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:







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!


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




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




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.


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

Sin Brothers series, #1.forgotten-sins-_6-72

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:


Posted by: kewhite | May 26, 2014


Booktown Mystery Series, #7F0066_KillingType_D

Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn’t in the race for long.

When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister—she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

Tricia soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? It’s up to Tricia to pull the lever on a killer before it’s curtains for someone else.

My recording experience:

Another romp in Booktown, with “town jinx” Tricia and the crazy cast of other booksellers and other locals.  I fell in love with Tricia’s new assistant, Pixie in this one – even though for some reason I kept mixing up their names and saying “Trixie”.  Mental typos, I guess!  Pixie’s Christmas decorations and her gift to Tricia were particularly fun.  Again, if you’re a cozy mystery fan, this will be right up your alley.  Watch out for a giveaway coming in June – I’ll give away the CDs of this as well as #6 and #8 in the series as part of my June is Audiobook Month festivities!

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | April 30, 2014


Book #5 in the FBI/US Attorney series.B1617_HappenedWedding_D

Available May 6, 2014 at Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

“After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are . . .

Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without. “

From the AudioGals review:

“Once again, Karen White’s dead-on delivery enhances an already A+ level story. She gives it just the right dry tone for Sidney’s sarcasm, and voices the youthful exuberance of Sidney’s sister and Vaughn’s brother, so in love Sidney wonders when woodland animals will start winding around their ankles in tribute to Disney cartoons… I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with them all. Thank you, Julie and Karen, for making my whole weekend. Maybe my whole year.”

From The Book Nympho Review:

Karen White delivered a great performance. I do believe I’ve found another author/narrator team to add to my auto buy list.”

From the Eargasms Audiobook Review:

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Karen White, who brings extra heat to the naughty bits. She has great voices that are consistent and distinct. This book she gets the added challenge of an Irish accent with the mom. She does a fabulous job as always with the energy and flow of the read. I can always depend on her to add emotion to the key points and urgency to the hot and heavy scenes.”

My recording experience:

Those of you who know me know I can go on and on about how much I love recording Julie’s fabulously funny and heartfelt contemporary romances.  But what I don’t talk about so much perhaps is how much Julie challenges me.  Her books always have a veritable herd of male characters, a workout for the vocal cords in and of itself.  And then they keep coming back! In IHOW there was a scene where ALL the former heroes are in one room – a lot of testosterone to convey and keep track of. (And there’s one guy who makes an appearance in the book that Julie James fans who have read all of her books — hint, hint– will be tickled by.)

I think what was particularly well done in IHOW in particular is the progression of the relationship.  Both Sidney and Vaughan are so resistant to allowing it to happen.  Their attitudes make complete sense when you know their backstories — so even if they seem like a prickly pill and a slick player to begin with, you get why they are the way they are and how they can grow enough to see outside of this POV to new possibilities.  This whole arc was just a joy to record.

For a sampling of the ongoing battle between Sidney and Vaughan, listen here:



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Lee F. 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 | April 28, 2014


Book 6 in the Booktown Mystery Series.F0065_MurderShelf_D

Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfort’s Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run.

But it won’t be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippa’s murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippa’s husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved—and believed dead—for nearly twenty years.

Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesn’t believe him capable of murder, even though he’s led a life of lies. Especially when she discovers that Pippa had a few secrets of her own—some that may have been worth killing for.

My Recording Experience:

It’s never easy to take over a series from another narrator, both because fans can be disappointed and because I don’t want to take work away from someone else.  But I got the blessing of the series’ previous narrator and my good friend Cassandra Campbell before signing on to do the next three books in this delightful series (she simply couldn’t fit them into her committed schedule).  And Lorna Barrett’s writing was so fun to bring to life in what I am appreciating as full on cozy mystery style:  down-to-earth crime-solving heroine, quirky small town characters and cute animals in a whodunit – what’s not to love?

Listen to a sample here:


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