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20 Mar 2020 19:07 - 20 Mar 2020 20:13 #67217 by HikerAngel
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I have a new novella (about 30% longer than The Lake by wordcount) based on a wonderful idea from a patron, Bolt521 who commissioned the story. It will be published on Amazon soon. Here's the summary blurb:

When four high school seniors stumble across abandoned military nanotechnology, they will discover new abilities beyond their wildest imaginations. When one of their friends, however, begins to become suspicious, she learns what had happened to the others and begins to covet the gifts that they've received.
 
What will happen as the friends are caught up in a struggle for superhuman abilities? Will one of the girls fall prey to the temptation of ultimate power? Find out in this dark, graphic novella who will take... Control.

It's very dark and very graphic. More so than any of my previous non-horror stories, so if that's not your cup of tea, please be aware.

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20 Mar 2020 20:08 - 20 Mar 2020 20:09 #67218 by HikerAngel
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21 Mar 2020 14:52 #67222 by Revan
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Sounds very promising!!
How soon is 'soon' ?
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23 Mar 2020 15:50 - 23 Mar 2020 15:53 #67234 by HikerAngel
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Revan wrote: Sounds very promising!!
How soon is 'soon' ?

Today . :)

Control link.

I'll add it to Kindle Unlimited in the next couple of days. I forgot to include it when I initially submitted. Also, a physical print edition is coming soon as well.
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23 Mar 2020 21:21 #67239 by lfan
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Gotta confess that my first reaction to hearing about the overall storyline was less enthusiastic than I normally get for a new HA story, mainly due to the heavier sci fi slant and other things that I won’t spoil.  

Still, I was eager to read it...

Wow!  Go buy it!   Like now!

This has some of the more creative examples of using superpowers in almost any story in the genre that I’ve read.  Some really cool stuff that goes along with some great characterizations and HA’s trademark beautification which is top notch and on par with anyone in the genre. 

While it’s definitely darker fare, I’d give it two thumbs up.!

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24 Mar 2020 18:27 #67241 by koopa
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As a Conceptfan children, my tastes leans heavily toward evil, cruel and dominant uber women.
And I must say CONTROL was an absolute treat.

My favourite work of yours so far ! Thanks a million for writing this story.
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24 Mar 2020 22:08 #67247 by HikerAngel
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Thank you for all the kind words and purchases, guys! Thanks also definitely go to Bolt527 who came up with the story concept and commissioned it. Without it, the story certainly wouldn’t exist.

This is such a great group to write for. Everyone is so supportive... :)
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24 Mar 2020 22:17 #67248 by HikerAngel
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The book should be available on Amazon worldwide. If my links don’t work in your region, just type:

hiker angel control

with spaces into Amazon’s search. It should come up then...

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25 Mar 2020 19:43 #67258 by HikerAngel
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I’m looking into having this book recorded for Audible/iTunes. I have a voice actor that would be willing to do it for a 50/50 revenue share, and she’s okay but not great. I’ve thought about doing it as well, but I don’t know what I’m doing, it would serious hamper my writing while I figured it out, and I’m  far worse than she is... :)

To get a really talented actor will cost a lot of money up front for a project this large, and I would have to go into debt on my credit card to get it done. If I were to do it with a strong voice talent, would those of you who bought Kindle copies or read it on KU upgrade it to audio for an additional $7.49?

I’m just trying to gauge whether I should go with mediocre voice recording with no risk or very high grade recording with substantial risk of losing hundreds of dollars on the project...

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25 Mar 2020 21:23 #67259 by fats
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depending on your voice I would go for it yourself try recording a passage and post it here and people can give you a review, based on that you could either take it forward your self or use a professional VT.

I can help you with any post-production work, I can also give you tips on what to do to make it better in the recording phase, also if you are going to get some new kit to record I can recommend what to get based on your budget.

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25 Mar 2020 21:28 #67260 by shadar
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HikerAngel wrote: I’m looking into having this book recorded for Audible/iTunes. I have a voice actor that would be willing to do it for a 50/50 revenue share, and she’s okay but not great. I’ve thought about doing it as well, but I don’t know what I’m doing, it would serious hamper my writing while I figured it out, and I’m  far worse than she is... :)

To get a really talented actor will cost a lot of money up front for a project this large, and I would have to go into debt on my credit card to get it done. If I were to do it with a strong voice talent, would those of you who bought Kindle copies or read it on KU upgrade it to audio for an additional $7.49?

I’m just trying to gauge whether I should go with mediocre voice recording with no risk or very high grade recording with substantial risk of losing hundreds of dollars on the project...


I'm not into audible versions of books, so I'm unlikely to be a customer, although I can appreciate how it could add value in our genre. Assuming the story was written and "performed" in first person by someone who really got it.

When I think of narration, I think of Cate Blanchet voicing Galadrial as narrator in parts of LOTR. That I LIKED!

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26 Mar 2020 20:35 - 26 Mar 2020 20:35 #67273 by HikerAngel
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So this is going to happen with a professional voice actor. If it goes well, I may do it for other stories as well...

it will be available on Audible and iTunes.
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Yesterday 00:02 #67292 by HikerAngel
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Control and Scroll of Destiny are both in the top 1% of Kindle sales. The Lake is in the top 2%. While there's probably a HUGE drop in sales between the top couple of thousand and these books, it's still quite an accomplishment for some genre novellas.

Thank you so much for all of the support, everyone! It's really, REALLY appreciated! :)



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Yesterday 00:19 #67293 by Woodclaw
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HikerAngel wrote: Control and Scroll of Destiny are both in the top 1% of Kindle sales. The Lake is in the top 2%. While there's probably a HUGE drop in sales between the top couple of thousand and these books, it's still quite an accomplishment for some genre novellas.

Thank you so much for all of the support, everyone! It's really, REALLY appreciated! :)



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Those are pretty impressive numbers! Congratulations.

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Today 17:44 #67297 by wf711022
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Because I don't know English, I can't buy  Kindle e-book on Amazon. If i can buy other formats of text directly from you, I need to use translation software to help i read these stories. I can pay with paypal or credit card.
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Today 17:53 #67300 by HikerAngel
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wf711022 wrote: Because I don't know English, I can't buy  Kindle e-book on Amazon. If i can buy other formats of text directly from you, I need to use translation software to help i read these stories. I can pay with paypal or credit card.

I messaged you offline...

If anyone else is having trouble purchasing these stories, please just message me. :)

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