A new genre from an established writer – a modern-day fairy story from @EmmaCalin #childrensbooks

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Emma Calin, Romance novel and gritty short story writer has now turned her hand to children’s fiction.

The first in Emma’s series of modern-day fairy stories ‘ALF THE WORKSHOP DOG’ has its debut on Amazon this week in print, Kindle e-book and audio book formats.

Amazon USA        Amazon UK

This chapter-book story tells of a real-life dog who works in an inner-city garage with a bit of magic and adventure thrown in. Anime and manga artist Miko Abellera has created beautiful illustrations to bring the story to life.

The story is sprinkled with modern magic – QR codes link to bonus features such as video clips, music, photos and downloadable colouring pictures.

This book is for young readers (reading age seven and up) or adults to share with younger children.

Find out about competitions to win paperback, Kindle and audio book editions on Facebook:

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Brand new #poetry #audiobook – get it #free with Audible 30 day trial

FreezeFrameAudioMP3Well it’s finally here – the FREEZE FRAME international poetry anthology has been re-mastered and is now on sale on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The brainchild of the poet Oscar Sparrow, he invited 5 other poets from around the world to write a collection of poems that would ‘freeze the frame’ on our bustling lives.  In addition to their written words, each poet recorded a performance of each poem.  To complete the project, a talented young pianist composed a theme for the anthology with individual motifs for each poet.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear works read aloud by these poets, in their own inimitable styles that really bring the poetry to life.

If you would like to get this audio book for FREE here are two suggestions ( you could do both of course!):

1. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial membership on Audible and get FREEZE FRAME for FREE too. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

2. Get a FREE copy to download from Amazon.  We have a number of ‘review copies’ to give away – we are doing this via a draw, to make it fair.  The first draw will take place at the end of September.  Click here to enter:    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright and Jefferson Hansen on a great audio project.

Find the audio, print and kindle versions here too:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Giveaway – #FREE #audiobook version of historical non-fiction book about cycle racing and the Tour de France

As the cycling season continues with the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Britain, here’s something to keep you going during the resting periods…

Gallo Romano recently recorded an audio edition of Les Woodland’s historical non-fiction book “Tour de France: The Inside Story”. The kind folks at Audible have given us some FREE copies to share with our friends.

We are having a draw for 2 free copies – one for Audible.com the other for Audible.co.uk. So if you enjoy non-fiction audiobooks or fancy trying one, or if you love cycling or the Tour de France: enter below…

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The draw will take place on the 3rd of October.  To get more chances of winning visit Bill McGann’s Bike Race Info website and leave a comment on the interview he did with Emma Calin about how the audiobook was created. He also provides a whole load of up to date daily stats about each stage of all major cycle races.

 

 

How far does your #audiobook #narrator go for authenticity?

Oscar Sparrow has recently recorded an audiobook for the great British journalist of cycling – Les Woodland.  It’s called Tour de France: The Inside Story and is a 9-hour feast for anyone who loves cycle racing, bikes, France and wants to know the history and background to the world’s greatest cycle race – and some would argue the world’s toughest athletic competition.

He’s also produced this video to explain to Les’s fans just how he went about researching and preparing for the narration of this audiobook.

The audiobook lasts just over nine hours and is available on Amazon USAAmazon UKAudible and iTunes.

There is currently an offer to get the book free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership on Audible, saving $19.95 (£12.50)!

You can also win a copy of the brand new audiobook here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

New audiobook available from Audible, Amazon and iTunes – The Gentleman and The Rogue

Great news: our 9.5 hour finished audiobook for the period romance – The Gentleman and The Rogue – by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon, has been approved by ACX and can be purchased online at a number of locations.

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We recorded the story over a couple of weeks at the end of April – and what a challenge for our narrator Jasper de Montfort! Keeping track of 18 different voices across an 85000 word novel was no mean feat. There was, in addition, an interesting dimension to this book  – as it follows a passionate romance between a wealthy baronet and his valet.  As usual, Jasper dealt with their relationship and (somewhat erotic!)  interactions with compassion and tenderness and we were delighted with the end result.

This is a fast moving historical adventure set in the early 19th century.  The story captures the flavour of England at a time when social divides dictated protocols and etiquette. The authors portray all the characters and action within a credible ‘upstairs-downstairs’ environment.  Although a love story, The Gentleman and The Rogue is full of action and suspense as Sir Alan Watleigh and the incorrigible cockney, Jem, rescue the orphaned daughter of one of his regiment from the clutches of an evil surgeon.

Amazon Link               Audible Link             iTunes Link

Smiles all round at Gallo-Romano Media

We received a lovely email today from the author of “101 Tips on How To Be A Bouncer” – Mr Darren Lee.  He has now received his finished audiobook – narrated by our very own Oscar Sparrow and seems very pleased with the result.

Not being shy about blowing our own trumpet… we our proud to share his testimonial with you:

 101 How To be a Bouncer audiobook cover (1)“When I first decided to seek auditions for my book, 101 Tips on How to Be a Bouncer: Techniques to Handle Situations Without Violence, into an audiobook I really had no idea what to expect. I knew I wanted a British accent which was refined, yet had a bit of an edge. Some of the auditions missed the point completely and others sounded like they had been recorded in a garbage can outside a nightclub. I had just about given up entirely when along came Oscar Sparrow of Gallo-Romano Media with a short audition piece that seemed to perfectly duplicate what I wanted, plus adding a certain quality to his product which only comes from years of experience and dedication. In short, to say I am happy with the audiobook is an understatement. For Oscar, his work isn’t just a churn and burn to make a quick buck. He is VERY good at what he does, it certainly shows in his work and I would have no hesitation recommending him to prospective audiobook producers in the future!”

Thanks Darren! Needless to say… we are all walking round with big grins on our faces.

Listen to 101 Tips…

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Great news, the audiobook for Darren Lee’s 101 TIPS ON HOW TO BE A BOUNCER is now finished and is available FREE with every Kindle copy purchased.

You can find the book and audiobook here

It  lasts around two and a half hours and was recorded by Oscar Sparrow, in his firm but friendly South-London accent.

 

You can find out what Oscar thinks about the book and also hear an audio sample on Emma Calin’s blog where he is doing a guest post today. 

Oscar sqareWe wish Darren every success with his new book!