Yes, you read the title correctly! Cleanse Fire will soon be out there in audio book format! I’m so excited about this I can barely contain my glee! I’m shooing for by the end of February but it might be mid-March until it’s official. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Derac: This is really a great step forward for the series. I’m thrilled.
Anastasia: Yes it is! Living in my head, I’m sure you’ve listened to it too Derac. What do you think of how the narrator portrayed your voice?
Derac: He did a wonderful job with it. He really captured the emotions and our personalities. Very impressed. I especially enjoyed how he managed to switch between one voice and the next with varying pitches, accents, and emotions during a conversation.
Anastasia: And to you dear blog readers, I’m talking the fabulously talented, Chad Tindale. My first step into getting Cleanse Fire into audio was to put up an excerpt on ACX.com. (Audio Creation Exchange) I honestly didn’t think much would come out of it – and I also was prepared for a lot of extra work involved with corrections with the producer on pronunciation, character voice, and emotional level – but Chad completely blew me away. He took the story and really made it come to life! Only a few points of input from me, otherwise he nailed it first go around.
Derac: Oh yes. Watching Anastasia literally squeal with glee as she listened to the audition recording Chad sent to her, was quite entertaining.
Anastasia: But it was fabulous! Plus, it was quite funny that he pronounced everyone’s name wrong the first go ’round. But of course, after talking to him and figuring out all the pronunciations for things in the book and giving him a bit of extra incite into the characters, Chad has taken Cleanse Fire to a whole new level – literally and otherwise.
Derac: Tell them why you wanted a man to read the story – rather than yourself.
Anastasia: I figured that would be obvious! You’re the main character, the hero of the story, so I felt it wouldn’t be fitting for a woman to read it for the audio book. Plus, my voice is just annoying in recorded form.
Derac: *laugh* It is not.
Anastasia: Is too but that’s not the point. Chad’s natural voice really fit the story – it was a match made in heaven seriously! I’m so glad to add him to my own Elite team as The Kinir Elite Chronicles continues to grow and expand!
Derac: I’m sure your readers want to know about the next book, yes?
Anastasia: Ummm well…
Derac: Fans, you’ll be happy to know Anastasia is working diligently on getting Blood Trade written. She has done a severe plot rework – greatly improving the story – and making it much easier for her to write it. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure she gets it done very soon!
Anastasia: Yes, as I was going to say…ahem…I hope to have Blood Trade out by June or July of this year. It would be great if I could get it ready by my birthday – May 24 but, given life and its craziness, I don’t want to get your hopes up! So, June or July is a safe bet. And yes, the audio book will be out not too long after that!
Derac: What’s your favorite part of the audio book?
Anastasia: Oh. I love the interaction between you and Kie the most I think. When you’re planning the mission in the beginning? Hearing it out loud just tickles me to no end! Love it. Other parts are great too – hearing it aloud amazes me because I’m like “Wow I wrote that?” *giggle* But, that scene I think is my favorite.
Derac: *chuckles* That is a great scene. I don’t really have a favorite part. I think Chad really captured the entire essence of the story so I don’t have a specific area that draws my attention more than others. Though I suppose I paid more attention to my dialogue than the rest.
Anastasia: Well of course you did! What do you think of his portrayal of Kie and Aeli?
Derac: Well, given he is a man, a part of me finds it amusing to hear him talking in a rather female sort of voice – or at least as much as his voice will allow. But, despite that, I think he did rather well. He still captured their personalities, their little quirks and speech patterns, and made sure they were unique. After all, Kie and Aeli sound nothing alike, and Chad did a great job making sure they didn’t in the audio book too.
Anastasia: I find it a tiny bit funny too, but still pretty amazing stuff! It’s time to go now Derac. We have to get to writing Blood Trade!
Derac: Lead the way.
Anastasia: Dear blog readers, sign up to get our blog posts by email so you can be sure to stay updated on the developments of this series. And remember! The audio edition of Cleanse Fire will be out in just a few weeks! You’ll be able to get it at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible as an mp3 download and I’m also looking into having them on CD -we’ll see. For a little teaser – I’ve put the first two chapters below for you to listen to! I hope you enjoy! Please tell me what you think of them!
Pars I (Chapter 1) (5:02)
Pars II (Chapter 2) (12:47)