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.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration is provided by Karen White who has fast become one of my favorite narrators.  Poised and polished, she uses her tone, pacing and slight changes in delivery to add to the written words, enhancing the emotional context without over-reach, and giving readers those moments so necessary after an emotional reveal to stop, breathe and move forward with new information and approach.”

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.

Listen to a sample here:

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!

Listen to a sample here:

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

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#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.

Posted by: kewhite | June 25, 2014

#AudioMonth Giveaway #3

In my continued celebration of #AudioMonth, today I have a big giveway for Cozy Mystery fans:

Books #6 – 8 in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett:

MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF

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NOT THE KILLING TYPE

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& BOOK CLUBBED

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Lisa 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 | June 24, 2014

Just 7 More Days of #SummerShorts14!

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Unbelievably, we are in the final week of June, and thus the final week of listening to short pieces for free created in celebration of #AudioMonth.  AND, only 7 more days to purchase the whole collection for the discounted price of $9.99.  After June 30, the price goes up to $19.99, but fear not, all proceeds go to benefit ProLiteracy no matter what you pay.  Its a win-win no matter how you slice it.  So go to Tantor to purchase now or later, but check out the blog posts below to get in some free listening every day through July 30…

6/24 Bruce Coville, The Box, by Bruce Coville @ Book & a Latte

6/25 Paul Michael Garcia, Yard Waste, by Steven LaFond – w/author Steven LaFond @ My Bookish Ways

6/26 Day of Classic Horror, with Poe and Lovecraft!

Mike Chamberlain, The Statement of Randolph Carter, by H.P. Lovecraft @ MV Freeman’s blog

Dufris/AudioComics, Audio Theatre: Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Jenn’s Bookshelves

John McLain, The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Going Public

6/27 Dawn Harvey, Something as Big as a Mountain, by Jane Cawthorne,

w/author Jane Cawthorne at My Books, My Life

6/28 Tanya Eby, The Girl at the Gate, by Lucy Maud Montgomery @ Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations

6/28 Tish Hicks, How They Broke Away to Go to the Rootabaga Country, by Carl Sandburg @ Going Public

6/29 Karen White, Sharks and Seals, by Susanna Daniel @ Every Day I Write the Book

6/30 Xe Sands, Virtue of the Month, by Kathleen Founds @ The Oddiophile

 

Posted by: kewhite | June 16, 2014

#AUDIOMONTH #GIVEAWAY #2!

 

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In celebration of #AudioMonth, I am giving away two digital copies of any of my narrations now available on Audible — one for you and one for a friend (and you can choose two different books if you like).

Just make a comment below answering this question:  Who in your life needs to start listening to audiobooks, and why?

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Mary C. is the randomly selected winner.  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 | June 10, 2014

#AUDIOMONTH #GIVEAWAY: Here and Again

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To celebrate #AudioMonth, I have one copy of the CD version of Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson to give away courtesy of Blackstone Audio. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below answering the question: “What was the first audiobook you remember listening to?”. 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, June 16. 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.  Karen W. 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 | June 10, 2014

HERE AND AGAIN by Nicole R. Dickson

Available now from Blackstone Audio.9500-square-400

From the Publisher:

“Deep in the Shenandoah Valley, the present and the past are as restless as the river mists. And when they collide, the heart is the only compass pointing home.

For nurse Ginger Martin, her late husband’s farm is both a treasured legacy and the harbinger of an uncertain future. Since he was recently killed in Iraq, every day is fraught with grief that won’t abate. Keeping the farm going and nourishing her children’s hopes without him seems as impossible as having dreams for the future—or going back into the past.

By a curious coincidence, a stranger appears in Ginger’s life, always showing up to help in unexpected and much-needed ways. He says he’s a soldier, lost and trying to make his way home, but Ginger understands that Samuel is a kindred spirit, longing to repair a life interrupted. The challenges of their hopes and longings will test who they really are in the most heartbreaking of ways. And only by coming to terms with their losses and the necessity of change will Ginger and Samuel be able to each make a future of their own—and discover at last where their true home lies.”

From the review at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog:

Karen White narrates the audio version of Here and Again and she does an outstanding job!  I’ve been a fan of her work for a while and I think this is her best effort to date.  She does a fabulous job with voices and even makes some animal sounds!  The book is worth listening to just for her narration.”

My Recording Experience:

I was enchanted with this book from the moment I heard about it.  Though I grew up partly in Richmond, Virginia and still have a lot of family there, I’ve never been to the Shenandoah Valley.  This book makes me want to remedy that.  In addition to painting (past and present) western Virginia in delicious tones, Dickson‘s writing resonates because of the inner struggle of its main character to do what’s right.  Ginger’s journey was a quiet but deeply emotional one, and getting to play her story out along with that of all the other quirky people around her (alive or dead…?) was a joy.  This story will stick with me for a long time (and I can’t stop talking about it – to the point that my children are sick of hearing about it).  I hope it will for you, too.

On a more prosaic note, I had a great time going over accents with Nicole Dickson.  She had some definite ideas about how Samuel would speak, that his accent was a unique combination of someone who had grown up in the mountains and then went away for his education.  We both did a good deal of You Tube research – Ms. Dickson found a sample of two girls from West Virginia to give me an idea of what was in her head.  I also added the sounds of  this interview of a Civil War veteran into the mix for Samuel.  And for fun, you might enjoy this story on the dialects of Southern Appalachia.

Listen to a sample of the audiobook here (between Ginger and her father, both from the Pacific Northwest.  To hear the Virginia accents, you’ll have to listen to the whole book!):

 

 

Posted by: kewhite | June 9, 2014

Spoken Freely presents SUMMER SHORTS ’14

summershorts14finalThe audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate Junevis Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All proceeds from sales of the collection will go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.

Throughout June 2014, 1-2 stories, poems and essays will be released online each day via Going Public, as well as on various author and book blogs. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, pieces will be available for free online listening on their day of release. As a bonus for those who purchase the full collection from Tantor Media in support of ProLiteracy, there are over 20 additional tracks only available via the compilation download. Full release schedule can be found on the Spoken Freely page of the Going Public blog.

About ProLiteracy

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Its publishing division, New Readers Press (NRP), has for more than 40 years provided educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens literacy skills for functioning in the world today. Materials are available in a variety of media, including the flagship publication, the weekly news source News for You, which delivers articles online with audio. Proceeds from sales of NRP materials support literacy programs in the U.S. and worldwide.

Acknowledgments

Summer Shorts ’14 is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Post-production, marketing support and publication provided by Tantor Media . Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands. Nonprofit partnership coordination provided by Karen White.

The Blog Hop this week is all poetry:

6/8 Rachel Fulginiti, Jasmine Comes Up, by Rumi @ author MV Freeman’s blog

6/9 David Drummond, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! By Emily Dickinson @ Overreader

Patrick Lawlor, Miracles, by Walt Whitman @ Overreader

6/10 Paul Boehmer, Mother’s Ashes, by Kimberly Morgan @ Reading in Winter

Robin Miles, Sonnets 23, 74, by Shakespeare @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books

6/11 John Lee, The Stolen Child, by W.B. Yeats @ Literate Housewife

Kathe Mazur , An Ancient Gesture, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

6/12 Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell & Kathe Mazur, Sonnets 2, 4, 6 from Renascence & Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

Coleen Marlo, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning @ AudioGals

6/13 Katherine Kellgren, Father William, by Lewis Carroll @ Overreader

Carrington MacDuffie, Al’s Boy, by Carrington MacDuffie @ Beth Fish Reads

6/14 Diane Havens, So Long, by Walt Whitman @ Author Michael Stephen Daigle’s blog

John Pruden, The Funny Little Fellow, by James Whitcomb Riley @ Going Public

and next week, short stories…

 

Posted by: kewhite | May 27, 2014

FORGOTTEN SINS by Rebecca Zanetti

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Available now from Hachette Audio.

From the Publisher:

His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?

From the review at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews:

“I listened to the audiobook narrated by Karen White, who knocks it out of the ballpark! I have listened to other books by this actress and enjoyed them but this one was above and beyond. She really added to the smexy scenes and made them come to life. I am talking a work of art with the tone, pace and emotion she adds to her voice. Seriously fantastic and I hope she does the rest of the series. It is rare that a woman can get me squirming from the read, but she sells it bigtime!

I am super excited to see what happens next in the series. With dishy brothers who have intense Alpha written all over them it is bound to be just as fabulous as this one! The ebooks are out for most of the series but I am holding out for the audiobook cause it gave me super happy ears!!”

From the review at The Reading Date:

Karen White performs this audiobook, and this is my first experience with her narration…White’s performance conveyed the right tone for this story and made the action come alive. Josie’s voice sounded appropriately weary because of all of the crazy stuff happening around her, and the performance evolves with the character, as Josie gets feistier later in the story. I liked White’s male voices in this book- very convincing and not overdone. Malloy, Shane, the brothers, and Tom all had distinct voices. I’d stick with the audio for the sequel.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration is more than capably provided by Karen White, who deftly delineates the character voices and points of view without the change in pitch, delivery or tone becoming a distraction or feeling inappropriate.  I had a few concerns when requesting this for review, both out of my preferred genre, and what I assumed to be a very male-heavy plot, but White’s narration fit perfectly and kept me entertained and involved in the story throughout the time I spent listening.”

From the review at Hot Listens:

“Karen White is an experienced narrator…there isn’t much to criticize about her technique, so in this case it comes down to how much you enjoy her style.  Her interpretation of Shane was excellent; I clearly got his possessiveness, his strength, as well as his softer side. Her rendition of Josie yields a strong heroine with relatable insecurities. I got a good understanding of her courage, and the end result is a very likable heroine…I highly recommend this audio to any fan of Romantic suspense. The plot, the characters, and this great interpretation make Forgotten Sins a super entertaining listen.”

From the review at The Geeky Bloggers Book Blog:

“Karen White was really good at catching the “tone” of Forgotten Sins. She had the right pacing for the thrilling parts and knew when to slow it down a pinch for the heart to hearts! I will be continuing this on audio even if I have to wait :)”

From the review at Rabid Reads:

This was my first experience with Karen White as a narrator, and I have to say that I was impressed. It took a couple of chapters for her to get the pacing down pat, but once she found her rhythm there was no stopping her! White’s tone mirrored the author’s writing to perfection; she successfully conveyed all of the characters’ emotions in any given scene, and also managed to capture the sexiness of Dean’s Southern twang. Needless to say, I enjoyed the narrator’s delivery, and will definitely be listening to SWEET REVENGE instead of reading it. What an outstanding performance!”

My Recording Experience:

I’ve been having a blast recording this series and I’m so glad I’ve discovered author Rebecca Zanetti!  Her heroines are wonderfully tortured emotionally and deliciously alpha, heroines feisty and full of heart.  And her narrative writing flows so well that it’s a breeze to record.  I’ve already recorded #2 in the series, Matt’s story SWEET REVENGE.  Can’t wait for the next one.

Listen to a sample here:

 

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