A blog about our adventures becoming a published Indie Authors. Here you will find advice, humor, and stories about what we've learned on our journey, along with books reviews, as well as great advice from other authors we've met on our journey. It's a long road, but the things you'll see and experience along the way can be very interesting.
Hello everyone, Halloween is just around the corner and I felt that since I haven't been posting a lot hear lately (due to back issues and other life events) I thought perhaps you all deserved a treat. And since I spent months talking about recording and creating audiobooks, I thought it only appropriate to share some of my work with all of you.
So I'm presenting the first 3 chapters of Helen's first solo novel "Forever's Too Long" here on the today and a few more in the next two weeks. Why that book? Because it's the Halloween season and the novel is a vampire tale set in 1940's New York City. It stars Rafael Jones, a former police officer who just came back from Germany, where he was an investigator gathering evidence for the famous Nuremberg trials. Now he's back home in America and opening his own detective agency. In this story his first two cases will lead him straight into the depths into another world that holds wonders and terror, the world of the supernatural. And this encounter will leave him a changed man, in more ways than one.
Now is part of an ongoing series called "The Forever Detective" books. The other books in this series are "Forever Haunted", "Forever In Deep" and coming next month Helen will be releasing "Forever Festive". And yes Rafael is featured in every story, since he's the one sharing these adventures with the audience.
So sit back and listen to the the first 3 chapters of "Forever's Too Long" and get to know Rafael and his friends...
*Note: This is the only chapter to date where Rafael is not the actual storyteller. Helen created this scene in order to set the stage for the rest of the book*
Chapter One - A Woman For A Partner
Chapter Two - An Encouraging Smile
So there are the first three chapters, and with them you have met almost all but one of the main characters of this tale. Next week I'll be sharing the next three chapters where we get to see Rafael and Clara get down to some actual detective work as well as getting to know each other better. Trust me you won't want to miss those installments or the ones to follow in the coming weeks.
And if you can't wait until then, here are the links to get the audiobook from the listening format of your choice:
I'd like to ask you all to please leave us feedback in the comments section below regarding adding some videos to this blog. These videos would cover a variety of creative topics from talking with authors, bloggers, artists, etc. We could even cover some more technical projects such as me creating some videos where I'm actually recording and editing a chapter from an audiobook (I'd be recording what's going on my computer screen so you can see exactly how I remove unwanted sounds, mistakes, and even adjust the recording to meet ACX approval requirements when you want to submit the finished recording).
Until next week take care, stay, safe and keep writing and recording everyone!
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