Courtesy of the folks at Dreamscape Audiobooks and Blackstone Audiobooks, I have one copy each of the CD versions of these books to give away. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below. Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please. Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Friday, December 6. 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!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Kimberly 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.
Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can’t afford. But the story’s not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone’s misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. Scribner believes Marlowe’s ghost has come to warn him of his own demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there’s more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again?
My recording experience:
It was a little odd to be recording this winter-holiday-themed book in the sweltering heat of my NC studio in July! But I do love Lucy Stone and her pragmatic, empathetic and occasionally grouchy attitude toward life in her beloved small town. I especially appreciate how Meier, through Lucy’s forthright point of view, gets at the disparities between the haves and have-nots in our world. This one manages a lovely optimistic ending on top of that (I’ll stop there so as to not give away too much!). Lucy’s foray into acting was also good fun — in a production of “A Christmas Carol” no less, which of course rounds out the whole Dickensian theme. This will be a great listen in front of a warm fire, or while on the way to grandma’s house for the holidays!
After a human corpse from a gruesome murder is discovered at the Carlton County Feed Yard, Sheriff Sam Abbott, Undersheriff Lottie Albright, and her deputy husband know their resources are going to be overstretched. Still, none of their team or the neighboring law enforcement in western Kansas welcomes the idea of a regional crime center.
KBI agent Dimon suggests the murder may not be a simple local affair. Unconvinced, Lottie—still director of the historical society—calls for stories from families whose ancestors were part of groups colonizing Kansas, hoping to uncover information for the investigation. Dõna Francesca Diaz, the elderly head of one such clan, arrives at the society with her great-granddaughter. It turns out that the murder victim was Francesca’s great-grandson Victor. Francisca insists she knows why Victor was killed, claiming to have ancient documents that can clarify everything.
At Dõna Francesca’s invitation, Lottie visits the Diaz property and gets several surprises. In a drought-ridden area, the land is lush; there are hints of a mysterious family treasure; and Francesca, a fabled curandera with terribly damaged hands, seeks an heir for her herbal knowledge and folk medicine skills. With Victor dead and his sister vowing to become a nun, Francesca has selected Lottie. Reluctant yet fascinated, Lottie agrees. And that’s just the first step into generations of a family history fraught with tension and emotional distress. Will it also hold the key to murder and other terrible crimes?
My recording experience:
Though most of the familiar characters are back in this 3rd installment of Lottie Albright’s forays into law enforcement, this one sees Lottie grow into herself and her personal power considerably. Narrating in first person always gets me deep inside the character’s head, so her character growth was that much more satisfying from my perspective. In addition to the densely specific descriptions of life in western Kansas, there’s a great deal more history in this book, some of it surprising and most of it quite fascinating. And Lottie has plans for the future so I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!
“Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect. Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life. To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting.”
“Of course, Karen White’s narration is always a joy – her storytelling skills bring the book to life. She performs the characters well, with several seven-year-olds, an angsty teen, a couple of curmudgeonly dads as well as her fleshed out protagonists. She’s got the male register down to an art – she manages to make you believe her heroes have deep voices. She uses pacing as well as register to define her characters; she pitches her voice higher for Kate, with a slightly younger, more innocent sound, especially when she’s drinking at the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. And she is consistent in her performance of each character, so it’s always clear who is talking.”
My Recording Experience:
Kudos to Jill Shalvis for again putting a reference to audiobooks in one of her books! This one was adorable and had a great personal connection for me (hint, my youngest loves to disappear into books via her headphones, too). And speaking of kids, I loved the family dynamic of this book – heroine Kate is still very connected to her Dad and younger siblings, having helped raise them since her mother’s tragic death. Which sets up a bit of her conflict. Though her friends think of Kate as vulnerable, she’s the rock of her family and is truly emotionally courageous, allowing her to upend everyones’ expectations when she (literally) collides with heroic and badass (but wounded and on shaky ground) Griff. I hope you enjoy the roller coaster of their courtship as much as I did!
Listen to a sample here:
PLUS the giveaway!
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.
Payton Kendall and J. D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning ofobjection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J. D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm.
But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar . . .
“Narrator Karen White’s slightly husky, mature voice fits the feisty 32-year-old big-city lawyers she portrays here. White is equally proficient as bombshell vegetarian Payton or as tall, dark, and handsome Harvard grad J.D, who enjoys fine clothes, cars, and perfection. Her suggestive, just-in-time stops before naughty words and her self-denying tone as the two refuse to admit feelings for each other are exactly what the text requires.”
“Ms. White uses a wide range of voices for the book’s characters, and I was never in doubt as to who was speaking…On paper Payton might not seem likeable: she’s a bright workaholic who is sometimes exhausted, sometimes angry, and often sarcastic. Whatever emotion Payton feels is conveyed perfectly by Ms. White’s narration. I found myself not only liking Payton, but rooting her on.
J.D.’s also bright and a workaholic. Additionally, he’s conservative and chauvinistic, with many characteristics that should make me dislike him. But the combination of Ms. James’ words and Ms. White’s narration made him likeable as well, gradually showing J.D.’s vulnerabilities.
How much did I enjoy this audiobook? The minute I finished I downloaded another of Ms. James’ books, also narrated by Karen White. Since then I’ve listened to two others. If you like Ms. James in print, I think you’ll love this in audio.”
My recording experience:
As I’ve said many times in the social mediasphere, I feel so lucky to have been assigned to Just the Sexiest Man Alive a few years ago, and even luckier that Tantor Audio chose to publish the rest of Julie James’ oeuvre, including this backlist title from 2009. Julie has an amazing sense of humor, and one of my favorite things about this title is the physical comedy that ensues when the hero and heroine get into a bit of a war at work. Just check out the heroine’s big courtroom scene for that. I’ve also personally enjoyed going on the journey with all of Julie’s heroines, but in PMP in particular, I have to admit that I connected a little too well with Payton’s workaholism! I think my favorite little thing about this book were the chapter “buttons”. Julie really had fun ending each one with a quirky little sum up or cliffhanger. Check those out, too! To hear more about the collaboration between Julie and myself, you can also hear a recorded chat at AudioGals, part of their June is Audiobook Month celebration this year.
“Men in tights never looked so good. At least that’s Pepper Marsh’s first impression when she attends a jousting competition at the Rennaissance Faire in Ontario. An unemployed and unattached software engineer, Pepper has had enough of the computer geeks in her dating pool. She yearns for a man of yore. A man not afraid to stare death in the face . . . and laugh at it. A man with a big lance .
Pepper’s cousin has promised to find her a knight in shining armor, on the condition that Pepper walk around in wench garb. With her mind on her embarrassingly revealing bodice, Pepper promptly steps into the path of an oncoming steed . . . and is rescued by sexy Englishman Walker McPhail. Once the wild man of jousting, Walker has let a brush with death keep him out of the ring. Though his emotions are clad in almost impenetrable armor, Pepper finds Walker infuriatingly sexy—and she’s about to go medieval on his heart. ‘
“Kate MacAlister’s outlandish and outrageously fun romance sparkles even more, thanks to Karen White’s astute humor and timing. Her range of voices and accents is as impressive as her emotional depth, and she clearly revels in the many moments of hilarity and sentimentality in this lighthearted adventure.”
My recording experience:
I loved narrating Katie MacAlister’sGIRL’S GUIDE TO VAMPIRES last year, so gave a hearty “Yes!” when Tantor asked if I’d be interested in recording this contemporary romance by MacAlister. Not only was I looking forward to her trademark humor, but I must admit I have a professional and personal connection to the setting of this tale – I was a wench at the Sterling Renaissance Festival many moons ago (too many to count!).
Yes, that’s me, in the center of both photos. In the top one my fellow washer wenches and I are begging a boon of the queen and in the bottom one we’re in the midst of one of our three shows; I’m ducking to avoid the bucketfuls of water being heaved my way. (Although we had our own Wash Pit, we did not actually take in laundry. My fellow washerwenches and I performed comedy shows that we’d written). I learned so much about improvisational performance and comedy writing working at Sterling, but even more important, I made life-long friends. Girl friends, no Knights in Shining Armor for me. Though Sterling had (and still does have, see below) some handsome jousters, they were a bit too wild for me!
My thanks to Katie and Tantor for giving me a chance to relive my Ren Faire summers, as well has narrate another hilarious and sexy romance! And for those fans of MacAlister’s Dark Ones, I’ve just recorded LAST OF THE RED HOT VAMPIRES for Tantor as well, and I’m sure it’ll be out soon.
I’m so honored to be included in this AudioGals Guide for two of my books with Julie James and I am so impressed with the fun graphic that I had to post about it!
Hop over to the Gal’s Site to read more about how they came up with this Guide and to see more about the titles. And be sure to head over to Tantor Audio where all Tantor titles listed as classics are now 50% off! Including, of course:
“Physicist Portia Harding’s life is grounded in facts. There’s nothing that can’t be explained by logic and science. Until she travels with her best friend to England—and accidentally summons an ethereal Virtue who bequeaths her gift of weather control to Portia . . .
Now Portia’s walking around with a literal cloud over her head—and a heart-stoppingly handsome maniac trying to kidnap her. But Theondre North is no run-of-the-mill maniac. He’s a nephilim—the son of a fallen angel—who needs Portia’s help to change his fate. Problem is, Portia’s down-to-earth attitude frustrates beings from both heavenly and hellish realms—and gets Theo turned into a vampire. But at least he has Portia to satisfy his newfound hungers—and possibly save his soul. “
My recording experience:
Yet again I had a blast with MacAlister‘s ability to serve up a vampire love story that resists all tropes. Except, perhaps, the brooding and super sexy hero. What sets her writing apart is her wacky sense of humor and her hyper-intelligent (yes, I learned some physics concepts with this one) but romance-challenged heroines. Portia had some fun physical comedy as well, and the cast of characters and world that she creates was a lot of fun to inhabit. I hope you’ll have as much fun with it as I did!
Listen to a sample here:
And the GIVEAWAY:
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Randi 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, and thanks as well to Katie for posting about the giveaway and getting the word out. 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.
“I’m on a train.
I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life-a good life with everything a woman could want-and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly happy.
So this is where I am, on a train that’s out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I’m the one shoveling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster.
If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn’t help it, that I’ve been swept away, that it’s not my fault, that it’s fate…would that be easier? The truth is, I didn’t know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must’ve been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate, it is not being swept away.
“Narrator Karen White, really brought this story to life. It take a truly talented narrator to bring voice to the emotional roller coaster that is a Megan Hart book. She created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tend to forget she is reading all of the parts. I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!”
My recording experience:
I think the author’s note on this is particularly apt. Hart does say at the beginning of the book “This is a love story” and I do believe it’s a story about love, but it’s for sure the messy side of love. Expect no HEAs here. As an actor, I loved this book. Written in the first person, it took me on quite the emotional roller coaster. As a woman, I appreciated the examinations of the moral dilemmas one faces as a wife and mother: whose happiness comes first? being one of the major questions. And as a reader, I loved the beautiful and precise imagery, and how the main character’s synesthesia fed into the poetry of the writing. Not a fun or light book, but definitely a great ride (pun intended?! it IS erotic) if you’re up for it.
It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled.
She and her husband have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce.
More broke than ever, Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt.
Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and her three sons, Link confronts blizzards and angry foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands every blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she longs for.
“Karen White does a fantastic job narrating the audio version of Bootstrapper – she was Link in my mind as I listened to this 8 and a half hour audio book. I recommend this book to those who enjoy memoirs.”
My recording experience:
Y’all know I am a fan of the “farmoir” (having come so very close to buying a goat farm myself before chickening out) and this one did not disappoint – Mardo Jo Link manages to bring to this burgeoning genre a generous dose of humor as well as pathos (folks, do NOT try this at home unless you know what you are doing!). Her voice is delightfully unique (she manages to combine poetic imagery with down-home swearing) but somehow when I sat down to record I felt like her voice fit mine like a second skin. (And with that bag of mixed metaphors, you see why I do not try the writing game at home, either.) This book was a blast to record, especially since I got to work with fabulous director Fred Sanders for the first time, who made the process even easier. A little bittersweet, since it was the last project I recorded at Random House West before our move back east, but if it was to be the last, I’m glad it was such a rewarding one.