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I’m so excited about the release of EASY TARGET (Elite Ops #3) in audiobook. And I’m particularly thrilled that PJ Ochlan, the narrator for the first two books of the series, is back to tell Hollywood and Sassy’s story. A veteran stage, screen, and television actor, PJ is also a dialect specialist/coach (www.DrDialect.com) and audiobook narration instructor as well as one of the co-founders of the Deyan Institute. I interviewed PJ over a year ago when HARD TARGET and PERSONAL TARGET were first released as audiobooks. He had some fascinating information and fun stories about how he started in the business, how he preps for narration, and how long it takes to record a book. Check out that blog post here.
With the release of EASY TARGET, I had a couple of burning questions as PJ returned to the Elite Ops world.
Kay: How do you prep for a story when you’ve already narrated other books in the same series? Is the prep easier or more complicated? Since it was over a year between your work on the first two books in the Elite Ops series, did you have to go back and listen to how you did the voices in HARD TARGET and PERSONAL TARGET or did you just read EASY TARGET and go from there?
PJ: General prep is the same in terms of research, new character choices, and so on, though there are some differences with continuing a series. It's a bit easier in that you've already got a sense of the tone, world, author's voice, etc.; and it also raises some challenges like matching already established character voices. For that, I typically pull up audio files of the characters that I keep archived from the previous books. One of the bigger challenges is when a small supporting character from a previous book, which I may have given a broader characterization to, becomes a lead in a new installment. Then that broader style which was designed to be entertaining as a sideline character won't necessarily fly for a role that carries the entire story. So making that subtle adjustment while keeping with what's been established can be tricky — but fun! That was the case in developing Sassy for EASY TARGET. Hopefully fans of PERSONAL TARGET will enjoy her promotion to the spotlight ;)
Kay: That's my hope, too, PJ! Where can listeners go to learn more about you and your audio releases?
PJ: I've narrated across all genres, and most of those audiobooks are available through Audible and Amazon. Just go to either of those sites and pop in my name. Or find me on Facebook and Twitter, and I'll keep you posted on new releases.
One of the great things about audio is that even if you’ve already read the book, listening brings a whole new dimension to the story and characters. Check out this audio sample of PJ’s work on EASY TARGET. And be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway on my website's contest page or at the rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win all three (HARD TARGET, PERSONAL TARGET, and EASY TARGET) Elite Ops audio downloads.
Happy listening (and reading) past your bedtime!
EASY TARGET buy links:
Have you heard? EASY TARGET has just been released in audio. That means ALL of the Elite Ops men are now available in audiobook. And to celebrate, I’m giving them away—the audiobooks, not the men!
Enter my giveaway at the Rafflecopter widget below or at the contest page on my website where one lucky winner will receive all three audio downloads in the Elite Ops series: HARD TARGET, PERSONAL TARGET, & EASY TARGET.
The contest runs till 11:59 pm on Monday, May 2nd. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on Facebook and Twitter the morning of March 4th. Note: Contest is open internationally but you must have a wetransfer.com or dropbox.com account to claim your prize. Good luck and thanks for entering!
HARD TARGET links
PERSONAL TARGET links
EASY TARGET links
Exciting news: EASY TARGET releases today in audiobook! If you haven’t already, make plans now to “meet Hollywood” and listen (or read) past your bedtime to the latest Elite Ops adventure. The audiobook can be downloaded from Amazon/Audible or iTunes. To check it out, have a listen at this Soundcloud sample, narrated by acclaimed actor, P.J. Ochlan. Enjoy the ride...
Release day for the audiobook version of EASY TARGET is Tuesday, April 19th. Now you’ll be able to listen to the adventures of all the Elite Ops men. I’ll be celebrating the rest of the month with a contest, giveaways, plus an interview with narrator, P.J. Ochlan. So stay tuned….
For a limited time, EASY TARGET is on sale at all e-retailers for just $0.99. The print copy is also on sale at Amazon for $3.83. Now’s the time to read past your bedtime...
And while you’re reading, look fabulous with these “ More books, Less sleep" earrings. (The mantra of the serious reader!)
Enter my Rafflecopter and you could win the first two books of the Elite Ops series and these fun “bookish” earrings.
Giveaway runs till 11:59 pm on Monday, August 10th. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, August 11th. Good luck and thanks for entering!
Order EASY TARGET: Elite Ops—Book 3
Follow along on my blog tour and enter the tour Rafflecopter below the schedule here for a chance to win one of five copies of PERSONAL TARGET (Elite Ops #2) plus the grand prize of a $50 Gift Card (winner’s choice — Amazon or Barnes & Noble). You’ll be ready to “Read past your bedtime…"
June 1st- The Booksnake Etc.
June 2nd- What I'm Reading
June 3rd- Roberta's Dreamworld
June 4th- Mignon Mykel: Reviews
(Stop 2) Harlequin Junkie
June 5th- The Sassy Bookster
June 8th- Erotic Romance News
(Stop 2) A Tasty Read Book Reviews
June 9th- Underneath the Covers
June 10th- Jen's Reading Obsession
June 11th- Another Indie Book Promoter
June 12th- My Secret Romance
June 15th- Lush Book Reviews
June 16th- Wicked Reads
(Stop 2) Those Crazy Book Chicks
June 17th- Books and Spoons Blog
June 18th- Making it Happen
(Stop 2) Renee Entress's Blog
June 19th- Romancing the Readers
June 22nd- Marebare's Book Shelf
June 23rd- Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
June 24th- My Book Addiction and More
(Stop 2) Books and Friendz
(Stop 3) Crystal Blogs Books
June 25th- Ellesea Loves Reading
June 26th- I am Indeed
Wrap up with the men of Elite Ops...and a book scarf! Celebrate the release of EASY TARGET (Elite Ops 3) and enter my contest! Win this beautiful Sherlock Holmes summer book scarf plus the first two books in the Elite Ops series and get ready to "Read past your bedtime…”
The Rafflecopter giveaway runs till 11:59 pm on Monday, June 29th. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, June 30th. Good luck and thanks for entering!
Pre-order EASY TARGET: Elite Ops—Book 3
I’m giving away three print copies of EASY TARGET on Goodreads. Come check it out!
May 22, 2015
Now through May 25, the first two books in the Elite Ops series are $0.99 across all ebook platforms. Check out HARD TARGET and PERSONAL TARGET today. You’ll be ready for the release of EASY TARGET (Book 3) on June 9.
Here’s my schedule for the week of RT. I’m very excited to be attending. It’s my first time at this convention. Come see me and say hi!
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
Dallas, May 12-17
Many events are open to the convention attendees only, but the Giant Book Signing on Saturday is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Details at the link below.
Thursday, May 14
Club RT 10:00—10:30 am
Drop by and say “Hi!” This is the perfect time to sit down and chat. I’ll have some goodies and a special contest open to those who stop by.
A Texas Homecoming Craft-Along with Avon Books 11:15 pm—12:15 pm
We’re making mums. Come see why “everything’s bigger in Texas,” particularly where mums are concerned.
Friday, May 15
Club RT 11:30 am—12 pm
Once again I’ll be hanging out and ready to chat. Come see me and don’t forget to enter my contest!
Avon presents A Night in Paris . . . Texas 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Come kick up your heels with the Avon crew. Refreshments, books, and authors. I’ll be signing copies of HARD TARGET.
Saturday, May 16
Group Booksigning ~ 11 am — 2 pm ~ Open to Public (see link for details)
Hyatt Regency Dallas / Reunion Tower
for more information go to https://www.rtconvention.com