Showing posts with label audiobook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label audiobook. Show all posts

Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai
presented by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd

By now, you’ve probably read your free copy of Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews (see my previous blog post). Now, Jason B. Ladd is giving a full report of what he's learned in a FREE live webinar, coming soon!

Have you heard the story of the author who waited patiently for book reviews and was rewarded with a flood of them finally coming in? Me neither. That's because it's complete fiction. When you're a new author, that doesn't happen. Like ever.
When you see an author with a 100-person street team and 101 reviews during launch week, there has been a lot of extremely intentional work going on behind the scenes. This is where Jason B. Ladd wants to take you in his upcoming webinar - behind the scenes of a coordinated book review campaign.
Register here.
And he's not plugging any shady practices like paying for reviews. He's talking about time-tested, tried and true principles used by successful indie authors and major publishing houses. And he's spilling the beans on all the techniques he uses to get his books over 100 reviews during his targeted campaigns. And the webinar is 100% free.
Not only are you going to learn the secret behind his Book Review Banzai technique, but you'll be getting his back story too. And who doesn't love a good backstory?
And just for signing up for the webinar, he's going to send you the complete Book Review Banzai audiobook for free!
So, register here to watch the webinar free and download the audiobook free right now!

About the Author
Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an author, apologist, and entrepreneur. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16. He is the founder of Boone Shepherd and creator of Indielisters, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.
His book One of the Few was awarded as Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was optioned for film. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Chompy & the Munchy Bunch" Series by Nancy Beaule

Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Series
by Nancy Beaule

Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Series by Nancy Beaule

We are pleased to announce that the audiobook versions of all three books in the Chompy & the Munchy Bunch series are now available! Author Nancy Beaule shares excerpts from all three books: The Secret Formula, Search for the Hidden Treasure, and Spud's First Day Surprise. You can also read my reviews. This series is suitable for children ages 4 to 9.

The Secret Formula
(Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Book 1)

The Secret Formula (Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Book 1) by Nancy Beaule

Chompy, a carrot with superpower eyesight; Salty, a potato chip who's a bit untidy; Candybar, a chocolate bar who plays mischievous pranks; and a haunted mansion where it all comes together. These are the main characters in The Secret Formula, the first book in a series called Chompy & the Munchy Bunch.
When Chompy learns about an ancient carrot formula that gives super-powered eyesight, he knows he must find it! But the journey leads Chompy and his pals to the mysterious mansion of Doc Peppa, where strange things begin to happen.

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As Chompy munched on his last carrot, something poking through a thick layer of dust caught his eye.
“Salty, look at this bottle!! It’s gotta be Doc Peppa’s supereye formula! I wonder what it tastes like......”
Chompy’s eyes popped like ping pong balls!
“HOLY CARROTS! I can see for miles! I can see through the walls! I can see...wait...I can see something moving inside Doc Peppa’s safe!!”

[Listen to an audiobook sample here.]

Praise for the Book
"I thought this book was awesome and a great short read for kids. It's fun, silly and entertaining. I recommend to all families." ~ Stacie Williams
"Incredible and well written children's book. I would recommend this to all families with small kids. Amazing!!!" ~ bojean
"This book was wonderfully written. It entertained my 5 and 2 year old at the same time. The characters were cute and engaging. Loved the ending!" ~ Kindle Customer
"This is a delightful book which will appeal to a range of young readers. The illustrations are lovely and comically reflect what's happening in the story. This is a great book to use in the classroom or the home if you want to encourage children to eat healthy too. I mean, who doesn't want super powers, especially ones from a carrot?!! This will make a great addition to any child's library." ~ Susan Day (Author /illustrator Astrol's Adventures)
"We have had the pleasure to personally meet her and have her read her book to my daughter and her friend at our local library. Cute book and love the choice of characters." ~ becky

My Review
I found this book during a free promotion.

By Lynda Dickson
Chompy the healthy carrot, Salty the potato chip, Candybar the candy-eating trickster, his little sister Cupcake, and Weiner the dog visit the abandoned Peppa Mansion to find out more about Doc Peppa's supereye carrot formula. They all get a fright, but is the mansion really haunted?
The characters all have distinctive characteristics and mannerisms, and the illustrations by Lauren Goldstein match up well. The author uses words to great effect to further enhance the images in our heads (e.g., "A sudden wave of icy cold air sprinkled them with goose bumps.") and to create a spooky atmosphere. She also subtly conveys the message of healthy eating through the actions of the different characters. I'm a bit disturbed by how our friends enter Doc Peppa's home uninvited and how Chompy appropriates Doc Peppa's secret formula and calls it Chompy Juice. But if you go with the flow, this is a fun, scary story that will have the kids jumping with fright as well as laughing at the silly antics.
Good fun for ages 3 and up.

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Search for the Hidden Treasure
(Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Book 2)

A secret treasure is hidden deep inside the mysterious Peppa Mansion! Chompy, Salty, and Weiner set out to solve the mystery ... but will Candybar shake up their plans? Will Chompy Juice be involved?
Volume 2 in the Chompy & the Munchy Bunch series, this story has plenty of action to keep children entertained again and again!

The heavy door creaked open as Chompy and Salty entered the mansion, scanning the dark room as Chompy’s flashlight danced in his jittery hand, abruptly stopping on a very strange-looking carpet.
A pair of dark glowing eyes seemed to stare right through them!  Coarse dark fur stretched long across the dusty floor.  It was more than Weiner could stand!  He poked his nose under the carpet while Chompy bent down to take a closer look.
Suddenly the carpet reared up towards them like a serpent rising from the dark sea!
"YIKES IT’S ALIVE!” screamed Chompy, leaping on Salty’s back.  “AAAHHHH!”
Down...down...down they went through a rotten floorboard, SMACK onto Candybar’s trap!
Up...up...up sailed Candybar, landing THUD.....right in the middle of a HUGE spider’s nest!

[Listen to an audiobook sample here.]

Praise for the Book
"This is the second book in the series and it just keeps getting better. Again we meet Chompy the carrot and his mate, Salty. Their search picks up from the previous book and takes them on a fun and fast-paced adventure. Kids are going to love the illustrations, too. They are really quite funny. This is going to be a hit with most young and older readers. Let's face it, any book that includes the baddie getting covered in spider poop is sure to be a winner! Well done, Nancy. Keep up the good work." ~ Susan Day (Author/illustrator Astrol's Adventures)
"I think this one was just as good as the first book. Great drawings and characters. I recommend to all families. " ~ Stacie Williams
"Nancy Beaule's delightful children's book puts forth the message that you reap what you sow. [...] I enjoyed the second installment of Chompy & the Munchy Bunch, and recommend it to those aged between 4-7, enabling them to realize their full potential, regardless of the fear and obstacles in their way." ~ Rose Malezer, Reader's Favorite

My Review
I found this book during a free promotion.

By Lynda Dickson
Chompy tries making Chompy Juice, but something's just not right. Meanwhile, Salty reveals that he found a cryptic note at Peppa Mansion. So, they head back to the haunted mansion to see if they can find a hidden treasure and, hopefully, the real secret behind making Chompy Juice. But someone else is following them ...
Once again, the author shows her talent in creating a spooky atmosphere with her careful choice of words. Young readers will be amused and frightened at the same time, as Chompy goes on another exciting adventure and someone is taught a lesson. I hope the author takes the opportunity to incorporate some nutritional messages in future books in this series.

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Spud's First Day Surprise
(Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Book 3

Salty's cousin Spud moves to Munchytown, but his first day in school gets off to a rough start! Spud runs away but soon discovers something special hidden deep inside the lonesome forest.


[Listen to an audiobook sample here.]

Praise for the Book
"Colorful, fun, and funny, Chompy, Volume is a story I recommend for pure silly enjoyment. I look forward to the fourth book in the series, coming in the fall of 2017." ~ Hall Ways
"The characters make me smile every time I think about them. It is a definite read to children. The underlying healthy eating message is a REAL plus!" ~ Amazon Customer
"After the first two books my son could not wait to read this one. He likes it when Spud is stuck in the window. It is fun to read." ~ Amazon Customer

My Review
I found this book during a free promotion.

By Lynda Dickson
It's Spud's first day at a new school, and nothing is going right. Feeling like a laughing stock, he runs off into the woods - and accidentally becomes a hero! Meanwhile, Chompy uses his super-powered Chompy Juice to good effect.
As ever, Candybar is the troublemaker, while Chompy saves the day. And, once again, there is some questionable behavior, as Spud climbs a ladder to peek through a window. Still, we all know what Goldilocks did! I'm sure the kids will enjoy the "butt" references! At the same time, they'll learn that it's okay to be different and that sometimes being different is a good thing.
A cute story for children ages 3 and up.

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About the Author
The Secret Formula is Nancy's debut book. What began as a way to keep her grandchildren entertained, has evolved into an exciting series about a carrot named Chompy who discovers an ancient carrot formula for super-powered eyesight. The series, called Chompy &The Munchy Bunch, is geared toward 4 to 9 year-olds, and while the kids love re-enacting the "Chompy Juice" portion of the book, parents appreciate the hidden nutritional messages. Volume 2, Search for the Hidden Treasure, was published in September 2016, and Volume 3, Spud's First Day Surprise, in April 2017.
Nancy's path to writing is a bit unorthodox, having spent the last 30 years as an entrepreneur/inventor. In the 80's she operated a print shop before inventing a product called the Pie Saver, which are foil rings that prevent pies from burning, came from her love of baking! "Running a business is similar to writing - there are lots of ups and downs, but you can never give up!" Now with three grandchildren to enjoy, she felt the time was right to try her hand at writing children's books, and the children are loving Chompy and his pals! Nancy has two children and lives in Maine and Florida with her husband of 41 years.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

"The Americans" narrated by Michael Holmes

The Americans:
11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder
by Michael Fuller, David Vachon, Paul Chrastina, and Rick Bromer
Narrated and produced by Michael Holmes

I am joined today by Michael Holmes, narrator and producer of the audiobook, The Americans: 11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder, also available in Kindle format. Read on for my interview with Michael, a guest post by Michael, an excerpt from the audiobook, as well as my review and our exclusive giveaway.

Here are tales of adventurers, gifted and determined, who enriched our lives as they lived theirs with spirit and grit. Francis Scott Key, who turned glorious patriot as he saw Fort McHenry’s defenders bombed but not bowed. Amelia Earhart, who became a famous pilot before she could fly. Slaves William and Ellen Craft, who ran a thousand miles for freedom using audacity and ingenious disguise. Butch Cassidy and Sundance, Barnum, Twain, Dix. The first female doctor, a Civil War spy, the sharpshooting Quaker girl of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and the man who banished pain. Meet them all - discover the TRUE stories about the people you only thought you knew.
You can find the print versions of these and many more stories from

Audio Excerpt

Click below to read an excerpt from the Kindle edition.

Praise for the Book
"Who knew? Most everybody loves a good story. For me in particular, not so much. Unless ... it is a good story about real events which happened to real people. Then it becomes both compelling and full of intrigue. Imagining what it must have been like to actually be there in a different time and place, I was struck by how vastly different society was when these characters walked American soil, and yet how human nature hasn't changed at all. From the inspirational life of Amelia Earhart, to the scandalous escapades of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to the amazing stories of obscure people I have never heard of, I was drawn in to each one's world and amazed by their courage, audacity, and vision. This is just a sampling of countless people of similar talent and ambition who have made America a great nation, The narrator delivers the stories in a smooth manner that is easy to listen to, and provides just enough background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. I am already listening to it a second time ... and no, I am not a history buff. " ~ A. Good
"An enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the stories. Although I thought I knew about these people, I learned something new in each story. The narrator was excellent; not overdone so as to be tiring, but with just the right amount of intensity to add to the story." ~ Tom Manley
"Informative and well produced. I'm a documentary film maker and discovered this book doing research on a possible future project. I found the stories engaging and well told. The production is top notch with music and sound effects used to help "paint" a visual picture of the stories as they unfold. I think the narrator is spot on, not too sing-songy or overly dramatic, and he speaks with a warmth and feeling for the subject in a clear strong tone." ~ Paul
"Crisp writing, meaningful stories and highly listenable delivery by the talented Mike Holmes. Highly recommended." ~ Keith
"I heard about this audible and was intrigued by a couple of the stories. I loved it! Francis Scott Key's story, with appropriate sound effects, was very entertaining as well as educational. I am not a history buff but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing these stories. I highly recommend the audible." ~ Summer540
"Fascinating, well told stories - a true testament to the American Spirit!" ~ Mark

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
This is an interesting and educational collection of eleven short biographies of Americans who showed great courage and determination. The Americans featured are: Amelia Earhart, the first female to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1928 and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932; Doctor William Morton, a dentist who first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846; Dorothea Dix, an activist on behalf of the insane, who created the first generation of American mental asylums in the 1800s; Phineas Taylor Barnum, a showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus; Francis Scott Key, a lawyer, author, and amateur poet who wrote the lyrics to the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner"; Elizabeth Blackwell who, although British-born, was notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States in 1849; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, notorious for a series of bank and train robberies in the 1890s; Lafayette Baker, an investigator and spy serving the Union Army during the American Civil War, who later became the head of the federal secret service; William and Ellen Craft, slaves from Georgia, who escaped to Philadelphia in the North in 1848; Annie Oakley, a renowned markswoman and star who worked with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the 1800s; and Sam Clemens, a riverboat pilot and Confederate soldier who later became known as writer Mark Twain.
This collection contains the stories of a nice mixture of male and female American legends. Some I had only heard of and some I knew well; however, I learned something new about them all. The biographies provide a wealth of information told in a story-like manner, full of intimate details, conversations, action, and suspense. The narration by Michael Holmes holds the listener's attention and is enhanced by a musical background and sound effects at key points during the stories.
My only complaint is that, in the Audible edition, the chapters should be labelled and the narration should include the chapter names to clarify which story we are listening to. This information, as well as the authors' names, are included in the Kindle edition.
An interesting - as well as educational and entertaining - collection, well worth a listen.

Interview With the Narrator
Michael Holmes joins me today to discuss his audiobook, The Americans: 11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder
For what age group do you recommend your book?
Ages 35+.
What sparked the idea for this book?
I found the 11 stories in a periodical called Old News ( and was enchanted by them. I'm a long-time subscriber.
How do you hope this book affects its readers/listeners?
They are stories about people we know probably little other than what we learned in school. Each story lets us look into their (very interesting) lives. I believe that when we read about the life of a real person, we take wisdom from that person's story and apply it to our own lives.
How long did it take you to produce this book?
I narrated and produced it over the course of a year.
How did you get your audiobook published?
I listed it with Audiobook Creation Exchange, a division of Amazon.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Have an absolute love for your subject and the clear conviction that people will enjoy it as you do.
What do you like to do when you're doing this kind of work?
I play music for pleasure and in a professional group.
What does your family think of this project?
They're very supportive. They think I'm hot!
Please tell us a bit about your childhood.
My father was the Final Authority in Electrochemistry at the Naval Research Laboratory. He passed away when I was six. I had a low self-image childhood and escaped into books, reading mainly about the history of technology, chiefly that of the US. I played music with groups, rode horses, enjoyed the company of older people, which I still very much enjoy. They are more interesting than anyone else! 
Did you like reading when you were a child?
I lived in books.
Who are your favorite writers?
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I'd like to do another series like The Americans. I'm also writing a book on how to start and be in a rock and roll band, the purpose of which is to allow people just starting out how to avoid mistakes most groups make technically, musically, and with regard to group dynamics. 
Thanks so much for joining us today, Michael. Best of luck with your future projects.

Guest Post by the Narrator
How this Audiobook Came About
Almost 20 years ago I found a cool periodical called Old News in my mailbox and subscribed to after I’d read the first three paragraphs of the lead story. Old News is stories about people from every continent, from ancient times until about the 1940’s. Each story is about someone who faced a challenge and how he or she met it.
I am a writer and producer of audio for a range of publications plus broadcast. I found the stories in Old News so compelling that I asked the publisher, Rick Bromer, if he’d like to hear audio versions of some of the stories. Rick was pleased to hear them and encouraged me to do an audiobook of them. 
I find the subjects of the stories – Twain, Key, Butch Cassidy, Amelia Earhart, Annie Oakley, plus 6 more – to be at once fascinating people of their times, but feel kinship with them as their human foibles and frailties come through as well. The stories allow me to feel I am on their journeys with them. With judicious care I have chosen occasional music and ambience to enhance that feeling of being there. 
I’m happy with customer observations that "The narrator delivers the stories in a smooth manner that is easy to listen to, and provides just enough background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life." And "An entertaining and informative dose of the American spirit. Something that is desperately needed today. Slip it into your kids' iPod and they just may discover what this country's all about." I couldn’t ask for more gratifying comments. 

About the Narrator
In college I met a guy who was Program Director of the brand-new campus radio station, WMRA-FM. He got me an air shift, and I discovered to my delight that I had a natural ability to write scripts and combine them with music and sound effects. I became Program Director of a local radio station and wrote their commercials.
In 1981 a friend gave a cassette to a major agency writer, who critiqued 10 commercials I had produced and put on it. He told me I did great production and that I didn't know a thing about advertising. So he decided to teach me, and over two years I soaked up every word.
Since then I've produced for Billy Graham, Merck Pharmaceuticals, done travel CD's, radio and television commercials, corporate video, and arranged music for a video phonics course. I discover the heartbeat of what you want to say and record it.

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