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Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: Honor Kills by Nanci Rathbun

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

 

 

 

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A missing husband. A suspicious obituary. She’s not the only one hunting down a dead man’s footsteps.

As a divorcee, Angelina Bonaparte knows firsthand the lengths some men will go to escape responsibility. When a worried mother wants the private investigator to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client’s broken family.

But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments. And she may not be the only one hunting the man down. To close the case and reunite her client’s family, she must track down the missing husband without falling prey to the same ruthless hunter.

Honor Kills is the third audiobook in the captivating Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like bold female detectives, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping novel.

Buy Honor Kills to track down a fast-paced missing persons mystery today!

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Rainbow in Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

2 Nov


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A Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne
Publisher:  Waldorf Publishing (October 15, 2018)
Category: Children Ages 3-7, Picture Book,  Animals, Social Themes (Emotions and Feelings
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642048308
Available in Print and ebook, 32 pages

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Description 

Have you ever seen a sheep standing tiptoe on the ears
of a very tall giraffe while a crowd looks on and cheers?
And have you seen an owl helping them to tug
a rainbow from the sky, like a multi-colored rug?

This is the story of Mala the rhino who can’t help feeling blue after her friend moves away. Her friends, an owl, a sheep and a not-so-humble giraffe get together with sun and create a crazumptious plan to show Mala that blue is as beautiful as all the other colors. This colorful story of friendship, love and loss will delight children while encouraging them to embrace their emotions in a healthy way.

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Guest Review by Sal

This is such a cute and engaging book for children.  I read it with my 4 year old niece.  It’s a great book for teaching kids about colors and identifying animals but it also teaches about emotions, including sadness.  I really like the way Amanda Jayne teaches children about emotion using color.

Mala the rhino is sad because her good friend the gorilla went away.  Her other friend tried to cheer her up but couldn’t.  They consulted the cloud and the sun and they came up with an idea on how to cheer her up.

A Rainbow in Her Pocket is a well written picture book and the illustrations are creative and vibrant.  The book is popping with color!  It teaches children that all emotions are normal, even sadness.  I highly recommend you read it with children.  It was so much fun reading it with my niece and my sister told me that she wants to read it every night before bed now.  It would also make an excellent gift to a child in your life.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Praise for Rainbow In Her Pocket 

“A delightful story with so much heart. A gorgeous book for all ages!” – Tej Steiner, author of ‘Waking Up With Everyone Around us’. USA”

“Truly glorious! This book shares the wisdom that all feelings are not only of value, but make us who we are, in all our splendor – if we are only able to see. Amanda Jayne, in her tale, beseeches us to see.” – Natalie Prior, Child and Adolescent Therapist, UK.

“I would love to share this wonderful story with my kindergarten students and can use it to teach across our curriculum.” – Caprice Allen, Kindergarten Teacher, USA

“At last, a beautiful children’s story with depth. Amanda Jayne has cleverly managed to weave the importance of friendship, understanding and acceptance of the self and each other in a heartwarming rhyme. We loved it!” – Diane Bundy, Businesswoman and Mum, UK

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About the AuthorDescription Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

Amanda Jayne is a teacher, heart circle coach and a holistic health practitioner who is finally getting around to writing those books she has always wanted to write. As a child, Amanda found safety, comfort and a gateway to imagination in the books she read, and the desire to create this for others is what led her to begin writing books for children.

In an effort to help young readers see the magical pictures and colors she imagines, she decided to have a go at illustrating them herself.

In the past, Amanda Jayne worked in the mental health field and in 2009, after gaining her masters in Spiritual Psychology, she became passionate about the importance of emotional and self-cultivation in the midst of a world filled with overwhelming mental stimulation. Amanda has a love of travel, exploring other cultures, trees, art and eating dark chocolate.

‘A Rainbow In Her Pocket’ is Amanda Jayne’s first children’s book.  She is also the author of a travel adventure book, ‘Close Encounters Of the Traveling Kind’. .After living in Bolivia, Japan and the USA, she now lives in a quiet corner of Kent in the UK.

Website: https://www.amandacjayne.com/author
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/amandacjayne
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/amandajayneauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandacjayne/

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This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook copy of the book.  Print is available to the U.S. only but ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends on November 30, 2018 at midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Another Kind of Magic by Elizabeth Davies

1 Nov

 

“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Another Kind of Magic is the third book in a trilogy and I didn’t read the first two books but I didn’t have any trouble with this one so it does stand on its own. 

Caitlyn is a familiar meaning she is a woman who turns into a cat and she has to do the bidding of her mistress. Her current mistress is Lady Joan who is married to Llewelyn, Prince of Wales. She is ruthless and when she decides that she’s in love with William, a married man, Caitlyn is expected to do all she can to help her get her man. 

Hugh is a warrior who is supposed to protect William so Caitlyn spends enough time with Hugh that she ends up falling in love. Will she be able to finally find a way to end the curse and be able to live as her own woman and be able to love Hugh like she wants?

I always enjoy historical fiction that is based on actual facts. The author notes at the end of this book that many of the characters were actual people who lived in the thirteenth century. Since I enjoyed the last book in this trilogy, I’m going to have to go back and read the first two books!

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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Website – www.elizabethdaviesauthor.co.uk

Twitter  – @bethsbooks

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Win Tote bag and a signed paperback copy of each of the three books in the Caitlyn series. (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson

1 Nov

Book Title: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson
Category: Adult fiction, 268 pages
Genre: Thriller, Sci-fi
Publisher: Clean Reads
Release date: July 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 15 to Nov 9, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There’s a few graphic scenes with violence, alluded to adult situations as far as sex is concerned. But no real profanity and anything explicit)

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Trapped on Naples Island, Eddie Dees does everything he can to hold his family together. A supernatural storm is feeding on people’s fear and paranoia. The more people turn on each other, the stronger it becomes.

Believing there are small, systematic breaks in the storm, he plans to make his way off the island with as many residents as possible. But he must first deal with the crazed gunman roaming the streets as well as another growing threat: Klutch, a violent army vet suffering PTSD, has recruited a band of followers who believe the storm is a weaponized weather experiment gone awry. Klutch plans on stopping anyone from leaving the island, and one of his followers is Eddie’s own teenage son.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Storm Taken is about the people who live on Naples Island where there is a storm unlike any storm that has been witnessed before. It is contained to the island and it is deadly. If anyone tries to leave or enter the island, they are killed with lightning. 

Eddie Dees is a resident of Naples Island and notices that since the storm started, things are going missing everywhere. People are at each others’ throats thinking that their neighbors are stealing from them. With no electricity and no way off the island the residents are either going to kill each other or have to band together to figure out how to get off the island. And it seems that their time is running out because the dark clouds above the island are descending.

This story is a little slow to get started but about a third of the way through, it gets good. The characters are well developed and the author does a good job of portraying them as actual people might react. 

My favorite paragraph at the end of the book: “We have so little time here with those we love, and sometimes — for reasons we don’t know — they’re taken from us…I suppose the best we can do is love the time that we have with them and let them go when the time is right.”

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Meet the Author

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. He is a writer of suspense and speculative fiction. If he’s not writing, he’s probably at the beach.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Rebirth by R.J. Amezcua

29 Oct

Book Title: Mantis Force: Rebirth (Marium Kahnet Book 3) by R.J. Amezcua
Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

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It is a day of prophecy and celebration when Jazrene Vallo accomplishes her ordained task to refashion the Marium Kahnet, and witnesses them finally becoming representatives in the Grand Assembly of the Mantis Alliance. But the victory is soiled by reports of a faction of wayward sisters joining a necromancer Order, the Saurcine.

The rebels plan to bring forth the Krevomax, the seed of the Tisrad Dragon, to defeat the Mantis Alliance. To combat this new evil threat, in Jazrene Vallo’s last act as supreme leader, she activates the sisterhood’s elite warriors, the Criss Lumbra. Their mission: destroy the spawn of the Tisrad Dragon. Should they fail, it will mean the end of the sisterhood and all peace in the universe.

 

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R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The House Always Wins by Brian Rouff

26 Oct

 

House Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian RouffThe House Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff

Publisher:  Huntington Press (Oct 3, 2017)
Category: Paranormal Romance, Ghosts, Crime Thriller, Las Vegas Mystery
Tour dates:Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1944877064
Available in Print and ebook, 324 pages

House Always Wins

Anna Christiansen’s small-town life is about to go haywire. A young reporter stuck in a dead-end job, Anna falls head over heels for an interview subject, the bass player in an up-and-coming alt band. In short order, she pulls up stakes, moves to Las Vegas, gets married and pregnant, and buys a big fixer-upper haunted by the ghost of a Sin City racketeer.

That’s when Anna gets notice from a corrupt casino owner that he’s buying up all the properties on her street to make way for a parking lot. But Anna has poured her heart and soul into the house and digs in hard to fight the system — not the easiest of tasks in a city where bribery, mayhem, and murder are standard operating procedures.

Can Anna’s tough-guy ghost provide the help she needs to prevail in this dangerous cat-and-mouse game? Will Anna’s life be left in ruins? Or worse?

 

 

Guest Review by Betty B.

When I first saw this book I thought to myself, “Oh no not another Vegas themed book. That has been done to death.” However, after reading the description and a few reviews, I thought it sounded different.  After reading it, I can now say it is a fresh perspective.

Anna is a reporter in a small town and falls for a bass player, Aaron, who she interviews.  You can tell her ideas of love are that of many women who were raised in the “Cinderella complex.”  Fall in love and get saved by a man, live happily ever after.  However, as usually happens, it doesn’t work out this way.  In fact, Anna becomes a strong female protagonist and fights for what’s hers.

Anna and Aaron move to Las Vegas and buy a fixer upper house that is haunted.  Instead of running away, Anna befriends the ghost.  When a corrupt casino owner wants to buy the house, Anna gets ready for battle.  There is no way she is going to sell the house she poured her sweat into.  The ghost is able to help her in an unexpected way.

‘The House Always Wins’ is well written with great characters that jump off the page and draw the reader in.  It is filled with humor, mystery, coming of age, and a ghost.  There is also some romance.  There is really something for everyone, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a great story, both male and female.  I give it a solid 5 stars.  I definitely want to read more by Brian Rouff!

 

 

Praise for The House Always Wins

 

Finalist, American Fiction Awards, Romance: Paranormal category

 

“It’s pure Vegas, told from an insider’s perspective.”- Anthony Curtis, Huntington Press

“A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine―from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Rouff spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost’s personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn’s bris explained to her―which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too.”-Kirkus Reviews

“Paragraphs are replete with uproariously sarcastic similes, metaphors, and tongue-in-cheek comments. Narrative hooks, drama, unexpected openings, and cliffhanging chapter endings keep the story flowing. Complicated situations, including confrontations with neighbors and pressure from the casino, build to a significant and unanticipated climax. A fun read from beginning to end, The House Always Wins is an attractive romance with a unique ghostly touch.”-Clarion Foreword Reviews, 5 stars

“Author Brian Rouff has dreamed up a fun little tale, which he describes in a release as “part coming-of-age saga, part mystery and part ghost story.” When it comes to Nevada stories, Rouff knows his stuff. He has lived in Las Vegas for more than 35 years and has also written the Las Vegas-based novels Dice Angel and Money Shot.”- C. Moon Reed, Las Vegas Weekly

“Brian Rouff’s writing of The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story is impressive. It’s a charming, fast-paced story beautifully narrated by the main character, Anna. It contains wit, mystery, and a bit of nostalgia. Meyer reminisces about his racketeering life and how developed Las Vegas has become. Anna is a strong-minded person who possesses a sense of humour, even when her problems are serious. I thought the road trip was interesting, also the descriptions of the communities that had seen changes, for better or for worse. The author has shown the other side of Las Vegas in this must-read novel.”- Michelle Stanley, Readers’ Favorite

 

 

About the AuthorHouse Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff

Award winning author, Brian Rouff was born in Detroit, raised in Southern California, and has lived in Las Vegas since 1981, which makes him a long-timer by local standards. When he’s not writing articles, screenplays and Las Vegas-based novels such as “Dice Angel,” “Money Shot,” and “The House Always Wins,” he runs Imagine Communications, a marketing and public relations firm. He is also a regular contributor to Living-Las-Vegas.com.

On a personal note, Brian is married with two grown daughters and five grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys movies, playing guitar and the occasional trip to the casino buffet line.

Website: http://brianrouff.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrianRouff
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrianRouffAuthor/

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Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: Cash Kills by Nanci Rathbun

25 Oct

 

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Apr. 24, 2018

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

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A double murder. A mysterious inheritance. One PI is about to follow the money all the way into a den of thieves…

After surviving a bullet, Angelina Bonaparte was certain she could handle any case that came her way. But when her next client walks through the door with an unexplainable seven-figure inheritance after the death of her parents, the private investigator wonders if she’s in over her head. After all, when she visits her client’s family attorney, Angelina discovers yet another bloody crime scene.

With the help of her new flame, Angelina follows the clues into an underworld of war-plundered artifacts, stolen treasures, and deadly consequences. As their last lead grows colder, the PI must catch the killer before an endless cycle of murderous greed gets her client killed.

Cash Kills is the second book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like hard-as-painted-nails female detectives, historical mysteries, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s loaded crime thriller.

Buy Cash Kills to follow the money trail to a sassy, suspenseful mystery today!

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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Q&A With Narrator Kieren Calland Metts
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • No, I don’t think it’s essential. But then that might be because I don’t have a background in theatre, hah. I have had vocal training and sang for many years, so I understand how important it is to breathe properly and take care of my voice. All that aside, the most important thing is to be able to tell an engaging tale.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Oh yes! I’m edging toward 1,000 titles in my Audible account and I’ve even listened to most of them! I enjoy the freedom to do other things while listening to a book — gardening, cleaning and, especially, heading out on a road trip.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • I was drawn immediately to the main character, Angelina Bonaparte. She’s feisty 50-something private investigator who has great taste in clothes and cars — and a sexy boyfriend, too. I kinda want to BE Angie.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • I love to work with authors — the book is their baby, after all, and I want to make sure my performance reflects their thinking when they wrote it.
  • Who are your “accent inspirations”?
    • I have a list of narrators who I think do great accents and sometimes I listen to excerpts of their work several times, absorbing the effect. Interestingly, the best accents to my ear are very light — mostly just a hint to highlight a character’s personality and distinguish them from other characters.
  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
    • Angie is closest to my natural voice. I chose a low but slightly intense voice for Wukowski because he’s a taciturn, troubled guy. His partner tends to be a little hyper, so I went with a higher, faster tone for him. Angie’s aunt is a little older and pious, so I gave her softer, slightly shaky voice.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • I do read them. So far, I’ve found most of them very helpful and have made changes in my performances after reading criticisms of things such as my character voices or pacing.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • First, I tell them to think about folks who have limited or no sight. Are they cheating or not “really” reading? Besides, the performance simply adds another layer to the experience.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda Jayne

24 Oct

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Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda JaynePublisher:  Waldorf Publishing (July 1, 2018)
Category: Essays, Travelogues , Travel, Adventure
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642556797
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

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This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a fake guide or two, a mean Dutch man, a magic whirlpool, a nasty case of Typhoid and a severe case of mountain stupidity are told with the confidence of a traveler who has discovered that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end.

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If you like travel and adventure, even if it is just from an arm chair, you are going to want this book!  Amanda Jayne has traveled to many different countries and at every turn has encountered near death experiences. 

In Japan, on a drunken night, a bunch of English teachers agreed they would climb Mt. Fuji.  They found out that most people climb at night so set a time to meet the next evening.  Only one person showed up besides Amanda.  It would have been evident to anyone who has done mountain climbing that they both arrived ill equipped.  They learned two valuable lessons: do what the locals do and be prepared for everything.  “Reasons for near-death: Ignoring all advice on mountains and mountain sickness; Stupidity.”

In Nepal, on the Bhote Kosi River, Amanda went rafting.  Just getting to the river was an adventure which included hiking, giardia (and finding place to have diarrhea), and a packed bumpy bus ride.  Then the real fun and danger began.  “Reasons for near-death: Attempting to tackle a set of rapids without a raft; a vicious whirlpool.”

The Amazon, Bolivia, Amanda signed up for an eco-friendly raft trip down the river with a so called, experienced guide.  “Reasons for near-death: Inexperienced guide on his first trip; getting lost in serpent infested waters; possible implosion due to infuriating Dutch man.”

These are just a few of the experiences Amanda Jayne had during her travels.  To read the full stories and about her other hair rising travels, you will have to read the book.  It is well written, with lots of humor and captures the places and situations so well that I felt as if I were there.  You can get lost in this book in the safety of your arm chair and avoid the danger Amanda Jayne got in too.  If you are a real adventure traveler, you can learn to avoid some of the pit falls.  I give this book five stars!

 

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Praise for Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind 

“A fabulous book that makes you smile all the way through; the stories of Amanda’s adventures and her zest for life flows from the pages and makes you on the one hand, wonder how she has survived and the other embrace her energies. A book that you don’t want to put down and leaves you in a happy place.”- Richard Newey, Amazon Review

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Book Review & Giveaway: Lullaby Road by James Anderson

22 Oct

Book Title: Lullaby Road by James Anderson

Category: Adult Fiction, 305 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 22 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by those looking to escape the world and those the world has rejected. Local truck driver Jones, still in mourning over the devastating murder of his lover Claire, is trying to get through another season of his job navigating treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without accident when a mute Hispanic child is placed in Jones’s path at a seedy truck stop along his route bearing a note that simply reads “Please, Ben. Bad trouble. My son. Take him today. His name is Juan. Trust you only. Tell no one. Pedro.” From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.

Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who the child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Jones takes the child with him and sets out into a landscape that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. With the help of his eccentric neighbors—Phyllis, who turned up one day in her Rolls-Royce with two children in tow and the FBI on her tail; Andy, a Utah State Trooper who is on or off duty depending on if his hat is on or off his head; and Roy, an ex–coal miner who has lived in Rockmuse, off Highway 117, his whole life and survives on odd jobs and the kindness of his neighbors—Jones uncovers buried secrets of the desert that are far more painful than he could have imagined.

In LULLABY ROAD, readers will find themselves enthralled by Anderson’s vivid sense of place and his beautiful and heartbreaking narrative.

Praise for Lullaby Road:

Atmospheric…Arresting desert vistas and distinctive characters leave a lasting impression.”
– Publishers Weekly

Anderson’s lyrical prose brings a forgotten corner of the world to life, and the authentic narrative does the same for Jones. Recommended for fans of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor and Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire.”
– BookList

…a delicious cast of colorful characters…Lullaby Road is a triumphant mix of landscape, character, wit and sagacity wrapped in a noir thriller.
– Shelf Awareness

The action is nonstop, and the plot twists are heart-pounding. Anderson’s vivid prose gives a sense of vastness that is the desert he so brilliantly describes – it is an amazing use of language to create a mood and feeling…Fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book and long for another visit with the residents along Route 117.
– Library Journal Starred Review

To read more reviews, please visit James Anderson’s page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I should have read the first book before I read Lullaby Road. There were references to what must have happened in the first book that made things confusing. There were also times when Ben stopped at places that I was just lost. I tried to muddle through to figure things out, but in the end, I remained lost.

I kept reading Lullaby Road because there were interesting parts. The setting of Route 117 was well described and I could feel the desolation. I drove a truck for a short time long ago and the author’s descriptions of driving down a long, lonely road brought back memories. The characters were also quite interesting. Based on their descriptions, I could see these quirky people who Ben stopped to see along the way. 

I do like the author’s descriptions, I just feel like this book needs more of a definite plot. I think the child that was left with him may have originally been the focus of the book, but she got lost in the shuffle somewhere. I also wonder if the author has experience with children because I haven’t encountered any children who wouldn’t get antsy from sitting in a vehicle for so long.

If there’s another book in this series, I won’t read it until I’ve read the first book, and maybe the second one again. Perhaps Lullaby Road would make a lot more sense after reading The Never-Open Desert Diner.

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Meet the Author

JAMES ANDERSON was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College and received his MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College. His first novel was The Never-Open Desert Diner. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, and others. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun

16 Oct

 

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Nov. 17, 2017

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

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A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress’ murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect’s pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can’t find it in her heart to refuse the case.

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she’s forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner’s take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit…

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like fierce female detectives, unlikely partners, and nail-biting whodunits, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping crime thriller.

Buy Truth Kills today, and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!

 

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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

Truth Kills is a cozy mystery in which the lead character is not your typical one. Angelina Bonaparte is a in her fifties, is divorced, has grown children, and is a PI. She doesn’t need a man but doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life alone either. She has a “bozo” ex-husband and there’s a touch of romance with another man or two in this book that makes the story even more interesting.

The mystery in Truth Kills is pretty cut and dried and there aren’t any big surprises. It’s still an enjoyable read (or listen) because of the author’s humor and the character’s views on life. Being her age, I can identify with her well. The other characters are memorable and many of them aren’t what I’d consider “normal.” Her friends are quirky but the other people Angelina meets on the case have some warped views. 

The narrator has a nice voice to listen to and did a good job with flow and timing. I was also able to distinguish between the different people and enjoyed a couple of her accents.

I enjoyed listening to Truth Kills and I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the Angelina Bonaparte series, Cash Kills, hopefully tomorrow!

 

 

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