Friday, April 21, 2017

Narrators (My Favorites Part 2)

Here is some more great Narrators please feel free to check out their pages and or listen to some of their audio books that are available.  Remember not all samples are Christian Content.

Pamela Almand     

Pilot Voice over talentProfessional narrator/voice over talent for commercials, audiobook narration, web videos, on-hold, e-learning ...for your company's best image!

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Susan Boyce       
A narrator and an experienced performer

Susan earned a bachelor of theater arts degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1979. She has worked on-stage at Trinity Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major Ragtime and Traditional Jazz Festival in the United States.        
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 Caroline McLaughlinln   
Caroline is a versatile narrator with a warm, smooth voice who enjoys bringing words to life.   She discovered her love for storytelling while recording audiobooks for people with reading disabilities.  Being a great study of "people" has helped her to develop rich characters and accents (Southern, Asian, English, Australian and Irish).   Her languages include conversational Mandarin Chinese.

A professional voiceover talent since 1999, I now work almost exclusively in audiobooks. I prefer clean reads and specialize in performing cozy mysteries. Since I’m an Atlanta native, books set in the South and/or starring Southern characters are a natural fit for me. I love to laugh and have a great sense of humor, so I especially shine in comedic reads. I also have excelled in narrating sweet romances and legal thrillers, along with biography, history, self-development, and other Non-Fiction titles. I bring the emotion in the subtext into each word.

Find more samples coming soon of 
great Narrators and go back and see 
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Narrators (my favorites) Samantha Fury



Some of my favorite Narrators @ ACX (Samantha Fury) 

Picking a Narrator                                            

When I first thought about having one of my books turned into an audio book it took me a long time to get up the nerve to do so. Signing a contract for 7 years was a bit daunting, but I finally did it. But, it took me 2 years to make up my mind to get started. During that time I kept going back and looking at the artist there and listening to samples. Here below I will share with you some of my hard work.  All of these are currently on ACX, but some of them do read everything so beware what your little ears might hear when you are picking out samples. Always check to be sure they are still doing Royalty Split if that is what you're looking for.

Royalty Split favorites Females

Carin Elizabeth Gilfry
Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH
Intelligent, Warm, Professional, Engaging, Real Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH

I have studied with Pat Fraley and Kathe Mazur in the Scott Brick style of audiobook narration. .
Available for: Royalty Share or $100-$200 PFH

Strong and flexible female voice with a background in Radio, Theater and more.
Available for: Royalty Share or Unspecified 

Engaging, colorful and inviting
Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH

Royalty Split favorites Males
Alex is a devoted story teller with a BA in Theater and a long list of film credits in leading and supporting roles.
Available for: Royalty Share or Unspecified  
Sample  Husband & Wife help crying girl

Audible Approved and available to bring your world to life. Enjoy sci-fi, horror, thrillers and PA. I also do Romance as Connor Brown.
Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH

Bring me a story and I'll tell it for you, just the way you like.
Available for: Royalty Share or Unspecified

Audiobook Narrator and Producer with Digital Studio
Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH

I am an actor and computer programmer with years of experience in both fields.
Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 
I have recorded pay-for-play short stories for author Andrew Vachss and others, novellas, and 10 full-length novels with my home studio.
Available for: Royalty Share or $100-$200 PFH

Dynamic and Friendly Narrator and Character Actor
Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH

Audio engineer, actor, stage director, writer, record producer
Available for: Royalty Share or $400-$1000 PFH
Experienced professional audiobook narrator in fiction, non-fiction and classics.
Available for: Royalty Share or $100-$200 PFH

More than forty years experience as a voiceover artist, broadcaster, and producer. Background includes news writing and on-air reporting.
Available for: Royalty Share or $100-$200 PFH

I will have more later

I'd like to also say I don't know any of these people personally. I just found them on ACX while trying to find the best.  I also suggest that when you listen to sample you try them out on various devices.  Listen on alexa if you have her, or on a different computer, and on a mp3. I know my PC does not have good speakers.  And I can't stress enough that once you pick out a favorite or two shell out a few bucks and buy a audiobook they've completed.

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Audio Books 101

Picking a Narrator

Learning What Not to Do
Don't choose the first Narrator who comes along. Listen, listen and listen some more.  If you're not an avid audio book listener, you're going to need to first get used to the idea of listening to a story.  A suggestion would be to get an Audible subscription for a couple of months and just get used to hearing a book.

A Narrator can boost or hurt the sales of an audio book. Some narrators do funny voices or try to sound like a woman when they're a man. I prefer a good reader over someone who tries too hard. The trick is finding someone who knows what they're doing that you can afford. 

My Experience as an Audio Book Listener 
Audio books have been so much a part of my life that I should be an expert on the subject. For over 18 years, I traveled with my husband in his 18-wheeler.  I would make a guess that we've listened to at least 22 thousand hours of audio books. We listened to every audio book we could get our hands on to make the time go by faster so that number could actually be higher. Truckers are a huge audio fan base because they spend so much time behind the wheel.  My problem is, I write romance and most truckers :) are not romance fans.

Finding a Good Narrator
Find a Narrator you like and then buy at least one of their audio books. This will be the best way to learn what they sound like. If the audio is 10 hours, which most good audio books are, it will take you at least an hour to get into all the voices and the story.

The best are expensive, but there are great Narrators on ACX who will do the royalty split. If I had all the money in the world, Scott Brick would narrate all my books. The man could read the telephone book, and I would listen. I spoke with him once on Facebook and it was like speaking with a movie star. :) If you would like to learn more about Scott, check out his website here and you can find some of his featured audio books here

Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould and Burt Reynolds are all great to listen to. I know -- I know we may not be able to afford the best as we first start out. I suggest you find someone who is good, clear and cares enough about their work to get most or all of the breath sounds out while reading and editing. And, do find and listen to a previous audio book by said narrator.

Points to consider. Can you understand the narrator and do they pronounce the words clearly? It's kind of like trying to find the perfect model for our book covers. We want to hear the perfect person portraying our characters but what we really need is someone who sounds close to their age and is a first-rate narrator. These qualities will capture and hold the audio book customer’s attention.

When you listen to an audio book, if the narrator is good, the tone in their voice can change and you will soon hear each character's voice that is in the story. A female narrator can become a man or a male narrator can become a woman.  A good Narrator will bring each character to life.  I want to stress that a few short audio samples will not be enough to help you choose a narrator. After you have received samples from your ACX narrators, buy an audio book of each one you're considering. Listen to each choice and see which one best represents the way you see your characters.

In closing, you can never be good at something unless you understand the process. So, read, listen and learn all you can. 

I hope you found this article helpful.  I'll be doing a blog post soon on my favorite narrators from ACX. Please check it out. 

Here is an audio sample of my book, Maid for Martin. Click here

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Kindle Giveaway

Kindle Giveaway for the CWW Ladies Group.  

Welcome to The Christian Women Reader’s Club 31 Days of Christmas Giveaways.
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We also have a collection of blogs for you to visit, each with its own giveaway. These are hosted by our talented authors, so make sure you visit each one!
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Kindle Fire giveaway, and then click on the list below to enter the individual giveaways. Make sure you check back throughout the month to see if new authors have joined the blog hop!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 Nano Preparation Part 2

Getting Ready for NaNo

So you've decided to jump in with both feet, and you want to know what you can do to help get yourself ready for the greatest writing contest going?   Well you have come to the right place.  Some have called me the Nano Queen, because I have won five years in a row, but more because I try to get everyone that writes to join this contest.   There are some really cool badges that they've given us over the years. I hope to add 2013 to my list of accomplishments!

The Mental Preparation
I personally try not to write much a few weeks before Nano, kind of hold all of that writing steam in. Also I'm normally busy doing other things getting ready so that all works out well. You don't want to be tired when Nano starts, well, mentally tired, you want your mind fresh and ready for ideas, plots, and characters to go flying all over the place. 

Though we can't be writing about our novel, we can be thinking and outlining. You may want to write down a list of characters, ideas, what kind weather will they be having, and do you have a plot in mind.  You may even be one of those people that like to outline, and if so that's find.  You're allowed to outline, you just can't write one word toward the Novmeber Novel you'll be entering into the contest.

Your Health 
These last few weeks be careful what you do. Try not to catch a cold, or throw your back out.  You want to be as healthy as possible, during this month of frenzied writing.  You'll want to wash your hands a lot to keep away the flu, bend with your knees and don't hurt that back.  You can drink lots of juices and water to keep well in general.

You also might want to try to catch up on lost sleep, because during the month of Nano you may be burning the midnight oil, trying to keep up, or just lost int he new story idea that will by this point be wanting to be told. 

Home-front Preparation

You can clean the house, get some food frozen so your family does not starve while you're writing. There is laundry to get caught up on, so many things that you really need to make a list. I try to cook and clean during the last two weeks so that we all have clean clothes, and that the first two weeks I can focus on writing.

I have some frozen soup, and some canned veggies for those days when I want to write without cooking.  I'm hoping to get some chips and snacks to help feed my muse. Today I'm joining in on the Truckers strike so no shopping until Monday the 14.

Children and Dogs
If you have children you might want to line up some baby sitters for Nano, talk your mother into coming over or even better having her take them for a visit.  If you can't afford a sitter, write during play time or nap time.  Use every minute you can, but don't keep your eyes away to long, you don't want the kids getting into something while you're lost in Nano.

When it comes to dogs and some kids, you need a good schedule so you can make sure Mommy has time to write. Laptops come in really handy for this. It's good to have a laptop set up somewhere that is a high traffic area for yourself.  You will be surprised how many words you can get down between stirring supper, or washing dishes, just be sure and don't burn anything and always dry your hands.  I normally place my laptop in the kitchen on the bar, and I get quite a few extra words that way.  You might even want to go outside like I do in my outside office.

The Unexpected
There always is something that goes on during Nano to cut into your writing time. It can be anything to
paying bills, to shopping, kids, dogs, husbands, the list is endless.  So, what's a writer to do? Improvise!  Make every minute count, lose an hour of sleep, write on the go, or use today's technology to help.

When I started doing these nano tips there was not an Iphone Ipad, etc, at least there was not for me. Now with Text to seech, and ipods you can write just about anywhere you need to. Take your Nano Novel with you to the doctor's office, to the bathroom, outside, there are so many more options. Dragon has a really great cool, free app for the iphone or ipod.  It's not perfect but it might help in a pinch.

Also with Drop box you can access your work anywhere that has an internet connection. Maybe you're going to stay with your parents for the holiday, and you forgot your lap top.  No worries, just be sure and activate you a dropbox account and you're all set. There will be more about dropbox in our next Nano post, in saving your work.

By the time this day roles around you should be well into your nano, and if you're a nano head like me you might even be finished with your nano. If not, this is a great time to get in some words, you say WHAT?  Yes I know it's busy, but also there are those slow moments.  You can write in between cooking those great meals, you can write while the guys are all watching football, or you can write while the family is napping after eating that great meal. 

Again this is a great place for that text to speech app, or just using your iphone to get in some good notes for later in the day when Tony Romo is throwing that ball. Nano teaches to be invintinve with our time, with our writing, and we can take these lessons that we learn and apply them during other months in the year. 

You will learn things during Nano that you did not know about yourself, and even if you don't win, you will either learn that you hate nano, or that you just love it. I think everyone will learn something useful during this month. I have learned to write when I don't have time, to write myself out on that limb that yes the story line will be better for it, and I have learned that word wars are a wonderful way to motivate.  Most of all I learned that keeping my rear in that chair and my mind focused on a story is not that hard to do after all. 

Still looking for more to read on Nano check my older nano post from previous years, some of the information will be repetitive some not.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Pacing and Saving Part 3

Pacing and Saving 
So you're thinking about doing Nano and you want to know how to pace yourself and you want to be sure and not lose any of those precious Nano Words, too.  I've lost a few chapters in the past so never think that you are wasting time stopping and making sure your work is saved.

Samantha Fury Pacing
For me, pacing goes out the window. I want to get as many words down as fast as I can because normally something will happen later on in the month to ruin my writing time. I've been writing since I was 8, and typing since I was about that same age. I can type extremely fast, and took typing classes for three years in high-school, and often during Nano have word count days of 3000 and up. My best record of late being close to 12k in one 24 hour period so for this topic I've spoke to a few of my Nanoites from our Nano Word War group. 

George McVey 

Saving Nano Drop Box Carbonite
Dropbox  is a way to share what ever work that you have on every computer you have.  If you have M word on both of your computers, if you have two, you can just switch back and forth between devices by dropping your current work into the drop box icon that will be on your computer.  Your work will be saved and you can even access Dropbox on any internet connected computer.

I have Carbonite for back ups too, but this is handy because there is not a lot of searching necessary when you want to work on one novel on two different computers.  It's really a breeze and you can also use it on your ipod for images and some music.  I really do love it. Check it out here. DropBox. 
Be sure and comment and tell us how you save your work.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

NaNo 2016: What is Nano?

I know we're starting a little early but I want all those new writers to learn about NaNo.

NaNoWriMo: The Contest

Coming this November will be one of the most exciting contests I've ever entered. I'll be fighting against someone that's hard-headed and hard to please. A person that thanks God for the opportunity to write. A person that loves to write, and a person that I know will fight to win when Nano pushes her to new heights and new way's of thinking. I'll be competing with this person every minute and that person is ME.

What is NaNo?
It's a contest where you try to write 50 thousand words in a month.  Yes you heard me right.  It can be done, thousands of people do it every year.  True, every word of it might not be worth keeping, but it teaches you to get out on that limb and write.  Never heard of Nano go here.

Win Prizes and Pride through NaNoWriMo

I've entered and won this contest in November many times. Each time in November, I have won a prize. Five years in a row, I won a free book for participating and winning the contest. Now, of course, there is no way for the good NaNoWriMo folks to know if you are cheating or not, but they hope that you won't.  They also offer discounts on various kinds of writing software. We'll all just have to sign up to see what great goodies they are offering this year.

Words, Words, Words
It's not easy to write 50,000 words in a month, but it can be done. For me now it comes down to a contest against my last year's record. I try to get in one really good day with about 11,000 words, so if I have a bad day, I don't get so far behind. Last year I hit 11 and change in a 24 hour period. I was stoked.

I don't think I had ever written that many words in one day. I also don't know if I will ever beat that record or not, but you can bet that I will do my best when November comes around.

For those of you that have done Nano before you know that the only thing you can do towards getting ready for the contest writing wise, is to work on that outline.  You can plan and think and outline, but you can not write one word not even that first line to this great new novel until midnight of November the first. I don't have my outline started yet.  I'll once again be working on my Street Justice Series during this month so I'll need to do a little reading on the last novel and see where I left off.

Really? 50,000 Words in a Month?
Writing 50,000 words in a months opened my mind to a new way of writing. It helped me learn to focus on the creation of the story, and to put editing to the back burner. It helped me to see that I can write under pressure. It taught me that some of my best work comes when I'm working and writing under a timeline. When I won and finished over 50,000 words in less than 30 days it gave me a boost, and give me a great feeling of accomplishment.

Please don't let the idea of failing stop you from trying to win Nano. Don't keep yourself from the lessons that are waiting there to be learned. It's fun, it's exciting, and at times it can be a little frustrating. I can't stress enough what a learning experience this is, so come on join in on the fun, and see if you can write 50k or more in a month.
Winning is fun that is for sure, but even if you don't win, you can learn so much from being in this contest.  You can meet some great people, learn that you can write a lot of words in one month, but most of all you learn to write write write.

I learned that I can write things that were not in my outline, that sometimes if do put myself out on that writing limb that the story line I created while out there will last and it is good.  I suggest that every writer tries Nano at least once.

Still looking for more to read on Nano check my older nano post from previous years, some of the information will be repetitive some not.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Romance for the Heart

Romance for the Heart
Do you like clean romance, or christian romance? If so then Romance for the Heart is for you. 

Romance for the heart is a great Facebook group where you can learn about clean and Christian romance novels and authors.  If you like to read drop by and look through our files to see if you find anything you like.  We keep all images at pg13 or cleaner and welcome Authors and Readers to interact. We hope you will drop by and join us.  We are all about helping authors find readers and helping readers find good clean books to entertain them. Check us out I don't think you will be disappointed.

We don't have many rules but we do ask that authors only advertise once a day, and that they be sure and share with us when they are doing a free giveaway.  We ask that readers if you share a link to a book that you explain to us why you think it's a great read. Readers can invite authors to join but we must be able to see that they write clean or christian novel on their profile. 

If you would like to be a Romance for the Heart author just come on and check us out. If your work is Christian or clean tell us about your novels and we'll take it from there. We love romance and welcome more authors to join our little group.

Check out our group here  The link is now working for a while it was broken click here to learn more
Thanks for your time
Samantha Fury

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A great App Everyday

Android to PC apps
This will be a series so book mark this page and when I have more app reviews I will post a link to the next review on the next helpful app.

Are you one of those people that love keeping things in order. Do you like to sync through all your devices, then I've found an app you're going to love.

Every Day 
This is one of the newest app's that I've came across, well I've been searching for some way to help organize my busy life. If you need an App they have one for just about everything but wadding through the hundreds of apps can be tiresome. This is one of my favorites so lets take a look at what it does.

It reminds me of an outline in ways, but it's so much more. I've only had it for a few days but I'm already learning how it works. You can set notifications, and check things off once you've accomplished the task. Let's take a look at some screen shots.

First you can start out with your lists. This is where you chose the topic of your tasks. I have several. Home, Taxes, pets, books, you can make several but there is a limit with a free account. I will admit I'm going to just be using this App 'Everyday' for Novels only. Some Apps have different ways they are more useful and as far as this app goes I think it will be best to be used for my books. I looked for something like Ywriter but so far just can't find the perfect plotting character development app but I will keep looking.

The next image will be of my 'list- NEW ROMANCE.' In the free version there is a limit to the amount of lists you can have. If you want more the pro version is only 2.99 a month. As you can see I've started with basic lists: Plot - Characters - Chapters.

I was looking for an app with fill in the blanks, with options like hair color, height, eye color etc. But for now this will work.

The next image will show you the outline effect. When you click on the little arrows the next section breaks out. You can see I have some general plot ideas for my new novel. Then down further you will see the character section with ideas for my characters.

Here in the next image you will see that I have three ideas for my plot. No stealing by the way :)  I have also broken those down and add sub plots and soon will hit the number of lists that I can use until I go pro or delete some of those other lists. I think I'll delete the list 'TAXES' lol. I don't like that one much anyway.

The next screen shot is of what you get in another hidden section for notes. I'm going to click on the Romantic Guy is a cook section and add some notes and an alarm for a time when I want to be sure and finish this section by.  I'll be honest I've not set an alarm yet so not sure how that works and what kind of noise it makes.
You can also show that a task is complete so you will know you've finished that area of your outline as I like to call it. You can also use this for daily tasks too, but I prefer to use another app for that. You may have to look close but there is a line marked through three tasks.
 I have several apps that I want to review and more than I want to try out. Here is a list of comparisons between the free and pro version. I like this app. It works on my android and it syncs quickly with the pc. I suppose I could put it on the phone too but haven't tried it. I'm not sure I can say that this will be my favorite app or the one that I use the most, but it's a nice app and I give it a 4 star rating.

Come back again and I'll try to tel you about another great app that I'm trying out. Be sure and let me know what your favorite app is in the comments.

Samantha Fury