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.
Listen to Aeon of Horus
Haven't heard Company Town (Book 1 of the Quinn Henaghan series)? Click here to get caught up!
I haven't done much reading lately. I'm still soaking in the vibes of The Silent Patient. I love it when the feelings from a book linger. Still, I have another Book of the Month book waiting, and I need to get started soon!
I've been in the studio a lot lately. I am finishing up the final edits on the second book in the Quinn Henaghan trilogy. I'll post a review once the audiobook comes out. I'm really enjoying the trilogy and feel honored to get to bring it to life. (If you missed the first one - Company Town - click hear and give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.)
I've also just accepted a deal for another trilogy - romance this time. I'm excited to get started on the first book.
I really love narrating audiobooks. It's experiencing the story on a deeper level. I get to try and really understand the characters and what makes them tick. I enjoy the editing process, too. I can't think of a job better suited for me. I am a newbie, and still learning a lot, but I am so happy this is my life.
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.
I am an audiobook narrator, writer, reader, and lover of the written word.