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Why All Authors Should Have an Audio Book

I’m thrilled to announce that the first in the DC Knight series, Don’t Turn Around, is to be made into an audio book.

My fantastic publishers Bookouture confirmed that it will be narrated by Emma Newman and produced by Audio Factory. I’m thrilled Emma was chosen for this role as she has the perfect voice for Jennifer, and is a brilliant story teller.

So why do I think all authors should have an audio book?

  1. The market for audio books is turning out to be a billion dollar industry, with growing demand.
  2. There are over 200,000 books on Audible, but compare that to the millions of books on Amazon, and you’ve got a much better chance of being found.
  3. Technology is developing for the audio book world. Smart phones are making it easier than ever to download free apps to listen to audio books. Cars are being made with the technology to easily search for and play your favourite books.
  4. It makes you more visible and compliments your titles. Amazon’s whisper sync offers readers a chance to purchase your book in various formats at a discounted price.
  5. They are incredibly easy to make. Thanks to ACX.com It’s now easier than ever to find the right people to produce your book. If you sign for a royalty share, you don’t even have to pay up front.
  6. Not everyone reads. Some people prefer audio books out of choice, others through disability. Why should you deprive people of your books because they don’t have the ability to read it?

 

 

How do you value a book?

I couldn’t have said this better myself…

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When you hold a book in your hand, or download an ebook, do you consider how much time and effort went into creating the whole package?

Do you think about what an incredible feat of imagination it is to write a book? Or about how much time goes into editing, proof checking and formatting a book, whether it’s for anebook, paperback or hardback publication?

Do you think about the designers and artists who worked on the cover, or how someone agonised over writing an enticing back cover blurb?

Do you think about the person or team who worked on polishing and marketing the book?

A traditionally published bookcan take anywhere from a year to many years to write, and a couple of years to be published.

A self-published author not only has to write the bookbut also has to take responsibility for everything else, from editing to design and marketing.

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My Christmas Gift to You

Can you believe Christmas is almost upon us? It’s really crept up on me this year. I’m facing into the season of goodwill with a sense of gratitude, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me in the last year; my publisher Bookouture and their fantastic team, my agent, editor, readers, bloggers, book clubs, friends, family, fellow authors and colleagues. 

As I’m unable to send you all a Christmas card, I’d like to gift you this poem instead. Ignore the mild, wet weather outside and indulge yourself in this beautiful piece by Robert Frost. It perfectly captures the essence of a wintry night, bringing you deep into the heart of a haunting woodland scene. 

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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening – Poem by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

I wish you and your family a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year. 

xxxx

Caroline

Images courtesy of Stocksnap.

Caroline Mitchell – Paranormal Intruder: The true story of a family in fear

Thrilled with this five star review for my true story. Have you read it yet?

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Paranormal Intruder: The Terrifying True Story of a Family in Fear

Publication date – 1st December 2013

Book description –

The terrifying true story of a family in fear

An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart.
The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud who is going to help us? There are emergency services for many things, but not of this nature. It might be easier to believe temporary insanity, if not for the vast amount of witnesses. Police, fire services, mediums, priests and investigators all become embroiled in the mystery. The family struggles to cope, and Caroline grows concerned for her…

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Caroline Mitchell — Interview

My latest interview, a spooky chat about ghosts and ravens, just in time for Halloween.

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I have the very great pleasure today to interview Caroline Mitchell who has released 3 books Paranormal Intruder (A non fiction book based on her experiences with the Paranormal) and two fiction novels that are Paranormal Thrillers.

Thank you Caroline for taking time out of your schedule to visit with me today

  1. Caroline you have a following as being a Paranormal writer which tends to be linked to Fantasy.  What first got you into the idea of writing Paranormal Thrillers?

Hi Sean and thanks for having me. I agree what you said about paranormal being linked to fantasy. I often get told by readers that they love the DC Knight series because it’s in a real world setting. I fell into writing in the aftermath of my personal experiences with the paranormal. After I published Paranormal Intruder I had the writing bug and wanted to keep going, but this time…

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Animals And The Afterlife

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Ghost Animals

Many people have reported feeling the presence of their beloved pets after their passing. Cats purring, dogs panting, even brief sightings have been reported.

George Stone was an animal spirituality sceptic until he saw the ghost of a dog jumping through walls. This has been documented by Kim Sheridan, author of ‘Animals and the Afterlife’: ‘I was once walking down an unlit road at night when I saw a big white dog come across the road. It was jumping as it moved – but in slow motion – and just went through the fence on the other side and on up through a field. ‘I watched as it ran, still in slow motion, until I lost sight of it. So yes, I believe animals have spirits as we do.’I think that every living thing has an afterlife.’

Robert and Kathy Simmons’ dog, Hobbes, passed away while their son was…

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Q&A: Author Caroline Mitchell

My writing rituals and paranormal experiences. An interview with a twist.

carolineI recently had the opportunity for a Q&A with Caroline Mitchell, author of ‘Paranormal Intruder’, ‘Don’t Turn Around’ and ‘Time To Die’.

Bio

Author of Amazon best selling true story ‘Paranormal Intruder’, 

crime novel ‘Don’t Turn Around’ and most recently ‘Time To Die’.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.

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Q&A

• Why do you write ? What inspired you to start writing?
Hi, and thanks for having me. I started writing to spread the word about my true story, Paranormal Intruder. I did not expect to carve a career out of it, but I came to love writing so much that I could not stop. I decided to blend my personal experiences with the paranormal and police to create the DC Jennifer Knight series. Now I can’t imagine not writing. It’s a cross…

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Book Review: Time To Die (Detective Jennifer Knight Crime Thriller Series Book 2), by Caroline Mitchell

I had to share this fab book review for Time to Die which launches this Thursday. I’m so excited about launch day, I can almost hear the ravens cawing!

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Publisher: Bookouture  |  Publication date:  24th September 2015  |  Edition: Kindle (Netgalley review copy)

Time to Die My Review

Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell Kindle Edition

Time To Die is devilishly chilling. To the tempo of Caroline Mitchell’s words, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary, resulting in yet another phenomenal read.

Following her run-in with The Grim Reaper in Don’t Turn Around (Book 1) the determined DC Jennifer Knight is settling in to her new role in Operation Moonlight; a squad of hand-picked detectives forming a team to solve the most inconceivable crimes.

Primarily, the police fight to keep order in our world, but what do you do when the suspects are committing crimes using skills they honed from beyond it? The team from Haven constabulary combines trained officers, whose duty it is to uphold the law by targeting these paranormal parasites.

They have their fair share of hoaxes and time wasters, until occasionally they face a menace more evil than they could ever imagine.

Under the watchful eye of…

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Caroline Mitchell on Crossing Genres In Writing (Video)

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Welcome to another of the bite-sized interviews. Today is a really interesting one as I talk to Caroline Mitchell, author of true event non-fiction book, Paranormal Intruder and crime fiction novel Don’t Turn Around which has a supernatural twist to it. We discuss writing books that cross genres and how Caroline decided to go that route, because it’s never an easy decision for an author to take when you are always asked where you are to sit on a shelf.

You’ll have to excuse the paint drip mark you’ll see on the door behind me. I recently had my home office done out and there is a huge paint drip down the door, but the door is going to be replaced in the next couple of weeks with a white one. (Home decorating discussion over now 🙂 )

Enjoy the interview.

Do you read fiction that crosses genres? What genres…

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Time to Die

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the second in my DC Jennifer Knight series, Time to Die which is available to pre order for just £1.99 on Amazon now. Here is the description for the novel, featuring a serial killer known as ‘The Raven’ I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.

Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.

As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …

Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.

Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.