Posted by: Karen | October 22, 2016


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:

 Thanks to the folks at Dreamscape, 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 sharing what you like about cozy mysteries.  Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please.  Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Saturday, October 29.  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!

Posted by: Karen | September 30, 2016

DEADLY SILENCE by Rebecca Zanetti plus GIVEAWAY

Blood Brothers, #1.cb2960f271491f6e39a4cf82d8cd09ff

Available October 4, 2016 from Hachette Audio.

From the Publisher:


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.”

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:

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!

Available now from Harper Audio.y648

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:

Posted by: Karen | September 19, 2016


The Misfit Brides books 2 and 3.


Available now at

I’ve been recording all of Jamie’s Misfit Brides books this summer and having a blast with them.  Bliss is a fun town to hang out in!  #4 in the series, SUGARED is on the way and I’m starting my prep read of #5,  MERRIED.  But what was fun about these two is that they take place at the same time.  MATCHED is the story of Lindsay Castellano and her Country-Singer-That-Got-Away Will Truitt, aka Billy Brenton.  Their story is complex with lots of history so it’s a full length novel.  SMITTENED is a novella, about Bliss Ice Cream shop owner Dahlia Mallard, and Billy Brenton’s side man and best friend, bad boy Mikey Diamond.  While Lindsay and Will are working things through in one book, Mikey and Dahlia happen to fall in love in the other book.  There’s some overlap in the stories, so I was glad I got to record them close together.  And I think listeners should listen to them close together, too.

From the review of MATCHED at Reading Between the Wines Book Club:

“I listened to the audio edition of MATCHED with the fantastically talented Karen White narrating. Karen White is one of my all-time favorite narrators. Once again, Karen’s narration is really, truly wonderful. Her pacing is spot on. Her delivery is natural. I could listen to Karen all day and still be mesmerized. Her performances are always highly entertaining, polished and sublimely executed. I have discovered numerous new-to-me authors – including Jamie Farrell – thanks to Karen.”

If you want more info, you can read full descriptions on Jamie’s website.  Samples are below.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  All you ladies are winners and I’ll be contacting you this week to get you your download codes.  Thanks 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 5, 2016


Available now from Tantor Audio.G0900_FindingStar-238x238

From the Publisher:

“The North Star—Stella Polaris—is a fixed point that can always be used to figure out which way you’re headed. Explorers and mariners can depend on Polaris when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that a knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unaltering spot. You may think you’re utterly lost, but brush away the leaves, wait for the clouds to clear, and you’ll see your destiny shining as brightly as ever; the fixed point in the constantly changing constellations of your life.” —Martha Beck

As the creator of Life Designs, Inc., Martha Beck has helped hundreds of clients find their own North Star and figure out how to fulfill their potential and create joyful lives through her lectures, seminars, and one-on-one counseling. In this book, she shares her step-by-step program that will guide you to fulfill your own potential.”

My recording experience:

I found this book to be full of very practical advice (and if the section on ESP doesn’t speak to you, don’t worry – that’s only a small part of the book).  I also enjoyed Beck’s sense of humor which kept the book grounded.  My own piece of advice is to be ready to use the questionnaires and exercises provided in the bonus PDF.  To get the most from the book, you’ll want to stop listening and do the exercise.  So this may not be the best book for a long drive….

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sally 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 | August 5, 2016

TITLE WAVE by Lorna Barrett plus GIVEAWAY

Book 10 in the Booktown Mystery Series.


Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

“While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much-needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.

But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising . . .”

My recording experience:

What was really fun to me about this title was pondering how much of it was based on author Lorna Barrett’s real life as a writer.  Hopefully not the murder, but did she go on a literary-themed cruise and get the idea to write a book about one, or did she have the idea and go on a cruise to gather the details? Also, Barrett does belong to a group of fellow Cozy writers called The Cozy Chicks which made me wonder if the “Lethal Ladies” in this story are based at all on them. I haven’t asked her, so we’ll have to keep pondering.

Perhaps more important, Tricia goes through a huge shift toward the end of this story. She’s been through a lot in her fictional life in the past few books, and without giving away too much, I’ll just say it was great to go through a change toward positive thinking with her.

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!


Posted by: Karen | June 28, 2016


Heartbreaker Bay #1 y648

Available now from Harper Audio.

From the Publisher:

“Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .”

From the review at AudioGals:

“How many ways can I say that Karen White is a terrific narrator for contemporary romance? Let me count the ways! Her tone is conversational and the pacing is completely natural. She has comic timing that matches Shalvis’ prose to perfection, and hey – she gets to voice another cute animal! Her character voices are well-developed, with differentiation in many ways, including timbre, range and acting/attitude, and it’s always clear which one is speaking. It always sounds like she’s having fun reading! I left the book feeling happy (that’s always my goal) – it was a great opening to a new series and the perfect summer listen!”

From the review at Reading Between the Wines Bookclub:

“SWEET LITTLE LIES is narrated by Karen White. She is hands-down one of my very favorite narrators. I’ve gotten to where I’ll try just about anything she voices and I’ve discovered new favorite authors because she narrated their works. The pairing of Jill Shalvis and Karen White is nothing short of exquisiteness. Karen’s voice is clear. She seamlessly differentiates between characters. Her pacing is right on and her tones and inflections are perfection! She really nails the humor, charm and sassiness that are inherent in Jill’s writing. If you haven’t listened to one of Karen’s performances, I highly recommend that you do… soon!”

From the review at Bookfan:

“Karen White did a fine job with the narration. I liked how she voiced each character and I had no trouble determining who was speaking. One particular scene involving a character who experienced possible food-poisoning had me laughing – all thanks to White’s delivery and Shalvis’s words, of course.”

From the review at Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My:

“Karen White as become one of my favorite narrators this year and so I will pretty much give anything she narrates a try. 🙂

From the review at The Book Nympho:

“Karen White delivered another noteworthy performance with Sweet Little Lies. Karen does a fine job with the pacing of the story, delivers the characters with distinctions and adding just the right inflections and tones where they are needed.”

From the review at The Geeky Blogger:

“Karen and Jill make a fantastic team. I think she really nails the humor and quirk that Jill has in her writing. She brings out a character’s charm and sass which are staples in Jill’s stories. I highly recommend this on audio!”

From the review at Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews:

“I’ve been a fan of Karen White’s narration since first listening to her reading of Julie James FBI/Attorney series. Shortly after that I started picking up Jill Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism series, also narrated by Ms. White. She’s now a go-to narrator for me, so I was thrilled to see that she’d be working with this series from Jill Shalvis as well. I listened to the audiobook a few months after reading the digital copy I got for review, and as always it’s very enjoyable to listen to the combination of Jill Shalvis’s words and Karen White’s voice. Ms. White differentiates the male and female characters with ease, and similarly, imbues each of the individual voices with their own nuances so that it’s easy to follow along with the story and know who is speaking. The right pacing and appropriate inflection is so important when narrating an audiobook and the most successful make it look (and sound) natural. It was just as good listening to the story as it was reading it the first time around. I’m looking forward to listening to more of this series in the future!”

My recording experience:

Many people love Jill Shalvis’ books because they make you laugh.  Her books do make me laugh, a lot.  Her descriptions of situations, or the way she puts words together are often something you’d never think of while knowing exactly what she’s talking about at the same time.  Phrases like “her mouth really needed to meet her brain sometime” or “he was her unicorn” make me laugh, and totally understand where this character is coming from.  But Jill also makes me feel deeply for her characters, and I am so excited about this series because not only did I fall for Pru and Finn, but for their collection of friends.  Which of course makes it hard to wait for the next books in the series…

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Celine B. is the randomly selected winner and I will be getting the download to her ASAP.  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 | June 17, 2016

BLISSED by Jamie Farrell plus Giveaway

Available now at Audible.comBlissed1800x2700-768x1152

From the Publisher:

“Welcome to Bliss, the bridal capital of the Midwest!

Natalie Castellano practically has it all – beauty, brains, and a stellar reputation. Because childbearing hips and exhaustion lines are totally sexy. And knowing when to let go of her family’s failing bridal boutique is smart…right? Plus, who doesn’t want to be that divorced mother in Bliss?

With all she has going for her, it would be selfish to secretly wish for love too. Who needs it? Definitely not Nat. But perhaps she does need to take her wedding dress-obsessed little boy somewhere else for a fresh start.

CJ Blue is on top of the world. At least, he was last week when he stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now, he’s in an empty confessional, hiding from the hullabaloo of a family wedding. a.k.a. the depths of hell.

His meddling relatives want to poke at the deep psychological wounds he supposedly bears from being a 20-something widower. But he doesn’t want to talk, he doesn’t want to be fussed over, and he certainly doesn’t want another chance to fail at love. He just wants to get through this wedding and back to his adventurous life.

But when a dark-haired, wounded-eyed beauty invades his sanctuary and whispers a secret he was never supposed to know, he gets swept up in her life. Is he brave enough to tackle the adventure of life in Bliss, or will he walk away from the only woman in the world who could offer him love, forgiveness, and a second chance?”

From the review at Reading Between the Wines Book Club:

BLISSED is fabulously performed by Karen White, one of my very favorite narrators. I’ve gotten to where I’ll pick up just about anything that Karen narrates. Yes, she’s that fabulous! I’ve found many new favorite authors via Karen – Jamie is one of them! Not surprisingly, Karen’s narration of BLISSED is excellent as she voices a variety of characters from little boys, to old men to autocratic queen generals. Her voice is clear, her delivery is natural and her pacing is perfect. You simply can’t go wrong with anything that Karen narrates!

From the review at Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

“Karen White is a favorite and I always enjoy her narration. 🙂

From the review at AudioGals:

“Of course, when you write a romance with humor, who else should narrate but Karen White, who has done such great work with some of the best romantic comedies in audio? Her wonderful comedic timing and dry wit accentuate the antics, and her natural, talking-to-your-BFF pacing makes every book she reads a pleasure. She differentiates well among all the characters, giving each one a specific, recognizable sound, placing men in her lower register, creating believable children’s dialogue and delivering just the right note to her villain.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration from Karen White was a highlight, she manages to not go headlong into the slapstick moments that appeared without losing the humor and often wry self-depreciating tone from Natalie. Clear and present, she gives the humor a moment to shine, while trying to bring the best from the characters at all moments.

An interesting start to a series, sure to please those who want a lighter and often sillier listen.”

My recording experience:

I “met” Jamie Farrell online after reading a review at Dee’s Book Blog of Jamie’s book Southern Fried Blues.  That title spoke to me as a Southern girl re-acquainting myself with my roots and I devoured it. Jamie and I talked about possibly recording it, but she came back with an offer to record her Misfit Brides series first.  I am in love with the kooky residents of Bliss and so happy to be recording this series! When I complimented her on her wacky sense of humor in a book that also had me in tears a few times, she said “I’m an old soul hiding under a goofball exterior”. If that speaks to you like it does to me, you’ll love these books.

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Jess, Rhonda G, Millie S, D Blaser and Cindy are the randomly selected winners and Jamie will be sending you the 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.



Posted by: Karen | June 11, 2016


Available now from Dreamscape Audio.fathers-day-murder-614x1024

From the Publisher:

“When her part-time reporting gig gives Lucy the opportunity to attend a Boston newspaper conference, she looks forward to the vacation from domestic bliss. But upon leaving Tinker’s Cove, she quickly discovers that alone time can be kind of. . .lonely. And in between libel workshops and panel discussions, Lucy takes a guilt trip. She feels terrible that she won’t be home to help her husband celebrate Father’s Day.

But when Luther Read—head of a nearly bankrupt newspaper dynasty—suddenly drops dead, Lucy has other things to think about. Murder, for instance. She’s not buying the theory that Luther died of an asthma attack. The man just had too many enemies. Always the intrepid snoop, Lucy vows to investigate. But she can’t help wondering if her name will end up on a byline—or in an obit. . .”

My recording experience:

I really enjoy reading this series by Leslie Meier.  I think it’s because Lucy Stone is such a lovely lady to be around.  She’s flawed, but a genuinely nice person and I like how her mind works.  She’s got a refreshing blend of optimism and cynicism and curiosity that organically brings her to progressive political thinking.  This is an earlier book in the series; we’ve only recorded books 18 – 22 and now this is book 10.  And sadly, I missed one last year due to scheduling conflicts.  Even though out of order, it was fun to learn a bit more about Lucy and her backstory, both personally and professionally.  Her conference in Boston allows Meier to bring in some nice details about Boston: the Public Garden and the Swan boats, Trinity Church and the Isabella Gardner museum (all definitely worth visiting if you’re ever there.) Although it’s always fun to listen to a series in order, I don’t think you miss anything if you haven’t read the preceding titles, nor is anything spoiled for future books.

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Lisa B. 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: Karen | June 4, 2016

Diane Chamberlain Giveaway

Oftentimes I become a fan of an author in the process of recording her books, but every once in a while I’m a longtime fan and then I get to record a person’s books.  This is the case with Diane Chamberlain.  I am pretty sure that The Midwife’s Confession was the first Chamberlain book read (since I’m obsessed with books about midwives and will pick them up whenever I find them), and it was followed by many more.  Shortly after we moved to Wilmington, she came to town on her book tour for Necessary Lies, which remains a favorite.  So when Tantor asked if I’d like to be considered to record her very first book, Private Relations as well as another early title, Fire and Rain, I sent back an enthusiastic, “OF COURSE!”.  I’m honored to have been chosen by Ms. Chamberlain to narrate these two, and I think you’ll find both stand the test of time.  There are things like the ubiquity of the internet and cell phones which might have made the plots run differently, and the fact that single motherhood wouldn’t feel quite as socially uncomfortable to a professional woman these days.  But the ways that relationships are strained, stretched, and often made stronger by the challenges that tragedies bring are universal, and as always well delivered by this writer.  I hope you’ll agree!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Karen E. is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.





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