Posted by: Karen | November 4, 2013

RUMOR HAS IT by Jill Shalvis plus GIVEAWAY!

Audies Finalist 2015, Romance Category.

Available now from Tantor Audio.B1744_RumorHas_L

From the Publisher:

“Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect. Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life. To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting.”

From the Hot Listens Review:

“It’s not hard to see why Karen White keeps getting all these nominations. She’s excellent at bringing the mood of the novel to life; from a suspenseful scene to a happy, playful scenario, Karen White puts you there.

She’s lets the text dictate the tone of the story, and it would seem obvious, but I know some narrators that don’t do that. Her pace and timing are always on target. Her voice variations are smooth and never jarring. Her performances are skillfully edited; she sounds like she recorded the book in one sitting.

Another one of her strong suits and my favorite it’s the authenticity of her male voices; this is so important in a romance novel, probably more so than any other genre.

And lastly, she sounds like she’s enjoying the book by being 100% into the story, that helps transport the listener to the setting.”

From the AudioGals Review:

“Of course, Karen White’s narration is always a joy – her storytelling skills bring the book to life. She performs the characters well, with several seven-year-olds, an angsty teen, a couple of curmudgeonly dads as well as her fleshed out protagonists. She’s got the male register down to an art – she manages to make you believe her heroes have deep voices. She uses pacing as well as register to define her characters; she pitches her voice higher for Kate, with a slightly younger, more innocent sound, especially when she’s drinking at the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. And she is consistent in her performance of each character, so it’s always clear who is talking.”

From The Book Nympho review:

“Karen White continues to work her narration magic with the people of Sunshine, Idaho. Karen really does have the right voice, timing and sass to bring these fun heroines and heroes to audio book lovers.”

My Recording Experience:

Kudos to Jill Shalvis for again putting a reference to audiobooks in one of her books!  This one was adorable and had a great personal connection for me (hint, my youngest loves to disappear into books via her headphones, too).  And speaking of kids, I loved the family dynamic of this book – heroine Kate is still very connected to her Dad and younger siblings, having helped raise them since her mother’s tragic death.  Which sets up a bit of her conflict.  Though her friends think of Kate as vulnerable, she’s the rock of her family and is truly emotionally courageous, allowing her to upend everyones’ expectations when she (literally) collides with heroic and badass (but wounded and on shaky ground) Griff.  I hope you enjoy the roller coaster of their courtship as much as I did!

Listen to a sample here:

PLUS the giveaway!

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

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Responses

  1. […] three, I am very proud to be an Audie Finalist this year for another book in the AM oeuvre, RUMOR HAS IT.  This is like the Oscars for audiobooks, so it’s a big […]

  2. […] Home Cooked Books is giving away RUMOR HAS IT (audio CD) by Jill Shalvis. […]

  3. Could Kate have been in her car, exercising, or walking and listening to the audiobook?

    • Great guesses, but I’ll give y’all a hint. It’s NOT Kate listening to an audiobook, it’s another character…

    • Congratulations, Cathy, you are the randomly selected winner. I will contact you via email to get your mailing address.

  4. Could Kate have been listening to MP3 songs by different authors by the name of Rumor Has It?

  5. In Rescue My Heart Holly is listening to her book club audiobook in her office and Adam comes in and is curious how flushed she looks so he picks up her earbud and is surprise that a bookclub would choose porn. Looking forward to finding the audiobook reference in Rumor Has It! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • You’re welcome and good luck!

  6. Could it possibly be a reference to Reba McIntyre’s song?

    • Nope, but a good guess. Keep trying y’all!

  7. Could it possibly be a Reba McIntyre song? I really, really want to read this book.

  8. In Rescue My Heart. Adam enters the office where Holly is listening to a sexy scene in an audiobook. Se’s flushed and dreamy and he’s really curious about what she’s listening to. Holly tells him she’s listening to her book club selection. When Adam picks up the earbuds and listens, he says he didn’t realze her book club read porn.

    • Excellent scene summary!

  9. i read the book already but i can’t recall the audiobook reference. maybe when kate was jogging? and she’s listening to an audiobook at the same time?

    • Good guess, but that wasn’t it 🙂


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