Posted by: kewhite | September 15, 2014

GODDESSES ANONYMOUS series GIVEAWAY

Courtesy of Blackstone Audiobooks, I have one CD copy of each of the first 3 audiobooks in this series to give away:

One Mountain Away

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Somewhere Between Luck and Trust

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No River Too Wide

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Author Emilie Richards explains the name of the series:

“The friends decide to call themselves the Goddesses Anonymous to honor Kuan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, a powerful figure to Buddhists and Taoists, with many different names and representations in Eastern Asia. Kuan Yin turned back on her journey to heaven when she heard the cries of the suffering on earth and asked to stay and minister to them anonymously until no more suffering remained.”

To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below and tell us about the “Goddesses” in your life.

Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please. Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Monday, September 22. The winner will be contacted by email and then I’ll need your mailing address to get the CDs to you, but I don’t keep or share any contact info. Good luck and thanks for listening!

Posted by: kewhite | September 15, 2014

NO RIVER TOO WIDE by Emilie Richards

#3 in the Goddesses Anonymous series.9735-square-400

Available now from Blackstone Audio.

From the Publisher:

“Some betrayals are like rivers, so deep, so wide, they can’t be crossed. But—for those with enough courage—forgiveness, redemption, and love may be found on the other side.

On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can’t resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie before she disappears forever.

Harmony’s friend Taylor Martin realizes how much the reunited mother and daughter yearn to stay together, and she sees in Jan a chance to continue her own mother’s legacy of helping women in need of a fresh start. She opens her home, even as she’s opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor’s trust—and cost Jan her hard-won freedom.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Karen White provides the narration for this story, and as always her performance does justice to the words on the page. Small nuanced variations in pitch, tone and delivery present each character with a unique sound, and she uses inflection appropriately to present emotion, without overreaching or overacting.

Emilie Richards isn’t presenting a story that says domestic violence is bad – everyone is aware of that. What is less talked about, however, is the resilience of the human spirit and the hopeful tone in healing.  The supportive friends, the strong friendships and the story of healing make this a not to be missed book.”

My recording experience:

Although this Goddesses Anonymous book does deal seriously with the issue of domestic abuse, and highlights how the group of women who have come together as “Goddesses” support Jan (the victim) and Harmony (her daughter), there are also strong elements of romance and mystery as well, all wrapped up in the character of  Adam Pryor.  It’s great to see how Taylor has matured since the first book, though she’s still got a ways to go to be able to let anyone into her heart, and how helping Jan escape her horrific past is a part of that.  Now I can’t wait for the next one, but I’m afraid it’ll be awhile!

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Posted by: kewhite | September 15, 2014

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LUCK AND TRUST by Emilie Richards

#2 in the Goddesses Anonymous Series.9737-square-400

Available now from Blackstone Audio.

From the Publisher:

“Where luck meets trust, miracles can happen.

Cristy Haviland served eight months in prison, where she gave birth to the child of the man who put her there and might yet destroy her. Now she’s free again, but what does that mean? As smart as she is, a learning disability has kept her from learning to read—and that’s the least of her hurdles.

Georgia Ferguson, a talented educator, receives a mysterious charm bracelet that may help her find the mother who abandoned her at birth. Does she want to follow the clues? And if she does, can reticent Georgia reach out for help along the way?

Both women are at a crossroads where unlikely unions can be formed, where two very different women might bridge the gap between generations and education and together make tough choices.

Somewhere between the townships called Luck and Trust, at a mountain cabin known as the Goddess House, two very different women may even, if they dare, find common ground and friendship.”

My recording experience:

Another tale from Ms. Richards’ Goddesses Anonymous series that warmly combines the themes of friendship, family and life challenges, again taking place in the unique city of Asheville, NC.  I loved both heroines featured in this one, Cristy and Georgia, and how their stories intertwine.  I completed training to work as a tutor this year for our local literacy council, and Ms. Richards’ experience in this area is evident.  She lets us in on Cristy’s world – both her amazing ability to get around her inability to read as well as the huge obstacles it puts in her way.  I also loved how Richards included audiobooks as a way to bridge some gaps for adults learning  to read!  Ms. Richards includes resources on her website for those interested in finding out more about issues addressed in each of the Goddesses Anonymous books, including a link to ProLiteracy.  And it just so happens that a group of narrators (including myself) under the name Spoken Freely, has created a collection of short stories and poetry to benefit ProLiteracy called Summer Shorts ’14.  Sometimes its amazing how things are connected!

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Posted by: kewhite | September 3, 2014

THE PRICE OF SILENCE by Liza Long plus GIVEAWAY

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From the Publisher:

Liza Long is the mother of a child with an undiagnosed mental disorder. When she heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, her first thought was, “What if my son does that someday?” She wrote an emotional response to the tragedy, which the Boise State University online journal posted as “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” The post went viral, receiving 1.2 million Facebook likes, nearly 17,000 tweets, and 30,000 emails.

Now, in The Price of Silence she takes a devastating look at how we address mental illness, especially in children, who are funneled through a system of education, mental health care, and juvenile detention that leads far too often to prison. In the end she asks one central question: If there’s a poster child for cancer, why can’t there be one for mental illness? The answer: the stigma. Liza Long is speaking in a way that we cannot help but hear, and she won’t stop until something changes.”

My recording experience:

This is a powerful book and a must read for all parents, really for all of us, whether or not we have someone in our lives who suffers from mental illness or a developmental disability.  Though from Long‘s research, it seems as though it’d be unlikely that any of us live lives untouched by either.  I hope that this is the beginning of a conversation in this country that leads to positive change.  As with many of our current social ills, leaving things as they are is likely to spell disaster.

Listen to a sample here:

THE GIVEAWAY:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Miss Susie is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

 

Posted by: kewhite | August 18, 2014

VINTAGE: A NOVEL by Susan Gloss

Available now from Harper Audio.  9780062308979

From the Publisher:

“At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women whose lives the store touches.

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A small-town girl with a flair for fashion, Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. But while she values the personal history behind each beautiful item she sells, Violet is running from her own past. Faced with the possibility of losing the store to an unscrupulous developer, she realizes that despite her usual self-reliance she cannot save it alone.

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Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect vintage wedding dress to Violet’s shop, she discovers a world of new possibilities, and an unexpected sisterhood with women who won’t let her give up on her dreams.

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Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her vibrant Indian dresses, remnants of a life she’s determined to leave behind her. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears her best days are behind her . . . until she discovers an outlet for her creativity and skills with a needle and thread.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of friendship and style, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal, love, and hope when we least expect it.”

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Posted by: kewhite | August 18, 2014

A DANGEROUS AGE: A NOVEL by Ellen Gilchrist

Available now from Audible.com. 51O7H1JgVPL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“A Dangerous Age tells the story of the women of the Hand family, three cousins in a Southern dynasty rich with history and tradition who are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the novel is a celebration of the strength of these women, and of others like them. In her characteristically clear and direct prose, with its wry, no-nonsense approach to the world and the people who inhabit it, Gilchrist gives voice to women on a collision course with a distant war that, in truth, is never more than a breath away.”

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Posted by: kewhite | August 1, 2014

THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy

Available now from Harper Audio.9780062356840

From the Publisher:

“At a swim meet in their quiet New England town, Annie watches as her daughters glide through the water. Her thoughts drift lazily from whether she fed her daughters enough carbs that morning to why her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore, to Paul, a swim-team parent, who’s taken notice of her and seems to embody everything she’s beginning to think her life is missing.

When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop—the same spot where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago—Annie and her fellow swim-parents find themselves adrift. With a serial killer too close for comfort, they must make choices about where their loyalties lie. And as a series of shocking events unfolds, Annie must discover what it means to follow her intuition—even if love, as well as lives, could be lost.”

My recording experience:

This was one I worried about, honestly, because Murphy employs a unique 2nd person POV which employs the phrase “this is the…” over and over again.  But (and I hope this worked!) I kinda just went with the flow (pun intended) and I think what it does is suck you to a place where you feel what everyone and everything is feeling.  At least I did.  The swimmers, their parents, the killer, the air, the buildings, yes, the water, but especially Annie.  Going through her struggles as a woman and a parent in this uncomfortable and eventually dangerous point in her life was quite the journey.

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Posted by: kewhite | July 20, 2014

ONE MOUNTAIN AWAY by Emilie Richards

Book #1 in the Goddesses Anonymous series.

Available now from Blackstone Audio.9736-square-400

From the Publisher:

“With nothing but brains, ambition, and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real estate developer. She’s at the top of that mountain—but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, she’s alienated her family so completely that she’s totally lost touch with her only daughter.

One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness. So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth but by offering a hand instead of a handout, putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance, opening her home and heart instead of her wallet.

With each wrenching, exhilarating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain—one built on friendship, love, and forgiveness—will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy.”

My recording experience:

Charlotte Hale is one of those characters that has just the right balance of human failings and strengths.  Richards also does a wonderful job of slowly peeling away her layers over the course of this book.  As a reader, you move through her journey of self-discovery with her: she learns lessons from the challenges and opportunities put in her path in the present, but she also delves into her past to re-visit how she got to this point.  Both made me fall in love with her and I loved wrestling with her demons, taking emotional chances and falling in love all over again with her.  (Though I’ll admit the latter part of the book had me making a big dent in the box of tissues in my booth.)  I also love the concept of this series – women helping women – and it’s gorgeous setting, almost a character unto itself, Asheville, NC (just a few hours away from my home).  It’s also been a treat to be able to record the first three books of the Goddesses Anonymous series in rapid succession because I’ve felt so immersed in this lovely little community and it’s women, each of whom has her own challenges and own difficult path to rise above them.  Look out for books #2 and 3 which will be available soon: Somewhere Between Luck and Trust and No River Too Wide.

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Posted by: kewhite | July 9, 2014

THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis

Book #5 in the Animal Magnetism series.B1891_ThenCame_D

Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of in a Los Angeles clinic like she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans.

From the AudioGals review:

Karen White’s fitting narration brings more life to the story than my reading did – and she’s really a pro at the animal dialog, with a mouthy parrot and a cantankerous cat having a fair amount of  dialogue*. Her voices for all the human characters are also excellent, down to the cowboy/rancher drawl and all the various personalities in the story.”

From the Ramblings From This Chick review:

“THEN CAME YOU is vintage Shalvis and another great addition to the Animal Magnetism series. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable, feel-good read with plenty of heat and witty banter that feels like coming home—but Karen White’s narration elevates it to the next level of enjoyment. Ms. White narrates two of my favourite contemporary authors’ series—Julie James’s FBI/US Attorney and Jill’s Animal Magnetism—so I’m a big fan, but she does an excellent job every time. She has a great range of tones and timbre so her male characters have deeper voices that are masculine without being caricatural and can be easily distinguished from each another. She voices Wyatt with a great combination of smoothness and rasp that perfectly complements his laid-back-with-a-core-of-steel-and-a-touch-of-alpha essence and that really brings the delightful banter and scorching sexytimes to life. Emily’s somewhat breathy voice took me a little bit to get into, but it really worked once I got to know her character better—especially in the hilariously embarrassing, throw-herself-at-Wyatt scenes. As with the male voices, Ms. White does a great job giving the various female characters voices that are distinctive and well suited to the characters without being annoying. One of Ms. White’s greatest strengths as an audiobook narrator is her neutral ‘narrator’ voice: in typical audiobook fashion, it’s slower and more enunciative than regular speech, but it’s not so overdone as to be jarring and is infused with the same liveliness and emotion as the dialogue. Another highlight of Ms. White’s Animal Magnetism narrations is her take on the many animals that populate the pages: she gives each the same consideration and treatment as the human characters rather than having them be an afterthought, which is important since the animals play such a crucial role in the series. Even after several books, I still crack up every time Peanut the parrot says “Boner!” in that perfect tone. Karen White is one of my auto-buy narrators, and I hope the Shalvis-White partnership continues for future instalments of this series!”

From the Geeky Bloggers Book Blog review:

It is not a secret that I am a fan of Karen White’s narration skills. She does an excellent job with this series. Her pacing, nuances, and character adaptation skills are stellar! I highly recommend this series on audio.”

My recording experience:

As always in this series by Jill Shalvis, I loved recording the intelligent and fun banter between the hero & heroine AND the animal voices – not sure if I had a bigger challenge with the parrot or the cat this time, both of whom are hilariously obnoxious.  Shalvis delivers as well with a combo of super-heated attraction between main characters Wyatt and Emily, held in check (sometimes) by believable obstacles to the HEA.  But what took me by surprise was the emotional commitment both these characters had to their careers as veterinarians and how moving I found some of the challenges they faced.  I have to say that I had not thought about how vets have to face death way more often that most people doctors do, and how wearing that can be on the soul, and Shalvis wove this aspect into the relationship and story beautifully.  And made me appreciated my pets’ vets all the more!

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Posted by: kewhite | June 28, 2014

FINAL #AUDIOMONTH #GIVEAWAY

Wrapping up June is Audiobook Month, I have a giveaway of FOUR audiobooks from Jill Shalvis’ ANIMAL MAGNETISM series:

#1 ANIMAL MAGNETISM

Animal Magnetism Shalvis

#2 ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Animal Attraction

#3 RESCUE MY HEART

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and #5 THEN CAME YOU

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I have one copy of each of the CD versions of these books to give away courtesy of Tantor Audio. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below, sharing what you love about contemporary romance and/or animals.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Cathy P. is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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