Posted by: kewhite | February 11, 2015

BLIND FAITH by Rebecca Zanetti plus GIVEAWAY

Available now from Hachette Audio.bh3z-square-400

From the Publisher:

“A betrayal he couldn’t forget . . .

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there’s only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he’d never trust again.

A love she couldn’t deny . . .

The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He’s just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there’s an edge to him now that’s as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can’t refuse. But she has secrets of her own–secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . . . “

From the review at Rabid Reads:

“Karen White rocked the narration for a third time…I’m now unequivocally under Karen White’s spell after listening to BLIND FAITH. Her male voices are one of the best in the industry, and I had no trouble discerning which member of the Dean family was talking because her inflections promptly brought me back to books 1 and 2 when Shane and Matt were the dominant POVs. Her breakneck pacing transforms an already suspenseful audio into a Formula One worthy performance that’ll have you double checking to see if you pressed the playback speed option by accident.”

From the review at Hot Listens:

“This is the first series that I’ve listened to by Karen White. I’ve heard about her a lot, but she doesn’t do many, PNR or UF books, which is my main genre.

I’ve seen her name come up a bunch on contemporary romances, but they are not high on my list, though I do some here and there. She did a great job with the Sin Brothers series. She did a great job with both male and female characters. I hope to find more books with Karen White as the narrator. I really enjoyed her portrayal of Blind Faith and the other Sin Brothers books.”

You just have to go read the review at The Book Nympho.  Jennifer and Jonetta give it four stars and their dialogue about the book to too funny to miss!

My recording experience:

Although I’ve loved the adventure of recording all of Zanetti’s SIN BROTHERS series (and am now having a blast recording her DARK PROTECTORS series) I have to admit that Nate is my favorite brother.  Something about his wounded heart and the way he protects his brother’s hearts.  And the fact that he has thumbed his nose the most at the directive to lose his Tennessee accent, gives him a special corner in my heart and imagination.

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 | February 5, 2015

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Beverly Barton plus GIVEAWAY

Available now from Tantor Audio.F0594_JustWay-238x238

From the Publisher:

“Mary Beth Caine has always been the good girl in her small Mississippi town. But when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him—only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.

Parr left Mississippi after spending years holding his family together. Now that he’s back, he can’t steal Bobby Joe’s woman, and he sure can’t offer Mary Beth the tidy happily-ever-after she deserves. But everything about the petite beauty—from her flame-gold hair to her artless sensuality—makes him crave her more. Love or lust, right or wrong, all he knows is that nothing has ever felt like this before, and walking away will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.”

My recording experience:

I was pleasantly surprised to find JUST THE WAY YOU ARE to be a good old fashioned contemporary romance.  I’ve recorded a few of Barton’s romantic thrillers, including the DEAD BY…series as well as DON’T CRY and DON’T SAY A WORD.  All well-crafted suspenseful books (and all set in the south, like this one) but a bit grisly for recording over the holidays!  And boy do they give me nightmares.  This sweet book was about as different as it could be and is sure to please anyone looking for an HEA, as well as an alpha male just tryin’ to do the right thing.

Listen to a Sample here:

AND the Giveaway:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Donna 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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From the Publisher:

“The summer Lisa A. Phillips turned thirty, she fell in love with someone who didn’t return her feelings. She soon became obsessed. She followed him around, called him compulsively, and talked about him endlessly. One desperate morning, after she snuck into his apartment building, he picked up a baseball bat to protect himself and began to dial 911. Her unrequited love had changed her from a sane, conscientious college teacher and radio reporter into someone she barely recognized—someone who was taking her yearning much too far.

In Unrequited, Phillips explores the tremendous force of obsessive love in women’s lives. Interweaving her own story with frank interviews and in-depth research in science, psychology, cultural history, and literature, Phillips describes how romantic obsession takes root, grows, and strongly influences our thoughts and behaviors.

As she illuminates this mysterious psychological experience, placing it in a rich and nuanced context, Phillips offers compelling insights to help any woman who has experienced unrequited obsessive love and been mystified and troubled by its grip.”

My recording experience:

I honestly had no idea what to expect when I set out to read this book, and I have to say that I think it’s one of the most unique books I’ve ever read, and it totally works.  Phillips has skillfully woven together her own life experience with that of other women who’ve done surprising things while in the throes of unrequited love, put them in perspective using the sciences and history and myth to create a very readable (and hopefully listen-able!) final product.  It had me thinking about some of the crazy things I’ve done in the name of love (endless letters to that director from London, making my friends ride by the house of that boy I was obsessed with in 8th grade, etc.).  The most important thing Phillips does is challenge us to find the deeper drive behind the obsession – what in ourselves are we trying to create, find or heal, that we have projected onto this man? Fascinating stuff!

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Joan 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 | January 14, 2015

ONLY IN VEGAS by Lindsey Brookes plus GIVEAWAY!

Available now at Audible.com.619bIzeidML._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“Being Italian and being sexy is supposed to go hand in hand, but somewhere along the line twenty-six-year-old Angelina Rossi’s genes forgot their Italian love goddess heritage. And now everyone at her work knows what a failure she is as a woman thanks to her ex-boyfriend and co-worker at Sunset Travel who has given Angie the nickname of ‘Ice Princess’, claiming no man will ever thaw her.

Thirty-year-old business executive Trey Landers isn’t surprised by much his best friend and neighbor, Angelina Rossi, throws his way. But this time she throws him one hell of a curve ball. She not only wants him to accompany her on a business trip to Las Vegas, pretending to be her lover in front of her ex-boyfriend, she wants Trey to give her pointers on what it takes to seduce a man.

A man of his word, Trey’s fevered kisses in front of her ex has the ass regretting his decision to break up with Angie. Not that she’d ever consider going back to Rick. Especially after discovering true passion in Trey’s arms. With that passion comes the realization they’re no longer pretending as the lines of their longstanding friendship and newfound love begin to blur. If only what happened didn’t have to stay in Vegas.”

My recording experience:

To me, this book is a great example of a straight up contemporary romance.  No vampires, no urban grit, not even really a workplace romance, its simply about two people falling in love, with a few bumps and obstacles along the way.  I think Brookes combines well trope #1, guy pretending to be the date and – oops! he finds he really wants to be the date with trope #2, two childhood friends who at first have weirdness because they grew up together.  I also liked that these two characters are good friends who wend their way to great chemistry.  Lots to love!

Listen to a sample here:

AND the GIVEAWAY!

The author has very graciously given me 5 free copies to give to listeners willing to post an honest review on Audible after listening, hopefully within a few weeks of accepting.  If you’re interested, just make a comment below and I will email the first five with a gift code and instructions.  This has mature content, so 21+ listeners only, please!

Posted by: kewhite | December 21, 2014

MURDEROUS MUFFINS by Lois Lavrisa plus GIVEAWAY!

Available now from Lois Marie Lavrisa at Audible.com.618p+dRTqNL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“Bezu is a beautiful southern belle with genteel manners. But her problems are anything but. Deep in debt, she’s illegally taken in a few lodgers. A sweet stripper and her bodybuilder boyfriend, an Asian man loudly learning English through pop music, and a mysterious stranger with the most amazing blue-green eyes – and a secret. When one of them mysteriously dies and it looks like her muffins were the murder weapon, Bezu and her fellow Chubby Chicks Club member, Cat, must discover who the killer is before she ends up in jail…or worse. Will they succeed? Find out in Murderous Muffins, book two in the Chubby Chicks Club cozy mystery series.”

From the review at Audiothing:

“Karen White could not, in my opinion, have done a better job than this wonderful narration, she simply tells a story so well. I loved the Southern accents, and all the characters are so clearly defined that one is never left to puzzle “who’s that again?”
Karen never gives cause to detract the listener from the story, it all flows beautifully without interruption. Tip top job!”

My recording experience:

Although this book is number two in a series, I think it would work well as a standalone, as that’s how I experienced it.  Each book in the series is from the first person POV of a different character, so Lavrisa is wisely using a different narrator for each one.  I know that listeners like to have a consistent narrator through a series (and most narrators like it, too, as we really get to know the characters and the writer’s style) but in this case it makes a lot of sense to switch it up.

I had a lot of fun with all the characters in this one, from Bezu, the belle beset with problems, to each of the smaller wacky characters (par for the course I am finding in a successful cozy mystery).  It was the first time I’d done an entire book in an accent, but since it is from Bezu’s POV it demanded it, and hopefully, surrounded as I am these days by a wide range of southern accents, I was able to deliver!

Listen to a sample here:

AND the GIVEAWAY:

This is a little different from my usual giveaways.  Thanks to the generosity of Lois Lavrisa, who also published the book, I have 25 digital download copies of this book to give away!  We just ask that if you take a copy you agree to give an honest review on Audible.com.  So, if you’re interested, just make a comment below and then I will email you with the download code.  You’ll need an Audible account to use it, which is free.  The first 25 people that comment or contact me on goodreads or Facebook or Twitter will receive a code.  Enjoy!

Posted by: kewhite | December 5, 2014

MOTHERHOOD SMOTHERHOOD by JJ Keith

Fighting Back Against the Lactivists, Mompetitions, Germophobes, and So-Called Experts Who Are Driving Us Crazy

Available now from Audible. com 51YgN7yC7lL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“What’s the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant? She Googles. And it goes downhill from there. While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it’s also littered with hyper-judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information.Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning listeners of the pleasures and perils of mommy blogs, new parent groups, self-described “lactivists”, sleep fascists, incessant trend pieces on working versus non-working mothers, and the place where free time and self-esteem goes to die: Pinterest (back away from the hand-made flower headbands for baby!).

JJ Keith interweaves discussions of what “it takes a village” really means (hint: a lot of unwanted advice from elderly strangers who may have grown up in actual villages) and a take-down of the rising “make your own baby food” movement (just mush a banana with a fork!) with laugh-out-loud observations about the many mistakes she made as a frantic new mother with too much access to high speed internet and a lot of questions. Keith cuts to the truth – whether it’s about “perfect” births, parenting gurus, the growing tide of vaccine rejecters, the joy of blanketing Facebook with baby pics, or germophobia – to move conversations about parenting away from experts espousing blanket truths to amateurs relishing in what a big, messy pile of delight and trauma having a baby is.”

My recording experience:

Oh, this book made me laugh.  And wish that it had been around when I was pregnant/parenting babies and toddlers.  And think of a list of people that I wanted to give it to.  Granted, Keith’s sense of humor is on the irreverent side, and she’s not shy with her use of, shall we say, colorful language.  So it’s not for every brand of new mom.  But if you’re like me, and your parenting experience was full of both anxiety and hilarity, then you’d be on board.  The following quote describing one such moment kind of summed up Keith’s writing style to me: “That right there is a vomit sundae.”  Enjoy.

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | December 5, 2014

THE KILLING OF KAREN SILKWOOD by Richard Rashke

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From the Publisher:

“Karen Silkwood, an employee of the Kerr-McGee plutonium processing plant, was killed in a car crash on her way to deliver important documents to a newspaper reporter in 1974. Silkwood was a union activist concerned about health and safety issues at the plant, and her death at age 28 was considered by many to be highly suspicious. Was it Kerr-McGee’s revenge on a troublesome whistle-blower? Or was it part of a much larger conspiracy reaching from the Atomic Energy Commission to the FBI and the CIA?

Richard Rashke leads us through the myriad of charges and countercharges, theories and facts, and reaches conclusions based solely on the evidence in hand. Originally published in 1981, his audiobook offers a vivid, edgy picture of the tensions that racked this country in the 1970s. However, the volume is not only an important historical document. Complex, fascinating characters populate this compelling insider’s view of the nuclear industry. The issues it explores – whistle-blowers, worker safety, the environment, and nuclear vulnerability – have not lost relevance today, 26 years after Silkwood’s white Honda Civic was found trapped in a concrete culvert near Oklahoma City. For this second edition, Rashke has added a preface and three short chapters that explore what has been learned about Silkwood since the book’s original publication, explain what happened to the various actors in the drama, and discuss the long-term effects of the events around Silkwood’s death.”

My recording experience:

Although I remember vaguely hearing about Karen Silkwood, and I think I saw the movie, I didn’t know 90% of the history of both Silkwood’s life (and death) and the nuclear power industry in general that are covered in this book.  It was frightening to learn how much the industry got away with in terms of pollution and worker exposure to radiation.  Not to mention the CIA and FBI’s involvement.  The passion from those who defended Silkwood after her death, lawyers and activists who never knew her personally, was inspiring.

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | December 2, 2014

COVER YOUR EYES by Mary Burton

Available now from Audible.com.61THcpdCmOL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

Don’t Look. At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse – just a twisted need to witness each victim’s last terrified moments.

Don’t Speak. Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn’t want to agree. But if Rachel’s hunch is correct, whoever fatally bludgeoned young, beautiful Annie Dawson 30 years ago could be the source of a new string of brutal slayings.

Just Prepare To Die. Rachel’s investigation is about to reveal answers – but at a price she never thought to pay. Now she’s become the target of a rage honed by years of jealousy and madness. And a murderer is ready to show her just how vicious the truth can be…”

My recording experience:

Y’all know I am not a fan of excessively violent stories, and I have to admit that I was a little worried about this one from its description.  But I have to say that while there are some grisly details, Burton spins a mystery so well that the psychological details trumped the violence.  The puzzle pieces come together slowly as you’re getting to know the two main characters (and there is some romance between them, but it leans more heavily toward the suspense end of things) as well as the very large cast of other characters, and it took me a long while to sort out the good and bad guys.  My husband spent some time working in Nashville and we got to visit, so I loved the Nashville setting.  Its a fascinating town and Burton uses it well.  Hoping there will be more in this locale from her (I can definitely see future tales based around the siblings in the crime fighting Morgan family).  Finally, having learned about the Innocence Project from recording the memoir PICKING COTTON, the fact that fictional character Rachel volunteers for this real world organization was a detail that I loved.  So lots of personal connections for me in this one!  I highly recommend it for romance suspense fans.

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | December 1, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA – THE AKASHIC NOIRS

Audible.com has recently released a slew eclectic collections from Akashic press and I was lucky enough to be included in two of them:

BOSTON NOIR

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and

PHILADELPHIA NOIR

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Each collection features an accomplished group of writers and a fantastic group of narrators, including: Andy Caploe, William Dufris, Therese Plummer, Kevin T. Collins, Bronson PinchotScott Aiello, Stephen Hoye, Jason Culp, Jeri Silverman, Suzanne Toren,Marc Vietor, and Scott Brick.  The stories are diverse and take you on an audible tour through these two storied cities, with characters both stock and surprising.  Any fan of the noir genre or the cities themselves would appreciate the gift of one or both of these collections!

Posted by: kewhite | October 28, 2014

FRENCH PASTRY MURDER by Leslie Meier

A Lucy Stone Mystery.French-Pastry-Murder

Available now from Dreamscape Audio.

From the Publisher:

“Tinker’s Cove is abuzz with excitement when Norah, the queen of daytime TV, comes to town and selects Lucy and her pals to be featured in her “Women Who Make a Difference” episode. In recognition for their charitable work, the ladies and their husbands are awarded a dream vacation in Paris, complete with classes at Le Cooking School with renowned pastry chef Larry Bruneau. But their bon voyage is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class… If she’s going to enjoy her vacation, she’ll have to unpack her sleuthing skills and clear her name. But will she be able to track down a killer more elusive than the perfect macaron?”

My recording experience:

This could have been a narrator’s nightmare: say yes to recording a title, a beloved series where you know all the characters, but when you go to read the book – WHAT?!  The action has moved from Maine to PARIS?!!  That is what happened to me on this one, but luckily I studied French in college, and perhaps even better (since college was a really long time ago), there was a proofer on staff at Tantor Audio (who produced this audio for Dreamscape) with an excellent grasp of the language and its pronunciations.  Thus, she was able to catch me when I fell into the morass of having only a remedial knowledge of a second language.

I’m a little jealous, because I think Leslie Meier had more fun researching this book than I had recording it (I’d leave the recording booth craving cafe au lait and piping hot croissants, or a big glass of red wine) but I did enjoy my imaginary trip to Paris all the same.  It’s always fun to go on Lucy Stone’s adventures as she inadvertently finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, but I always enjoy Meier’s explorations of moral dilemmas through Lucy’s compassionate eye as much as the sleuthing.  Who knew ruminations on the effect the Arab Spring revolutions are having on Europe as well as the pros and cons of socialism vs. capitalism would be a part of a cozy mystery?

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Maria and Lisa are the randomly selected winners and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get their 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.

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