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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare

17 Jul

Author: Kathryn Guare

Narrator: Wayne Farrell

Length: 11h 19m

Publisher: Kathryn Guare

Series: The Virtuosic Spy, Book One

Genre: Suspense

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Meet Conor McBride. He’s even more interesting than the trouble he gets into. A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride’s only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he’s becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing–and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.

 

 

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

Conor McBride is what you could call a reluctant spy. The British government wants him to go undercover and find his brother Thomas in India who has gotten himself involved in an illegal operation and they want the boss. 

Most of the book is located in India and the descriptions are vivid, both of the country and the people. 

The characters are complex and realistic for the most part. Conor goes from violin virtuoso to deadly spy in just a few short weeks when he goes to a camp to learn the skills he needs.

Deceptive Cadence is full of action and has some suspense. I like Kathryn Guare’s writing although it does get a little too descriptive at times (my personal taste). The narrator, Wayne Ferrell, did a great job at narrating. He used different accents for the different characters which worked out well. 

I definitely recommend Deceptive Cadence for anyone who likes spy thrillers. If I had to choose again, though, I would read the book rather than listen to the audiobook so I could skip over some of the descriptions.

 

Kathryn Guare lives in the Vermont town where she grew up, part of the third generation of her family to call the tiny capital city of Montpelier home. She spent ten years as an executive with a global health membership and advocacy organization, worked as a tour coordinator in a travel agency, and has traveled extensively in Europe and India. She has a passion for Classical music, all things Celtic, and loves exploring ethnic foods and diverse cultures. Her first novel, Deceptive Cadence was awarded the Audiobook Gold Medal in the Readers Favorite Awards.

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Internationally acclaimed voice actor Wayne Farrell began his professional career at The National Theatre of Ireland, where he met the legendary Irish seanachai Eamon Kelly and became fascinated with the art of storytelling. Using skills learned during this time, Farrell has worked extensively in both documentary and audiobook narration and is widely admired for the rich clarity and versatility of his voice. His credits include award-winning authors such as Donal Ryan, whose debut novel The Spinning Heart won The Guardian’s First Book Award as well as Irish Book of the Year; and New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as Morgan Rice, author of the fantasy epic The Sorcerer’s Ring.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Lucky Penny by Ellie Ashe

12 May

Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 7h 23m, 7h 9m, 7h 17m

Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮2015, 2016, 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery

Release date: Jul. 15, 2015

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Lucky Penny (Book 3)

A year after her acquittal on fraud charges, former financial analyst Miranda Vaughn is finally getting her life back. Not only does she have a chance for romance with her sexy neighbor, FBI Agent Jake Barnes, but she’s also got a new job…one that’s taking her to a vacation paradise!
Perched above the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa is a local landmark and a popular destination for the rich and famous who are stressed out from being rich and famous. And down on the water’s edge is the Lucky Penny Casino—an abandoned shell of a once-stylish casino. Max Emmerson, the owner of the Whispering Pines Resort, used to own the Lucky Penny, and he wants it back. Miranda’s job is to get Max’s finances in order so he can borrow the money to buy the casino, and make sure nothing jeopardizes his gaming license. Easy, right?
But the nice boring accounting job spirals out of control with the addition of a Hollywood film crew, an underground gambling ring, and Jake going undercover at the resort as a newlywed—with another woman. As Miranda and Jake each dive into their investigations, they can’t deny their growing feelings for each other. But it’s more important than ever that they keep their attraction hidden. Especially since someone at the resort is watching them very closely, and is willing to do just about anything to keep them from uncovering the truth.

 

 

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USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.


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Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.

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I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Lucky Penny is the third book in the Miranda Vaughn mystery series. It does stand on its own but I’d  listened to Chasing the Dollar and Dropping the Dime right before this one and I was happy to be able to start Lucky Penny immediately.

Miranda Vaughn has been working for the lawyer who had represented her a few months ago when she was found not guilty on fraud and embezzlement charges. Her chosen field is finance but she is considered high risk even though she was cleared of the charges, so when she gets a chance to work in her chosen field, she jumps on it.

She and her new boss are working with the owner of Whispering Pines, a hotel on Lake Tahoe. He wants to purchase the Lucky Penny which is a casino, so his finances have to be in order. It seems that excitement tends to follow Miranda. A movie is being made at the hotel, she ends up involved with an underground gambling ring, and the FBI (aka Jake Barnes) shows up to investigate the gambling ring. Of course, the heat is turned up as soon as Jake shows up especially because he’s been so busy on out of town assignments that they still haven’t had their first date.

I like Elli Ashe’s writing style and Teri Schnaubelt’s narration skills. They make a great team! Teri Schnaubelt brings the characters to life and she has good rhythm and timing. 

Lucky Penny is a humorous mystery with a bit of romance and suspense. I’m hoping there more Miranda Vaughn novels on the horizon!

 

Miranda Vaughn Mysteries Giveaway

 

Lucky Penny (Book 3)

Apr. 30: CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 1: Dab of Darkness (Review)

May 2: Read Day and Night (Review)

The Book Junkie (Spotlight)

May 3: Spunky-n-Sassy (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 4: Desert Rose Reviews (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)

May 5: The Book Junkie (Review)

May 6: Between the Coverz (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 7: Buried Under Books (Review)

May 8: Lomeraniel (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 9: The Book Addict’s Reviews (Review)

May 10: Guilty Indulgence Book Club (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 11: terriluvsbooks (Review, Author Interview & Giveaway)

May 12: Bound 4 Escape (Review)

May 13: Celtic Lady’s Reviews (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Dropping the Dime by Ellie Ashe

29 Apr

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Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 7h 23m, 7h 9m, 7h 17m

Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮2015, 2016, 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery

Release date: Jul. 15, 2015

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Length: 7 hours 9 minutes

Publisher: Ellie Ashe

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jun. 22, 2016

 

 

Dropping the Dime (Book 2)

Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t Miranda’s dream job, she’s eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one – protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.

Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears; even Miranda’s timid client is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation and protect herself from the real thief – all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can’t seem to resist.

 

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It had been more than half a year since I’d felt the touch of those lips, but the effect was the same. Dizzying. Electric. A tug of passion that reached from my soul. Nothing, no one, had ever made me feel like that.

“We shouldn’t do this,” I whispered.

“I know.” Jake’s voice was low and gravelly and thrilled me to the pit of my stomach.

 

 

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USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.


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Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.

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I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Dropping the Dime is the second book in the Miranda Vaughn mystery series. It does stand on its own but I’d  listened to Chasing the Dollar right before this one and I was happy to be able to start Dropping the Dime immediately.

Miranda Vaughn is working for the lawyer who had represented her a few months ago when she was found not guilty on fraud and embezzlement charges. She would rather work in finance, her chosen field, but she is considered high risk even though she was cleared of the charges.

Their current case was brought to them by the CFO of a large real estate firm who suspects her boss of embezzlement. The FBI is on the case too, so Miranda has to work with Jake Barnes. She hasn’t seen him since they worked together a few months ago. They still both have feelings for each other but know they shouldn’t get involved since they’re working on the same case.

I like Elli Ashe’s writing style and Teri Schnaubelt’s narration skills. They make a great team. Teri Schnaubelt brings the characters to life and she has good rhythm and timing. I’m looking forward to listening to her narrate the next book.

Dropping the Dime is a humorous mystery with a bit of romance and suspense and a surprise ending. I’m so glad I have the next book in the series so that I can start it right now!

 

 

Miranda Vaughn Mysteries Giveaway

 

Dropping the Dime (Book 2)

Apr. 23: CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Apr. 24: Dab of Darkness (Review)

Apr. 25: The Book Junkie (Spotlight)

Apr. 26: Desert Rose Reviews (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)

Apr. 27: Guilty Indulgence Book Club (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

The Book Junkie (Review)

Apr. 28: Lomeraniel (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Apr. 29: Bound 4 Escape (Review)

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Chasing the Dollar by Ellie Ashe

22 Apr

Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 7h 23m, 7h 9m, 7h 17m

Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮2015, 2016, 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery

Release date: Jul. 15, 2015

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Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she’s lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can’t find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her. She’s not going to be able to move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up.

Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation – leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who may or may not prove to be trustworthy. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her….

 

 

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USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.


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Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.

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

Chasing the Dollar is an adventure and mystery that is a fun read even though it is suspenseful at times.

Miranda Vaughn was arrested for fraud and embezzlement at the investment company she worked at and she was found not guilty, which she was. She was set up. Unfortunately, Miranda used all of her savings as well as her aunt’s savings for her trial and she can’t find a job because now she’s a high risk hire.

Miranda decides to try to clear her name and ends up on the adventure of her life. She also has to trust Jake Barmes, the FBI agent who had arrested her! They get to know each other and she realizes he’s not so bad while he realizes she’s not guilty. Also, to make things even more interesting, there’s a spark between them.

Chasing the Dollar never slows down. Ellie Ashe has a great writing style and the narrator, Teri Schnaubelt, does the story justice. She brings the characters to life and I look forward to listening to her narration of the next book in the series. If you like mystery/thrillers with a bit of humor, you’ll enjoy Chasing the Dollar.

 

Miranda Vaughn Mysteries Giveaway

 

Chasing the Dollar (Book 1)

Apr. 16: CGB Blog Tours

Apr. 17: Dab of Darkness

Apr. 18: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

Apr. 19: Desert Rose Reviews

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Apr. 21: The Book Junkie

Apr. 22: Bound 4 Escape

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Book Review: Robert & Johnson’s Space Adventure Music Audio Story

14 Jul

 

Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure

About the Book

There was a forest called Forest Friendly where all of the animals were very good friends but the two best of friends were Robert the brown bear and Johnson the badger. They loved to play guitar and banjo and sing cheerful songs. One day, when they were out in the forest playing guitar and banjo, they found a strange round metal object. They climbed inside. What they didn’t know was that this was no cave. It was a Spaceship!

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The story includes an original classical soundtrack with a psychedelic space theme and a cheerful song written by the two lead actors in the story, Aris Tsigaras as Robert the bear and Aaron John as the badger. Cormac McCoy is the voice of Bowda the alien. The story teaches children about our Solar System and the Planets. Accompanied by unique sound effects throughout.

 

My Review:

I was given this audio story for an honest review.

I had listened to several music audio stories by Busy Bees Publishing in the past and thought they were cute, fun, and age appropriate. This story is for children ages 4 and up. The dialogue is simple enough for children to understand. It’s also short so it should keep the attention of even the younger children.

Robert & Johnson’s Space Adventure is not only a fun story to listen to but it teaches children about our solar system and the planets.

 

 

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Book Review: If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… by Barbara Venkataraman

16 Feb

18331535Title: If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place…

Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Publication Date: January 2015

Description (from Goodreads):

Meet Ella Boudreaux, a self-confessed nag. By no means — as Ella herself insisted — is she a negative person. Persistent might be a better word; she is the kind of person you’d ask
for directions if you were lost, or provides you with a long chat while waiting
in line at the grocery store.

“Nobody, and I mean nobody, can nag like I can.” Written from a first person point of view, protagonist Ella Boudreaux immediately establishes her unique skill set.

And where has it gotten her? Nowhere, that’s where.

She can’t hold onto a job and she can’t find her true calling, but she knows it’s out there. Could a handsome stranger help her find her destiny? Or maybe he was her destiny…

My Review

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

This audiobook was short but cute. It wasn’t laugh out loud funny but I enjoyed it. I’ve read and listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books and she has a great sense of humor.

The narrator, Ella, tells about how she met her husband, Charlie, as well as the many jobs she had before she found her true calling (I’d never heard of a barnacle cleaner before), and the relationship between Charlie and his dad. It’s all told matter-of-factly in a Louisiana accent.

If you’re looking for a quick pick me up, If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… will be sure to make you smile.

 

About the Author

5779805Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place,” a humorous short story and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her latest works are: “Death by Didgeridoo,” and “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” and “Peril in the Park, in her Jamie Quinn mystery series.”

 

 

Book Review: Litter Bugs Music Audio Story

17 Jan

Litter Bugs

 

About the Book:

Bugsville is a lovely town in which everything is neat and clean and all of the bugs work together to keep it that way. Then, one day, the bugs have more trash than usual to pick up. They find that there are some litter bugs in town. Instead of getting upset, they invite those bugs to join their club with the stipulation that they help keep the trash picked up.

 

My Review:

I was given this audio story for an honest review.

I had listened to several music audio stories by Busy Bees Publishing in the past and thought they were cute, fun, and age appropriate. This story is for children ages 3 to 7. The dialogue is simple enough for children to understand and the story also has background music and sound effects. It’s short which is important for a young child because, as we all know, they get easily distracted.

Litter Bugs is not only a fun story to listen to but it teaches children problem solving, how to get along with others, and, of course, not to litter!

I think these stories are great for kids. There’s a free download of one of the stories, March of the Ants,  if you want to try for yourself if you have youngsters.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Christmas Magic

20 Dec

12-20-2014 6-20-49 PMTitle: Christmas Magic

Publisher: Busy Bees Publishing

About the Book:

It was the day before Christmas which means, it was Christmas Eve! It was snowing, so everything was white and the sky was so clear and bright. Icicles hung from the trees and snow flakes fell to the ground and most of the animals were fast asleep. But this year Santa was so busy, that he had to call upon extra helpers to deliver all the presents. And so, he called upon the ants. The ants set off on a winter adventure to deliver all the presents but can they make it to their final destination before Christmas morning?

My Review:

I was given this audio story for an honest review.

I had listened to several music audio stories by Busy Bees Publishing in the past and thought they were cute, fun, and age appropriate. This story is for children ages 3 to 7 and features the characters from the first five stories by Anna Christina. 

Along with a cute story about Christmas, it has music and sound effects throughout. At the end of the story, there is a sing-along Christmas song sung by the entire cast. 

I definitely think young children and their parents will enjoy Christmas Magic.

 

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This story is an amalgamation of the first five stories written by Anna-Christina and includes an original classical soundtrack with a fantastic sing-a-long Christmas song featuring the whole cast of Music Audio Stories! Character voices by Anna-Christina as Winniepeg the chicken and Adie Hardy as Sid the ant, The Head of The Ants, ‘Yes’ the squirrel and Tyler the dog. David Ryder Prangley (singer of Glam Rock band Rachel Stamp) as Johnny the hamster. Paul Kaye as Captain Russell the pirate crow (you may have seen Paul as Mr Wormwood in the award winning West End hit musical Matilda. Paul has appeared on TV and in film in roles such as Franky Wilde in the award winning ‘It’s all gone Pete Tong’ and is currently appearing in the new series of Game of Thrones). Kiria Lepink (singer of Viva Le Pink) as Butterfly the fairy. Belle Star (a seasoned musician) as ‘No’ the squirrel. Rob Stitch (singer of Rhino) as Jimi the cat and Tom Meadows (you can find him touring the world drumming for some of today’s biggest artists such as Kylie Minogue) as Piggy the Pig. Accompanied by unique sound effects throughout.

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Book Review: Music Audio Stories

19 Feb

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Publisher: Busy Bees Publishing

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I was given these 3 audio stories for an honest review.

These stories are for children ages 3 to 7. The dialogue is simple enough for children to understand yet they’re very descriptive so that it would be easy for a child to use his or her imagination to picture the story. Each story also has background music that fits that particular story. They are pretty short which is important for a young child because, as we all know, they get easily distracted.

I think these stories are great for kids. There’s a free download of one of the stories, March of the Ants,  if you want to try for yourself if you have youngsters.

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