Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves and Audiobook Introduction

This week Benjamin Franke narrates the beginning of Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves by MacCraw. A dark spirit unleashed an un-killable army of werewolves on the world, reinforced by an eternal solar eclipse that will keep its army transformed.

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Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for this story and all stories you read when you finish. Any review left for this story below in the comments of this page will be featured on next week’s episode. You can also help the Indie Beginning Podcast by leaving a 5 star review 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. Tune in next week when we talk to indie author MacCraw about his story, keeping popular themes fresh, and more. Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production. All readings in this episode were performed by Benjamin Franke with permission from the author. Production and editing of the podcast was also done by Ben. Thanks for listening.

Magic and the Line Between Fantasy and Horror: A Conversation with Indie Author Steve Thomas

This week the Indie Beginning Podcast brings our listeners an interview with indie author Steve Thomas where we discuss his novel The Sangrook Saga, creating magic systems for your writing as well as other topics for our self-publishing friends. If you missed the introduction that Marie Kammerer Franke narrated or want a refresher before the discussion head back to episode 39.

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Speaking of my lovely co-host, she has disserted us for the week and is working on the next chapter in the ACN universe, so I wondered who would be best to help discuss necromancers and magic systems? Why none other than my good friend, the famous DM Billy Beard! If you enjoy dark fantasy 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.

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. An interview with Steve Thomas / commentary from Dungeon Master Billy Beard.

Topic Questions:

– Many great stories have been told through a series of short stories. Why did you choose to write The Sangrook Saga in this fashion? Were you inspired by any other novels?

– The magic system has been praised in many of the reviews left for The Sangrook Saga. What is the basis for the mechanics behind the magic? Did you come across any problems with your magic system as you wrote? For example: did the mechanics evolve throughout the writing process and if so did this force you to go back and change anything.

– The line between fantasy and horror can be either slim or infinite, The Sangrook Saga seems, to us and many of your reviewers, to walk the line in just the right way. Did you limit anything in the story based on one genre or the other? What other genres would like to mix, if any.

– You have written many books in the fantasy genre. Klondaeg The Monster Hunter is next on my list! Have you thought about writing in another genre? If so would you write under a pseudonym and what are your thoughts on authors who write in multiple genres under the same name?

– If you could summon some eldritch magic to go back and tell your early writing-self one thing about the life of an indie author, what would that be? And at what cost to your soul…

4. Final Thoughts

The Sangrook Saga is available on Amazon. 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 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.

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!

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, a Conversation on Alternative History – L S Bassen Interview

A Conversation with L.S. Bassen on Alternative History

If you could go back in time and re-write a historical moment, what moment would you choose? LS Bassen wanted to revisit WWII and more specifically the death of Adolf Hitler in her tale Summer of the Long Knives. (Learn more about LS Bassen here.) In this episode Marie and Benjamin discuss reviews left for the story as well as their thoughts on the topic of Alternative History. Below are a list of topic Questions posed to the author.

1. Alternative fiction is a popular genre for story lovers, yet many authors find it a difficult genre to write. Did you have any concerns when you began writing Summer of the Long Knives?
2. With Nazi Germany being such a major historical period in time what tips or tricks did you utilize to keep fact and fiction from flowing too far away from one another?
3. What are your thoughts on reader knowledge? Do you feel that the average reader is willing to suspend disbelief to be entertained?

I posed this question to the Writers Group on facebook and I would like to take a moment to thank Sarah, Eanna, Mark, Kenneth, and Sasha for joining in the conversation. All of them agreed that a reader will suspend disbelief and that it is the Authors job through character development and world-building (a topic we discussed with Paul Grover in episode 17) but the examples given stemmed from Harry Potter (Still refuse to read that little gem) to Marvel. I wonder more about factual events straight out of High-School history books where there really is a universal agreement of facts.

4. Does writing alternative history allow you as the author to change history if even for a brief moment in time? Are there any other historical moments you wish (or plan) to re-write?
5. If you could rewrite anything in your own career as an author what would it be?

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment after you listen to the show. We would also be truly grateful if you would rate and review this show while you are there. Your reviews are a wonderful way to support this show and also a way for us to keep bringing you the content you want to listen to. Summer of the Long Knives is available for purchase on Amazon. Music found in this episode was performed by Dee Yan Key and is titled Holy Holy Holy. I would like to that Shirts by Sarah for supporting this show and Thank LS Bassen for taking the time to be part of the Indie Beginning Podcast. And most of all, thank you for listening!

Find the New Marwa Coda Chapter mentioned in this episode here!

Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen an Audiobook Introduction

Benjamin Franke introduces readers to Summer of the Long Knives

This week we are featuring the indie novel Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen as read by Benjamin Franke. After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers an injury that gives her the ability to catch glimpses of the future. It is already too late for many, but Lisel now can see that an even greater evil lies ahead. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Amid great betrayal, loss, and danger, Lisel must act while there is still time. A novel of what literary critic George Steiner has called alternity, Summer of the Long Knives explores the hopes and horrors that emerge from history’s darkest moments.

*Note!!! This story contains adult content that may not be suitable for all listeners. There is sexual violence as well as adult language.

Next week on episode 22 we will speak to LS Bassen about writing an Alternative History and what concerns she may have had as well as some tricks up her sleeve. Learn more about the author here. Remember to leave a comment below about what you have heard or post a question for the author and/or hosts.

Music found in this episode was written and preformed Dee Yan Kee and is titled Holy Holy Holy. Please take a moment to rate and review this podcast. It is the number one way to support this show. Thanks for listening!