Michael Ferraiuolo, a man of many voices

Today, I’d like to welcome the very talented Michael Ferraiuolo to my blog. Michael took on Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas and tackled the myriad accents of the cast with seeming ease… the result is absolutely incredible (and for those who’ve heard it… wait until you hear Sacrificed!).

Howdy, Michael. Welcome to my blog. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a native New Yorker with an overabundant love of reading. Luckily I was able to take a traditionally leisurely pastime and make a career out of it. I also write music for film and tv…and the occasional audiobook.

How did you get into audiobook narration?

My career began in music, but before that I was student of theater who always had a knack for accents and voices. As a studio owner in NYC I was able to meet people from different parts of the audio recording world. One day, I met a gentleman whose career was in audiobook production. One conversation with him planted the seed in my mind. After a few twists, turns, and rocky attempts I found myself in Audible Studios as a fully fledged narrator.

What is your favourite part of doing narration?

There are two aspects of the job tied for first place. I love finding character voices. When you’re given a great character that can stand out with an interesting accent or pattern of speech its easy to have a great deal of fun. The other part of this work that I truly enjoy is when an author is able to tell me that a character has come to life just the way they heard them in their mind. There’s a real satisfaction in helping people bring their characters and worlds to life.

The hardest part?

Often the same thing as my favorite part! Voices can be just as much a challenge as they are fun. If there’s a manuscript with dozens of characters it can be difficult to truly differentiate between them all.

Favourite genre (or subgenre) of books to narrate?

I try not to discriminate. Art is art and I’m proud to be a part of any project I take on. I’m a little quicker to accept fantasy or sci-fi books though.

Are you reading anything right now?

Always! Aside from the books I read for work I tend to read one or two for pleasure simultaneously. I’m currently reading the second Erevis Cale trilogy by Paul S. Kemp. Sadly, the audiobooks have already been made…a missed opportunity!

What are your top 5 books of all time (any genre)?

I don’t feel qualified enough to answer that one! Can I cop out and list some of my favorite writers? If so, I’d have to say…in no order.

Tolkien
Shakespeare
Pablo Neruda
Bill Bryson
Glen Cook
Charles C Mann
Bey Deckard

Those are some great names to be included with… grins Sheesh :)

I’d like to say thank you Bey for your literary contributions and I would encourage everyone to share their enthusiasm for your work and other great literature!

Thank very much, Michael and thank you for stopping by!

Interested in having Michael narrate? Contact him through http://www.ironworkstudios.com/

Want to win an audible copy of Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas or Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires (coming any day now)?

Just comment below with either your favourite audiobook or a book you would love to hear made into audio (any author or genre). I’ll pick two winners on Wednesday April 26th

Careened – Baal’s Heart #3.5 – Free for a limited time

It looks like my pirates are getting a bump in readership… for the new readers and the longtime fans, did you know that there is a Baal’s Heart short? It’s a tiny book, holiday-themed, and follows the events in Fated.

For today and tomorrow it’s available for free at Amazon! Get your copy here.

Happy birthday, Caged! Audiobook giveaway

Three years ago today I published Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas. It was unedited, the cover was a weird size, I hadn’t even given a thought to marketing it. I didn’t figure anyone would read it, honestly. I just published it for fun, on the suggestion of a friend, and basically walked away.

Then I got a review. And then another. And then another.

Well, here we are three years later. I’ve published five full-length novels with a sixth on the way, six novellas and novelettes, and a number of short or flash fics… and I hope to publish many more.

To celebrate the third anniversary of my first published work, I’m giving away five audiobook copies of Caged, narrated by the extraordinary Michael Ferraiuolo. All you have to do is go to this post and follow the instructions :)

Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas – Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

Now Available!

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Amazon
Audible
iTunes

 

 

Happy Halloween Sale!

October 30 & 31 ONLY

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Smashwords Sale! – Use coupon code at checkout

Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas –  $4.99 $2.50 w/ code NJ48X
Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires – $4.99 $2.50 w/ code TE66E
Fated: Love and Redemption – $4.99 $2.50 w/ code XU87S
Careened: Winter Solstice in Madierus – $.99 $FREE w/ code EP76C

The Complications of T – $1.50 $.99 w/ code SS98X
The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel – $2.25 $.99 w/ code HQ45P

Kestrel’s Talon – $5.99 $2.50 w/ code BU28Z

Max – $2.99 $1.50 w/ code EN53Z

Sarge – $1.75 $.99 w/ code NK98T
Murphy – $1.75 $.99 w/ code EF85U

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Better the Devil You Know – $4.00 $1.99 Buy here

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All Romance eBook sale! – All books :)

All my books 50% off at All Romance eBooks! (readers get store credit)
All my books 50% off at All Romance eBooks! (readers get store credit)

Click here to buy my books at 50% off at ARe

Happy Monday! – Careened in wide distribution

I know Mondays suck, but this Monday happens to be the day that Careened: Winter Solstice in Madierus is finally out of Kindle Unlimited and available at ARe and Smashwords (and more places, once Smashwords gets the files out to Barnes & Noble, etc).

So… hooray!

 

Careened: Winter Solstice in Madierus

Baal’s Heart #3.5

Novelette (13 000 words)
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy, Holiday Short, Triad, Gay

Buy it from

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BLURB

A Baal’s Heart holiday short, following the events in Fated: Blood and Redemption

Plagued by terrible dreams, Jon begins to distance himself from Baltsaros and Tom. Perhaps a little holiday cheer is just the thing to help the three of them find common ground again.

Happy Second Anniversary to Me! + Kindle countdown sale

Today marks two years as an author. Time flies when you’re having a blast!

Two years ago I hit “publish” for the first time… and send Caged out into the wild.

To celebrate, I’ve put Caged up for a Kindle Countdown Sale. What does that mean? Well, right now, you can get Caged for 99¢/£0.99 at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, but the price will continue to increase every two days until it goes back to the usual.
Just follow this link and get your copy today! :)

I know what I’m going to listen to today:

I’m back and did you know you could win some stuff?

Howdy! I’m back in the land of snow and cold and ready to get back to writing. I did “cheat” a bit while I was on the beach and did the equivalent of scribbling down scenes on napkins (Notes) and scraps of paper (iA Writer) which I started to sort through yesterday. Kestrel’s Talon has hit 60k which is about the halfway mark in the story. I think. I’m a little obsessed with this story… Instead of reading the 10 or so books I had in my pile to read while in Barbados, I spent a lot of time reading over what I’d written of Kestrel and editing. However… the one book I did read was a huge one—Xperiment by Dan Skinner—so there’s that.

But mostly, and I really swear, I just relaxed, suntanned, swam, drank, people-watched, chilled out… I have a post in me about Barbados in general, but that will probably be next week. In the meantime, I’ve put all my vacation pics at the bottom of this post if you want to take a look.

Did you know that I’m running a few giveaways at Goodreads right now? Here they are:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Caged by Bey Deckard

Caged

by Bey Deckard

SIGNED COPY
Giveaway ends January 31, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fated by Bey Deckard

Fated

by Bey Deckard

SIGNED COPY
Giveaway ends January 31, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Complications of T by Bey Deckard

The Complications of T

by Bey Deckard

SIGNED COPY
Giveaway ends February 28, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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And finally, I’ve started to work on the Baal’s Heart postcards and hopefully I’ll have them done before too long. :)

 

Anyway – just a quick post to say hi! Back to work….

Fated: Blood and Redemption by Bey Deckard #TopReads2015 Interview via FGMAMTC

Toni over at Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents says:

“Fated: Blood and Redemption is one of my top reads for 2015.  I contacted the author for an interview on previous and upcoming releases.  Continue reading for author questions and answers as well as an excerpt from a future book.

Thank you Bey for your time and excellent writing skills.”
 
(You’re very welcome Toni!)
 

Baal’s Heart Trilogy – now exclusive to Amazon and available with Kindle Unlimited

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Just for fun, I’ve taken Caged, Sacrificed, and Fated off the digital shelves everywhere but Amazon and signed them up for KDP Select—that means, starting today (Dec 01), you can read them with your subscription to Kindle Unlimited. Why? Just curious to see how they will do there. 

Yes, you can still purchase them outright from Amazon and the paperbacks are available at other places, as well as Amazon. I’ll regroup after the 90 days are up and see if exclusivity is worth it. :)

Caged: http://amzn.com/B00IDSQ5IM

Sacrificed: http://amzn.com/B00NH8G86C

Fated: http://amzn.com/B00V5JF03M