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Monday, September 29, 2014

Visit with Marion Uckermann - Helsinki Sunrise

Good Monday Morning Readers,

Today on Lagniappe author, Marion Uckermann and her latest release, "Helsinki Sunrise"

I hope you enjoy her hearing about the mishap that happened while filming her book trailer.

Welcome, Marion! (Nice name, btw)


When Helsinki Sunrise featured on Fiction Hero Features, I only expected my hero, Adam Carter, to come under the spotlight, not my book trailer. It was encouraging to see the interest from readers though.

“I have to say that is one of the best book trailers I've seen! Normally I dislike them greatly but this one made me even more excited for the book and if you loved it this much I know it'll be good!”

“LOL! That trailer was cute!”

“Sounds like a great hero and a great read! Cute book trailer, too. :)”

“Oh, boy...I'm sold! Adam's definitely my kinda guy...and could the book trailer BE any better? :)”

And Fiction Hero Features hostess, Nancy Kimball’s response?

“I agree, and I love a great book trailer! :)”
      I’m going to share a little about that trailer (but I won’t reveal too many secrets).
With release day looming and no book trailer yet as promised by my son, Kyle, I did an Abraham and Sarah and created my own baby. I was pretty happy with the results of the book trailer I managed to put together with photographs. But knew it would be nothing like the “Hollywood” production Kyle would create. A media whizzkid (I should probably call him a whizzman, but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it), I had complete faith in Kyle filming a great trailer.

When Kyle and his Finnish wife, Tiia, landed up being the cover models on Helsinki Sunrise, it opened a world of opportunities, not only for the book trailer, but my blog tour, too. I had an unending supply of photos of my hero and heroine.

The week before release date, Kyle finally began filming, editing, and putting the Helsinki Sunrise book trailer together. I was awed at what he accomplished so fast. But every time I see “Eveliina” pushing that berry pie into the oven, I have a little chuckle at the blooper that shot caused.

During filming week I got this Whatsapp message from Kyle:
“So funny story…”
“Yeah?” I typed back.

“We were filming the pie baking shots now, and I used my wallet as a leveler for my camera in the oven. After shooting the oven shot I took my camera out. But not my wallet. We decided it would be good to bake the pie and so we put the oven on…”

Well, you can guess what’s coming next. The two pictures I received caused me to thank God that when Kyle was in South Africa in January, we’d gone to the bank and he’d given me power of attorney over his account.

At least now I can get Kyle a replacement card and take it over to Budapest in December when we visit. And guess what he’s getting for Christmas…
Kyle can definitely not make the claim, “No wallets were harmed in the making of this trailer.”

A last bit of advice from my whizzkid, don’t-know-where-my-head-was-at-that-moment son… “If you want to eat your wallet I don't recommend baking it. It smells awful!”

Wow, the things kids will do for their moms! 
Marion you definitely owe him--big time!

 He needed the island to himself. So did she.

Three weeks alone at a friend’s summer cottage on a Finnish lake to fast and pray. That was Adam Carter's plan. But sometimes plans go awry.
On an impromptu trip to her family's secluded summer cottage, the last thing Eveliina Mikkola expected to find was a missionary from the other side of the world—in her sauna.
Determined to stay, Eveliina will do whatever it takes—from shortcrust pastry to shorts—to send the man of God packing. This island’s too small for them both.
Adam Carter, however, is not about to leave.
Will he be able to resist her temptations?
Can she withstand his prayers?

Watch the Helsinki Sunrise book trailer on YouTube.
Watch the Passport to Romance book trailer on YouTube
Helsinki Sunrise is available to purchase from Pelican Book Group,, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles and stories in Winners, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter (Tyndale House Publishers), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven, and her debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise (White Rose Publishing, a Pelican Book Group imprint, Passport to Romance series). Her second Passport to Romance novelette, Oslo Overtures, will be published in 2015.
Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.
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Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

I hope you enjoyed Marion's story and will buy her book!

Be sure to leave a comment to let Marion know you've been here!

I pray you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.



Jan Elder said...

Loved the wallet story, Marion. Made me laugh. And the book trailer you did is indeed stellar. New career opportunity?

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...


Thanks for stopping by!

Narelle Atkins said...

Hi Marion, I'm ROFLOL at the wallet story! Thanks for sharing the blooper with us :)

Marion Ueckermann said...

Narelle, you can imagine, I just rolled my eyes when I got the Whatsapp message from Kyle...but it made a great story (and I just love seeing the blooper reel at the end of a movie).

Marion Ueckermann said...

Jan, I wish I could take the credit, but I can't. Now to hope Kyle can do something for Oslo Overtures. Not too sure how I'm going to pull off the whole wingsuiting thing (although I know my daredevil son would love an excuse to try it ... thankfully you need at least 500 jumps, I think, with a parachute behind you before you can don a wingsuit).

Marion Ueckermann said...

Marian, thanks for hosting me. It was a blast writing this blog.

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Narelle, Thanks for stopping by!

Marion, it was my pleasure to have you here. Loved the glad you shared it!

Jan Elder said...

Marion U., I guess Kyle better start now if he's going to get those 500 jumps in, huh?

Marion Ueckermann said...

Jan, perish the thought. He's given me enough gray hairs to last me a lifetime :)