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Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop

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It is time for the Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop where we highlight our favorite 3 audiobooks from 2013. This hop is hosted by The Book NymphoHot Listens, and Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and runs from Jan 1 2014 to Jan 15 2014.

 

I really like to read.  No.  Really.  Reading is kind of an obsession for me.  To illustrate the point, when I was a little kid I used to read while using the bathroom.  Yes, books, but also air freshener, soap boxes, the engravings on faucets.  If it was within my sight line, I was reading it (#nerdpride). So I guess it’s not too surprising--although it’s still a bit surreal--that as an adult I would somehow manage to actually make a living reading.  As a voice actor that is exactly what I do.  In 2013 I was lucky enough to read some radio ads, several phone messages, 9 slide shows, 2 safety videos, and 25 audiobooks.  Even though they are the most involved, audiobooks (the steamy ones in particular) are my favorites to do.  After much deliberation I picked the very last and very first audiobooks I narrated in 2013, and one hot listen from fellow narrator Christa G. Lewis to share with you.

 

1.       Exit Strategy by L.V. Lewis, narrated by Marie Hélène

Why I loved it: Much like in season 2 for Olivia Pope, book 2 in the 50 Shades of Jungle Fever let us see more of the heroine’s vulnerability.  Don’t let the title deter you—it’s much more than an homage to E.L. James’ work and really worth a listen/read for fans and non-fans alike.

 

2.  Kismet’s Kiss by Cate Rowan, narrated by Marie Hélène

 Why I loved it: The King and I meets Marion Zimmer Bradley.  What’s not to like? I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy elements of the story, but what I loved most was how real and complicated Sultan Kuramos’ life was amidst the chaos of politics, plural marriage, and a plague.

 

3.   Her Fake Romance by Donna Fasano, narrated by Christa G. Lewis 

Why I loved it: The story is really sweet and well-done, and Christa’s voice is smooth and gorgeous.  ‘Nough said. 

So now comes the fun part.  Click below to check out what other listeners have enjoyed this year and keep scrolling to enter for a chance to win a 6 month membership to Audible below.

Happy Listening!

1.  Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog   22.  Cat @ Addicted 2 Heroines    
2.  Hot Listens (Int)   23.  Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings (Int)    
3.  The Book Nympho   24.  Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun    
4.  The Bookaholic Cat   25.  Amy @ bookgoonie    
5.  Literate Housewife   26.  Cornelia Amiri    
6.  The Happy Booker   27.  Lisa @ Captivated Reader    
7.  AudioGals   28.  Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict    
8.  Rabid Reads   29.  Audiobook Jungle    
9.  gaele at I am, Indeed   30.  Concupiscent Bibliophile    
10.  The Oddiophile   31.  Wholly Books    
11.  Kelley @ CK2S Kwips and Kritiques   32.  Simply Ali (US & INT)    
12.  The Reading Date   33.  Joyfully Reviewed (US & INT)    
13.  Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings   34.  Bookswagger    
14.  Rina @ Read-Love-Blog   35.  Mary Matthews    
15.  Under the Covers   36.  Blue Moon    
16.  Just Reading For Fun   37.  Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks    
17.  Tanya Patrice (Girlxoxo)   38.  Lady Bren    
18.  Readers Confession (INT)   39.  Victoria @ Random Nerdery    
19.  Marie Hélène   40.  Sue @ Books, Books, The Magical Fruit    
20.  Delighted Reader   41.  Urban Girl Reader    
21.  Mother/Gamer/Writer   42.  Booked & Loaded  

 

Enter audible.com Giveaway

 

 

 

Devon Vaughn Archer's Kissing the Man Next Door

Kissing the Man Next Door definitely surprised me.  I went into it expecting it to be sweet and mild—it is literally a boy meets girl next door story—and it is sweet.  The main characters are all kind, unpretentious, and without ulterior motives.  That is good and definitely what you’d expect from a mainstream romance.  What I didn’t expect was how well-written (and incredibly steamy) the love scenes would be once our couple connected.  They are definitely hot-cha-cha!

If you’re into it, Kissing the Man Next Door is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com.  For a sneak listen, check out my SoundCloud page.  https://soundcloud.com/marie-h-l-ne-1

 

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever Book 2: Cover Reveal

 

 

On of my favorite authors to work with, L.V. Lewis, revisits the world of Keisha Beale and Tristan White from her Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever in the soon to be released Exit Strategy!

 

Ex·it Strat·e·gy (noun) 1. A preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation that is likely to become difficult or unpleasant. 2. The method by which a venture capitalist or business owner intends to get out of an investment that he or she has made in the past.

 

Will Keisha and Tristan exercise their elaborate EXIT STRATEGY and end their unorthodox arrangement?

Assailed by demons she thought she had conquered, Keisha Beale has uttered the words to end her tumultuous relationship with Tristan White. Separated, they grapple for a time with their personal demons. However, when their lives apart become unbearable, a credible threat brings them back together prematurely.

As they seek to discover who is responsible for the threats, several seemingly unrelated incidents throw them into a tailspin. Will Keisha’s youthful indiscretions or Tristan’s un-reconciled feelings for a former sub derail their tenuous arrangement?

In the meantime, trouble in Nathan and Jada’s paradise send dramatic ripples that hint of future difficulties in the idyllic pairing.

Nothing Ventured…

Tristan uses his vast wealth and connections to correct a gross miscarriage of justice, while Keisha makes herself utterly vulnerable to Tristan and fears he has chosen to exercise his own exit strategy.

…Nothing Gained!

Will this be the end of the indecent arrangement that became a fairy tale? Or will Keisha and Tristan reveal the trauma from their pasts so they may heal and completely embrace their relationship?

Sensual, suspenseful, and still infused with the riotous levity of Triple-G and Fairy Hoochie Mama, the Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy departs from full parody with a distinctive take on love, loyalty, sacrifice, redemption, and acceptance.

 

 

 

L. V. Lewis doesn't have the financial means of Tristan White, but she wouldn't want readers to go away from this cover reveal empty handed, so she's giving all viewers the chance to win one of the following three prizes (1) Kindle (2) $50 gift card (from either Amazon, B&N, or iTunes), 3) Signed Personalized copies of Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever and Exit Strategy. Here's the Rafflecopter link if you'd like to enter to win: http://bit.ly/YZyTXA.

Authors Are People, Too.

 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the author.  This is particularly true for those of us who are bookish.  I know.  That seems counter-intuitive.  But hear me out.  Those of us who think of books as friends, who can’t wait to fall into this alternate reality and lose ourselves (or discover ourselves) in what we find there are often so good at it that we forget authors exist as real flesh and blood people with lives and families and feelings all their own.  The name printed boldly on the cover is a human, not a mere collection of words on a page.
 
Of course I always knew this was true on an intellectual level, but feeling it is true is something entirely different.  That didn’t happen until I began to work with authors much more closely in the deeply personal process of creating an audiobook.
 
"Deeply personal?" you might ask.  "That’s a bit of an exaggeration, isn’t it?"   Yes. For some. But stop to think about it for a moment.  As an author, you likely have spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours living with your story in your head.  The characters speak, they act, they move, they think—but all in the author’s head.  They have been living in there.  Growing in there.  Becoming who they are and quietly changing the author in the process.  Quietly being the key.  Many authors have never heard their prose spoken aloud before putting it in the hands of a narrator.  It can be scary.  A bit like sending your first born off to kindergarten.  Will she be understood?  Will she be mistreated?  Will she grow?  
Some hover like overprotective parents, wanting to be involved in the development of every character voice, every pause, every breath.  Others are more hands-off but no less caring, delivering their prize into the narrator’s hands and holding their breath until the finish.  But whatever the approach, it always reveals a bit of the author's personality.  It peals back a bit of the protective layer to reveal the human underneath.  Seeing the artist so exposed has forever changed me as a reader.  Hopefully for the better.
 
The journey from print to voice can be unnerving. Each author chooses her best path, and I smooth the road where I can.

 

Romance Is My Coffee, and I Add a Little Sugar

 

 

Every morning I disentangle myself from my husband slowly. Trying not to wake him, carefully sliding his arm from its resting place in the curve of my hip, slipping my leg from between his.  He hates that I ease out of bed before he wakes.  For him it feels like I’ve slipped off to the arms of another lover, and in a way I have.

 

Treading down the dark hall with delicate steps, I make my way toward the soft light spilling from my little recording studio.  It’s all set up for me, left just the way I like it, ready for me to curl up on the ottoman and slide my headphones into place.  I click the microphone on and fall into a fantasy world where a young woman loses control of herself in the arms of a god.  Every kiss, every caress is made all the more real by the quiet of the morning and the remnants of my own dreams.  I can feel the words even as I say them.  They rouse me, ready me for whatever else the day will hold. They are my coffee.  Then I head back to my husband’s arms for a little bit of sugar.

Secret Pleasures

New Orleans is beautiful.  Its lushness, even in the dead of winter, can inspire romance in the coldest heart.  Love and exoticism permeate the air, invading the soul with every languid breath.  Is there any wonder, then, that someone like me—born and raised on city streets overgrown with plantains and old world charm—would find herself mesmerized by the sensual?  For me there was nothing at all unusual about reading Anne Rice’s naughtier bits on the steps of an old convent, carefully keeping the pleats of my plaid skirt tucked into the folds of my knees.   I was hiding, you see.  Not from the world, but from my mother.  You have to do that when you're 12.  And the fact that I kept my sensual sojourns secret from her only added to their pleasure.

 

 

Now that I am older I still lust after stories of romance and erotic exploration, and I still think that a bit of secrecy can heighten their appeal.  However, I have learned that there is more than one way to keep a secret.  There are secrets from lovers, secrets between lovers, and secrets from everyone else.  One of the things that I love about narrating erotic fiction is that it is like whispering a secret into the microphone.  A secret that you can share if you wish.  Or, if you choose, you can keep it all to yourself.  After all, once you slip your earbuds in, no one knows what you’re listening to except you. 

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