Category Archives: Audiobook
Four years ago today, encouraged by Alex Brightsmith, I published my inoffensive little “Magnificent Seven with fur” tale about rabbits and cats working together against seemingly insurmountable odds. I doubt Alex knew what she was unleashing back then, but I’ll be eternally grateful that she did.
There are now nine substantial books out there with my name on the cover as either author or editor, along with a couple of other small things. These days you can buy some of my stories translated into Russian, and even get yourself a Wombie audiobook to listen to while driving. You can buy Wombie jewellery and stationery, and you can employ me to edit your manuscript and format it correctly for publishing (yeah, I’ve not made that page yet – I ought to get my finger out). The tenth book and fourth full-length novel***, The Raven’s Wing, is well on its way to completion now that I’ve fallen back in love with it again.
I’ve met numerous authors, attended signings and book fairs, and made a lot of new friends. I’ve had “Oi, Wombat!” shouted at me in a busy town centre. Perhaps my favourite meeting, though, was in Michigan when I was introduced to a stranger whose first words to me were “You asshole, how could you end Fog like that?”. In short, I’ve had the BEST bloody time, and it’s down to you lovely buggers who read all my blather. Thank you *snogs your faces off*. And if you don’t like my writing (a) what are you doing here? and (b) blame Alex.
***if you can’t actually count four, that’s probably because you’re not aware of the privately published novel called ‘Murder at Wombat Towers’ which was written about and for a dozen Americans to thank them all for their remarkable hospitality and friendship over the years.
Are you coming to see me at UK Indie LitFest in Bradford on 23rd July? Want a free audiobook to listen to on the way home?
The first ten people to say “Ee a Moth Girl” to me (that’s a quote from the book which is also an anagram of the person who inspired it) will receive a code for a FREE download of the Moth Girl audiobook from Audible (together with detailed instructions on how to jump the stupidly complicated Audible hurdles).
This post is for those lovely folk to whom I have given an Audible Promo Code to obtain a free copy of the AUDIOBOOK of Moth Girl versus The Bats, read by best-selling narrator Matt Thurston. If you want one too, all you have to do is ask. Go on, I won’t bite.
OK, guys, do this –
1. Go to the Moth Girl page on Audible.CO.UK or Audible.COM. Note, UK codes won’t work on the US site, and vice versa. You’ll need to log in to your Amazon account, or create a new one if you don’t already use the site.
2. Add the audiobook to your basket.
3. IGNORE ‘OTHER BUYING OPTIONS’. Click ‘Do you have a promotional code?’ (bottom left)
4. Enter the 13-digit promo code (the one I gave you, not the one on this screenshot!), and click “Apply Code”
5. A box will appear telling you you have available credits, and you’ll now see a check box by the book under ‘Apply Credits’. Tick this box and click ‘Update’ to update your total to £0.00.
6. Click ‘Continue with regular price’, check that your total is now zero and complete checkout by clicking ‘Buy Now’.
7. Click ‘My Library’ and ‘Download’ to download your book.
Enjoy the hell out of the bugger. Please do rate and review it on Audible, as every single person who does that helps. Audible make reviewing a doddle by asking you three or four questions – it’s actually great fun. Oh, and thank you.
I thought you might be interested to see a few comments that listeners have made to us here at Hairynose Press about Matt Thurston, the reader of the Moth Girl audiobook:
“He really draws you into the story.”
“His voice is like he’s stroking my ears.”
“The bit where he suddenly switched into Thea’s English voice was ace.”
“I’m a big fan of classic radio serials, and it really reminded me of that. I’m certainly hooked!”
“I could fall in love with this voice.”
You can get your ears stroked HERE.
I’m over the parrot to be able to tell you that Moth Girl is now available as an Audiobook. Now you can listen to Thea’s adventures in the car, while you’re washing the dishes, or, you know, anywhere else where you might use your ears.
I am indescribably grateful to the remarkably talented voice artist Matt Thurston for agreeing to read it for me. Episode One is available for download from Bandcamp now. You can name your own price for downloading; pay what you think it is worth (and yes, that does include paying nothing; grab it free, if you like, as our gift to you. If you do think our efforts are worth rewarding, though, the option to bung us something is there).
I awoke at 5am last night, and my mind decided that it didn’t want to go back to sleep. Oh no, the irritating sod decided that it wanted to think about time, death and oblivion. I tried to drag it away to thoughts of dancing ladies, semi-clad in diaphanous nightgowns, but my mind was having none of that and had an aged knight in rusty armour slay them all bloodily and muddily with a huge axe.
The upshot of this is that when time finally did haul it’s slow and sorry arse around to the hour of getting up, I was exhausted and – ta-da! – fell asleep.
I hate when that happens. It means that I’ve lost a morning which I had promised to devote to writing, and I can scarce afford that at the moment, given the number of project balls that I am currently juggling:
- Firstly, here I am listening to the first chapter of the ‘Moth Girl’ audiobook, which is stupendously good. The reader has achieved a slightly off-kilter tone to his delivery which perfectly matches the tale. It will eventually be available for download on Bandcamp.
- Secondly, I continue to promote ‘Soul of the Universe’, which to my delight has been extremely well received.
- Thirdly, I have a shipful of pirate tales waiting for me to edit them into the next anthology, now tentatively entitled ‘Talking The Plank’.
- Fourthly, the ever-patient ‘1322’ (which really needs a different title lest it be mistook for a history book – ‘The Raven’s Wing’ being the current favourite) sits back and awaits my attention.
- Fifthly, I continue to tend my secret project as it simmers away. You may or may not get to hear about this towards the end of the year.
- Oh, and sixthly, I ought to submit ‘Fog’ once more to a few publishers. Self-publishing is enormous fun, but a professional publisher could give a book far more of a push than I alone ever can. Although I love my readers dearly, bless you, of all my works ‘Fog’ at least deserves a wider audience.
So you see, I don’t have time to sleep. Sleep is for wimps. I must stop being a wimp.
Evening! Bit of help, please? I’m considering making available audio versions of my books (well, the fiction at least). Which tale would you rather listen to? The thrilling adventures of talking rabbits, sexy & mysterious derring-do, or steampunky science fiction (which would be shorter and therefore cheaper than the others)? If you could, please let me know using the poll below. I’ll love you forever. Ta.