Now I came across this book through watching a video that the narrator, Travis Baldree, put out on YouTube. He was sampling a tool that I had just started using for my own audiobook narration and did a sample read in the video. I decided that I really enjoyed listening to his voice. I can’t remember if he mentioned this book or not in the video. I actually think he was working on another, but this caught my eye when I went out to Audible. I listened to the sample and decided to make the purchase.
I enjoyed the story. I can’t say it gave me too many surprises, but it was enjoyable to listen to as I took my lunchtime walks. The writing is solid, enjoyable. Travis does an wonderful job of narrating. He really does make it look and sound so easy.
The story wraps up completely. Though I didn’t feel compelled, I did get the next book in the series. In audio, because I’d be hearing Baldree’s voice in my head anyway and I’m finding that it’s easiest for me to get my reading either when I’m driving to/from work, exercising, or when I’m doing housework. It really has helped me actually finish books that I start (I think – I am getting several half-finished audiobooks now too, but my chances of finishing one are better than books I have to read, be they physical or ebook.)
Many authors fear reviews. They want them, but anything less than 5-stars seems to shatter them. I don’t read reviews anymore. I used to, but I just don’t go there now. I know I would end up carrying those voices back into my writing room. My artist child is too sacred to me to rent out that head space. I’ve done that and it took me a long time to crawl out from under my bed, so to speak.
So, imagine my surprise when I woke from a nightmare about getting a 1-star review on Quest for the Three Books. Lame! Dumb!
It was probably Loki trying to wake me up so I’d go get to work on the audiobooks. If so, he’s got my number.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about getting a small tablet for my sound booth because I tire of changing pages so often on my iPhone. First world problems, I know. But knowing that I’d mostly be using it for that, I didn’t want to go to the expense of an iPad.
My son recently bought a 10″ Kindle Fire for school and really liked it. I wasn’t certain I wanted something that big in the booth. In 9 square feet, space is at a premium.
Then I saw that a 7″ Kindle Fire for $35. Done. I can live with ads on the lock screen — as long as they don’t pop up at me as I’m trying to get stuff done, I’m good.
So I started working on the audio to For a Good Time, Call Loki this weekend and I saw some passages that others had highlighted. Generally, I have things like that turned off — again, distraction, plus I make a lot of my own notes, so I don’t like it overlapping. These highlights were passages that I presume other people found humorous. I know I was laughing when I saw what they were. See? Distraction.
But I got to thinking that I should look at some of my other books because maybe I could find things that resonate with other people and use those.
I’m currently out at FanX Salt Lake. We’re still an hour away from the show’s official start with VIP’s entering.
I hope I’ll get out to walk around tomorrow, but for now I’m sitting at my booth trying to get myself psyched up for the day ahead. Yeah, I was ready for this a week ago (grin) and now I want to be out adventuring instead. Maybe that speaks to my vibe being off.
Oh, I’ll get there again. I always do. I’m ready to rock this. I have new titles on my table: 1-800-CallLoki (the Loki Adventures omnibus), Let’s Make A Deal, and Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. I guess Prince of the Ruined Land is new to this show too, so if you have the first 3, you better come get #4.
I forgot my hat. That makes me a little sad. I wonder where it went because it wasn’t with the rest of my show stuff. As I wrote that, I wonder if I had taken it home. I think I did because I’d been planning on re-packing my shirts in there as soon as I had the dry cleaned. After I did that, I went to plan be and forgot my hat. Yeah.
Outside, the crowd cheers. They are really getting worked up. I hope the attendees have a great time.
This novella is meant to come before Stardust and further introduces the characters of Moonhunter and Balthier. I wanted to share this story with you before I start running the next story, which is going to be Dragons of Wellsdeep. I think it will be a good interlude for you.
Because Annie Douglass Lima shares so much of other people’s work, including mine, I really wanted to do something extra to help her out. In the past, I have shared other artists with you. I want to share writers as well.
The last couple of signings and shows I’ve done, I’ve had people so excited because they picked up a copy of The Three Books and wanted to get the next two book that are currently available in the series (there will be 5 books total when I’m done). I realized that I didn’t really have a place where people could purchase these together, so I set it up on my Zibbet store.
Right now, you can get both books directly from me for $25.00 plus shipping. Because I love my blog readers, if you use the promo code SK4BLOG you can get free shipping. That’s right! Autographed copies of Manifest the Magic and To Birth a Destiny right from the author for only $25. Act quickly — this coupon code is only good through August 10, 2015.