Friday, December 27, 2013

My Christmas Present

     My favorite Christmas present this year was hearing three of my novels, which were recently recorded as audio books. Listening to the excellent narrators perform them was akin to watching actors perform a play I might have written (when I closed my eyes).

The first, Mystery of Spider Mountain, was written for middle grade readers and features the adventures of the Hamilton Kids. It's a semi-autobiographical story of my childhood in the Hollywood hills. Chelsea Ward does a great job narrating the novel for 9-12 year-olds and will also narrate the following book in the series, Ghost of Crimson Dawn. Mystery of Spider Mountain is currently on sale in audio for only $1.99 at, and iTunes. 

My historical novel, No Escape: The Sweetwater Tragedy, was written after more than 20 years of research because it was a previously unsolved mystery. I came across the story on microfilm years ago while researching a centennial history book, and felt I had to write the true story. Dennis Redfield, a southern California actor, did a terrific job of narrating the book, which is now available at Amazon, and iTunes.

         Westerners: Candid and Historic Interviews contains some of the fascinating people I've had the pleasure of interviewing over the years. Among them Louis L'Amour, country singer Chris LeDoux, attorney Gerry Spence, Lucile Wright, early aviatrix and friend of Amelia Earhart; infamous grandsons of Buffalo Bill Cody and Presidents Benjamin and William Henry Harrison,who left their own imprints on society, among many others interviewed during my years as a news reporter and freelance photojournalist in both California and Wyoming,  Narrator Paul McSorly deftly brings the interviews to life.


Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like fun!
One of these days I'd like to try to audio route as well. No time so far!

Morgan Mandel

Patricia Gligor said...

Jean, that is a great Christmas present! Best of luck!

Jean Henry Mead said...

Morgan, it is fun working with the narrators. But they're also working on a royalty basis so you hope the books sell well enough to make it worth their time.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Thanks, Pat. I think audios are replacing other forms of books for those who can afford them.