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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book Review & Guest Post: Extreme Measures by Rachel Carrington

Hi! I am pleased to welcome Rachel Carrington, the author of Extreme Measures, to Ai Love Books for a guest post where she will talk about book videos. I haven't heard of book videos before and am excited to know what it is about.

Book Videos Tell the Story 

By Rachel Carrington

Disclaimer: As well as being a writer, I also create book videos so I am, admittedly, biased. I do, however, really believe that book videos are worth watching

As I mentioned above, I create book videos. I've been creating them since around 2008. Some have achieved great success for the author, and others have fizzled. I still create them and will continue to do so. Why? Because I believe they represent a book almost as well as the description does.

We all watch movie trailers, previews for upcoming scenes from our favorite television shows, and listen to music snippets before shelling out money for the latest song. Those brief glimpses are how we make a buying decision.

We want to be excited, to hold our collective breaths with anticipation for a book's upcoming release, and while a book description, if written properly, can do that, it can't give us the jolt of visual stimulus.

I know when I'm in a movie theater, I can tell within seconds of a preview whether or not I'm going to watch an upcoming movie. If done right, a book video can help me make that same decision. Even though we ignore commercials when we watch television or DVR our favorite shows so we can skip past them, we, inevitably, see them anyway. And our favorite commercials stick with us.

A book video can do the same thing. Have you seen this one?

It's a video for a kids' series of scary books, and the video made me want to read the books! Or this one for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

This one was a joy to watch!

What about The Karma Club by Jessica Brody?

While watching the video, I knew I had to add this book to my read list. And this video stuck with me. I've hummed some of the lines many, many times.

So if you're tired of reading book descriptions to find your next read or you want to branch out, try book videos. If done properly, they can hypnotize you, and the next thing you know, you've bought the book...which could either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon your wallet.

Extreme Measures
by Rachel Carrington

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Romance, Suspense
Publication: Published January 20th 2013
Format: ebook
Author:  Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Wattpad
Four years ago Erin’s life changed drastically. Her drug-addicted brother killed her parents, and her marriage disintegrated. Her husband, Matt, an FBI agent, had done his duty when he’d arrested Stuart, but she’d been too caught up in her own grief to allow him to help her move through the shadows of pain.

Now Matt is back, but it isn’t to attempt reconciliation. Her brother has escaped from Attica, and Erin is his next target. Matt will stop Stuart by any means necessary. But Stuart is a desperate man, and desperate men will do anything to get what they want.

Thrown together by treacherous circumstances, Matt and Erin fight a battle to stay alive and possibly figure out how to put the pieces of their destroyed lives back together again. 

Available now from, All Romance eBooks, and Barnes and Noble. Coming soon in audiobook!

I received a copy of this book for free from the author as part of a blog tour to provide an honest review.

The story began when Erin’s brother, Stuart broke out of the prison to look after Erin and kill her. Stuart held a grudge against Erin after she testified against him in court and abandoned him in prison. Then Matt, Erin’s ex-husband came to Charleston searching for Erin to warn her that Stuart escaped and provide her protection. But Erin wasn’t happy to see her ex-husband. She rejected his protection and believed that she Stuart wasn’t out there to kill her. 

I haven’t read a suspense romance for a while and was happy when I received a copy to provide a review. It’s nice to read something different than I usually read once in a while.  I love Matt and Erin. They’re obviously in love with each other after all the years, but too obstinate to say it out loud. I like Matt’s protective side and Erin’s stubbornness where she refused his protection. They’re both strong in their own way.

I definitely enjoy reading Extreme Measures. It is a short, light read that you could finish within a day. The plot was full of suspense, although a bit predictable some times.  My favorite part was the little twist towards the end of the book. Wow!

Rachel Carrington

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.

You can find me all over the internet, but here are just a few of the places: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Wattpad

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