A Special Narrator Insight from Vance Bastian on Angel Martinez ‘Hell For The Company’ (audiobook, excerpt and contest)

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Hell For The Company (Brimstone #1) by Angel Martinez
Narrator:  Vance Bastian
Format: Audiobook, Play Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Release Date: December 5, 2015

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Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay

Playing in Somebody Else’s Playground

Adding Value to an Established World

By Vance Bastian

Don’t you love being asked to come over for a play date? I know I do. You’re being granted the chance to play with toys that aren’t yours, but toys for which you may have created entire fantasies in your head. And being asked over by somebody you’ve long respected and admired? MAGIC!

Once the excitement cools, trepidation usually sets in. Will you understand all the rules? What if you break something? Will you be invited back?

After all, artists carefully craft their worlds. They must codify laws of reality, conjure systems of magic, and in some cases birth entire pantheons. Some authors horde stacks of notebooks each containing tomes of meticulous details regarding their creations. That is to say, you’re lucky if that information is in a tangible form. Sometimes it’s all in the artist’s head. No matter how the data is created and archived, I have yet to meet an author who doesn’t call their grand work “my baby.”

Fans are no less protective of their favorite author’s creations. Some fans pride themselves for memorizing witty one liners. Others trade blows about the cataclysmic importance of a character’s eye color in the book not matching the actor’s in the film. Perhaps the highest compliment, outside of a well-written review, are the supporters who are inspired to write fan fiction because their spirit has been transported to the artist’s world.

That’s a powerful legacy to be invited into. Being asked to collaborate is a huge freaking honor.

How do you avoid botching that first invitation?

Find a way to add value.

Send your inner worrywart to the bar for a stiff pint or seven. You’ve got this. After all, you were invited to join because you have something to bring to the project. So bring it.

Whether you are able to interpret it into another language, design companion art, or give voice to the characters, you can take pride that you have the skills required help the artist’s vision grow. Once you set aside your reservations and fire up your own creativity, that aforementioned magic will happen.

Mind your hubris. You’ve not been brought on board to criticize the art and demand changes. So send your know-it-all to the bar with the worrywart.

Instead, respect that the artist is basically saying, “here’s my beautiful, fragile creation. You can play with it, but help me make it shine brighter for all the world to see.” Those fantasies you had in your head about the author’s works? Share those. Use them as a springboard for ideas so you can really put your talent to excellent use.

And for the love of all the art in the world, remember to play a little!

MAGIC!

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Blurb

Shax, the Demon Prince of Thieves, has reconciled himself to exile. He has a grand time careening around the galaxy as a high-end, intergalactic purloiner of pretties. Everything’s going just fine, thank you very much. All right, fine, the anti-gravity cows are a bit problematic and some of his buyers are bad for his health, but he manages until he comes across an injured angel in a psychedelic alien jungle.

He only rescues the wing boy for his golden feathers, but what Shax doesn’t know about angels could fill an intergalactic encyclopedia.

Categories: Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Science Fiction

Excerpt: Mischief Corner Books

Buy the book:   iTunes |  Amazon  |Audible

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Meet the Author, Angel Martinez:

While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.

 

Meet the Narrator, Vance Bastian:

Vance Bastian loves being a professional storyteller. He writes urban fantasy about sandmen and reapers. He has grown his acting and voice background into a career performing voice-over work and narration for both radio and audiobooks. He is also a founding host of the WROTE podcast – bringing you interviews and news of authors who write, perform, and tell LGBTQ stories. When nobody’s looking, Vance is a complete sci-fi and fantasy geek.

 

For more on Vance, please visit:

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Tour Dates & Stops:

14-Dec: MM Good Book Reviews

15-Dec: BFD Book Blog, Inked Rainbow Reads

16-Dec: Hearts on Fire, Prism Book Alliance

17-Dec: Books, Coffee, & Captured Moments

18-Dec: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Love Bytes

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Audio Book Spotlight On Lexi Alexander’s “Alpha Trine” and “Striker” (The Valespian Pact Books 1 & 2) – Giveaway

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 The Valespian Pack by Lexi Alexander Audiobook Release!

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Need New Audio Books to Listen To? Check out the latest audiobooks from Lexi Alexander, Alpha Trine and Striker from The Valespian Pact series.  Don’t forget to enter the contest waiting for you at the end of the post. Happy Listening!

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Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact #1) by Lexi Alexander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press:
Ebook Release Date: September, 2013
Audiobook Release Date: February 2015

Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Genre: Sci-Fi/Gay/Poly
ISBN: 9781620042434
Available in both ebook and print and audiobook

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Audio Purchase Links: Available at iTunes and Audible
Book/Ebook Purchase Links:  Less Than Three Press – All Romance (ARe) – Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Bookstrand – 

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The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar’Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents’ court refuse to ever trust a frail human.

Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they’ve brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.

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Striker (The Valespian Pact #2)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press:
Ebook Release Date: June, 2014
Audiobook Release Date: March 2015
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Genre: Sci-Fi/Gay/Poly
ISBN: 9781620043783
Available in both ebook and print and audiobook

Audio Purchase Links: Available at iTunes and Audible

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About Striker

The peaceful respite for which Zeus and his intended, Dargon and Alpha, had been hoping is shattered when Zeus is unexpectedly drawn to the Waters of Poseidon and told that the safety they’ve been promised is a trap. But the Fal’Amoric aren’t the only important cargo on the Oethra 7, and countless others are depending on the success of their mission. If Zeus hopes to break the silent siege on Valespia and protect those most precious to him, he will need not just powerful allies but the fortitude to survive overwhelming odds.

STRW Author Bio and Contacts

All - Lexi Ander Promo PictureLexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

You can find the author at the following sites:

Web site: http://www.lexiander.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexi.ander.9
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LexiAnder1
Blog: http://lexiander.blogspot.com/
E-mail: lexi.ander.author@gmail.com
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6521302.Lexi_Ander

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The author has organized some wonderful prize packages to be won. Use the Link provided to enter. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Link and prizes provided by Lexi Alexander.

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