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PenistoneFM (@penistonefm) Evolve project wins ITV’s The People’s projects. Would you like to listen to and review two of my #audiobooks? And a fantastic romantic #giveaway

Hi all:

Today’s post has a bit of everything.

First, big news! If you’ve been following my blog you’ll remember that a couple of weeks ago I shared the news that the local radio station I’ve been volunteering at, Penistone FM, and their Evolve proposal had been chosen as one of the projects going forward for ITV People’s Project. And, the results are in, and we’ve won!

I leave  you a couple of links where you can read more about their project and see a video from ITV showing when they visited Penistone FM (don’t worry, I wasn’t there, although I think all my colleagues did a great job) to tell them they’d won. So, if you’re curious to see what the place looks like, this is your chance!

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/evolve-penistone-fm-community-radio-opportunities-for-all

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2016-03-16/meeting-the-winners-of-the-peoples-projects/

Second. The good news about Penistone FM got me thinking about listening to things. Recently I finally got free codes for my two newest audios (three more of my novels are being turned into audios at the moment, fingers crossed), both for Audible.com and audible.co.uk.  So if any of you would like to listen to them, do let me know.  I don’t think I’ll run out of codes, but just in case, let me know as soon as you can.  I’ll need your e-mail addresses as I need to send you the codes and the instructions, but if you prefer not to leave them here, you can contact me directly at mmxrynz@hotmail.com (I leave you a reminder at the end of the post). I leave you some samples and information so you can make your mind up.
A thriller, about obsession, strange relationships and voyeurism:

Family, Lust and Cameras Audiobook narrated by LaDawn Black
Family, Lust and Cameras Audiobook narrated by LaDawn Black

Family, Lust and Cameras by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by LaDawn Black

Do you enjoy spying on others? Do you think it’s harmless?

Pat thought she’d left her past behind and started a new life. But one doesn’t get rid of voyeurism, obsessions and family quite that easily. Sometimes one has to adopt drastic measures to survive the harassment of a man, particularly a man like Herman. And this time Pat is determined to win, whatever the price.

In this world where technology dominates our lives, we’re never alone and privacy doesn’t exist, this novella more than a work of fiction is a warning about the dangers that haunt us in our own homes. How far would you be prepared to go to get revenge from somebody intent on controlling your life?

Author and psychiatrist Olga Núñez Miret brings us another story where the character’s motives and the inner-workings of their brains will keep you guessing. Brief, tense and with no flourishes, the story will keep you reading non-stop till the end.

If you’re fans of ‘Psycho’, ‘Peeping Tom’ and ‘Single White Female’ and are fascinated and repelled in equal degree by ‘Big Brother’ this adult story will get you hooked.

What would happen if your life became The rear window? How far would you be prepared to go to get revenge from somebody intent on controlling your life?

The audiobook version, narrated by LaDawn Black brings the action and its disturbing effects, even closer home.

Audible.com Audible. co.uk Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Apple (i-Tunes)

If you want to listen to a sample in Sound Cloud:

And if you prefer a You-Tube video:

And a sweet romance:

I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook
I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Gwyn Olson

I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Gwyn Olson

Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the TV studio of the program “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love? Recipes included (only for cakes, not love!)

Glyn Olson and Red Rose Studio have done a fantastic job bringing my novel to life. You’ll be able to smell the cakes, laugh with their adventures, and fall in love…

Audible.com Audible.co.uk Amazon Apple i-Tunes

If you’ve never tried Audible before, this is a great promotion.

You can listen to a sample directly in Sound Cloud:

If you prefer to watch the You Tube video:

I don’t think I’ve shared this review, but just in case you want to read an opinion:

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

What a fun book this was! Starting with a colorful, tantalizing cover, Ms. Núñez Miret’s story immediately drew me in. In it, Dulce and Adelfa are best friends and, coincidentally, half sisters (It’s complicated!). Dulce has dabbled in one profession after another; Adelfa has had trouble with men. Together they finally get their acts together by starting a cupcake and cake business, proving the age-old adage, “when things are meant to be” they just happen lickety-split.

Using an old, 1878 abandoned firehouse, they develop a community-based, fun-filled bakery, where books are offered to the public as well as good cheer. All is going swimmingly when they are invited to participate in a televised Hollywood bake off. The reader is then treated to the inner workings of shows such as this––some of it wonderful, some of it not so good. As the contestants get to know one another, romance blossoms for our heroines, bringing happiness full circle for all. If you want to read a highly entertaining, feel-good book, I definitely recommend this one!

Third.

Romance Giveaway Promo

And for the giveaway. Fabulous and generous author Marie Lavender who’s been a guest in this blog and its predecessor often and who’s always trying to enhance readers’ experience by bringing together and promoting the work of as many authors as possible, is organising a giveaway of romantic novels, all genres, for the 29th of March. She’s organised an event in Facebook. Check here . She’s still looking for authors, so if you’ve written a romantic story and would be happy to gift or send some copies out and get closer to readers, head over to her website (or I can give you her e-mail address). And readers, do join in for a chance to get an incredible variety of romantic novels, your choice! I can say that I’ve connected with great readers and met many authors through Marie’s giveaways, so don’t miss this chance.

Here a few more places where you can connect with her:

http://marielavender.com/
http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/
http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/
http://marielavender.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marie.lavender.58
https://www.facebook.com/MarieAnnLavender
https://twitter.com/marielavender1
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarieLavender/posts
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-lavender/27/187/10a
Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938764.Marie_Lavender
http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1578-marie-lavender
http://www.pw.org/content/marie_lavender
http://manicreaders.com/marielavender/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJu8HjRVYCFOqcIoX6ZxdqQ/videos

Marie Lavender truly knows how to organise a giveaway
Marie Lavender truly knows how to organise a giveaway

Thanks very much for reading (and listening), for your votes for Penistone FM, and if you’ve enjoyed this post, like, share, comment, CLICK, and if you want a free code for the audiobooks, just leave a reply or send me an e-mail at: mmxrynz@hotmail.com (I’ll need your e-mail address to send you the code and the instructions). If you listen to them, a review would be welcome! And don’t forget to participate in the giveaway!

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@PenistoneFM participa en #PeoplesProject de ITV. Si estáis en Inglaterra, dadle vuestro apoyo

Sí. He estado a cargo de esto. Foto cortesía de Unsplash
Sí. He estado a cargo de esto. Foto cortesía de Unsplash

Hola a todos:

Si lleváis un tiempo siguiendo mi blog recordaréis que hace unos meses escribí un post sobre hacer de voluntaria y os expliqué que había empezado a trabajar en una emisora de radio local (Penistone FM). Por si acaso, y como el post estaba en mi blog de antes, lo he añadido al final de este para que podáis leerlo si os apetece recordarlo o queréis saber cómo me sentía en aquel momento.

Aunque algunas cosas interfirieron con mi formación, Andy Riley, mi mentor, ha sido fabuloso mostrándome cómo funciona todo. También fui varias veces al programa de Jo Ruston los domingos por la noche (‘Country Routes’ de 8 a 10 de la noche, lo recomiendo a todos los fans de la música country), y desde principios de este año empecé algunas sesiones con Steve Dobson, que me ha enseñado en más detalle la parte técnica y también hemos hablado de entrevistas. Es bueno ver los diferentes estilos de los presentadores para intentar crear uno propio en el futuro.

Bajo la supervisión de Andy y con el apoyo del resto del equipo, la última semana de enero y en febrero estuve a cargo del programa de tres horas (los martes de 5 a 8 de la tarde) sola (al menos en las ondas, aunque con mucho soporte técnico). El 16 de febrero fue mi último programa oficial con Andy, ya que le toca empezar a formar a otros voluntarios y hemos quedado en que cuando vuelva a Inglaterra y después de alguna sesión para recordarme cómo funciona todo con Steve Dobson, me pondrán a cargo de mi propio programa. Os pondré al corriente tan pronto como esté todo confirmado, ya que espero que me deis una mano con ideas sobre contenidos, y si entendéis inglés, que me escuchéis también (aunque sea a través de internet).

¿Qué he aprendido? Lo que se disfruta al probar algo nuevo. La cantidad de eventos que tienen lugar en la localidad y que se me habían pasado por alto. El entusiasmo de la comunidad local. La importancia de estar al tanto del tiempo, de ser flexible y siempre tener algo en reserva, y de asegurarse que se llegará a tiempo a las noticias (pase lo que pase). La necesidad de pensar antes de hablar (y/o tener una muy buena excusa preparada). Y la dedicación de todos los que participan. Tengo que agradecerles a todos los miembros del equipo de Penistone FM el que me hayan hecho sentir tan bienvenida.

Como menciono en el post que sigue a este, la emisora la llevan voluntarios, y aunque eso quiere decir que no nos pagan, sigue habiendo gastos por los proyectos que se llevan a cabo y el día a día de mantener la emisora funcionando, que tienen que salir de algún sitio. Los anunciantes son una de las rutas, pero siempre se están explorando opciones para conseguir fondos. Y este año, Penistone FM participa en the People’s Project (El proyecto de la gente) de la cadena televisiva ITV. Aunque solo podréis votar si tenéis dirección en el Reino Unido, decidí compartirlo con vosotros porque es una gran iniciativa y si leéis inglés podéis ver la gran variedad de proyectos que participan.

Este es la introducción oficial de Penistone FM (como yo estoy en España ahora mismo no puedo ver el video, pero si vosotros sí, ya me contaréis. ¡Y no os preocupéis, que yo no salgo!)

Penistone FM y nuestro proyecto “Evolve” es uno de solo cinco grupos en South Yorkshire que han sido seleccionados para competir por el voto público y el dinero de la lotería en el concurso The Peoples Project de ITV. El proyecto Evolve de formación de Penistone FM aspira a hacer la radio comunitaria más accesible a la gente de la localidad y aportar nuevas técnicas de comunicación e intereses a pueblos rurales aislados. Queremos ser capaces de ofrecer las mismas oportunidades a la gente local de adquirir nuevos conocimientos, disfrutar una actividad social divertida y hacer nuevos amigos. Por favor visitad http://www.penistonefm.co.uk haced clic en el enlace y votad por nosotros.

También podéis ver el video ahí (creo que solo si estáis en el UK)

Y si queréis visitar el sitio web de Peoples’ Project, aquí está (Evolve es uno de los proyectos de South Yorkshire)

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/

Y aquí os dejo el primer artículo por si os lo perdisteis.
Habéis pensado en hacer de #voluntarios? Salgo en la radio! @PenistoneFM

Hola a todos:

Como ya sabéis, la vida da muchas vueltas de camino adónde sea que nos lleve. Yo no sé vosotros, pero yo me he encontrado a veces como flotando entre varios proyectos. Las cosas van desarrollándose pero no están aún del todo listas para el siguiente paso o uno necesita un poco de tiempo para pensar y hacer nuevos planes.

Y en ese punto estaba (estoy) yo. Como supongo que os debe pasar a muchos de vosotros, yo recibo notificaciones de muchos sitios. LinkedIn me envía correos periódicamente con sugerencias de trabajos en las cercanías de donde vivo. Como no he pasado mucho tiempo en casa en los últimos meses no les había hecho mucho caso, pero justo antes de irme de vacaciones me dí cuent de que había ofertas de trabajos de voluntariado en la zona donde vivo. Siempre había pensado en hacer de voluntaria alguna vez ‘cuanto tuviera más tiempo’ pero recientemente decidí no dejar las cosas pendientes porque nunca tendremos suficiente tiempo a menos que lo saquemos de algún sitio. Visité Do It organisation y encontré varias cosas que me interesaban, algunas muy locales. Como hasta hace poco siempre había trabajado lejos de Penistone (South Yorkshire, UK), donde vivo, pensé que ésta era una excelente oportunidad para contribuir más localmente.

The logo of Penistone FM in situ, inside of the studio

El logo of Penistone FM in situ, dentro del estudio

Envié una solicitud para hacer de voluntaria en Penistone FM, fui a visitar a Martin Sugden que accedió a dejarme probar, y ahora voy una vez por semana, los martes de 5 a 8 de la tarde, me siento al micrófono, bajo la mirada atenta de Andy Riley, a quien se le da muy bien enseñar y sabe como hacer que la gente se sienta relajada y como en casa.

This is Andy, who needs to keep an eye on weather, traffic, Facebook, Twitter... Éste es Andy, que tiene que estar al tanto del tiempo, el tráfico, Facebook, Twitter, los teléfonos

Penistone FM (si leéis en inglés también podéis encontrarla en Wikipedia) fue creada en 2005 como una emisora de radio no comercial para transmitir en Penistone y sus alrededores en el 95.7 FM. La obtención de la licencia y organizarlo todo llevó algo de tiempo, y la emisora finalmente empezó a retransmitir, en directo, el 6 de Junio de 2006. Todos los que trabajan en la emisora son voluntarios, y aunque sospecho que muchos de vosotros no estaréis en la zona, si habláis inglés simper podéis escucharla en el internet, aquí e incluso hay un App que podéis descargar gratuitamente.

Si queréis que os diga qué me ha parecido hasta ahora (llevo muy poco tiempo allí)… La gente es fantástica, me gusta todo (los anuncios de eventos locales, y por fin sé qué pasa en los alrededores, la selección de noticias raras y el Quiz maldito de Andy), estoy impresionada por lo bien que hay que organizar el tiempo para dar cabida a todo y llegar a las noticias en el momento oportuno, y espero que la gente disfrute escuchando el programa (a pesar de mi acento).

 

It's like NASA but smaller! ¡Es como la NASA, pero en pequeño!

Andy me dice que voy bien, y con un poco de suerte iré haciendo más y más cosas con el tiempo (incluso empecé a apretar teclas la semana pasada), así que, ¡quién sabe!

Aún estoy conociendo a gente, pero de momento, me encanta.

It's me on the radio! ¡Soy yo en la radio!

No os olvidéis de seguir a la emisora en Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/penfm

Y Twitter:

@PenistoneFM

Os mantendré informados. Vamos, animaos a echar un vistazo. Y, ¿por qué no os planteáis hacer de voluntarios?Estoy segura de que hay muchas buenas causas a las que podríais contribuir, incluso si solo tenéis un poco de tiempo cada semana. Y puede que aprendáis algo, os divirtáis, y lo que es más importante, ayudéis.

Muchas gracias a Penistone FM, y en particular a Andy Riley por su paciencia, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis qué hacer, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC! ¡Y pensad en hacer de VOLUNTARIOS!

 

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@PenistoneFM is participating in the ITV’s the #Peoples’Project. Come and support!

Yes, I've been in charge of this. Photo from Unsplash
Yes, I’ve been in charge of this. Photo from Unsplash

Hi all:

Those of you who have been following me for a while will remember that a few months back I wrote a post about volunteering and how I’d started working at the local radio station (Penistone FM). Just in case, and as the post was in the previous blog, I’ve added it to the end of this one so you can read it if you fancy a reminder or want to know how I felt at the time.

Although some things have got in the way of my training there at times, Andy Riley, my mentor, has been a star showing me the ropes. I’ve also joined Jo Ruston on Sunday nights for her ‘Country Routes’ programme (from 8 to 10 pm, a must for all country music lovers), and more recently I started having some training sessions with Steve Dobson, who’s been going through some technical information and we’ve been talking about interviews. It’s good to see the diverse styles of the presenters as this will help create my own in the future.

Under Andy’s and the rest of the team’s guidance, the last week of January and in February I was facilitating the three hour programme (Tuesday 5 to 8 pm) on my own (at least live on air, although with plenty of technical support). The 16th of February was my last official day under Andy’s supervision, as he is off to train more volunteers and we’ve agreed that once I’m back in the UK and after some reminder sessions with Steve Dobson, I might be taking over my own programme. I’ll update you on that as soon as it is confirmed, as I hope you’ll give me a hand with content for the programmes and you’ll listen (even if it has to be on-line).

What have I learned? The joy of trying something new. How many things are going on locally that had gone unnoticed under my radar before. The enthusiasm of the local community. The importance of keeping an eye on the clock, thinking quick on your feet and making sure that you’re there in time for the news (no matter what). The need to think before you talk (and/or have a good excuse). And how dedicated people are  to the project. Thanks to the whole Penistone FM team for making me feel so welcome.

As I mentioned in the article I attach, the radio station is run by volunteers, and although that means we don’t get paid, the expenses for any projects and for the everyday running of the place have to come from somewhere. Advertising is a route but they’re always exploring funding options. And this year, Penistone FM is participating in ITV’s the Peoples’ Project. Although you’ll only be able to vote if you have an address in the UK, I thought I’d share as it is a great initiative and you can check the variety of projects there are.

This is the official write-up for Penistone FM (unfortunately I can’t watch the video here in Spain but if you do, tell me what it’s like. And don’t worry, I’m not in it!)

Penistone FM and our project “Evolve” is one of only five groups in South Yorkshire that have been shortlisted to compete for the public vote and the Big Lottery cash in ITV’s The Peoples Projects TV competition. Evolve training project at Penistone FM aims to make community radio more accessible to local people and give new communication skills and interests to rural isolated villages. We want to be able to offer local people the same chances to learn new skills, enjoy a fun social activity and make new friends. Please visit http://www.penistonefm.co.uk

 – click on the link and vote for us.

And you can watch the film there too.

And if you want to visit the site for Peoples’ Project, here it is (Evolve is one of South Yorkshire projects)

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/

And here, the original post:
Have you thought about #volunteering? I’m on the radio! @PenistoneFM
Hi all:

As you all know, life can take some funny detours on the way to wherever it is taking us. I don’t know you, but I have found myself at times at an impasse, in between things. Things are moving but not quite ready yet for the next step or one needs to regroup and rework ones plans.

And there I was. As I suppose many of you, I receive notifications from quite a few places. LinkedIn regularly sends me e-mails suggesting jobs nearby. As I haven’t been at home very much in the last few months I hadn’t paid them that much attention, but just before I went on my holiday I realised they were suggesting volunteering jobs in the area where I live. I’d always thought I’d volunteer at some point ‘when I had more time’ but recently I’ve decided not to put off things because there’s never enough time unless we make the time. I checked Do It organisation and there were quite a few things I was interested in, some very local. As so far I’d always worked away from Penistone (South Yorkshire, UK), where I live, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to get more involved.

The logo of Penistone FM in situ, inside of the studio
The logo of Penistone FM in situ, inside of the studio

I applied for a job in Penistone FM, went to visit and meet Martin Sugden who agreed to let me try, and now I’m going once a week, on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm, and sit at a desk under the watchful eye of Andy Riley, who is a fantastic trainer and knows well how to make people feel at ease.

This is Andy, who needs to keep an eye on weather, traffic, Facebook, Twitter...
This is Andy, who needs to keep an eye on weather, traffic, Facebook, Twitter…

Penistone FM (you can check also in Wikipedia) was formed in 2005 as a non-for-profit community radio station to broadcast around the Penistone and surrounding area on 95.7 FM. The process of obtaining the licence and setting up took some time, and the station finally went on air, live, on the 6th of June 2009. It is entirely run by volunteers, and although I imagine many of you won’t be in the area, you can always check online, here, and there’s even an App you can download.

If you want to know how I’ve found it so far (it’s very early days)…People are great, I love everything (the community ads [I’m now finally up to date with what is happening], the selection of weird news and the Quiz of Doom by Andy), I’m in awe of the time management skills necessary to fit everything in, of the technology, and I hope people enjoy listening to the programme (despite my accent).

It's like NASA but smaller!
It’s like NASA but smaller!

Andy tells me I’m doing OK, and hopefully I’ll be doing more and more things as I go along (I started pressing buttons and things last week), so who knows!

I’m still getting to know the people working there, but so far, loving it.

It's me on the radio!
It’s me on the radio!

Don’t forget to follow in Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/penfm

And Twitter:

@PenistoneFM

I’ll keep you posted. Go on, check us out! And, why don’t you have a go at volunteering? I’m sure there are many good causes you might be able to contribute to, even if you only have a bit of time every week. And you might learn something, have fun, and what’s more important, help.

Thanks so much to Penistone FM, and Andy Riley in particular for his patience, thanks to all of you for reading, and you know what to do, like, comment, share and CLICK! And consider VOLUNTEERING!

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