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YA / Adult Science Fantasy Series by Tina Field Howe

~ Book One: Alysa of the Fields
~ Book Two:
The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun

~ Book Three, in development: The Monx of the Roaming Star

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About the Alysa of the Fields Audio Book  

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It's not just another audio book - it's an experience!


News Flash!

March 7, 2011 - The audio book has won it's third award! Silver in the Mom's Choice Awards 2010!  

March 1, 2011 - The audio book has won Second Place in the Reader Views Annual Literary Awards 2010! This is the second win for the audio book. 

September 1, 2010 - The audio book has won a Readers Favorite award


Release Party! October 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Southeast Steuben County Library, Corning, NY


Alysa of the Fields was Originally published in paperback and hardcover in 2006. I had often thought about turning the story into an audio book but did not do so until I applied for and received a 2009 Artist Crossroads Grant through The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and NYSCA.

There were many components to this project, including (but not limited to!):

  • Writing the novel in the first place!

  • Applying for the grant in 2008 - a very tedious but worthwhile process

  • Converting the novel into an unabridged audio script

  • Researching and purchasing sound recording equipment and software

  • Setting up a sound studio in my home

  • Creating publicity for and holding the auditions

  • Final casting of the character voices

  • Scheduling the actors for recordings mainly over a three-month period

  • Holding group recording sessions for background reactions and songs

  • Meeting with Warren Jeffrey Motter about the needs for his music

  • Editing the voice clips

  • Recording the narrative and editing it with the sound clips

  • Creating sound effects and modifying others from CDs and online sources

  • Adding the sound effects and music

  • Planning and conducting the performance required by the grant

  • Lots of listening and cleaning up of the sound tracks

  • Contacting people for reviews and sending them sets of CDs

  • Creating the CD packaging (expandable DVD type that will hold the set of 8 CDs)

  • Running a Kickstarter fundraiser to help get the project produced

  • Preparing the final files for replication

  • Holding the release and all the publicity that goes with it.   

Free Audio Books!

Are you a representative of a library, hospital, or organization for the aging, handicapped or vision impaired? If so, please inquire about receiving a free copy of this audio book. Several copies will be donated to organizations.


This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) Decentralization Program, administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


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