Monday, May 07, 2012

Vaempires Revolution Tour: Trailers Reveal!

Vaempires Revolution Tour starts today (by Dark Mind Book Tours)
and I couldn't be more honoured and thrilled to be its first stop!
Welcome to Darkest Sins, Tom!

(Thomas Winship)
Thomas Winship was born in Middletown, NY (USA) and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as an adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training. Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December. He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show. He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for a 2012 release.

Where you can find Tom:
Website - Facebook - Twitter - Youtube - Goodreads

Here you can read the book summary: It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event. Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet. The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before. What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?



Hello everyone. I’m Thomas Winship, author of the Væmpires books—a new, ongoing vampire series that explores the question: what if vampires evolved?

It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most exciting days of my life, as we will reveal not one, but two amazing trailers for Væmpires!

Before we do so, however, I’d like to prolong the suspense by telling you a bit about my life, my hopes and dreams, my accomplishments and failures, and the shape of the world in general …

LOL! I’m crazy, but not
that crazy.

Instead, I will ask you to please indulge me while I give credit where credit is most assuredly due.

I was aware of the need for video promos prior to the release of
Væmpires: Revolution. With an anemic budget and an overinflated ego, I went about the creation of a half-dozen related promos over a two-month period. Subscribing to the theory that “something is better than nothing,” I posted them on my YouTube channel and waited for at least one to go viral.

I’m still waiting.

In my defense, those videos represent my first attempts at such an endeavor. But even as I admit that, I realize there’s little consolation in it. It’s just not the same as when, for instance, a child writes his/her name for the first time or perhaps when they make a first drawing in school. For the child, that output represents a true accomplishment. I’m not sure what my outputs represent, but applying the phrase “true accomplishment” involves a liberal (and possibly illegal) amount of poetic license.

In fact, doing so would probably get my license revoked.

Nevertheless, I knew I had a problem. I needed a real trailer, by someone with real skill. Still, while admitting that a problem exists may be the first step toward recovery, we all know that those other eleven steps can be a real …

Anyway, despite rumors to the contrary, finding a talented, trustworthy, available video editor is not as easy as it sounds. It’s worse than looking for a needle in a haystack, because, to do that, it’s understood that the haystack is somewhere in close proximity and that the needle you’re searching for has been somehow identified as
the needle.

What I needed to do was identify a needle from among all the haystacks in the world. Easy to do with the Internet at my fingertips, right?

Do me a favor: run a Google search for “video editor.”

My search returned 108,000,000 results. Now, I’m not a neophyte. I realized I could narrow a search down, or go to social media sites and ask for recommendations, or even swing by the Computer Sciences Department of a college where I teach. There are many things that can make a search easier.

Easier, but no less daunting.

Because I needed someone with more than just ability or credibility or availability—I needed someone who could handle the technical, tangible aspects of the job while also handling the intangible: performing magic by reading my mind … because I didn’t know what I wanted.

So, I searched … and didn’t make a decision. And I researched … and still couldn’t decide.

Because it was a monumental decision.

In fact, since I’ve already dragged children into this mess—and isn’t that what we always do, drag children into our messes?—I’ll go so far as to say that selecting a video editor is harder than naming your child.

Let’s face it, if you stick your child with a regrettable name, it’s the child—not you—who walks around with that albatross for the rest of his/her life. And the child can always hide that horrid name behind a cool nickname … whereas picking the wrong person to create a book trailer is something you’ll be saddled with forever.

To make a long, convoluted, story short—I’m glad I waited.

The first time I saw Silvia Paoletta’s trailer for Emma Mills’
Witchblood, I had a feeling that she was the person I’d been waiting for. When I saw her work for Jana Oliver’s Demon Trapper Series a few weeks later, I knew she was. You can see them here.

And you can certainly see her latest creations below.

During my brief writing career, I’ve been blessed to work with remarkable people. Perhaps I’m freakishly lucky, perhaps someone upstairs really likes me, or perhaps I unwittingly sold my soul; whatever the reason, I don’t care.

Silvia is everything I hoped for in a video editor … and more. She’s talented, she’s amazing, and, yes, she is magical.

Thank you, Silvia, for bringing magic into my life and into my world of Væmpires.

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce:


A post-apocalyptic world where vampires and humans live in peace and harmony … until væmpires upset the balance.




Saying that Tom is an amazing person to work with would be the understatement of the century, but still!

Making those trailers was a total pleasure for me, the same I had while reading 
Vaempires Revolutions and Vaempires Christmas. Trust me, Tom has created an exciting world you really want to read about... like right now!

 for giving me the honour to create the trailers for your unique series, Tom and a huge thanks for all the amazing words you said and keep saying about me! :)

Keep following Vaempires Revolution Tour and don't forget to come back here on May 14th
to read my review and join a great giveaway!
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