June is Audiobook Month, the time when we celebrate how much we #loveaudiobooks. However, this has been no ordinary June. I’ve been doing as much as I can to listen to black leaders in my current home town, which is particularly in need of a great deal of healing. I do have a book coming out, however. I also have an amazing group of narrator friends who’ve inspired me with their creative endeavors beyond audiobooks. Earlier this spring, when we were unable to gather for our annual audiobook conference, I had the idea to bring this group of super cool women together to talk about what inspires them, what drives them, what they love about telling stories in multiple formats. So we’re doing that. And you’re invited. We’re calling it: STRAIGHT FROM THE AUTHOR’S MOUTH THURSDAY, JUNE 25th at 8PM EST. We’ll just be nine women chatting about books and creativity, but we’d love to answer your questions. (If you want to find out more about how you can connect with any of us and/or buy our books, it’s all on this page.) If you’d like to join us, just fill out this Google Form, then look out for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with your Zoom invite. The event is free, but if you’re able to make a donation to ProLiteracy, we’d love it. This non-profit makes the work of literacy organizations across the country possible, and has lost out on fundraising opportunities because of cancelled events during the current health crisis, so any amount you can give will help them help others. You can find out more here. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
Available now from Blackstone Audio. From the Publisher: From USA Today bestselling author Emilie Richards comes an emotional story about love, loyalty, and the deep bonds of sisterhood. While love and loyalty made them sisters, secrets could still destroy them. As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris’ love and attention, but does Kris need them? For Cecilia, a lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her, and she wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still haunt her. When she asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she’s away. She gambles that he’ll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life. As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be. From the review at Literati Literature Lovers: “Narrators Elijah Alexander as Kris, Karen White as Robin, and Rachel Fulginiti as Cecelia give excellent performances. There couldn’t be a more effective way of telling the story than with the voices of these three people. I recommend While We Were Sisters to anyone who enjoys stories about strong women, especially those who have overcome obstacles in life to achieve success. It is evocative, educational, and well-written. I look forward to more from Emilie Richards.” My recording experience: I just loved recording Emilie Richards Goddesses Anonymous series, so when I heard that she had a new standalone coming out, I really hoped I’d get to read it, too. But when I saw that the book was written in first person from the POV of three different characters (one a man), I knew that it would be best served by three narrators. This means more work for less money for us narrators – as we have to coordinate our character voices and pronunciations, and we are recording less of the book, so we earn less. But I knew I couldn’t make a three POV book work on my own and that Rachel Fulginiti and Elijah Alexander would do a great job bringing Richards’ work . . .
In celebration of #Audiomonth, the ladies at Books-n-Kisses and Enchantress of Books have been interviewing authors and narrators about their audiobook experiences. My Audiobook Lovin’ interview is up today! They’re also hosting a huge giveaway of all kinds of audiobooks and swag so be sure to enter. Thanks to Kelly and Viviana for including me in what I hope will be a yearly event.
In my continued celebration of #AudioMonth, today I have a big giveway for Cozy Mystery fans: Books #6 – 8 in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett: MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF NOT THE KILLING TYPE & BOOK CLUBBED THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Lisa 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.
Unbelievably, we are in the final week of June, and thus the final week of listening to short pieces for free created in celebration of #AudioMonth. AND, only 7 more days to purchase the whole collection for the discounted price of $9.99. After June 30, the price goes up to $19.99, but fear not, all proceeds go to benefit ProLiteracy no matter what you pay. Its a win-win no matter how you slice it. So go to Tantor to purchase now or later, but check out the blog posts below to get in some free listening every day through July 30… 6/24 Bruce Coville, The Box, by Bruce Coville @ Book & a Latte 6/25 Paul Michael Garcia, Yard Waste, by Steven LaFond – w/author Steven LaFond @ My Bookish Ways 6/26 Day of Classic Horror, with Poe and Lovecraft! Mike Chamberlain, The Statement of Randolph Carter, by H.P. Lovecraft @ MV Freeman’s blog Dufris/AudioComics, Audio Theatre: Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Jenn’s Bookshelves John McLain, The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Going Public 6/27 Dawn Harvey, Something as Big as a Mountain, by Jane Cawthorne, w/author Jane Cawthorne at My Books, My Life 6/28 Tanya Eby, The Girl at the Gate, by Lucy Maud Montgomery @ Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations 6/28 Tish Hicks, How They Broke Away to Go to the Rootabaga Country, by Carl Sandburg @ Going Public 6/29 Karen White, Sharks and Seals, by Susanna Daniel @ Every Day I Write the Book 6/30 Xe Sands, Virtue of the Month, by Kathleen Founds @ The Oddiophile
In celebration of #AudioMonth, I am giving away two digital copies of any of my narrations now available on Audible — one for you and one for a friend (and you can choose two different books if you like). Just make a comment below answering this question: Who in your life needs to start listening to audiobooks, and why? THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Mary C. is the randomly selected 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.
To celebrate #AudioMonth, I have one copy of the CD version of Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson to give away courtesy of Blackstone Audio. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below answering the question: “What was the first audiobook you remember listening to?”. Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please. Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Monday, June 16. The 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! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Karen W. 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.
The audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate Junevis Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All proceeds from sales of the collection will go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization. Throughout June 2014, 1-2 stories, poems and essays will be released online each day via Going Public, as well as on various author and book blogs. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, pieces will be available for free online listening on their day of release. As a bonus for those who purchase the full collection from Tantor Media in support of ProLiteracy, there are over 20 additional tracks only available via the compilation download. Full release schedule can be found on the Spoken Freely page of the Going Public blog. About ProLiteracy ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Its publishing division, New Readers Press (NRP), has for more than 40 years provided educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens literacy skills for functioning in the world today. Materials are available in a variety of media, including the flagship publication, the weekly news source News for You, which delivers articles online with audio. Proceeds from sales of NRP materials support literacy programs in the U.S. and worldwide. Acknowledgments Summer Shorts ’14 is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Post-production, marketing support and publication provided by Tantor Media . Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands. Nonprofit partnership coordination provided by Karen White. The Blog Hop this week is all poetry: 6/8 Rachel Fulginiti, Jasmine Comes Up, by Rumi @ author MV Freeman’s blog 6/9 David Drummond, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! By Emily Dickinson @ Overreader Patrick Lawlor, Miracles, by Walt Whitman @ Overreader 6/10 Paul Boehmer, Mother’s Ashes, by Kimberly Morgan @ Reading in Winter Robin Miles, Sonnets 23, 74, by Shakespeare @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books 6/11 John Lee, The Stolen Child, by W.B. Yeats @ Literate Housewife Kathe Mazur , An Ancient Gesture, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing 6/12 Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell & Kathe Mazur, Sonnets 2, 4, 6 from Renascence & Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing . . .
Welcome to Day 2 of Spoken Freely’s month long project at Going Public! Today my narration is featured both at the Going Public site and at Linus’s Blanket. I’ve donated my recording of Louisa May Alcott‘s story Death of a Soldier to the project. You can download just this story, or purchase the entire collection at Downpour. In both cases, all proceeds will go to the non-profit literacy group Reach Out and Read. In any case, I hope you enjoy this lesser known work by LMA. It represents a huge change in her life: by volunteering as a nurse for the Union Army, LMA was exposed to aspects of life (and death) that matured her as an author. Unfortunately, the experience not only brought her close to death, but altered her health for the remainder of her life. Quite the price to pay for artistic growth, hmm? You can find the recording via Linus’s Blanket blog, so let’s learn a little about its writer, Nicole, who I got to meet for a cold drink on a hot day in New York this past week: HOME COOKED BOOKS (HCB): Would you give us a bit of introduction and let my readers know who you are, how you got started blogging, and what kind of books you like to read and/or review? LINUS’S BLANKET (LB): My name is Nicole and I blog at Linus’s Blanket. I started blogging five years ago when I started posting to my site as a travel journal that I envisioned would be followed by family and friends. Ha! That never really happened. But while traveling through Italy by train, I started posting my thoughts on books I was reading at the time, and to my amazement people started to come by and leave comments on my book posts. A book blogger was born. I love reading and I am an eclectic reader, so there is always a smattering of everything on my blog. I truly love literary and historical fiction, though. I would say those are my go-to genre. HCB: You review both print and audiobooks. Can you tell us how your reading vs. listening processes/rituals/locations/times of day differ, and how writing the review is different for you? LB: I tend to listen to audiobooks from the spring through fall. So about now is prime time. The weather is really nice and I walk everywhere so I find that’s the perfect time to listen. In the mornings I will go for a long walk, so I will listen for an hour or so then and then usually between 5:30 and 6 when I go to meet friends after work. I usually review the book and the audio . . .
This is it, friends! Though I’ll always be giving away my audiobooks on this blog, I thought I’d try something different for the end of the month. Today I’m giving away a download from Audible.com – you just have to be an Audible member (which is free). You are welcome to any One Credit book of your choice, as long as it is written by and narrated by a woman! Just fill out the form below (18+ and US entries only, please). A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, July 3rd. Good luck! THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Laurie C! Related articles Audiobook Week Jiam Giveaway #2: (karenwhiteaudiobooks.com) GIVEAWAY #3 for Audiobook Week: FARM CITY (karenwhiteaudiobooks.com)