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FIRST PLACE WINNER OF THE HALLOWEEN BOOK TRAILER CONTEST

October 7, 2012

Congratulations to Gordon Kessler! His book trailer for Jezebel placed first in the Keyhole Conversations Halloween Book Trailer Contest.

The four criteria were the scary factor, plot, graphics, and sound. Jezebel received high marks for all three. Is there anything scarier than a growling dog’s bared teeth? This book trailer, produced by Goddess Fish, clearly depicts the plot through readable text that is enhanced with pictures and sound effects. The music varied with the shifts in mood as the calm of everyday life was shattered and the dogs howl struck fear in the hearts of all. Click on the book trailer below and prepare to be scared.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gordon Kessler is a thriller novelist, living in the Kansas City metro area with his golden retriever, Jazmin (Jazzy Brass). He’s taught novel writing for several community colleges, worked over twenty years for the BNSF Railway, and is a former US Marine Recon Scout, Super Squad team leader, parachutist and troop handler.

His thriller novels Jezebel, Dead Reckoning, and Brainstorm are all in both paper and eBook. His latest men’s action/adventure thriller, Knight’s Ransom, was released early 2012. Four or five more in “The E Z Knight Reports” series are scheduled for release yet this year. These novels are about half the size of his big thrillers and are fast, fun reads.

Along with his fiction, Gordon’s published a book for writers, Novel Writing Made Simple; a great primer for beginners and an excellent refresher for the experienced wordsmith. He’s a founder and past president of the Kansas Writers Association, a sixteen-year-old organization of some very special people. Last year, he started a group to help support independent authors called the Indie Writers Alliance–another group of great people. A second book on writing, EBook Writing Made Simple! focuses on the actual writing of eBook novels, and how they can be crafted more effectively for the eBook novel reader rather than as a work written for the traditional publishing industry.

His books can be found on amazon and smashwords. 

Visit his fan page, view his books and site here.

You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

FIRST PLACE WINNER: JEZEBEL by GORDON KESSLER

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CAN WE SCARE YOU?

September 19, 2012

Keyhole Conversations scary Halloween Book Trailer contest closes on September 30, 2012. Be sure to get your entry in. You could be one of the the lucky winners. Not quite sure if your book trailer qualifies? Here is one example of a ‘scary’ book trailer. We’re even offering a special coupon code so you can get the eBook free. And be looking for another special Halloween offer of a free scary eBook next week.

KISS MUMMY GOODNIGHT

A Novella by Hazel Hart 

A young woman inherits a mummy with instructions for activating its powers and making her every wish and dream come true. But then she learns the mummy has wishes of its own in KISS MUMMY GOODNIGHT.

Click here to download your free e-book, then enter the coupon code YD58H.The book will be free if the code is entered prior to completing checkout.

The coupon is good until Oct. 30, 2012.

CONTEST RULES

To be eligible:

Your entry must be in English and five minutes or less in length.

You must have the rights to the images and audio in the trailer with all credits listed at the end.

Your entry must be truly scary with elements of horror or the supernatural. Think Edgar Allan Poe to Mary Shelley to Stephen King.

Your entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2012

To enter:

Upload your book trailer to http://www.youtube.com/

Send e-mails with the YouTube link to both hihart@prodigy.net and to beaton@sktc.net by September 30, 2012.

Book Trailer judging criteria:

The scary factor

The design, including graphics and sound

The plot: a hook, a middle that holds attention, and an effective close

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Keyhole Conversations Presents:

September 6, 2012

We here at Keyhole Conversations love Halloween and scary stories. You can tell that by our two collections of dark tales: Dark Side of the Rainbow and Edge of Nowhere. We’re looking for authors of dark fiction to feature in our upcoming Halloween series, so we are running a book trailer contest. Two winners will be featured in October, 2012 posts that will include the book trailer, author bio, and links to the author’s website, blog, and published books. Winners will receive a Keyhole Conversation award which  can be posted on their website, blog, or author’s page.

To be eligible:

Your entry must be in English and five minutes or less in length.

You must have the rights to the images and audio in the trailer with all credits listed at the end.

Your entry must be truly scary with elements of horror or the supernatural. Think Edgar Allan Poe to Mary Shelley to Stephen King.

Your entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2012

To enter:

Upload your book trailer to http://www.youtube.com/

Send e-mails with the YouTube link to both hihart@prodigy.net and to beaton@sktc.net by September 30, 2012.

Book Trailer judging criteria:

The scary factor

The design, including graphics and sound

The plot: a hook, a middle that holds attention, and an effective close

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Images from vintagefeedsacks and Halloween Bat Graphics

THE SEDUCTION WINNER

June 1, 2012

Authors Hazel Hart and Bonnie Myrick ran a book promotion contest last week, with a ten dollar amazon gift certificate as the prize. Readers were asked to answer four questions from “The Seduction,” one of the stories in the book, Dark Side of the Rainbow. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find out how “The Seduction” was created by these two talented authors.

The winner of the ten dollar amazon.com gift card is Conrad Jestmore.

Congratulations Conrad.

Your gift card is in the mail.

The questions with the correct answers are below.

1. Where do Sydney and Armando meet?
Answer: mortuary of funeral home
2. What device does Sydney use to bring police and rescue workers to the grave where she is buried alive?
Answer: Cell phone with GPS
3. What color is the liquid oozing from the wound on Sydney’s neck? Answer: green.
4. When Sydney and Armando are both in bat form, how do they communicate?
Answer: through telepathy.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Dark Side of the Rainbow, view the book trailer below and then head over to amazon to pick up a  copy

Writing “The Seduction”

When we first got the idea of co-writing a story  by e-mailing the manuscript back and forth, adding a paragraph each time, we had no story in mind. As in life, one thing led to another, and “The Seduction” came to life.

Since there was no agreed-upon plan, what one of us wrote often messed up the vision the other had of where the story was going. During each turn, we could either accept the new direction and build on it or find a way to return the story to our vision of its unfolding.

After almost a year, we realized the story had to come to an end, so we had a weekend write-in at Bonnie’s. For two days, we traded seat time at the computer, again with no plan except to find an ending. Writing “The Seduction” was great fun. We hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.


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AND THE WINNER IS?

May 25, 2012

At the OWFI Conference, (Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc.)  held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 2-5 of 2012, Keyhole Conversations held a Which Pitch Face-off Competition. Hazel Hart, technical director, filmed the pitches.  Viewers were given the opportunity to vote on the best Which Pitch Face-Off by May 18th.

The results are in. The winner is H. B. Berlow, who captured 70% of the votes. Congratulations, H. B. on your  award.

DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW CONTEST

May 18, 2012

Award winning authors Bonnie Myrick and Hazel Hart are running a contest to promote the Kindle eBook that was available for free download May 16th and  17th.

Enter the contest between May 18 and May 25 for a chance to win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Certificate. Read “The Seduction,” one of the stories in Dark Side of the Rainbow. Then in a comment, answer four questions about the story posted below. Participants who correctly answer the questions will be entered in a drawing to win the gift card. To be eligible for the drawing, participant must  have the correct answers and include an email address in their comment.

Drawing will be held May 30th and the winner  announced  June 1st.

CONTEST QUESTIONS

1. Where do Sydney and Armando meet?

2. What device does Sydney use to bring police and rescue workers to the grave where she is buried alive?

3. What color is the liquid oozing from the wound on Sydney’s neck?

4. When Sydney and Armando are both in bat form, how do they communicate?

Your opinions on the story would be appreciated.

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WHICH PITCH? FACEOFF COMPETITION

May 11, 2012

H.B.Berlow is pitching Weekend Getaways or Adventures in Contract Killing.

H. B. studied filmmaking and creative writing at the University of Miami in the 1980’s and was involved in the Boston Poetry Scene in the mid 1990s.  He has been a member of the KWA (Kansas Writer’s Association) since 2007. His other passions are cooking, food and wine.  He discusses all these aspects on his blog.

Leatrice McKinney is pitching Coveted, a YA Urban Fantasy.

In Coveted, Caleb Dunnelly can raise the dead, a handy little skill that’s propelled him straight to the top of the Seven Deadly Sins’ most wanted list. Leatrice McKinney is a freelance writer, a published poet, and a columnist for Writer’s News Weekly. View her books here.

Mike Watson  is pitching his new novel, Treasure of the Anasazi

The author’s debut novel, The Nestorian Alliance, is a Jack Trader Adventure, now available as an e-Book. He is a writer and self-employed geologist and surveyor, living with his wife in a rural setting near Clearwater, Kansas. Mike is currently working on his second novel in the series. The characters in the series reside in or near Durango, Colorado, one of Mike’s favorite places. Find out more about Mike here. 

VIEW THE VIDEO, THEN CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE  PITCH BY FRIDAY, MAY 18

 

 

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