True Loaf

Author: L. Austen Johnson
Narrator: Penny Scott-Andrews
Length: 16 minutes
Publisher: Lore & Lyre⎮2021
Genre: Fantasy; Short Story
Release date: July 27, 2021
Synopsis: A fun and enchanting modern fairytale.
When a strange man puts in a strange request at the bakery where she works, Riley must go on a mini-adventure to find one unusual ingredient. Along the way, she realizes that things are not always what they seem and that fae might just be real.
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About the Author: L. Austen Johnson

L. Austen Johnson is an award-winning writer, designer, and disability advocate. She is the author of the poetry collection Burning the Bacon, which won Bronze in the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Awards. Her other works include the Romancing the Holidays Series (including the #1 Bestselling story, “Lucky Fall”) and the short story “True Loaf.”

When she’s not writing, you can find her searching for animals to pet, singing off-key in the shower, and learning the art of making the perfect cup of tea. Find out more: http://www.laustenjohnson.com

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About the Narrator: Penny Scott-Andrews

Penny Scott-Andrews graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, (BA 3yr Acting) in 1998, and worked as an actress for over a decade, both touring and in the West End. However, she soon realised that her real passion was for radio drama and narration. Therefore her husband, (also an actor and voiceover), and she built our first home studio many years ago, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength, and we happily record every day.

Whilst she voices a variety of work, Audiobooks will always be my favourite, as they are a great opportunity to marry both my acting and voiceover skills. As an avid reader, the chance to delve into a book for work purposes is a real privilege, and one she will always fully commit too.

Top 10 Reasons to listen to an Audio Book –

  1. Reasons to be an audiobook listener 
  1. Paperless, saving trees
  2. Accessible for people who prefer or can only use listening platforms vs visual
  3. Easy to carry with you on the go on your phone
  4. Can listen while working on
  5. Can listen in the bath without worrying about dropping your tablet/phone/book into the water
  6. Can play on your commute
  7. More than one person can listen at once
  8. Helps support expanded library catalogs
  9. Can help you process the text in a different way
  10. Has a smaller, more tight-knit readership community

Dearest Mother and Dad…

Author: Christina Thompson
Narrator: Gary Bennett
Length: 5 hours 8 minutes
Publisher: Christina Thompson⎮2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release date: May 28, 2021
Synopsis: “One hundred and twenty Marines wounded. Eighteen dead. All for one lousy hill”.
Corpsman Orrin Connor’s faithful letters with a touching twist shield his parents from the horrors of war. His buddy Rawley Armstrong’s poignant letters give his sister the harrowing truths. Throughout their dangerous assignments during the Korean War, they debate the consequences of their choices. Orrin gains comfort in downplaying his experiences while Rawley feels a healing purge. As they get to know the Marines in their charge, the corpsmen gather a variety of opinions. Although Orrin and Rawley disagree, their friendship remains true until the bitter end.
“It all happened within minutes. For some, it would last a lifetime”.
Based on her father’s letters to his parents throughout the Forgotten War, author Christina Thompson has produced this work of historical fiction to pay tribute to Navy corpsmen by remembering their service to their brothers and their country. Imagining her father had guarded his parents from the carnage of war, Christina elaborates on what could have happened while staying true to the dates and experiences her father shared in his actual letters.
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About the Author: Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a certified massage therapist from the Health Enrichment Center’s School of Therapeutic Massage in Lapeer, Michigan. She also has a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, Wisconsin. 

Her background in biology gave her a love of science and an insight into the physical realm of the body. Her holistic understanding of Traditional Chinese medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways.

As a former holistic practitioner with over 20 years of knowledge, experience, and service, Christina now enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.

She is the author of the romantic thrillers in The Chemical Attraction Series, which include Their Rigid Rules, The Kindred Code, Chemical Attraction, Chemical Reaction, and an anthology of short stories, Searching for Her. She has also written the romantic adventures, The Trucker’s Cat and The Garden Collection.

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About the Narrator: Gary Bennett

Narrator Gary Bennett is a SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator.  He was born and raised in California and then in Bozeman, Montana, and is the oldest of 4 children.  He now calls the greater Seattle area his home, and he’s a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks

He’s always been passionate about not just telling a story, but telling it well!  From reading bedtime stories with his children to performing in front of the microphone, bringing a story truly to life is one of his greatest joys.

Gary has pursued his career in audiobook narration with zeal, investing in not only personal coaching from some of the best in the field, but in also some of the best equipment for his professional home-based studio.  There are few things he enjoys more than stepping into his StudioBricks home studio and recording his favorite books!

Gary is also a licensed electrical engineer and a private pilot, loves to listen to and play music and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

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Only Love Remains

“It all happened within minutes. For some, it would last a lifetime.”

My dad was a Navy Corpsman with the Marines during the Korean War.  He never shared his experiences.  After he died, I read the letters he wrote to his parents during the war and finally understood (reading between the lines) why he was hard and emotionally absent.  I think the war had affected him more than he had let on.

Although Dearest Mother and Dad is historical fiction, I believe my dad was beside me as I wrote it. You may love the story.  You may hate it.  This healing process dissolved my anger and pain. Only love remains.

I’ve shared some of my dad’s pictures from Korea in my book trailer photo album.  I used them to visualize and create the story.  Take a look.

Dearest Mother and Dad Book Trailer on YOUTUBE https://youtu.be/ezQyVUuaxG8
Dearest Mother and Dad on AUDIBLE https://www.audible.com/pd/B0961BH3RD/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-260223&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_260223_rh_us

Rosedale in Love – Audio

Author: Lev Raphael

Narrator: Robin Siegerman

Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

Publisher: Audiobooks Unleashed⎮2021

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: May 20, 2021

Synopsis: In the glittering world of money-mad 1905 New York City, Jewish financier Simon Rosedale plans to force his way into high society through marriage, and has his eye on Lily Bart. One of the most beautiful women in the city, Lily is a down-at-heels aristocrat plagued by gossip, and might be vulnerable to his proposal. With his money and her style and connections, he can rise to the top – but will she lower herself to marry a Jew? 

Could such a marriage heal Rosedale’s secret shame, and will Florence Goodhart, the cousin who adores Rosedale, help or hinder his plans? 

Written in a period voice, Rosedale in Love audaciously revisions Edith Wharton’s beloved classic The House of Mirth, offering listeners a timeless American story of greed, envy, scandal, love, and revenge.

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About the Author: Lev Raphael

Lev Raphael is the author of 27 books in genres from memoir to mystery and a winner of a Lambda Book Award for his first collection of short stories.   He has twenty years of university teaching behind him, most recently at Michigan State University, whose Library has purchased his literary papers and updates the archive yearly.  His work has been translated into 15 languages and has appeared on course syllabi around the country–which means he’s been homework.  Edith Wharton inspired him to become a writer and he’s published a book about her life and fiction as well as a comic mystery: The Edith Wharton Murders. A frequent traveler to Germany, Lev studies both German and Swedish as a hobby and takes voice lessons too. He is the proud owner of two West Highland White Terriers and has lived in Michigan with his partner for more than thirty years.

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About the Narrator: Robin Siegerman

I trained in NYC with acting coach William Esper, Speech and dialect coach Timothy Monich and vocal coach Albert Hague. Improv at Second City Toronto, and audiobook coaching with Sean Pratt, Joel Froomkin and Dawn Harvey. 

In 2018 I was nominated for Best International Voiceover at the One Voice Awards in London, England, for the documentary voiceover in http://www.HarrysStory.ca . In 2019 I won Best Corporate Training Voice Over Artist by CV Magazine and in 2021 won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for A Son at the Front, by Edith Wharton.

I grew up in Montreal speaking English and French, so developed an ear for language and accents at an early age. However, after two years of speech training,  my natural speaking voice is neutral American, and I have a wide variety of accents to draw upon for audiobook narration: English & French Canadian, Classic French, German, American Southern, New York, Italian, Irish, German, English RP and Estuary.

With an additional background as an international award-winning interior designer, author of Renovation Bootcamp®: Kitchen and conference speaker, I love to “make movies for the ears”.

In my spare time, you can find me surrounded by a bevvy of rescue dogs, singing with my a capella ensemble SoundCrowd in Toronto, or playing board games with my husband Steve, our son Julian and daughter-in-law Danielle.

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Into Neon – Author Interview

Author: Matthew A. Goodwin
Narrator: Zachary Johnson
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes
Publisher: Matthew A. Goodwin⎮2021
Genre: Science Fiction; Cyberpunk
Series: A Cyberpunk Saga, Book 1
Release date: Jun. 15, 2021
Synopsis: “Star Wars Meets Blade Runner In An Awesome Adventure!” -Amazon Review (5 Stars)
Moss’ life is going nowhere until a mysterious woman knocks on his door and leaves him with the key to take down one of the world’s largest corporations. When he discovers a familial connection to the stranger, Moss leaves the comfort of his home with his best friend for the sprawling megacity.
There, he joins a group of ruffians dedicated to freeing people from the yoke of the evil companies. Police-for-hire, motorcycle gangs and betrayal threaten them at every turn.
Can Moss help this small group of rebels fight the power before it’s too late? Find out in Into Neon: A Cyberpunk Saga.
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1. Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
Audiobook Empire made the process so easy for me. The idea of setting up an audiobook was something I had wanted to do since publication, but actually putting it all together seemed daunting. Given how streamlined they made this for me, I am planning to release my entire series in audio format.
2. Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format? 
No, I think there is a place for all types of literature in audio format. I am as likely to listen to a six-hour murder mystery as I am a thirty-four-hour biography.
3. Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? 
Not consciously. I did not even know if people would pick up my book when I first wrote Into Neon. I was mostly just writing a book that I wanted to read, and I have been thrilled with the positive response. An audiobook seemed almost like an impossible dream when I was first writing and so it is a dream come true that it is coming out now.
4. How did you select your narrator?
This was a no brainer. Zach brought the perfect energy to the project, crafted the voices of the characters exactly right and, as an added bonus, is a huge fan of cyberpunk. Since I write in a somewhat niche genre, having a narrator who loves it is something I really appreciate.
5. 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? 
We worked quite closely, and Zach worked hard to find the right voice for all the various characters in the book. There were only a few names of things that I had to make sure were right, but it turned out that he was already saying the words the way I wanted.
6. Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing? 
The real world is the foundation on which all good cyberpunk is created. If you are going to envision a realistic near-future, you must understand the present as well. Looking at trends in technology and society certainly help to craft a science fiction setting that fells real.
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Love in the Wild…

Author: Emma Castle
Narrators: Shane East, Lucy Rivers
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes
Publisher: Emma Castle Books⎮2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: Dec. 30, 2020
Synopsis: A sensual, powerful, and thought-provoking Tarzan retelling.
Eden Matthews stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime while photographing wildlife deep in the heart of Africa….
A gorgeous god of a man living in the wilds of the African jungle among a family of gorillas….
When he saves her life, she’s compelled to uncover the man’s tragic past and the fate that led him to grow up in the wild.
But Eden soon learns she can take man from the wild, but she can’t take the wild out of the man….
When her savage savior soon shows her just what he wants of her…her sensual surrender…she finds she can’t resist him teaching her how to love…in the wild.
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About the Author: Emma Castle

Emma Castle has always loved reading but didn’t know she loved romance until she was enduring the trials of law school. She discovered the dark and sexy world of romance novels and since then has never looked back! She loves writing about sexy, alpha male heroes who know just how to seduce women even if they are a bit naughty about it. When Emma’s not writing, she may be obsessing over her favorite show Supernatural where she’s a total Team Dean Winchester kind of girl!

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About the Narrator: Shane East

Hailing from London, Shane’s Brit accent frequently tops Audible’s bestseller list and is a favourite amongst romance’s top authors. 

He’s a multi Audie Awards nominee, Earphones winner, and has been crowned romance narrator of the year by Audiofile Magazine, The Romantic Times and SOVAS. 

Fans enjoy his work so much they’ve even started a fan club called the Shaneiaks (on Facebook). When not recording you can find him in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

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About the Narrator: Lucy Rivers

Hailing from London, Shane’s Brit accent frequently tops Audible’s bestseller list and is a favourite amongst romance’s top authors. 

He’s a multi Audie Awards nominee, Earphones winner, and has been crowned romance narrator of the year by Audiofile Magazine, The Romantic Times and SOVAS. 

Fans enjoy his work so much they’ve even started a fan club called the Shaneiaks (on Facebook). When not recording you can find him in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

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Music Playlist for Love in the Wild

Music plays a huge role in my writing, I try to create unique playlists for either specific stories/series or for subgenres like “historical romance” or “paranormal romance”. Music helps create images in my head that allow me to flesh out characters, scenes and even dream entire plot points for each story. 

With Love in the Wild, my modern day Tarzan retelling, I needed very special songs that captured the settings but also the characters where the songs felt both wild and inspiration and moving. Below are the two ten songs that best reflect Love in the Wild.

  1. Run Boy Run (Instrumental) – Woodkid
  2. Sun is Shining (Super Duper Remix) Bob Marley
  3. The Rainmaker – Hans Zimmer
  4. More Red than Alive – Michael Giacchino
  5. The Hanging Tree – James Newton Howard (Hunger Games Soundtrack)
  6. Learning to Fly – Tom Petty
  7. My Heart Is Broken – Evanescence
  8. The Letter that Never Came – Thomas Newman
  9. Cold Lamb Sandwich – Thomas Newman
  10. Tessa – Steve Jablonsky