Audiobook Series Blog Tour: Fatal Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Author: Andrew Cunningham

Narrator: Greg Hernandez

Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

Series: Lies, Book 2

Released: Nov. 5, 2018

Publisher: Andrew Cunningham

Genre: Mystery, Modern Detective

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Synopsis

Daisy Leduc was forgotten and alone. That was just how she wanted it. But when she is discovered stabbed to death in a dusty little Texas town, it plunges Del Honeycutt and best-selling mystery author Sabrina Spencer into a 30-year-old mystery involving murder, hidden identities, dangerous family secrets, political intrigue, and a long-forgotten serial killer.

Daisy’s estranged daughter, who hasn’t seen her mother in years, receives a package sent shortly before her mother’s death. A note instructs her to immediately contact Sabrina and give her the package if Daisy is killed. But why Sabrina? The temptation to uncover the answer leads Del and Sabrina on a dangerous quest to find Daisy’s killer. When they discover Daisy, under a different name, supposedly died 30 years earlier, they find themselves squarely in the cross hairs of killers whose deadly secrets lie in Daisy’s mysterious past.

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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Author-preferred Narrator of Mysteries & Thrillers

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 Series Blog Tour: All Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Lies by Andrew Cunningham

Author: Andrew Cunningham

Narrator: Greg Hernandez

Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

Series: Lies, Book 1

Released: Dec. 22, 2017

Publisher: Andrew Cunningham

Genre: Mystery, Modern Detective

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“I come from a long line of idiots.”

Those were the last words his father uttered before dying, and from what he knew of his family tree and the unfortunate end that came to so many of his ancestors, Del Honeycutt couldn’t disagree. What he didn’t know was that his family held dark secrets – secrets that were about to come crashing down upon him.

A seemingly innocent date gone tragically wrong plunges Del into a web of murder, lies, greed, and a hidden fortune dating back to a crime committed 85 years earlier by his great-grandfather. Accompanied by Sabrina, the sister of Del’s brutally murdered date, a violent journey of discovery and fear begins. Pursued by vicious killers intent on eliminating anyone with knowledge of the 85-year-old crime, their only hope of survival is to find the reason behind the original crime and why, decades later, someone is still willing to kill to keep it hidden. But Sabrina is concealing a monstrous lie of her own. Is she who she says she is?

By the author of the Amazon best-selling thriller, Wisdom Spring.

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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Author-preferred Narrator of Mysteries & Thrillers

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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  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • In 2014 I was looking down the road toward retirement from my federal government job. I knew I wanted to do something with voice over, but I didn’t want to go to an office. I read the book, “More Than Just A Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success” by Dave Courvoisier. The chapter on audiobooks was very intriguing. I did some research and auditioned in late 2014. I was ecstatic that I was selected quickly. It’s been a great adventure and learning experience ever since that fateful day.
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • I was a radio news reporter in my first career. Being in front of a microphone was my comfort zone. I was very glad that I got my first audiobook a few days after my audition. It helped a lot that I worked with digital audio in 1987 when it was first introduced at ABC Radio News. Those skills have worked in my favor as an independent narrator not working with a publisher. Plus, I was an audio engineer when I was a student at Syracuse University working with analog audio.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • I believe it’s necessary to know a little about acting because that’s what narrating mysteries and thrillers is all about. Through my first reviews, I learned that listeners want distinct character voices so that they know who’s speaking. They don’t want to keep rewinding to keep up with character dialogue. I’ve studied acting and taken acting classes in order to make the dialogue sound like a movie soundtrack.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • Audiobook narration is like running a marathon. You have to keep your voice in shape, and you have to maintain your energy level high throughout the whole book. In my early narrations I’d sometimes have to re-record sections because the energy was flagging. Now, I make it a point to maintain a constant energy just like a runner trying to keep up a steady pace.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I listen to hundreds of hours of audiobooks each year. My favorites are biographies narrated by the author. There’s nothing like hearing someone’s story as told by them. I also love mysteries and thrillers. I also am very picky about narrators.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • I enjoy the whole process from narrating, editing and processing the audio for final production. Since I edit my own narrations, it’s my goal to make certain the audio is the best quality to give the listener a terrific experience. The only frustrating part of narrating is when I get a cold. That shuts down the whole process behind the microphone. That’s when I go into editing mode.
  • What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
    • Over the past five years, I’ve made it a point to come up with distinct character voices. I don’t want them to sound over the top. I want them to sound like every day people and believable. Some voices come naturally from the author’s words, and others take a little time to get the right cadence and inflection.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • I have narrated six books by Andrew Cunningham. I haven’t auditioned for a book since 2015. Andrew and I have a great collaboration. I call him my director because he’ll let me know if I’ve gotten a character’s voice the way he envisioned it when he wrote the story. There are about four more books that Andrew wants me to narrate. This latest series allows me continue voicing the two main characters, Del and Sabrina, that I now consider my alter egos.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • I enjoy authors that listen closely to my narration and provide feedback. I’ve been fortunate to work with Andrew Cunningham on several books because he provides valuable input that makes my narration all the more real sounding. I get great satisfaction when an author says I’ve brought their book to life.
  • What types of things are harmful to your voice?
    • I try to narrate for no more than four hours at a stretch. Doing character voices can put a strain on the voice, too. Warm-up exercises are key to making sure my voice is ready for the session.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • I enjoy reading reviews. The input people provide is vital to helping me get better with each audiobook. Even critical reviews are educational, too. Of course, I’m thoroughly delighted when I read very positive reviews and get a five-star rating. That’s cause for celebration!
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • I advise aspiring audiobook narrators to do their research. Narrating an audiobook is time consuming. When starting out, it takes about three hours to narrate and produce a finished hour of an audiobook. With time and experience, you can cut that down but not by much. You have to be prepared mentally and vocally for the long haul. It takes even longer if you edit and produce your own narrations.
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • There are some words and long sentences that sometimes pose a challenge. I’ll get half way through a long sentence and then blow the next part or run out of breath. It’s amazing how some words come out that are not on the page. When I hear the playback, I’ll have a laugh. Take two, please!

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Audiobook Tour: Save Her by Jason Bonet

Author: Jason Bonet

Narrator: Kim Bretton

Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

Publisher: Jason Bonet

Released: Apr. 30, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

Natalie wakes bound to a chair. Fear envelopes her. Her captors must know she’s pregnant. Pregnant with Drayden’s baby. Pregnant with offspring that might have some of Drayden’s awesome nanotech powers. She has to escape. Drayden has to find her. They have to save their baby or the enemy will have all that they need to control everything and everyone.

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Jason lives in Kansas City with his daughter and three dogs. He is one of the worst sleepers on the planet, so when he’s awake while others are asleep, he daydreams of really cool stories, some of which make it into his computer and then into Amazon.  

Jason is presently writing one series, two stand-alone novels, and two screenplays. Reading Sci-fi is his current interest, but he’ll pick up and devour anything that’s solidly recommended.  

Jason checks and replies to his own email, so please shoot him a note after you’ve read one of his books: Author@jasonbonet.com. He’d love to hear from you! If you enjoyed SAVE HER, just wait for the next book in the series titled SAVE THE SEVEN. It absolutely explodes with tension.  

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Kim is an accomplished and award winning actress and director with West End/Broadway theatre credits. Kim has narrated over 35 audiobooks and counting. She is also an in demand voice over talent in the commercial and corporate arena and owns her own class A recording studio in Nashville. Kim is from the UK but has lived in NYC, L.A. and now Nashville TN. She continues to work in Theatre, Film and TV as an actress and a director alongside narrating audiobooks and commercial voice overs.

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Q&A with Author Jason Bonet
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • This was a brutal process made more difficult because I really didn’t want to read Drayden’s chapters.  I have more confidence in narrating than I do acting, and felt it was best left to a trained actor to read the male parts, but alas, I couldn’t because it was costly to hire two different actors for both parts, and the way Audible structures its ‘Producing’ segment makes it challenging to orchestrate the recordings from two separate ‘narrators.’  I listened to a ton of samples on Audible before settling on Kim Bretton to read Natalie’s chapters. As soon as I heard Kim, I knew she would make the book amazing. I just love how she read Natalie and Agent Love. Love it! As soon as I accepted the fact that I would have to read Drayden — despite my internal self-doubt battles — I dove into excruciating internet research to learn the process.  I bought one of those Blue Yeti microphones, which came with Studio One 3 audio software, set up a tiny little recording studio in a spare closet, and got to recording. The process was sloooow. I crammed the recording into 3 very long days. Seriously, it was one of the more challenging things I’ve ever done, but I’m so happy I did it. The experience gave me a lot of confidence, and I plan on recording my other two books (which do not have a British female character).  
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format? 
    • No, I think it really comes down to good story matched with a good reader.  And when I say story, that also connects to a good non-fiction book well-structured and well-read.  
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No, not at all for this book.  But it is now an absolute part of my plan for previous books and anything I write in the future.  I’m really looking forward to my next recording.  
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • Kim read a dramatic sequence I sent to her and nailed it.  Her voice portrayed softness, elegance, drama, fright and anger, all in a short snippet of time.  She’s amazing.  
  • 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? 
    • Very minor instruction because I didn’t want to get in the way of Kim’s acting.  She was a pro who demonstrated very obviously that she cared about the project and the characters as much as I did.  
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? 
    • No, not this book.  I’ve got another that is pulled from a real life event (book is called One Missed Kiss and it’s coming to audiobook before the new year).  
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? 
    • I just love writing so much.  The daily battle for me is not burn-out, it’s that I thin myself out with to many ideas and projects.  For instance, I am knee-deep in the sequel but got distracted with a movie idea that I just HAD TO write.  Dumb. One project at a time, Jason. Focus, Jason. 
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I love audiobooks.  They transport me just the same way reading does.  The first audiobook I ever listened to was like 30 years ago on a trip to college when I listened to the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo on something like 20 different audio tapes.  After that, I was hooked. Now it’s all on Audible, which I think is a wonderful app.  
  • 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 my narrator brought the character of Agent Love to life in a superior way than she is written.  She acted her so well, it made me love that character more than I already did.  
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Write in bed.  Write in your car.  Writer everywhere. Write in short stints because those short stints add up more quickly than you think.  You don’t have to write every day, but you do have to put effort into your thoughts toward your book every day.  Back to the writing in bed thing, do this because your mind will work out the kinks that you can’t solve during the day.  Your subconscious mind will fix everything you broke during the day.  
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Hire a pro.  If you can’t afford to hire a pro and think you can do it yourself, do it yourself.  
  • What’s next for you?
    • Save The Seven!  No more distractions.  No more working on other projects before finishing it.  It’s really good so far. Action packed and the characters are doing surprising things.  Loving it.

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Audiobook Tour: Ash by Luke Romyn

Audiobook Tour: Ash by Luke Romyn

Author: Luke Romyn

Narrator: Jay Snyder

Length: 14 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: Audible Original

Released: Jun. 6, 2019

Genre: Action; Fantasy

A former mercenary turned blind priest, Ash is running from his amoral past – a victim of a power-hungry corporation, Titanus, which used him for mysterious experiments, discarding him when he lost his sight. 

Through its experimentation, Titanus unwittingly created a dark mirror world called Shade, a place where no human can survive – except for Ash. By opening a rift, Ash can escape into Shade, where his vision is restored, his wounds heal more quickly, and, if necessary, he can drag his attackers in with him, turning them to dust. 

While attempting to implement a global teleportation system, Titanus makes a grave error and opens several dangerous rifts, which threaten to tear the planet apart. Believing Ash to be the only one able to close them, Titanus exploits those Ash cares about most to coerce him into cooperating. 

But the creatures they have inadvertently released from Shade will be the least of their worries.

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Luke Romyn is a USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. With a background in international security, Luke’s books are high-octane fantasies, stretching the limits of human imagination from apocalyptic thrillers to psychic suspense to mythical adventure. Luke lives in Northern Queensland, Australia, with his wife, Sarah, and various animals he calls family.

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James Hadley Snyder, known professionally as Dan Green, is an American voice actor, voice director and script adapter who has worked for 4Kids Entertainment, DuArt Film and Video, NYAV Post, and Central Park Media. He is best known as the voice of Yugi Muto from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Trudge from Yu-Gi-Oh!

Q&A with Author Luke Romyn
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • This time around was great. We secured a fantastic deal with Audible, and they looked after everything for me. In saying that, they were also very open to my ideas regarding cover art and the narrator. Great team that I can’t praise enough.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? 
    • Not at the time. All I wanted was to write the best book possible. Everything else comes later. 
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I absolutely adore writing. Writing books, while painful, drives me onward every day, and nothing gives me more pleasure than creating a tale from nothing more than my imagination and a few keystrokes. 
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go? 
    • Probably not. No doubt, I would screw everything up and bring back the dinosaurs or something. 
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles? 
    • Dave Bautista from Guardians of the Galaxy would play Ash. I don’t know about the others; casting’s never been my forte. 
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • What a load of nonsense. A story is a story, something to enjoy, not a task to perform. If scientists knew how to bottle a book and inject it straight into an artery, I’d be the first in line. The same people who say this are probably the ones who also criticize eBooks. Get into literature any way you can and ignore the naysayers.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel? 
    • Pizza and Playstation.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump? 
    • Writing slump is easy; I don’t have them. I know that makes me sound arrogant, but it’s true. How can you run out of ideas in a universe of infinite possibilities? Reading slump, though… I just grab a Harry Potter novel and dive in. Gets me every time. 
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series? 
    • A stand-alone encompasses an entire tale into a single novel, whereas a series draws it out, making the reader extend beyond the first tale to find out the full story. This stretches the enjoyment, but if you don’t draw the reader into your tale in the first book, they’ll never read the whole series. A stand-alone, for good or ill, shows the entire picture in one hit, leaving the reader satisfied or cursing you, depending on the person. 
  • What’s your favorite:
    •  Food: Pizza
    •  Song: Various
    •  Book: Waylander by David Gemmell
    •  Television show: Breaking Bad
    •  Movie: Star Wars
    •  Band: Justin Bieber. 
    • Just kidding, let’s go with Machine Head, but it changes day to day. Tomorrow, I might say Mozart (I know, he’s not a band.)
    •  Sports team: None, I’m a nerd. 
    •  City: New York.
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work? 
    • New York’s in a few of my tales. I love it to bits.  
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Keep going forward, charge ahead, be honest to yourself, and screw the critics.
  • What’s next for you?
    • My manager is talking movie and/or television deals with various producers. I’m currently editing another fantasy-adventure, and I have a horror novel ready to edit sitting on my hard drive, waiting for me, whispering every so often. No rest for the wicked.

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Audiobook Tour: Gabby by Sherry Foster

Audiobook Tour: Gabby by Sherry Foster

Author: Sherry Foster

Narrator: Jacq Ainsworth

Series: Safe Haven Wolves, Book 1

Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: DAS Publishing

Released: Sep. 11, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

She’s on the run.

She’s being hunted.

If only she knew why.

Trey’s only goal is to protect his pack. When a young shifter female moves into his territory, it raises a million questions. Who is she? Doesn’t she know how dangerous it is to travel alone and unprotected? Where did she come from, and what kind of danger did she bring with her?

Time is running out as Gabby’s first transformation nears. Trey must walk a knife edge between protecting her from harm and convincing her of what she is.

He also has to convince her she isn’t going crazy so she will give his pack a chance, and maybe give him a chance. After all, shifter females are scarce. They have to be protected at all costs.

Failure is not an option.

But will the rabbit hole she’s tumbling down prove too much for her to handle?

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Writing is a full time wonderful job. But when your only help has 4 legs and sharp claws, it can be a bit stressful. Raccoons are less help than toddlers when it comes to computers. Much less helpful. With two grown children who have gifted her with 10 amazing grandchildren Sherry tries to fit in spending the right amount of time with the children with writing the books the characters are screaming about in her head.

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Trained in Theatre and Literature at UBC and in Voice Over and Acting Technique from actors working in the Film and TV industry. Jacq Ainsworth is a producer and director in Vancouver. From Fringe to Shakespear to indie thrillers, Jacq has enjoyed working in many aspects of the Performing Arts.

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Q&A with Author Sherry Foster
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • When I wrote the first book a second book wasn’t even a possibility much less an audiobook. I think, if I could have seen that far ahead I would have done things differently.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I put a sample up on ACX and accepted auditions. I received several and actually signed a contract with one, but it fell through. So I tried again and Jacq was the only one to absolutely nail a certain character. I knew then she would be able to give my characters the voice I had in my head.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I sent Jacq a page or so of character descriptions and tried to give her insight into how I heard the character.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • In Gabby there weren’t any real life inspirations. In the books which follow Gabby there are scenes that have really happened in my life with family or my significant other that I felt fit well.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I have other projects I work on when not working on Safe Haven Wolves and I “vacation” every other month. I live in Louisiana and my significant other now lives in North Dakota. I fly up every 4 to 7 weeks and stay 3 weeks with him. I work on my books while he works and I get my inspiration from him. He is a massive well of encouragement.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Oh no. Not even a little bit. I do not have to sort of attention span that lets me listen to a book.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Each and every scene with Stormie was exactly how I imagined her and I think you can really get a feel for her from the narration over the book. She isn’t the main character but she is a steady character throughout the series.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Yes, I think I would. But I wouldn’t want to stay long. I would love to see the pyramids being built and then jump forward in time to when bison roamed the plains of the United States by the millions.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I think audiobook listeners have a bit of an advantage over readers. They can listen while driving, while eating, while doing chores and while exercising. So I don’t think of it as cheating.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • I have to answer this one with a simple join the facebook group 20booksto50k and read all the files. It is practically a masters course in publishing with success. Or perhaps I should say marketing with success.
  • What’s next for you?
    • More Safe Haven Wolves and more Deyarian Universe books. I also have a gargoyle romance in the works and a possible dragon shifter series.

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Author Sherry Foster’s Top 10 Perks of Being an Author
  1. You can write anywhere as long as you take your computer with you. I know authors who write using a tablet or their phone. This allows me to write while I am home and write while I visit my boyfriend half a country away from home. Honestly being an author is the only thing that allows me time to visit him. Before I became an author I was a truck driver. Five foot tall is not a typical truck driver, especially not in the field I specialized in but I did that for years. Just about the time I was able to quit truck driving and take up being a full time author my boyfriend got a job in the oil field 1800 miles away. This job allows me to have a life I didn’t have before.
  2. As long as you have an internet connection you can work on everything else you need to do to be an author. And since writing is only a small part of being an independently published author there is a lot of stuff you have to do to succeed.
  3. So many beautiful covers to choose from. One of my friends is a cover artist and she is constantly posting cover I NEED. I mean, I don’t write in that genre, but I could. One of the funniest posts we had was after book 8 was published. I had cried and whined to her about my characters not cooperating and swore that my fans were going to jump ship on me when they read the book. I write about wolf shifters but book 8 deviated greatly from my plan. She posted an alien romance cover and I wanted it. She said, but you don’t write alien romance. I said, yeah, you haven’t read book 8. Two alien races mate in that book. She said, no wonder you are worried your readers will revolt on you.
  4. You set your hours. I am a night owl so if I want to start work at midnight and work till daylight, I can, and I do when I am home. In North Dakota I set my hours around my boyfriend.
  5. You meet amazing people in the same business as you.
  6. You find incredible fans who have amazing stories of their own to tell.
  7. You can kill off people in your books for great stress reliever. Looking at a friend and telling them they are going to die in your next book is hilarious. Telling a friend you are going to start a new series just so you can kill them again is also funny. I have a couple of people who have to die again because, well, not sure authors need a reason to kill off their friends.
  8. Other authors completely understand when you complain your characters are not cooperating with your story. Especially if you have this nice story planned out and the characters go off the rails while you stare in shock at the screen trying to figure out when you ceased to control the story.
  9. People don’t think your browsing history is strange once they find out you’re an author.
  10. No pants required. Well, I mean, sometimes you have to people and for some reason people expect you to wear pants when you go out, but going to work in your pajamas is amazing.

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Audiobook Tour: Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

Author: Jennifer Anne Davis

Narrator: Kim Bretton

Series: Knights of the Realm, Book 1

Length: 7 hours 58 minutes

Publisher: Reign Publishing

Released: Oct. 11, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.

In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men, and land can only pass from father to son. So, when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.    

Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. 

If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the knights and become a weapon for the crown.    

To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.

This is the first book in a new fantasy series from best-selling author Jennifer Anne Davis

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Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three kids, one weimaraner, and a tortoise. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and lives in the San Diego area.

Jennifer is the recipient of the San Diego Book Awards Best Published Young Adult Novel (2013), winner of the Kindle Book Awards (2018), a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards (2014), and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2014).

Publishers Marketplace listed Jennifer as one of the best-selling indie authors in June 2017. She has also been ranked among the top 100 best-selling authors on Amazon.

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Narrator Bio

Kim is an accomplished and award winning actress and director with West End/Broadway theatre credits. Kim has narrated over 35 audiobooks and counting. She is also an in demand voice over talent in the commercial and corporate arena and owns her own class A recording studio in Nashville. Kim is from the UK but has lived in NYC, L.A. and now Nashville TN. She continues to work in Theatre, Film and TV as an actress and a director alongside narrating audiobooks and commercial voice overs. 

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What would you say is the heroine’s biggest challenge (beside getting away with pretending to be a man)? By Jennifer Anne Davis

The heroine’s biggest challenge is discovering what it is she wants with her life. 

Reid has spent her entire life pretending to be a man, learning to manage her father’s estate, and fitting into society’s expectations of what a person of her position should be. Trough it all, she has never stopped to consider what she wants for herself. Does she want to be a woman and wear dresses like her sisters? Does she want to marry? What about kids? 

Reid thought being a man was limiting the things she wanted to do. However, when her life is uprooted and she is forced to be Lady Reid instead of Lord Reid, she discovers that being a woman isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. What she thought would be fun—like wearing a dress—she suddenly realizes isn’t so simple. The fabric and design of a fancy dress is restricting. Yet, women aren’t allowed to wear pants. In addition, she discovers that she can no longer speak her mind in public, walk around town unattended, spar or do sword work, or even ride her horse on her own. The freedoms she took for granted as a man are suddenly stripped from her. 

Forced to face the fact that while she is a woman, she prefers the freedoms men have. However, she can’t have both in her society. She knows she can’t live the rest of her life pretending to be a man. However, she isn’t sure she can stand the thought of being a woman every day either. 

On top of discovering herself, she also has to navigate the murky waters of love. She has been careful to shield herself from being attracted to men or falling in love. After all, it would have ruined her cover. However, now that she meets a few new people, she doesn’t know what to do when she finds herself attracted to one of them. Reid suddenly feels inadequate, out of her league, and not sure how to behave. She’s never done anything for herself or anything simply because she wants to. But it’s time for all of that to change. It’s time Reid decides who she is, what she wants, and to fight for those things.

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Audiobook Tour: The Nine by C.G. Harris

Audiobook Tour: The Nine by C.G. Harris

Author: C.G. Harris

Narrator: MacLeod Andrews

Series: The Judas Files, Book 1

Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

Publisher: Hot Chocolate Press

Released: Oct. 15, 2019

Genre: Urban Fantasy

In the Inferno, Dante almost got it right…

Nine circles of hell, each one worse than the last. For Gabe, all of hell is level nine, where the real baddies endure subzero climates and have their nether regions cradled in cryogenic underwear.

Gabe has carved out his own safe niche in this Arctic afterlife with his successful black-market business. When Judas Iscariot makes him an offer he doesn’t dare refuse, Gabe must leave behind his contraband Twinkies and Dr. Pepper to become a double agent for the most dangerous organization the world has never heard of and save humanity before it’s too late…

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C.G. Harris is an award winning science-fiction and fantasy author from Colorado who draws inspiration from favorites, Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey and Brandon Sanderson. For nearly a decade, Harris has escaped the humdrum of the real world by creating fictional characters and made-up realities. When not writing, Harris enjoys sipping scotch while watching the twisted humor of Drunk History. Seeing our past through the bottom of a whisky glass is more entertaining than reading a dusty textbook. C.G. Harris is the pen name and combined persona created by authors, Chuck Harrelson and Kerrie Flanagan. Together they have published, The Judas Files, a gritty urban fantasy series and The Rax, an apocalyptic science fiction series.

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MacLeod Andrews is a multiple Audie, Earphone, and SOVAS award winning audiobook narrator, as well as an award winning film actor and producer. He’s perhaps most recognized in audio for narrating the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey and The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. His films They Look Like People and The Siren have played festivals all around the world and are available for streaming on major platforms domestically and abroad. He has a cat named Luna, a well known affinity for chocolate chip cookies, and rations his social media fix to twitter.

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Q&A with Author C.G. Harris
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I love listening to audio books. I feel like when you listen to a fantastic narrator you can immerse yourself so much deeper in the story. There are no parts that you skim over or zone out on. Every word is pivotal and in an audiobook you never miss a single one.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • I always like the verbal banter between characters. A great narrator can really bring the voices alive in a way that reading alone just can’t do. MacLeod Andrews is no exception. He brings each character in THE NINE to life. Every ounce of humor, frustration, anger and even a little jealousy between the characters comes across in his amazing narration.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I say Phttttttt! Just kidding. Actually I think both are fantastic ways to experience a story. Saying an audiobook is cheating is like saying movies or television are a cheaters way of experiencing a great story. They are all different and I love each and every one. I say experience them all and have a great time escaping to a new world any way you want. And headphones won’t keep your spouse up all night with a reading lamp!
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I always celebrate the same way. When I complete a novel, I gather the family, we get on Yelp and pick a restaurant we have never been to or heard of, then we head out for a great meal complete with celebratory desert. Then I head home and start over at page one, ready to begin the editing, because after all, are we as writers ever really finished with a novel? LOL.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • Readers love to follow authors and great storylines. If you write a novel that readers enjoy, they will want to spend more time in that world and with those characters. With a stand alone, readers don’t get that chance. With a series, they get the opportunity to immerse themselves into the world you created and get to know your characters on a deeper level with every book.
  • What’s your favorite:
      • Food – anything WITH gluten
      • Drink – scotch
      • Book – Sandman Slim
      • Television show – Drunk History
      • Movie – Princess Bride
      • Vehicle – Harley
      • Sports team – Denver Broncos
      • Dream Vacation – Galapagos Island
      • Decade- the 80s
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
    • There are a few of my favorite things referenced in The Nine. Growing up in the 80s, this decade ranks #1 for me (plus there’s so many fun, quirky aspects from that time, that it provides a wealth of great material to use). The main character, Gabe, died in the 80s, and is now in hell. He loves his 501 jeans and hightops. And, The Princess Bride, an 80s classic, is quoted a few times in the book. A true fan of the movie will have no problem spotting those references. The Nine is the first in the Judas Files series. No one rides a Harley in this book, but rest assured, someone will in future books.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Don’t do it unless writing is the one thing you love most in the world … then go home and decide if you have the tenacity to withstand being let down by the one thing you love most in the world. Because that’s what writing is. A series of catastrophic, emotional, soul crushing failures dotted with pinpricks of joy that somehow make it all worthwhile.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • I always love a new challenge and through the process of creating an audiobook, I learned a lot. Because of the increased popularity of audiobooks, I wanted to get on board as soon as possible, so did my research and jumped in. Here are three tips for anyone considering creating an audiobook. Tip #1-Find a Great narrator

      From my research, I knew the importance of having a great narrator for my book; a narrator can make or break an audiobook. A big difference between print/ebooks and audio, is that instead of following authors as with books, audiobook fans will follow narrators. It was my goal was to find an amazing narrator who already had a following. MacLeod fit the bill and I was thrilled when he agreed.

      Tip #2-Go Wide

      As indie authors, there are two main options for publishing an audiobook. You can go exclusive with ACX (Amazon) or go wide with a company like, Findaway Voices. I chose to go wide in order to make the audiobook available around the world and in libraries. Findaway does an amazing job with their distribution. Currently they distribute to over 40 different markets (Including Audible, Amazon and iTunes). Through ACX, audiobooks are only distributed through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. If you go exclusive you can’t put your audiobook on other platforms. You can go non-exclusive with ACX, but your royalty rate drops. To me, having my audiobook available through as many markets as possible makes sense.

      Tip #3-Research

      Audiobooks are gaining in popularity every day and the industry is shifting and trying to keep up. It’s important to understand your options and the services available for you to create an amazing audiobook. Read articles, listen to podcasts and talk to other authors who have already published their audiobooks. Find out any challenges they may have experienced and what advice they have for you. Learn everything you can so you can make an informed decision before you invest in an audiobook.

  • What’s next for you?
    • The Nine is the first book in the Judas Files series. I am hard at work on the next book, The New Dominion and I’m very excited about the story line. Same great cast of characters, lots of LOL banter and more trips Topside for Gabe and Alex. Plus, this one weaves in elements of voo doo and new challenges for our hero. Watch for this book and audiobook in the spring of 2020. In addition to the Judas Files series, I also have a sci-fi series, The Rax. Book 2 of that series is up for preorder and will be available in mid December.

Top 10 List

C.G. Harris’ Ten Reasons To Listen To This Book
  1. It won’t judge you for wearing pajamas until three in the afternoon when you pick up your kids from school, in fact it’s encouraged.
  2. It gives you something to do while you wait for the next Sandman Slim or Dresden Files audiobook to come out.
  3. 9 out of 10 theologians recommend listening to The Nine every day as a way to prevent soul decay.
  4. It gives the voices in your head a break, Lord knows they need it.
  5. Listening to The Nine in bed does not require a reading lamp which would keep your spouse up, causing extreme exhaustion in the morning apparent by the faceplant in the oatmeal.
  6. MacLeod Andrews is the BEST narrator in the world and the underworld!
  7. My mom said it’s good.
  8. Sound proof headphones can tune out the world, especially those eye-rolling teenagers who think they are way smarter than you.
  9. MacLeod Andrews will make you laugh until you pee your pants. Listen at your own risk.
  10. Listening to The Nine audiobook is clinically proven to make you more attractive to the opposite sex. (For best results combine it with generous portions of alcohol.)

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Viviana MacKade

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Nesie’s Place

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