My First Book Trailer… Short-Straw Bride

Roll out the red carpet!

Strap on the high heels and rhinestones.

It’s time for a theatrical debut!

OK, maybe that’s going a bit overboard, but my heart was pitter-pattering with opening night jitters when my publisher sent me the link to my first book trailer. Would I like it? Would it capture the essence of my book? Would it generate reader interest?

I’m thrilled to report that it surpassed all my expectations! I’ll let you watch it, then I’ll give you the behind-the-scenes scoop.


 The man at the beginning is the cover model from when the design team shot the cover. However, the live action section in the middle of the video was shot much later. So did they bring the cover model back? Nope. Four random men on staff at Bethany House snuck off when no one was watching and filmed it themselves. How cool is that! They arranged to have the same costume from the photo shoot and one of them dressed up as my hero, Travis Archer, and took on the straws. They even found the original straws from the shoot, too. Such attention to detail. Love it! Then the three other men, wearing plaid shirts, of course, played the roles of the other Archer brothers, and each took their turns drawing straws. My project manager swore me to secrecy about their identities. They are too shy for the Hollywood spotlight, so I can’t reveal their names, but how ’bout those acting skills! I’ve never seen a better betrayal of arms. Ha!

I am so blessed to have a publisher who is willing to go the extra mile for its authors.

And did you notice the final scene where Travis pulls a little something from up his sleeve? Hmm…something tells me there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Short-Straw Bride releases later this month. You can pre-order by clicking on the cover to the right.

So what do you think about book trailers? Are they fun? Boring? Do they whet your appetite for a book or leave you unmoved? This is a new experience for me, so I’d love to get your feedback.

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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:

17 thoughts on “My First Book Trailer… Short-Straw Bride”

  1. Hi Karen! That was delightful, and it’s even more fun knowing the story behind the trailer. Fun music, too. In general, I’m not a fan of trailers. I tend to zip around the internet, skimming whatever catches my eye. This would definitely catch my eye. What a fun premise!

  2. Thanks, Vicki! I never paid much attention to book trailers in the past, but when I had the opportunity to have one made for my next book, I jumped at the chance. It seemed like fun, and I was ready to try something new.

  3. Very very nice, Karen! How cool to have the actual cover models in the trailer and wearing the same clothes. I love book trailers and I think they add something extra to the promotional materials. This sounds like a book I’m going to have to have. The idea of drawing straws for the bride has whetted my need to read it. I’ve loved all your books and I think you’re an excellent writer. Wishing you lots of success.

  4. Thanks so much, Linda! One of my favorite things about the trailers that Bethany House has done is that they match the covers of the books for a seamless marketing product.

    I appreciate your encouragement so much!

  5. What a great trailer, Karen! I don’t have one yet for any of my books. I loved when he pulled that straw out of his sleeve. That just captured the very essence of your story right there. Congratulations!
    Cheryl P.

  6. Liked the trailer. Good music and well paced. For once I got to reasd everything before the screen changed. The straw up his sleeve was a nice touch. Could be she isn’t the only one who has remembered the incident (or been smitten?) all these years. As with your other books, I am sure this one will be enjoyable. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS is next up on my TBR shelf. Again, you have been blessed with a cover that reflects the story. Best of luck when it releases in June.

  7. Patiricia – I know what you mean about having time to read everything. I’m glad they kept the pace relaxed so everyone could follow along. I hope you enjoy Gideon and Adelaide’s adventures in Head in the Clouds!

  8. How fun to know it’s out there, Mary! I haven’t even received my author copies yet, besides the one sample copy they sent me immediately after the printing.

    I hope it lives up to your expectations. 🙂

  9. Karen – That’s one of the cutest trailers I’ve ever seen!! Very nice and congrats on the release of your book comin soon!! Very exciting to have a publisher do that for you…Wow. I am impressed!

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