My Chat with M. A. Abraham and her first audiobook release

Hello and welcome!

Do you remember at the beginning of the year I posted about First Contact, book 1 of the Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham being recorded? If not, you can check it out here.

Well… it is done and was released TODAY!!!

Help me congratulate Ms. Abraham and share her big news. Her very first audiobook release and I am soooo excited! I loved the story when I read it. Listening to Brian Callanan, the very talented narrator giving it life, makes it even more special.

Congrats to Mr. Callanan too, looking forward to listening to more. My ears really like his voices 😉

Check out the short audio clips on youtube…

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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn’t expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don’t live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

“Welcome to Tantalus.”

Here is a clip of the story at the beginning of the book …

… and here is one at the end and one of my fave scene in the book, I got goosebumps reading it, but listening to Mr. Callanan telling it … he captured the characters and their temperaments very well and the voice he gave for my love, Kyllan, the Tribunal Elder is PERFECTION

Buy link: Amazon •  Audible USAudible CAAudible AUiTunes

I got to chat with Ms. Abraham about her experience…

Tell us about Tantalus.
Tantalus is basically about a planet that is inhabited by people that have been seeded from other worlds.  There is more than 1 species on it, but the main one is the winged people who are dominant.  They are open to interaction with others, but are not deluded as to the problems that could cause, or the negative, as well as positive sides of the relationship this could cause.  They also realize that they are not perfect, for those that should have been watching over the direction the main population took during their rest period, neglected their duties and it had very adverse reactions from the order of things on the planet.  They are not only being approached by people from the Human race, as they wake up to what needs to be done to correct their error, but the restructuring of their social and governmental order within their own people.

First Choice… why the format of parallel stories?
You have to know where you are coming from, to have any idea where you are going.  The people from Earth have to make the trip to get to the planet.  We need to know what it took, and the problems they encountered on their journey.  Also, things are going to take a while to improve.

How did you come to decision to plunge into audiobook world?
Well, I had this little voice poking at my subconscious mind for a few years.  We all know who owns it.  I need not say more.
I am grinning big and fist pump yessssss

What is the process from deciding to go for it and releasing the audiobook? Was it easier or harder than you anticipated?
Deciding to go for it was making sure that the funds were in place before taking the initial step.  Once you get past the first hurdle, it doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  Getting the right narrator for the task is a huge plus.  It seems simple when you find the right person for the book, one who can connect with the feel for the people you are writing about.  I think in most cases it is like anything else, the wrong impression can destroy something that you believe is good, or it can make something mediocre sound like a song to be repeated many times over.

Personal feelings… are you excited, apprehensive?
Nervous as a cat trying to bury something on a marble floor before getting caught.  I am even having difficulty writing, and I need to get these books written, I am way behind.

What is the reaction of those close to you to this new adventure?
Some are pacing with me, others are not audiobook fans.  It is like picking a car, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes, GM… one person’s poison is another’s candy.

Why should people pick up this book?
Because it may give you a different perspective from what is on the market today.  I do not tend to follow the beaten path when it comes to writing, which means you can expect something different.

How was working with Mr. Callanan… from author’s point of view?
Brian is very professional, if something is off, he catches it, even if it is something that shouldn’t be there.  He caught the nuances of the characters right off the top, and the few he didn’t, he rethought when it was pointed out.  Some narrators won’t listen to what you have to offer for advice.  Those I tended to reject straight off, the last thing a writer needs is more stress in their lives.

Are you glad you did this?
Well, we will find out.  I have done a lot of crazy things in my life and often the ones I thought were the nuttiest, were the best.

Why didn’t you do this sooner?
I looked into it, but unlike some, I don’t jump off a mountain unless I know there is a safety net beneath me.

Why Tantalus first and not the Elven Chronicles, which is the bigger selling series of the two?
The right narrator at the right moment.  Gabriel was up there, but 90% of the auditions were just wrong for that book.  The one I am looking at right now nailed all the names, and that is a feat in itself.

What is the strangest question you have had someone ask about the Tantalus Series?
Why I didn’t connect them to the Elves.  I could hear it now, Elves in space using light sabres.  That would have been so wrong.  Then again, who knows, the night is young.  😉

What is next?
Aura – and I have heard the audition that makes that book come alive already.  It will be done in February, and I am soooo looking forward to it.
Me too! It is my fave standalone book of yours! I can’t wait to hear Thorn sigh

Integration, book 2 in the Tantalus series, will be done in April and so you know the narrator on this book, to quote someone we all know,  “The scintillating voice of Brian Callanan will narrate this masterpiece”.
LOL I remember that

Thank you so much MA for chatting with me and I wish you much success with this new adventure. I am looking forward to more stories and my ears are ready for more audio time.

To celebrate the brand new release. Ms. Abraham is giving away a few audio copies of First Contact. Let me know in the comments if you would leave Earth for Tantalus if it was an option. I would be on the first ship! 😀
Sexy Mr. Random will pick winners on Sunday, January 28, 2017.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Awesome news from Tantalus!

Hello and welcome!

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were merry.

I had a relaxing week off and put quite a dent in my TBR pile, especially the audiobook one.

Now onto the awesome news from Tantalus!

I am having a great time listening to an audiobook in progress as it is finished chapter by chapter. The book is First Contact, book 1 in the Tantalus series by M.A. Abraham.

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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn’t expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don’t live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

“Welcome to Tantalus.”

I AM SO EXCITED and I can’t wait for you all to hear it when it releases soon, I do not have an exact date, but you can bet I will share it when the date is set.

The talented Brian Callanan is the one narrating it, he chatted with me back in October. If you missed it, you can find it here. It is such a pleasure working with Brian, he has an uncanny ability to capture the many characters’ temperaments and quirks and the progress is swift. I am hoping he will be narrating the whole series. I love his various voices, male and female, young or old, the colourful nuances, the way I can hear the emotions behind the words.

I will have a trailer for First Contact audiobook to share soon. Until then you can check out his voice on Audible or ACX.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Mitchel… and Synric

Hello and welcome!

Today I waiting for somebody you heard about, but who very few of you has met yet. I am so excited, I have butterflies in my tummy and I can’t sit still.

I hear rapping at my door and know my guests have arrived.  I admit freely I am very nervous about this interview, I mean, seriously, how many people can honestly say they have interviewed an actual alien?  I wipe my sweaty hand off on the side of my slacks and open the door.

My mind has been a tangle of questions about the Tantalarians and I am curious to see what they really look like.  Did M.A. exaggerate the size of their wings?  What will they be wearing? I admit freely to being extremely curious about their ceremonial outfits.  I close my eyes as the door swings open, I am afraid to look, but open them back up anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I suppress a squeal of delight, and they smile as they bow in greeting and spread their wings.  Angels with black wings, and they are glorious.  If this is an example of what heaven has in store for me if I am good, I just might start going to church, and YES, YES, YES… they are wearing their ceremonial outfits… Halleluiah.

I am Mitchel! the first Tantalarian speaks into my mind.

I am Synric! the second one follows.

I can’t resist the temptation to check out their uniforms.  Did M.A. describe them right?  I sigh as I note that she most definitely did, much less and there would be nothing left for the imagination.  Are those real pearls decorating the edges of the skort?  Black pearls?  I mentally slap my hands to prevent them from straying to the jewels to touch them.  Yes, I have a pearl fetish!  I must have thought about the idea for too long and too loudly, because Synric, bows again and offers to allow me to check them out, if I dare.  Mitchel just stands there and grins with his eyes twinkling merrily.

I suddenly remember my manners and invite them in, and I begin to babble. I have never done that before, but give me credit, these are Aliens. And what aliens they are. Drool.

Welcome to my chat room.  I hope you aren’t too crowded, would you like refreshments?  Me? Anything?  I cringe as I realize what I have just said, oh well, they would have read that from my mind anyway.

We are fine. Mitchel replies as he bends from the waist to fit through the doorway.

The room suddenly seems very small, and those wings look so soft, I wonder if they feel as downy as they look.  Synric grins as he carefully unfurls a wing to wrap it around me.  Oh yes!  A girl could get used to this.  I feel so very warm and comfortable.  Protected.  Does Mitchel’s feel the same way?

Mitchel grins and answers, You may take my word for it that they do, but they are reserved for Karia, and her only.

Synric is more open to the idea, I have hopes, but am willing to share until I get signals that my advances are welcome.

The man is a flirt.  I can live with that.  It isn’t serious, after all.  Synric wraps an arm around my shoulders and tucks me against his chest and I suddenly feel unsure of all the attention he is offering. Feeling warm, secure and impressed with his perfect physique no longer counts.  I have to question his intentions; there are limits to my friendliness.

Just so you know, I already have a husband.

I know that.  I merely wanted to give you some idea of how our females feel when they are held in our embrace.  Synric teased.

Should I tell others about this, I wonder, or keep this to myself?  Decisions… decisions.

I hear a strange noise and both Mitchel and Synric suddenly prepare to leave.  Mitchel heads for the door first.  He tells me their time has come and they need to leave now.  I am stunned; I didn’t ask most of my questions.  He smiles and bows as he sends me a mental picture of Karia.  She is gorgeous.

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My Karia waits for me, I will not keep her in suspense.  She is as curious about you as you are of her.  Mitchel replies.

Synric releases me from the confines of his arm and wing, and the temperature seems to drop 20 degrees, I need a coat.  He grins mischievously and sends me an offer.

I could send one of the Guardians in training to tend to your heat problem.  I hear you have an affinity for Phoenixes.  The Guardian would be more than happy to help teach you how to connect with the bird and together you could make it purr.

Does he mean what I think he does?  My eyes widen, but he doesn’t answer my question.  I guess I will never know, though he does send me a wink before disappearing through the doorway.  When I go to check where they went, I can’t see any signs of either man.  It is like they were never here.  Where did they go?  How did they disappear so quickly?  I give a sigh of disappointment.  I have so many questions I wanted answers to, and now I fear I will never know the answers.

Another voice enters my mind, We may come again.

Yes, do that! I replied gleefully.

I reenter my chat room, close the door and give a sigh of bliss as I remember my guests.  Oh, but those wings are glorious.

Synric

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Hope you enjoyed this… I have no idea what to call what happened… sort of a chat, I guess. Next time I will be better prepared, at least I hope so. They are impressive.

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Mitchel and Synric hail from First Contact, book 1 in the Tantalus Series by M. A. Abraham to be released on February 10, 2015. Tantalus is a exciting new world filled with suspense, space travel, witch hunters, landing on an unknown planet and meeting the indigenous species, add a dash or ten of romance makes for excellent reading.

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To keep up with the series or check out the other great books by M. A. Abraham, check the links below.

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Would you like to have the ability to fly?

I would! Or at least have a yummy Tantalarian male who could take me flying 😉

Ms. Abraham has graciously offered one lucky commenter, who will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random, an ebook copy of “First Contact”. The comments will stay open until 3pm on Monday, February 9, 2015. Good luck!

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