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Singer/Narrator Janel Ridenhour

Book Giveaway!

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We are giving away three regular size paperback copies of my book, Memory Gap, as well as two copies of the large print version of Memory Gap. Be sure to go to goodreads.com to sign up. If you are not a member of Goodreads, this is the perfect opportunity to become a member and discover other readers opinions about books and also to sign up for a chance to win a paperback copy of Memory Gap. There is no cost to join Goodreads.

Also, we are giving away fifteen copies of our new audiobook, Memory Gap, on audible.com. If you would like a chance of getting one of the free copies, please go to the contact page at afnovels.com. In the subject line, put Memory Gap, and as the message, put Free Audiobook. The first fifteen requests will receive information on how to get your free audiobook, Memory Gap.

There will be only one opportunity per email address.

 

Alexander Francis

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Memory Gap Audiobook

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It’s my great pleasure to announce the release of the audio version of Memory Gap on Audible.com as of today.  It will shortly be available also on iTunes and Amazon. The narrator, Janel Ridenhour, brings out the characters in the book so well that when I listen I scarcely believe that I am the author!

This version also has a number of sound effects and musical additions which markedly enhance the story and narration.  We were careful not to overdo it, but as you will hear, a bit of additional sound in the right places makes a more impactful presentation.

At one time, I had an idea of going much farther with sound effects but discovered that a talented narrator such as Janel can create the illusion of being there  for the listener, and too much additional sound is unnecessary, even distracting.  We believe that we have found the right mixture, but you are the final judge, and we would be interested in hearing your response.

A heartfelt thanks to Janel Ridenhour for the hard work and talent she invested in making Memory Gap come to life as she has done.  I look forward to several more projects with her in the near future.

Alexander Francis

 

P.S.  Listen to  this sample of Memory Gap.

      sample Memory Gap

Introducing Janel Ridenhour

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Introducing Janel Ridenhour, our new narrator.  She has plenty going on at the moment,  not only with the time-consuming labor of narrating a full-length book, but also completion of her first album of jazz recordings.

Janel is a longtime friend and graciously gave consent for me to use an on-stage photo of her for the cover of Are We A Band Yet?, and of course, her eyes grace the cover of The Green Scarf, also one of her eyes is seen in the rear view mirror on the cover of Spy Hunt.

We created a recording studio just for herstudio

 

and discovered that she can do her best singing  over a pre-recorded track instead of live in a larger studio. Separation of the instrumental tracks and the voice tracks have improved the quality and excitement of her recordings enormously.  We’ll have much more to say about the creation of a professional studio for the do-it-yourselfers, and a discussion of what hardware and software we chose as well as an explanation of good practice using a DAW for voice.

Here is a sample of her narration of my book Geminknot:

 

      Geminknot Audio Sample

 

Janel’s album is nearing completion, and we will post a sample of her work in a future blog.