As soon as any Stephen King book comes out, I am reading it. I've never loved any authors' entire body of work, but SK comes close. The Institute was exactly what I hoped it would be. Cerebral, thrilling, captivating. His writing style and characters are familiar, but that is the only thing about this book that is comfortable. This story is fantastic and somehow also believable, and the ending was satisfying in its opaqueness. I love when a novel ends with questions unanswered - not all of them. Just enough. I would recommend any Stephen King book, but this one was topnotch. Also, if you get the audiobook, it is read by Santino Fontana, the absolute best audiobook narrator.
Disclaimer: I am the narrator for this audiobook.
Chase Me by Rachael Tamayo
For 20-something Adrienne, her circle of friends is everything. Especially since her own family falls a bit flat. A judgmental mother, a sister that's a self-proclaimed bitch, and a dad that just doesn't seem to care past his own golf scores. When she has to come up with a date for a venue wedding to keep her mother off her back, Adrienne scrambles to find someone. Her close friend, Clint steps in and saves the day.
Pretending to be in love with a close friend shouldn't be too hard, right? Well, turns out that it's way easier than either of them expected. After a week of "pretend" kissing, sharing a hotel room, and putting on the charade for the family both go home with confused feelings. Feelings that scare Adrienne, and invigorate the hot young high school teacher, Clint. Will they be able to step past the boundaries of life-long friendship into something more?
I really enjoyed working on this book. The story was engaging and sweet, and I was drawn into Adrienne and Clint's blooming romance. This is quite different from what I usually read, and I found it to be a refreshing change.
Full disclosure: I am the narrator for this audiobook, but I really love this series.
Aeon of Horus by Paul Neuhaus is the second book in the Quinn Henaghan series, and the action continues. Quinn is restless. She has new magical powers and nothing to do with them. The savior of LA is thrust into domestic life without a bad guy to fight. Until a dying man arrives at her doorstep with a strange statue.
This book is packed with magic, romance, and thrilling action right up to the end.
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My reading time has gone down as I enjoy the holiday season. Life is busy. I've started and stopped three different books. I've been busy rewriting a script and starting a new show. I've been editing an audiobook. I've been doing all the holiday things with my family. Time is limited, and reading has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.
I plan on finishing all three books in January (if not before), and this brought me to a new goal for 2019. I'm setting a reading challenge. I want to read so many more books than I did this year.
My goal for 2019 is 42 books.
I think this is a reasonable goal. I would like to read a book/week, but I have to be realistic. I will have weeks where I do not read. I will have books that take longer than a week. This seems like a manageable goal, and if I go over it, awesome.
I am also planning on reading genres that I do not read all the time, and I want to read indie authors. I'm open to suggestions - comment below!
Starburst (Book 1: Women of the Grey) by Carol James Marshall is a beautifully written book.
Lisa is one of many. They are all the same and none different. Lisa has been given a mission, but even she is unclear of what she is supposed to do. One by one, we meet her marks. Seemingly unconnected people living in a desperately sad and disconnected world. Lisa slowly befriends each of them. She has a date for the end point and must draw them each to her by that time.
The characters are intriguing and well-written. Marshall doles out bits of their backstories in tantalizing peeks into their hidden thoughts. Each is burdened and weary. But how do they fit into the plan? As the end point rapidly approaches, the lives of Lisa's marks spin out of control. I couldn't stop reading until the very end. This book is full of fascinating characters, and it is packed with action until the very last page. Starburst is the first book in the Women of the Grey series, and I cannot wait to read book 2!
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This has been my view for the last couple days. I'm currently editing the second book in the Quinn Henaghan trilogy, Aeon of Horus. I am loving these books. I feel really lucky to have the chance to help bring them to life.
There has been a definite learning curve to recording audiobooks, but I am loving it. It's exciting to learn something new and to create a satisfying product in the end. That being said, here are three steps I took to get started on my narration journey.
Step #1 - Build a little studio.
It doesn't take a lot of space to create a recording studio. My wonderful husband turned our bedroom closet into a perfect recording space. He's a musician, so we already had some equipment. I contributed by hot gluing soundproofing squares to the walls. It was a lot of fun. We added some color-changing LEDs, so I can change the lighting to fit my mood - or better yet, the mood of the book I'm recording.
Step #2 - Learn to listen to your own voice.
This doesn't seem like it should be hard, but a lot of people react poorly when they hear their recorded voice. It was definitely weird for me at first. Husband and I were already working on a podcast, so I was getting used to how different I sounded, but I also found that my "real" voice and my recording voice were quite different. Once I began to look at it as a separate thing, a piece of the creative work, I really started to enjoy playing with the quality of my voice and creating different sounds for different characters. I would definitely recommend some kind of vocal training before starting to narrate audiobooks. I have a degree in theatre and even though my focus was on directing/playwriting, I took a lot of voice classes. They seemed kind of pointless at the time, but I am so glad I have that experience now!
Step #3 - Patience.
Nothing worthwhile is easy. My background with theatre and writing has hardened me to rejection, and audiobook narration is no different. Keep in mind that even if you are turned down for numerous projects, someone out there is looking for someone with your voice. You won't be a perfect fit for every project, but there are so many authors out there. You will find the jobs that work for you, and when you do embrace it and do your very best.
Admittedly, I am a complete noob. I'm probably not experienced enough to give advice, but to me, this seems like a good starting point. I'm sure that as I gain more experience I will have more to share, or I will change my mind. As that happens, I'll keep sharing what I learn.
Full disclosure: Company Town is the first audiobook I narrated, but I would not review it if I did not absolutely love the story.
I love magical realism. Bringing magic into everyday life appeals to the kid in me. Company Town has it all. Ancient magic, monsters, and Quinn Henaghan, an unknowing channeler of magic who comes into her own and finds love with a beautiful aging movie star.
This book is packed with action. As Quinn stumbles into her powers and faces a deadly, ancient magic, she is forced to fight for her life and the lives of the people she loves. I couldn't put this book down. Luckily, this is the first in a trilogy, so there is more Quinn Henaghan to come!
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Welcome! I am so excited to share my book-centric life with you. I have recently started narrating audiobooks, which I absolutely love. I've written a few books and tons of plays for middle and high school students. I live for books. Any genre. I want to support indie authors and also talk about the classic books that I love.
Indie authors, if you are in need of an audiobook narrator, book reviews, or an interview, contact me. I will try to accommodate as many requests as I can.
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I am an audiobook narrator, writer, reader, and lover of the written word.