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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Witch for Hire (A Witch’s Path Book 1) by N.E. Conneely

2 Feb

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Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 1

Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Feb. 11, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

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Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a wizard who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents.

Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it’s another day at the office. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces.

 

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N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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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 Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The world that Michelle lives in is a lot like ours except that humans are part of a society that is ruled by magical creatures. In fact, humans are often looked down upon since they don’t have magic.

Michelle is a witch and her job is to work with the local police departments on magical cases. She’s a consultant and does a good job at helping the police save magical creatures, even making spells for them to use at times. She’s super busy working on cases when her personal life also throws her a curve, although she handles it well.

Witch for Hire grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. The ending was good, it was at a good stopping point, but there is more to come so I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the series tomorrow.

I enjoyed the narrator. In fact, I thought it was two separate people narrating. I had no clue it was the same person! He’s great!

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Q&A with Author N.E. Conneely

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • As an author the process is rather easy. Once Jeff was onboard with the project all I had to do were some pronunciation recordings, listen to the book, and give it the go ahead. The Jeff and Soundbooth have done all the heavy lifting.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I think my experiences in working with Soudbooth Theater and Jeff have been different from most author’s because of how Jeff approaches the narration. He really wants to bring the story to life and make it as immersive as possible for the reader rather than simply read it
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not even a little. Witch for Hire started out as a combination of writing exercise and National Novel Writing Month project way back in 2009. It wasn’t until 2013 that I got motivated to publish the book and write the rest of the series.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • A put a smale of the book up for audition. Jeff was the only narrator who could do a male and female voice, which was rather necessary for the story as it has multiple first person points of view, so I picked him.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Yes and no. Jeff read through the books before starting the narration so he had a pretty good feel for the characters. The pronunciation of some of the names and terms have been trickier. Since the books take place in north Georgia there are a lot of names that can be traced back to the Cherokee tribes who originally lived here. Ellijay, Etowah, Cohuttah, Dahlonega, and other names are a little tricky to figure out just from the spelling.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I always heard the saying, “Write what you know.” That sounded great until I wanted to write fantasy. No one really knows magic, but I did know north Georgia. I grew up there, went to college, and worked my first job in the area so I picked that for the setting. It was what I knew.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • It’s not really a single part, but I love how the narration brings out the snark and sarcasm that are in the books! It can be difficult to make that show through in text, but it’s so vivid the audiobook!
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • No. I think we experience time as a linear constant to give us motivation to stay in the present and make the most of it. We only get one try at the here and now, which to me is part of what defines the human experience.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • No. Not everyone can physically read. Audiobooks give the deaf access to thousands of books they wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience. Even lifelong print readers can find themselves transition to audio. My grandmother loves to read, but she had tremors that make it very difficult for her to hold a book steady enough to read it or easily turn pages. Audiobooks are how she continues to read.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing each novel this series?
    • Oh, well, it depends on the book. When I finished Witch for Hire I celebrated by starting A Witch’s Path. When I finished A Witch’s Path I went out to dinner with my family and had a margarita. I think for A Witch’s Trial I had two glasses of wine and bought myself a tiny glass flying pig. Upon completing A Witch’s Concern, I went on a date with the man who became my husband. I didn’t celebrate finishing A Witch’s Rite because I was sick. For A Witch’s Demons, I went out to dinner and had a margarita.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • When I’m in a writing slump I try to read more and sometimes I switch projects until I find something that sparks my imagination. As for a reading slump, well, I tend to go in cycles of reading a lot and not reading much.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yup! Michelle first showed up in a dream. While the dream has nothing in common with the books, it did spark the idea and I’ve really loved writing Michelle’s adventures.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Read, write, repeat. Write new things, read news books, reread books, read your own work, and write something new. Then do it all over again. There’s no substitute for reading and writing.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Enjoy it. Enjoy hearing the characters come to life and know that even if audio isn’t your favorite format, you’re making some readers very happy.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Write another book! I have a story arc for three more Michelle books as well as lots of other worlds that are begging to be explored so I have a lot of work to do!

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Audiobook Review: The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda

13 Dec

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Author: Jake G. Panda

Narrators: Full Cast

Length: 2 hours 34 minutes

Publisher: Woolly Family Studios

Released: Oct. 3, 2016

Genre: Family Audio Drama

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Listen up. If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve found it. His name’s Jake G. Panda and he’s a wildlife investigator. This hard-boiled bear works at a flophouse for endangered critters called the Last Resort. He’s the hotel snoop. The resident fuzz. It’s his job to keep these unusual guests safe and outta harm’s way.

This hilarious first installment of The Endangered Files is a wild and woolly mystery involving a missing guest, a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing critters all hot on the trail of The Cursed Dodo. It’s designed to introduce young listeners to the subject of endangered species in a fun and informative way.

So join this tough talking panda detective and a cast of endangered creatures on a globe-trotting audio adventure that will appeal to young and old alike.

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Jake G. Panda is a wildlife investigator. A hardboiled Winnie-the-Pooh. He likes bamboo and saving endangered animals. He is the author of The Endangered Files, a mystery series about his misadventures in the protection business.

His partner in crime, the fella who helps write these books because, let’s be honest, it’s not easy typing with big, clunky bear paws, resides somewhere in New England. He has written his fair share of stuff, mostly for the big screen. And some of it has actually been projected. He likes to keep a low profile and lets Jake do all the talking.

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What a fun book to listen to! Jake Panda is a detective in the business of protecting endangered species. He may look like a cuddly panda, but he’s more of a hardboiled detective,  the animal version of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, or Mike Hammer. 

This is a fun way to introduce young readers/listeners to endangered species as well a popular genre of fiction. Even though it’s written more for children, adults may enjoy listening to it as well. The author is creative and has a unique sense of humor.

Listening to The Case of the Cursed Dodo is almost like listening to a movie. The one thing that wasn’t necessary, though, was the recap of the previous chapter at the beginning of each chapter. The different voices and the sound effects make it fun to listen to and more exciting than many audiobooks.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding

11 Nov

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Author: S.M. Blooding

Narrator: Kalinda Little

Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 2

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Whistling Book Press

Released: Jul. 5, 2017

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

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Going back to Denver should have been easy. Old life. Old routine. Ten kinds of “all good.” However, with her gifts open, the paranormal world isn’t going to let her have that easy life. It turns out her partner of the last five years is a vampire and has been for several decades. He’s also the regional paranormal protector. So when a few shapeshifters go missing, he gets the case. But there’s also a demon killing those shapeshifters, a demon she can’t hunt because she’s still an open target for possession. Not to complicate matters, Dexx isn’t about to let Paige out of his sight. Bringing a demon hunter to a shapeshifter party only makes things that much more interesting. But when he gets bitten, the entire game changes.

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She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.

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Kalinda Little is a 28 year old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.

While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amature recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.

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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 S.M. Blooding. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I had listened to Whisky Witches a few days ago and I was interested in what was going to happen to Paige and her friend Dexx next. I liked Blood Moon Magick more than Whisky Witches partly because it wasn’t as dark as the first one.

Paige finds out that the world doesn’t just have humans, witches, and demons. There are also vampires and shapeshifters and her partner is a vampire! She can’t believe that he’s been her partner for 5 years and she never realized that he was a vampire. To her credit though, her grandma insisted that there were no vampires so why would Paige even consider it?

The pace of Blood Moon Magick is super speed. There are new characters, lots of twists, danger, suspense, and the occasional laugh. 

Paige is strong but angry (understandably). She handles all that she learns well but she’s mad at her family for lying to her. She hasn’t even gotten over them binding her powers yet and she’s beginning to wonder if she knows her family at all.

I like S.M. Blooding’s writing even more after listening to Blood Moon Magick. Kalinda Little does a good job narrating. She has good timing and inflection and I was able to follow the different characters by the changes in her voice. I did find Tony’s voice annoying, though, and cringed every time he spoke.

I recommend Blood Moon Magick if you like fantasies with demons, witches, vampires, and shifters. This book does stand on its own but it would be better if you read Whisky Witches first.

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Audiobook Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lost in the Clouds by R.K. Gold

30 Sep

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Author: R.K. Gold

Narrator: Kyle Tait

Length: 4 hours 3 minutes

Publisher: Earl of Plaid

Released: Aug. 3, 2017

Genre: Paranormal

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Neville Canton was about as average as any man can be. He had a mediocre job, a pleasant wife, an on-going feud with his sister, and an average case of cancer that took his life.

But death wasn’t the end of his problems and even average people have to learn to overcome.

Now trapped in a cloud between the living and the dead, he must find his way to the afterlife.

With the help of a spiritual guide he navigates through seven challenges; seven tasks to sever his final connections to the mortal world.

If he fails, he forfeits his eternity and the consequences may be worse than death.

 

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R.K. Gold graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a B.A. in English and is now pursuing a M.S. in Economics from the University at Buffalo.

He is a non-genre specific author who enjoys reading and writing about characters searching for their purpose in life.

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Kyle is a professionally trained voice actor and narrator based in Atlanta, GA. He got his start working in sports radio, spending six seasons as a broadcaster in the Atlanta Braves’ organization. He started doing audiobooks on a part-time basis in 2013, and he enjoyed telling stories so much that he transitioned into voice acting full-time three years later. He’s performed more than 20 titles on Audible across a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. He also once had a video go viral after he took the pitch at a baseball-themed gender reveal party.

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Audiobook Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack

7 May

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Author: Mark Hosack

Narrator: Mark Hosack

Length: 10h 19m

Publisher:Wide Awake Audio⎮2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 19, 2017

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Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.

Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter from his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”

Everyone is a suspect.

Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.

 

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Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series, nominated for the 2016 RT Source Award), and IDENTITY (Simon & Schuster). He also wrote on the web series SEQUESTERED for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for GIVE ‘EM HELL, MALONE (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award winning independent film PALE BLUE MOON. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins who insist on calling him Dad.


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

The Good Spy Dies Twice starts with a bang and I was immediately hooked.  It begins with a mysterious hum and the murder of an audio expert when he tries to record it. Jake, the victim’s boss and friend, knows when he identifies the body that the Russians murdered him even though they claim it was an accident.

Unfortunately, things slow down after the beginning of the book. Jake and Claire are on their honeymoon after he has recovered from a severe depression. Jake is paranoid, though, and his ramblings are a little too much. The funny thing is, he’s right to be paranoid. 

Things eventually pick back up toward the end of the book. There were several twists and I was kept wondering who the murderer was right until the end. I do like it when I’m surprised.

It was difficult to connect with Jake, not only because of his paranoia but also his anxiety and constant fear of losing Claire. I also found it strange that Claire kept disappearing. Yes, it was a working honeymoon but she had to know she was making things worse for Jake and his issues.

I’m a little wary when an author narrates their own book. Of course, they know the timing they want but do they have a good voice for speaking? In Mark Hosack’s case, the answer is yes. He did a very good job at narrating The Good Spy Dies Twice.

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Audiobook Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

28 Mar

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Author: Louisa May Alcott

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 17h 36m

Publisher: Listen2aBook.com⎮2016

Genre: Classics

Release date: Aug. 16, 2016

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women.

Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

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Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.


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Andrea Emmes started her career performing in musical theater while growing up on the East Coast. This lead to a successful career as a stage performer working for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Renaissance Cruises and eventually head lining on the Las Vegas Strip. Having worked in tv, film and video games, Andrea, a total bibliophile, now enjoys narrating audiobooks at her home studio in San Jose, California. Known as “The Girl with a Thousand Voices”, 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. Not only does she have a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design, but Andrea gets her inner gamer geek on playing games of all kinds with her husband and their cat, Lucy.

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

I read Little Woman many years ago when I was a teen and I remember not being real impressed with it but I didn’t remember a lot about it so I thought I’d give the audiobook a try.

Little Women is a good story. I’d say it should be since it’s a classic but there are classics that I didn’t like at all. I did find that it was a bit wordy. It’s about four sisters as they grow from teens into adults. It’s set in the 1800s, when it was written, so a lot of the beliefs and actions are interesting, sometimes funny, when compared to today’s world.

The characters are well developed and I enjoyed seeing how the sisters grew into responsible young women. I worried about their next door neighbor, Laurie, being rich and not having to work. The poor guy just seemed to be set up for having difficulties as he grew up.

The narrator’s voice was good for this book because she sounds like a young woman. There were occasions that Jo and Laurie’s voices weren’t distinguishable from one another but overall she did a very good job.

After reading/listening to Little Women for the second time, I like it better than I remembered although that may just be because it’s been 40 years and my reading tastes have changed. This story is timeless and I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Halfway Hunted by Terry Maggert

8 Feb

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Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 6h 56m

Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2016

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: November 10, 2016

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Welcome to Halfway; where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner.
A century old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time.
Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie’s spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers.
But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules:
1. Don’t complain about the diner’s waffles.
2. Don’t break the laws of magic.
3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.
Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire’s curse without burning the waffles?
Come hunt with Carlie, and answer the call of the wild.

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Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

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Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.

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I chose to review this audiobook after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the third book in the Halfway series. I read the first book, Halfway Dead, and even though I didn’t get the chance to read the second book, Halfway Hunted gave enough back story that I was able to figure out what I missed.

Carlie is a good witch. She is young, cute, and betrothed to a vampire. She’s been working on a spell for months that will hopefully turn her lover into a human. It’s risky and dangerous but it’s a risk she is willing to take. At the same time, she is dealing with Exit who has been in the dark for a century. He needs Carlie’s help to find the warlock who did this to him. Of course, Carlie uncovers more than she wanted…

Carlie is quirky, likable and stubborn. She’s not perfect but she’d make the perfect friend. Her Gran, who is also a witch, has a lot more experience than Carlie and she learns a lot from her.

Erin Spencer did a great job narrating. Her voice is perfect as Carlie and she changed her tone just enough so that I knew when someone else was speaking.

I like Terry Maggert’s writing style and I definitely recommend Halfway Hunted, especially if you like reading books with mystery and humor.

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald

27 Jan

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Author: Betty MacDonald

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press⎮2016

Genre: Humor, Memoir

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“The Plague and I” recounts MacDonald’s experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly.

 

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Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.

MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).

Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

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Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts. Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire; and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine. She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of AudioEloquence.com, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry. In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.

 

 

 

 

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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy from Audiobookworm Promotions. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Plague and I is about the 8 months that Betty MacDonald spend in a sanatorium with tuberculosis. She is such a gifted storyteller that even this was a delightful read. 

 

I enjoyed Betty MacDonald’s description of the other patients and the nurses. She was not only observant but straightforward about what she experienced, as well as her feelings about the patients, nurses, and herself. There were times she got so depressed being alone and away from her family. Other times,  she was able to delight in the little things such as being able to read for 15 minutes a day. I can’t imagine having to lie in bed all day long with absolutely nothing to do. No reading, writing, or even talking.

The narrator, Heather Henderson, has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed listening to her. She did a great job of using different voices for different characters. She also narrated The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald so it was nice to associate her voice with Betty’s stories.

I definitely recommend The Plague and I if you enjoy a good story and I am looking forward to listening to Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald in the near future. Continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber

5 Oct

 

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When George and Bella―a homeless alcoholic and his intimidating German shepherd―disturb the peace outside her studio, yoga instructor Kate Davidson’s Zen-like calm is stretched to the breaking point. Kate tries to get rid of them before Bella scares the yoga pants off her students. Instead, the three form an unlikely friendship.

One night Kate finds George’s body behind her studio. The police dismiss his murder as a drug-related street crime, but she knows George wasn’t a dealer. So Kate starts digging into George’s past while also looking for someone to adopt Bella before she’s sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer nipping at her heels, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.

 

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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 

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Murder Strikes a Pose is a cozy murder mystery about Kate who owns a yoga studio. She befriends George, a homeless man, and his dog, Bella. Soon after they become friends, George is murdered in Kate’s parking lot. She feels like the police aren’t doing enough to find his killer (maybe because he’s homeless?) so she starts investigating on her own. At the same time, she is taking care of Bella until she can find a new home for her. Taking care of Bella is not an easy task because she has an illness and because she’s a big dog who goes crazy when she sees other dogs or men with beards.
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I like Kate. She’s an independent woman who is willing to take a risk by starting her own business. She also has a keen sense of responsibility. She doesn’t have to take care of Bella and she doesn’t have to try to find George’s murderer but she can’t just let things take their course. She’s a little immature when it comes to relationships, but she’s trying to improve her relationship skills.
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The narrator of Murder Strikes a Pose does a good job. Once in a while I wasn’t sure who was talking, but most of the time it was easy to tell. 
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Although Murder Strikes a Pose is predictable, I enjoyed listening to it. If you like a cozy mystery, I definitely recommend it.
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Book Review: All Good Things by Stevie Kopas

22 Apr

25318045Title: All Good Things (The Breadwinner Trilogy Book #3)

Author: Stevie Kopas

Genre: Post Apocalyptic

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

 

About the Book

Locked up safely behind the walls of their glamorous beach resort, our survivors have grown comfortable, almost forgetting that the undead are still on the prowl in the streets below. But when the group loses one of their own under mysterious circumstances, they begin to question whether or not staying at the resort is their best option.

Friends turn on one another and once again, the group finds themselves back on the apocalyptic streets of Haven, battling the dead. The biggest threat yet emerges and a traitor is revealed, proving once and for all that the flesh hungry creatures infesting the city are not the group’s greatest foe.

Will our survivors be able to make it out alive one last time?

The final book in The Breadwinner Trilogy is a non-stop, post-apocalyptic race to the finish line. Murder, lies, captivity, and a seemingly never ending onslaught of the dead are just some of the challenges our group will face.

Fates hang in the balance but one thing is certain: the end of the world is not glamorous, and All Good Things must come to an end.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

 I listened to the first two books in this trilogy, The Breadwinner and Haven, and I was thrilled when Stevie Kopas sent me the next book, All Good Things, to review. Because of the way the last book ended, I was dying to get into this one.

This book starts where Haven left off with the death of one of the main characters, Juliette. Since she had some mental problems, the group believes that she committed suicide, but we know that Michelle pushed her off the balcony.

All of the characters are complex and well developed. A lot of this book is devoted to Michelle, who is a psychopath. She is truly evil. She even coaxes a woman to commit suicide. Yes, the woman was a sex slave and lived in the worst conditions imaginable, and death was probably her best option, but Michelle enjoyed encouraging her and watching her kill herself.

All Good Things was a good ending to the trilogy. It was full of suspense and I wondered if all of the survivors were going to be killed off by the end. Whether they did or they didn’t I won’t say, but it was a fitting end.

I definitely recommend All Good Things if you like reading about zombies. I do suggest reading the first two books, though, before reading this one.

 

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7177940Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She is a gamer, a writer and an apocalypse enthusiast. Stevie will never turn down a good cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.

Stevie is the author of The Breadwinner Trilogy. Books 1 and 2, The Breadwinner and Haven were originally self-published in 2013 and 2014. The Breadwinner Trilogy was picked up by Permuted Press in May of 2014 and the second editions of both the first books were released in March and April of 2015. The third and final installment in The Breadwinner Trilogy, All Good Things, debuted in May of 2015.

Kopas also participates in the At Hell’s Gates horror anthologies and all profits are donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Her short stories, Nefarious and Patient 63 can be found in the first two volumes of At Hell’s Gates.

She currently resides in Panama City Beach, Florida and tries to spend as much time as she can in the sun.

Stevie is also the Managing Editor of the website Horror Metal Sounds and a writer for the site. She is an avid reader of horror and post-apocalyptic fiction (especially zom-poc) and reviews for The Bookie Monster. Offline, Stevie is a telecommunications professional.

Stevie’s official website can be found by visiting http://someonereadthis.com and you can connect with Stevie on Facebook at http://facebook.com/thebreadwinnertri…

Follow Stevie on Twitter, her username is @ApacoTaco.

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