SNEAKY PEAK – ANGEL WITHIN

Morning Peeps!!

Angel Within Audiobook should be with us next week… in case you haven’t read the book yet, thought you might like a teaser.

Available currently on Amazon only, but that will change shortly.

I will be giving away lots of freebies when it’s release… so stay tuned and make sure you’re signed up to my email list for extra discounts!

 

After Eloise and Kai left for Brightstone the previous autumn, Nissa was lost without her duties. With no mistress to occupy her time, she pleaded with Kiera to teach her how to use a sword and bow and reluctantly, Kiera agreed. With daily tuition and ample encouragement, Nissa flourished, leaving Kiera surprised at how quickly she mastered the sword.

Sabe questioned Nissa’s actions, bangel within smaller for fbut after she appeared in her new clothes, tight leather trousers, which clung to every curve, and a fitted lace-up bodice, begging to be untied, he enjoyed sparring with his intended; although he found himself distracted to the point it caused him harm.

“Ouch!”

“Sorry!” Throwing down her sword, Nissa raced towards Sabe as he examined the tear in his shirtsleeve. “Did I cut you?”

“Thankfully, no, only a graze.” he grinned, “You do realize you’ll have to pay for this and it’s going to cost you dearly.”

Nissa giggled. “Is it?” Retreating, her eyes raked down Sabe’s lean body. The soft, black leather pants bulged and brought a widening smile.

Nodding as he mirrored her steps, he kept a steady distance as they both edged towards the door. “I’m afraid so.”

There was a moment of silence as tension lingered in the space between them until Nissa squealed and ran inside, with Sabe in hot pursuit. Racing down the hall and up the stairs, she barely made it to the bedroom door before he caught her.

Pressing her between the cold stone and his heated body, Sabe fastened her hands above her head.

“Hmm, what am I going to do with you?” Sensual lips grazed across her chin and jaw until finally resting against her ear, hot breathy words sent a shiver coursing through her. “Don’t answer, I already know.” His tongue flicked across the soft skin of her neck, tasting her before his teeth nipped the tender flesh.

Nissa sighed and made no protest. Her body ached for his touch. They were to marry in a few weeks and she wanted to make their wedding night special, and despite Sabe’s enticing words and attention, she resisted his advances, although for how much longer, she wasn’t sure as caressing lips and exploring hands drove her insane.

MAKING AUDIOBOOKS WITH AMAZON’S ACX

Hey peeps!

I’m making this post at the request of a fellow author, who like me when I first discovered ACX, walked away after reading the requirements and form filling on the site.

ACX is owned by Amazon, in case you didn’t kn12002805_876173979098508_7767250745983165917_now…and I can tell you that as far as I’m concerned, rocks. Why? Because it’s a great opportunity to put your books up there with the best, and I will hopefully changed your mind, if you’ve already been to the site at ACX and ran a mile after reading what’s involved. Here’s a screen shot I took of my own book, which reached number 29 at it’s highest position.

To begin…you first need a good story, and I know you all have one! You have three choices to make: 1.You pay a producer to narrate and produce your book. 2. You find a producer who will accept a 50-50 share of the royalties instead of a payment per finished hour. 3. You record and produce it yourself.

I know the majority of people would prefer to record their own book, for a couple of reasons. Obviously sharing the 40% royalty isn’t high on your list, and given a 12.5 hour book warrants $25.99, after everyone takes their percentage, you’re left with about $5.40 if you record yourself. Of course this is halved, if you opt for a royalty share with the narrator/producer. However, there are a few problems which you will discover, once you’ve decided you’re doing your own production.

You MUST be confident in your ability to read aloud, act where necessary, and produce a consistent, quality recording. No problem you say? You will need an editor program. I used Audacity for my own testing purposes, and found it useful, and it’s free. However you will need to record your work before you can edit, and this is where the trixie part comes in. The requirements for frequency settings are stated on the site at ACX, and those of us familiar to record, will understand what the figures mean, but not everyone does.

Each uploaded audio file must:

  • contain only one chapter/section that’s shorter than 120 minutes and the section header must be read aloud
  • have room tone at the head and at the tail and be free of extraneous sounds
  • measure between -23dB and -18dB RMS and have -3dB peak values and a maximum -60dB noise floor
  • be a 192kbps or higher MP3, Constant Bit Rate (CBR) at 44.1 kHz

These settings are imperitive if your finished audiobook is to come over professional. You need total exclusion from outside sounds, and this is only achieved with a soundproof recording booth. You can make this yourself, and I’ve seen a photo of my own producers little box, which is kitted out with cone shaped foam.

So you have your room for recording, and your recording equipment and editing software. Now you begin. Are you confident? When you replay your recorded voice, do you cringe? I did. LMAO! I personally detest my own voice, and my accent. Coming from Hull, in East Yorkshire, England, I have gradually removed the extreme accent associated with my home town, but… there’s always a word that suddenly drops in making me cringe. Example…Sean Bean…we all know him…Lord of the Rings… he puts on a ‘posh’ voice for his character but…you can still here that Yorkshire accent and I personally find it annoying. But that’s just me and my little foibles. Do you have an accent?

It takes roughtly 3-4 hours of editing to produce an hours finished work. Astounding huh? I had NO idea there was so much work involved and only after I started narrating one of my short stories, did I appreciate how challenging it is to read aloud and not make a mistake, or slur, or stutter, or breath to much! Needless to say, I gave up.

You have to decide if you are willing to put an extraordinary amount of time into this project, if you’re recording yourself. Not to mention finance, which is why I opted for the 50-50 royalty share on ACX.

I confess, I fell on my feet with Scott Richard Ehredt, who does not offer his services for a 50-50 share. Commanding $100-$200 per finished hour, I learned why. He is awesome. I love this man with all my heart because he is amazing. An actor, narrator and public speaker, Scott is English though has lived in the USA since the mid 80’s where he moved to follow his acting career. His voice is fabulous and his professionalism is unquestionable. As I staded earlier, I was very lucky he auditioned for my project, and he said he doesn’t usually work for a royalty share but the section of my book that I posted, caught his attention. A friendship was formed! He is almost finished with the 2nd book in my series, Angel Within, and that will be available on Audible within 2 weeks, and I can tell you, I NEVER grow tired listening to this mans voice. You can find him on ACX here

Conclusion.

This is my own personal view of the site at ACX and the service they offer. I have nothing but praise apart from one or two niggling items, which is more to do with Amazon rather than the actual excercise of recording, reviewing work uploaded etc. I feel we should earn a higher percentage. 40% isn’t that good, but I do have to say if it wasn’t for this serivce, I wouldn’t be grinning at my bank balance.

If you’ve decided you’re going to put your book up for audition, you will recieve offers from narrators/producers who will read the selection of your book you post.  You will be able to request specific accents, voice types, female or male, that kind of thing. After filling out the form, word count etc…genre…any additional notes that you want the prospective producers to know, should be entered in the appropriate field. Press the button and sit back and wait.

I received a few offers for Demon Within, but they weren’t what I wanted, and so, bravely I rejected them, and shortly after, I met Scott.

You make the agreement via ACX, and the producer will then be required to record a 15 minute sample, which again, you review and accept or decline. Once this is done, your producer will start uploading the recorded chapters. You will download/listen and any issues must be addressed back to the producer, so they can make the necessary adjustments. Once they’ve completed the chapters, title, end credits etc, you upload your cover and wait for ACX to release your finished Audiobook.

ACX will you both you and your produce 25 free codes which you may give to help promote your audiobook to receive positive reviews.

Demon Withicoverasmallern has sold 251 copies since it’s release on Sept 4th. It still sells copies daily,and I can tell you, I expected 10! I’m not joking,  I was totally floored on the success of this, and would recommend ACX to all indie authors.

If you found this post helpful, and have futher comments, please let me know! I would happily engaged in additional conversation if anyone needs a little help, or more information which I failed to cover.

LINK TO ACX

ANGEL WITHIN COMING TO AUDIBLE!

Hey Peeps,

I am as giddy as a schoolgirl because this week, Scott Richard Ehredt will be starting the recording of the audiobook, Angel Within. He is the fabulous actor that narrated Demon Within, and if you haven’t already hear the samples on soundcloud, please follow the link and prepare to be amazed.Demon Within Audiobook

Angel Within is the 2nd book in the series, and Demon Within is still in Amazon’s top 100 Hot New Releases and has been since its release. So, why not give it a listen!Angel Within Audiobook

Here’s the cover for Angel Within, I hope to have it up for sale  mid November. There will be samples posted on soundcloud and a trailer coming soon to youtube.

INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR, NARRATOR AND AUTHOR – SCOTT RICHARD EHREDT

Hey Peeps!!

I’d like to welcome Scott Richard Ehredt as my first guest on my new site!

Scott is the narrator of Demon Within, and if you’ve heard the sample, you will appreciate how amazingly talented he is! He is an actor, a narrator, a speaker a singer, and much more. He has just released his first book, The Sacrificial Wolf, which is the first book in a series of three, and he’s joined us today to tell us a little more about it, and himself.

Hello Scott! Thank you for joining me, let us get started shall we?

I know a little about you because of our chats, but would you be kind enough to tell the viewers who you are, what you do, and what you are currently working on?

I’m a single male, living just outside of Los Angeles.  I like long walks on the beach and candlelight dinn….

Oh.

Wait.

That’s for a different website.

ROFLMAO!!! I would just like to mention at this point, that this man, is a nutter…and it’s probably why we get on so well. Please…continue.

As you mentioned, I’m an actor, narrator, singer, and, as of this month, an author!  I’ve been fortunate to have always made my living in one or another of these arts – which is no small task in Los Angeles.  Hollywood breeds more waiters, bartenders and valet-car-park-attendants than actors!  I was 10410983_10200398992454680_6941966794435742554_nEmceeing for a national touring company last year when some musicians in the show turned me on to ACX.  Once I realized that touring is not as much fun as it was when I was 20……   I came home, built a recording booth, registered on ACX and, thanks to wonderful authors like YOU…I’m off the road and narrating audiobooks!

Yay!!! *smug mode*

I have to tell you at this point…that as of today, we’ve sold 146 copies of the audiobook in 19 days!!!!(And I say ‘we’ because that’s how I think of the audio version, a joint effort.)  I am amazed and I truly believe, it’s because of Scott’s performance. Okay, we’re back on track now, and the real reason you’re here is to tell us about your latest book which has just been released.

Where did you get the idea for your book series? What or who was the motivation?

THAT is an odd story.  I was a huge fan of Ian Fleming’s Bond series and Forsythe, Ludlum, and other espionage/thriller authors.  So in the late 80s I got my first PC and promptly realized I didn’t know what the hell to do with it.  There wasn’t even internet yet!  I was fooling around with it, opened some programs, and found a word processor.  I thought….hmmmmmm…I should write a story.  I remember it so well….a black screen with green letters (I wish I could get Word to have that same look.  I LIKED IT!)  So I started an “improv.”  I wrote, “David Callen wasn’t sure what had awakened him.”  The name came out of nowhere and I had no outline or anything.  I just started to use my actor’s improv skills and off I went.  I eventually had to step back and figure some things out with a rough outline.  But writing, to me as an actor, is the ultimate improv.  You need a prop?  You write in the prop.  A location?  Boom!  You’re there.  The Walter Mitty complex is strong in me – so Callen and The Sacrificial Wolf came easy!

That’s amazing and shows how talented an actor you are because you could jump right in there!! I have read your book, and loved it, and I dare anyone to say they didn’t!

 When you made the decision to start narrating books, did you find it easy, given your acting background?

Perhaps not “easy”… but a lot of fun!  Yes, my training and experience as an actor really shortened the learning curve for the reading portion of the process.  I love it!  Each book is a one-man show – a tour de force and a lot of fun.  The editing and the whole production end is more like work.  With some great pointers from friends and the helpful folks at ACX, however, I was up and running in no time.  Acting IS fun, but it also involves a great deal of work and prep time.  Back stories and situations and such are where a voice comes from when one works as I do – from a “method” style of acting.  To just ‘put on a voice’ is cheating, in my world.  It has to come fSacrificial Wolf smaller imagerom within to be believable.  I also then ‘cast’ most of the characters.  So you may hear hints of familiarity in some of the voices – from Sean Connery and Richard Burton to Roger Moore and Liv Ullman.  But mostly, it’s just me.  The most challenging parts are the female voices.  I try to make the voice feminine, but have to be careful it is not a caricature of a female voice.  Again, if I achieve this, as I hope I do, it’s because it comes from within.  

I confess! I tried to listen to a very famous audio book about thrones and …chairs.. *grinning* and the narrator put on squeaky voices for the ladies…drove me nuts..so I am pleased you realize that isn’t good, and make them listenable!

Your book has just released in both eBook and paperback, when can we expect an audiobook?

Ohhhhhhhhh damn.  I really want to do it!  But I have commitments for books two and three in another trilogy as well as books two and three in YOUR trilogy!  It’s certainly a very good thing to have work lined up for months in advance…but it will delay getting my own book done.  What is that old saying?  The farrier’s horse is never shod?  Yup.  It’s like that.  But I have to tell you, having finished Demon Within a month ago, I miss Kai and friends!  I’m REALLY looking forward to Angel Within!

*Feeling rather smug at that* I LOOOVe that you miss Kai and the gang… and I really can’t wait for you start Angel Within….once I’ve checked it for…overuse of certain phrases….shall we say?? lol

What makes you get up in the morning?

What the hell kind of question is that!?  Haha   Okay.  It’s a good one.  Well, I live blissfully alone.  And as Sartre said, “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”  I love life and live it in good company.  I get up to do work I love…and to ride.  I seriously do live to ride.  I have two horses, aptly nam. ed Solitaire and Solitude, and they are always on my mind when I wake.

There’s nothing wrong with being alone if you enjoy it and I confess, sometimes it’s good to be able to hear yourself and not others. Iam a horse lover and envy that you have two horses and are able to ride out in the dessert.

So back to writing…How soon may we expect book two from your series?

If you could clone me please, or add another 12 or so hours to each day, I’d say soon!  But probably sometime in 2016 is more realistic.  It’s fully written in my head and about half written on paper.  I’m looking forward to finding a month when I can disappear and visit my old friends David Callen and his daughter, Michelle.  I tend to obsess, BADLY when I get started…so I’m going to need to set aside time in a neutral space and just DO IT!  The good news is that when those circumstances are right, it pours out onto the paper pretty quickly.

This is good, and I agree. You cannot force yourself to write…I know peeps do…but I truly believe it’s better if you just let it come when it’s ready! Good luck with that Scott, I know I’ll be waiting to get my grubby mits on it.

Are there any people who you’ve met, that have inspired you, either in your acting, or in your personal life?

Too many to name and too much danger of leaving someone out if I do!  But I will say that, as an actor, I learn a little something from EVERY person I meet and every personal experience.  An actor is like a chameleon or a sponge.  We soak up as much of humanity as possible.  I remember a
wonderful university professor named Knox Fowler.  When my grandfather died, I went to the funeral about 90 minutes away from the university.  Knox was going to be passing through and offered to give me a ride back.  As he drove, it was very quiet in the car and I was looking out the window thinking of my grandfather – remembering his life and mourning the loss.  Knox reached over and put his hand on my shoulder and said, “I don’t mean to be crass, but remember this.  Remember everything you’re feeling.  It’ll come in handy one day.”  I did.  It has. 

That was a powerful statement on his behalf, and I totally agree given your career. Fabulous. I know you don’t like to expose yourself, *snort*, but given you’re an author now, pimping is part of the deal… so…spill…What do you do when you’re not writing or narrating?

I ride my horses.  Or hang out at the beach on occasion.  But mostly, I ride…sometimes in the mountains for days on end.  I’ve been married 5 times but Solitaire, at 13 years, is my longest consistent female relationship. HA!  She is my girlfriend.  And her son, Solitude, is my best friend. 

Oooooh!!!!  She’s a nice filly then? Well, I guess you just like the taste of wedding cake?

When you’ve finished with the Blood Trilogy, what will you be writing next? Do you have anything in the pipeline?

I do!  It’s fiction, but mostly based in fact -the history of my parents and their families during the WWII era.  It’s called Stars in the Window.  Over the last 15 years, I’ve written disjointed chapters here and there.  It’s going to be epic…if and when I stitch them all together with a coherent plot. 

That sounds very interesting and I believe already it’s going to be well received.

Scott, you are a wonderful person and every day since we met via ACX I enjoy our chats and giggles. I have enjoyed interviewing you immensely, and hope you will return after you finally get that 2nd book written? Also, you and I have another appointment with Kai and the gang so maybe we can have a little tete-a-tete then?

You can purchse Scott’s book The Sacrificial Wolf from Amazon on eBook and paperback.

Scott’s acting reel on youtube

You can follow him on Twitter @scott_ehredt