Posted by: kewhite | July 31, 2015

SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Jill Shalvis plus GIVEAWAY

Cedar Ridge series, Book #1.8325048c7db527a390cf103661f0880a

Available now from Hachette Audio.

From the Publisher:
“Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it’s the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there’s an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .”

My recording experience:

I was so excited and honored when Jill made the effort to ask for me as a narrator for this new series. I’ve loved recording her ANIMAL ATTRACTION series, but have also read her books for pleasure. Her brand of contemporary romance blends humor so well with real emotion, and I’ve been able to connect with every single heroine. Vulnerable but tough, quirky but shy, Lily was no exception in this book.  Then Aidan and his brothers, plus the adrenaline rushes of the rescue scenes, were a great balance to the romance.  I can’t wait for the next one!

Listen to a sample here:

And, the Giveaway:

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  The randomly selected winners have been contacted and the cards will be mailed out to them as soon as I get addresses.  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 | July 25, 2015

RUNNING ON EMPTY by Jonice Webb, Phd plus GIVEAWAY

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From the Publisher:

“Do you sometimes feel as if you’re just going through the motions in life? Are you good at looking and acting as if you’re fine, but secretly feel lonely and disconnected? If so, you are not alone. The world is full of people who have an innate sense that something is wrong with them. Who feel they live on the outside looking in, but have no explanation for their feeling and no way to put it into words.

If you are one of these people, you may fear that you are not connected enough to your spouse, or that you don’t feel pleasure or love as profoundly as others do. You may drink too much, or eat too much, or risk too much, in an attempt to feel something good.

Running on Empty will give you clear strategies for how to heal, and offers a special chapter for mental health professionals. In the world of human suffering, this book is an Emotional Smart Bomb meant to eradicate the effects of an invisible enemy.”

My recording experience:

I think I always turn into a bit of a hypochondriac when I narrate self help or medical books.  I end up feeling like I have the problem.  But I guess that is part of immersing myself in the subject matter!  In any case, if any part of Webb‘s description of Emotional Neglect resonates with you, you might find this book of use, as it is both insightful and practical.

Listen to a sample here:

And the Giveaway:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Mary C. 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 | July 24, 2015

GIVEAWAY: DARK PROTECTORS by Rebecca Zanetti

Thanks to the folks at Audible.com, I have 5 audiobooks to give away to you Rebecca Zanetti fans!

As you may have already read or listened to books in this series, five winners will get their choice of one of the audiobooks in Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series, including:

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Candace, Rebecca, Terri, Ingela and Jonetta are the randomly selected winners and the coes will be emailed out to them ASAP.  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 | July 19, 2015

CLAIMED by Rebecca Zanetti

Dark Protectors, Book 2.51ltNg-CYuL._SL300_

Available now from Audible.com.

From the Publisher:

“A Daring Rescue:  Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”….

A Deadly Decision:  As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken 300 years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her – even if it means turning his back on his own kind….”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration for this series is from Karen White, and she again brings a solid sense of the characters and the emotion to the forefront.  I’m honestly wondering just how she kept all of the different voices straight, as Talen, Cara, Emma, Dage, Janie and all the others have distinct tones in their voices and I knew who was who from the first book right off.  From a note left on the first review: I know these were all recorded in order, but my brain scrambles thinking about it.  Wonderful insets that allow the emotional impact of the words are used: pauses, hesitations, even sighs and smiles all add to this narration that is fast becoming my example of stellar work.

I’m really enjoying this series: the characters, the world building and the narration that breathes life into every moment.  A perfect opportunity for fans of the series to start again, or to bring in new listeners who want a long-running story trajectory with characters that intrigue and amuse.”

My recording experience:

I quickly warmed to Emma Paulsen because she has got such a great sense of humor, and it’s always great to be able to highlight that in romance in general, but in books with lots of action in particular.  I struggled a bit with finding the right balance for Dage – he’s got some real psychological weight and darkness to him and I wanted to find a voice that made that clear without having him sound like a bad guy.  Talen is a more physical alpha; Dage is very complex psychologically and VERY alpha in his demands. Psychic, a diplomat, a fighter with the “heart of a poet”. He’s got a lot going on.  And, as he explains in his defense, “most of us haven’t been in a relationship for centuries.”

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | July 5, 2015

THE RESIDENCE by Kate Anderson Brower

Available now from Harper Audio.9780062373892

From the Publisher:

“A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.”

My recording experience:

This book has some hilarious accounts in it – my favorite story comes from the beleaguered plumber who can’t get the shower pressure high enough or the water temperature hot enough for President Johnson – but what I truly loved was that Brower was able to get to know her interviewees well enough that she, and then I, really cared about them.  I found myself tearing up at the passing of one of these elderly gentlemen, who served the White House with incredible wisdom, grace and loyalty.  A unique book and I hope an engaging listen!

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | July 3, 2015

Patricia Cornwell’s ANDY BRAZIL series

Available now from Harper Audio:

9780062376213“In this first title of a new mystery series, Cornwell introduces us to a dynamic trio of crime-solver in Charlotte, North Carolina: Andy Brazil, an eager young reporter; Judy Hammer, the city’s police chief; and Virginia West. Hammer’s deputy and a genuine head-turner. They’re after a serial killer who pulls male out-of-towners from their rental cars, then mutilates, spray paints and shoots them, in that order. What the trio uncovers jolts them like the sting of the hornet—Charlotte’s symbol.”

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“Richmond, Virginia, is a city rich in Southern history, yet overrun by such modern-day problems as drug trafficking and escalating juvenile crime. Former Charlotte police chief Judy Hammer is brought in to clean up the police force—the most difficult assignment of her career. Now, in the face of overwhelming public scrutiny, she must navigate through local politics and prejudices to solve a brutal murder that springs straight from the rotting core of Richmond’s heart…”

9780062376244“Newly installed superintendent of the Virginia State Police, Judy Hammer, and her right hand and confidant, Andy Brazil, are at their wits’ end trying to protect the public from the politicians – and vice versa.

And amid the mayhem, an island off the coast of Virginia declares UDI – claiming its independence lies in the history of America’s first settlers, those who set sail from London’s Isle of Dogs in 1607.”

My recording experience:

I had a blast recording this series by Patricia Cornwell.  When these books first came out in the late 90’s, many readers seemed frustrated that it wasn’t like her Kay Scarpetta series.  Knowing this actually helped open my mind to what I think Cornwell was going for – part wry homage to her previous hometown of Charlotte, NC and part wickedly funny view of law enforcement, racism, sexism and all other forms of bigotry in the south.  In my narration, I mined it for humor as much as possible, while taking seriously the struggles of the three main characters.  A very satisfying challenge! (Including the very odd Tangier Island accents in ISLE OF DOGS, which, luckily I have heard with my own ears.)

Listen to samples here:

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Posted by: kewhite | June 30, 2015

THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFULL AUDIOBOOK NARRATION

Very excited to have been asked to write about audiobook narration for one of my favorite online magazines, READERLY.

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A wonderful wrap up for June is Audiobook Month for me personally, and I hope you find my thoughts useful, whether you’re a listener, author or aspiring or new narrator.

Here’s a snippet, but I hope you’ll check out the whole thing here, and subscribe to Readerly for excellent reviews and news about books.

“We seek to honor the author’s words. We achieve this by being “present” while recording every single word.”

Posted by: kewhite | June 26, 2015

Audiobook Lovin’ Interview

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In celebration of #Audiomonth, the ladies at Books-n-Kisses and Enchantress of Books have been interviewing authors and narrators about their audiobook experiences.  My Audiobook Lovin’ interview is up today!

They’re also hosting a huge giveaway of all kinds of audiobooks and swag so be sure to enter.

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Thanks to Kelly and Viviana for including me in what I hope will be a yearly event.

Posted by: kewhite | June 25, 2015

FATED by Rebecca Zanetti

Dark Protectors, Book 1.

Available now from Audible.com.51d2ER3QZoL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem….

Or Else.

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a 300-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice….”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration is provided by Karen White and after this listen, I would follow her anywhere. She deftly uses her voice to create characters, detail action and emotion, and present the story with cleverly inserted pauses and breathy insets that clearly indicate tension, hesitation, action and confusion. Never missing a beat, each character has their own tone, delivery and cadence that builds to become their character in conjunction with the development in the book.  A polished yet not overly ‘slick’ performance and production that kept me engaged and listening, loathe to put the book down.”

From the review at The Book Nympho:

“I’ve listened to the team of Rebecca Zanetti and Karen White with Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series. So I knew I would enjoy listening to White perform Fated. Karen delivers an enjoyable presentation with a full cast. I really enjoy Karen’s voice for the children, she really brought sassy Janie to life while still pulling off Talen and other male characters.”

From the review at Hot Listens:

“I love Karen White‘s narration of this book. I was so glad to see that when Audible decided to put this series on audio, that they kept this author/narrator pairing. Ms. White’s pacing and character voices for both men and women are tremendous. She is a narrator that I will always be excited to find narrating a book that I’m interested in.”

My recording experience:

I had such a blast recording Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series over the past year, so I was super excited to be asked to record the Dark Protectors as well.  Rebecca and I had a great chat at RWA 2014 and I guess somehow our chat about kids and family made her think I’d do a good job with this series ;)  Since Audible acquired the entire series at once, I got to record the whole thing over just a few months – 7 full length books and 3 novellas!  It was a challenge in some ways and a joy in others.  It was tough to keep my voice healthy recording all these alpha males (and demons with mangled vocal chords!) but so fulfilling as an actor to live with these characters over many years of their lives.

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Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | June 24, 2015

A FATAL CHAPTER by Lorna Barrett plus GIVEAWAY

Book 9 in the Booktown Mystery Series.F0796_FatalChapter-238x238

Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

“While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history . . .”

My recording experience:

Poor Tricia is haunted by the loss of her bookstore to fire in the previous book, but the kooky characters that populate in Stoneham, aka Booktown, plus stumbling on yet another dead body keep her from dwelling too much on her woes.  This book delves more deeply into her relationship with her sister, Angie, and it was fun to find out more of her backstory.  Narrating another book in this series had me wondering – are there really towns filled with bookstores? And I found out that there are enough that they have their own International Organization!  Who knew?

Listen to a sample here:

And the Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  JoAnne 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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