Guest Author & Giveaway: Tessa Dare featuring One Dance with a Duke

Thursday, May 27

***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the post...it's worth your time:)  Thanks for joining the fun!***


Few debut romance authors received as much buzz last summer as Tessa Dare did with the back to back releases of GODDESS OF THE HUNT, SURRENDER OF A SIREN, and A LADY OF PERSUASION.  They made quite an impact not only on me, but on the rest of the romance community.  This summer she has a brand new historical romance series, The Stud Club Trilogy, that is being released similarly in May, June and July...starting with ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE.  Give me a  great summer romance and I am in booklover bliss.  Give me a trilogy that I don't have to wait an eternity for and I'm in booklover....is there something beyond bliss?

I was already eagerly anticipating this new series and then I happened upon the book video.  I love a good book video!  I do.  I know a lot of you can take or leave them, but when they are done well nothing makes me remember an upcoming release more.  Usually there is a stark contrast between the ones that have been professionally made and ones that the author or a fan created themselves, but Tessa Dare's homemade book video is a masterpiece because of it's creativity, it's wit, it's humor and it's ability to intrigue you to want learn more about the books.  In the end that's exactly what a book video should do...make you want to learn more about the story and buy the book.

Tessa Dare is my guest today talking about her now infamous book video (and if you haven't seen it you'll get a chance to watch it later), so I hope you'll read, watch, listen and enjoy!



The best promo money I never spent: how I made my own book video.

I had three books release in 2009.  I never managed to make a book video for any of them.  Oh, I thought about it.  I had all sorts of ideas, most of which were either a) ambitious to the point that I’d need CGI effects  to pull them off or b) straight-up meh.  In the end, nothing ever came of it, except I’d listened to a bunch of stock music and picked out some favorites.  

A full year later, one of those pieces was still bouncing around my memory—a dramatic piano piece in A minor that really seemed to tell a story.  And I had this new trilogy to promote, with a quirky premise—the Stud Club.  I started thinking, maybe it’s time to make a video at long last.  

I honestly can’t remember exactly when the idea to use my kids’ toys came in.  I was thinking about the concept of the Stud Club.  The heroes of the trilogy all share ownership of a prize stallion, and the membership tokens can only be won in games of chance, like cards or dice.  I thought to myself, “We have cards and dice around here, don’t we?  Tons of them in the kids’ room.”  And then I thought, “Well, and we also have some horsies. Some verry pretty ponies.”  

It all just snowballed from there. 

After jotting down a loose sequence and thinking through the props I wanted to use, I made the video using my iPhone and the iMovie software on my Macbook.  It was my first time using any movie-making program, which I suppose is a testament to the usability of Mac software and the efficacy of their online tutorials!  All the visuals (aside from the video intro) were still photos I took of the toys, and the movie software allowed me to add pan and zoom effects, and drop in text.  I finally bought that piece of stock music I liked so well, to use as a soundtrack. (This was my major expense, about $35.) That music, I think, is a big part of why the video works.  It’s a serious, dramatic soundtrack juxtaposed with silly visuals—the contrast is part of what makes the video funny, and I wanted the video to be funny. I like to keep a healthy sense of humor about the romance genre, and life in general. 

People have told me they like the video because it’s different and makes them laugh.  They also seem to enjoy looking for toys they recognize from their own childhood or their children’s playthings.  I like the video because it’s very “me.”  I made it, using things in my house, with the help of my children, to tell the story of my books, and as a result, I like to think my voice comes through loud and clear.  If you enjoy that video, there’s a solid chance you’ll enjoy my books.  To me, that’s why it’s a successful book video, and the best promo dollars I barely spent.  

Oh, and because several people have asked me—no, my kids’ bedroom is usually not that clean.



True temptation begins at midnight…

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members — yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke — until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?




Once Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare (excerpt)

Want more?....Listen to a scene from Ch 5  (with accents and all)


Congratulations Tessa on what promises to be a most excellent new series!  If you'd like to learn more about Tessa Dare and the books she writes you can find her at www.tessadare.com, and her blog (aka the "diary"), Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter

To celebrate the first book in her Stud Club series, Tessa is giving away a signed copy of ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE, and if you are interested you can also request a set of Stud Club bookmarks.  Here's how you can enter to win the book..

Ways to earn entries:
  • MandatoryLeave a meaningful comment AND tell me....do book videos make or break a buying decision?  If the video is poorly done do you scratch the book off your wish list, or vice versa if the book is normally not one you would be interested in, but you loved the book video did you then give it a try...did it live up to your expectations? Or do you not even watch them?  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog,  or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries.  You can blog about it with a link to this post,  post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) .  Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest for the book is open to US & International addresses
  • The contest will end on May 29 at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 
Good Luck!
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23 Comments:

JenM May 27, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

This book sounds good - I loved Goddess of the Hunt. Videos don't figure in my buying decision at all. My computer is 10 years old and so slow that it's actually painful to try to watch a video on it so I normally don't bother.

However, I heard the buzz on Tessa's a few weeks ago and decided to watch it anyway. What a hoot - so creative. Best of luck on the book. I'd love to win. I'm a GFC follower.

jen at delux dot com

stacey May 27, 2010 at 1:45 AM  

Book Videos do not make or Break my Decisions.I do not watch them very often.But your video was very cute.
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jeanette8042 May 27, 2010 at 2:48 AM  

Loved reading the post and I love how you created a video using things from your kid's room. I found it hilarious to watch! I don't really base my purchasing decisions on book videos but they sometimes prompt me to look at the book if it's really interesting.

GFC follower!

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s7anna May 27, 2010 at 3:19 AM  

I haven't read any of Tessa's books just yet...they are on my TBB list. As for book videos...personally speaking they're just an added bonus...I don't watch them too often. I'm a sucker for a good juicy blurb...that's what always draws me to a book.

*GFC follower

*hugs*
Anna
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debbie May 27, 2010 at 6:27 AM  

I thought it was funny how the idea of the book video came to life. I have not even heard of book videos before now. I don't think they would effect whether I purchase something.
I am a gfc follower.
debbie
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

EmilyBryan May 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

I've heard people who know say the thrust of marketing is to establish a point of difference. If everyone is doing a book video, there's no way to stand out.

However, it seems Tessa has found a way! Best wishes on your new trilogy.

Tessa Dare,  May 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM  

Hi there! Thanks so much for inviting me today, and thanks for all the great comments! If anyone has specfic questions about the video or book, I will attempt to answer. At the moment we are having connectivity issues and I'm tapping away on my phone... Hopefully we'll get that resolved soon and I can be more chatty!

Tamsyn May 27, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

Tessa Dare is a new author to me. I enjoyed the post and the video. However, I don't really rely on a video to buy a book. So many other things to consider - blurb, excerpts, genre and let's not forget the covers! BTW, love Tessa's covers!

International reader & GFC follower.
tamsyn5@yahoo.com

Susan Helene Gottfried May 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

No need to enter me. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail (and the time to put this post together. Wow!). I've got it up at Win a Book for you.

tetewa May 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

I enjoy watching the videos for books but they don't necessarily make me want to purchase the read! tWarner419@aol.com

MsHellion May 27, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

*LOL* I don't think I qualify for one of the mandatory qualifications, but I'll answer anyway.

Videos don't inspire me to buy books--but I did watch Tessa's video and I love the creativity of it. I think the videos are a bit hokey, and I think she runs with the tongue-in-cheek quality needed to pull off a successful one. (Videos that take themselves too seriously are an automatic-don't-buy.)

(I find word of mouth more likely to make me buy books, but I realize this is a different era we live in.)

I hope to get my hands on Tessa's book soon! (I looked for it Tuesday, but they delayed stocking/shipping it. GRRR!) I'll try again Friday or Monday.

Spring,  May 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Thanks for the contest! I'd really love to read this book. I love the cover too. I don't watch book trailers so no, they wouldn't make or break anything for me. I go by the synopsis only.

I'm a Google follower.

I blogged here, http://bit.ly/9cU7W7

I blogged here too, http://wp.me/pUlu3-K

Thanks,
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Amanda May 27, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

book videos never make or break my purchases, it is just nice to have. Definitely excerpts make a difference

amandasaucy at gmail dot com

CrystalGB May 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

I like to watch book videos but they don't influence my buying decision. One Dance With a Duke sounds great. Love the cover.

I am a GFC follower.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

Scorpio M. May 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM  

Book videos generally do not sway my purchasing decision either way. I do enjoy watching them though, a well-done vid will increase my level of anticipation for the book.

I really enjoyed the ones you've done, very different and fun. This new trilogy sounds fabulous. Excerpt has me wanting more!

GFC follower

jenma76 at hotmail dot com

mbreakfield May 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

I think of book videos like covers, in that you can't judge a book by one. With that said, if I see a particularly good video, I'm more likely to get the book.
I'm a GFC follower.
marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

HeatherB May 27, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

This is so fabulous!
Great Job, Tessa.

Although I am not a huge book trailer-watcher, I will admit that a few have made me laugh and caught my attention enough to lead me to the bookstore! One in particular, Sherry Thomas' trailer for Private Arrangements, comes to mind.

This one I posted on my FB. I hope everyone watches and loves it like I did!

Heather Bennett
www (dot) decadentpublishing (dot) com

Jane May 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

Congrats to Tessa on the new release. I'm looking forward to reading her Stud Club series. I do watch book videos, but they don't really influence my decision to buy a book, so it doesn't matter if the video is well made or not.

I'm a GFC follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT Com

Marianna May 27, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

I likey the covers, mmm. I rarely watch book videos. I have watched a few. But I can easily read about the synopsis and get a feel for the book. I don't really find the need to go search for a video on it. But I see the videos being popular with younger people (I'm 22).

GFC follower

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librarypat,  May 28, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

I am a GFC Follower.

I watch book videos and enjoy many of them. There have been a few that were just outstanding and made me look more seriously into buying the book. A poorly done video will give me second thoughts, but, there are other factors that are more important in my deciding to buy. I had seen the video in this post before. Not the most "professional" of jobs, but I love it. Who says glitzy and sexy are a necessity. This one gets your attention, makes you smile, and lets you know what the series is about. It is great and a refreshing change.
Tessa, this sounds like a great series. Good mystery, interesting characters, great covers. And lets not forget a video that was truly inspired : )

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

DK's Book Reviews May 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

I do watch book videos more now. The videos don't usually make or break whether I was going to get the book or not but I have seen some very good ones and then got the book that I normally wouldn't have picked and found that I really liked the book. I really thought this video was cute. I found out what the book was about and got a laugh or two out of it that was kind of nice. Half that stuff my kids have in their rooms and after the video I decided that I deserve to read the book and get lost in a great story. I havn't read any of Tessa's books but it looks like a great series to get started on.

Thanks for the entry.
dkay401@gmail.com

CherylS22 May 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

I'd love to read The Stud Club Trilogy - sounds like it will make some great summer reading!

I find some book videos really entertaining, but I don't use them exclusively to make a buying decision. The buying decision is complicated for me - I also consider the cover, the description on the back, the buzz on the blogs.

GFC follower
Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Mitzi H. May 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

I rarely watch the book videos...so for me it would not make a difference towards buying a book or not.

I think Tessa did a great job with her video....it was a lot of fun to watch.

Looking forward to her new series. She's one of my favorite new authors!!!


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