Category: Romance

Vintage Love Stories

I am beyond thrilled to announce that my short story, Can’t Get Used to Losing You, has been accepted in Blunderwoman Productions’ next collection, Vintage Love Stories. This is my first work of fiction to be published, and it just happens to be the pre-quel to one of the books in my hopefully-published-soon romance series set in Boston in the 1980’s. I’m proud to have a story in this collection, but especially happy to see that fellow narrator and longtime friend Cassandra Campbell will also have a story included. I’ll keep you posted on release dates. It will be published in audio as well as ebook formats and I don’t think I’ll be narrating, so I’ll be announcing the narrators as soon as I know who they’ll be as well.  

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ABOUT THAT KISS by Jill Shalvis

A Heartbreaker Bay novel. Available now from Harper Audio. From the Publisher: When love drives you crazy…. When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen, and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help – Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him – or seduce him. the best thing to do…. No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun-time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo. is enjoy the ride. As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more. From the review in AudioFile Magazine: “White brings the spunky Kylie to life. The listener will chuckle as Kylie and Joe argue about her joining the investigation. White allows the listener to envision Kylie in her variety of disguises and brings out the sorrow she feels at the loss of her penguin. Listeners will especially fall in love with Kylie’s dog, Vinnie.” From the review at Books of My Heart: “Karen White was most enjoyable in this narration. I felt Kylie’s frustration at not being included and Joe’s total cluelessness as to having a relationship. She really does well with the male voices, better than one would expect.” From the review at Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog: “I love the Heartbreaker Bay series and was really happy with Joe/Kylie story. The great thing about this series is it balances humor and serious very well. Karen as always did a great job with the narration!” My recording experience: Kylie and Joe were such a lovable pair – both vulnerable because of life’s damages but still kicking ass and taking names, each in their own way. The “crime caper” element of this story was a lot of fun, too. Elderly Mrs. Winslow gets one of the best lines, per usual: “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses the handcuffs” but my favorite line was Kylie’s, “And I’m not a pretty puker, either.” Listen for these! Pretty sure I edited out my laughter… Listen to a sample here: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Teresa is the randomly selected winner.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give . . .

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Holly Chamberlin

Available now from Highbridge Audio. From the Publisher: “At first glance, Nell King’s cozy home in Yorktide, Maine, seems a step down from the impeccably decorated Boston house she shared with her husband. But in the six years since he abruptly left to marry another woman, Nell and her almost-grown daughters have found real happiness and comfort here. Twenty-one-year-old Molly has never forgiven her father for walking out, though she worries about sacrificing her independence the way her mother did. Should she stay in Maine with her dependable boyfriend, or move to the city and prove herself? Felicity, meanwhile, is torn between loyalty to Nell and wanting to spend time with her glamorous, ski champion stepmother. Nell is eager to cement the bond with her daughters by making this holiday picture-perfect. But there’s a complication—and an opportunity . . . Nell’s first and greatest love, now a successful novelist, has arrived in town for a book signing. As the two rekindle their friendship, Nell confronts the choices and compromises she once made in the name of stability. And as the coming days unfold with revelations and unexpected gifts, this Christmas promises to herald a bright new beginning.” My recording experience: It’s always disconcerting to record Christmas books because it gets me ready for snug and cozy feelings of the holidays but then I have to wait four months for the actual time of year to arrive! Now that they’re here I am excited to give away a copy of this sweet and heartwarming story. Listen to a sample here: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Mary 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!

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I won!

Woke up this morning waaay earlier than usual to fly home from a family wedding – which, by the way, was much more affirming than the one that my main character attends in this book – to learn that I was the winner of the Put Your Heart in a Book Contest in the Contemporary Romance Series category! Thanks for all the good luck y’all sent my way! I will eventually be starting a new site for my writing adventures, but for now, your support here is so appreciated. Right now, I’m seeking representation and/or a publisher, and am happy to say that a few agents and editors have already asked to read the manuscript. The Way You Make Me Feel is set in 1988 in Boston and is the first of a trio (that’s the plan right now, anyway). Each book will feature a different couple; the connection is a fictional theater company called Shakespeare Boston. I’d love to hear what you think of the setting and time period!  

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Wish me luck?

I’ve been dropping hints about my new writing path, which has slowly but surely been gaining momentum. Right now I’m nervously awaiting the results of the New Jersey Romance Writers’ Put Your Heart in a Book Contest, where my first (not yet published) romance is a Finalist in the Contemporary Series category. Since we’ll be at a family wedding Saturday, October 14 – the day of the conference where the results will be announced, I’m not sure exactly how I’ll find out the news, but I’ll be sure to share it as soon as I know. Meanwhile, please keep your fingers crossed for me on this, and as I travel the road toward getting this baby published!  

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CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE by Jill Shalvis

A Heartbreaker Bay Novel. Available now from Harper Audio. From the Publisher: Meet cute… Run for the hills-temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long. Make merry… Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful-okay, crazy hot-chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself… just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it? …and hope for a miracle. Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime From the review at AudioFile Magazine: “Colbie Albright is running away from her demanding family and, by mere chance, ends up on a plane heading to San Francisco. Once there, she gets caught up in a romance with Spencer Baldwin. Narrator Karen White provides distinctive voices for the cast of characters. Although San Francisco is a large city, the close-knit community created by Spencer and his friends gives the story a small-town feel. White conveys the mixed emotions that Colbie feels when trying to deal with her family from a long distance. Colbie has promised to return to them by Christmas Eve, and White builds the tension as the deadline approaches. One one can almost see the lights twinkling in the courtyard of Spencer’s building.” From The Geeky Blogger’s 30 Days of Thanks post: “Today (Day 27) I am spotlighting Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis/Narrated by Karen White. Anybody who is a fan of this series has been looking forward to Spence’s story and Jill did not disappoint us. I liked Colbie and felt she was such a good fit for him. The romance was fun and sweet and HOT!” My recording experience: Featured in Tease: Holiday Listening: “In CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE, White introduces listeners to Colbie Albright, who heads to San Francisco to avoid her own family drama and ends up with Spencer Baldwin — did I mention that he rescues her from an unfortunate encounter with a fountain? White creates Shalvis’s close-knit community in this holiday countdown romance.” My recording . . .

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#RWA2017

Thanks to the folks at Harper Audio and Avon for including me in their booksigning at RWA last week in Orlando! It was an honor to sit next to Jill Shalvis and help promote Lost & Found Sisters (with Susan Elizabeth Phillips on the other side!) and talk to audiobook fans and fans-to-be, all of whom were excited to receive copies of the book. It was also great to see Rebecca Zanetti again! I’ve loved recording her Dark Protectors, Sin Brothers and Blood Brothers series. RWA was a fun-filled week and I’m already looking forward to next year’s in Denver. The group of authors who attended the audiobook panel I was on (Audiobook Strategy for Indie Authors) as well as authors I met all week seemed eager for information on publishing in audio. If you’re a romance author, blogger or fan, what kind of audiobook panels would you be interested in attending at RWA next year? The members of RomanceNarrators.com plan to be there in force and we want to propose events that you’ll love!   Finally, here’s a shot of a beautiful evening at Epcot. Thanks to authors Jen Malone and Vivi Barnes who let me tag along with them.

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LOST & FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

Available now from Harper Audio. From the Publisher: “From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women’s fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins. They say life can change in an instant… After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.’s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find? The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie. On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn’t quite fit in right away, she can’t help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked. As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there’s another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for. From the review at AudioFile Magazine: “Quinn Weller receives the shock of her life when she finds out that she is adopted AND that she has a 15-year-old sister named Tilly. Another revelation is that she has inherited a café in the small town of Wildstone, California. Narrator Karen White takes the listener on Quinn’s journey as she explores life in Wildstone. Also in town coping with family situations is Mick Hennessy. White has the listener falling in love with Mick and the wonderful way he treats Quinn, who is still dealing with the loss of her adoptive sister two years earlier. White also does an excellent job voicing the snarky teenaged Tilly and the various townsfolk of Wildstone.” From the review at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust: “… but, of course, there’s more to like, including Karen’s White awesome narration!” From the review at Reading Between the . . .

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THE THING ABOUT LOVE by Julie James plus GIVEAWAY

Available now from Tantor Audio. From the Publisher: “FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting. For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated . . .” From the review at Reading Between the Lines Book Club: “Karen White is one of my favorite narrators. I’m ecstatic that she’s narrating this series. Not surprisingly, she aces every aspect of The Thing About Love! She nails the personality of both main characters with authentic, consistent and realistic-sounding male and female voices. Her pacing couldn’t be better. The end product is polished and professional. I literally could not put this audio down and I’m sure those around me on a pedestrian bridge that I frequently walk wondered what was going on as I burst out laughing at the hilarious banter throughout. I further confess to listening to some of this audio in my hot garage because I didn’t want to hit stop. Karen’s performance, without a doubt, added to my enjoyment of this read. If you are an audiophile, I would highly recommend that you elect to listen to The Thing About Love. Julie and Karen are a pairing made in heaven!” From the review at AudioGals: “Of course, I can always count on Karen White to deliver – her natural pacing, where it’s like she’s sitting next to you, just spinning a good yarn, makes listening to this a pleasure. She gives the Jacksonville mayor a good-old-boy Southern sound, without turning him into a cartoon, while both John and Jessica, as well as their parents, siblings, and friends, have no noticeable regional accents. She still manages to differentiate well without accents, so that it’s clear who is speaking when John and his buddies are talking together, and she has a believable contrast between the male and female characters. . . .

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HER REBEL HEART by Jamie Farrell plus GIVEAWAY

The Officers’ Ex-Wives Club, Book 1. Available now at Audible.com 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.)

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