Tuesday, April 05, 2022

CassaDark Release and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group

I’m posting a day early because Dancing Lemur Press has a new release today!

Before that though, it’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

April 6 question - Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?

Twelve of Dancing Lemur Press’ book are available in audio.
The biggest challenge is finding just the right narrator. There must be passion and personality in the voice.
We also must select just the right book. Several of our titles sell every month and a couple sell only a few each year.
Overall, we’ve been very pleased with our audio books!

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By Alex J. Cavanaugh

His world is unraveling…

Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by doubt. Could things get any worse?

Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.

On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each truth reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?

Print – 9781939844842 $16.95
EBook – 9781939844859 $4.99
Science fiction - adventure/space opera/space exploration

“Cavanaugh returns to the world of his Cassa Series…for a fourth inventive space opera.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for his other Cassa books:
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal

Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is known as Ninja Captain Alex and is the founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. His Cassa books are Amazon Best Sellers and winners of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Website / Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Links: iTunes / Amazon / B&N / Kobo / Scribed / Goodreads

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Another of our authors had a release last month from The Wild Rose Press:

Kiss of the Assassin
by Joylene Nowell Butler
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 23, 2022)
Paperback: 424 pages

Marina Antonovna, a Soviet spy, and Mateo Arcusa, an American homicide lieutenant first meet in Cambodia during the Vietnam War as enemies. Fearful that the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, KGB Chairman Vladimir Kurenkov, has ordered her death, Marina risks everything to defect to the United States.

She promises Mateo that her days as an assassin are over. Vladimir is determined to do whatever it takes to bring her back and, by threatening Mateo’s life, forces Marina to break her promise.

Joylene Butler lives with her husband in the tiny village of Cluculz Lake in central B.C... She is the author of three suspense novels and a contributor to one anthology.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog, as well as connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.

What’s your take on audio books?

And order CassaDark today through any of the links or through Dancing Lemur Press direct. (Extra bookmarks and swag included with print orders!)


Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you are pleased with the audio books you've added for your authors. Congrats to Alex on his new book. So excited for him! It's awesome to have another book in this series to read.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for believing in just one more of my books!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

That is awesome news about Alex's new book. What an inspiration he is. And thanks so much for sharing the news of my new novel. Best to you, Diane!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That's wonderful that you're doing audiobooks too, Diane.

Congratulations to Alex and Joylene!

Sandra Cox said...

Yay! Congrats to Alex and Joylene.

Liz A. said...

Congrats to Alex and Joylene.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on Alex’s release. He has a great series. Thanks also for sharing about Joylene’s release.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations to you Diane, and to Alex on the release of CassaDark.
Congrats to Joylene too!

kjmckendry said...

Congrats to Alex on CassaDark! I would love a post about the actual steps of creating an audio book! Congrats on all of Dancing Lemur's successes!!
Congrats to Joylene too!

Diane Burton said...

I'm excited about Alex's new release. Thanks for publishing it.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Alex's new release looks amazing. Congratulations Diane, on so many wonderful books, Dancing Lemur Press is going places.

H. R. Sinclair said...

I've read that audiobooks can be tricky in terms of figuring out if it the right type of book to go audio-style.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats to Joylene and Alex!
And yes, I agree with you on the Audiobook challenge. :)

Melissa said...

Congrats to both authors!

Loni Townsend said...

Grats on the releases! You always impress me with all that yu accomplish.

emaginette said...

Great cover, Alex. Quite the artist.

Diane, I listen to audiobooks when drive, work. I love them.

Anna from elements of emaginette

Sandra Cox said...

Glad the audio is working out well for you. AND Thanks for the offer to help me get the word out. Much appreciated and I'll be in touch:)

Olga Godim said...

Congrats on the latest release of Alex's book.
I suspect it is a constant challenge for a publisher to find suitable narrators for such a diverse set of books.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats to Alex! He's getting a lot of coverage today. Well deserved.

Arlee Bird said...

Congratulations on the new releases.

I like audio books when I'm driving on a long trip. Listening helps the time pass and keep me awake--that is if the book is interesting. At home I'd rather read a book since I don't have to keep my eyes anywhere else.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Liza said...

Congratulations to Alex and Jolene!

Fundy Blue said...

I am excited for Alex and Joylene, Diane! I wish them both every success with their. books. I rarely listen to audiobooks because I am so visual and kinesthetic. But that's me. I know many people really enjoy audiobooks.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Congrats on the new releases and all the great work you've done as a publisher too.

kimlajevardi.com said...

I like listening to audiobooks when I commute.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I agree about the most challenging bit about creating audiobooks is choosing the right voice actor. It will be interesting to see what you do.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Both books sound great. I enjoy listening to audiobooks.

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

I don't have any of my books in audio yet but plan to soon. I can imagine how tough it must be finding a good narrator for an audiobook.

J.Q. Rose said...

Congrats to Alex and Joylene!! And to you and your team at DLP! The narrator is sooo important to the success of an audiobook. I have stopped listening to a book because the narrator's voice is not right for my listening ears.

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Tonja Drecker said...

Huge congrats to Alex! On my own post, I couldn't really give any hints to audio books since DLP did such an amazing job for me.

Toi Thomas said...

Congrats on the new releases for Dancing Lemur and other IWSG members.

Carol Kilgore said...

Busy! Congrats on the new release and also on Joylene's new release. I haven't ventured into audiobook territory yet. If/when I do, I would likely start with my Coastal Connection books because while they're set in Texas, they're less Texas-centric. Too many other items on my plate at present to even think about that yet, though.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I would love to have my books in audio, but I'm not sure the investment would pay off. I have to watch my pennies, unfortunately.

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Lori L. MacLaughlin said...

It's great that your audiobooks have done well. I think finding the right voice would be a daunting task because it can either make or break the listening experience. Congrats again to Alex and Joylene!

Shannon Lawrence said...

It's good to hear that, in general, the audiobooks sell. I'll be looking more into them shortly. Congratulations to Alex and Joylene!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love the concept of audio books. I just wish it wasn't so difficult to make and use/"read."