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From the Publisher:

“Conventional wisdom says that “it takes two” to turn a troubled marriage around and that both partners must have a shared commitment to change. So when couples can’t agree on how—or whether—to make their marriage better, many give up or settle for a less-than-satisfying marriage (or think the only way out is divorce).

Fortunately, there is an alternative.

It Takes One to Tango is a groundbreaking guide that shows how one determined partner—acting alone—can spark lasting, significant change in a marriage, often accomplishing change that cannot be made any other way. It doesn’t matter how short-fused, argumentative, or seemingly impossible your partner can be—or how long you’ve been stuck.

Marriage and family therapist Winifred Reilly has this message for struggling partners: Take the lead. Doing so is effective—and powerful.”

My recording experience: I find that I can take something of use from most self-help books, and this one was no exception. Reilly draws on her own experience as well as that of her patients and the often self-deprecating tone of her writing makes the work seem do-able and practical. Highly recommended if you’re feeling stuck in a relationship!

Listen to a sample here:

And, the Giveaway:

Thanks to the folks at Tantor, I have one copy of the CD version of this book 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 Wednesday, April 26.  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 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 | April 4, 2017

HER REBEL HEART by Jamie Farrell plus GIVEAWAY

The Officers’ Ex-Wives Club, Book 1.

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From the Publisher:

This sexy military pilot is about to meet his match in an unpredictable physics professor!

Kaci Boudreaux is every Southern mama’s nightmare, including her own. This former Miss Grits would rather tromp around in boots shooting off potato guns – and her mouth – than dress pretty and play nice with the boys. Especially her chauvinistic fellow professors, her ex-husband, and those military cargo pilots she accidentally started a war with.

Lance Wheeler is every Southern belle’s dream, except his ex-fiancée’s. After being left at the altar, he’d love to take his C-130 and fly far, far away. But since his bird technically belongs to Uncle Sam (as does he), a distraction in the form of a feisty fireball of a physics professor will do while he’s waiting for his next deployment with the Air Force.

He’s into her for the fun. She’s into him for the challenge. But when their secrets and fears start slipping out, their hearts – and even her job – will be on the line. She needs roots. He wants to see the world. What will they do about needing each other?

My recording experience:

Before recording any of the Misfit Brides series for Jamie, I read Southern Fried Blues (after reading a review at Dee’s Book Blog) and fell in love with Jamie’s writing, especially the way she captures the south.  This series has a complicated ordering, though, which Jamie explains in a blog post.  I hope you’ll check it out – it’s a completely different world from Blissed. The characters and scenario aren’t quite as quirky, but there’s still a good deal of humor. And quirk. But the real life challenges of being a military spouse as well as those faced by women working in a man’s world are both addressed, in mostly serious ways. With a grumpy cat thrown in for fun…

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Janie M, KTBee, Jackie W., Dawn F. and E. Robbins are the randomly selected winners. I will be emailing Audible download codes to the winners.  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 | March 12, 2017

OUR SHORT HISTORY by Lauren Grodstein plus GIVEAWAY

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From the Publisher:

“Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone.

But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. Worried that he’ll break Jake’s heart, Karen finally makes the call, and is shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the news. First, he can’t meet Jake fast enough, and then, he can’t seem to leave him alone. As she tries to play out her last days in the “right” way, Karen struggles with knowing that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son—let his father become a permanent part of his life—is the thing he needs from her the most.

With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.”

My recording experience:

With this book, Lauren Grodstein took me on a journey. I hope my performance will take listeners on it as well. It’s not a pleasant journey but one that was thought-provoking and moving, making me consider everything from my parenting and my family relationships to my own end of life. First time I’ve narrated a first person character with my own name, and first time I’ve recorded a book for Algonquin Press (I’m a fan; it was started in my hometown), but the real reward was in helping to bring to life a character that is so complicated, honest, flawed and fierce.

Listen to a sample here:

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. 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 | February 18, 2017

Three books on Faith

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.”

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.”

From the review at The Book Nympho:

“Anytime I’m in the mood for a fun, sexy romance with yummy alpha-type guys and strong women I look to Jill Shalvis. Then pair that story with Karen White’s narrations and you have a good time waiting to happen.  These two ladies are one of my favorite teams when it comes to contemporary romances on audio.”

My recording experience:

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.

Listen to a sample here:

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!

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