About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

Creating Amazon Audiobooks by Nancy Radke

Amazon has put up a way for authors to change their books into audiobooks. It is fairly easy to do, requiring the author to listen to the book read and make small changes whenever the AI reader does not get the pronunciation correct or when a pause is needed.

Amazon Audiobooks

I do not like mechanical voices as they do not read with very much meaning to the voice. My biggest problem is that when the point of view is changed, I can’t change the voice from a male character to a female, or vice versa. But I will admit that they are good enough that with a little fixing in spots, they open up a new audience for authors. I can see truck drivers, the visually impaired, and the busy homemaker who wants to read a book but just doesn’t have the time all using this.

As to effect, I just changed “The Toughest Man in the Territory” into audiobook form. I found while listening to it that I could feel the sense of urgency and danger in that book as the characters fought to survive in the wilderness, from going over a large waterfall to fending off grizzly bear attacks.

By changing just a few things like the punctuation—using an exclamation mark instead of a period, the spelling of a word so that it was spelled phonetically rather than with its correct spelling, and adding a long pause whenever there was a change in point of view, I found that I could make the mechanical voice work.

Now to get forty or fifty of my books up as audiobooks. At least spring is coming to the Pacific Northwest, bringing in more sunshine and less rain. (We had a flurry of snow last week.) I enjoy sitting in the sunshine and writing my books, now I will take my computer outdoors and just listen to the audiobooks as I edit them.

My first books up as audiobooks include “The Handsomest Man in the Country,” “The Toughest Man in the Territory,” and “Terminal Pursuit.” I’d like to get most of the Trahern series up on audio, as they are told in first person point of view and it doesn’t sound so strange hearing the book read entirely in a male or female voice.

 

Progress Report: The Show and Tell Bible by Nancy Radke

In 2000 I started writing, editing, and producing a children’s digital Bible, hiring artists and narrators. I spent two years just writing and editing the script. We finished the Old Testament in 2019, just as my heart started acting up. It made my brain foggy, so I stopped working on these, but my artists kept drawing the thousands of pictures needed for the New Testament videos. Since the Book of Acts was the next one they finished, I am now getting to it, as my brain is much clearer with a pacemaker helping me out.

My grandson, Greg, works as an editor for a company that puts up children’s videos on YouTube. This January, he put up our three Old Testament videos (7 hours) on YouTube so they can be watched FREE. Some of them have thousands of views already. Now he is putting up the New Testament book of Acts, two chapters a week. Our channel is called theshowandtellbible and can be viewed on your phone, computer, or TV. Just search for it on YouTube. If you like it, please subscribe. This is very children friendly, eventually covering every story and every book in the Bible. We have broken it up into small sections, so that it can be used by teachers.

Here is the link to the Show and Tell Bible on YouTube to watch it on the computer or phone: https://youtube.com/@TheShowAndTellBible

Please send this link out or tell people about this. Ask them to subscribe to the channel as we will be adding the Gospels whenever the sections are finished over the next few years. It is being watched by people all over the world. It is really thrilling to get comments from  foreign countries as well as here.

I am also working on putting up audiobooks. My first one up is “The Bravest Woman in the Town,” a novella placed at the end of the Civil War.

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Solutions to a Problem: A Tint of Green by Nancy Radke

Solutions don’t always just come to a person like magic out of thin air. I have to live with something for awhile (sometimes several years) before I realize what it is that’s bothering me. Take paint for example.

You can paint your interior rooms any color and for years I did so. But I had large windows and a view of forest trees, yet seldom looked at the view. I kept the drapes open and the light came in, but when I looked toward the window, my eyes focused on the walls or the furniture, not out the window. This can be a big problem when I had a fantastic view but didn’t get to enjoy it. It irritated me that I was looking at the walls when I wanted to look outdoors.

What was keeping my eyes from focusing on the scene outside? It was as simple as the color of my walls. I had walls painted rose colored, some white, some blue, and some cream. All were light, but one day I happened to paint a wall in a very pale gray-green: the color of moss on the trees. Green is a recessive color, falling away from you while other colors invade your senses. I realized that when I looked out the windows in that room, my eyes immediately focused on the outdoors.

I repainted all the walls in my house a very light moss-green, somewhat on the blue side, almost white, and I’ve been rewarded with some unexpected side benefits. The green is very calming, making me thank God for green trees and green grass. (Imagine how stressful life would be if nature was predominantly bright red.) People come into my house and feel relaxed. They comment on it, so I know it isn’t just me.

Before you buy some paint, buy a pint or two and paint next to your windows. See which tint of green allows your eyes to travel out the window. That’s the one to get. Use a little darker green for a highlight wall and you’re set to see the outdoors while you are indoors. Problem solved.

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My heroine in The Bravest Woman in the Town lived outside of Nashville during the Civil War. Nashville was occupied by the Yankees. She and other southern girls worked in factories there. Kate was also a “mule,” smuggling guns and other items out of the town by using hooks to hang boots under her heavy skirts. (A historical fact.) But how can she escape the Union major, Prescott Trahern, who discovers her secret? If you like this book, you’ll find the modern Prescott Trahern in the book “Trouble Never Knocks.”


The Bravest Woman Nancy Radke

‘Tis the Season to connect ~ Christmas Cards by Nancy Radke

I sat down yesterday and wrote out a bunch of Christmas cards to send before the days get really busy. Last year I didn’t get to them until the end of January, and I didn’t want that to happen again. I didn’t want to NOT send any out, as I want the chain to stay unbroken. Time has sped up so much that the months pass by as fast as weeks used to.

Christmas Cards

Connect with friends…

The cards we write at this time of year provide us with the incentive to connect with friends and relatives that we haven’t seen for awhile. For some of them, this is the only time we get in touch. A large Thanksgiving meal still includes only those whom you probably see regularly. Christmas cards reach out to other states and other countries where friends have moved over the years.

I love getting the cards that have a picture of the sender on it. If a short (or long) summary of their year is included, the card is more than just a happy greeting. You find out about their health, new babies, weddings, deaths, and sometimes a marvelous trip that you enjoy hearing about.

Get personal…

The little note I sent out with my cards this year included the expected arrival of another great-grandchild, along with information about my family. I included info on my health, which has greatly improved, including my mind getting clear now that my heart condition has been addressed. I’m still taking some heart medicines, but have reduced them from 5 to 3, plus I am taking the minimum dosages.

I went to Bellingham for Thanksgiving. Rural area. Really nice. Otherwise haven’t gone anywhere this year. No problem, as I’ve been busy.

I am still writing novels, but didn’t finish any books this year as I am trying to get the book of Acts finished for the DVD Show & Tell Bible while I still have my health. This project (1000s of hand-drawn pictures by various artists) was made more difficult as I had to re-do things I thought was done (while in a heart-induced brain-fog). I also put a group of parables and other teachings of Christ onto a program called Doodly. When I do the Gospels (partly done already) I plan to insert the Doodly motion files into it. I am working with my grandson in California to put the Old Testament books up on YouTube, then Acts when it is finished. Hope to eventually get the entire Bible up as a teaching tool.

Look for my novella, Changing Horses, which is a New Year’s story, along with all of my Christmas stories that are on sale. Christmas on Cougar Mountain is free. Look for our Authors’ Billboard Christmas collections that are on sale now.

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Keep safe, healthy, and enjoy your life. Have a happy 2024!