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Black Star Audiobook Released (At Last!), The Green Ember Audiobook Honored

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We are so excited to share that The Black Star of Kingston audiobook is finally available! Many of you have been asking about this for months, and, as a frequent/constant consumer of audiobooks myself, I was eager to get it to you. Here it is! Enjoy it!470033c9-33a9-4b6c-9458-0cab197c9559

Eric Fritzius Shines

We tried to get my friend Joel Clarkson (narrator etc. for The Green Ember) back for The Black Star of Kingston audiobook, but we weren’t able to. Joel is a great narrator (see below!), but we are also delighted with the performance and production from Eric Fritzuis. Eric is an actor, author, and Mr. Everything for writers in West Virginia.

He has a history in radio and podcasting and, I believe, a bright future in audiobooks. We are thrilled to share Eric’s performance with you. I think you’re going to love it!

I actually made a serious effort to narrate the book myself, which only intensified my appreciation for how challenging it can be to produce a high-quality performance. Our friend David Mellick engineered my efforts and has been a constant help and encouragement through every difficult passage in the whole project. In the end, we got good feedback indicating my own narration wasn’t quite up to snuff, and we went to Eric, with whom we have had an excellent experience and whose performance we love.

Well done, Eric!

And, speaking of audiobooks…

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 6.07.25 PMJoel Clarkson Shines

I’m very happy to report to you fine friends that my unstoppable run as the Award-Losing Author rolls on and on and on. The Green Ember was a finalist for Audible’s Best Kids Audiobook of 2015! Wow. It’s such a huge honor to be included on that list.Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 6.26.46 PM


Congratulations to Joel Clarkson, who performed this story so well. On top of that, he produced the audiobook, as well as composing and performing the music in the intro and ending. An incredibly talented man, with a high capacity for detail and excellence, Joel is one professional anyone would be very happy to work with. Well done, Joel! 

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