Posted by: Karen | January 14, 2016

MY KIND OF WONDERFUL by Jill Shalvis plus GIVEAWAY

Book #2 in the Cedar Ridge series. Available now from Hachette Audio.c25b47bf1628f4cd91e0181893f39ef9

From the Publisher:

UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE . . .Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.”

From the review in AudioFile Magazine:

“Narrator Karen White once again brings to life this contemporary romance set at the Kincaid family’s ski resort in Cedar Ridge, Colorado. Bailey Moore, having been declared cancer free, is determined to check items off her bucket list. This includes learning to ski and painting a mural. Hudson Kincaid rescues Bailey when she accidentally gets trapped on a black diamond slope. Unbeknownst to Hudson, Bailey has been hired by his family to paint a mural at the resort. Listeners will enjoy White’s narration, especially the banter between Hudson and his family. White expertly voices Shalvis’s humor. Listeners can look forward to returning to Cedar Ridge in Shalvis’s next book.”

From the review at AudioGals:

“There’s not much more I can say that is new or unique about the wonderful that is Karen White’s narrating talent. She tackles the story as if it’s her own, with a natural pace that sounds like she’s just telling the story off the top of her head. She’s completely consistent with the various character voices. She has developed a certain blend of range/pitch/timbre to imply men’s voices, so that it’s clear who is talking, although the brothers did sound alike. Her delivery of emotional moments is genuine. Most of the time, those skills manage to become submersed in the story (this is a good thing) so that you are not aware of anything except the characters and the plot.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration in this story is from Karen White, and she is one of my all-time favorites for her ability to present the subtle nuances that often are missed in audio performances. Each character was presented with a unique voice that had a particular delivery and pitch, fitting to the character description and story. Bailey’s near-manic ‘grab the gusto now for tomorrow is not promised’ attitude is clear, and there is a decided change in that emotional subtext as she starts to find and develop the connection with Hud and then his family. Hudson’s stoic and occasionally grumpy nature isn’t wholly ingrained, and we see a decided lightening in his approach and delivery as he is able to come to terms with his own fears and as he opens up to Bailey. Fast paced conversations flow neatly, as do the quiet and more reflective moments for these two: alone and together. White’s performance allows a listener to understand the characters and easily understand and follow the story, and provides a wonderful listen.”

My recording experience:

Y’all know I love me some Jill Shalvis.  She is one of the funniest authors out there and I love how she balances the goofy, silly scenes (yes, I may have had a little too much fun with the girls’ drinking scene) with characters facing challenges that move me to tears. Her stories are my kind of wonderful Emotional Rollercoasters!  What I’m wondering now after working on books one and two of this series is just where Jill is doing her research.  She has got some ski patrol and search and rescue stories that are so unbelievable they have to be true. For instance, I cannot imagine spending a night combing a mountain, working your butt off in the cold trying to find two lost skiers, only to find they’d gone drinking after a day on the slopes and passed out without letting anyone know where they were.  Suffice to say I don’t have the constitution or patience to work ski patrol.  But I am looking forward to Jacob’s story in Nobody But You!

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sally, Jane and Lori are the randomly selected winners and I will be contacting them via email to get them their Downpour.com 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.

 

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Responses

  1. i have read at least 48 of Jill’s books. Some I have read a couple of times. One of my favorite authors.

    • Now I’m wondering how many Jill has written!

  2. I’ve read 36 of Jill’s books and listened to 5.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Whoa I think you are the high scorer so far! Have you missed any?

  3. I have read 15 books by Jill Shalvis. I enjoyed the Lucky Harbor series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Oh my, I am way behind. This would be the first for me. And as for skiing. I am the family klutz. Grew up in Indiana where there aren’t too many mountains for skiing but I always thought I would get a Saint Bernard and do some cross-country skiing. Time moves on. Now that I’m retired and broke my foot just exercising trying to get in shape don’t think there is much skiing in my future. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • I am excited that this would be your first Shalvis!

  5. I’ve read or listened to 20 books by Jill Shalvis. My ski story: Very first time I went skiing was with a co-ed group of friends my freshman year in college. I rode the lift to the top of the bunny slope, started heading downhill (the wrong direction), fell over and hurt my ankle. Turns out the bindings hadn’t released from the boots that I rented. So I limped my way back down the hill, returned the equipment, and limped back to the lodge. I had a bad feeling the injury was not insignificant so I hopped in the shower to shave my legs, anticipating they would be on display to my friends if not at the emergency room. And yes, that’s where I ended up with a fracture of my lower tibia. Thank goodness I’d shaved my legs!

    • I knew there would be good stories out there! 2 entries for Jane!

  6. I’ve read 28 of Jill’s books and will continue to read, back read, reread, and listen to any and all she writes. Great author! My ski story: 15 years old, a guest of my cousin, and my first ski experience in Colorado. My other cousin brought a friend from Florida. Florida friend hops off the left and starts shushing down the hill looking flawless. I think to myself, “I’m from Wisconsin, she’s from Florida, if she can do it, I can sure as heck do it.” After I flew uncontrollably down the hill and landed in a pile of poles, skis, and limbs, my uncle then spend the next three days with the Velcro strap from his pole attached to the back of my jeans so that they didn’t lose me again. In retrospect, if I were five years older and knew something like Hudson Kincaid would come rescue me, I would have played dead. Karen, you are easy on the ears, thanks for the opportunity to win!

    • Love your ski story! That’s two entries for you, Lori.


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