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MS4 Audio Almost Here

Just a heads up to those of you who follow my blog…MS4 Blood Apocalypse is nearly ready.

MS4BA

Jack Voorhies of Falcon Sound finished up the audio files and I approved them just days ago. As soon as Audible does their technical checks, it should be available. Trust me, as soon as it’s ready I’ll announce it.

For those who have followed the audible stories, I wanted to let you know that Jack won’t be available to narrate the next saga. I don’t have a great amount of details, but from what I understand, he is transferring to another state. Falcon Sound has a full stable of able bodied narrators, so finding somebody else to become the voice of the Monster Squad won’t be difficult for them…they’ll just have really big shoes to fill. Finding somebody with the vast array of voices that Jack brings to the table won’t be easy.

Yes, if you can’t tell it by now…Jack, you will be missed. I wish you nothing but the best in the future, my friend.

Jack Voorhies

Stay tuned and I’ll post links when MS4 is ready. As always, I’m looking for people willing to listen and give an honest review. If you’re interested in stepping up and reviewing any of my audible books, send me an email. I’ll get you a free copy of whichever you want.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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MS3 Audio Now Available

Yes, if you follow my Facebook site, then you already know this.  I’m slipping. Sorry.  I probably should have come here first.  Unfortunately, family matters have kept me from attending to things like I should. But I’m here now and the link shall follow!

If you are a fan of Jack Voorhies and his many vocal talents, then you will be thrilled to hear that MS3 Coalition of the Damned is now available on Audible! Jack and the crew at Falcon Sound has done yet another superb job of bringing the characters to life and I think you’ll be every bit as thrilled with this one as you have been with their previous efforts. Some of you weren’t huge fans of the howling between scenes (I picked that, by the way and really happened to like it) so they chose to go with something a bit more subtle. Maybe it will be more to your liking.

Anywho…on to the links:

At Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Coalition-Damned-Monster-Squad-Book/dp/B00SU6SWO2/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1422408797&sr=8-16&keywords=heath+stallcup

 

And directly from Audible:

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Coalition-of-the-Damned-Audiobook/B00STXB1K8/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1422409031&sr=1-1

 

As always, if you are in the business of reviewing audible books, please feel free to contact me to make arrangements for a free download code for any of the Monster Squad books on audio in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Thank you and enjoy!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Voices In Your Head?

I dunno if you hear voices in your head.  Some people do.  Some go so far as to argue with those voices. Do they realize they’re arguing with themselves? Or are they?

Here’s your chance to have a whole new voice in your head. The voice of Jack Voorhies from Falcon Sound. He’s the talent behind the audible version of the Monster Squad and if you weren’t aware, Full Moon Rising has been released and is ready to continue the story for all of you audiophiles!

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Full-Moon-Rising-Audiobook/B00NFVRLQW/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1411443999&sr=1-1

That’s right, Monster Squad 2, Full Moon Rising is one click away from transporting you back to your favorite characters either through Amazon or Audible…but wait! If you act now, we’ll also include…you may have seen this one coming.  I’m going to offer a lucky few of you a free download of Full Moon Rising. There’s a couple ways you could get these ten luscious hours of full on entertainment.  You could pony up the $19.95 like most folks. You could take Audible up on their trial membership and get it for free. OR, if you would be so kind as to leave an HONEST review, I can give you a download code and you can get it free, no strings attached. And believe me, when I say ‘honest review’, I mean just that. I’m not looking for a string of 5 stars and simple one liners like ‘great story, you’ll love it’. I’d like to hear what you liked and what you didn’t like about the story.  Jack and I are big boys and we have thick skin. Besides, how else can we improve on the product if we can’t get honest feedback?

So there’s the offer folks.  Limited number of these freebies so feel free to hit me up here or on Facebook or email me at heathstallcup@gmail.com. If I don’t respond in a reasonable amount of time, please, hit me up again. There is the odd chance that your message gets sent to spam.

And for those few of you who have never listened to an audio book before and aren’t sure if you want to jump into the middle of a series…hit me up.  I’ll see what I can do about getting you a download code for Phoenix as well.  We may as well start you at the beginning.

ROP mini

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Return-of-the-Phoenix-Audiobook/B00KXCG068/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srImg?qid=1411443999&sr=1-3

For those of you who think this is a great deal, but it’s just not your cup of tea, I want to personally ask you a favor.  Please spread the word about this offer.  If you have a friend or relative that you think might enjoy an audio book…someone whose eyesight is failing, someone who drives a lot (like a trucker or someone with a long commute), or maybe someone who just doesn’t read well but loves a good story, pass this offer on to them. You never know who might pick up on it. You may just open up a whole new world to somebody who didn’t realize what was available to them.

Thank you.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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FREE!! And If You Act Now, We’ll Include…

Did the title grab your attention?  It’s supposed to.  Everybody likes free. Don’t they? I do.  Usually. Unless it’s herpes. Nobody wants herpes, even if it’s free.

But no, I’m not offering anything like that.  What I am offering is a handful of free download codes for the audible version of Whispers! You can save your $24.95 and get it absolutely free…with a slight catch.  Aha! There it is! You knew there would be a catch, didn’t you? Yeah, there always is.  No, I don’t want you to sign up for some revolving charge on your credit card or force you to donate a kidney to the ice water challenge.  No, all I ask in return is an HONEST review once you’ve finished.

There it is.  That’s it.  An honest review.  A high price, I know, but still…

I’m only going to start with a small handful of freebies.  Say…five? Depending on the response, I may add more.  BUT, the first five to take me up on the offer will have the option of getting codes for Monster Squad 1 and the soon to be released Monster Squad 2.  And yes…future releases. Consider yourselves to be the ‘core’ reviewers, if you will. You can get my audible books as fast as I get the codes for the sky high price of an honest review.  And by ‘honest’ I mean just that.  I’m not looking for 5 stars on all aspects…I mean HONEST. If something about the story doesn’t measure up, report it.  If something about the narrator grates…say so.

That’s it. That’s the offer.

And of the first five to take me up on the offer…who knows?  There may be an internal contest of sorts in the near future. Maybe a drawing or…who knows. So there ya go.  The offer is made. If you want to take part in it, feel free to contact me.  You can reach me at Facebook or just email me.  As always, it’s heathstallcup@gmail.com and I look forward to seeing who may be interested.

Until next time…

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Okay, I know it’s a stupid title to announce the first of the Monster Squad books to be produced as an audiobook, but at the time, I thought it was cute.

I waited to announce the audible release of Return of the Phoenix because of my commitment to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014.  My date for SZBT was the 17th and I didn’t want to overshadow the author being highlighted.  If you didn’t get a chance to check out that interview, scroll down and give it a read.  Julianne Snow was the guest of honor and she’s a truly awesome little gal.  See?  Already I digress…I came here to announce the audio release and almost got sidetracked by her awesomeness!

Here’s the spiel.  Falcon Sound Studio’s Jack Voorhies threw himself into this production and it shows.  Talking with Jack, he’s told me how he got excited doing this project.  He really thinks that the premise has potential (and coming from him, that means something).  But first we have to get the word out about Phoenix, drive the interest up and get some reviews.

Keep an eye out for contests in the near future for free downloads of Phoenix and if you happen to run an audiobook review blog or website, feel free to contact me.

In the meantime, if you just can’t wait…here’s the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Return-Phoenix-Monster-Squad-Book/dp/B00KY9J6A2/ref=la_B00DALTYXU_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403127517&sr=1-7

 

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Meaning of a Handshake

I’m old school.
Big surprise to a lot of you, eh?  No, what I mean is, to me, a handshake has more power, more meaning than a written contract.  If someone tells you that they’re going to do something, their word is their bond.  If you shake hands on it, it’s a done deal.  It’s as good as gold.  You might as well take that to the bank, because it was DONE.
Well, there are a LOT of people out there…nay, not just people, but entire businesses, institutions, that don’t understand what that simple concept means.
What am I talking about?  Take for instance, your credit card. Regardless of whether it was a pre-approved offer sent in the mail, an offer found online or even one that your bank or credit union offered you, they give you the terms and conditions and you agree to it.  You SIGN your NAME and you enter into a contract with them.
Fast forward six months…or even a year.  You receive a notice in the mail.  “We have changed our terms and conditions…blah blah blah.”  Ummm.  No.
You see, you entered into a legally binding contract and…
Oh, no, sir.  If you’ll look at the fine print, it states that we reserve the right to…
Really?  Seriously?  Fine print?  You can change a CONTRACT midstream?
Yes, and if you don’t like it, don’t deal with us.
Well, that’s sort of what ACX is trying to do with writers and narrators.  As of March 12, 2014, ACX is changing the terms and conditions of the way they deal with WE the People who actually CREATE the stories being sold on their site.  Before, they took a full half and left the other half for us to figure out if we could hire a narrator ourselves and keep our profit or find a narrator of a good enough quality and that was willing to split our half with us.  In essence, if we were an aspiring young writer (or old writer, as the case may be), we could either pony up thousands of dollars to get it produced and then keep all of our half…or split it and hope that both the writer and narrator made money.
Now, ACX has decided that they are entitled to a full 60% of the monies.  They didn’t write the stories.  They didn’t narrate them.  They didn’t produce them.  They don’t even PROMOTE them for us.  But for some reason, they get damn near two thirds of the money?  Where the fuck does this get from?  Pardon my language, but…for reals??
Now, ACX has their ‘reasons’, and they’re all BS.  They may as well have just written, “We are feeling really greedy and since we have the market cornered, screw you guys.”  Because, trust me…that IS exactly how everybody affected by this has taken it.  ACX has forgotten what a ‘handshake’ means.  They’ve forgotten what it means to stay true to your word.  They’ve forgotten that it is all of ‘we the people’…the little guys and gals who actually CREATE the stories and market the stories and the narrators who produce the awesome sounding audio files that you the consumer actually listen to…they’ve forgotten that it is US who are the crafters.  We’re the artisans.  We are the faces behind the craft.  They’re the Wal-Mart to our product.  Except, they don’t offer the advertising. Or the ‘everyday low prices’.  They just offer…a place.  For us to go to…to get screwed!
So there you have it.  My rant.  For whatever it’s worth.
And the really truly SAD part about the whole thing?  They KNOW they have us over a barrel.  If we want our books made into audio, we’re going to have to continue to go to them and get raped.  At least, until someone comes along to compete against them.
Where is our audio K-Mart?  The Audible Target?  The Amazon against Amazon?
I guarantee you…if eBay decided to get into producing audio books, Amazon would straighten their sh!t up in a hurry!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A Clean Mouth

The audible version of my first release has hit a serious delay.  Apparently the Producer was simply too busy.  Or perhaps I simply chose wrong.  I can’t say for sure.  After numerous delays in production, the deadline was reached and passed and when I called him on it, he backed out of the project.  I’m seriously hoping that I can convince the narrator for Whispers to pick up the project as he is a much more professional producer…but that’s another story.

Of the few chapters that were posted for my review, my ears caught something I hadn’t really noticed before.  It had been brought to my attention by a few readers, but I always dismissed it as ‘adding realism’ to the military characters.  That something was the prolific use of profanity.  When I first wrote ROP, I never intended for it to actually be published.  It was a pet project meant only for my wife to read and to see if I could actually COMPLETE a writing project.  I based many of the military characters on people I had known in my past.  I tried to write their dialog based on how those guys actually spoke.  I guess that’s why I found it so humorous when one reviewer tore me to shreds because I had ‘the stereotypical huge black guy’…um…excuse me?  He was based on a REAL person.

Yet again, I digress.  So easily sidetracked without my coffee.  My point was, until I heard somebody else read the story back to me, I hadn’t realized just how prolific the profanity truly was.  Oh, an occasional F bomb during times of duress or emotional distress is understandable.  Or to truly emphasize a characters anger, but…ALL the time?  No, this wasn’t going to work.  So, I took a break shortly after beginning the draft for MS5 and began re-editing the profanity from the first four.

Honestly, sometimes it just doesn’t work.  When a guy that I knew tries to say ‘darn’ when it would have been a STRING of expletives?  But, these are characters, not the people they are based loosely off of.  Will it make the stories ‘readable’ for kids?  NO.  Situations happen in Phoenix that still just aren’t appropriate for kids IMHO.  Think Senator Franklin and the redhead in New Orleans.  Some kids, that scene wouldn’t phaze a bit.  Others?  I wouldn’t want to expose to anything like it.

So, that’s it.  Cleaning up the operators mouths a bit, fixing a few minor errors that I saw and then getting it ready for Aaron to read to see if the project is something he can take on.  Should make for a lot better listen when it does come out on audio.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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