Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Odyssey of a Slave


I'm pleased to welcome Carlyn Craig as a guest writer for the Quirky Audio Books Blog.  Carlyn shares some interesting information about the Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy.  



Patrick Bowman’s Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy is a bold re-imagining of Homer’s Odyssey and the Mediterranean world that inspired it some three thousand years ago. The young adult reader already familiar with the landscape of Greek myth and legend and the reader looking for an entertaining introduction can both enjoy this trilogy, which begins in the smoking ruins of Troy, in the wake of the Greek sacking of the city, (courtesy of the “Trojan Horse”). 



Fifteen year old Alexi tries to escape, but caught and is taken as a slave by Odysseus himself, to serve on his ship for the return trip to Ithaca. This is the Odyssey of Homer, but the adventures are Alexi’s own. He negotiates between his status as a slave and the demands on a hero, as one adventure succeeds another. Alexi is forthright and brave, and ready for anything. He be-devils his Greek slave-masters with his acerbic wit, and usually outshines them in tough situations with his ingenuity and adaptability. As their relationships develop, they slowly begin to find the humanity in each other. In Bowman’s hands, Alexi never comes across as a modern boy in ancient dress. He’s a fascinating young character who is of his age - an age very, very different from our own.



Alexi and his captors encounter the lotus-eaters and the Cyclops, enjoy Circe’s dubious hospitality, and endure the wrath of Aeolus and Poseidon, driven along by Patrick Bowman’s lively and erudite prose. Bowman spices his tale liberally with ancient Greek phrases and concepts, creating a three dimensional experience of ‘the age of heroes’. The adventures of young Alex bring the world of Odysseus to life from a new angle, and possess their own unique lessons and delights. Bowman has succeeded in weaving a world in which natural forces, humans, gods, and demi-gods contend for mastery in every situation, and he has given us a fine young hero to root for.

Gerard Doyle, Trilogy Narrator

This trilogy is narrated by the much-acclaimed Gerard Doyle, who earned an Earphone and Best Voice in Youth (2013) for his recording of the first book in this series, Torn from Troy. “His facility for accents and characterizations and his ability to set time and place by just the slightest vocal nuance make it almost impossible not to listen to him. … A delightfully original introduction to Homer’s ODYSSEY, read by a master craftsman.” (AudioFile Magazine, 2013)

Patrick Bowman, Trilogy Author


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meet January Jones



Just who is January Jones? Although this particular January Jones is not an actress on “Mad Men,” she is a celebrity. This January Jones is the author of Thou Shalt Not Whine . . . The Eleventh Commandment, Jackie Ari & Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle and Oh, No . . . Jackie-O! and The Christina: The Oasis Odyssey. January Jones is also a syndicated talk show hostess!

I had the pleasure of once again being a guest on January Jones Sharing Success Stories. The show is now in syndication on three networks: Talk4Media http://w4cy.com/radio-personalities/january-jones/, iHeart Radio http://www.iheart.com/show/53-January-Jones-Sharing-Succ/ and Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/januaryjones.

During the show we talked at length about what success means to both of us, as well as the trials and tribulations of using modern technology to sell books and audio books. January is someone I consider to be an expert on the subject due to her impressive resume and work experience.

And if all this isn't enough, This January Jones is also a television personality, Reality TV Golf Star, Cruise Ship Speaker, Humorist and Whine-Ologist! Learn all about January's exciting career on her website http://www.januaryjones.com/ That's where you can find links to all her books and even learn about Zoey the Talking Dog! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlCs6aJZ_5I

Listen toa re-broadcast of my interview on January Jones Sharing Success Stories
Thursday,  November 11, 2014 on W4WN.COM and W4VET.com at 6 pm ET.
Talk4Media http://w4cy.com/radio-personalities/january-jones/
Saturday, November 15, 2014 on BlogTalkRadio.com 10 am EST.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/januaryjones.
Sunday on November 16, 2014 onW4CY.com at 6 pm ET. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hooray! Gadzooks! is now for sale on Audible.com



Listeners who prefer mp3 downloads to physical media can now enjoy Gadzooks! Audible.com on Audible.com http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

One of the advantages of using Audible.com is that it is less expensive because consumers aren't paying for a physical product (not to mention shipping costs!)  

Many listeners load their audio books onto their ipods and then plug the device into their car stereo systems.  Isn't technology grand?  

I'd like to give a special shout out to Audible.com today for working with me to get Gadzooks! up for sale on their site.  Thanks, Audible!  http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gadzooks! is Coming to Audible.com



WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE? Find out in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book.

Gadzooks! has been approved by ACX and will soon be available for sale on Audible.com. This is a great option for audio book lovers who don't want the trouble or expense of listening to their favorite stories on disc.

I am currently selling two projects on Audible.com: Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book is a 2011 Audie Award Winner in the Multi-Voiced Category http://tinyurl.com/AudieWinner

Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is also available on Audible http://tinyurl.com/QuirkyProduction

For those who aren't using an ipod to listen to audio books, Gadzooks! is available on disc on Amazon

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Support the Arts in Washington County


Art Piece Created by Rob Wilson 

My name is Rob Wilson and I am a professor of Art at Dixie State University and a volunteer board member of five non profit arts organizations including the Utah Mural Art Foundation of which I am the director.  When I am not involved in the arts I am spending my time out hiking, jogging, playing outdoor sports, enjoying the beautiful weather and park amenities we have in Washington county.  While arts and recreation are my life, I want to speak to someone who may be less involved and might not fully understand what this city currently has and will be offering in the future in terms of Recreation Arts and Parks.  

Washington county is a major destination for tourism and recreation.  Cultural arts are very strong and are continuing to grow as a major economic vehicle in this area.  The RAP tax or proposition 3 is a public opinion vote that is going on the ballot which you may vote for or against on November 4th.  This tax is a proposed sales tax on nonessential retail items and is one tenth of one percent or one penny for every ten dollars spent.  One out of three pennies collected is spent by an out of town visitor.  This voluntary tax voted for by the people, for the people, and for the future would generate approximately 2.5 Million dollars that is specifically earmarked for recreation, arts, and parks.  

Being on the board of many organizations I am well aware at how much these grassroots organizations can do with just one penny, let alone 2.5 million dollars.  Voting on the RAP tax is voting for improvements to non-essentials.  It is true, we do not need cultural arts or recreation opportunities.  But people live here because of those opportunities, and people move here for them.  This tax is a voluntary vote to improve quality of life in Washington county. 

Art Piece Created by Rob Wilson 

Looking at the short amount of time our neighbors to the north in Cedar City have had the RAP tax, can give us a good indicator of where we could head as a city.  Cedar city is building a new state of the art building for the Utah Shakespearean Festival and another state of the art building to house the new Southern Utah Museum of Art.  They have increased public art and improved parks and trails, expanding a walking trail that runs through parks and scenic areas and connects the entire city.

Due to population and tourism we would have even more funds to improve quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our future.  

Please vote on the 4th and for more information you may go to www.washcorap.info

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Win Gadzooks! on CelebrityCafe.com


There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but you can win a free copy of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book on CelebrityCafe.com http://thecelebritycafe.com/contests/audio-book-giveaway-gadzooks-comically-quirky-audio-book

Celebrity Cafe has lots of contests that are open to the public.  Enter to win all kinds of cool stuff from books to bath products.  I've been amazed at how easy and fun this site is.  

Check out some of the other interesting things CelebrityCafe.com has to offer including news about the stars and other interesting, timely topics http://thecelebritycafe.com/

Thanks, CelebrityCafe.com for sponsoring the contest to give away Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://thecelebritycafe.com/contests/audio-book-giveaway-gadzooks-comically-quirky-audio-book

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazon Reviews of Gadzooks!



The first reviews of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book are up on Amazon

The review program offered by Amazon is great not only for consumers trying to make decisions about which products to buy, but also for the sellers who need honest feed back.

I've been very impressed with how easy it is to use Amazon Advantage to sell my products
If I had to try and sell my audio books on an international level, it would take a lifetime to find potential stores to carry them, not to mention all the headaches that would arise from trying to keep track of payments. With Amazon Advantage, I don't have to worry about a thing. Once my products are up on their site, Amazon does the rest.

I'm so grateful for today's technology. It truly does unite us as consumers, allowing us to purchase an astonishing amount of products which are quickly delivered right to our door steps. Thanks, Amazon, for your great service!