Free Competition for 5 Free downloads of the Audiobook “Echoes of a Storm” from Audible.uk

I am pleased to say that I have 5 free downloads of my new Audiobook “Echoes of a Storm” from Audible.uk to give away.

To get one of the free copies simply be one of the first five to reply to this post asking for a free copy, and I will send you the code. Once you have the code you simply follow the steps below.

 

1. Go to my book’s page on  Audible.co.uk: http://www.audible.co.uk/search?advsearchKeywords=echoes+of+a+storm
2. Add the audiobook to your cart.
3. If you are prompted to sign in, please create a new Audible.com account or log in. Otherwise, proceed by clicking “Do you have a promotional code?” beneath the cover artwork of the audiobook.
4. Enter the promo code, and click “Apply Code.”
5. A credit for the audiobook will be added to your account. Click the box next to “1 Credit” and click the “Update” button to apply the credit to the purchase.
6. After you select “1 Credit” and click “Update” to modify your shopping cart, the price for the audiobook will change to £0.00. You may proceed through the checkout by clicking “Next Step” and “Complete Purchase” on the subsequent page.

 

All I ask is that you leave an honest review.

 

Good Luck

Alan

Nathanial West and Twever

I always enjoyed writing the scenes between Nathanial West and Twever. Even though they are two of the most dangerous characters in the trilogy, when they are together they act just like naughty school boys.
The extract below from Scions of the Storm, sums the pair up perfectly.
Hope you enjoy
Alan
“Anyway,” said Twever, “you then add in the fresh herbs and serve with rice. It’s lovely.”
“Does sound nice,” agreed Nathanial.
Charlie looked on in disbelief at the two unarmed older men standing in the middle of the trail, calmly chatting away as if fifty armed men walking towards them were a common occurrence.
“It looks like our guests have arrived,” Twever grinned. “Do you want to do the talking?”
“Bollocks to that.”
“Succinct and to the point; I like it. Ok, I’ll do it.”
Charlie stopped ten feet away and held up his hand to indicate to the rest of his pack to do the same.
Nathanial stood silent.
“You will have to excuse Natti-boy, he can be an antisocial bugger, at times. A bit moody at times, also. Let me introduce myself. I am,” Twever struck a suitably dramatic pose, “Twever the Magnificent, the Beast of the Granite Mountains. You may have heard of me?”
“Nope,” replied Charlie.
“Oh,” a slightly deflated Twever said.
Nathanial smiled.
“You think that funny, do you?” Twever asked Nathanial and hit Nathanial on the shoulder.
Nathanial’s smile got wider.
“Hate you.”
“If I could interrupt you idiots,” called out Charlie, “what are you doing?”
“He may be an idiot, but, apparently, I’m insane, so I would be grateful if you could get it right.” Twever sniffed.
“Do you know what we are?” asked Charlie.
Twever looked at Nathanial. “Do we know who they are?”
“Yes.”
“Do you think they know who we are?”
“Doesn’t seem so.”
“Do you know who we are – eh, what is your name?” queried Twever.
“My name is ‘Your Death’ and I do not care who you are, fools,” Charlie replied.
“Well, ‘Your Death’ – that’s a daft name – anyway, Deathie-boy, I strongly suggest you look at us.”
Charlie felt the restlessness running through his pack. “I am looking at you, and all is see is two dead men,” he said, angrily.
“Try looking through a different set of eyes,” suggested Nathanial.
“Excellent suggestion, Natti-boy,” grinned Twever.
***
Ardo slowly moved into position behind the pack and settled down to wait.
***
“This is a serious matter, you cretins. You should take this seriously. I will show you ‘different eyes’,” growled Charlie as he started the change. He fell to his knees and cried out in agony as his body was wracked and torn by the transformation. His pack became more and more agitated by the smell of blood and, at the sight of Charlie’s warping body, one by one, they began the transformation themselves.
Nathanial and Twever watched on with disinterest. “He wants us to be serious,” said Nathanial.
“Then the creature is a fool,” said Twever, flickers of red starting to show in his eyes. “The last thing any creature should wish is for us being serious.”
Nathanial rolled his shoulders and neck. “It’s been a long time, Red Eyes, since we hunted.”
“That is true, Red Claw; however, these pathetic fools will be poor sport. They don’t even know who we really are.” The flickers of red in Twever’s eyes changed to flames of deep hellfire and his face started to twist into its demonic mask.
The pack leader of the Dev’ver slowly stood and roared its arrival into sky, its pack mates answering his call. Lowering its muzzle, he looked at the two weak creatures before it and hesitated, and for the first and last time, felt a flicker of fear within its linked souls.
There before him, their hearts burning bright, were two ancient and Greater Ones. There before him was Red Claw and an unknown but extremely powerful Fire Spirit.
“Do you need any of them alive?” asked Red Eyes as he flexed his fingers before they vanished.
“No,” growled Nathanial.
“Correct answer,” said Red Eyes as his hands reappeared with a wickedly curved sword in each.
Nathanial locked eyes with the creature that had been Charlie and started the change. His eyes never wavered as his body ripped itself apart and started to rebuild into a Dev’ver. Finally, with a shudder and a roar of challenge, Red Claw entered the world of men again.
“Come, Red Claw, let us be serious,” said Red Eyes.
The pack leader looked at the great prizes before it. If it could claim one of those hearts, it would gain great power; it would become great and gain a name. Howling its own challenge, which the pack picked up and amplified, the pack leader charged.
The Dev’ver known as pack leader rushed at Red Claw and took a wild swipe. With effortless ease, Red Claw batted the arm aside, reached out, and ripped the creature’s throat out, throwing the flesh in his claw contemptuously to the ground. Red Claw moved on, the useless creature’s heart not worthy of his attention.
Red Eye’s swords leaped and danced, cutting through flesh, separating heads and arms from bodies, his face a mask of demonic glee in which his eyes burned with a deep hellfire red, as he systematically worked his way through those standing before him.
Ardo heard the roars of challenge and, as the pack surged forward, he leaped into the fray, his mighty jaws and paws ripping through the neck and back of the rear- most Dev’ver.
End of the extract.

First Negative Review for Audio Version of ‘Echoes’.

From America, I’ve had my first negative review for the Audio version of ‘Echoes’. I have to say its a little bit harsh. Although, after looking at his other reviews he does seem to be harsh with everyone.

 
My response to Alpha20’s review is the following.

 
I am sorry that you did not enjoy the Audio version of ‘Echoes of a Storm’, and as a paying customer you have every right to have your say. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write and post a review. Something I wish other people would do more often; although I would hope for a more positive reaction.

 
However, I feel your review is overly harsh (although it is in keeping with your other reviews) and I of course totally disagree with all your comments especially about the narrator.

 
I fully support my choice of voice actress and I think she had done a wonderful job of bringing the book alive. From the many positive comments and posts I have received, I can say with confidence that the vast majority of my Readers and Listeners agree with me.

 
As for my story being boring, that is your point of view and I respect that.

 
I hope you find something more to your taste

 
Kind regards
Alan.

Reviews are really important Ladies and Gentleman, please (yes I know I sound like a broken record) if you enjoy any of my novels in any format, leave a review. I do read them all.

 
If you want to read Alpha20’s review the link is below
https://www.audible.com/…/B073GC…/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl…

Cheers
Alan

How to get the Fantasy Novel “Echoes of a Storm” in both Kindle and Audio Format in the USA or UK From Amazon For Less Than a Price of a decent Cup of Coffee

I want people to read “Echoes”, and hopefully the rest of the Storm Series, and you really do need to hear the highly talented, American voice actress Cari Scholtens, who voices the Audio edition.
So when I discovered three cheap way for you to buy both or either I thought I would share . Please note this only works in the USA and UK.
The first way – You already have ‘Echoes’ on Kindle
If you have already bought the Kindle edition of ‘Echoes of a Storm’ then because of the Whispersync from Amazon you can buy the Audio version for only £2.99. that’s a huge saving of £16.40 on the audio version. Simply go to ‘Echoes page’ and click on Audio book.
The second way – You own neither.
If you own neither, then simply buy the Kindle edition first (remember you can download the Kindle app onto most devices) in the USA this will cost you $1.29 in the UK it will cost £0.99.
Then once you have down loaded the Kindle version. Simply go back and buy the audio for the reduced price. In the UK this means that you can get both for £3.98.
The third way – you just want the Audio version.
If you have never used Audible before then you can sign up for a 30 day free trail and use one of your two free books choices to pick “Echoes of a Storm”. But don’t forget to cancel before the 30 free days are up.
So, grab a copy of ‘Echoes’ now. sit back with a coffee and a muffin and either read or listen to a fantastic story.
I hope you enjoy
Alan

#audiobook #amazon #whispersync #audible

QA Gave Us 3 Small Technical Errors – Which is a Good Thing.

I recieved an email from ACX Quality Assurance (QA) saying that they have given us 3 small technial errors which we need to correct before procceding

This is a good thing for 2 reasons, and before you start thinking I’m mad let me explain.

1. QA is a good thing. Both Cari and myself want to create the best Audio book possiable, so having a QA proccess is just like having a proof reader or an editor when writing a book.

Also knowing that the finished product will have pasted a QA process can only be good for the customer.

2. We only got 3 small technical error, which lets face it, is not bad at all for the first time.

Anyway, we have fixed the errors, well I say we have fixed the errors, what I mean is Cari has fixed all the errors and re submitted the audio book to ACX QA.

Fingers Crossed

Alan

The Narrator of the Audio Book – Echoes of a Storm

I thought you might like to know a bit more about the narrator of the Audio Book.  So I asked Cari to send me a quick pen pic of herself.  Please see below.

 

Hello All!

My name is Cari Scholtens and I live in Michigan, USA.  I am a schoolteacher and basketball/track coach by day and by night, when the VO signal shows upon the sky, I read audiobooks.

I got into voice work when I won a contest through the gaming company Bioware for their AAA title Mass Effect: Andromeda.  I play several roles in the game and got a trip to Los Angeles and an IMDB credit for it.  It also got me a little recognition in the voice-over community.  Since then, I have landed several roles including voice-over for Grisha MacLaggin in the upcoming fanfilm “Voldemort: Origins of the Heir” and several audiobooks including “Echoes of a Storm”.

I am eager for you all to be able to hear the work Alan and I have put together on this project and I certainly hope I do his work justice!  Thank you all for your support of “Echoes of a Storm!”

Cari

#audiobook #audioeoas

The Narrator

For an audio book to work, you need three things:

a. A good story
b. Someone to bring that story to life
c. The ability to work together

I am extermely luckly to have Cari Scholten narrate the book,and bring the story and character to life.

So, that you can learn a little more about Cari and her work etc, i’ve asked her to provide me a couple of paragarphs that I can post here.

As i have said before, writing is a very anti social hobby. You disappear for days at a time, to bash away at a keyboard in the vain hope that someone will like what you have written 🙂

Its only after the writing process ends does it become a more interactive process. In my case, sending it to the wonderful Lisa W (hello Lisa) for proof reading and suggestions.

Asking the talented Saskia Schnell to design the cover.

Shoving copies under friends to give feedback.

That is where writing becomes extremely inter active and where some of the best future story lines come from.

However, i still had control over what went on and in the books.

That totally changes when you have to hand over your precious work to someone you hardly know and let them interperate it in their own way.

And that will be the subject of my next post. The differnce between working with people on book and an Audio Book.

Alan

#audiobook #audioeoas