Hampton Court Ghost Audiobook

It wasn’t too long coming, I hope.

Hampton court posed its own challenges. Female voices, specifically. How do I take my voice and make it sound more feminine? More than this, there were not one, not two, not three but four women to deal with. Annie and Miss Fitzgerald were ok – although I think Miss Fitzgerald ended up sounding similar to the Professor – probably because they were older.

Lisa and Sally, though, they… they were tough. Lisa had to have a condescending tone in her voice, be a bit haughty and snooty, overly affectionate and bossy. Sally was quite the opposite, being bubbly, chipper, and homely. And, of course, they were both young.

I couldn’t ask for help with this. It was a mission I had to face on my own. And so I did. For Lisa, I took on a breathy, higher pitched voice. It took a good ten minutes to get it ballpark. At first she was squeaky and not at all lady-like. It oscillated between a mouse and a baritone until I landed somewhere in the middle.

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Oh, don’t be so dramatic! It is a small thing.

The best I could do was imagine someone like this in my head and try to match her voice.

Sally took longer. For her, I needed something a little younger. Cue the baby voice. Nope, no good, too young. So I experimented a little, holding my noise, squishing my face. Then I relaxed my cheeks, letting them flop about a bit. It’s hard to explain.

Think of Richard Nixon:

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He’s got those jowls that flop about a bit, giving a kind of hollow sound to the mouth. Not that Sally has jowls in my mind’s eye. She’s more of a happy-go-lucky button that sees the good in the world before the bad, a tad naive, but not stupid. Only, I couldn’t get that playfulness in her voice to come through and, after experimenting a lot, I came to the conclusion that I could only do so much with the equipment God gave me, and that the whole ‘hollow-cheek’ thing would have to do.

Now I’m really sorry for Sally.

I’m really happy for Hampton Court Ghost, though, because that is up and out on Audible and Google and Chirp and all the good places!

Hampton Court Ghost is Released!

HamptonCourtSmallThe best in the Paranormology series, Hampton Court Ghost has been released. Thank you to those who pre-ordered your copy, I trust you’ll enjoy the narrator’s next tale.

The book is available in digital format from all leading online stores, like Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and iTunes, and it’s also available in print from Lulu (and eventually Amazon, bear with).

I sincerely hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. There are plans for another haunting, I’ll let you know as things progress.

Thanks again! Enjoy, everyone!Mini Jeztyr Logo

Grosvenor Lane Ghost is Free!

HamptonCourtSmallTo celebrate the imminent arrival of Hampton Court Ghost on the 27th of September (only a couple of days now!), Grosvenor Lane Ghost, the first in the Paranormology series has been made free.

So what does that mean for you? It means a trilogy for less than the price of a coffee. It means $2 for 3 books! Now that’s a sweet deal. It means you can finish off Grosvenor Lane and Beaumaris Road and be primed for Hampton Court Ghost.

Beaumaris Road GhostIf you’re into Victorian era narration, scientific methodology and real world morals, then get stuck into the Paranormology series. While I think Hampton Court is the best one yet, it won’t be as fun without the first two, and by starting with Grosvenor, you can grow with the protagonist.

Grosvenor Lane GhostThe book is free at Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, and everywhere else on the internet. However Amazon, because of their rigid pricing and marketing strategy, still hold it at a dollar. You can request a price matching (and match it to free) by clicking the ‘tell us about a lower price’:

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at the bottom and roughly inserting any of the aforementioned links into the dialog with my blessing. And if you could do the same for Atlas, Broken and Adaptation Part 1, I’ll be very grateful indeed.

Then get back to reading.Mini Jeztyr Logo

Hampton Court Ghost is on Pre-release

HamptonCourtSmallQuick post to let you know that Hampton Court Ghost, the third book in the Paranormology series, is in pre-release. Over the next few days I’ll be hooking up a new spot here on jeztyr.com, and getting it ship-shape for y’all. The release is set for 27th of September.

Of course this means that I need to update the Paranormology series graphic, get the blurb nailed down, distribute at all the usual places.

It’s now at Amazon, and should be at iTunes, B&N and Kobo by the end of the week, so be patient, unless you want to get it directly from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/573017

or Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014O0YOIA

Feedback is welcome. Enjoy!