Saturday, 23 September 2023

Exciting Paranormal Murder Mystery to watch & download for free!

Survival of the Fittest: Werewolves & Witches & More - book cover with a female sheriff and gold lightning over a white background with more gold lightning.

Survival of the Fittest

I am celebrating my 100th week on YouTube and hence have created a longer story vid as well as all my shorts this week. It’s a paranormal murder mystery. Enjoy!


Watch to the end to find out how to get a free copy of the eBook too.

Survival of the Fittest: Werewolves & Witches & More


On the surface, a quiet sleepy town, but it has ancient and deep secrets. Lil, the sheriff of this small, supernatural backwater, is the only thing standing between the cheerfully oblivious humans and the powerful supernatural beings that live alongside them. When a body washes up on the shore of the lake, Lil must face off against the supernatural conflict that threatens to tear her town apart. With the stakes higher than ever, can Lil uncover the truth and solve the murder of the werewolves’ alpha before it’s too late?

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Tuesday, 8 August 2023

Short Narrated Stories - Funny Fantasy - Tales with Tasha wk93

Purple lightning over a white background, snooty looking yellow and gold dragon with one eyebrow raised, Tales with Tasha - week 93 - Funny Fantasy

Tales with Tasha Week 93
Funny Fantasy

Last week at Tales with Tasha the aim was to make everyone smile with Fantasy Comedy Stories. Mostly I was in a mood for cute magical creatures and these are the shorts I came up with.

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy them.๐Ÿฅฐ

Defender of the Weak?

Some critter are not quite what they appear to be - this can be a good thing.


Pet Pet Pet

Dignity and diplomacy are not always viable bedfellows...


WARNING! Don't Touch!

When it comes to a witch's familiar there are certain expectations.


Protect The Puppy!

It's not your fault you didn't know he was a werewolf!


No! Bad Boy!

Dragon Whisperer, yeah right, more like glorified babysitter!


Don't Be DECEIVED!

Don't pet the unknown magical creature, even if it is cute!


Save Me NOW!

Outed by a unicorn!




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Thursday, 3 August 2023

Free Fiction Friday July 23 (a little late)

Young man in modern day clothes, looking right, with a purple electrical storm behind him. Words: Natasha Duncan-Drake Mages: Magic & Mayhem, a Contemporary Fantasy Short Story

Free Short Story

Mages: Magic & Mayhem

Young man in modern day clothes, looking right, with a purple electrical storm behind him. Words: Natasha Duncan-Drake Mages: Magic & Mayhem, a Contemporary Fantasy Short Story

Join Dante, a rising actor, as he is suddenly thrust into a world of magic while taking a much-needed break from the pressures of his career. Unprepared for the dangers and secrets that come with it, he is faced with a mage in his debt and newfound knowledge he does not know how to deal with.

Dante must navigate a turbulent underworld full of power and possibility. Will Dante be able to survive in a world where magic is now part of his life and more powerful than ever?


Free to all the subscribers of my newsletter (no spam, I promise), in fact, at the moment, mostly just the free fiction emails ๐Ÿฅฐ.

Go here to sign up and the details of how to get your free copy are in the final welcome email.

If you would just like to pick up a copy it is 99c and available from:
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Friday, 31 March 2023

It's Free Fiction Friday!

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It's Free Fiction Friday!

Greetings Lovelies!

Every month, usually the last Friday, I give away an original short story/novelette to all the members of my newsletter.

This month we have a paranormal romance with psychics and vampires and a rock band.

If you're not a member of the newsletter, don't worry, all the details of how to get your hands on the book are included in the final welcome email once you sign up, and the coupon is valid until 01-May-23.

Save a Cat, Bag a Boyfriend: Of Psychics & Vampires


Maisie is psychic. This is often a pain in her behind, but no matter how innocuous her visions may seem, they always have a reason. When the universe sees fit to guide her to rescuing a cat, it leads her into a situation that not only might gain her a boyfriend, but one which has a rock band and vampires as well. Romance and excitement await but so does danger. (Het with a gay side pairing)
young intense male rock star with light brown wavy hair staring at the camera holding a guitar - Natasha Duncan-Drake, Save a Cat Bag a Boyfriend - of Psychics & Vampires over the top in white and pink


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If you would like to see a narrated, snapshot, very condensed version of this story, check it out on my YouTube channel, Tales with Tasha as a series of shorts (1min vids). The first one is below:


Many thanks for checking it out.๐Ÿ’–

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Saturday, 24 December 2022

A Very Happy Christmas to One and All ๐Ÿ’–

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas season, or at least a peaceful one. Love and hugs to all.๐Ÿ’–

Here's looking forward to a wonderful 2023 (it has to be, doesn't it ... the last few years must have just been saving up to make it amazing, it's the only explanation).



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Thursday, 22 December 2022

Free Fiction - Fallen Angel: A Christmas Romance - Check it out on YouTube

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Fallen Angel: A Christmas Romance

BAD Timing? Now This Is AWKWARD! 
๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ˜‡ (Christmas Romance Short Story) #comedy


Hello, Lovelies. I hope you are all doing well, Long time no talk. Let's just say it's been a bit of a year and look forward to Christmas and 2023 ๐Ÿ’

My YouTube channel Tales with Tasha, is still going strong and slowly building an audience. Please, do check it out if you haven't already. New stories every day as YouTube shorts :- some fun, some terrifying, some mystifying and more.

This week I have a longer story as well, in the spirit of Christmas. You can listen for free at Tales with Tasha and pick up a copy at all the usual eBook places as well. Great for sitting down to over a nice cup of hot chocolate, or you beverage of choice.

Fallen Angel: A Christmas Romance

LGBTQ+ Christmas Romance 

Kay is preparing for her and her husband Greg’s annual Christmas party when the angel falls off her tree. She’d put him right back up there, only now he’s six foot two, naked and adorably confused. Not one to argue with Christmas magic, Kay sets about trying to figure out what is going on as well as make sure her guest is no longer sans clothes.

7 Christmas themed micro stories also included.
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Wednesday, 24 August 2022

YouTube How To - Most Important Thing About Titles

Most Important Thing About Titles on YouTube

YouTube How To:
Most Important Thing About Titles

I have watched many, many YouTube how to videos on what to do to make the algorithm love a video, and I have tried lots of their tips. What I am coming to realise is this:

It does not matter how good your video content is if you are a small channel, the only way to get ahead is to play the game and chase the algorithm.

One proviso, is that I am talking about my experience with YouTube shorts, which is one of the best ways to grow a channel from scratch at the moment. Longer videos require other techniques as well, but there is a lot of crossover.

The number 1 tip that seems to finally be working for my channel is this:

❗Write the title before even starting the video.

I spent months deciding on my stories, then trying to come up with titles that would grab viewers, and I was getting a steady viewership, but it had completely stalled in new subs and viewing number. In the past 2 weeks I have completely changed my strategy and my views have gone up considerably, so has my like count, as well as gaining new subscribers. I mean, it's nothing astronomical yet, but growth is growth.

This is my strategy:

  1. Sunday, go to "What is popular on YouTube" playlist.
  2. Look at the most successful topics.
  3. Create click-bait titles for my five shorts for that week, based on various hot topics.
  4. Decide on my overall story themes (first week I did Midsomer Murder parodies, this week comedy horror)
  5. Come up with stories that incorporate the title somehow, but fit the theme.

An Example

  1. One of the popular topics was Minecraft, so I came up with the following title: Minecraft Mystery?! ๐Ÿคฏ #shorts (1 min story) (Midsomer Murders Parody)
Note that the end of my title does not hide the true nature of my short, I do not want to lie to people and make them feel betrayed. However, it does count on the fact most people scan the beginning of the title first and don't bother with the end.
  1. The story itself is a ridiculous murder in a craft shop in an old mine.
It technically fits the title and it's supposed to be funny, so will hopefully make them smile and even if they have been tricked, they won't mind that much.

Results


From getting anywhere from 10 to around 100 views on a vid, using this technique I managed to get all of last weeks vids to around 200 views, and some of my older titles are getting some more views too. I link to a different playlist at the end of Monday's vid and the playlist for the week from every other vid that week.

Of course it does depend on the topic, and sometimes I get it wrong. This week, Monday's vid, only has 40 views and I'm planning on changing up the title some more once I can think of how to do it, however, Tuesday's, is currently at 1,150 and still going up.
It’s a SCAM! Grifter Alert! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ #shorts (1 min story) (FUNNY Ghost Story)
Changing the title can work too - one of last week's vids did not do well overnight, so I changed up the title and managed to bring it up to the same level as the others. It's a bit of a game against the algorithm, if you haven't realised that yet ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Conclusion

There are many factors in creating a good title, but getting the popular buzz words in there, seems to be a really, really important one. So far the one that gets the most traction for me is "Scam/Scammer". It is a sad fact of life that negative connotations get more hits. However, if I can get a bit of humour into someone's life using a click-baity title, I count it as a good thing.

We shall have to see how this continues to pan out.

Updates

25-Aug-22: Wednesday's vid has ~480 views this morning, so not as good as "Scam", but "Scandal" seems to be a good word. 

Still messing with Monday's title to try and get the vid seen - have not found a golden combination yet ๐Ÿ˜‰.

SCANDAL at the PALACE! Princess of Nowhere!๐Ÿ˜ฒ #shorts (1 min story) (FUNNY Ghost Story)



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