Freehold Friday: Audiobook news!

I hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I know I need to get back on the treadmill…

But that’s not why I’m writing this today. I’ve got some big news! And I’m not talking about Black Friday specials…

I’ve just approved the final draft of the audiobook version of Apache Dawn! James Romick did a fantastic job voicing the characters.  I tell you, this is the first time I’ve done with one of my books and it really makes a difference when you hear the story instead of just reading it.  Cool stuff.  The book comes in at 18 hours and 26 minutes. It’s now off to ACX for final pre-publishing checks. Fingers crossed, it’ll be approved and ready for release shortly.  When it is, I’ll let you know!

To go with the release of the audiobook, I remade the cover to Apache Dawn (my second book and the most outdated of all my covers) and made the ebook and audiobook versions match!

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This is the audiobook cover.

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And here’s the ebook cover.

Now to update the print version…

In the meantime, I’m still plugging away at the third book in the saga, tentatively titled Wildfire. I know, not very unique, since that’s the series name, but…meh, it’s a work in progress!

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Freehold Friday: Updates!

Welcome back to another edition of Freehold Friday! I got plenty of updates today…

Apache Dawn Audiobook

First up, I just this week received word that the audio version of Apache Dawn is nearing completion. We think it’s going to come in around 19 hours long! How’s that for some entertainment? That ought to keep you occupied on your way to work for a while…

On that note, my very talented narrator, James Romick has expressed interest in doing the audio version of The Shift as well! I was hoping he’d do so, because I love what he’s doing on Apache Dawn and I think you will, too! I’ll update with more info as the final release date approaches.

Denny’s Return

I’m pleased to announce I finished the first chapter of Denny Tecumseh’s triumphant return to the Wildfire Saga. One of the most requested characters from Apache Dawn is back—thanks to you, my readers! See? Emailing me works! Got a suggestion or gripe or want me to add something? I don’t know what you’re thinking, so tell me! Never know, I might agree…

More 3D Cover Art!

Okay, this is really cool. Gill Dall, the graphic artist I mentioned last time contacted me this week to let me know she decided to do another mock up of my AJE cover. Check this out:

AJE Mock Up 5

How sweet is that? I love the flames in the background. Thanks again Gill! Remember—if you need cover art like this, please see her website. She’s great!

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Freehold Friday: New 3d cover art!

A few days ago I noticed a message over on my favorite author haunt about an artist wanting to expand their portfolio of 3D book covers. Instead of fabricating from scratch, they’d prefer to create mock-ups from existing covers to show potential clients real-world examples. To do so, she needed authors and their book images.

She held a contest wherein 5 people would be selected and their book cover images would be turned into 3D book images (I know, I know, I’m a little excited about this, but it’s an author thing…bear with me). Needless to say, I signed up for the contest.

And guess who got selected?

AJE Mock Up 1

Oh yeah. Check out my sweet new 3D cover images for AJE!

AJE Mock Up 2

These things are awesome!

AJE Mock Up 3

They each have subtle differences and can be used on websites, etc., banners, and such…

AJE Mock Up 4

Gill Dall, the artist, sent me the files in .jpg and .png (less the backgrounds) so I could place the books on a background of my choice or use what she provided. How cool is that? And I only just provided her the images the day before.

She’s got a website which you can see here where she’s going to be using my book cover mock ups (as well as the others she did for the contest) as part of her online portfolio.  So if you need some 3D cover art, please go see her!  I can’t recommend her enough.

Not a bad way to start the weekend, if you ask me!

Thanks again to Gill for these sweet cover images!

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