Monday, January 25, 2016

When Searching For That Special Someone, You Can Produce a Simple Video with Music by Vivienne Diane Neal

When it comes to meeting someone for romance, dating, marriage or friendship, a simple video clip with soft music is one way to advertise your personal details. You can hire a videographer to put together a nice clip, but it will probably cost you an arm and a leg. If you have disposal income, than go for it. However, if you are on a limited or fixed income, you may want to create your own video or have a college student majoring in film to make your video, as a class project, to fulfill his or her credits. There are many movie-making software on the market, from simple to elaborate, and your computer probably has a couple of movie making programs, namely Windows Movie Maker or Muvee Auto Producer. Both of these programs are easy to use, and you can always upgrade for more features, styles and special effects.

If you decide to produce your own personal video, make it simple. Give a brief introduction about yourself, which you think may be of interest to the viewer, such as your age, occupation, education and income level, special interests or hobbies, physical attributes or other characteristics and contact information. You want to piqué the audiences’ interest in you and not overshadow your video with long-winded talk. When putting together your video, a 30 to 60 second promo should be adequate.

Adding music to your personal clip is a big plus. However, be careful. Just because the music is in the public domain, or is free music, does not mean you have the right to use that song in your video. Purchase royalty free music to be on the safe side.

With royalty free music, you pay a one-time fee for a particular melody. You pay no extra fees. You have permission to use that music on any of your commercial motion picture productions, broadcast, cable and satellite, TV and radio commercials, trailers, and promotional DVDs. As a rule, you will have a lifetime right to use that composition. Of course, there may be other conditions for using that royalty-free tune. Some online sites may offer music for personal or commercial use. Before buying any music, read the license agreement.

Royalty-free music albums or compact discs are usually more expensive than single tracks, but single tracks can also be pricey. An alternative may be royalty-free loops, which are usually the least expensive. A music loop is a sample of streaming music. Loopsound Royalty Free Music Library offers a wide choice of music loops that will fit into any budget. Royalty Free Music offers a broad variety of music tracks, and loops, and BBM Royalty Free Music has music tracks, sound effects and flash loops.

When searching for royalty-free music, it is very important to comparison shop. The prices for these royalty-free melodies can vary from $9.95 to $99.00.  Of course, most royalty-free sites offer subscriptions that will give you access to thousands of music tracks and sound effects. Prices can start at $299.95.

Many royalty-free sites offer free music for personal, educational and non-profit undertakings. To take advantage of these services, you will have to complete and send an application form to download their free music, sound or special effects.

Once you have produced your personal video, you can upload your clip to the many video streaming and social network sites such as YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.

Links to purchase royalty free music:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Meet Opal Carew, Author of My Best Friend's Stepfather

My Best Friend's Stepfahter
by Opal Carew
Genre: Step romance, erotic romance
My Best Friend's Stepfather was originally published as a three-part novel (November 2015) and is now available for the first time with all three parts bundled together (in both print and digital).

She’s always craved his touch…even though it’s forbidden.
When Ash is assigned her first feature as a reporter, it should have been simple: interview a real life Dominant for an article about BDSM. But her subject is none other than Darien Gallagher, her best friend’s stepfather…and it’ll be an interview she never forgets.
What started for Dare as a lesson in sensual domination suddenly has become so much more. He can't deny the spark between them, even though he knows she’s completely off limits. With every seductive word, every lesson, Dare tests Ash's resolve and pushes her boundaries. But at the same time, her boss Adam has her craving things she shouldn’t.
While Ash finds herself dreaming of both men, a dark secret threatens to destroy everything. But how can she hold onto a relationship that isn’t even real?

Hi. I'm Opal Carew, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. I write erotic romance for St. Martin's Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.

So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving - questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include menage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes... or more.

These aren't women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation - something exciting and erotic - but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back - of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves - and we don't follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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Monday, January 04, 2016

She Wants to Relocate for Love?

Welcome to 2016, Leap Year, where the woman proposes to the man, traditionally on February 29. So, we thought you might enjoy helping these women who are seeking love, romance or a lifetime partner by providing them with some common sense guidance. We know that love at first sight has always been a ‘catchphrase’ that people use when cupid captures their heart. Sometimes it works, but at times those touchy feely moments fade as fast as a sun shower.

Recently, I was watching a talk show that has a segment where selected audience members can ask questions about love, romance, relationships, and dating. A 24 year old woman, with no children, asked the host should she move to a foreign country with a man she has only known for one month stressing that she was madly in love with him and the feeling was mutual. He is 14 years her senior, has 5 children, and one grandchild.

The host answered “No,” and my answer was the same, but then I decided to put forth this same question on a couple of the social networks, and some of the answers got me thinking: how many women have found themselves in this situation, decided to take that leap of faith and move halfway across the world with a man whom they have known for only a split-second and did it end happily ever after or did it end on a sour note?


Comments have been edited or modified for clarity.

Sure, if the country is found acceptable and safe. If the relationship fails, the woman can always return to her residential home/country. I think she should take the risk. Hey, you never know; this move may be a godsend. Go for It. Enjoy! Des

But what if the guy is violent, forces her to stay in his country, and the country is not
women friendly. KF

It all depends on which country the guy lives in, and if he’s employed, or better yet, does he have his own business? This will tell you a lot about him. MM

Sure, why not. You only live once. And love and adventure are always a great life changer. But just make sure you get to know this guy quite well; run some background check on him and for sure meet with him online such as on Skype. VB

Yes, I am with you on this. MM

My advice would be for her to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of this hasty decision. And think about why she feels the need to do this without even knowing this man..... What's the rush? Is he rushing her? And if she does decide to go, DO NOT GIVE THIS MAN HER PASSPORT!! Register at the US Embassy. Provide them with family/close to kin information. She's 24 years old. At the end of the day, she can do what she wants. However, as a friend or loved one watching this, I would be very worried and would do anything in my power to stop this from happening. MC

I did. I moved from Canada to the US for my (now) husband. But get to know him first and visit several times first. We talked online for 6 years before finally meeting in person and then another 3 years long distance relationship. It's hard, but it can work. Good luck to you. JT

Don’t do it. KH

Without over analyzing it, go for a holiday. MM
What advice would you give? Please submit your answers in the comment box.

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