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A Time For Reflection and Plotting the Year Ahead

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Happy New Year everyone! Yes, I know it was a couple of days ago, but I'm still wishing you all the best for this new year.  Like most people, I'm taking a look back at 2020 and what I managed to accomplish in spite of all the chaos we've experienced with this Pandemic. Helen and I have been extremely cautious to avoid getting it since both of us have conditions which would likely land us in the hospital if we were to catch Covid - 19. And here in California where we are, the ICU's are currently filled and overflowing.  Mind you, I've been working full-time for the county in spite of the situation. So I haven't had extra time to work on personal projects as much as one might expect. Still, I did manage to get a number of projects completed in 2020.  For starts, I managed to get my first audiobook narration out on Audible Amazon Link:  Forever's Too Long (Audible) I also created my 2nd and 3rd book trailers (both for Helen's "Forever Detective Series

From Us To All Of You...

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A Thousand Pardons My Friends...

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 Greetings one and all.  Sorry for the silence, but as you can guess I've been really busy on audio and writing projects.  Sadly, one of those projects will not come to light until this time next year. This would be the one I last posted about, namely "A Christmas Carol". Between trying to get the audiobook version of "Forever Haunted" completed, as well as a lengthy short story (I know that sounds weird, a short story being lengthy) over on our other blog "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition", as well as trying to deal with work and prepping for the holidays, time has not been very available for me.  So I'm planning on releasing my reading/performance of Mr. Dicken's classic for December 2021. It will be complete with voices and sound effects, along with royalty-free and public domain imagery from the internet. At the moment it seems to be coming in at a length of 5+ hours which is why I will be releasing it in staves (chapters) as Mr. Dickens

New Audio Project For the Holiday Season

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It's been a busy month for me, which is why I haven't been posting anything lately. Between editing "The Pass", my long-distance collaboration with my old friend Rich Caminiti and recording and editing Helen's 2nd book in her "Forever Detective Series", it's been hectic for me. On top of all that, I have been working on a new short story for our other site: "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition" (link:  https://www.thevampyreblogs.com/ ) The story will be a Christmas ghost story (an old English tradition), which I hope you will decide to check out when it is posted. (I promise to let you all know when that happens). Finally, as the title of this entry indicates, I've also started a new audio project that I hope to post on YouTube in December. What is it? Well, I'll be reading Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol".  Now I suspect some of you are already thinking "Oh great... ANOTHER production of that old story." So

"Forever's Too Long" Audible Now 1/2 Price at Amazon

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Hey Audiobook/Audible fans, Helen's first book "Forever's Too Long" is now on sale for 1/2 price (regular price $14.95 - now only $7.47) over on Amazon.  If you love vampires, noir/mystery detectives set in 1947, this is the one you've been waiting for. And a little FYI, I did the narrating and am recording on her 2nd book (coming this December) as we speak. So come and grab your copy, or gift one to a family member or friend. Just click on the link below to purchase: Link:  Forever's Too Long - Audiobook What listeners are saying over on Audible:  5 out of 5 stars Anonymous User 06-25-20 5 - Stars Good plot with smart characters Nice to have a story that isn't based on the inattention or inability of the protagonists.  Please continue releasing the series!

Blooper Reel Time

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As you all know, I've been busy recording audiobooks at home. I've already gotten "Forever's Too Long", my wife Helen's first solo novel, published on Audible where it received a 5-star review. So of course I was eager to turn another of her books into audio as well. So I began recording her second book "Forever Haunted".  Now having shared on this blog all the technical aspects that I use to record the books, I thought it might be fun to share one or two... um... a few? Oh hell, I make a LOT of mistakes and I run into some other 'obstacles' that I thought might help prepare you all for some of what you might encounter.  So, here's the first (of what I suspect will be a growing library) of my blooper outtakes... Now remember folks, "We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We

5-Star Review On Audible for "Forever's Too Long"

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5 out of 5 stars Anonymous User 06-25-20 OVERALL - 5 Stars PERFORMANCE - 5 Stars STORY - 5 Stars Good plot with smart characters Nice to have a story that isn't based on the inattention or inability of the protagonists. Please continue releasing the series! AMAZON LINK:  Forever's Too Long - Audio AUDIBLE LINK:  Forever's Too Long - Audible                                     And so it has finally happened, after months and months of researching how to make an audiobook, getting the equipment, rehearsing, learning how to control one's voice for quality, pacing yourself, being sure of clarity when you speak, consistency in volume, learning how to edit the recordings and meet ACX's requirements, and finally getting your work made available on Audible. This in and of itself is a huge achievement. But no one tells you about what comes next... Waiting to see the audience's reaction to your work. I don't mind