New Book Launch: the Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3. New Christmas Video.

Finally, I am pleased to say my latest Book, The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3 is finished and launched. It is in review at the time of writing this, but will be available on Amazon imminently.

I will update this page when it is live for purchase.

I think this is the most fun I have had in this series, and a proper adventure, but with a lot of laughter and silliness. The ending is wonderful, and will tug at the heart strings.

Here is the cover:

The Dog That Wouldn't Sit 3 Book Cover
The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3

Here is the blurb:

Champion is a dog, full of wonder, big eyes and scruffy, but full of love.

Ethel is an older lady, but full of love and someone who enjoys the simplicity and quiet in life.

And these two wonderful, thoughtful individuals have one thing in common: they love being awkward!

The big day has arrived. Ethel is busy enjoying a relaxing moment, but Champion, the big hairy horse like dog, wants to have fun. What does a dog do when he wants to enjoy when the lady of the house doesn’t?

He goes out for his big day out, that’s what.

The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3 follows the big dog’s grand adventure as he gets out of the house and on to the bus, sitting bolt upright in the seat, heading for who knows where?

Imagine Ethel, seeing her dog, sitting beside the window, looking at her as the bus leaves, as if he might wave goodbye for now as he sets off.

Ethel does what she should, rushes off in chase, but is joined by a troop of others, a busybody council man, an older admirer, a reporter, police, and all sorts in a common cause of catching that dog!

Join them all in Champion’s grand adventure and find out who wins in the biggest battle of wills yet.

There can be only one.

Who will it be?

Roll on for The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3.

On sale now at Amazon: Click here to buy


I have narrated a new video on my Official YouTube channel. It is a Christmas Short Story, a lovely old tale from Victorian times.

It seems very popular and I am sure you will love it, so have a listen here if you like.

A Christmas Inspiration by Lucy Maude Montgomery


I would just like to say thank you all so much for all of your support this year. It has been a wonderful year for me, and everything I have done. The positive reviews and the emails I have recieved from you in support of my books, which are a labour of love. I couldn’t do this without you and you all make it so worthwhile.

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, and wonderful new year.

I will be back in full swing in the new year, and aim to have a lot more books for you in 2024. I think it’s going to be a great year ahead.

Once again, Merry Christmas!

David.

D. J. Cowdall.


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The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3 Finished & New Video

I am pleased to say that the third in the series of the Dog That Wouldn’t Sit is finally finished. It is currently being edited and will hopefully be on sale within the next week or so.

I have enjoyed writing this as much as any book I have written, as it flowed so well and I have come to know the characters so well. I love how the dog Champion has such a character of his own and comes across as being so daft but so intelligent.

I will be sure to post here as soon as the sale goes live.

I have narrated a new video, which is a poem by Susanna Moodie, and is very appropriate for the time of year, the subject being winter. I enjoyed narrated it and creating the video. It is live on YouTube and available to watch here on my official site.

Winter by  Susanna Moodie


My latest novel is my 16th, and I am loving everything about it. I have no set ideas of what is to be next, but I will be back at it writing for my next novel, set for release in the new year.

I have spent time looking back at some of my old works, and can see how much work some of these need, from editing to formatting, and a lot of my time over the next couple of months will be dedicated to fixing them all.

All of my novels were edited, but as I have found not all editors are equal, and not all of them are real. Just because someone is an avid reader it doesn’t mean they are a capable editor.

My newer books demonstrate the much higher level of work gone into making them and should be as perfect for your enjoyment as possible.


I will update you all again soon once my latest noevel is on sale.

I hope you are all well.

Take Care.

David.

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Two New Audio Short Stories & New Book Update

While deep in the process of writing my new book, I have narrated a couple of new videos.

The first is my reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.

I always loved this, primarily from seeing the Vincent Price film which always struck me for its sense of suspense, not to mention how odd it all felt, which from narrating the story I can say it does reflect well.

This is the video here:

The Masque of the Red Death Narrated by DJ Cowdall

My next narrated video is a short story that I wrote. When I became strongly interested in writing, this was in fact the first story I ever wrote. It will be a strong indicator of where I was at early in my writing career and where I am at now. I’m sure you will see a difference if you have read other work by me.

Still, it is fun, and I enjoyed reading it once more. Hopefully you will too.

Just One More Go. Written & Narrated by DJ Cowdall


I am pleased to say that my work on The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3 is coming along at a pace. I am two thirds through now, and it should be available to buy any time. I will be sure to post here, on my Official Amazon page and on Goodreads soon.

The story this time I think is stronger than ever, and along with a ton of humour also allows for a filling out of other characters and events. Hopefully you will enjoy it.

I guess autumn is upon us just about, which brings with it cooler, wetter weather, but the positive from that is more time indoors, and more time reading.

Thank you once again for all your support.

DJ.


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The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 1 & 2, First Chapters Narrated for Audiobook.

Two new videos have been added for your enjoyment, which are the first chapters of both of these books. The first can be listened to and enjoyed here:

You can click on it and enjoy listening to it without leaving this site. It is another step in my journey to begin fully narrating all of my books as audio books. You can also listen to this and others on the Official DJ Cowdall YouTube site here:

DJ Cowdall – Official YouTube Channel

Any comments here or on YouTube are welcome, and any feeback by social media or Email are welcome.


The second book is here, the first chapter again. Narrated by DJ Cowdall, and of course also written by.

Any feedback is welcome, but hopefully you will enjoy them.


The third in this series is coming along very well. I am very happy with it. It should hopefully be on sale in September.

Enjoy.

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Two New Short Stories Narrated, One by DJ Cowdall, One by Edgar Allan Poe.

I am pleased to provide two new videos, both short stories and both narrated by me. They are live now. Click below to enjoy either or visit my YouTube channel to hear them.

The first is Sacrifice, a short story I wrote and had published many yeas ago. It will likely show its age, given my writing at the time, but it still remains one of my favourites.


You can enjoy it here: Sacrifice, Written and Narrated by DJ Cowdall.


The second of my new videos is a famous one by Edgar Allan Poe, here:

The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe, Narrated by DJ Cowdall.

I hope you enjoy them.

Any comments or feedback on the story or my narration are very welcome.

Take Care.

David.

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Short Story: Inferno, Written and Narrated by DJ Cowdall, Free on YouTube.

As part of my ongoing YouTube channel dedicated to my narrating my books and stories, I have added one of the short stories that is part of my older back catalogue.

The story was published on Amazon way back in 2016, and remains on sale today. As I have moved on to longer works, novels and the like, I no longer write short stories.

I have written a great many of these of the years, most of which were published in magazines and newspapers, most of which are now defunct with the advent of the digital age.


You can enjoy the story for free by clicking here, or visiting my channel at YouTube.


I have also narrated and added another short story, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, narrated by myself. These and others are on my channel.

Any comments or feedback on the story or my naration are very welcome.

As always, I continue to work on my new novel. More news on that soon.

Take Care.

David.

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The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by DJ Cowdall

 

A longer, twenty two minute short story narrated by myself.

This is another in the practice sessions that I am engaging in and uploading to my YouTube channel at: DJ Cowdall – YouTube Here there are poems and stories, as well as book snippets and full-length audio books to come, all narrated by me.

This was very much a learning opportunity for me, and took quite a bit of effort and work. One thing I am learning is how much work goes into audio book narration.

Any comments, please do feel free to email me or comment on the video on YouTube.

As always, progress on my latest book is going well, and I am very much enjoying writing The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3.

Please enjoy this new video

David.

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Two New Poems and New Book Update

NEW POEMS NARRATED BY DJ COWDALL

I am pleased to tell you two new videos are available on my DJ Cowdall YouTube channel. Both are poems that I have narrated.

The first is Spring by John Clare. It is a short poem, another about nature and I think a very fine piece.

The second is The Bridge, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This is a longer piece, and one that I found particularly emotive and inspiring.

As always, these are narrated by me as practice for eventually narrating my audio books. On this channel, I will add more first chapters of my own books, fully narrated by me, and I think next up will be a short story. I am uncertain whether this will be one of my own or another’s.

SPRING BY JOHN CLARE

THE BRIDGE BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

Comments on the poems or the narration are always welcome, either on YouTube or here. Please feel free to like and subscribe to the channel for new content regularly, including full length audio books by me.

NEW BOOK

I am pleased to say progress on The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3 is going very well. I am very happy with it and I don’t think it will be long at all before a release.
It certainly helps with the lovely weather lately in the UK, and I have been sitting out a lot enjoying the sun and writing a great deal.

AI

I am sure everyone is getting a little tired of hearing AI mentioned so much in the news. The interesting part for some in all of this is the use of software to narrate our books into audio books by machine. As of right now, audio book publishers generally do not allow for this, but that may change. What I have seen and heard of machine narrated prose seems quite good, but doing this is expensive for now, and it has plenty of problems, such as odd pauses and an uncanny sense of the voice not being real, still.
Personally, I am more than happy to fully narrate my own books. I think the benefit I have is that I am the author and the narrator, and so can choose to do this. I am not reliant on being hired by others to do the work, and I don’t have to employ others to do my work for me.
Another aspect is that I believe people will appreciate actually hearing the author of a book narrate their own works, rather than from a machine or an unknown voice.
I am sure there are plenty of people out there that don’t mind or care, but if given the choice, I know what I would prefer.
The future is definitely going to be interesting in this space, that is for sure.

APPRECIATION

Thank you so much for your ongoing support. It matters so much and I always appreciate and develop and learn from your feedback.

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David.

New Poem Narrated By DJ Cowdall.

Rain In Summer By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Here is a new poem, Rain In Summer, which is another reading and created as a video on YouTube. This is a longer poem and another beautiful piece of creativity about the countryside and nature.

Comments and suggestions are welcome, here or on YouTube.

If you would like to see new content like this and have any suggestions, they are always welcome.

More poems will be made available on this site and YouTube and then next up will be longer pieces, such as first chapters of some of my books and whole audio books, read by me.

My new book, the Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 3 is coming along nicely. As usual Ethel and Champion are antagonizing each other and engaging in a never-ending battle of wills. I am sure this will be on sale soon.

As always, enjoy.

David.


Audio Narrating beginnings.

YouTube Videos

As promised, I have started creating audio content with a view to, in time, narrating all of my books as audio books. I created a simple YouTube channel which I can add videos of me narrating poems, snippets of my books, some full audio books and more.

The first two poems are on the channel, and are lovely poems which are focused on nature, suitable for the new beginnings that Spring brings.

The first poem is The Country Beautiful, Poem by Paul Bewsher, which is short but beautiful. The video is simple and was recorded by my daughter, Maya Cowdall. She has recorded a lot of similar clips for me to use, but they are background B roll footage where what matters is the audio.

I have recorded and tested these aimed at Audible requirements, although YouTube compression may make an impact on this quality played from there.

I will post more on here as I add more, and once I have a reasonable size catalogue of narrated content, I will post them elsewhere, possibly on the likes of Spotify.

This is of course all for rehearsing and learning how to narrate to a professional standard, simply because I would like to narrate all of my own audio books to go alongside my many published titles.

Please feel free to leave comments here or on YouTube regarding anything to do with the narration, sound quality, my narrating, or the choice of poems, and if you have any suggestions for what I might narrate then you are very welcome to contact me and suggest some anytime.

Please enjoy.

David.