Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Painted Maidens Trilogy Blog Tour and Giveaway!




Welcome to The Painted Maidens Box Set by Terra Harmony blog tour. I have 2 wonderful posts for you today with 2 different giveaways. First up is the Box Set post and then we have the Trailer Reveal. Terras books are awesome so I really hope you will pick up this series, if you haven't already.

The Painted Maidens Trilogy
By Terra Harmony
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Genre: Eco-Fantasy


Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.
Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
Includes: The full three book set (The Rising, The Betrayed, and The Taking) plus a bonus short story, 'How I Met Your Mother'

Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Terra-Harmony/e/B005HB67CC/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=boolovlif0d-20&linkId=OVKKE53HJJEEEXB6
Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/series/115877-the-painted-maidens-trilogy

From Terra

I am so, so excited to share with you the culmination of The Painted Maidens Trilogy, the boxed set and the awesome cover. As an omni-cover, it is a bit simplistic, but I think it represents the series as a whole very well. And check out the 3d version of the boxed set.  Just too cool!  All three covers, the omni cover, and the 3d image were created by Keary Taylor (www.indiecoverdesigns.com). This is the tenth cover design Keary has done for me and I couldn't be happier! Here are the individual covers.

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Please be sure to like, share, or comment on the cover. You can find out more about The Painted Maidens Trilogy on my website at http://HarmonyLit.com.

Now on to the fun stuff – the giveaway! I am giving five lucky winners the e-book version of The Painted Maidens Trilogy.  Enter via rafflecopter below; there are plenty of opportunities for extra entries.  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway : 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Book Trailer Blog Post.


I am so excited to reveal the book trailer for The Painted Maidens Trilogy.  I waited until all three books in the series were complete to get started on it, and I am pretty proud of the results!  Take a look for yourself:





Please, please comment below and let me know what you think! Although this series is YA, it borders on dark fantasy, and I think the book trailer really helps portray that. The intense musical score, the color scheme, and the descriptions of the book (which really focus on the first book only) all let the viewers know this isn't your typical mermaid book.

Some details on what it took to pull it together:


Creators: Me, myself, and I


Costs: $80 for royalty-free images, $40 for royalty-free music for a total of $120.


Time: I didn't track it very well but probably at least sixteen hours, from researching images and music straight through to completion.


Program: Final Cut Pro for Mac (not included in the costs because I already had it, but typically it will run you about $300). I also used Gimp for image manipulation which is a free download.


Putting the video together was a lot of trial and error.  At first, I was speaking the lines out loud instead of having them written across the screen. My intent was to hire a narrator, but I quickly found out that expense was out of my range, so I recorded my own voice. Next, I spoke to my piano teacher about using his professional studio to create my own, simple music. I quickly found out that expense was out of my range too. *sigh* So once I found my own music, I realized my voice on top of that was sensory overload. And that is when I learned to use all the cool text features of Final Cut Pro.


But before I even got started downloading images, writing the script, and finding the music, I had to do my own book trailer research. What kind of trailers did I like best? Which style would fit The Painted Maidens Trilogy?


Here are some of my favs:


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: https://vimeo.com/11381304
Still Wolf Watching by Maggie Steifvater: https://youtu.be/QX82ggGCF7c


The stop motion feel (especially in Still Wolf Watching) is sort of what I was shooting for, though a full stop motion video requires a lot of work. Way more than 16 hours. ☺


Family Magic by Patti Larsen: https://youtu.be/ZOZwihr9MuU

This has been my top favorite book trailer for a long time now (but honestly I never read the book *sheepish shrug*).  This is what I was shooting for when I first wanted to use a narrator and simple music. Although my trailer turned out very different from this one, I think if you compare the two scripts they are similar in nature.

So that is about it! Please be sure to like, share, or comment on the trailer via YouTube. You can find out more about The Painted Maidens Trilogy on my website at http://HarmonyLit.com.

Now on to the fun stuff – the giveaway! Terra is giving a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner.  Enter via rafflecopter below; there are plenty of opportunities for extra entries. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


About the Author

Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, 'Water', 'Air', 'Fire' and 'Earth', as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Born and raised in Colorado, Terra has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia.  Terra served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.
Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of sixteen years and three children.

Connect with Terra:

E-mail: terra.harmony11@gmail.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/terraharmony
Blog: http://HarmonyLit.com

19 comments:

  1. All of the covers are amazing. THE TAKING is my favorite. I enjoyed the trailer.

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  2. I love the covers for this series. I think The Rising is my favourite but they're all stunning

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  3. *love* that you're giving away ebook copies of the set! I have book 1 (think it's been free the past few days, if it's not a full time freebie) and am itching to start it. Mermaids and werewolves...just such a different combination that you know it's going to be refreshing to read! Also, I adore the fact that the bonus story in the set is How I Met Your Mother. The Betrayed is my favorite cover, although The Taking is a close second. Soooo excited. Need to get my hands on the set!

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    1. Lol. I think it's great to get the trilogy as well!! The concept of Mermaids and Werewolves is weird but in a good way :)

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    2. I can see all sorts of perks of them. Although they're not getting along in these books, werewolves and mermaids being friendly could be super logical plus beneficial to both. There'll never be a territory fight (or there shouldn't be), because one's land and one's water. They can use each other to get some variety in their diets - maybe werewolves like seafood, or mermaids enjoy the taste of a good apple every now and then. Or they could get some salvage business going, where the mermaids explore old wrecks and then the werewolves take what they find to sell. (I swear I'm sane!!)

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    3. Hahahaha!! Lol, I love your way of thinking ;)

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  4. Thanks so much for posting, Natalie! Woo-hoo lots of entries already - so glad you guys like the covers!

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  5. the covers and the trailer look really good. i never read a book with mermaids :P im entering thanks for the giveaway

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  6. I love the colors of the covers as well as the boxed set cover. They're all awesome.

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    1. I found the trailer really good too for The Painted Maidens trilogy.

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    2. Me too :) The covers are awesome and the trailer too!

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  7. Excellent book trailer! I am definitely interested and intrigued! Can't wait to read this trilogy!

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  8. These covers are so beautiful.
    Megan @ reading away the days

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