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“FOREVER HAUNTED” Is Now “LIVE” on Amazon…


Helen’s latest book is out and here’s your chance to grab your own copy of this growing 5 star series…Forever DetectiveJust in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the second installment of the Forever Detective Series.The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, he’s trying to continue his work as a detective, while attempting to adapt to and understand his condition. Now he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is… and the ghost needs Rafael for help and...
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COMING TOMORROW (December 1st), The Next Installment of “THE FOREVER DETECTIVE” Series


Just in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the Helen’s second solo book…The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, albeit one who has no problems with holy objects, he’s trying to continue working as a detective. While back on the continent his Interpol love, Clara Thomas, is using her considerable “occult” contacts to find a way to help him.In the meantime he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is and the ghost has reached out to Rafael for help and...
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Adventures In Audio Recording VII


Okay now that we’ve covered as much of the technical that I’m aware of, let’s move on to a new topic, namely doing the actual reading aloud. Now the first thing I’m going to say is please do not make yourself sound like Ben Stein. Unless of course your book is about curing insomnia, in which case then you might make a bundle on the open market.People do not want to hear a lifeless dull monotone performance. You put a lot into your work to make it come to life on the written page. Now you have to bring that same life into your reading. Mind you I’m not saying you have to put together a full-fledged performance complete with sound effects, mood music, and an entire cast. But you do need to giv...
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Book Trailer “Forever Haunted” the 2nd Installment of the Forever Detective Series – by Helen Krummenacker

 New book means new book trailer! Allan does the narration. Enjoy.Original link
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Adventures In Audio Recording – Part VI


Okay, so now that we’ve got all the technical parts of recording covered and how to meet ACX’s requirements, we’re ready to record and submit, right?Yeah, what the 10th Doctor is saying. There are a number of other non-technical requirements that we have to pay attention to, in order to submit our audio successfully. First off, you need to include opening credits. These are as follows:-The title of the audiobook-The subtitle, if there is one-Written by (Name of the Author)-Narrated by (Insert your name here)All of these need to be included in the very first file. Now you can submit this as a separate file, or as part of the first chapter.Speaking of chapters, each chapter should have its own...
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Author Spotlight – Allan Krummenacker


Guess who got featured as the spotlight author over on Writer’s Treasure Chest…Writer's Treasure ChestWelcome!Please introduce yourself.My name is Allan Krummenacker, and for the record “I am not a number, I am a FREE MAN!” Anyone who gets that reference please give yourself a Gold Star. Also the first 5 people who post where that quote comes from down in the comments section can get a free copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” which is being released October 1st.Okay now that I got that out of my system, let’s get down to business. As you already suspect I’m rather silly and full of nonsense, which are great qualities in writing. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY and moved to Cal...
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Book Review: Awesome Friendship Adventures by Katy Ant

 This is one of the few early reader books I’ve had the chance to read, but it was so worth it. The story felt like a trip down memory lane when friendships seemed few and far between. But it was much more than that.The tale of Arthur and his golden feather is a fascinating tale as well as a reminder that even the most seemingly popular person can also be one of the loneliest. Arthur is such an individual. His golden feather supposedly grants wishes which means Arthur has lots of visitors, but none of them stay. They only want to make their wish and give him a gift and be one their way, leaving him a very lonely fellow. His parents were taken from him when he was very young, and despite the ...
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Adventures In Audio Recording – Part V


Okay, we covered a lot of technical details in the last entry, but there’s still one more thing I want to talk about today, before going on to other details to consider when doing an audio recording. Regretfully, I’m one of those people with asthma so on occasion you can actually hear me taking a deep breath from time to time in the raw recordings. I do try my best to watch my breathing while I’m recording, but occasionally I take one of those deeper ones that the microphone catches. Now, this may not be a huge problem for audiobooks, but if you’re doing recordings of yourself singing it can be a BIG problem. So to keep yourself covered on both fronts let me introduce you to Noise Gate.Now, ...
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Adventures in Audio Recording – Part IV


Okay folks today we get down into some of the actual nitty-gritty with the Audacity program.  I’m going to be covering a fair amount of info here, while also supplying you with links to various videos that helped me. This way if my own instructions are not clear, or maybe you work better with  a visual, you’ll have the link to see exactly what’s going on.Now I’m going to introduce you to what I refer to as “My Best Friend” in Audacity. It’s called the CHAIN. What the chain does is applies several clean-up “Effects” that will improve the quality of your recording in one shot. Mind you, it is possible to do every Effect separately, but you’ll probably need to do it every one at a time, wheneve...
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Adventures In Audio Recording – Part III


Okay, so getting ready to record in the privacy of your own home. Sadly, this will not always be easy. Finding a quiet spot to set up is always tricky at best. But here are a few do’s and don’t’s:1 – DON’T use your bathroom! It may have great acoustics for singing, but for recording an audio book, not a great choice. Too much echo, unless of course you want that effect for a particular scene where the character is in a cave/tunnel.  But not ideal for an entire book. You’ll drive your listeners crazy.2 – Do not have any laundry, dishwasher, or loud fans going anywhere nearby. If you’ve got a really good microphone, guess what it will be picked up in the background. Not acceptable to ACX requi...
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My Review of A J Alexander’s 2nd book “Sundance”

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Having read the first of this series “Soul Taker” I knew we were being introduced to new worlds and adventures and looked forward to the next installment. And I can safely say this second book in the series did not let me down. If anything I felt it really helped things take off even more.Where in “Soul Taker” we were introduced to an existing angel who gets promoted from Soul Taker to Guardian, this time we see the beginnings of a angel’s rise. Born to parents who made a deal with God for a child, if even for only a short seven years, we watch young Cara grow not only in the mortal world, but in the next one as well. In Heaven she is given the name Sundance, and begins to learn her strength...
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Adventures In Audio Recording – Part II


Okay, continuing with my adventures in recording audios, I left off last time with the image above. Now what you are seeing are the Blue Yeti Microphone, which had a huge amount of reviews over on Amazon. It’s a very versatile microphone in the respects that it can give you several options for picking up sound. It can do 360, if you want a room full of people involved (or to pick up background sound effects), it can do 2-way where you’re on one side of the mic and someone else is directly opposite you, while filtering out the sides somewhat. It also has a setting called Cardioid which is the one I use for audios, this allows you to not have to be directly in front of it at all times, so if y...
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Adventures In Audio Recording


As many of you have learned from my last post, my great adventure in audio recordings has begun. So far I have recorded only the one short story “Wolves and the Northern Lights”, which comes from our first anthology book “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At a Time”. But simply recording one story is a far cry from turning a full-length novel into an audiobook. However, that is indeed my long term goal. At this point, I’m keeping things simple for myself as I still get used to the equipment both for recording as well as editing to get the best sound quality for listeners.To keep things manageable for myself, I’m planning on recording the rest of the 25+ stories from the anthology, as well as slowl...
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My First Short Audio Story…


Okay, here it is folks. My first full-scale attempt at doing an audio recording of one of the short stories from our anthology “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At a Time”. This particular tale features our vampyre Nathan, talking about Alaska and what it’s like to have shape-shifting powers.*NOTE: Do not click on this image, link to audio is provided further down*Please feel free to leave some comments below or at YouTube to let me know how I did. I’m hoping to fine tune my skills before trying for a full-scale audiobook version of the anthology and our full-length novels in the future.FYI, I’ll be putting together a rather lengthy blog entry in the near future (possibly complete with videos inc...
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Hello, world…


Authors like to get to know their readers…Forever DetectiveNo, I’m not coming out as a computer simulation of a writer. I just want to directly and specifically welcome people to comment or email me, with their questions, comments, etc.I know I was very shy about writing to writers I liked. Many writers have day jobs. The ones that write for a living have deadlines, contracts, pitches to make, queries to send, and so on. I worried that asking them to take time to respond to one person was impertinent and intrusive.Now, I’m on the other end of the pen, as it were, and I can tell you– it can feel kind of lonely! When you’re on stage before an audience, you get continuous real time feedback fro...
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Taking a Few Steps Back…

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Every so often we come to a realization that something we’ve been doing hasn’t been working as well as we’d hoped. Admitting you didn’t do something right the first time is not a sign of weakness, it actually shows growth. Learning from your mistakes is just as important as getting things right the first time.Recently, during a book release party (for someone else) a mutual friend who is a librarian started talking to me about the Para-Earths series. She’s watched trends and keeps a close eye on what’s popular in the industry and she pointed out to me that the Para-Earths might actually do better aimed at a Young Adult (YA) audience. This would still make the books quite available to the adu...
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How can I support authors I like, you ask?


Well, maybe you don’t ask. But now you want to know, because once you fall in love with a book, you want more like it.Review it! Many online stores and book sites allow readers to post reviews. A person is more likely to take a chance on a book that 50 people say they loved than 5 people say they do.Recommend it! Readers have friends who read, and you likely have an idea of their tastes. A recommendation makes a person more likely to find out more about an unknown book. Some authors, such as J.K. Rowling, got further by word of mouth recommendations and kids buying it for their friends, than by traditional marketing methods.Gift it! I’ve been running a special– the book retails at $12 each, ...
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5-Star Reviews for “Forever’s Too Long”…


The first installment of “The Forever Detective” series now available in Trade Paperback and E-Book formatsAnd the review are just starting to come in…5.0 out of 5 stars  “Clever writing without being campy““This genre mashup of 1940s detective/vampire novel must have been a challenge for Helen Krummenacker to write, but she pulled it off beautfully….” 5.0 out of 5 stars“Fun Chandler-style with a twist““Had so much fun reading this book…”You can read the rest of the reviews by clicking on the link below:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RSGKTDFOriginal link
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Author Spotlight – Helen Krummenacker


Helen just got interviewed over on by author Aurora Jean Alexander’s blog “Writer’s Treasure Chest”. Come check it out…Writer's Treasure ChestWelcome!1. When did you start writing?I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing. Even as a very small child, I wrote short stories and poems. They were just the sort of thing a child would write, of course, but I kept at it and kept getting more sophisticated. Then, in the 90s, after a couple of years of trying to go professional with it, I ran the numbers on how much it cost to buy paper, use the printer, and post my best works to magazines that paid half a cent per word and decided in disgust that if I couldn’t even break even, I should just write fan...
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Zero Hour. The book is available.


What a tense time. Will it sell? Will people review it? I know the book is good,  but making a splash when there are so many forms of entertainment out there isn’t easy.This is the part where the audience keeps the writer in suspense. But don’t worry, I’m good at waiting: in fact, I’ll start right now.On sale now at:Nook:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forevers-too-long-helen-krummenacker/1131555250?ean=2940163217083      Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RSGKTDF      AmazonUK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RSGKTDF      AmazonCA:https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07RSGKTDF      AmazonAU:https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07RSGKTDF     Smashwords:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/938589Signed trade...
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