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Free audiobooks!

11 May

Throughout the merrie month of May, my novelised biographies of St Patrick and Augustine of Hippo are available from Christian Audio for half price. That’s three hours of educational entertainment for $4.98 (which is about £3.68 in real money).

But better yet, if you take out a free trial membership (cancel within 30 days or you’ll be charged for the following month – you know the drill), you can get them for FREE! If there’s one thing better than a good book, it’s a free good book.

You can also give them as gifts apparently, although I’ve never done that, so I don’t know how it works. Worth investigating if you have a tween/teen/person who’s interested in late Roman, Irish, North African or church history on your birthday present list.

Happy listening!

The Snow Queen – a winter’s tale

12 Dec

My latest work of beauty (indulge me) is an audio adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. It’s read by Sophie Aldred, who was Ace, the assistant in Dr Who when I was growing up, and who has a lovely, warm voice. But it’s also got a full cast of characters played by other actors, and sound effects, and even background music! What more could you want?

Everyone remembers the core of the Snow Queen – boy captured by evil queen, heart frozen, friend tries to get him back – but there’s so much more in it that you’ve probably forgotten. There are enchantments and danger and robbers, a real shortage of shoes, and even a talking reindeer!

In this adaptation, there’s plenty of drama and suspense, but also a lot of description to engage your senses and transport you to the frozen north and the Snow Queen’s palace. Not that you need to exercise much imagination, the weather we’re having at the moment.

It’s available from Word of Mouth Productions as a 65-minute MP3 download. Visit the website here, or play the video below to hear Sophie Aldred say nice things about my adaptation!

Do you believe in ghosts?

25 Oct

“How many of you believe in ghosts?” Tom asks. A few hands go up. “And how many of you think it’s a load of old cobblers?” A few laughs, a few more hands.

“I knew a lad once who didn’t believe in ghosts,” Tom begins…

Ghost Stories UK Volume 1

You can probably guess that it didn’t end well for the lad in that story, but to find out exactly what happens to him you will have to download volume three of Word of Mouth Productions’ new audiobooks, Ghost Stories UK. All the stories have a flavour from one of the nations of the UK. The extract above is taken from my story The Carlisle Ghost Walk, which you can probably guess falls into the English category. There’s also The Child Taker, which is very scary and set in Wales (volume two) and The Glen (volume one), which is my favourite, and is set in Texas. Confused? Well, buy volume one and all will become clear!

Each volume costs £3.99 and is only available for download. There are actually four volumes, but I’m not on volume four, I’m afraid. Word of Mouth Productions is currently commissioning stories for collections in the sci fi, horror and murder mystery genres, and they are keen to encourage new authors, so it’s worth sending them a pitch if you’re trying to get a break.

By the way, The Child Taker was very long, so the audio version is abridged. If you’re curious about what was left out, drop me an email using the contact form and I’ll send you a copy of the original.