The Sangrook Sage by Steve Thomas: An Audiobook Introduction

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This week Marie Kammerer Franke will narrate the beginning of The Sangrook Saga by Steve Thomas; a dark fantasy tale that follows the morbid history of the sangrook clan. Are the Sangrooks necromancers… demon-worshipers… deranged torturers? Or are they all of that and more. Turn the lights down and allow Marie Kammerer Franke Introduce you to the Sangrook Saga.

Tune in next week when we talk to indie author Steve Thomas about his story, the line between fantasy and horror, using short stories as a basis for a novel, and more.

The Sangrook Saga is available on Amazon. Learn more about this featured beginning and Steve Thomas on Facebook. Remember to leave a review for this story and all stories you read when you finish. Any review left for this story at ACNBooks will be featured on next week’s episode. You can also help the Indie Beginning Podcast by leaving a 5 star review for us on ApplePodcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen to your shows. Reviews are so important for any project. They promote the show and help us bring you the best content possible. Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production.

If you are an Indie Author and would like to hear your beginning read on the podcast stop by our submission page for more information.

All readings in this episode were performed by Marie Kammerer Franke with permission from the author. All production and editing was done by Benjamin Franke. Go to ACNBooks.com for contact information. Please continue to read more books, be the best possible you, and to simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.

A Moment With Author Leanne Sally Beadle

IMG_-vuabhjLeanne Sally Beadle is a 43 year old stay at home mum and aspiring author. She lives in Keyingham, a small village near Hull in the UK with her husband Len, her two children, William 14 and Sophia 11 and a small menagerie of animals; Ceris, her 11 year old retired Guide Dog and Roxy her two year old current Guide Dog, also Mittens and Whiskers their two adorable black cats.

Leanne studied the Higher Diploma of Nursing (child) at the University of Leeds and upon qualifying she interviewed for a post on the ICU at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which she got.  She worked on ICU for a year, moving on to High Dependency, then the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Eventually, she interviewed for ward six at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital which was orthopedics and trauma.

In 2001 Leanna received a huge blow when she was diagnosed with Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy.  She was registered as partially sighted and eventually had to give up working as a nurse.

51iExLxbrkL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_She wrote her first book ‘My Naughty Little Guide Dog’ in February 2016. Nine books sold mostly to friends and family. Her second book ‘William’s Wonderful World of Gaming’ was inspired by her son’s love of Gaming in particular Xbox and PC. Her third and current offering ‘ Sophia’s Wonderful World of Gymnastics was inspired by her daughter’s love of gymnastics. She is currently working on ‘Jet and the Great Snoozy Heist’

 

Next week we will take a look into Leanne’s world; one where she doesn’t let Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy hinder or discourage her from a career in writing.  In fact, in speaking to her she never gave it a chance to hold her back in any way.

Leanne Sally Beadle can be contacted on email at: leannebeadle@sky.com. Her author page can be viewed on her author page

 

 

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Gears, Gadgets and Steampunk: A Discussion with Indie Author Rie Sheridan Rose

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This week the Indie Beginning Podcast brings our listeners an interview with indie author Rie Sheridan Rose about her story The Marvelous Mechanical Man and writing in the steampunk genre. If you missed the introduction that Benjamin Franke narrated or want a refresher before the discussion head back to episode 37. If you enjoy the steampunk genre or are interested in learning more about the indie / self-publishing process, these discussion episodes are for you. Let us know what other topics you are interested in by leaving a comment or sending us an e-mail.

About Rie Sheridan Rose:

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly Vol. 1 and 2. She has authored ten novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She and her husband have five cats, two of whom appear in The Conn-Mann Chronicles Steampunk series, two of whom impersonate Lenny and George from Of Mice and Men in size and attitude, and the elusive Miss Firefly. More info on www.riewriter.com. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.

In this Episode:

1. The host’s first impression of this week’s featured beginning.
2. A review of reviews left for the Marvelous Mechanical Man. Don’t forget to review the show!
3. Our interview with Rie Sheridan Rose:
– What inspired you to write a novel in the steampunk setting? What is your favorite aspect of the steampunk genre?
– How did you go about researching for the Marvelous Mechanical Man? Did anything come about that ‘shocked’ you; an I never knew that moment?
– Marvelous Mechanical Man takes place in the 1800s. What is the most difficult part about reinventing a historical period that is so well known? Or is it not as well-known as we think.
– The dime-novel’s fast pace – writing style and storyline – seem to be a perfect complement for a steampunk tale. Was this your experience or was there a push and pull from the genres?
– If you could send a message through one of Professor Conn’s creations back to your early writing self what would that message say?
4. Final Thoughts

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is available on Amazon. Learn more about this story and the sequels at https://theconnmannchronicles.com – book five has just been released. Remember to leave a review for these stories as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on apple podcasts, stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.
All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by Jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

The Marvelous Mechanical Man by Rie Sheridan Rose an Audiobook Introduction

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This week the Indie Beginning Podcast introduces readers to the steampunk adventure The Marvelous Mechanical Man by Rie Sheridan Rose; an audiobook introduction read by Benjamin Franke. This indie read follows Josephene Mann, a strong, independent woman in the 1870’s who begins a life of adventure after quite literally take a job with an inventor named Professor Alistair Conn. Gadgets, mystery and possibly robots may be discovered in this charming dime-novel inspired tale.

Tune in next week when we talk to indie author Rie Sheridan Rose about her story, combining the dime-novel and steampunk formats, and more. What surprised our featured indie author about the 1870’s? What does Rie Sheridan Rose wish she had known when beginning her writing journey? Her answer line up pretty close with our own host Benjamin Franke and is relevant for all authors at all stages of their journey. Remember to leave a short review of this beginning in the comments section to have it read on next week’s episode.
Learn more about Rie Sheridan Rose and purchase her books at The Conn-Mann Chronicles

As always remember to read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life! Thanks for listening!

Mermaids, Myths, and Your Manuscript: A Conversation With Indie Author Errin Stevens

 

This week we speak to indie author Errin Stevens about her novel Updrift, mermaids, using writing to suspend disbelief, and what she wishes she’d known about writing when she started. Errin’s answer is one of the most inspirational shoulda-coulda-woulda answers that I’ve recorded for the Indie Beginning Podcast, so don’t miss it. If you missed last week’s episode where Marie introduced readers to Updrift or would like to hear the introduction again before we begin head over to episode 35.

This week’s Topics:
1. There is a rush to the water that is crossing age and culture with The Shape of Water, Meg, and The Little Mermaid remake. What inspired you to head to the ocean in your novel, Updrift?

2. As a lover of mythology and paranormal I’m often amazed how the stories stick with me though the decades. What do you think it is about these stories and the creatures within them that stick with us? Which ones have stuck with you?
-Ben and Marie discover some facts about mermaids that was unexpected.
-Some benefits of water therapy.

3. What research went into “updating” the mermaid mythos to fit into a modern story?
-Marie and Ben discuss their ‘guilty beliefs’ when it comes to paranormal.

4. In your opinion, how does an author create a tale that allows the reader to suspend disbelief? What trick have you learned that takes the reader to a place where merfolk are real?
-Lesson! Start in the middle.
-Our hosts open up about their writing preference.

5. If you could go back and tell yourself one thing about the writing process that you wish you would have known, what would that be?
-After more than six months of episodes each shoulda-coulda-woulda author moment inspires us to write. This moment is no different; it’s the most positive answer we’ve had to date!

You can find Errin Stevens’ books Updrift and Breakwater on Amazon and most other book sites. Remember to leave a review for these stories as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on apple podcasts, stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.
All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

Updrift by Errin Stevens an Audiobook Introduction

This week the Indie Beginning Podcast introduces readers to the YA Fantasy Romance Updrift from indie author Errin Stevens as read by Marie Kammerer Franke. This story follows Kate and her mother Cara as they pick up and head to the ocean for a new beginning, and a new adventure. The story begins with young Kate taking a splash – quite literally – and finding a new friend; a friend unlike any other she has ever had. Mermaids, love, new beginnings… what else could a story lover ask for?

Tune in next week when we discuss researching mythology, inspiration and more with Errin Stevens. How did this story come to be? What is the best way to create a tale that inspires the reader to suspend disbelief? Our interview will also include one of our most inspirational ‘Wish I’d Known’ segments to date. Do not miss this one!

Updrift is available on:

Amazon    Audible    iBooks    Barnes & Noble    Book Depository    Kobo

Learn more about our featured author:

Website    Goodreads    Facebook    Twitter: @errinstevens    Instagram    Pinterest

If you are a self published author or published with a small independent publisher and would like to be a featured author on the Indie Beginning Podcast head over to our ACNBooks Submission page for more information.

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Music found in this episode was performed by Jahzzar and is titled Look Inside. Read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening!