Audiobook Review – Marketville Mysteries Book Two

Audiobook Series Tour: Marketville Mysteries by Judy Penz Sheluk

Author: Judy Penz Sheluk

Narrator: Kelli Lindsay

Series: Marketville Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Judy Penz Sheluk

Released: Apr. 8, 2019

Genre: Mystery

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present. It’s been 13 months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother 30 years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what’s next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?

Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.

It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone – least of all Callie – could have predicted.

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Judy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.

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Narrator Bio

Kelli Lindsay’s versatile style and years of experience with commercial, corporate and e-learning projects have created a dream career for her. She has lent her talents to TV, radio, video games, and various other fantastic projects, but she proudly admits that her true passion is narrating audiobooks. Her professional training has taught her how to put herself into the script or audiobook and deliver an incredible performance. With her professionalism and love for what she does, Kelli ensures that her clients and listeners get to hear exactly what they’re looking for!

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Judy Penz Sheluk has once again pulled you into another great mystery. The first book only gave you a taste of what Callie could do. Also, the first book left you wanting to know more about her life. Judy does not disappoint. Callie is on a whole new adventure. One thing I love about this author is that you don’t get bored reading or listening to her books. She weaves a tale that you finish her books in one sitting. It takes a true artist to be able to do that. 

Now for this book there was new voice actress Kelli Lindsay. I believe Kelli is a new a voice actress to me. She as amazing. She really brings the story to life. Also, I love the way she spells her name. It’s my favorite way of spelling it. Kelli has a voice for every character. Range is something I look for when listening to a new actor or actress if the have a weak range then I most of time I DNF the book. Kelli did not disappoint. 

The whole production was amazing. There was not any background noise or weird pauses.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Judy Penz Sheluk. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook review – Marketville mysteries

Audiobook Series Tour: Marketville Mysteries by Judy Penz Sheluk

Author: Judy Penz Sheluk

Narrator: Claira Jordyn

Series: Marketville Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Judy Penz Sheluk

Released: Jul. 31, 2017

Genre: Mystery

What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there.

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville – a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.

Callie’s not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic? Find out.

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Judy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.

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Claira Jordyn is an on-camera and voice over actress based in New York City. She can most recently be heard on a variety of television and radio commercials encouraging you to ski in Colorado, shop at Old Navy and also to try a particularly popular makeup brand this holiday season. She can also be heard reading countless books including Opaque, The Endless Horizons Sagas and an upcoming retelling of children’s fairytales. She lives just north of New York with her husband and super mutt Junebug, loves telling stories for a living and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do that every day.

Hello Wonderlandians long time no talk. I am back I know I need to be more active on this blog so will start with this review. So let’s jump into this. It Iowa’s very excited when I was able to receive and review this book. This author is new to me and I’m always on the hunt for new authors. Judy’s story was an absolute delight to read it. Mystery isn’t typically my thing but I pretty much listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting. Judy’s writing is very fluid. If that makes sense. This amazing mystery grabs you and takes you on a really cool ride. Trust me when I say I was not able to put this book down. Since it’s a mystery I don’t want to give too much away. I will leave you with it is definitely a must read. Now let’s talk about the narrator.

Claira Jordyn is a new voice actress to me. She was such a delight to listen to she really brought the characters alive. I will say though I did amp up the listening speed to about x 2.50 I do find that for me this was a good speed to listen to. Miss Jordyn does read a little slow for my liking but once I was able to speed it up I find that her voice really is very nice to listen to. I liked her range of voices. She annunciated each word to where I was able to understand. You guys know I have a thing about females doing male voices and males doing female voices I think she did an amazing job with switching over to a male character. There was one person who had an accent that I can remember and it was a British accent and I think the voice actress did an amazing job. It did sound very authentic and realistic.

Now let’s talk about the overall production of the audiobook itself. In the beginning there were a few areas where I could hear the narrator take like a breath of air or I could hear her swallowing. Other times there was a bit of a background noise. But I wouldn’t say that it was anything too bad to where it made me wanna stop listening to the audiobook. It honestly was like maybe three seconds and then it was gone. So other than that little blip I thought the production was really well professionally done. The sound mixing was great. I was very overall happy.

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Judy Penz Sheluk. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format? I believes it completely depends on choosing the right narrator. I have a collection of three short mystery stories that comes in at about an hour. Kate Tyler narrates that and she does a great job, absolutely nails it. But as much as I enjoyed working with her—she’s a complete pro—and loved her narration of Live Free or Tri, she didn’t have the right voice for Calamity (Callie) Barnstable, the protagonist in my Marketville mystery series. Find the right narrator, and any book will be a good fit for audio. After all, just like traditional readers, audiobook listeners have a variety of interests.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? Not initially, no, in fact, when I first started writing I never thought any of my books would end up on audio. However, when we were recording (narrator Kelli Lindsay) A Hole in One, book 2 in my Glass Dolphin mystery series, Kelli pronounced Graham Gilroy as “Gram Gilroy.” I’m from Canada (Toronto area) and here Gram is short for Grandma…we say Gray-ham. I consulted with fellow members of Sisters in Crime and discovered this is very much a regional thing. Some parts of the U.S. say Gray-ham, and others, like California, say Gram. Because the book is set in Canada, Kelli switched to the Canadian pronunciation.
    • Fast forward to writing A Fool’s Journey, book 3 in my Marketville mystery series, and I have my protagonist, Callie, entering a foyer. Now, in Canada we say Foy-eh, but I know from watching house hunting shows set in the U.S. that Americans say Foy-ur. To avoid another Gram/Gray-ham situation, I switched it to “Callie entered the front hallway.”
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? All of my books are loosely inspired by real life events, emphasis on the loosely. The idea for Skeletons in the Attic came to me while I waited with my husband, Mike, in our lawyer’s office in Newmarket, Ontario. We were there to update our wills, and our lawyer’s goldendoodle kept us company while our lawyer was detained at court. The opening scenes of the book are culled directly from that experience: While Mike spent the time reading back issues of Bicycling Magazine, I started thinking… “What if I was here, not to update my will, but to inherit…what if there were strings attached…what if I inherited something I had no idea had existed…what if that something was a house in a small town called…Marketville.” I started scribbling notes down (I always keep a notebook and pen in my purse) and by the time our lawyer arrived I had finished chapter 1.
    • In the case of Past & Present, the inspiration came from a train case found at the back of my late mother’s clothes closet. I’d never seen the documents inside—her immigration papers from 1952, an old passport, her mother’s death certificate, among other things—made me want to delve into a past she’d pretty much kept to herself. Before long, that research became Callie’s research. The book is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Anneliese Penz, and there is a character in the book named Anneliese Prei, who was murdered in 1956 in Toronto, after immigrating to Canada in 1952. Prei was my mother’s (my grandmother’s) maiden name, something I learned for the first time from the death certificate in that train case. A personal aside: Skeletons in the Attic was the last book my mother read.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?Burn-out is what I felt working in a 9-5 corporate world, mostly in management positions. In 2003, I walked away from that life and started to work as a freelance journalist, which eventually led to Senior Editing positions for several different magazines. In 2012, I went to a writing conference as a reader and came away knowing I had to write a book; the result was The Hanged Man’s Noose (published July 2015 in print/ebook and in Nov. 2017 in audio). My writing journey hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve never looked back. There’s something magical about creating a world, living in it for weeks and months, and knowing when to write THE END. By the time I do that, I’ve already got an idea or two for another book.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles? I’ve been told that this series would adapt well to film, so I love this question. In Skeletons in the Attic, Callie is 36, so perhaps Evangaline Lilly, who is also Canadian. Kate Hudson would make a great Chantelle Marchand, Callie’s best friend and, in Past & Present, her business partner. But wouldn’t it be fun if the role of Callie became a breakout for an actress hoping for the perfect part. Let’s put that thought out there in the universe: The Marketville Mystery Movie Series. I do like the sound of that!
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?There’s an old saying: You can’t judge a book by its cover. You also can’t judge a person because they choose to listen to a book, for whatever reason, instead of reading it. Even when it comes to “real reading” people have different preferences: hardcover, large print, paperback, e-book…as an author, I’m delighted if someone enjoys what I’ve written, regardless of format.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series? I’ve written two series (Marketville and Glass Dolphin mysteries), and zero standalones, though I am working on a standalone. The pros of a series is you create a world and then keep adding to it, so it becomes familiar, not just to the author, but to the reader. The cons are exactly the same: it becomes familiar, meaning the author must allow the characters to grow and age. A standalone can be freeing…everything is shiny and new and you don’t have to worry if your character suddenly does something completey out of character (in the way you would with a series) because no one really “knows” that character yet. The con is that from a marketing perspective, there’s no one following the series, or waiting for the next book in the series. Because there is no expectation, it’s easy to put the project aside for another day.
  • What’s your favorite:Food: cheese pizza, but any non-meat topping pizza will make me smile
    • Song: Bulletproof by Jim Cuddy
    • Book: Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery, which I first read as a young girl, and is one of the few books I’ve read more than once.
    • Television show: Gilmore Girls
    • Movie: The Sting (tied for second, Primal Fear and The First Wives Club)
    • Band: Blue Rodeo
    • Sports team: Toronto Maple Leafs though I’ve recently hopped on the Raptors bandwagon
    • City: Toronto
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work? Callie loves pizza, though she orders it with hot peppers and extra sauce. I mention Blue Rodeo and Jim Cuddy in my Glass Dolphin series. And there’s a scene in A Hole in One, book 2 in my Glass Dolphin series, where Arabella recites lines from The Sting. That’s an old movie, but it holds up. If it was re-released, as is, it would still be a runaway hit. Great cast, great writing.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?I always answer this question with a quote from Agatha Christie: “There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”

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Audiobook Review – The Princess Pose

Audiobook Series Tour: Modern Royals by Aven Ellis

The Princess Pose

Author: Aven Ellis

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 21 hours and 8 minute

Series: Modern Royals, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: July 24, 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

A modern princess. A charming commoner. Can they hurdle tradition to find true love?

Princess Elizabeth “Liz” of York isn’t interested in a fairy tale life. Determined to use her elite platform to champion children’s causes, she’d much rather raise awareness than find her prince. If only she could stop picturing one certain gardener with vivid hazel eyes….

When the relentless paparazzi invade her space, Liz’s crush comes to her rescue and steals her heart. Tossing aside centuries of tradition for something real, she takes Roman’s calloused hand and braces for the backlash. But after her progressive approach ruffles more than a few feathers, one member of the monarchy vows to keep the princess locked in her stylish but decidedly ivory tower.

Can Liz break through her birthright to find a powerful kind of love?

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Aven began her publishing career in 2013 with her debut release, Connectivity. She currently writes hockey and baseball romances as well as a modern royal romance series.

Her books are designed to make readers laugh out loud and fall in love. Happily-ever-after endings and good-boy heroes are guaranteed.

Aven lives in the Dallas area with her family. She is a huge fan of both the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers. Aven loves shopping and fashion and can spend hours playing with fragrances in any department store. She can be found chatting it up on social media, eating specialty M&Ms, and crushing on the latest outfit the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing.

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Best Selling, Award Winning Audiobook Narrator, Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, Florida, grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island and started her career in musical theatre. She’s enjoyed an eclectic career as a singer, dancer, Vegas Headliner, Magician’s Assistant, a Recording Artist and a Video Game Designer.

A total book nerd, Andrea, now enjoys narrating all genres of audiobooks, especially YA, LitRPG, Mystery, Romance, and NonFictionat her professional home studio in San Jose, CA.

Her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in and has versatility and charisma.

Fun Facts: Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design; was a game designer for Disney Interactive; and gets her gamer-geek on playing games of all kinds!

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Aven really knows how to tell a great story. I am absolutely loving this modern and day or royalty. It is taking the British monarchy and completely changing what we know about it. If the British Royal monarchy were ever going to take on a modern role in the world and let go of some of their traditions I would definitely hope that this will be the path that they’d take. It’s so fun reading these books. I’m really hoping that there is going to be more a. Out with I like a book about Prince Xander. The out there makes you wanna live in her world. Her writing is so pretty you just feel good while reading these books. 

The narrator I really enjoyed. Andrea does an amazing job. Her British accent for this a specific character Elizabeth was really nice to listen to. I will say though a where voices for males can be a little distracting and take you out of the story just a little bit but her fellow is really nice and you get sucked right back in period it on the fact that she was born in Hollywood of Florida and can pull off a British accent that while is amazing. There are just some narrators who can’t really pull off accents but she does it flawlessly.

The production and sound on this book were great!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Aven Ellis. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Aven Ellis’ Top Ten Literary inspirations
  1. Sophie Kinsella. The moment I started reading Confessions of a Shopaholic, I felt as though I had never read anything like it before. It was so funny, so vivid, so bright. I knew instantly that these where the kind of stories I wanted to write-ones with humor and heart. And that began my path toward becoming a romantic comedy writer.
  2. Georgette Heyer. I absolutely love her regency romances, in particular Sylvester and The Grand Sophy, which had me laughing out loud. Absolutely brilliant writing.
  3. Jane Austen. The way she weaves together a story is masterful. These are re-reads for me.
  4. JK Rowling. The fact that she had such strength and perseverance to follow her writing dream is truly inspiring.
  5. Maeve Binchy. She wrote the most beautiful descriptions and stories with so many layers.
  6. Julia Child. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a masterpiece. When you read her book My Life In France, you see what a monumental undertaking it was to write that cookbook and in this book, you feel like you are on the journey. I absolutely love both of them.
  7. Julia Quinn. Her Bridgerton series is a master class in laying out a series. How the plots are so thought out, so interwoven to lead to the next book, is brilliant.
  8. Margaret Mitchell. Gone with the Wind, need I say more? I love the way her plotting kept me turning the page.
  9. Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones’s Diary is humor at it’s best. She is another comedic inspiration for me.
  10. Emma MCLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, The Nanny Diaries. I still remember parts of this book, which made me laugh and made me sad. Most of all, I remember feeling it was totally unique and I loved that about their writing style.

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Bookish Blog Hops

Hello, wonderlandiansbooks. I’m very excited to be part of this event. This post is probably one at taking me you the most time to write. because I really had to think about the books that I’ve read over the years and which ones I really do think could change your life.

I can say with confidence that there are three books that I have a read that have changed my life and I hope they can do some good for you guys as well.

I’m going to start off with my very pick is a fiction book. If you have been following my blog for the last year and you’ll know that one of my is called Vampire Acadmey. It is written by Richelle Mead. Vampire Academy changed my life in this was the very 1st book that put female friendships above romanctic ones.

The 2nd book I chose to is by Lily Collins And this is a book about her life. Ita Lily Collins : Unfiltered no shame, no rregrets, just me. This book changed my life because I was able to read about somebody else’s experience says and really come to terms with who I am as a human being. It teach me that I shouldn’t live my life with shame and regret. There are things that have happened in my life that I can’t take back these were just experiences and lessons that I had to learn to get me to where I needed to be and live.

My 3rd and final book is by Lilly Singh How to be a Bawse. This once again was about her life. It really taught me that I need to go after the things I want to in life. I shouldn’t be afraid that I am going to fail. There is a very good chance that the thing that I set out to do could fail but I should not be living with that fear because I once again will be living with the regret that I never went after one of my dreams. It’s a book that teaches you that happiness and fulfilling your life should be 1 of your number 1 priority years. Not only your life but how can you also help others. It teaches you how to be the boss of your own life.

Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com

It’s amazing how one book can change your perspective on life. One of the things I love most about reading is how a book allows you to see the world from a different point of view, and helps you discover more about yourself (sometimes in ways you’d never have considered). There are plenty of non fiction books that have been life changers for me, but also fiction works. 

The book I want to focus on for this answer though is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This is a book I read when I was young that has stayed with me over the years and I still consider a book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. It taught me about the world (the good and the bad), and made me grateful for how lucky I am to have been born into the life I have. It taught me; about history, to hold on to the good times, love people, help people, appreciate the small things, to never stop dreaming… it taught me so many life lessons I could go on for ages. I think the biggest lesson it taught me was that it can all change in a moment. I was at school when I read it for the first time and I’ve carried that lesson with me ever since. I try to live life like it could all change in a moment. What I took away from this book definitely helped shape the person I’ve become. 

Kim J www.writersideoflife.com

How can a book change your life? A book can touch you, through the years and across distance, by describing a feeling or emotion you identify with. Perhaps, you thought you were the only one feeling that way. When that happens, it’s magic.

A recent read that changed my life was ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. Our main character is a hard-working woman in an office job, who shirks social niceties and speaks to her mother on the telephone once a week. She eats the same thing for dinner every Friday and buys the same bottle of vodka before a weekend spent at home. 

This book spoke to me about what could be going on beneath the surface, when you see someone who doesn’t quite fit in. But, most of all, it is about the loneliness and disconnect we feel in today’s world. It is a book that makes you want to be a better person. I want to be someone who befriends people who may be lonely, someone who looks behind the mask and doesn’t judge. Someone who could help an Eleanor Oliphant.

Leslie Conzatti www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com

There are other books that I’m currently in the middle of reading of that I have a feeling could very well change my life so I will keep you updated on those.

Audiobook Review – A Royal Shade of Blue

Hello, Wonderlandians. How are all of you? I know I post very sporadically on this blog lately. I’m done apologizing for it I have come to terms with the fact that I’m gonna post when I feel like posting. I have not abandon this blog but I am wholeheartedly more on Instagram these days with my school schedule. So no I cannot apologize for not posting because of school. But I am here today to do a review for you guys on a really great book called A Royal Shade of Blue. Now this book is written by Aven Ellis.

Let’s get into this review. I first needed to apologize to the lovely people who sent me this book Audiobook worms. Thank you guys so much for sending me this book again I apologize that this review is up super late. I’ve been having some issues with my WordPress as well as my emails. So now on to the book a review. This book was super fun it really was a modern-day royal tale. Miss Ellis is a new author to me. Is there a reading with the book was such a joy. Her writing is really funny. I haven’t read it really good at contemporary in a really long time. So this was definitely a refreshing change from some of the things I’ve been reading lately. We have our main character Clementine and our royal prince Christian. Their story is just so cute. When I first started reading this book I honestly thought of a Cinderella story and how they were texting and they didn’t know who they were to each other in the book they are actuallyDM’ing each other overOver Instagram and I thought that was a really cool twist to this story. I really don’t want to give too much away because as they say in all of my reviews I really think this is a book that you should go into not really knowing that much about it just like I did.

This book is read by Andrea Emmes. She is a new narrator to me and she was very pleasant to listen to. Now Andrea did have to go into another accent. Prince Christian is from the British rail line so she had to put on a British accent and to be honest it did kind of take me out of the story just a little bit. Doing a different accent is very difficult if you don’t live there. But I really do appreciate the effort that Andrea put into making each character sound different and I know how difficult it is to read an audiobook or at least I can imagine so I am just excited to listen to more books by her.

The overall quality of the book was really good and I have no complaints. It sounded very professional and there were no awkward pause or gaps or anything like that.

This book was sent me an exchange for an honest review. This in no way and have it my opinions my opinions are my own. Thank you audio book worm promotion with providing me this book.

Audiobook review – My not so wicked step brother

Audiobook Blog Tour: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Author: Jennifer Peel

Narrator: Melissa Moran

Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

Series: My Not So Wicked Series, Book 1

Publisher: Jennifer Peel

Released: June 5, 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

“Wickedly charming, flirty, and clever. This is the ultimate friends to lovers story. I loved it!” (Becky Monson, number-one best-selling author of the Spinster series)

“You’ll want to crawl between the covers of this book and never leave.” (Whitney Dineen, number-one best-selling author of Relatively Normal)

Loveless is more than a name, it’s a curse.

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It’s not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I’m cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. They’ve seen me through it all, but a girl needs more than refined sugar to curl up to every night. It doesn’t help that I have a meddling, albeit wonderful, mother who can’t help playing matchmaker. Thanks to her, I can say I’ve been on a date with a felon. Now she swears she’s found the one for me, her new optometrist, Dr. Sawyer King. Meanwhile, I’m preparing for the inevitable restraining order. That is, until I meet the sexy doctor and have to admit my mother is right – love at first sight does exist.

Unfortunately, my last name means business. Not only do I find myself in the friend zone, but also the twilight zone. Only in my world would Mr. Right turn into my stepbrother. To top it off, he brings with him a wicked stepmother who will do anything to keep us apart. Despite all this my heart – or is that my mom? – keeps telling me Sawyer is the one. But what if true love isn’t strong enough to interfere with my destiny? It’ll be me and the Doughboy…for eternity.

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Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the My Not So Wicked and More Than a Wife series, as well as several other contemporary romances. Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She’s been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

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Melissa Moran is a former radio personality who has won both a CMA (Country Music Association) and ACM (Academy of Country Music) award for broadcasting. In addition to commercial voice-over work, theater, on-camera roles, and improvisational comedy, Melissa has narrated over 175 audiobooks in many different genres. Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa traded in her winter coat for flip flops and now resides in sunny Florida.

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This is the first book I have ever listened to by Jennifer Peel. It was such an enjoyable experience. Jennifers writing style is very easy to get into. The book was very easy to follow except for the beginning. The jump between timelines I felt could’ve been a little bit more announced. Although you do you recover the fact that there’s a time jump maybe within the first couple of minutes of listening to the second chapter. The characters were very well developed. Emma was such an amazing character. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever related to a character as much as I related to Emma. Her love for all things sugar is definitely me. Her and I both have an obsession with pop up while hers is a Dr Pepper. Me and Dr Pepper used to date exclusively but unfortunately I had been cheating on him with Coke. I think Emma is definitely a character that is ultra realistic and it’s just somebody that you can connect to. The love interests is very adorable. This is a slow burn kind of a story. If you don’t like a slow burn on this book isn’t going to be for you but I found myself really anticipating the moment when these two really got together. Also, bonus there are twins in this book. If you know anything about me than you know I love twins.
This is the first book I’ve ever listened to Melissa Moran narrate and I thought that you did an amazing job. Her inflection was very good. The annunciation of the words you could understand exactly what she was saying. Her pace was a bit slow for my personal liking but I tend to think that of every narrator. Which is why I speed up the narration. With the sped up Maria friends I didn’t feel that her boys went into chipmunk range which is definitely something I look out for when I do you speed up my audiobooks. This book there were no accidents that I could hear specifically. So overall she did an amazing job and I am definite looking forward to listening to more of the box that she is narrated.

The overall sound quality for the book was amazing. The team did an amazing job. It was very seamless from chapter to chapter. There were no awkward pauses or any background interruption. It was a very professional produced book

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Peel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Jennifer Peel’s Songs that could be in the soundtrack for this book
  • Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore- Reo Speedwagon
  • Rumor- Lee Brice
  • Save the Best for Last – Vanessa Williams
  • I Want You to Want Me – Letters to Cleo
  • Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • Complicated – Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Accidentally in Love- Counting Crows
  • Yeah- Usher
  • Wannabe- Spice Girls
  • Love Walks In – Van Halen

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Jennifer Peel’s Casting Picks
  • Emma – Zooey Deschanel
  • Sawyer- Adam Brody
  • Jenna- Mila Kunis
  • Brad- Ashton Kutcher
  • Shelby – Blake Lively
  • Dane Carrington – Dennis Quaid
  • Josephine Carrington- Julia Roberts
  • Macey & Marlowe – Karissa and Katie Strain
  • Ashton – Jenner Brody

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Audiobook Review – My Last Chance

Author: Weston Parker

Narrators: Lacy Laurel

Length: 7 minutes 35 minutes

Publisher: BrixBaxter Publishing

Released: June 17, 2019

Genre: Romance

I’ve made lots of mistakes.

But never one like this.

Back in high school, the girl next door spent a serendipitous night in my arms. But she wasn’t my type or really up to my level.

So I walked away not knowing her secret—our secret.

Years later, I’m still at the top of my game, ruling my own chunk of the world.

She walks into my office a different woman. Strong, sexy, and dead set on revenge.

I need to walk away again, but I can’t. She’s a different person, and yet, all the things that first had me taking a chance with her pull me back in—deeper this time.

She’s going to wreck my life, one bad decision at a time, and fuck me, I’m going to let her.

The fact that the little man who calls her mom acts like me stops me in my tracks. He even loves the same things I do.

Surely not.

No damn way I’ve been a selfish bastard and haven’t considered the possibilities of our night together so long ago, but it’s true.

He’s mine, and I’m instantly in love with both of them.

I need one more chance, and I’ll do anything to get it.

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Hey there. I’m Weston.

I’m a former firefighter/EMS guy who’s picked up the proverbial pen and started writing bad boy romance stories. I co-write with my sister, Ali Parker as we travel the United States for the next two years.

You’re going to find Billionaires, Bad Boys, Mafia and loads of sexiness. Something for everyone, hopefully. I’d love to connect with you. Check out the links below and come find me.

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After going to school to obtain her BS and MBA, then starting a rather large and boisterous family, Lacy Laurel dove back into literature in order to relieve stress and have a little “me” time. Once finding audiobooks and falling in love with performance all over again, she set her sights on learning the art of telling an interesting and exciting story. Naturally being the passionate person that she is, she gravitated towards romance and erotica. Lacy thoroughly enjoys getting to bring stories of passion, love, loss, hunger, and angst to life.

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This book. OMG this book. Weston Parker knows how to write a very compelling book. This is the first book I have read from this author and it will not be the last. They way Weston crafts his story you are on the edge of your seat. His characters are relatable but complex. This is all about second chances and who is not here for that.

Lucy Laurel is a voice actress I have had the pleasure of listening to before. So listening to her again was such a joy. The second voice actor Gregory Salinas is new to me. I loved listening to him. When it comes to having two different voices actors. It really does ass to the story for me. Normally, one voice actor/actress never really stands out above the other for me. This time it Gregory Salinas. His voice was just so strong while Lucy voice is very soft.

When it comes to the overall performance I’m not sure if it was the app I was using or the audiobook itself it kept pausing on me. Which did take me out of the of the story. There were no weird sounds. I would say that they over all experience was a positive one.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Weston Parker. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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