Earlier this week the narrator of my new audiobook for Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, Marie Helene, wrote me a very nice email. In it she advised newbie me that the audiobook would most likely be out in early August given ACX’s historical performance. She also gave me that much needed kick in the rear I needed to get going on promoting this new format of my book. Her kind encouragement really galvanized me to to create some nice passive promotional ads to raise awareness among my readership for the audiobook.
I have to admit that even though I played it cool with her, I was scared spitless about mounting a marketing campaign for Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, the audiobook. I was clueless as to how to do this, but she thought my ideas were good, so I decided to run with them. So yesterday (yes, the audiobook came out yesterday), I contacted a friend of mine and asked her to help me by creating some stills that I could use for my characters, on which I could place some blurbs from the story. (I have to admit here, I’m kind of borrowing this idea from my friends Nia Forrester and Christopher Bynum who do this to perfection.)
My Facebook group, The Block, is very good at describing my characters for me. The members have all read Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, some of them multiple times, and we’ve all participated in the fun of choosing actors we believe might be a good fit for my characters. We settled after much debate on Paul Walker (not the Paul Walker in the Fast & Furious franchise, but the Paul Walker in “Takers” wearing Armani or something close to it.) He is Tristan, or “Mr. Buttoned Down,” when he’s in the suit, and Nathan, “Mr. B-Baller, when he’s dressed down. However, I know I couldn’t use Paul Walker’s likeness in my campaign to represent Tristan and Nathan White. I had to find someone in my arsenal of stock photo sites to fit the bill. So, I rummaged on every site I could find, trying to locate my Tristan and Nate, and what follows is a model I found who comes very close. So when you see my passive little ads floating around on Facebook and other social media, you’ll immediately recognize these guys as Tristan and Nate White, my twin Dominants who get to sex up Keisha and Jada in Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever.
Let me know in the comments what you think about these photos of Tristan and Nathan White (or the model I’ve dubbed Tristan and Nathan White).