Carol Oates, author of the Ember Series
Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb on the northern border of Dublin known as Clontarf, famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story Dracula. This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. Combine that passion with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, and Carol Oates the author was born. Carol's love of writing about anything not entirely "human" emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis, was born.
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The Ember Series:
Falling for a Nephilim wasn’t part of Sebastian’s plan. Distraction is something he can’t afford when his rival, Draven, wants what Sebastian has.
Lies, manipulation, and corruption are twisting the lives of the citizens in Acheron. The Arch is missing from Heaven, and a demon is intent on claiming the city. At a time they should be growing closer, grief and paranoia is driving Candra and Sebastian apart.
If the price of restoring the Watchers to Heaven is a human soul, who deserves to be saved?
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Carol Oates On Book Trailers
I’ve been using video editing softwear for years, ever since my brother presented me with my first Adobe program. I’ve edited the trailers for my own books, Ember and Iridescent, for Crushed Seraphim and Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia, as well as some, as yet, unreleased. So, I did have a little experience with book trailers when I set out to make this one. Book trailers are a visual representation of the heart of the book. They shouldn’t tell the entire story but should set a tone, and entice the reader to turn the first page and delve in.
Like books, they aren’t created in isolation. They’re a collaboration of the author, the editor and the many people who create stock images, motion graphics, music, and sound effects. The main challenge with this trailer was coming up with something that combines the heart of four very different stories in one fluid sequence, while conveying the information the viewer needs for the Angel Event.
The first thing I did was check out the trailer for each book and ask each author what one thing they felt could uniquely represent their story to readers. Satan Jack for Debra Anastasia. The city landscape for mine. Patricia Leever decided on colored lights. Nicki was open to my suggestion of the falling feather since the black and white tone combined with the cover font for text brought to my mind, as a reader, the softness, classic nature, and beauty of her angel, Evan. Each author also provided quotes.
Next, we needed common elements. The color red at the beginning to tie to the elements of the static promotional images and the book covers, the black and white feathers at the end also represent elements of the static images and muted tones of covers. The shattered glass and angel add drama and fluid movement between themes. Finally, the very appropriate quote from Divine Temptation conveys the overarching theme of all the books. Ending with essential contact information.
Editing was the easy part, combining all the above elements while using continuous movement and music to, hopefully, take the viewer on a short journey through each scene and a glimpse of each book.