LIMITED TIME ONLY: Winter Sale on the Moonburner Cycle!

LIMITED TIME ONLY: Winter Sale on the Moonburner Cycle!

The holiday season is upon us! For a limited time only, the Moonburner Cycle eBooks are on sale. From December 5-9, Moonburner is FREE and Sunburner is just .99 cents! Grab them together with the FREE prequel novella, Burning Fate, and you’ll score the whole cycle for just .99 cents! Click the covers below to head over to Amazon.

Grab the whole Moonburner Cycle for just .99 cents!

Moonburner Cover Reveal!

Moonburner has a new cover!

As many of you know, I recently terminated my contract with my indie publisher and re-self-published my debut novel, Moonburner. The publisher owned the cover, so I had to get a new cover designed for the book. I found the amazing Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations, whose work I fell in love with! She did an amazing job of capturing the feel and atmosphere of Moonburner with this amazing new cover!

Without further ado…

Moonburner is Officially an Audiobook + Narrator Interview + Giveaway!

Moonburner is Officially an Audiobook + Narrator Interview + Giveaway!

At long last, Moonburner is officially an audiobook! You can buy it through Audible, Amazon, or iTunes.  If you aren’t an Audible member, you should think about it, it’s amazing. Every month you get a free audiobook, plus you get 30% off all audiobooks, all for $14.95 a month. As an Amazon prime member, you can get a three-month free trial membership, or as a regular old human, you can try it for free for a month. (Plus, if you start a new membership and Moonburner is your first purchase, I get $50 bucks from Amazon! So, that would be awesome.)


GIVEAWAY ALERT!

To celebrate the launch of Moonburner in audiobook form, I am hosting a giveaway! Enter to win one of five free copies of Moonburner, or a three month subscription to Audible!!! If you are already an Audible member, you would be entitled to three book credits. The Giveaway ends October 1!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


INTERVIEW WITH MY NARRATOR, EMMA LYSY

Emma Lysy audiobook narrator

I detailed the process of turning a book into an audiobook in this blog post here. But everyone I talk to about audiobooks are also super curious about audiobook narrators! How do you become one, what’s the technology like, etc. So to celebrate Moonburner’s audio launch, I’ve interviewed Moonburner’s narrator, Emma Lysy, to answer your burning questions!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

A: I live in Lansing, Mi – before that Orlando, FL; before that – Southwest Michigan. My black cat Bende is very interested in narration work, as he must be locked in a separate part of the house while I’m recording because he’ll do anything it takes to try to get into the booth with me.

Q: How did you get into working as an audiobook producer?

A: I’d always been interested in narration, and the larger world of voice over in general. I remember going to an acting workshop with a guy who was one of the few actors who made their entire living from acting alone, and 98% of that came from commercial work. He told me I was good at the acting part of it and had an interesting voice. I don’t have the hearty baritone necessary to land the Toyota commercials he was doing, but I did love reading and listening to books. When the opportunity presented itself, I took it! Even though I had no idea what I was doing and definitely had a lot of learning to do.

Q: Tell us about your process. How long does it take? What is your equipment like?
A: I know some narrators’ ratio of time worked to finished product is something like 6:1 on a good day. That is, there are 6 hours of work (prep, outtakes, retakes, mastering, editing, etc) to every 1 finished hour of audio. This also depends on how much you outsource and how much you do yourself, but it’s a lot – I’ve met people who believe a 5 hour book can be easily produced in a day because it’ll only take 5 hours. If only this were true. Equipment wise, it can be as fancy or spendthrift as you need. The basics of a good setup are a good, dead room (noise wise, that is), a computer, and a mike. That said, while you can technically produce an audiobook these three things, investing in better equipment, tailoring your space to reduce noise, and hiring professionals is the real baseline of a quality production.
Q: How do you decide what the characters should sound like?
A: Sometimes the book tells you – so and so is a 90-year-old woman. So and so has an accent, etc. But beyond that it’s largely intuitive. It’s an extension of the acting you’re already putting into that character based on their words.
Q: What’s the most challenging part of producing an audiobook?
A: It’s a lot of work. But, it’s the kind of work that streamlines itself as you do it longer. When I first started I could hardly record a 15-minute chapter at a time, I would just get bored and want to stop. But now, it’s easy to sit down and do a three-hour session in the morning and again at night. Being challenged isn’t a bad thing, in fact if your work isn’t challenging you, than I can’t imagine it’s very fun.
Q: How do you pick which projects to work on?
A: A combination of numbers, what I think my voice will suit, and whether I like it. Any one of those can be top priority for different projects. Sometimes you’ll sacrifice good numbers for a project you like, or vice versa. Mostly though, it’s going to come down to numbers. How I’m paid (sometimes in royalties, sometimes up front – sometimes a combo of both), how the book is selling, etc. While narration is art and I love it, it’s not something I’d do for free. But I’ve had the privilege to get to work on some books that were a pleasant combination of well written and best selling.
Q: Tell us about a few of your favorite authors/books.
A: My favorite books are the Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman. They’re so strange and surprising and they stay in my head for days. Also Beauty, by Robin McKinley – a fantastic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It cuts down on drama but doesn’t in any way sacrifice storytelling and character. A Series of Unfortunate Events – particularly as read by Tim Curry – shaped my youth. Shannon Hale, David Sedaris, Michael De Larrabeiti are other favorites. I’m also a fan of memoirs by funny women, and those are always my favorite audiobooks. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch have written my favorites.
Q: Are you involved in other aspects of the publishing world?
A: I’m also a graphic designer (emmalysydesign.com! I know, it’s a shameless plug) and specialize in book and audiobook covers!
Q: Tell us a fun fact about you!
A: I can touch my tongue to the tip of my nose. I know this is over the internet, but I swear it’s true

Moonburner is on Sale for .99 cents!

Just a quick note to let you know that the Kindle version of Moonburner is on sale this week for .99 cents! If you were on the fence about buying a copy, now is your chance!

Buy your copy HERE!

Moonburner YA Fantasy

The sale ends tomorrow, August 12.

Happy reading!


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My Top 10 Favorite Books and How they Influenced my Novel

My Top 10 Favorite Books and How they Influenced my Novel

I’ve been on a two-week Blog Tour through Chapter by Chapter, which means Moonburner is being featured all around the web! I had a lot of fun writing guest posts for the various blogs, but my favorite was this post on The Silver Dagger Scriptorium, which asked me to list my ten favorite books!

Any nerdy book-lover will know that it’s near impossible to narrow the favorites list down that far, so I did favorite books/series. As I was writing, I realized how each of these influenced my writing style, and in particular, my first novel Moonburner. If you haven’t read some of these, do yourself a favor and check them out!

Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan

This is the series that kindled my love of fantasy. I still have all my paperbacks from when I was a teenager, so dog-eared that the covers have fallen off the first seven of them. They are sprawling, epic and complex. Even though the series sags a bit towards the middle, it is worth it to push through, and the end is SO satisfying.

Harry Potter series, JK Rowling

Well, obviously these are on the list. This is the series that kindled my love of YA. It taught me and the world that a story can be magical and silly but still be powerful and poignant. That a story about chocolate frogs and flying brooms can capture the hearts of adults everywhere. If I was trapped on a desert island and could only pick one series, it would be this one.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, Laini Taylor

This series taught me the importance of a good hook. As soon as I started reading the first book, I HAD to know what was up with the teeth. (If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about!). And her blue hair. And the wishbone. And her strange monstrous family. The mysteries in this book pulled you in and demanded to be solved. I tried to emulate this great hook with “The Gleaming” in the prologue of Moonburner.

Graceling, Kristin Cashore

This book showed me the importance of a kick-ass heroine. Katsa has such a tough exterior, but somehow maintains her innocence on the inside. Or longs to. I loved reading her story, and I tried to write my main character, Kai, with as much of a dichotomy.

First Law trilogy, Joe Abercrombie

Abercrombie’s books taught me the importance of a good anti-hero. His characters are pretty terrible human beings: torturers, mercenaries, cowardly soldiers. But you LOVE them despite all of this. These books are dark and messy, but so engrossing. I didn’t get to write in much of an anti-hero into Moonburner, but I am looking forward to tackling this trope in one of my future works.

The Magicians trilogy, Lev Grossman

These books illustrate the importance of fun and humor. These are hilarious and irreverent; I frequently found myself laughing out loud. They feel modern, like they are written to the millennial generation. It turns out fantasy doesn’t have to be old-timey and stuffy! I tried to incorporate humor into Moonburner, especially in the character of Quitsu, Kai’s fox companion. It’s important not to take yourself too seriously!

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

This book is the least like the others on the list. But I loved it because of the incredible level of detail he reached in describing the world. I don’t really know anything about the 1980s or video games, but I felt like a pro after reading this book. It was such a fun romp through someone else’s passion; I strive to create a world of such detail in the books I write!

The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson

So, I am basically in awe of this series, and he’s only two books in! It is my aspirational series on the list. The creativity of this fantasy world and magic system, and the sheer number of plot lines, is astounding. I don’t think I could write 500 pages about men hauling a bridge and keep people engrossed, but Sanderson does. This series is going to be EPIC when it is done. So impressive.

Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins

Of course I get warm fuzzies when I think of this one. This is a series that sucks you in and won’t let you put it down until its 3 in the morning and you’re finally done. I tried to make Moonburner a page turner like The Hunger Games: fast and furious but still with characters you adore.

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

This is the newest addition to my list, I just read it a few months ago, after Moonburner was written. It’s not often that you find a book that is action-packed but ALSO has great character development, but this one does. This Ocean’s Eleven style heist tale had such a great world and a great crew. I hope to create such great depth of character and inter-character dynamics in all my books!


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