Posted by: Karen | February 18, 2017

Three books on faith with a Giveaway

Although I am not a traditionally religious person, I am always curious to learn about subjects in the area of faith and spirituality.  In the past few months I’ve recorded three very different books in the genre, all very different but each thought-provoking and fascinating in it’s own way.

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From Blackstone Audio: “This is the beautifully written and heartfelt memoir of a young woman from Dallas, Texas, wrestling with the evangelical Christianity of her childhood by examining the one item from it that she is still attached to, the daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.”

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From Audible Studios: “On a hot and dusty December day in 1980, the bodies of four American women – three of them Catholic nuns – were pulled from a hastily dug grave in a field outside San Salvador. They had been murdered two nights before by the US-trained El Salvadoran military. News of the killing shocked the American public and set off a decade of debate over Cold War policy in Latin America. The women themselves became symbols and martyrs, shorn of context and background.

In A Radical Faith, journalist Eileen Markey breathes life back into one of these women, Sister Maura Clarke. Who was this woman in the dirt? What led her to this vicious death so far from home? Maura was raised in a tight-knit Irish immigrant community in Queens, New York, during World War II. She became a missionary as a means to a life outside her small, orderly world, and by the 1970s was organizing and marching for liberation alongside the poor of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Maura’s story offers a window into the evolution of postwar Catholicism: from an inward-looking, protective institution in the 1950s to a community of people grappling with what it meant to live with purpose in a shockingly violent world. At its heart, A Radical Faith is an intimate portrait of one woman’s spiritual and political transformation, and her courageous devotion to justice.”

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And from Tantor Audio: “Every year, thousands of young women are forced into sexual exploitation. Most are under the age of eighteen. The damage this causes to their emotions and souls is immeasurable. But they are not without hope. The White Umbrella tells stories of survivors as well as those who came alongside to help them to recovery.”

I have one copy of the CD version of The White Umbrella 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, February 24.  The randomly selected 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!

(If you’d like to buy copies of these books, using this link or this link, I’ll receive a small percentage from Amazon or Audiobooks.com. Narrators don’t earn royalties, so this is a way I can be compensated for marketing the book.)

 

Posted by: Karen | February 16, 2017

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis

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From the Publisher:

There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaten’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust…

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as…

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…

From the review at AudioFile Magazine:

“Two more friends find romance in Shalvis’s next audiobook in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Elle Wheaton and Archer Hunt share a past and are hesitant to deepen their relationship. Narrator Karen White expresses Elle’s take-charge attitude and Archer’s equally strong personality. Characters from the previous books add to the listener’s enjoyment, with White pleasantly voicing each of them. White successfully expresses the many humorous interactions between the characters. For those who are familiar with the series, it’s a visit with old friends. But those new to the series will enjoy the audiobook as well.”

As always, I love recording Jill’s novels. This one has some darker elements and even a bit of a crime story plot, of course balanced by Jill’s trademark humor and oh-so-sexy scenes. If you’ve been listening to the series, I’ll bet you’ve been as curious as I was to find out what the deal was with Archer and Elle, and the book delivers! Now we just have to wait for Spence’s story, which I hear tell is in the works.

I don’t have a copy to give away, but if you haven’t tried Audiobooks.com, you get your first book for free when you sign up. I’d of course recommend trying it with ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

Posted by: Karen | December 19, 2016

MERRIED by Jamie Farrell plus GIVEAWAY

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Available now from Audible.com

From the Publisher:

“His family jewels are in danger. And he might not care. Grab the latest standalone Misfit Brides romance from Jamie Farrell, “the next queen of rom-com.” – USA Today Bestselling Author Selena Laurence He’s the Spare Heir of Bliss’s most famous jewelry shop Max Gregory’s family is best known for creating and displaying the infamous Mrs. Claus diamond ring, but here in the bridal capital of the world, Max is best known for having a cursed love life. Not that he believes in curses. Or he didn’t, until he met her. She’s the daughter of a notorious jewel thief Merry Silver’s parents have wreaked havoc on her life. After her last romantic disaster–thanks, Daddy–she’s fleeing the country for a chance at normal. But first, she has to avoid her favorite ex-boyfriend while she gets her mom married off. Again. And their Christmas miracle might be a second chance at love Max was horrified when he discovered why Merry disappeared last year. Now she’s back in Bliss for a wedding, and her father may be after his family’s most prized possession. But is it the diamond Max is worried about? Or is he afraid of losing the only woman who’s ever made him want to settle down? Either way…the family jewels are definitely in danger.”

My recording experience: I have loved recording every one of the books in this series (and am looking forward to starting the next – I’ll be recording HER REBEL HEART in the Officer’s Ex-Wives Club series in January) but I think Merry is one of the most unique romantic heroines I’ve had the pleasure of voicing. Jamie joins my favorite comedic romance authors Jill Shalvis and Julie James in the ranks of writing great inner monologues, where characters argue with themselves inside their own heads. I always have a great time with those, but in this book, Merry’s head is also filled with the characters in her middle school adventure series, compounding the fun.  You can definitely listen to this one as a standalone but I recommend the whole series.

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Wanda, Sally, Teresa, Sherrie and Maren are the randomly selected winners and I’ll be contacting them to get them their download codes.  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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

(If you’d like to buy a copy, using this link, I’ll receive a small percentage from Amazon through their Associates program. Narrators don’t earn royalties, so this is a way I can be compensated for marketing the book.)

Posted by: Karen | December 14, 2016

EGGNOG MURDER Flash Giveaway!

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Just got the CDs of EGGNOG MURDER by Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross and Leslie Meier in the mail from Dreamscape Audio and I’m giving it away.  Just make a comment below by 9pm Thursday, December 15 (yes that’s tomorrow!) sharing your favorite holiday tradition (hopefully NOT including murder) to be entered to win. I’ll chose a winner at random and send them out to you as soon as I can.

Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please.  

Good luck and thanks for listening!

This Giveaway is closed.  Betty from Facebook was the randomly chosen 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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

If you want to buy Eggnog Murder, check it out at Amazon and Audiobooks.com (full disclosure, if you buy it at either place, I’ll receive a small percentage).

Posted by: Karen | December 12, 2016

Holiday Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there.

If you haven’t yet tried Audiobooks.com, you can try it out and get your first audiobook for free.  If you sign up using this link, I’ll receive a small gratuity through their Associates program.

This summer and early fall I recorded several holiday titles and to celebrate, Audiobooks.com has generously given me three 3-month memberships to give away to listeners!  To be entered to win, just make a comment below sharing which titles you’d listen to if you won the membership.  On Monday, December 19 at 5pm EST three winners will be chosen at random.  I’ll email the winners with instructions on how to get their Audiobooks.com free membership.

If you need inspiration for titles, here are my holiday audiobooks from this year:

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THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis

Read a review at Reading Between the Wines Bookclub.

Read a review at The Geeky Bloggers Book Blog.

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ONE SNOWY NIGHT by Jill Shalvis

Read a review at Reading Between the Wines Book Club

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EGGNOG MURDER, a collection of three stories by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross.

In case you’ve never heard of Audiobooks.com, here’s their description:

Get your book fix on the go with Audiobooks.com! Whether you’re in the car, at the gym or on the couch, Audiobooks.com makes it easy to listen to over 100,000 titles on their user-friendly apps for iOS and Android. Stream books live or download for offline listening, and enjoy cool features like sped-up narration and custom annotation. You can browse by genre or curated lists, check out promotions and giveaways, and switch seamlessly between devices with cloud-syncing technology. And best of all, your first book is free! Try Audiobooks.com today.”

Happy Holidays to you all and thanks for following my blog!

Posted by: Karen | November 17, 2016

SUGARED by Jamie Farrell plus GIVEAWAY

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Available now at Audible.com

From the Publisher:

When Chicago’s Hottest Snack Cake Heir…
Josh Kincaid went from rags to riches when he was adopted by the family who owns the Sweet Dreams Snack Cakes empire. But now the company is floundering, and Josh will do anything to save his parents the way they saved him. Including using his charm on a small-town wedding cake baker.

Takes on the Misfit Princess of the Bridal Capital of the Midwest…
Kimmie is flighty, she spouts off weird dreams when she’s nervous, and her frizzy hair and fashion sense make her the girl least likely to snare a debonair snack cake heir. But Kimmie can bake a cake that’ll make a grown man cry, and that’s exactly what Josh needs.

They Just Might Find The Recipe for Love
Josh’s plan should be easy, except Kimmie isn’t all cupcake underneath. Her cooperation comes with a price. If Josh wants to save his family’s company, he’ll have to do something he’s never done: be himself.

Cupcakes have never been so terrifying.

My recording experience:

Recording (and thus living imaginatively in) the world of Bliss as created by Jamie Farrell has been one of the joys of 2016 for me. And boy howdy, have I needed that joy.  Snack Cake Heir…Cupcake Princess…cats named Boo and Peep…what else do you need?  I love Jamie’s world so much that I bought Kimmie’s favorite game Killer Bunnies for my nephew’s birthday gift (hearing that Jamie went to a castle in Ohio for the weekend to play this game with friends sealed the deal). And in case you were looking for the perfect Christmas gift, MERRIED will be available in audiobook form very soon!

Listen to a sample here:

If you purchase SUGARED from Amazon or Audible through this link, I’ll get a little kickback through the Amazon Associates program.  Just so you know…

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Rosemary, Quinn, Barbara (from Goodreads), Tarina (from Facebook) and LuAnn are the randomly selected winners. I’ll be contacting you so that Jamie can send you your download codes.  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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

 

Posted by: Karen | November 2, 2016

EVERYTHING CHANGES by Beverly Conyers plus Giveaway

Available now from Tantor Audio.g0874_everythingchanges-238x238

From the Publisher:

“A relative or friend has finally taken those tentative first steps toward sobriety. With the relief of this life-changing course of action comes a new and difficult set of challenges for recovering addicts and those who love them. Family members and friends often find themselves unsure of how to weather such a dramatic turn, as the rules and routines of their relationships no longer pertain.

Everything Changes assuages fears and uncertainty by teaching loved ones of newly recovering addicts how to navigate the often-tumultuous early months of recovery. Beverly Conyers, author of the acclaimed Addict in the Family, again shares the hope and knowledge that she gained as a parent of a recovering addict by focusing on the aftermath of addiction. She outlines the physical and psychological changes that recovering addicts go through, and offers practical tools to help family members and friends:

  • build a fresh, rewarding relationship with the addict

  • be supportive without setting themselves up for disappointment

  • avoid enabling destructive behavior

  • set and maintain boundaries

  • cope with relapse

  • deal with the practicalities of sober living”

My recording experience:

Thankfully, I personally have not had to cope with the challenges Conyers outlines in this book but I found it to be a wonderful balance of uplifting inspiration with very practical advice and statistics.

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  The randomly selected winner has been contacted 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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

Posted by: Karen | October 22, 2016

BRITISH MANOR MURDER by Leslie Meier plus GIVEAWAY

Lucy Stone Mystery #23.28439317

Available now from Dreamscape Media.

From the Publisher:

“It’s a nippy spring in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and so Lucy Stone can’t wait to join her friend Sue at the Earl of Wickham’s manor in England for the “Heads Up!” hat exhibition—even if she has to spend her entire holiday curtseying. But at Moreton Manor, privileged life isn’t always tea and crumpets . . .

Although Perry, the earl of the house, and his sister, Poppy, are surprisingly accommodating to their jet-lagged guests, Lucy feels uneasy after a fallen portrait sparks talk of a deadly family omen. The bad vibes come in quickly—snobby Aunt Millicent and her handmaiden Harrison unexpectedly drop by for the exhibition, and meals with the family are consistently tense. But real trouble begins when a body, bludgeoned by the chapel’s gold-plated reliquary, is found in a hidden, sealed off room. Stranger still, the corpse is identified as Harrison’s son, Cyril.

Considering the weapon and the clandestine location, Lucy wouldn’t be shocked if the murder was an inside job. Cyril wasn’t exactly a gentleman, and it’s unclear what business he had on the property. Was the victim trying to make off with the family riches before meeting his end? Or was a scorned country squire looking to settle an ancient indiscretion for good? One thing’s for sure—the criminal is privy to Moreton Manor secrets . . .

To end the reign of terror, Lucy must keep her ear to the ground and mind time-honored traditions—no matter how unusual. Because Lucy has a hunch that the killer has been in her company all along, just waiting for a chance to make blueblood run red . . .”

My recording experience:

If you’re a Downton Abbey fan as well as a cozy mystery fan, I think you’ll love the latest Lucy Stone book.  I admit I plundered Downton characters for several of the voices here, and especially had a blast with the Countess of Wickham! As in French Pastry Murder, poor Lucy can’t seem to take a vacation without playing sleuth, but I guess that is the point of a murder mystery…

Listen to a sample here:

And, the Giveaway:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sue S. 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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

Posted by: Karen | September 30, 2016

DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti plus GIVEAWAY

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Available October 4, 2016 from Hachette Audio.

From the Publisher:

DON’T LOOK BACK

Under siege. That’s how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can’t outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he’s been trying to keep at arm’s length is in danger…and he’ll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She’s making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There’s a lot Ryker isn’t telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn’t catch up to them first…

Full of twists and turns you won’t see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best.”

From the review at Hot Listens:

4.5 Hearts: I’m so glad that they got Karen White to do this series. After listening to her narrate the Sin Brothers, it was great to have her back to take us on this journey with Blood Brothers. I like her ability to voice alpha male characters and women characters. The real unique voice in this series is the voice of the “good doctor”. She sounds exactly how I would expect a person like this woman would sound. If you haven’t tried Karen White, I highly recommend her.”

From the review at Geeky Bloggers Book Blog:

“Karen White did the narration and she did great. Her and Zanetti make a great duo. She has the pacing needed for this high octane type of read.  I totally recommend the book and narration!”

My recording experience:

Fans of the Sin Brothers series, Zanetti has taken us back to that world! This is such a fun spinoff – we do get to see the Gray brothers again – and yes, it was a huge challenge when all these guys were in a room together – but the new set of brothers have had a completely different upbringing.  The diabolical Dr. Madison is back, too, more evil than ever.  I had fun with this set of brothers in a couple of ways.  One, they are more flawed and two, they felt to me as though their social selves were still adolescent – an interesting contrast to their big manly physical selves.  With Zara we have another feisty heroine, with a very sad backstory but to me Grams and Greg steal the show. So a lot to like in this first book!

Listen to a sample here:

If you buy a copy at Amazon or Audible with this link, I’ll get a little kickback from Amazon…just so you know.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sally C, Molly and “Nrlymrtl” are the winners who commented here; Maren and Linda T are the winners from commenting on Facebook. I’ll be contacting them with download codes shortly.  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. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

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From the Publisher:

“From a top wellness coach and a Harvard Medical School professor comes this revolutionary book that will show you how to identify and decode your nine most basic emotional needs—and coach yourself to a calmer, healthier, and happier life.

The more you thrive, the better your brain functions, and you’re able to perform at the best level. Your health improves. You enjoy life more. When you’re thriving, your stress level is down, your confidence is up, and the internal frenzy is tamed by a poised, self-assured mind.

But if you’re like the majority of Americans, you may be, in psychological terms, languishing rather than flourishing—surviving instead of thriving. For many, feeling overwhelmed and out of balance has become normal, a consequence of overlooking basic emotional needs. The key to reaching a happy, healthy state is by tapping into, not tuning out, your distinct emotions, and listening to the inner monologue inside your mind.

Organize Your Brain, Optimize Your Life combines the worlds of self-help, psychology, and medical science to guide you to a place of self-management and control. This insightful, approachable book will teach you how to identify, decode, and assess the nine most basic emotions that rule your brain and to recognize each of these voices and act accordingly to achieve a wide range of goals—from weight loss to career management. Coach your brain to gain deeper insight of your individual needs and live life to your maximum potential.”

My recording experience:

This book has a fresh new take on self-help, with lots of practical steps each of us can take to find our own way of flourishing.  And it’s very cool that it’s based on the same research that the Oscar-winning movie INSIDE OUT is based on!

Listen to a sample here:

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