A professional surfer struggles to reclaim the Championship when a travel writer is assigned to observe his journey between events. What seems like a dangerous diversion, both in and out of the water, forces him to accept that there’s more missing from his life than another trophy.
When he won his first World Title at eighteen, they said he’d be the greatest professional surfer to ever compete. Fourteen years later, Dean “DeBaz” Bazner is inching towards retirement having never clinched another Title. This year he’s pushing limits to prove his beginning wasn’t a fluke, and it’s working. Until she comes along.
You don’t have to know anything about surfing for it to change your life. Travel writer Azure Thomas can attest to that. She was navigating the changing world of freelance journalism when she took this gig. She wasn’t prepared for a man that connects to her profound loss and sacrifices everything, except his soul, to live his dream. He’s more than a hot magazine cover, and surfing is more than a hobby. The dangerous diversion, in and out of the water, forces Dean to accept there’s more missing from his life than another trophy.
Amongst tropical breezes, in the most beautiful locations on earth, CHASING SWELLS is an absorbing journey about riding the waves of life, overcoming childhood loss, and letting go of the mistakes that barricade us from our potential.
BEHIND THE SCENES TRAILER
I love trailers. As a filmmaker I know how to cut together a tease that represents the mood and plot to entice people to watch. In a book trailer the goal is no different, but you’re working without visuals. It’s important to me to create the world of the book and its tone without weighing too heavily on a reader’s imagination. I start with finding the right cleared music to use.
For Chasing Swells I went through hours of music stock libraries and free music exchanges online until I came across an artist name Cullah that I absolutely loved! His mix of genres and styles made choosing which piece to use, but I knew he was my guy. I contacted him through his website to get clear permission for use in my trailer.
In the past, for all three trailers in the August Fog series, I contacted Warner Brothers music as well as the Icelandic artist Soley directly. She and her label gave written consent for the use of three different songs in those book trailers.
Cullah was great. He, like many other artists out there, give away their art under a Creative Commons license for use in commercials and videos. I would caution that you should always try to get a direct approval from the artist too though. It was a win win for us both, since he posts videos where his songs are used on his website and that draws a wider audience to know about my book. An audience that may not even know book trailers are a thing.
After the song was laid in I wrote a short script of what I wanted, then hunted through hours of stock footage, both paid and free. If you don’t have the ability to edit your own trailers there are quite a few resources out there who offer for a reasonable price. I have also have been paid to put together trailers for other authors. It’s an investment in your marketing and your brand, which is invaluable to the business side of things.
Give it a watch and tell me what you think. Likes welcomed!
Loved it! A. L. Goulden knows how to keep you turning pages. The characters are fully developed and don’t fall flat.
– aclaremont, Amazon Reviewer
Catching waves has never been sexier! This story is beautiful because you have a woman that is not confident doing a job where confidence is key to getting what you want and a guy who has all the confidence for both of them.
– The Book Fairy Reviews, Amazon Reviewer
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A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.