Searching for the right voice.

Since I have been listening to audiobooks, I have been wondering how my books would be as audiobooks. From my publisher and many others think my voice would be the best, but I am no voice actor. I want someone who is professional and can bring the level of emotions and nuances to my characters and worlds.

The Brilliant Mr Marsters

I have been picturing for my book, Lake Merrin and the Great Spoon Heist, a pure voice with a bit of sarcasm hinted in his affections. If I really went out of my way, I would choose, James Marsters who did the narration for Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden Files. I think his voice would be perfect for Lone, but I am a poor indie author, that is a pipe dream.

So that brings me back to the drawing board, who to look for to capture the world of Lake Merrin. Someone who is not afraid to be witty and self-deprecating or throwing out random thoughts. Also needs to have enough range to interpret the other characters. Joan Stillwater, she needs an authoritarian voice but with friends a softness, especially talking to WayWocket.

WayWocket is another issue, his personality needs to have a range that could switch between insane genius to a sociopathic scientist. Gunnar is probably the easiest, he is gruff and sullen with sparks of respect with Joan. Also, he needs a buried hatred to half-breeds like Lone as he is racist as heck.

While my other series, FableLands has a character that is based on one of my role-playing days, James and ‘Jimy’. I don’t think I could let anyone else do his voice but the rest of the cast, wouldn’t have a clue who to cast as their voice actors.

The journey to find the right one is going to be hard, even listening to some sample clips doesn’t show me their scope. If my magical actor can handle this, then he is hired, by luck, it happens to be Mr Marsters, we are all good.

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My Feelings on Rose Montague’s Three J’Amigos

Just like to say I love these books! 5 out of 5 stars for the whole series!!!

 

Now to the nitty-gritty, these three books are an urban YA fantasy taking from many familiar themes of the supernatural world, like shifters, vampires, witches and fae. It is set in first person, each in the main character the books were named about. Starting with Jade, a policewoman with supernatural abilities to Jane who is a vampire and finally to Jill who is the Queen of Winter.

As I said before I love this trio of books, I don’t see them as individual books, but one novel split into three parts. I can see the necessariness of this as it would become confusing as you swap from one POV to another. Also, there are LGBTQ themes throughout the books as well, which heightened the enjoyment of it. It resonated with me as I see everyone who is free to love who they want, never minding their gender or sexual orientation. I am proud that my country has legalised same-sex marriage as well.

I had the pleasure of experiencing the novels as audiobooks. The narrator Caryn Kuhlman, her narration was top notched, as much as my love for Rose’s books, Ms Kuhlman brought it to a whole new level of immersion. I will always keep an eye out for her voice work as it was marvellous.

I picked up Miss Montague’s books as a promotional event called the 12 days of Bookmas, where indy authors and lovers of reading can come together to experience new and fantastic new worlds. I have known of Rose for some time now, and am amazed by her skill not only as an author but as a businesswoman as well. I will always support her endeavours to the best of my ability.

You can read my reviews on these links, Jade, Jane and Jill. Also, head to her Amazon author profile and check out all her books.

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Review of A Flicker of Steel by Steve McHugh.

Over a short amount of time, I powered through Mr McHugh’s the last three books of Hellequin Chronicles and then straight on to the first book of The Avalon Chronicles. After reading A Glimmer of Hope and seeing that the second book was up for pre-order, I was extremely excited.

So I have finished A Flicker of Steel, and now want to read the next one… but I have to wait until November…

I guess I should start with this review. Where was I? Oh yes, A Flicker of Steel. FoS expanded a lot from the last one, it been two years since the previous book and is set after Scorched Shadows (So now I understand the timeline), we pick up with Layla as a full-time agent. As this expands what happened after the takeover (if you want to know more read Hellequin Chronicles) and catch up Tommy, Oliva, Cassy, Chloe and Harry.

Seeing how they have grown and have been dealing with this new status quo and how they all need desperately need a win. There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling the heck of it.

The growth of Layla from the first book to the end of this one was marvellous to watch. In the first one, she thought she was a monster like her father, in this one she has accepted that darkness exists within herself, but you don’t need to lose yourself.

The book is action-packed and fantastic.

And again my hat goes off to Elizabeth Knowelden’s narration as it allows the humour, excitement, emotion and characters come to life. Her skill to give the listener/reader the full picture from her use different tones, accents and pitch. Miss Knowelden is brilliant and brings the level of the book beyond five stars!

Just like Mr McHugh has written so far, every book builds on the previous books and finally this book it connected to the larger storyline. Which make me want to read the next book, to see what happens!

5 out of 5 stars! (With Miss Knowelden 10 out of 5 stars!)