#Spotlight “The Raffle: The Complete Novel Parts 1-4” by Randy Smith

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The Raffle: The Complete Novel 1-4

by Randy Smith

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Genre: Cyberpunk/Dystopian/Science Fiction

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May 2027: The United States is now The New United States, a security-obsessed, isolationist state policed by humanoid robots. After over a decade living in a post-apocalyptic, prison-like Los Angles, a man plays The Raffle to gain entry into The New United States. He hopes to reunite with his wife and daughter who flew east before the fateful attack on LA on July 4, 2016, but when security is emphasized over freedom, what will navigating The New United States entail if he wins?

What readers are saying…

“This is a fantastic book! Best thing I have read in over a decade.”

“This is such a great adventure and it’s definitely worth the read. Not only exciting but also thought provoking!”

“The excellent story and character development sucked me right in and I couldn’t get out until I was done wit the whole book.”

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About Randy Smith

The real person behind Randy Smith (a pen name) was born in Downtown L.A. in 1977. An avid punk rock fan, Randy played in several punk bands in the early to mid 90s. In college, Randy specialized in international relations and history. After teaching for a year, Randy moved to Washington, D.C. for law school. Randy has been a practicing attorney for the past sixteen years.

“Randy Smith” was conceived four years ago when his creator quit driving to work and opted for public transportation instead. Ditching his car was a life-changing decision. The long cross-town commutes on L.A. Metro trains and buses allowed Randy the creative space he needed to write “The Raffle” series and several screenplays, including one film now in development. Randy is currently working on writing/screenwriting projects while still working as a full-time attorney and on his other passions: husband, standup comic/actor, law professor, public transportation activist, and podcaster.

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#NEW “Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories” by Kelli A. Wilkins

Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories

A New Release from Kelli A. Wilkins

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 Hi everyone!

I’m pleased to announce the release of my science fiction anthology, Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories.   Although I’m mainly known for writing sensualcover romances and spooky horror fiction, every so often I like to surprise myself – and readers.

I’ve always been attracted to the unusual, peculiar, and “weird” that exists in the sci-fi and horror genres. I grew up watching Tales from the Dark Side, Amazing Stories, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Outer Limits, and of course, The Twilight Zone. So I guess it’s no surprise that when I started writing, I wrote what I loved reading: sci-fi and horror.

Authors are always asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” so when I wrote Extraterrestrial Encounters, I decided to share a peek at my writing process. I’ve included a brief note at the end of each story in the collection, explaining what inspired me to write it, where I got the idea, or general comments about the plot or characters.

I hope you enjoy these stories. Some are humorous, some will make you think, and others might scare you a bit, but they will all take you on a journey into the realm of the unknown for a little while.

Here is the book summary and buy links.

Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories           

Are you ready to step into the unknown?

In these 18 sci-fi stories, you’ll encounter aliens of all shapes and sizes, curious (and sometimes unlucky) space explorers, and ordinary Earthlings having otherworldly experiences.

Some of the out-of-this-world tales in this short fiction anthology include:

The Hoax – A reporter learns that a creature from another planet is a dangerous thing to fool with

It Grows on You – A strange kind of mold has invaded an office, and it’s the perfect tool for revenge

What Lurks Below – Everyone knows there’s no life on Mars, but nobody thought about what might be lurking under the surface…

The Con – An alien becomes an unlikely ally to a down-on-his-luck petty crook

Space Cowboy – When a second-rate rodeo star is abducted by aliens, he makes the most of the situation

They Just Keep Eating – A Nebraska farmer encounters a menace from space… and it’s hungry

This collection of speculative fiction will stimulate your imagination, unnerve you just a little, and make you wonder… “What if we’re not alone?”

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Order it here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W5JG1DC

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/3JVJ9e

Visit my site: www.KelliWilkins.com to see all of my writings!

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Halloween is just around the corner, and these unusual stories are a perfect way to get ready for the season!

I welcome questions and comments from readers. Let me know which story you loved best, which one made you laugh, or why you love reading sci-fi. You can learn more about all of my current titles on my site, sign up for my newsletter, or follow my blog and social media posts for updates on new releases.

Keep watching the stars!

Kelli A. Wilkins

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Kelli A WilkinsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 5 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

Kelli released Extraterrestrial Encounters, a collection of 18 sci-fi stories, in August 2019. If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her disturbing novella, Nightmare in the North.

Her latest historical romance, The Viking’s Witch, was released in June 2019. This full-length novel takes place in Celtic Scotland and blends a sensual romance with paranormal elements.

In March 2019, Kelli published Dangerous Indenture, a historical mystery romance set in Colonial Pennsylvania. She released the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

Kelli released her latest Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

Visit her website www.KelliWilkins.com or blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ to learn more about all of her writings.

#BlogTour “False Flag (Battle Ground Series #2)” by Rachel Churcher

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Ketty Smith is an instructor with the Recruit Training Service, turning sixteen-year-old conscripts into government fighters. She’s determined to win the job of lead instructor at Camp Bishop, but the arrival of Bex and her friends brings challenges she’s not ready to handle. Running from her own traumatic past, Ketty faces a choice: to make a stand, and expose a government conspiracy, or keep herself safe, and hope she’s working for the winning side.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

Purchase Link: https://tallerbooks.com/battleground/

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Rachel ChurcherAuthor Bio

Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens, she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.

She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.

Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

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#NEW “Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories” by Kelli A. Wilkins

Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories

A New Release from Kelli A. Wilkins

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 Hi everyone!

I’m pleased to announce the release of my science fiction anthology, Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories.   Although I’m mainly known for writing sensualcover romances and spooky horror fiction, every so often I like to surprise myself – and readers.

I’ve always been attracted to the unusual, peculiar, and “weird” that exists in the sci-fi and horror genres. I grew up watching Tales from the Dark Side, Amazing Stories, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Outer Limits, and of course, The Twilight Zone. So I guess it’s no surprise that when I started writing, I wrote what I loved reading: sci-fi and horror.

Authors are always asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” so when I wrote Extraterrestrial Encounters, I decided to share a peek at my writing process. I’ve included a brief note at the end of each story in the collection, explaining what inspired me to write it, where I got the idea, or general comments about the plot or characters.

I hope you enjoy these stories. Some are humorous, some will make you think, and others might scare you a bit, but they will all take you on a journey into the realm of the unknown for a little while.

Here is the book summary and buy links.

Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories           

Are you ready to step into the unknown?

In these 18 sci-fi stories, you’ll encounter aliens of all shapes and sizes, curious (and sometimes unlucky) space explorers, and ordinary Earthlings having otherworldly experiences.

Some of the out-of-this-world tales in this short fiction anthology include:

The Hoax – A reporter learns that a creature from another planet is a dangerous thing to fool with

It Grows on You – A strange kind of mold has invaded an office, and it’s the perfect tool for revenge

What Lurks Below – Everyone knows there’s no life on Mars, but nobody thought about what might be lurking under the surface…

The Con – An alien becomes an unlikely ally to a down-on-his-luck petty crook

Space Cowboy – When a second-rate rodeo star is abducted by aliens, he makes the most of the situation

They Just Keep Eating – A Nebraska farmer encounters a menace from space… and it’s hungry

This collection of speculative fiction will stimulate your imagination, unnerve you just a little, and make you wonder… “What if we’re not alone?”

cover

Order it here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W5JG1DC

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/3JVJ9e

Visit my site: www.KelliWilkins.com to see all of my writings!

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Halloween is just around the corner, and these unusual stories are a perfect way to get ready for the season!

I welcome questions and comments from readers. Let me know which story you loved best, which one made you laugh, or why you love reading sci-fi. You can learn more about all of my current titles on my site, sign up for my newsletter, or follow my blog and social media posts for updates on new releases.

Keep watching the stars!

Kelli A. Wilkins

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Kelli A WilkinsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 5 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

Kelli released Extraterrestrial Encounters, a collection of 18 sci-fi stories, in August 2019. If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her disturbing novella, Nightmare in the North.

Her latest historical romance, The Viking’s Witch, was released in June 2019. This full-length novel takes place in Celtic Scotland and blends a sensual romance with paranormal elements.

In March 2019, Kelli published Dangerous Indenture, a historical mystery romance set in Colonial Pennsylvania. She released the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

Kelli released her latest Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

Visit her website www.KelliWilkins.com or blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ to learn more about all of her writings.

#AudioBookBlogTour “Beneath the Surface” by Rebecca Langham

Audiobook Blog Tour: Beneath the Surface by Rebecca LanghamBeneath the Surface by Rebecca Langham

Author: Rebecca Langham

Narrator: Kate Roth

Length: 10 hours and 35 minutes

Series: Outsider Project #1

Publisher: NineStar Press, LLC

Released: Mar. 18, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

 

When a change in collective conscious sends the Outsiders, a group of aliens, to the shadows below the city, humans reason that the demonetization of their peers is simply more “humane”. There’s no question nor doubt. Just acceptance.

Lydia had embraced that sense of “truth” for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a powerful governor, she has been able to live her life with more comforts than most. Comforts can be suffocating, though, and when the opportunity to teach Outsider children in their private, “humane” community becomes available, she takes it.

What she finds beneath the city is far from the truth she had grown to know. There she meets Alessia, an Outsider with the knowledge and will to shake the foundation of all those who walk above ground. The two find a new and unexpected connection despite a complete disconnect from the technological world. Or perhaps in spite of it.

Still, it takes a lot more than an immutable connection to change the world. Lydia, Alessia, and a small group of Outsiders must navigate a system of corruption, falsehoods, and twists none of them ever saw coming, all while holding on to the hope to come out alive in the end. But it’s a risk worth taking and a future worth fighting for.

 

 

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Rebecca Langham lives in the Blue Mountains (Australia) with her partner, children, and a menagerie of pets. She has been a foster carer for over ten years.

A Xenite, a Whovian and all-round general nerd, Rebecca is a lover of science fiction, comic books, and caffeine. When she isn’t teaching History to high schoolers or wrangling children, Rebecca enjoys playing broomball and reading.

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Narrator Bio

A global voice, Kate brings her broad experience and expertise into the studio and into her voice over delivery. With her unique blend of accents, a project can only “shine” with the versatility and distinct sound of her voice

Australian, British and North American accents are within Kate’s range.

Adaptive in style and tone, depending on your needs, Kate can deliver a wide range of voices. From conversational to authoritative; fun to serious; sophisticated to knowledgeable and beyond.

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  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?

I have been doing Voice over work since 2010 but did not start doing audiobooks until 2016. I wanted to try something different with voice over work and audiobooks were familiar to me.

  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?

When I started doing voice acting, I particularly did not want to do audiobooks. Audiobooks require a big time committment to the one project. I liked the quick projects like commercials. But as I got more experienced, I wanted to branch out and learn more about the art of narration and story-telling and I slowly progressed to audiobooks.

  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?

Finding quality projects I would say, is the hardest part. My acting background and voice over coaching are the key tools I rely on for narrating audiobooks.

  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?

I do have a background in theatre and i would say that has helped me immensely. I don’t think it is the only way to go though. With the help of a great voice over coach specific for narration of audiobooks, one can break into this arena.

  • What type of training have you undergone?

I have an acting background and regularly take classes with either an acting coach or voice over coach to hone my skills.

  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?

I take a break every hour for 10mins. Get out of my studio, go outside if I can, etc. I also exercise daily – that is a necessity for me. Goes without saying, exercise helps with energy levels, blood flow, and overall demeanor. If I feel I am just not “into” the narrating on a particular day – I will take a much longer break or skip a day of narration. You can hear it in the voice if you are not having a good day.

  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

I listen to audiobooks all the time. I love them! There is definitely a difference in quality of narrators. I like to listen when traveling in my car – makes any drive much more interesting.

  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?

My favorite part is being part of a character that goes through some sort of transformation – physical, mental or emotional. I like the challenge of “growing” the character. My least favorite is editing! Argh!!!

  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?

I like to be in communication with the author. I see this as a partnership and want us to be both proud of our work.

  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?

Interesting question. For me, with anything I read, personal, professional, I “hear” the way I think the character sounds. For books I am narrating, I then go back to the breakdown of the main characters, if I have that from the author. I look at the notes and try to come up with an accent that works. For audiobbooks, as long as you are changing your voice a little to distinguish between characters, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming part of narration.

 

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#AudioBookBlogTour “The Biodome Chronicles: Legacy Book 1” by Jesikah Sundin

Audiobook Series Tour: The Biodome Chronicles by Jesikah Sundin

Legacy by Jesikah Sundin

Author: Jesikah Sundin

Narrator: Sunil Patel

Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

Publisher: Forest Tales Publishing

Released: Dec. 11, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

She’s from the past, locked inside a world within a world. He’s from the future, haunted by her death. A chilling secret binds their lives together.

A sensible young nobleman and his sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.

All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. A death Leaf believes is the result of murder. Now everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to

Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family. Their encounter launches Fillion into a psychological battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many dangerous secrets that bind them together – a necessity if they’re all to survive.

The Middle Ages clashes with the near future in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.

Are you ready to discover what is real?

For fans of medieval fantasy, fairy tales, anime, eco-pagan science fiction, dystopian romance, and murder mysteries.

The Biodome Chronicles is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Rerecorded and second audio edition released in March 2018.

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Jesikah Sundin is a multi-award winning Ecopunk SciFi (eco / pagan scifi) and Forest Fantasy (faerie tale / historical fantasy) writer mom of three nerdlets and devoted wife to a gamer geek. In addition to her family, she shares her home in Monroe, Washington with a red-footed tortoise and a collection of seatbelt purses. She is addicted to coffee, laughing, and Dr. Martens shoes … Oh! And the forest is her happy place.

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Narrator Bio

My name is Sunny Patel and I am a professional British male Voice-Over artist. I was born and bred in London, UK, and woke up with a deep, rumbling voice when I neared adulthood. As a result I have pursued the lifestyle of a Voice Actor / Voice-over artist, not wanting my unique voice to go to waste. I have recorded for multinational companies like Herbal Life, and organisations like The Billy Graham Evangelist Association. I am also narrating a critically acclaimed, award-winning trilogy book series called The Biodome Chroncles by Jesikah Sundin. I have already narrated the first book in the series – Legacy: The Biodome Chronicles – and the audiobook is currently on sale on Amazon and Audible. I can also do voice-overs in other languages, which includes Hindi and Gujarati.

I have been voice trained by coach and mentor, Gary Terrza (https://www.vomasterclass.com), a successful and and well-known voice actor who has been doing his craft for over 25 years.

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LEGACY- BOOK 1

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#AudioBookBlogTour “Beyond the Gates” by Jason D. Morrow

Audiobook Blog Tour: Beyond the Gates by Jason D. Morrow

Author: Jason D. Morrow

Narrator: Stacy Gonzalez

Length: 8 hours and 39 minutes

Series: The Starborn Redemption, Book 1

Publisher: Jason D. Morrow

Released: April 20, 2019

The Containment Zone is a 500-mile radius surrounded by mountains and closed in by gates. No one can leave, and anyone who tries will die. Within are lawless bandits, corrupt soldiers, and once-human greyskins that hunt down people to spread the virus. Some say the Containment Zone is where the greyskin virus originated. Others say the people inside are little more than lab rats being studied by the nefarious Screven government.

When 12-year-old Skylar and her father, Liam, are caught trying to escape, they are taken to Vulture Hill, a government prison camp no one has ever left alive. Inside the prison, Skylar learns that the facility is little more than a testing site for finding people of a certain bloodline – the Starborn. These are people with special powers that manifests in various spectacular ways, and Screven wants to exploit them.

Skylar has always known there was something special about her family. For years, her father has had the ability to completely numb pain with just a thought. Lacerated skin, broken bones, they can all be ignored with enough concentration. Learning that her father is a Starborn means Skylar is probably one too, placing them both in extreme danger.

Now, father and daughter must do the impossible and break out of a prison known for killing so many. But Liam has leverage the government may be willing to buy – the cure for the greyskin virus.

The first two books of The Starborn Redemption are set 40 years after The Starborn Ascension and 17 years before The Starborn Uprising. Each Series can be listened to independently.

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Jason D. Morrow is the author of more than 15 books in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, including The Starborn Uprising, The Starborn Ascension, The Starborn Redemption and Prototype D.

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Narrator Bio

Stacy Gonzalez is a Chicago based narrator and commercial voice actor. She is feisty, bright and expressive. Stacy specializes in YA, self-help and romance, especially when the narration calls for a good handle on comedy, wit and sass. Audiofile Magazine has praised her pace and her ability to create bold characters. Stacy, who is half Colombian, speaks conversational Spanish. She has a great love for Old Hollywood—watching the movies and listening to audiobooks about any and every aspect of it! Follow her on Twitter at @stacygonzalezvo or visit her website at stacygonzalezvo.com.

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Q&A with Narrator Stacy Gonzalez
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I did theater for years. Then, I got married and had a child, and I just felt there was no way I could keep up with the theater schedule (and terrible pay, at least in Chicago). We moved to the suburbs, and we had a lot more space that we did in the city. We had a sauna in our basement—which is just so crazy and ‘70s, but we thought it was sorta cool, especially since I am half Finnish, and if Finnish people love anything, it’s a good stretch in a sauna. Anyway, we never used it, so I decided to make it my recording studio for recording my commercial auditions. Because my space wasn’t bad, I started doing actual commercial jobs in there, and then that led to auditioning for audiobooks, and here we are!
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • It actually was not hard for me to get my first paying audiobook gig. What helped me most was my lack of fear and my tenacity. You have to hustle as an actor of any kind. You can’t sit back and let it fall into your lap.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • I think actor training is super important. The ability to just slide into the world of the book and the bodies of the characters—the ability to do that without really even trying, so that it’s just a muscle memory kind of thing, is essential in audiobook narration.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I had never listened to an audiobook when I started narrating. A coach told me that listening to audiobooks as a narrator is non-negotiable. And he was right. I started listening and fell in love with listening to non-fiction. I love listening to books about Old Hollywood. I love that I can go out for a run and listen, and that the story can compel me to run farther than I had planned. Or make me clean my house longer than I had planned. A bio of Rita Hayworth compelled me to repaint my bathroom, and I love that bathroom now!
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • There are so many things that I love about it, but my least favorite part is very clear. It’s lonely! I loved doing theater because I loved being social and having fun during breaks with the other actors. Narrating is a very lonely thing. But audiobook narrators have a very strong online community, so that’s great. And when you get to record at the studio with a director and/or engineer, that’s great, too.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • Jason, the author, found me, and I’m so glad that he did. I was intimidated a bit that so much of the book is narrated from the father’s perspective, but it was a delicious challenge. The book, in my opinion, is so well written. I love when a book shakes me in some way. After a day of narrating this book, I would move on to my regular life, and then I would feel anxious. I couldn’t figure out what was making me feel anxious. Then I figured it out—I was anxious because I had spent hours living in the world of Beyond the Gates.
  • Who are your “accent inspirations”?
    • A lot of times, I use famous people. I like using famous people better than people I’ve met in real life, because I can look up interviews and stuff for the famous people to help really lock me in to that person. Alan Rickman finds his way into a lot of what I do. So does Tilda Swinton. And my idea of Tony Blair— not a real Tony Blair, but my idea of him. Even if the characters aren’t English—these people have very specific personalities to me.
  • If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
    • I would love to narrate Christopher Pike YA horror books. I loved those books! I remember going to the mall every Friday, heading straight to Walden Books (I grew up in New England, I don’t know if that chain was everywhere) and buying a new Christopher Pike book every week. Whisper of Death is one that I’ve found in used books stores recently. I re-read it, and I swear, it stands the test of time. I actually have used a piece from it as a demo sample.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • In this day and age, when we are realizing how the most effective way of learning or absorbing information is different for each person, who is anyone to say that one thing is better than the other? Audiobooks really stay with me. I retain a lot from audiobooks. Let’s exercise different parts of our brains and include both formats in our enjoyment of literature!
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • Listen to audiobooks. Join audiobook narrator forums online and listen to the great advice from the working narrators out there. Look out for charlatans promising “work from home, make lots of money,” who have no or bad audiobooks to their names. Get coaching from the many pro narrators who make themselves available for such a thing, in the comfort of your own home via Skype.

Aug. 18th:

Country Road Reviews

Notes from ‘Round the Bend

Nesie’s Place

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Aug. 19th:

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author

Jazzy Book Reviews

Aug. 20th:

Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Readeropolis

Aug. 21st:

Audiospy

The Book Addict’s Reviews

Aug. 22nd:

Buried Under Books

eBook Addicts

Aug. 23rd:

Mystery Thriller Week

My Creatively Random Life

Wall-to-Wall Books

Aug. 24th:

Teatime and Books

Locks, Hooks and Books

Viviana MacKade

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