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Whip Smart Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Blog Tour: Whip Smart by Siena Noble

Author: Siena Noble

Narrators: Meg Sylvan, Everett Hwang

Length: 12 hours 40 minutes

Series: The Loft, Book 1

Publisher: Siena Noble

Released: Apr. 20, 2020

Genre: Erotic Romance

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Escaping her past is hard. Falling in love is even harder… Teresa Bodnar is desperate for a fresh start. Scarred by her relationship with her cruel, controlling, and so-called “dominant” ex, she escapes to her hometown of Pittsburgh. Determined to move forward, Tera makes a bold move: Founding the first club in the city to act as a safe haven where her most secret desires can be fulfilled. But acting on those desires in the wake of the nightmare she left behind is something else entirely, especially when unexpected romantic entanglements complicate matters of business. Since the moment they met, the chemistry between Tera and easy-going Dominant Eric Yun has been undeniably scorching, yet Tera finds herself denying it at every turn. She has baggage to spare, and the high-strung submissive can’t afford to take any chances where her budding friendship with the sweet and dangerously seductive Eric is concerned. Yet Eric has baggage of his own, and the more he chips away at her walls, the more Tera realizes it’s not just the drugging allure of his dominance that calls to her. She’s falling for him hard and fast, but if life’s taught her anything, it’s that the harder the fall, the worse the pain – a pain she’d do anything to save Eric from. But the harder she resists their magnetic attraction, the faster her resistance seems to crumble… Note: This is the first book in The Loft Series and ends on a cliffhanger to be resolved in book two. Content Warning: This audiobook deals with issues of anxiety, depression, and healing from past abuse. It contains mentions of emotional/sexual abuse and suicide.

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A proud Pittsburgher, Siena Noble has explored and inhabited all kinds of fictional worlds through her writing since age ten. When she’s not busy reading, writing, or re-watching Battlestar Galactica, Siena enjoys traveling, archery, and getting lost in the woods (also known as “hiking”). She and her better half/writing buddy live together in Pittsburgh.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Siena Noble. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is not a book I would have normally picked for myself. However, I’m glad that I was blessed to have the chance to read it. I’ll have a more detailed review later. I thought it would be cheesy at first. I’m glad I was wrong.

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Deep Series Book One Audiobook Blog Tour

The Deep Series

Author: Nick Sullivan

Narrator: Nick Sullivan

Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

Series: Caribbean Dive Adventures, Book 1

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press

Released: May 1, 2018

Genre: Action-Adventure

In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move.Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Divers Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.“The age-old adage of ‘write what you know’ becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this.” – Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of Fallen Out.

Born in East Tennessee, Nick has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After recording hundreds of books over the last twenty years he decided to write his own. Decades of scuba diving and travel inspired the Caribbean Dive Adventures. The first book in this series, the best-selling Deep Shadow, is set in the island of Bonaire. Deep Cut picks up on the little Dutch island of Saba. For more information on this series, visit http://www.deepnovels.comAnd for something completely different, visit zombiebigfoot.com to learn about his first novel, Zombie Bigfoot, which was #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.Nick has been recording audiobooks since 1994 (starting on reel-to-reel) and has been listening to them even longer. He has narrated over four hundred fifty titles in nearly every genre.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nick Sullivan. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Top Ten Perks of being the author and the narrator
  1. Narrators make the best copy editors. I always find typos when narrating, even in big front-list titles from major publishers.
  2. If I find a clunky sentence, I can change it! I always narrate the book before sending it to the formatter. With “Deep Shadow” I ended up with a couple pages of tweaks.
  3. I get to choose characters with the audio in mind. Some accents are my kryptonite. You will find no people from Chicago in my books because I sound like that SNL “Da bearz” sketch.
  4. I get to try out NEW accents. In my first book, Zombie Bigfoot, I wanted an Afrikaner. That accent was tricky but I finally got it locked in and absolutely loved it.
  5. No back and forth during edits… the person who reads is the person who greenlights the project.
  6. I know the emotional intent of particular scenes and can color the performance accordingly.
  7. I know how to pronounce most of what I put in the book ahead of time. While writing the book, I will look up how to say locations as I add them.
  8. I get to submit myself for reviews on two different levels.
  9. It increases my fan base for purchases—those that like my narration… and those that like my writing.
  10. I get to keep ALL the royalties! Mwahahahahaha! Well… “all” of the portion the distribution companies let me have.
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History Village: The Crossover Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Blog Tour: History Village by Jo Elliott

Author: Jo Elliott

Narrator: Luke Castle

Length: 4 hours 21 minutes

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing

Released: Oct. 21, 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction

Ally, Josh and Brendan are half-siblings living in Melbourne, Australia, whose family life is anything but ideal. During a chance family outing, the children discover a sacred scroll which offers them a solution to their problems…. Without forewarning, the children mysteriously find themselves in first century Palestine where they are compelled to live in a strange fishing village. In their desperate quest to get back home, the children learn about family relationships and God’s amazing love for them. Thrilling adventures will ensue as the children embark on the ride of their lives! This time-travelling tale allows Jesus to boldly speak to today’s youth on contemporary problems, encouraging the listener to “get into” the Bible and look to Jesus for help in times of trouble.

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Jo Elliott was born in Melbourne, Australia to Greek parents and has resided in the world’s greatest city all her life. She turned her back on her industrial relations career to pursue her greatest love which is introducing children to God. Jo is married to Phillip Elliott, a devoted writer of fiction, and together they have travelled the world, opening their minds and their hearts to new peoples and languages. They also make time to sit and savour a cup of the best brewed coffee in the world, an experience in itself…“History Village: The Cross Over” is Jo Elliott’s first published novel. Jo loved the writing experience so much that she published a sequel, called “History Village: Break It Up” and is currently working on the third installment in the series.

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I’m just your average nerd living out in the heart of Texas. (Actually, more to the side, but heart sounds way cooler) As the only 17yr old narrator I know of I hope to be part of putting God’s messages in people’s everyday lives, and also to show other youth that we are capable of taking on things that might be deemed as ”only for adults”. If I finish my homework on time you can normally find me reading, writing a new debate case, cooking up a new recipe that I just have to try, or taking a nice long walk.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jo Elliott. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a really adorable children’s novel that is wholesome and religious. The narrator was perfect as well!

Q&A with Author Jo Elliott
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I worked with a 16 year old energetic and engaging narrator who could relate to the storyline, and gave the book life. My publisher emailed me one day (out of the blue) to let me know that a young man would be contacting me about turning my book into an audiobook.
    • Luke Castle was extremely professional and hardworking and would submit audio transcripts in sections which allowed me to listen and check for errors, omissions etc. Listening to Luke’s vocal interpretation put a smile on my face each time!
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at all. The only voices I could hear were all in my head (with girl tones!). I can understand the attraction of the audiobook, however, as there is so much emotion and urgency in the spoken word.
  • 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?
    • As the narrator and I were both living in two different hemispheres, we worked closely together in a virtual sense, but I have yet to (physically) meet my narrator! Luke speaks with passion and enthusiasm and so it was easy to trust him with my book.
    • Some words were not initially clear in the transcripts Luke sent, and there were small mispronunciations, as the language was probably unfamiliar to a 16 yo and perhaps even to an American. (Remember, I am Australian and our pronunciation is slightly different, HAHA!) Luke did, however, handle the Hebrew dialogue seriously well (as far as I know).
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Absolutely! The two main characters of the book are my niece (Ally) and my nephew (Josh). They are both ok with me describing their personality traits and chronicling some of the highlights and challenges they have experienced in their young lives. The stories in the book are mostly based on truth and inspired by real-life events, although Ally insists that she never liked eating olives as depicted in the book!.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Pre Covid19, I would usually travel overseas and visit different countries for inspiration. For instance, there is a cafe I frequented in the centre of Prague called “History Village” which immediately grabbed my attention. The proprietor had a passion for history and had decorated his interior walls accordingly. I, too, have a yearning for the past and this cafe name inevitably stuck in my head, and ultimately inspired me to commence writing my first novel.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • I would definitely travel to first century Palestine in order to track down Jesus and his companions. I would love to hear Jesus’ voice as he taught the “beatitudes” to the locals and see him in action, healing and restoring people. I might even get a glimpse of the actual boy (a central character in my book) that offered his five barley loaves and two fish to Jesus, who then handed it out to the crowd and miraculously fed 5000 people.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Iain Armitage who plays Young Sheldon actually looks like Josh and is also 10 yo.
    • Zach Sulzbach who plays Charlie in Hawaii 50 is certainly cute enough to play Brendan, but perhaps not as naughty!
    • Selena Gomez would make a wonderful Ally as she has an understated beauty and loves to dance.
    • Ryan Gosling would make a wonderful suitor for Ally’s affections (i.e. Aaron) as he wears a beard well, is romantic, and can also resemble a wounded puppy when his advances are rejected.
    • Angelina Jolie would make a great Cassie, the stepmother, as she is also a glamorous-looking mother who appears to have exacting standards for her children.
    • Elizabeth McGovern (minus the trappings of wealth) would do very well as Imma, as she was a wonderful mother figure in Downton Abbey: gentle; kind; caring; and putting her family’s interests before her own.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • My husband and I were in Majorca when the novel was published and we celebrated in a crowded tapas bar around the corner from our hotel. It was perfect!
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yes, my second book describes the exploits of a historical figure called Rahab who lived in Jericho in 1210 BC. Her words and actions were constantly in my thoughts so it was inevitable that she should enter my dreams. Incidentally, Rahab was seriously friendly and down to earth!
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m currently working on the third adventure for Ally, Josh and Brendan as they travel back in time to the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world, Damascus. Syria was no less dangerous in the first century, as it is today. Back then, Jewish Christians were facing eviction from their homes, imprisonment and possibly death simply because of their faith, until a certain government official had a radical conversion on the road to Damascus…
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Life Is Short Death Is Forever Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Blog Tour: Life Is Short/Death Is Forever by S.A. Hartman
Finding joy and pleasure in each day without hurting anyone along the way

Author: S.A. Hartman, PhD

Narrator: Marc Louis Mintz

Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

Publisher: Steve A. Hartman

Released: Jan. 10, 2020

Genre: Self-Help; Memoir

Steve Hartman’s inspirational and motivational memoir is peppered with research-based observations, pointed questions, hilarious anecdotes, delicious – and terrifying – sexual escapades, and genuine concern for his fellow humans, indeed for all creatures great and small. His periodic Socratic approach often challenges acceptable norms and beliefs. Looking at life through the lens of his uniquely personal experiences and thoughts, Hartman shares valuable lessons on how to live a joyful pleasure filled life without lecturing to the listener.

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S.A. Hartman has written and produced two award winning short films, “Home from War,” depicting the impact of war on returning vets, and “Before it’s Too Late,” which stars twoAcademy Award Nominees, Robert Loggia and Eric Roberts. This film illuminates the danger of driving beyond one’s ability as skills and reflexes diminish. In North Hollywood, he produced a new original theatrical musical comedy, “Reunion,” to mostly full houses during its six-week run to excellent reviews. He also published a sci-fi novel, “Sorry, it’s a Boy.” Steve has written several other feature scripts, one of which, “Charioteer,” was optioned for a TV series. The production company’s option expired permitting the renewed search for another production opportunity.His latest project, a non-fiction book, “Life is Short/Death is Forever,” now on Amazon, is best described as an autobiographical self-help book based on his unusual experiences and skills. Contrary to the title, many have commented that it is truly “a fun read.” He was a consultant for many years helping international and domestic companies manage and grow their businesses in a variety of industries including; int’l finance, robotics, aerospace, textiles, computer technology, hospitality, and served as an investment banker for Vanguard, a New York firm. Steve earned a Master’s Degree in Oceanography and Marine Biology at Long Island University, and has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from NYU in New York City. He was an adjunct faculty member of Columbia University- appointed by the president of Columbia University to the International Seminar on Pollution and Water Resources, and served there as an advisor to the World Bank as a representative of the Columbia University Faculty.

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Marc Louis Mintz is a baritone voice artist, actor, and audio engineer.Marc took the long way back to his professional home. Building on his roots in the LA area as a clinical therapist, Marc produced motivational workshops, served in AT&T Management Development and Computer Operations, and started I/Opening Productions to bring desktop computer animation to advertising and movies. Marc also founded one of NM’s longest-lived IT training and consulting groups while publishing 13 cybersecurity books. Now Marc operates his own Voice Over Artist and Sound Studio in Santa Fe, where his voice can be heard in commercials, eLearning, and audiobooks. Marc can be reached at marc@marclmintz.com

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by S.A. Hartman. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a very well written book that inspired me to contemplate many of my thoughts I’ve thrown out due to society’s standards. I loved the narration as well. I will be doing a more in-depth read through before giving it a full review.

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S.A. Hartman’s Top 10 Reasons to Listen to Life Is Short/Death Is Forever
  1. It will make you laugh at least a couple of times per chapter, and this is really good for your immune system
  2. You will learn new things you probably never cared about; yet you’d be surprised when you repeat them to friends.
  3. Find out curious and surprising facts and beliefs about the human connection to religions as they developed over the past million years.
  4. Take a moment to wonder and appreciate the amazing diversity and complexity of life all around us on Earth.
  5. Understand why sexuality is so essential in human development and interpersonal relationships like never before, including little known facts.
  6. Put into perspective aging and why it’s so critical to find joy and pleasure in each day.
  7. Reduce any fear you may have about death by taking more control of those things that contribute to this anxiety.
  8. Experience what’s it’s like having a loaded gun pointed at you without being at risk of being shot.
  9. Check out why women are superior to men.
  10. Discover how you probably face a horrendous death daily and can help avoid it from happening; it’s not a virus.
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West From The Cradle Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Blog Tour: West from the Cradle by Brigid Amos

Author: Brigid Amos

Narrator: James G Charron

Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

Publisher: Clean Reads

Released: Jun. 26, 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction

Travis Cooper was never meant to be a prospector. But when shopkeeper Raymond Hillerman shows him a copy of the California Star in the fall of 1848, one shining word jumps off the page: gold! That one word changes everything. Undersized and bookish, Travis isn’t the sort who would leave his home in Missouri to make the perilous journey west to California. Not much help on the farm, he’s certainly not likely to take up the backbreaking work of a gold miner. Besides, it’s his older brother Jonas that Mr. Hiller-man has hired as his partner in the diggings. But when their father is injured, Jonas must stay be-hind to work the farm, and Travis sets out on the trail in his brother’s place. Along with adventure comes danger, and Travis discovers that staying alive is more difficult than he ever imagined. Keeping his partner from getting himself killed may be downright im-possible….

Brigid Amos’ fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Storyteller, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Words of Wisdom. Her historical novels are set in the old California mining towns of the nineteenth century and include A Fence Around Her and West from the Cradle (Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist). A produced playwright, she co-founded Angels Playwriting Collective and serves on the board of Angels Theatre Company. Although Brigid left a nugget of her heart behind in the California Gold Country, most of it is in Lincoln, Nebraska where she currently lives with her husband.

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I am a Civil engineering technologist by trade, however I have been a voice actor for the last 3 years, narrating 5 audiobooks, radio commercials, and now producer of The Interview Dudes Podcast hosted by 3 eleven yr old boys (one of which is my son). The podcast has interviewed 2 Oscar winners, an Emmy nominee, a NYT bestselling author/illustrator, Canada’s first astronaut in space, NASA research engineer on the Cassini project, a oceanographer from NOAA, a volcanologist from NASA and many more!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Brigid Amos. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a very unique story. I am glad that I was able to read and review it. I loved the main character. Some sensitive topics are thrown in this book.

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Q&A with Protagonist Travis Cooper
  • Interviewer: So Travis, aren’t you a little young to be a prospector? You must be around…well let me guess. Twelve years old?
    • Travis: I’m seventeen!
  • Interviewer: Ok, don’t get riled up! But you’ve got to admit, you’re a bit small for your age, so naturally…anyway…let me see. Now what made you set out for California from Missouri?
    • Travis: Well, actually, it was my older brother Jonas who was supposed to go, but just as he and Mr. Hillerman, oh, I have to tell you about Mr. Hillerman. He’s the local shopkeeper in Larksville, that’s our town in Missouri, and he’d hired Jonas to be his driver on the trail and his partner in the diggings. Anyway, just as Jonas and Mr. Hillerman were about to set out for St. Joe, our pa fell down the stairs and broke his arm and well…I try to help out on the farm but…
  • Interviewer: It’s really your brother that does all the work? And he had to stay behind and help on the farm when your father was injured?
    • Travis: Well yes. But I figured I could pick up gold nuggets as well as anybody.
  • Interviewer: Oh you thought it was going to be that easy, did you? That you would have this nice trip out to California with a wagon train and pick up gold out of a river?
    • Travis: No I didn’t think– You have no idea. You couldn’t know…
  • Interviewer: What’s the matter?
    • Travis: The trip out to California wasn’t what you think. I mean, I had some amazing experiences that I wouldn’t trade for the world, but there were some others that were just…
  • Interviewer: Do you want to talk about it?
    • Travis: No. You can read my journal.
  • Interviewer: Oh you kept a journal? Well that’s good. If you’re willing to share it with me, I’d love to read it. Ok, so you had an eventful trip out to California, and then you started to pick up gold nuggets out of the river.
    • Travis: No, you know it’s not that easy. First I learned to pan for gold on the American River by watching the other prospectors. Then I learned to use a rocker to extract more gold from the gravel. And then I went up to the Yuba River and staked my claim. And you know what? I might not have been a good farmer back in Missouri, but I’m a really good prospector.
  • Interviewer: I’m sure you are. Now tell me about this Joaquin de la Rosa. How did you get involved with that lowdown scoundrel?
    • Travis: He’s my best friend! You have no right to talk about him that way!
  • Interviewer: Ok, ok! Calm yourself. I’m only repeating what I’ve heard others say about him, that he’s a professional gambler and that he cheats at cards.
    • Travis: That’s a lie! Joaquin may not take prospecting too seriously, but he takes Spanish Monte very seriously. He’s played that card game since he was a child in Monterrey, and he’s very good at it. He would never cheat. What happened at Dillard’s Bar was not his fault, I’m telling you.
  • Interviewer: You’re a good friend to him, aren’t you?
    • Travis: I hope I have the courage to be. He’s in a lot of trouble right now. I just don’t want to let him down.
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Brigid Amos’ Top Ten Literary Inspirations
  1. Thomas Hardy, because he combines story and style so beautifully.
  2. Flannery O’Connor, because she always gives me something to ponder.
  3. Carson McCullers, for the way she gets into a character’s head.
  4. Shirley Jackson, for both her chilling short stories and her hilarious essays.
  5. Larry McMurtry, for making me realize I wanted to write historical fiction.
  6. Thomas Wolfe, for his crazy gorgeous language and letting us into his life.
  7. Edith Wharton, for her mastery of structure.
  8. George Eliot, who could hold her own among the male writers of her day.
  9. Charlotte Bronte, because I read Jane Eyre when I was too young but still got it.
  10. Emily Bronte, who was an incredibly brave writer and had so much more to give.
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Stormbreaker Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Blog Tour: Stormbreaker by Matt Sconce

Author: Matt Sconce

Narrator: Clinton Herigstad

Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

Publisher: Movie Heroes Studios

Released: Mar. 26, 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Young Mackinsi Wrighton has always been a dreamer. After he accidentally uncovers a hidden world around him, he discovers he is a Stormbreaker…a warrior of light destined to face an ancient evil called “Destroyer”. Possessing supernatural powers and weapons he has no idea how to use, Mackinsi must unite the other Stormbreakers against Destroyer’s fiends before Destroyer pulls our dimension into a relic of evil called the Heartstone. Along his quest, Mackinsi will find love, loss, and adventure as well as a secret that will shake the very foundation of reality itself. From sword fights on the skyscrapers of New York City to the underwater grottoes of prophecy, Stormbreaker will take you on an action-packed thrill ride of imagination and modern-day magic and leave you breathless. Described as a combination of The Matrix, Constantine, and the Lord of the Rings, Stormbreaker is a modern fantasy brimming with originality.

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Matt Sconce is a filmmaker, writer, theater owner, husband, father and the author of the novel Stormbreaker. He has written stories since he could hold a pencil. Matt began writing Stormbreaker in college where he achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.He has spent the last decade writing and directing feature films, seeking to inspire audiences with new stories and moments that will surprise and entertain them. Matt wrote Stormbreaker to read like a movie, to zip along and carry the reader through the story as fast as they can visualize it. A master of martial arts, Matt wrote detailed battle sequences he hopes the reader can see, hear, and feel.He is excited to take you on this action packed thrill ride full of twists and turns, battles and blood, light and darkness.

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Secret Supers Audiobook Tour

Author: Andy Zach

Narrator: Luke Castle

Length: 3 hours 3 minutes

Publisher: Jule Inc.

Released: Jan. 6, 2020

Genre: Middle Grade; Science Fiction

Jeremy Gentle fell flat on his face at therapy. That was normal since he had cerebral palsy. But his new superpower wasn’t normal. Then, things got weirder when his best friend Dan Elanga got a different superpower. But Dan was still blind. Kayla Verdera and Aubrey Wilcosky, two girls in their middle-school special ed class, discovered they too had new superpowers. Kayla was mute and needed a walker. Aubrey lost two legs and used crutches. But they were as powerful as the boys. What should the four friends do? Jeremy knew if the word got out, it’d be a media circus. Then, they started fighting crime as the Secret Supers. Who knew a disability could be a perfect disguise? No one would ever think of disabled kids as superheroes. But they ran into problems they never expected.

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Andy Zach was born Anastasius Zacharias, in Greece. His parents were both zombies. Growing up, he loved animals of all kinds. After moving to the United States as a child, in high school, he won a science fair by bringing toads back from suspended animation. Before turning to fiction, Andy published his Ph.D. thesis “Methods of Revivification for Various Species of the Kingdom Animalia” in the prestigious JAPM, Journal of Paranormal Medicine. Andy, in addition to being the foremost expert on paranormal animals, enjoys breeding phoenixes. He lives in Illinois with his five phoenixes.With his first book, “Zombie Turkeys” Andy blazed new ground in paranormal humor. The second book in his Life After Life Chronicles, “My Undead Mother-in-law” expands the zombie plague from turkeys to humans, with hilarious results. You can find both volumes on Amazon Kindle, Createspace print, and Audible audiobook editions.Not content to keep in zombies earthbound, Andy puts them afloat in his third book, “Paranormal Privateers”. Just when you thought every funny zombie trope had been explored, new humorous horizons open up. You can get “Paranormal Privateers” in Kindle and print formats. The audiobook is available now on Audible.Having conquered paranormal animal humor in his first series, Andy Zach launches into middle school superhero genre with Secret Supers. Four disabled seventh graders all get superpowers. Who knew a disability could be so useful for hiding a superpower? But the four friends, Jeremy, Dan, Kayla, and Aubrey confront problems that can’t be solved by superpowers.

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I’m just your average nerd living out in the heart of Texas. (Actually, more to the side but heart sounds way cooler) As the only 17-year-old narrator I know of I hope to be part of putting God’s messages in people’s everyday lives, and also to show other youth that we are capable of taking on thing that might be deemed as ”only for adults”. If I finish my homework on time you can normally find me reading, writing a new debate case, cooking up a new recipe that I just have to try, or taking a nice long walk.

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Q&A with Author Andy Zach
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No. I focus on telling the best story I can while writing. I assume a good story will always translate well into audio format.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I wanted a good, youthful narrator since my main characters are all in seventh grade.
  • 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?
    • Yes. I have a complete character sketch on all my characters which I shared with my narrator. I describe their regional accents and their overall personality: shy or outgoing, intellectual, or sports minded.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I always try to bring my real experiences into my writing. I remember bullies from middle-school, and what it felt like going to middle-school and relating to the opposite sex.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Variety! I write novels and short stories, blogs, and non-fiction. I imagine writing in different genres: fairy tales and romances, steam punk and space opera, as well as satiric and parodic stories.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Nuances of conversation and dialogue come out best in audio format. Humor, irony, scorn, and satire can all be sharper in audio format.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • It’s a different media. You cannot say one’s ears are inferior to one’s eyes. They both can tell a story.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Start writing your favorite stories and don’t stop. Figure out publishing after you’ve completed something.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m writing the sequel to Secret Supers and the audiobook should be out this year! Villain’s Vacation
Q&A with Narrator Luke Castle
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • Absolutely…..NOT. I am a 17yr old, with no formal training, and I have landed 9 contracts in just over two years. While it is super helpful I am sure to have that formal training it is by no means necessary. What is needed is that you have the love of acting, and pretending.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Oh yeah! If you catch me during my walks and I take the headphones off by choice, you know that you mean something to me. I think that I love hearing a book from someone else’s perspective. Listening to an audiobook lets you be floated along on someone else’s thoughts. And that is a wonderful experience!
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • Yes! I am always looking for ways to improve, so I read every single one. It can be hard sometimes to hear the critiques, but listening and making changes based on that is how you continue to improve.
  • If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
    • Neither, I like the ones that tell it like it is. Tell me what you liked, and what you didn’t, I hope that you don’t have a bad enough experience that the whole book was ruined! Likewise, I doubt that I was perfect, tell how you truthfully feel and that solves a lot of issues.
  • Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?
    • I would love to land a contract by Chuck Black, his work has always really inspired me. There is also Dickens, but he’s pretty these days being…… well…… dead.
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • Oh yes! So I record out in a tiny little booth, under the stairs to the attic. It’s a GREAT little homemade iso booth in my opinion, HOWEVER, it’s still in the garage… One day I had just wrapped up the second chapter of Secret Supers and I look down, on my knee is the biggest spider I have ever seen in my life. I was out of that booth faster than you can say jack robinson, and let me tell you, that both underwent a thorough cleaning, and pest treatment before I settled back it.
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