Happy 2019!

I am taking a short break from writing James Lake – Sneypa to bring you this public service announcement.  For 2019 we, Vintage Pug Press, LLC, will continue to try to weasel ourselves deeper and deeper into the book world.

I am going to reach out to Mr. John Barrowman and see what his going rate would be to do an audiobook for us…it would be nice to get a reply.  Last time we did this Mr. Neil Gaiman completely ignored us.  I’ll try to bribe Mr. Barrowman with a FREE DOWNLOAD of James Lake – The Big Foot File from UK audible.  How could he resist?  Imagine if he said YES…then I’d have to write a book for him to narrate. (If you’re reading this Mr. Barrowman…LOVE you—-you are FAB-U-LOUS)

A compilation book is in the planning and I will be soliciting inputs from writers.  The topic has pretty much been selected but I won’t discuss it here/now.  But I will say that the book will consist of 7 short stories is the topic doesn’t get changed or modified.  I’m going to try to have prizes from the selected writers but we’ll see how that progresses.

We also plan to publish 2 books this year in addition to James Lake -Sneypa for a total of 3! YEAH!  Maybe more?  Who knows! (but I doubt it).

ALSO, Don’t forget that Book #2 (Sneypa) will have the audiobook released around May/June 2019 with Mr. Greg Patmore returning to do his magic once again!  I want to say here that I have ZERO REGRETS with selecting Greg!  He is a true professional that really hit the mark for me.  I had some favorite characters in book #1 while writing it but after listening to the audiobook, my favs changed!  I think Edward’s essence was truly captured and Greg’s performance made Edward my new favorite character!

We will also be looking to revamp this blog and have a REAL website up and running.

PLUS, VPP, LLC will be moving somewhere out of Colorado before May 2019.  Oh the business paperwork headache this is going to cause!

 

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I know there has been lots of silence and dead air here in the blog lately but that will change.  There are many moving parts going on in my life right now that keep drawing me away…soon, after around March 2019, you will have my undivided attention.  Additionally, James Lake – Sneypa (book #2 of the series) was originally supposed to be released late 2018 but due to the same issues, it has been pushed back until Feb/Mar of 2019.  The good news on this is that the audiobook should follow shortly thereafter!  AND YES, we plan to have Mr. Greg Patmore once again spin us a masterpiece of sound delight.

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Audiobook Review of James Lake – The Big Foot File by The DreamCage

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Alwyn Ash listens to the audiobook of James Lake: The Big Foot File by Neil F Wilson, narrated by Greg Patmore…

I have always been interested in the extraordinary: extra terrestrials, the Loch Ness Monster, vampires, and Big Foot are good examples. There is something mysterious about studying the unknown. Do they exist? Gathering evidence and debunking anything that doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. Fact over fiction.

James Lake is certainly the biggest debunker, he even uses his findings as a way of introducing himself to new classmates. So, what is The Big Foot File about? Well, 12-year-old James relocates from No. 12 Sycamore Drive, Sarasota, Florida, to a new home in Washington DC. It means leaving behind best friends Fiona and Jordie. Never mind, at least there are no bullies at his new school. Well, maybe there are, but they won’t notice him. Will they?

Bullies aside, James does make friends with Edward and Megan, and together they investigate Big Foot sightings. It’s an exciting obsession for everyone, but can the greatest debunker literally debunk Big Foot? It’s certainly fun finding out.

Though over 800 miles away, best friend Fiona is never far from his thoughts. James can’t wait to call and tell her about his new life. It does seem, however, that it is not only he who has moved on. In addition, there’s a jealous Blake to contend with, whose schoolboy crush on Megan becomes an obstacle.

Author Neil F Wilson manages to capture a nice blend of drama and humour during the course of the story. It’s an intriguing tale with plenty of interesting characters. Megan is one of my favourites besides James who, of course, you rally for from day one. We’ve all been there, letting go of the past to face new challenges.

So what of the audiobook? Greg Patmore delivers a steady performance as narrator while enriching each character’s personality for the listener. With numerous credits to his name including Big Finish’s Dark Shadows audio dramas, Greg is no stranger to the world of audio.

Overall a lovely telling and a book everyone should try at least once.

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