Audiobook Tour: The Jersey by James Rosenberg

Audiobook Tour: The Jersey by James Rosenberg

Author: James Rosenberg

Narrator: Brian Avers

Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

Publisher: Allie H Publishing

Released: Nov. 21, 2019

Genre: Family Drama

Dan West wonders which is more important to him: Helping his long-time friend win back his business after being accused of stealing money from the company, or coaching his 11-year-old son’s soccer team trying to win an improbable championship.

Money and prestige don’t motivate Dan. Rather, family, work and coaching soccer are the underpinnings of his life. He revels in the simple joys like hanging out with his wife Jill, mentoring a young lawyer at his firm, and watching the boys connect on three passes before drilling the ball into the back of the net.

Dan always knew to keep it steady – not to get too high or he might get knocked off his perch. And he did, until he and the boys’ soccer team achieved unimagined success. Before he can grasp how good he has it, tragedy rips a hole in his family.

James Rosenberg, author of the bestseller Legal Reserves, strikes a new chord in his exploration of what makes a life and how to put it back together after it is shattered.

The Jersey is a beautifully written, profoundly touching, and relatable story of love, loss, and the redemptive power of a group of motivated 11-year-old kids.

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James Rosenberg is a 3rd generation trial attorney with plenty of stories to tell.

Inspired not only by the courtroom stories his father and grandfather used to tell him when he was a child, but also by the wild adventures he’s encountered through his own experience as a lawyer. James is fascinated by the intricate, interpersonal dynamics of every trial he’s endured. Whether it’s the raw emotion on display in court, the tension in the air that builds until someone wins, or the impact that a case’s decision has on the parties involved, James is always paying attention and keeping tabs on what’s happening.

In his debut novel, “Legal Reserves”, James flexes his creative muscle outside of the courtroom to share his stories, with a fictional twist, through the eyes of archetypes he knows well. His second novel, “The Jersey,” explores the relationships a family-centric lawyer has with his wife and eleven year old son.

A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, James has been a trial attorney in Pittsburgh for almost 30 years. He started writing legal thrillers as a stress reducer and finds this creative outlet to be a fun and meaningful diversion from his day job.

When he’s not trying cases, he’s either dreaming up his next book idea, spending time with his wife and three kids, or both.

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Brian Avers is a dynamic stage & screen actor, with numerous appearances on Broadway, television & film – and prolific creative – having written, directed & produced new works including indie comedy The Weekend, podcast The Buckeye Brothers, and a series of audiobooks releasing through winter, 2019.

An active screenwriter, voice artist & proud mentor for aspiring actors, Brian and his family split time between Brooklyn & Los Angeles.

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  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I loved the process of turning the book into an audiobook.  I felt like The Jersey would transform well into an audiobook as many of the scenes contained drama which would play out well in an audio format.  Audible does make it easy.  I had 10 auditions with 24 hours of putting the novel up on Audible. Ultimately I had 25 excellent auditions to choose from and many were outstanding.  Brian Avers, however, was a touch above. He connected with the story immediately and I think that is evident upon listening to the audiobook.  Working with him was a dream. He wrote me involved emails after recording each chapter explaining what he liked about a scene or a character.  His investment in the story clearly made the final product what it is.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • As I said, I had some really good auditions but Brian Avers just stuck out.  I think it was his connection to the story.  He told me he has a young boy and that helped him relate to the main character in the book, Dan West, and his relationship with his eleven year old son.  I think Brian’s ability to voice a variety of parts, including a bunch of eleven year boys, is one of the highlights of the audiobook.  I laughed out loud a few times listening to him vocalize the group of boys, and his ability to give each one a separate personality.  
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? 
    • Brian and I worked extremely closely during the recording process.  He agreed to send me each chapter as he finished it for my review rather than waiting until he completed the entire audiobook.  He would send me each chapter and I would review them and send him my thoughts about how he had handled each chapter.  Most times I thought he nailed it and just told him that.  For a few of the chapters I offered some suggestions. He was incredibly accepting of any suggestions and incorporated them in the final book. Brian’s supporting emails describing his reaction to some of the pivotal scenes in the book were incredibly rewarding for me.  I knew he was the absolute right narrator once he explained his connections to a scene where the boys came to the main character’s house and begged him to rejoin the team as coach.  I knew he understood the book and I knew his connection to the characters would enhance the listening experience for anyone who listened to the audiobook.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? 
    • Oh my, yes.  This book was incredibly personal for me.  There are tidbits in all of the characters from people in my life.  The book is set in Pittsburgh which is my home town and if you listen closely you get many nuggets from our neighborhood and city at large.  There are references to the Steelers and Pirates, local restaurants and bars and the trial takes place in our City County building downtown.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I love writing.  I love creating new characters and love to find out what happens to them as they move through a story.  My books, so far, always include a major trial.  For my other book, Legal Reserves, the trial is based on a real trial I handled many years ago.  For The Jersey, I completely made up the trial, but it works. The trial is significant force in the lives of the characters in the book and affects how they react to future events.  
  •  Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format? 
    • I do. I think Dan West’s relationship with his son Charley and with the other boys on the soccer team resonates well in book but is even stronger in the audiobook.  Brian Avers manages to capture these relationships and his performance is compelling.  In his emails to me, during certain scenes, Brian told me he was choking up just as the character was in the story.  Brian’s ability to convey these intense emotions is central to why the audiobook truly will resonate with listeners.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles? 
    • If the Jersey were a movie (and I have always thought it would be a great movie), I would have Bradley Cooper play Dan West and Amy Adams, Natalie Portman or Zoe Saldana would be awesome for Jill.  Arthur Spinelli would be played by someone who could bring out the kindly/intelligent qualities of a Burt Lancaster.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • That’s ridiculous.  Audiobooks have made books so much more accessible to a wider range of people and have allowed people to “read” while running, commuting and cleaning the house.  Anything that increases the audience is great.  Listening to a book can be a completely different experience but in no way a cheaper experience.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • My wife and I went out to dinner.  The next day, I went to work.  Now I have to get back to working on the next novel. 
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Write, Write and then write some more.  Don’t worry if it’s any good. Don’t worry about what others think (yet).  Then write some more. Then edit, edit, edit.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Do it.  It’s not that hard.  It’s not that expensive and the chance to reach a new audience is compelling.  Plus, it’s fun.  Just today we were on vacation and I went for a long walk on the beach and listened to a few chapters of The Jersey. It was good.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I am working on my next novel about a family torn apart when their son is accused of assassinating the President of the United States.  I’m also continuing to try real life cases.

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James Rosenberg’s Top Ten reasons for choosing Brian Avers (over a lot of other really good narrators) to be the voice of the audiobook:
  1.  In his audition, it was clear he completely connected with the book.
  2.  He kept telling me about his little boy and how that made him feel a kinship with Dan   West, the main character, of The Jersey.
  3.  Brian is wickedly funny.
  4.  Brian has a great repertoire of voices and he uses many for all of the kids in the story, but also for the adults who he is able to characterize by using a variety of intonations.
  5.  He was so easy to work with.  He was efficient, organized and made the story even better by how he tells it.
  6.  Brian made me feel good about the book.  We kept going back-and-forth on email after every chapter and his insights into the book as he was narrating it provided me with confidence that this was going to be a great audiobook.
  7.  He has so much experience.  Not only with audiobooks, but he is an actor, director and producer.  Brian gets the business and having his experience made the process so much easier.
  8.  He is in demand.  I felt lucky that Brian agreed to narrate the book.  His schedule was full and he is asked to work on so many different projects, but he agreed to move some things around and got the book done quickly.
  9. He is willing to let his emotions out.  There are some emotional ups and downs in the story.  Brian brought out the humor at the appropriate times, but also was able to bring out the pain in the story.  You can hear him get emotional, but even more important, you can feel his emotions.
  10. I want to work with him again.  He is such a professional that he will be my first choice to narrate my next book.  I just hope he is able to do it.

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Audiobook Blog Tour: Secrets & Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Audiobook Blog Tour: Secrets & Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Author: Andrew Cunningham

Narrator: Greg Hernandez

Length: 5 hours 46 minutes

Series: Lies Mystery Thriller Series, Book 4

Publisher: Andrew Cunningham

Released: Nov. 15, 2019

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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Horrific plane crash, murderous deception, and a deadly chase in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades! 

On the afternoon of May 11, 1996, ValuJet 592 plunged into the Florida Everglades. There were no survivors. But something came through the crash unscathed: a small box with huge implications for humankind. And the one man unlucky enough to discover its whereabouts disappeared without a trace. 

Now, 20 years later, the mystery of Flight 592 hits close to home for Del Honeycutt and best-selling mystery author Sabrina Spencer. A shocking revelation launches them into the middle of a dark conspiracy, and locating the box becomes a matter of life or death. They are not alone in the hunt for the mysterious package and very quickly learn that others will stop at nothing to find it, eliminating anyone who stands in their way. 

With killers hot on their trail, Del and Sabrina must navigate dangers lurking both above and below the swamp waters of the Everglades in order to find the box…and to survive.

I’m the author of novels in several genres, including, mystery, thriller, and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Under the name A.R. Cunningham, I’ve also written the Arthur MacArthur series of mysteries for children.

I was born in England, but have spent most of my life living in the U.S.—including 25 years on Cape Cod before moving to Florida. A former interpreter for the deaf and long-time independent bookseller, I’ve been a full-time freelance writer and copy editor for many years. A 4th-degree Master Black belt in Tang Soo Do, I finally retired from active training when my body said, “Enough already! Why are you doing this to yourself?” I’m married, with two grown children and two awesome grandsons. My wife and I spend as much time traveling as we can, and are especially fond of cruising the Caribbean.

​I have been gratified by the response to my books. When I published Eden Rising back in the spring of 2013, I had no idea what to expect. When I sold my first few copies, I was excited beyond belief that someone was willing to take a chance on it. Numerous books and thousands of copies later, I am still humbled by the emails I get from readers telling me that my books kept them up late into the night.

In October of 2014, Wisdom Spring made me an official Amazon Bestselling author, a thrill I never thought would happen. But it still comes down to being able to bring a few hours of escape to a reader. That’s what it’s all about for me.

I hope you will try my books. Please feel free to email me with your comments.

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Narrating audiobooks is highly gratifying.  I immerse myself into an author’s story in order to bring it to life for the listener.  I’ve enjoyed working with Andrew Cunningham for several years. His books are filled with rich characters, and the stories keep me turning the pages.

I also work as a background actor in movies and TV shows.

For more than 20 years, I worked as a radio news reporter and news writer.  I spent half of my broadcasting career at ABC News Radio in the Washington, D.C., bureau.  I covered all the federal agencies as well as Congress and the White House. I reported on a wide range of stories during my career, including financial and entertainment industry news.

For nearly 24 years, I worked as a federal government spokesman at three separate agencies—National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Mint and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

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Audiobook Tour: The Perfect Culture by Brent Robins

Author: Brent Robins

Narrator: David George

Length: 8 hours 41 minutes

Publisher: Brent Robins

Released: Oct. 11, 2019

Genre: Humor; Travel Fiction

He’s seeking a place to belong. His only tool is philosophical satire…

Thomas Gephardt loses no love for his rural Indiana home. Struck with raging wanderlust, the small-town college student heads for France armed with nothing but a thirst for stimulating conversation. So starts Thomas’s ego-bruising first leg of his ill-fated quest for cultural perfection.

Struggling to fit in at the catty French cafés, Thomas expands his search to the bustling city streets of Japan and the quiet devotion of an Israeli Kibbutz. But after each stopover leaves him with more questions than answers, he worries no location will check every box on his ideal society list.

Will Thomas find his far-flung utopian land, or is this American expat lost in transit?

The Perfect Culture is a darkly satirical standalone travel novel. If you enjoy candid cultural commentary, unique perspectives, and detailed descriptions, then you’ll love Brent Robins’s international lampoon.

Buy The Perfect Culture for a tongue-in-cheek ticket to ride today!

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I currently live in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I have many diverse interests, such as reading, singing (choir and karaoke), exercise, and movies.

I love exploring other cultures, and that is the theme of my first novel. I’ve traveled to over forty countries, and I plan to see many more!

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David George is a versatile voice actor who brings a wide range of experience to the mic. Having been raised in London, England and Canada and a resident of Los Angeles since 1979, David can switch effortlessly between many regional US, UK & European accents.

David recently voiced the feature trailer “Everyday Hero” for Tri-Coast Studios which recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival May 2018.

“The Battle of Little Saylers Creek” – A documentary directed, edited and original music by David George follows the “living historians” re-enactors as they bring to life one of the last battles of the US Civil War. The movie aired over 3 years on the Documentary Channel.

David likes to think of himself as a citizen of the world and has three passports to prove it! Now a dual citizen of the US, Canada & the UK. A former A&M Canada Recording artist and recently lyricist for Grammy nominated composer, Michael Hoppé “Nightingale” – Vocals Giuditta Scorcelletti Spring Hill Records US True North Canada.

Q&A with Author Brent Robins
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • It was a lot of work. I thought that I was saving money by doing more of the reviewing myself, but it was very time consuming. ACX wouldn’t let me use their platform until my book was listed for pre-order, so I used Voices.com. I looked for someone whose voice matched the mood of the book, and I learned later that our backgrounds had some things in common.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • Yes–upmarket fiction or lighter fiction is probably better than heavy literary fiction. Possibly heavy literary fiction would work on a hike, but it would be more problematic listening to it while driving in the car. Poetry is better seen, to get a sense of the flow and meter, in my view. Many reference books and cookbooks wouldn’t work well as audiobooks.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No, I didn’t realize that it was common for indie writers to do audiobooks. Some people whom I knew encouraged me to do it; they said they wouldn’t have time to sit down and read my book.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • My narrator lived in a few different countries. There were a few words in which I wasn’t comfortable with his pronunciation. I’ve traveled widely though, so for the most part, it wasn’t an issue. I comment much about the characters, though I did ask him to give one of my minor characters a strong New Jersey/New York type accent.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Definitely. My novel is based on my travel experiences. My protagonist feels very alienated from his classmates in college. That wasn’t true for me, but I did feel that way in middle school, so I based it on that experience.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • So far, writing has been a hobby for me. I rarely write more than a couple times a week. If I were to do it full-time, then this issue would be more relevant. As every writer know, it’s hard to write full-time and be able to pay your bills. Some people pull it off, but it’s not easy to do.
  • Are you an audiobook listener?
    • What about the audiobook format appeals to you? I’m generally more into podcasts. If it’s a full-length book, I prefer to read it. However, when I read Crime and Punishment, I couldn’t finish reading it; it was a very difficult book. I bought the audiobook and listened to the second half.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Yes–the narrator does about ten different accents since the book has an international focus. I feel that the international character comes alive more with the various accents.

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1) Waffle fries or curly fries? Waffle fries

2) Fantasy or science-fiction?  Science fiction

3) Superman or Batman? Superman

4) Text message or call? Text message

5) Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

6) Being too warm or too cold? Too cold

7) Netflix or Hulu? Netflix

8) Passenger or Driver? Passenger

9) Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Amusement Park

10) Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Movie at Home

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Audio Series Tour: Breakwater by Errin Stevens

Author: Errin Stevens

Narrator: Sean Posvistak

Publisher: Errin Stevens

Released: Jul. 17, 2017

Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 2

Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

The sirens of Griffins Bay are in trouble, and the recent slew of royal suicides looks to be the least of their worries.

For one, unless a blood relative of the queen shows up, no one’s around to staff the monarchy. Well, except for a whack-job bureaucrat and he seriously won’t do. Worse is the community unrest threatening siren society, a problem caused by too many humans in the pool, which means Simon and his off-limit girlfriend will have to run and hide if they want to make more of their flirtation…

The solution doesn’t inspire confidence at first, but the Blakes have everything at hand to set their world to rights – namely, a hidden queen, a dead prince, and a facility for human manipulation. Once they find their sea legs, they’ll restore order, distribute smart phones, and drive that conniving bureaucrat to a grisly, satisfying end.

Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend – you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).

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Sean is an aspiring game developer who’s used his years of work on Youtube to excel at audiobook narration.

Q&A with Author Sean Posvistak
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator? How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • This was a suggestion from my mom. I was having trouble making ends meet at the time trying to pursue my personal passions, so she suggested a slightly different field of work that also took advantage of my voice. People always said I had a “radio voice”, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Turns out that wasn’t just my family being nice. Who knew?
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I was producing videos on Youtube for years before I started narrating audiobooks. It helped me refine my delivery style, and gave me plenty of opportunities to learn how to not suck from professionals like TotalBiscuit and Jim Sterling. Practice really does make perfect, in my case.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • Remind myself of my overwhelming need to eat.But seriously: I used to work retail. This is paradise compared to that, because I get to set my own hours. Being able to work when you feel like it and still make ends meet is a dream, and keeping in mind how fortunate I am to be able to do that is what keeps me going. Because I sure as hell ain’t going back to OfficeMax.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • I love fiction. Don’t get me wrong: I can’t complain about the steady paychecks the instructional books I usually get provide, but my heart belongs to exciting narratives meant to invoke a mood other than just self-help in you. I like getting lost in a world. I like going on a journey with pleasant characters. And I like bringing them to life in the way only a narrator can.
  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
    • I pulled from real-world sources. Art imitates life, so I figured basing the voices on the delivery style and people I knew would give it that edge.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • Of course! Feedback is the only way I’ll improve. It’s already hard enough to get noticed on the great expanse that is the internet, so when someone thinks you, specifically, are worth the time to explain what you’re doing right and wrong, I find it’s worth it to listen.
  • What type of the review comments do you find most constructive?
    • There are plenty of types of commenters, but my favorite are called “The Talkers”. As in, the people who can write more than one sentence breaking down exactly what about your delivery style they like or don’t like. That kind of information is immediately useful, be it positive or negative.
  • If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
    • Nate the Great. That was the book that introduced me to the concept of detectives and made me a huge fan of the genre. I have so much respect got those with an analytical mind, because I can’t even beat a Phoenix Wright game, let alone solve a real-world mystery. Plus, they remind me of my personal hero: my grandfather, who actually spent his life solving real-world mysteries on the California Highway Patrol.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • Do it.
      I’m not being facetious; that’s the best thing you can possibly do, and you will get that advice from anybody even remotely worth their salt. Keep recording. Keep improving. Keep learning and honing your craft. That’s the only way to get better at this. Study those
      who have already gone down that road. And bear in mind: even those guys are still learning. That’s how they STAY at the top of their field.
      Also: buy a huge jug for storing water in. You’ll thank me later.
  • What’s next for you?
    • The whole point of me moving to Ohio was to live the dream and start a game development company with my friends. We’re saving up and planning this out, and soon, we’ll have everybody living in the same building and making something awesome together. But until then: way more audiobooks. Even more than last year. 2018 will be the year of Sean Posvistak.
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • Studio? Hardly. All those samples you heard were recorded in a bedroom with blankets held up on the walls by Command hooks for noise cancellation. My pop filter is propped up on the tripod of my camera. And here’s the part that’s really gonna tick off my fellow VO artists: they were all recorded on a Blue Yeti. I’ve used a Shure SM7B, and the only thing a sample size of 4 people could tell was different was that the Shure had slightly
      better noise cancellation.Moral of the story? Don’t think you can’t afford to do this job. You can get clever. You can find neat tricks as you experiment with the tools available. And you might have been lucky enough to be born with a voice that just works better on cheaper hardware.

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Audiobook Series Tour: Crash by Chris Muhlenfeld


Author: Chris Muhlenfeld

Narrator: Price Waldman

Series: The Obsolescence Trilogy, Book 1

Length: 9 hours 46 minutes

Publisher: Chris Muhlenfeld

Released: Nov. 14, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

And then it went dark…the world’s electrical grid was gone. 

Who would survive the chaos? 

For James and Alexa, they saw it unfold from their ranch, which was a blessing. They were away

from the chaos, and they thought they were safe. They thought wrong. 

What will they do? 

All across the country cities are in crisis. 

Logan and his family look out from their Manhattan penthouse. The world is crumbling before their eyes. Unprepared, he’s got to do something. They can’t stay. But how can they leave and where will they go? 

Someone has a solution. 

It’s Logan’s domestic android. 

Can he believe a machine? 

You won’t believe the twists and turns, but you’ll love the adventure.  

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Chris has been reading and writing science fiction since he was a teenager. After roaming all over the world,  he finally settled down in the beautiful mountains of western Montana where he publishes Distinctly Montana magazine with his wife. When he’s not hiking, biking or camping in the Montana wilderness, he and his wife are traveling the world. 

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Price Waldman is an actor and singer, born and raised in NYC. Classically trained, and working professionally in the theater for over 20 years he is new to the world of audiobooks. As an actor he has performed multiple times on Broadway, toured nationally and internationally and appeared on film and television.

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Q&A with Author Chris Muhlenfeld
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • This was my first published work and my first audiobook, so it was all a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, Price Waldman, my amazing narrator, had the experience and knowledge to make the whole process painless. 
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format? 
    • I prefer fiction to non-fiction when it comes to audiobooks. There’s a tricky balance between giving characters a spoken voice and letting the words tell the story. This is where a talented narrator makes all the difference. 
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? 
    • I had hoped to create an audio version, but the idea of an eventual audiobook played no role whatsoever in my writing process. 
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I posted samples on acx.com and solicited auditions. After getting several good ones, I really lucked out with Price. He had the perfect voice for this series. 
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? 
    • There was quite a bit of back-and-forth through email. We were 14 time zones away from one another, so we’ve never spoken on the phone before. I feel like he’s become a friend all the same, and I hope to work with him again on my next project. 
  • Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing? 
    • Every time I read the news, I see my fiction creeping into reality. Sometimes, it seems inevitable that we’re going to race toward a scenario a lot like what I’ve written in my book. 
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Burn-out has never been an issue for me when it comes to writing. The most important part of my writing practice is having a routine and a schedule, then sticking to it every day. Hmm. I should probably start taking my own advice and get back at it soon. 
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? 
    • Absolutely. I’ve loved Audiobooks since my first: Crime and Punishment on seventeen(!) cassette tapes. George Guidall’s narration of that masterpiece is one of the greatest audiobook productions ever. 
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format? 
    • I think that Price did a fantastic job narrating the action scenes and that these may be more resonant in the audiobook version. 
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go? 
    • Ah, hell no! My next series involves a form of time travel. I’d never go anywhere near it if it were possible. 

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Audiobook Tour: A Texan Goes to Nirvana by Kelly Jackson

Audiobook Tour: A Texan Goes to Nirvana by Kelly Jackson

Author: Kelly Jackson

Narrator: Kelly Jackson

Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

Publisher: Kelly Jackson

Released: July 9, 2019

Genre: Humor

Yoga has finally come off her high horse to reveal doubters, sufferers, and cynics. This is the story of one woman’s comic misadventures at the ashram from hell.

Wendy Tate finds herself at a yoga ashram for teacher training, which sounds like a nice, new adventure to her. She’ll have to put on a nicotine patch and give up her daily 5 pm martini. Pish Posh. What could happen? Little does she know, there are characters in and out of the ashram that turn her goals inside out, but she gets to keep her healthy skepticism.

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Kelly Jackson is a SAG/AFTRA-affiliated actor and comedienne, and as such, she loves idealizing characters in the books that she narrates. Kelly and her sister are also bloggers known as The Midlife Gals Gone Gray. That’s how this whole thing got started. They choose a topic and then annihilate it through two hilariously disparate points of view. Kelly wrote a book, A Texan Goes to Nirvana, and wanted to narrate it herself. That’s how that got started. When not writing and narrating, Kelly has a ‘death grip on the control panel’ as a Senior Executive Assistant/Girl Friday to CEOs. Although a Texan by birth, Kelly and her sister live in Hawaii and enjoy a regular yoga practice, movies, swimming and oddbody watching at nearby beaches. Aloha! Proud member of SAG/AFTRA

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I’m already attracted to all of the audiobook listeners who will love A Texan Goes to Nirvana because, well why wouldn’t I be? Were I to run across a title like that on Audible, especially being a native Texan, the title alone would make me spit up some laughter and cause me to wonder why in the hell a Texan would want to go to Nirvana in the first place. And, you’re curious, aren’t you? I’d be fairly certain that some insanity and hilarity would ensue on the protagonist’s way to enlightenment, so I’d put that audiobook right in my ‘cart’ and check out!

When one thinks of Nirvana, a Texan is not the first seeker who might come to mind. Maybe I could see a Vermonter…Vermontan…Vermontinian, oh hell…you know who you are, and you would go to an ashram sooner than I, wouldn’t you?

There is a dichotomy twixt Texans and ashrams. That’s like putting okra in curry. Nobody puts okra in curry…oops, I just Googled that, and damned if I didn’t immediately run up against a recipe for curried okra. Yuck!

Know that this nutty, comic mystery is ‘loosely’ based on an actual hellish month that I spent at a real ashram nestled in the backwoods of Virginia in order to procure a yoga teaching certificate. And, from just reading to this point, you can guess that I might have kept a journal…again, wouldn’t you?? I had packed some serious skepticism in my suitcase, and from that cynical diary sprang Wendy Tate, Mountain, Nanandaji and her swami hoes, hillbillies, the FBI and the Swami man, himself.

What could go wrong?

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Kelly Jackson’s 10 Reasons to Listen to A Texan Goes to Nirvana
  1. You wonder what Nirvana is.
  2. You got a free giveaway code, and you thought…what the hell?
  3. One of your friends told you about it, and how it would make a kick-ass movie.
  4. You need a break from audiobooks filled with cyborgs, shape shifters and murderous ghouls.
  5. You’d pick a goat yoga class over Hot yoga any day.
  6. You want and/or need a good guffaw.
  7. You’re more interested in yoga for smokers, drinkers, meat-eaters and non-believers.
  8. You need a laugh on the train from New York to D.C. to steel yourself for the conference on business cycles and their influence on gen-X’ers.
  9. You want to know why anyone would go to an ashram.
  10. You LOVE AUDIOBOOKS!

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Audiobook Tour: The Water Legacy by Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Audiobook Tour: The Water Legacy by Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Authors: Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya & Graham Halstead

Length: 16 hours and 1 minutes

Series: Academy of Magical Creatures, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Sep. 10, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Fire and water are forbidden.

Sophia:

Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.

But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors – or I’ll lose everyone I love.

Liam:

Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her.

The water council has promised they’ll bring my familiar back from the dead – my literal soul – if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?

But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die…and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.

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Megan Linski and Alicia Rades are two best friends and the authors of the Academy of Magical Creatures series. Both are USA TODAY Bestselling Authors and award-winning novelists for teens and young adults. Megan Linski is a disabled author who loves laughter, adventure, and fantasy worlds. She is a proud member of Koigni House. Alicia Rades is a mother who enjoys exploring paranormal realms and trying new recipes. She is a champion from Toaqua House. Both girls love nature, animals, sexy romances, and eating cheese.

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Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word. When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.

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Two-time Audie Award winner and recipient of five AudioFile Earphones Awards, Graham Halstead has narrated 180+ titles for Audible, Recorded Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Harper Collins and many more.

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