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Cowboy Crazy by Em Petrova

We’ve got the final steps in producing “Cowboy Crazy” by Em Petrova.  It is the lead novella about the love stories of five brothers in the west.  Juicy goodness.

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Book Two of the Samsara Chronicles

The second volume of the Samsara Chronicles is in process.  I’m diligently moving forward with the narration. We’re in about chapter 17 of the work. I am bringing on an engineer to do the edits and production side of things for the project. I’ll be excited to see this one “in the can” so to speak.

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Samsara Chronicles Book 2

The second set of stories in the Samsara Chronicles compiled into one volume.

Dylan, Aislinn and the chosen humans arrive on Nirvana but now the pair faces another alien threat, this time to their homeworld.

Aislinn and Dylan’s joyous homecoming to Nirvana is tempered by yet another crisis. Aliens, assisted by a traitorous member of Nirvanan security and a threat to the royal bloodline, have kidnapped Aislinn’s parents and hold them hostage on the dying world of Klatria. Aislinn and Dylan now face the task of rescuing them before they are killed.

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The Work Continues

I’ve completed several projects this winter.  Beverly’s Secret and Emma’s New Year written by Eden Glenn.  (See the books page for details on those projects)

Now I am working toward a wrap on Samsara Chronicles I, written by  Diana Kemp and  Gabriella Bradley.

Samsara Chronicles I

The first 7 stories of The Samsara Chronicles compiled into one volume.

Blending elements of futuristic, fantasy, science fiction and the paranormal, the Samsara Chronicles explores the duality of good and evil set against two worlds, Earth and Nirvana.

Guided by mystical beings, a human mother bears a daughter of alien royalty, Aislinn, destined to champion the future of two worlds.

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Winter News

I’ve been diligently recording and editing the wonderful Paranormal Young Adult title; “Roman: Saints and Sinners” for Nyla Rawlyns writing as Kennedy Streath. We are in the home stretch with that production. I will post links when it releases in audio form.

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Blurb: Benedict Nowak bailed on his marriage, taking his son with him but leaving behind his five year old daughter. He had his reasons. He had no idea they’d come back to haunt him. TJ had come to terms with the mother she despised, making those small concessions that made life bearable. But her mother’s death changed everything. Roman Rincon was the juvie rescued by Father Marcus and placed in the care of Benedict Nowak. With his records sealed, no one knew what happened that fateful night when Roman was only fourteen. All Father Marcus knew was the boy had confessed to a crime not even the cops would talk about. In the small coal mining town of Montville, two teens whose lives have been shattered beyond repair must find a way to cope: with school, with each other, with growing up marked as broken in a town dying under the weight of secrets and lies. Warned off having anything to do with Roman, TJ is all too willing to agree, except for one little thing. The young man lives in the apartment above her father’s car repair business so avoiding him might be a problem. As for Roman, he will take his secret to the grave, no matter what the cost.

On another front, I’ve signed three contracts for a new talent group KJK Audio.

I’m excited for the prospects of working with this group. I’ll keep you posted on where this leads.

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New Narration Studio.

I have been working on a new narration studio.

I started my career with a audio program, a headphone-microphone set and a comfortable quiet apartment.

In NC my office has a lot of hard surfaces. I upgraded my microphone and noticed I had considerable echo and background noises. I moved my office around to get to a solid inner wall.

I tried a pvc frame with heavy comforters over it to quiet the extra noise. I purchased a better quality condenser microphone. That gave me better sound quality.

I had a mixture of success. I made a sound box for the microphone. That helped too.

I continued to struggle for a way to improve my studio situation. So recently I sat and listened in my basement. It is much quieter down there. Up against the two solid walls in the back.  We have a bit of humidity and run a humidifyer down there.

So I got the bright idea of making a studio down there.  Being on a tight budget I had to work with materials that were cheap and readily available.

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I trimmed the cardboard refrigerator box down about a foot and a half with a jig saw. The bottom of the box was a little bit whimpy and lacked some integrity.

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I framed it on the outside with furrn strips 1″ X 2″. I stapled them with a power stapler from the inside.

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It made a nice tight frame. I screwed through the strips into the plywood floor I’d made from recycled materials I had around the garage. I used the jig saw to cut a door way in the smaller side of the box.

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Later I’m going to reinforce the door with a bit of the furring strip material. I also have to cut a window yet.

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I have some interesting plans for decorating the outside.  Of course inside needs a light. I still have to figure out air flow… I will need to make that window I mentioned so that I can see the computer monitor of the audio program from inside the “studio”. I will also need a shelf outside to hold the computer and monitor.  I will need some kind of shelf inside for the condenser mike. I also need something to hold the tablet with the script on it.  I have a chair that doesn’t squeek.  I will need some carpet for the floor.  I will also need to coat the inside with foam.  I have something like the textured foam (egg crate).  It should make a nice surface for live quiet recording.

The sky is the limit.

Tardis

 

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Progress

I’ve solved my technical issues. I am completely in love with the open source software, Audacity. There is a pretty good learning curve with any engineering software, especially for someone who hasn’t much experience in that area. However, we are making progress.  The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp was finished for Eden Glenn.  I’ve wrapped up Deadliest Designs for Dale Mayer and shipped it off.  Darkest Designs is narrated and I am working on the engineering as we speak to get it shipped off.

I plan on doing quite a bit of work for that author Eden Glenn (smile) over the next few months. She wants to have all her titles available in audio book format, including the just released “Dragon Guardian”.

So heads up and moving full steam ahead!

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The Journey Continues

Hello everyone.

It has been an exciting technology FUBAR’d month. This fall I’ve had my laptop crash. This is a beloved laptop that I do my writing on and narration. The Z key no longer works so I have to plug in an external key board. The power cord only charges the battery if I set a rock on the cord to hold it in just the right position. Like I said beloved.

When I reinstalled my audio software things did not work properly. It sounded awful. After two weeks going back and forth with the software tech support I resolved that I’d blown the sound card.

That led me on a search for a new computer and limited funds. My partner purchased a cpu desk top model for my new set up. It is wonderful. I have two monitors all is great.

Then the next challenge. My second audio contract for ACX was rejected. Now I’ve spent two weeks on line with the quality control specialist there and the result was a new microphone set up for narrating.

It’s wonderful. I will probably have to go back and re narrate six chapters for one project and 9 chapters for a different project but it will be much better in the long run.

Problem one is it does pick up road traffic two blocks over and the click of my mouse wheel. That is while I am inside my PVC fort sound booth I built last week.

It never ends. LOL

So today I built a sound studio box for the new microphone to sit in and we’ll give it another go.

A big hug and thanks for my authors that are hanging in there while I stumble through this mess toward quality production for them.

Take a look at my new books tab for the books that I have narrated!

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