Audiobook Review – Sail

Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

Narrator: Kamala Alcantara

Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

Series: Haunted Stars, Book 1

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Science Fiction

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space – a ship that turns out to be haunted.

To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets. While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.

Lindsey R. Loucks is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance, science fiction, and contemporary romance. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate-induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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Kamala Alcantara is a Voice Actress & Audiobook Narrator capable of performing a wide range of voices & accents.

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Lindsay is a new author to me. I have never listened or read whatever books before. If you love a good book about a medium Or someone who is sensitive to ghosts this book has a whole new take on that. So the setting is in a Futuristic land where we are able to travel between different planets. The main character is an interesting character to say the least to. She is our medium. She is able to attract ghosts to her unfortunately For her this is a bad thing because he ghosts are able to kill her. Our main character sister and the sending a signal thing sail The whole town thinks that she has gone rogue and she doesn’t want to be found. So this is where the whole adventure begins and I don’t want to give too much away because it is a very interesting read and I feel that it should be gone and to without knowing much about the story.

Now for our narrator this is the 1st story I have heard her read. She is absolutely fantastic. The range that she has is a very nice. There was a different voice for each of the different characters. This is really important to me when a voice actress is narrate a book because I like to be able to distinguish the characters. Her tone throughout the entire book is even and her voice has a nice calming effect to it. So even when she was reading high action and intense seems I just felt calm. It’s the weirdest thing I tend to gravitate towards readers who are very calm and have a soothing voice.

Now for the production of this audio book I found it was very professional. There were no awkward pauses or anything to distract from the audio book it felt. Over all this was a very enjoyable experience to listen to. As you guys know I like to speed my books up as I’m reading them. I ended up getting this almost to triple times the speed it because I did feel that the reader loves to make sure that she’s very understood. Sometimes I can find this to be a little too slow for my liking so I will speed the book up. And I didn’t find any distortion when I did feed the book up to triple times the speed. I was able to understand the narrator a very clearly. So this is also a Testament to the production over all of this book.

I definitely recommend the audio book over the physical or even E book. I always recommend an audio book over it E book or a physical copy I don’t know wh
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lindsey R. Loucks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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By Author Lindsey R. Loucks
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Absidy Jones
    • Whether you love Jen or hate her, she’s proven she can be the tough girl with a don’t-give-a-f*ck attitude and a large dose of vulnerability. That’s my main character, Absidy, in a nutshell. Let’s just add some chains to Jen’s hair and dress her up in a spiked corset, and she’ll be repelling ghosts in no time.
  • Charlie Hunnam – Mason (Mase) Ryan
    • *swoon* Absidy’s love interest is a bad-boy pilot who is thoroughly lickable. Enter Charlie. Enough said. ☺
  • Idris Elba – Captain Glenn
    • Whenever Idris opens his mouth, I listen. He has that quiet command suitable to head a haunted spaceship and could silence an unruly crew member with one (sexy) look.
  • Ian McShane – Randolph
    • Randolph, head chef, is a little bit hairy and a little bit drunk, both things Ian McShane can portray very, very well!
  • Theo James – Doctor Daryl
    • Theo is good-looking, intense, and seems like he’s a bit of a loner, all qualities he shares with Doctor Daryl.
  • Mackenzie Crook – Nesbit
    • He’s a genius engineer who just might be insane, and Mackenzie’s exceptional, unique acting ability would be perfect for Nesbit!
  • Kelly Marie Tran – Moon Dragon
    • Sexy, confident, and funny, Moon has drawn Absidy out of her shell in their shared dorm at college. Moon is Absidy’s only friend, a responsibility Moon takes very seriously. Kelly Marie Tran has that same lovable, sultry allure as Moon.

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Audiobook Review – Imperfect Love

Genre: Erotic Romance

At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. She has everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.

Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired, and handsome-as-hell med student sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lies ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.

Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?

Isabella White is a USA Today Bestselling author. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen in 2015 when she published Imperfect Love. It was followed two years later by the second part, Secret Love, and in 2018 she published the final part, Endless Love.
When she is not writing she loves to spend her time with her Husband, two daughters and their pets doing whatever journey like takes them on. To find out more about Isabella visit her website at http://www.isabellawhitebooks.com

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Stefanie Kay lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband and two young boys. She’s always been a book lover and has a background in performing arts. Narration has become a passion and she loves having the honor of bringing these stories to life. She has narrated Paranormal Romance for DB Sieders, Chick-Lit for Charlotte Roth, and Romance for Isabella White, loving how each author has created such depth and layered stories that are easy to get lost in and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters.

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This was an interesting audiobook. I love how I could just zone out and be in another world while listening this book. Isabella White wrote this book back in 2015 and it seems from the research I did that this was her first novel. I feel in some way you could tell that this was her first novel because there were some parts where she was tell us instead of showing us. I can over look this because I love her characters. Now I feel like this book really does move fast with the whole istalove thing but I was never bothered by this fact. The characters clicked right off bat. Then all things go crazy. I will leave it here with that because spoilers I will not give.

This is the first time I have ever heard Stefanie Kay. She was pleasant listen to. Her tone was even and didn’t take away from the over all story line. Stefanie had a decent range of voice for the characters. Again I could just get lost and be transported some place else which is where I need to be lately.

The production was out of this world.

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Audiobook Review – cuddling sucks in coffins

Author: Holly Ryan

Narrator: Melissa Schwairy

Length: 3 hours 23 minutes

Publisher: Holly Ryan⎮2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Slayer’s Reverse Harem, Book 2

Release date: Oct. 23, 2018

Betraying him might save her life…but at risk of losing him forever.

Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, would give anything for a simple night of patrolling on her own damn terms. But the graveyard is crawling with creeps with hidden agendas. Not to mention the dark unknown that wants to take her out.

And we’re not talking dates here, people.

Good thing Belle has three panty-melting vampires to help her.

Except one of her guys has a past that’s catching up with him. Violently. Belle’s fairly certain she can save him. But if she betrays him, she’ll gain a wealth of knowledge that could help her survive the dark unknown.

A lot is at stake, including everything that makes her the slayer she is, and it just plain sucks.

Holly Ryan is a pen name for a USA Today bestselling author who one day said, “Screw it. I’m gonna write books with some serious sizzle.” She’s fueled by wine, which is where the idea probably came from.

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Melissa Schwairy is a full-time narrator vocal age 20-30 living in Denver, Colorado. She has focused her acting career on narrating literature, completing titles in YA, Urban Fantasy, Murder Mysteries, and Romance. She has a BS in Counseling and Mental Health, and she is licensed in Healthcare Administration and Nursing. She loves to sing and dance in the car, and spend time with her family at home in beautiful Colorado.

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This book was provided to me by audiobook promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not sway my opinion of this book at all. All opinions are my own as they always are when I do a review for somebody.

So this book picks up three days after the first one left off. If you have not read my first review of this book please go do so. I believe this book is better than the first one. This does not fall under second book syndrome at all. There is so much that happens in such a short amount of time. Again this book is about 3 1/2 hours long and I did speed it up so I believe it finished in about an hour and a half. Belle is just a fantastic character. All three of the vampires are amazing. The writing was personally I think with stepped up in this book. Which made the experience that much more immersive and make you what to keep reading.

Melissa Schwairy was just as excellent reading this book. Her pace didn’t sway the way she said her words it was very clear and concise. You never had to struggle what she was saying even at a high speed that I was listening to it. I’m definitely going to have to check out more things that she has narrated for her because she really is just a joy to listen to.

The production quality for this book was absolutely fantastic. There were no awkward pauses there was no background noise. The team did a fantastic job to isolate Noises that were not the narrators. I would definitely recommend anybody picking up the audiobook because it is a great experience.

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Audiobook Review – Reaper’s Legacy

Hello, wonderlandians. Today I’m back with a bad boy biker book for you. Let me just get this out of the way this book had me feeling some type of way. Here we go. 

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Reaper’s Legacy
Reaper’s MC, Book 2
By: Joanna Wylde
Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov, Todd Haberkorn
Series: Reaper’s MC, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-26-14
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart – and her virginity – to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s stepbrother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious – her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger as Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands – with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club – to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way…

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——————————–> This is how I feel. The book started out great. Although with every second passing I was ready to well Jim Carey shows it best. I LOVED the first book. Though it was great concept for a biker book. Sophie though was so irritating. She was one of the judgmental characters. Just because she didn’t understand their culture she has to looks down on all of them.. So irritating. I’m sorry let me start from the beginning. The book opens up with a prologue that I really enjoyed. It’s a flashback scene that really hold a lot of context for things that happen later in the book. I like the fact that this book deals with a topic that is becoming more talked about into today’s’ society. It deals with domestic violence, leaving that situation, and surviving. In that regard it does a really good job about bringing up this issue. 

Sophie’s kind of brother in law Ruger is part of the Reapers MC. Now I can see why individuals would think a motorcycle club is a bad place to raise children. there are a lot of things that can go wrong with outlaws of society. I also happen to know that motorcycle clubs are all about Brotherhood or Sisterhood depending on what kind of Club it is. I personally know people who are in motorcycle clubs and they are the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life. They also have children who are very well-adjusted human beings. I’m going on a tangent here I’m very sorry. Here though is what I don’t understand Sophie is constantly saying how much Ruger is protective and he’s always there for her and her son Noah. She knows he would never hurt them he is not his dumbass brother. I also understand that she doesn’t want anything to happen between him and her because it goes sour then while she’s going to be homeless and then no one’s going to be without a father figure. Although Ruger would never let that happen.

Another bone I have to pick with our main character Sophie is that when it comes to the club women who are club members old ladies which by the way is a term of respect within that culture. We are all readers and I’m sure some of you or all of you have read at least one MC book. Now the old ladies of the club have their own colors and their own club vests. The club vests that they have say whoever therewith and to their property. to this club this is a sign of respect for these women. It shows that they belong to somebody in the club and nobody else can mess with them. It’s a sign of respect. Sophie seems to think that all of these women have lost their mind because in her eyes these men own them. In a way that they do but these women also own their men. They are not pushovers they are very loud Independent strong-minded women. So when these women tell you what the club bass means just respect it. Really that’s all that I ask. Now for me, the Saving Grace is Ruger I love him. With as much fighting and questioning that Sophie does especially when she’s in his world, he puts up with a lot.

At the same time, Ruger is kind of a moron. He is telling the girl that he loves that he really does care about that he could never be a one woman man but kind of expecting her to be a one-man kind of a woman. The double standard really ticks me off. I understand that there are some men in the club like that they have their ladies but they also have your sweet butts on the side. He’s known our main character for about 10 years so he should know what kind of a woman she is. One thing that I really love is that she does stand her ground on this fact. While I think she makes a lot of terrible decisions this is one where I can Champion her on wholeheartedly.

So for the story I’ going to have to go with a rating of two and a half merunicorns. 

Now let’s move on to my favorite part our very talented narrators. Tatiana Sokolov is very quickly becoming one of my favorite voice actresses. Her voice is so smooth when she reads you just can’t help but stop and listen and give her your full attention. Her range of voices is impeccable. If you’ve never heard her read before she does a great male voice. I would have been happy if she had narrated the entire book but then we would have never heard the amazing Todd Haberkorn. I believe this is the first time that I’m hearing Todd voice act a book. He also had a great range of voice so I never got bored or thought that I was listening to the same character speak.

For narration I will give it a rating of four merunicorns. 

My overall thoughts are if you are a die-hard fan of this author I would recommend this book. If you are a fan of either of the narrator’s I would definitely recommend this book. If you are just passing through This book May whether or not be for you who knows. if you guys are looking to get this on Audible and you have the Romance package then you can download it for I’m not going to say for you because you do pay for the package but you’re able to download it. so I would have to say my final ranking for this book is going to be three merunicorns.

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Audiobook Review – Between the Shadows

Author: Casi McLean

Narrators: Kristin James

Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

Publisher: Casi McLean

Released: Sep. 24, 2018

Genre: Time Travel Romance

She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…
After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.
An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.
Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?

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Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense, like Beneath The Lake, WINNER: 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense.

Casi’s powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, shares an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, and displays her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction. Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers in nonfiction as well with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can’t put down.

Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Ms. McLean weaves exceptional romantic mystery with suspenseful settings and lovable characters you’ll devour. You’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You’ll swear her time travel could happen, be mystified by her other worldly images, and feel heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you’ll want more.

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Kristin “KJ” James was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. Acting has always been a passion of hers. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, KJ pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, and she now records and produces audiobooks on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC.

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 This book is a awesome roller coaster through time. I absolutely love the time travel box. I feel like there is not enough out there. This take on time travel is very unique to anything that I’ve ever read before. The author weaves a tale where it is seamless and you don’t have an issue following the different timelines. You really feel like you are in each time zone. Your work is probably one of my favorite main characters and McKenzie are just amazing.

This is the first book that I’ve heard Kristen James narrator and I think she did an absolutely phenomenal job. There were characters in the book that had different accents and to me they did not sound fake at all. Her pace and tone overall it was very consistent which for me is important because a narrator can really make or break and audiobook and I had no issue listening to her at all.

The production of the audiobook is the way they sound was really consistent. There was no back noise from what I could hear.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Casi McLean. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Between The Shadows is a new addition to your Lake Lanier Mysteries. How many books are in this Series? Can you tell us about the stories?Lake Lanier Mysteries has three books, which means aside from the writing, editing, proofing and publishing, I have three trailers, and three sets of marketing. My head is spinning. But I’m never too busy to talk about my Lake Lanier Mysteries series.
    • Book #1, Beneath The Lake, focuses on a ghost town buried under Atlanta’s man-made Lake, Sidney Lanier. The heroine, Lacy Montgomery, is a young lawyer who crashes her car then was thrust into the lake. She awakens in 1949––34 years before she was born.
    • Beyond The Mist takes two minor characters from book #1 and spins them from the portal beneath the lake to 2001 New York and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
    • Between The Shadows highlights two more characters, taking them back to 1865 and a deadly struggle with villains attempting to steal the (still missing) Confederate gold.
    • I love this series, not only because I live near the lake and never tire of the endless lore attached to the area, but also because the legends lend themselves so well to my time portal concept.
  • You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How did you build your following in your niche? How much has it changed your book launch process?I reached 10,000 followers a few weeks ago and was excited to cross that goal. I built my following on Twitter by following back and having interesting, eye-catching tweets. I rarely tweet anything without a great graphic or .gif to keep my followers engaged.
    • My Facebook profile is approaching the limit, so I’m trying to interact more on my pages. Instagram and Pinterest are fun, too. I’d like to do more with both of those platforms. As for my book launches, I use every venue I can to reach potential readers. I wish there was a magic wand to make marketing easier, but until I find one, I’ll just keep talking to everyone who will listen and hope they give my stories a read.
  • Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?I love online events where I can meet myriad readers in one place, while sitting in the comfort of my favorite chair. You can’t beat that…but I also enjoy talking face-to-face with people. I’ve done quite a few speaking engagements, centered around my brand as well as my books. I love interviews and have several videos on my website of past engagements.
    • I participate in book fairs, and I occasionally have signings. This time of year, fall with winter on the horizon, the Atlanta area buzzes with festivals and special events. I’m always busy in autumn, but when the temperature drops I hibernate and write. When the holidays are over, my next event will be in March at the Dahlonega Book Festival in Dahlonega, GA.
  • You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?That’s a great compliment. It means a lot because I honestly believe people do judge a book by its cover. The visual is so important, a first impression hook to draw in a reader. If a book doesn’t capture a reader’s attention, an author loses a potential fan before they read the tagline, first paragraph, or back cover.
    • I’ve designed most of my covers. The two I didn’t create, was only because my publisher required all covers to be created in-house. Even then, I had a lot of input in the process. I’m very hands-on, so I typically don’t have readers suggest cover details, though I sometimes consider their ideas for story directions. My covers come from my soul. They are a part of my story––a peek into the mystery unfolding inside my books.
  • Several of your novels have been converted into audio books. What has been the impact on your regular sales? Has the audio books gained a new audience for you?First let me say I love Kristin James’s narration. I heard her when I was listening to another audio book and knew she was the narrator I wanted for Between The Shadows!
  • To answer the question, absolutely, and my fan base has increased exponentially. One of my favorite new fans has Multiple Sclerosis, which keeps her homebound. She loves what she refers to as fairy tales for grown-ups, but her vision often keeps her from the books she loves, so audiobooks open her world. I’m so thrilled my stories can reach people who have disabilities, as well as those who find it difficult to carve-out time to read. To me, audiobooks present a win-win situation. I love listening to audio stories as well. As an author, I’m at my computer for hours on end, and I find listening to my favorite authors allows me to read more books without adding unnecessary stress to my eyes.
  • You have written a novella series called Destiny. Can you tell us if it has had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work? Do you feel short reads are a product of our email and smartphone age?Originally, I wrote my shorts to give readers a taste of my style, but I’ve come to realize short stories, novelettes, and novellas give readers more options. A novel can be daunting, especially in today’s busy society. Finding time to read isn’t easy, and I never enjoyed a book as much when I was pulled away by life situations after reading only a few chapters then had to backtrack and re-read to remember the storyline. With varied story lengths, readers can choose to read a book in one sitting, over a weekend, or on vacation, depending on their schedule.
  • What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?Huge question…when my teacher chose to read A Wrinkle In Time to her fourth-grade class, I fell in love with time travel. Later, my interests evolved to romance, suspense, and stories with a touch of supernatural. As an adult, I love stories that hook me with the first paragraph and keep me turning pages through the end.
    • My primary genre includes all those elements. I write what I love to read, and I’m never quite sure where my characters will entice my imagination. My Lake Lanier Mysteries, a time slip, romantic suspense series, emerged from the strange phenomenon and eerie lore attached to Atlanta’s man-made Lake Lanier. What if the initial construction created more than a lake…what if blasting triggered a seismic shift to open a portal connecting past to future? Organic interest grew from local Atlanta residents, but who doesn’t love a good mystery?
    • Still, with the vast number of books published every day, the competition is fierce. I reach out to book clubs and social media, but I’ve found teaming with other authors in the same genre, and providing incentive to readers attracts more fans. That’s why I created MoonlightAndMystery.com
  • Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?Social media definitely helps spread the word, but the key word there is social. I try to vary my presence and treasure every contact. Lately, though, social media challenges authors by limiting unpaid exposure. So, for me, the most important tool is email. Readers sign up through my websites, and I send out a monthly newsletter.
    • To stand out in a tsunami of books and authors, I think it’s important to let the readers know what’s in it for them. Most newsletters don’t survive the inbox delete button…or worse, the unsubscribe link. I want my readers to look forward to my email, so I make sure to give them benefit, and never flood their inbox. Moonlight And Mystery has a lot of contests, freebies, virtual mysteries, and fun to attract readers and keep them interested, while my personal site, casimclean.com, centers more on Casi McLean, my work, personal interviews, audio clips, reviews, etc.
  • You have a great blog. You do a great job keeping readers informed, marketing your books and helping other writers gain exposure. What is your primary goal? And where in the world do you find the time to create great novels, take care of the social media and maintain your blog?Sometimes I feel like I’m glued to my computer, but I have two driving forces. I think my brand centers my work. If you wander through my Internet presence, you’ll soon discover I have a burning passion to inspire others to live their dreams.
    • The theme continues hidden in the pages of all my stories. Perhaps that’s why I gravitated to novels with happy endings. Reality or fantasy, hope springs eternal in my world. What drives my writing more than anything else is my readers. Hearing and reading their comments inspires me to write better and never let them down…and a little hidden inspiration never hurt anyone.
  • You have several great book trailers. (See links below.) They look very professional. Do you know how much impact they have had on your book’s success? Tell us about the process that you used to create your trailers? Do you use the trailer in your character development? Are the pictures and background the way you see your characters and scenes?Thanks so much. I love my trailers, but the process isn’t an easy one. My son is an audio-visual technician and his team created the trailer for my first publication, my memoir, Wingless Butterfly––Healing The Broken Child Within. I had so much fun on that set, I feared I missed my calling.
    • Afterward, he taught me some tricks of the trade and I’ve created all my trailers since then. Everyone has different ways of learning. I’m very visual. Tell me how to do something and I’ll probably need to hear the directions in small segments. SHOW me how to do something and I’ll nail the process. So, yes, the pictures set forth my vision and feel of my stories.
    • Sometimes, in the middle of writing a story, I look for pictures to solidify my vision of a character. Like I mentioned earlier in this interview regarding audiobooks, visuals reach out to a whole new stream of readers, who may prefer movies, but read books if a storyline grabs them. What better way to grab visual people? I reach more readers and build a stronger fan base.
  • What do you have on the drawing board next? Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon called Reign Of Fire. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?This year has been a whirlwind, starting with my September 15th, 2017 release of Beyond The Mist, book #2 in my Lake Lanier Mysteries and now, book #3, Between the Shadows. Reign Of Fire will be released November 18, and will be sold exclusively in the Love Under Fire boxset. Reign Of Fire begins a new political thriller series for me, so follow me on social media. You won’t want to miss this.

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Audiobook Review – Lucy

Author: Anna Ambrose

Narrator: JD Elcie

Length: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Series: Open-Door Policy, Book 1

Publisher: Anna Ambrose

Released: Aug. 17, 2018

Genre: Romance; Erotica

Born into a strictly religious family, 19-year-old Lucy Whitman likes to think she’s gotten past her stifling upbringing. After all, she’s not a virgin. But when her best guy friend of 10 years admits he’s part of a community with an “open-door policy” on sex, Lucy is intrigued. She’s always wanted Rylan with a fierceness bordering on obsession, but he has never treated her as anything other than a sister.

Getting him to agree to take her may be her only shot at having him in her bed, but Rylan’s reluctant agreement comes with three stipulations.

One: She can’t tell anyone. Two: She’ll have to be okay with him being her main partner, even if it’s completely weird for them both. Three: She has to do anything he tells her to – no questions asked.

Lucy knows promising to obey is her best chance to venture outside the box. Now, if she can only find the courage to let go of her inhibitions, she’ll have the perfect opportunity to discover her true self while going after exactly what she wants – Ry.

Lucy is an erotic romance novella meant for 18+ adult listeners only. This novella contains a variety of group M/F, M/M, and F/F scenes in a friends-to-lovers college-sex-club setting.

Anna Ambrose is a newish author who works too many hours a day at her real job while also ruling the roost of a brood of rowdy children. When she’s not dealing with clients, tying shoes, or fixing snacks, she hides behind her computer screen to type out sexy stories about boys kissing boys, girls kissing girls, and every combination in between. Having to shield her screen from little peeping eyes keeps her up late most nights as she spins tales about characters who aren’t afraid to shed their inhibitions and fulfill their every fantasy on the way to finding their happily ever afters.

It’s Anna’s hope that her readers can escape from their normal lives into deliciously naughty ones that cause pink cheeks and clenched thighs in public… and closed doors and one-handed reading in private. You can connect with Anna on Twitter @AnnaAmbrose01, follow her on Amazon, or sign up to receive updates about book releases, sales, and events at annaambroseauthor.com.

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A little champagne, a lot of romance.

A long time romantic, JB has always claimed a special fondness for romance and erotic literature. It is with anticipation and excitement that she plunges into audiobook narrating. In part, to state her appetite of reading and voice acting, but more to help bring to life stories filled with amorous fantasies, love, and ecstasy.

Follow along with her as she delves into literary exposes certain to fulfill those desires. Prepared to be teased, seduced, and captivated while she whispers enticing promises of love and lust exclusively for your enjoyment.

This is my first read from Anna Ambrose. This book was hot, heavy, and sexy. The writing style overall was really good for a newish author. This book is really short and sweet about an hour and 21 minutes long. So if you guys are looking for something very charged with sexual energy in this book is definitely for you.

I absolutely loved the narrator for this book. As you guys know I am a person who likes to listen to my books at a very high speed. This time I listened to this book it at about 2.15 the speed. The reason being is because I find anything lower than that depending on the book it is a little too slow for me. I feel like I’ve built up a tolerance do anything lower than that. Anyway JB is amazing when it comes to tone and there’s so much emotion that she puts into her voice while reading this book. I also have never heard a book near rated by this woman before. The production of this audiobook was incredible there were no awkward spaces. While speeding up the book all together it wasn’t bad. When I was listening to it it didn’t sound like I was listening to a chipmunk which is fantastic. I really don’t want to give much away because as I said this Book is only an hour and 21 minutes long.

Although I will say this it is a bout a girl who goes basically to a sex party for the first time with her best friend. That’s all I can give you because the rest will just be major spoilers.

ItNow I want to get into the Dreamcast. There are a few people who I think based off the cover I think would make a really good addition if this works you ever get turned into like a 15 minute movie.

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

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Author Anna Ambrose’s Favorite Book Cover Trends

I am a total book cover whor…, well, you know, lol! Book covers are an author’s absolute first impression. Judging a book by its cover is a thing that most people (come on, admit it…) do on a daily basis. Scrolling through Amazon looking for a new book to read, do you stop on books that have drab or boring covers? No? I didn’t think so. Your friend tells you about this really great book she read, so you go look it up, but the first thing you notice is the lackluster cover. Do you have the urge to even read the blurb? Nope. People can’t help it. We want eye-catching, gorgeous, unique, or wow.

If a cover catches my eye, I am more apt to read it, even if the reviews aren’t amazing. I tend to pass over books, even if they have a good reputation, just because the cover is eh. And if a cover looks like a kindergartner made it (unless you can tell it is a professional cover made to be that way), then I’m probably not touching it. Font matters as well. If I can’t read it well, if it takes over and not in a good way, or if it is clumsy or not placed well, I tend to skip it, too.

Believe me, I know it isn’t the best way to be. I imagine I miss a few hidden gems that way, but it’s just the way I am. Although, if a book is blowing up the book world with ‘oh my god, best book ever’ and I don’t like the cover, I’ll put the prejudice behind me and read it, but it isn’t often.

Lately, I favor illustrated, animated, bright colors that pop, and/or the new trend of artistic words with no pictures as well. Fantasy covers are usually gorgeous (though not my favorite genre) and PNR book covers have been dominating the top cool covers list. Although there aren’t really on my list, I love them. Covers have to be unique and eye-catching.

I like a wide variety of genres, so I’m always looking for something new to read, and I don’t discriminate on genres. One day, I could be reading a gay romance and the next, you’ll catch me with a young adult dystopian. Books are made to be read, and if I get stuck in one genre, I get bored eventually and won’t read it for a while, which is why I try to switch it up often.

Anyway, here are a few book cover trends that have really left an impression. I wouldn’t call them my favorite books or covers, just ones I remember whenever covers come up in conversations.

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Audiobook Review – The Hunted

Author: Jessica Gunn

Narrator: Shannon Condon

Length: 6 hours and 42 minutes

Series: Hunter Circle, Book 1

Publisher: Jessica Gunn

Released: Aug. 16, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

I’m Krystin Blackwood, and I’ve only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I’m about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters.

They don’t know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I’ve been carrying, they’ll definitely decide it’s safer if they don’t know me.

But unfortunately for them – and me – Darkness has other plans. Lady Azar, Darkness’s heir, stole my new team leader’s kid two years ago. Now, she and her lackeys are rallying to exchange Ben’s kid for me because of the power I wield. I’m one half of a prophecy to save an ancient city the Powers of Good lost centuries ago. And if I fail or die before that happens, the destruction of that city will be felt across all planes of existence.

If we can’t find Ben’s son before All Hallows’ Eve and somehow save him without putting my life at risk, that existential explosion will absolutely happen. But it’ll be nothing compared to the destruction wrought if Lady Azar changes Ben’s son into a demon…and her minion

Because the only thing more dangerous than me with a blade is a father’s wrath.

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Jessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world’s many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.

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Shannon Condon is a New York City based Actor, Voice Actor, Improviser and Filmmaker. Shannon is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and is recognized by her unique voice and quick-witted humor. When not recording, she can be found playing with her dog/best friend, Maple. For more updates visit shannoncondon.com

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Jessica Gunn wrote a thrilling and immersive experience. Once you start this book you are not going to want to put it down. Jessica’s writing makes you feel like you are with your best friends. The dialogue feels really natural.  Krystin Blackwood is a bad ass character. Ben you really feel for him through out the whole novel. Ben is out male main character. 

This is the first book I’ve heard Shannon Condon voice act for. She was fantastic! Now just like in my review of Glazov Shannon was reading for a two person point of view. Now unlike in Glazov where I has stated that maybe they should have got two readers a male and a female I thought this was good with just one reader. Shannon does great voices for both male and female characters. So I never felt that this book was lacking. She has many voice DIFFERENT voices for all of the characters that she is voicing for. I was never confused as to whole was talking. She is now on my list of people to auto buy. 

The production was fantastic. The sound was consistent.  The production team are rock stars.

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

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