’re seriously missing out! Continue reading “Character Inspiration: People Watching”