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Audio Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Love And History By Lane Hayes

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Narrated by Alexander Cendese

The Script Club, Book 6

The sporty roommate, the professor, and a history lesson…

Holden Ezra might be the most annoying roommate ever. He’s loud, obnoxious, and full of himself. So what if he’s a tall, muscular, tattooed jock? His tendency to strip to his boxers in the kitchen while helping himself to my food isn’t endearing in the slightest. Nope. Ezra has to go.

However, I have to admit, he’s the perfect fit to play the king for my historic reenactment event. Ezra in a royal robe…oh, this could be quite tantalizing indeed.

He won’t do it, though.

Unless I trick him into a history lesson.

Ezra Holden is the kind of dude who wears top hats and great coats while teaching astrophysics to brainiacs. Weird, right? But I gotta respect that level of commitment. And I respect him.

Sadly, Holden doesn’t feel the same way about me.

I guess I can’t blame him. Cranking his gears has been a highlight of my stint in geek land. I’ve never seen anyone get riled about yogurt like him. He makes me laugh. And think. And he makes me want things I’d never thought possible.

So yeah, I’ll take that history lesson. If it leads to something more, I’m in.

Love and History is a Bi-awakening geek/jock romance featuring a messy law student, a picky professor, and a lesson neither will forget!

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Holden mumbled a greeting to Cole, who’d shuffled bleary-eyed to the coffee machine, then leaned toward me. “What are you doing with your spoon?” I held up the spoon in question and shrugged. “Nothing. Why?” “You’re licking it,” he whispered, adding, “suggestively.” I barked a strangled half laugh. “Spoon porn? Is that a thing?” “Don’t ask me. I don’t know anything about porn.” I arched my brow dubiously. “Really?” “Really,” he assured me. “Why not?” “It’s not interesting to me.” “Bullshit,” I coughed into my hand, snickering at his outraged expression. “Don’t tell me you’ve never imagined a ‘Robin Hood getting freaky in the forest’ scenario.” “What does that even mean?” “You know…hanky-panky in tights and those weird hats with feathers on ’em.” I dipped my spoon into my bowl of yogurt and licked it clean again. “I bet they got down to some kinky shenanigans in the Sherman Forest in Renaissance times.” Holden pushed his glasses to the bridge of his nose, which I’d learned months ago signaled an oncoming lecture. I was right. “That’s Sherwood Forest, not Sherman, and Robin Hood is a folktale set in medieval times, not the Renaissance.” “Same difference.” I teased, rubbing my calf against his. He narrowed his eyes. “I suspect this is tomfoolery, but I’ll explain the difference nonetheless.” I set my hand on his knee and smiled. “Please do.” He blushed, then went into more detail about the difference between the medieval and the Renaissance period than my brain could process at seven a.m. But I liked it. I polished off my yogurt, listening with half an ear as I surreptitiously studied his details—his squared shoulders, his sharp gaze, and the proud tilt of his chin. Holden was all angles and edges with smiling eyes and unconscious charisma. When I first moved in, I’d wondered if I could handle living with a guy who spouted random bits of historic or scientific intel like an audiobook version of a dull Wikipedia entry. Funny enough, I didn’t mind at all. I learned something new every day. For example, a few months ago, he called me a “tallow-catch” when he tripped over the shoes I’d left on the landing. I didn’t have a comeback. I literally had no idea what the fuck that meant, so I consulted Merriam-Webster. Turns out a “tallow-catch” was a lump of animal fat that butchers used to make candles in olden days. Hey, I’d been called worse. I actually appreciated that he never resorted to basic insults and rarely swore. Holden was a true gentleman. I wasn’t. And that might never change. However, I found myself wanting to try a little harder, and maybe use this newfound supersonic power to figure out what made him tick. ’Cause it occurred to me that his quest to soak up knowledge had a manic edge. As if he used his smarts to avoid…something. Hell, I knew all about avoiding shit. And I knew that a couple of BJs didn’t give me the right to his secrets. But I wanted them anyway. “…the invention of the printing press changed the world forever and—” Holden paused for air and gave a self-conscious shrug. “Sorry. I get a little carried away sometimes. I didn’t mean to bore you with a history lesson.” “You’re not boring me. I think you’re fascinating,” I commented, unthinking. He shook his head and snickered. “I don’t think you’re fascinated with my mind, Ezra.” He was so wrong.
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& go back to the beginning with Book 1 Following The Rules

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The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

Topher-

My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon?

Simon-

Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…

Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun.

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About the Author:

Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, 2018-2019, and 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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Dirty Calls by Sade Rena is LIVE in Audio!

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Narrated by Aure Nash & Tyrell Andrews! Listen today!

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About Dirty Calls

It all started with the wrong number. I never expected he’d have me calling his name.

Jessica

New to town and overworked, all she wants is to put herself to sleep, but gets more than she bargains for when she answers a misdialed call. Curiosity takes hold and instead of hanging up, she joins in, enjoying herself way too much. Once satisfied and slightly embarrassed, she ends the call, finding comfort in knowing she’ll never have to hear from him again.

Kade

After a long day in the office, he needs a release and is pleasantly surprised when he learns the call to his on again off again fling, is answered by another woman. Intrigued by her boldness and the sensuality of her voice, he rings her line the next day to finish what they started.

This is crazy, right? Of course it is, but against her better judgment, she begins to long for his obsessive nature. An easy choice to make considering they’ve never seen each other and never will. But just as their connections heat up, Jessica learns shocking news that makes this whole affair of dirty calls somewhat forbidden, yet still sexy as hell.

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Meet Sade Rena

Sade Rena is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and Multicultural Romance.

A lover of all things romance, Sade enjoys spinning tales that are angsty, emotional, and sexy. Stories that sometimes blur the lines and test the limits of love. She writes diverse characters who are flawed, and maybe even a little broken, but either way, the men in her books will worm their way into your heart.

If you enjoy darker tales, please be on the lookout for titles under S. Rena!

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The Innocence of Death

Author: E.G. Stone Narrator: RJ Bayley Length: 6 hours 34 minutes Series: On Behalf of Death, Book 1 Producer: Audiobook Empire Publisher: Tarney Brae Creative Endeavours Genre: Fantasy Released: September 13, 2022


I met Death in the park. And then he offered me a job… My name is Cal Thorpe and I worked for the premier marketing firm as a marketing and public relations agent. Then, I met Death. He gave me two options: go back to the moment when I’d been shot or work for him as his marketing agent. Obviously, I took the job. The only thing is, working for Death was absolutely nothing like I expected. For one, my assistant is a rock troll named Yolanda who smiles a lot and has a penchant for salt. Then, there’s the fact that I have to interview assassins who work with Death to get a sense of the guy. Oh, and finally? Death is married to Life and she’s accusing him of murder. Death says he didn’t do it. Now it’s up to me to go and solve this impossible crime, taking me on a trip through the magical realm of Elsewhere, and back to the mortal realm of Earth, to track down a killer who outsmarted Death. The only question is what is going to happen if I actually find the culprit. I have a feeling things will never be the same again. The Innocence of Death is the first book in an exciting comedic urban fantasy about Death hiring a marketing agent. Things go downhill from there…
E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, creating and causing vast amounts of trouble since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot in both the trouble-causing and writing and now spends her time writing fantasy and science fiction. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or drawing and sewing. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and, naturally, continuing her endeavours in causing trouble. Happy reading… and writing. An accomplished full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator with 4 years of experience. RJ’s voice has been described by peers as a ‘well-weighted baritone, balanced & deep at the same time.’ Natually he’s got a mild Yorkshire lilt that’s trustworthy and relatable. He’s extremely adaptable however and capable of many convincing accents, or anything you throw at him really. RJ’s broadcast quality studio consists of a fully acoustically treated room, RØDE NT-1A microphone, Reaper digital audio workstation and Izotope RX7 for clean-up and mastering for that high end sound. So far he’s narrated over 30 audiobooks with more currently in production. As a VO he’s been the voice of brands such as Nickelodeon, Johnson and Johnson, Network Rail, Aegon, Accord and more. He’s friendly, reliable, professional, takes direction well and always makes sure you’re happy with your narration. He maintains he’s not trying to ruin his own career by deafening himself with heavy metal on his dog walks. At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.   I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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[Tour ] Six Nights of Sin

Author: Ellis O. Day Narrators: Robert Hatchet, Dahlia Lynde Length: 5 hours 2 minutes Series: La Petite Mort, Books 1-6 Producer: Audiobook Empire Publisher: Ellis O. Day Genre: Romance, Erotica Released: Aug. 12, 2022


Two strangers. Six nights exploring their deepest, darkest fantasies. Whatever he wants, she’ll try. Whatever she wants, he’ll submit. Nick’s not looking for commitment. A few weeks with a woman and then he’s ready to move on. Sarah can’t get past the death of her fiancé but she’s lonely. She misses the feel of a man surrounding her, filling her. A contract. Six nights of physical intimacy. Nothing more. Nothing less. Simple. Uncomplicated. Fun. But she didn’t expect Nick to be sweet and sexy and he never expected to want more. When the contract is over will either of them be able to walk away? A new adult erotic romance that’s filled with second chances, kinky sex, and raw emotions of two damaged people finding each other and learning that life is worth taking a chance.
Ellis O. Day loves romance—the steamier the better. She writes steamy, contemporary romantic comedies about the hot men of La Petite Mort Club and the women who drive them crazy. She believes that the cornerstones of all great romantic relationships are love and friendship, trust, attraction and fabulous sex. Her stories contain all of these (especially the fabulous sex). At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.
Q&A with Author Ellis O. Day
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No. I knew I wanted to turn my books into audiobooks, but I never realized all that was involved. I just thought that I’d find a man and a woman to read the parts, but I didn’t realize how talented these actors have to be. They don’t just read their parts, they have to differentiate the voice for the main character between spoken word and thoughts, as well as change their voices for the other main character who often speaks during their POV chapters as well as other side characters. These men and women are so talented. I’m utterly amazed. Now as I write, I’m a bit more conscious about tags. Usually, I try not to add too many. In a dialogue you don’t need a tag every line because when you’re reading you see by the indent that it’s a new character speaking. This isn’t always the case with audiobooks. I pay attention to that now.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I listened to several voices, searching for the one that sounded like Nick and Sarah – at least to me. Nick is a playboy but not creepy. He’s suave but alpha male through-and-through. Yet, he’s not a Dom. He’s willing to let Sarah run the show sometimes. Sarah was a little trickier. She’s not your typical female lead. She’s strong when she has to be and won’t be pushed around by an alpha male, but she’s so fragile on the inside. She’s been through a tragedy and she’s trying to hold her pieces together.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • All my characters have something of me in them, but did I know someone like these two? No. I start with an idea. Six Nights of Sin was my first romance. I also write fantasy under a different pen name. I wanted it to be steamy but also a bit different. I decided to do the “contract” / “woman sells herself” trope but with a twist. Sarah isn’t actually selling herself; she’s entering into a contract with a stranger for sex, not because she needs the money or owes the man something but because she’s lonely and wants sex. From that point, I ask why would someone, a woman, do this? Why wouldn’t she just pick up a guy at a bar or club? And what kind of guy would she pick? Then the questions just continue to roll. For example: Who is Nick? Why does he fall for Sarah? What is it about the two of them that makes them better together? And the answer to all these questions and more, becomes my story.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I often switch between writing romance and writing fantasy which helps, but I also treat it like a job. Yes, I love writing, but it is work. The moments of inspiration – those scenes that fill your head are wonderful – but they aren’t a story. They are part of a story. Writing the rest to go around those pieces of golden inspiration is work and to get it done, I put my butt in front of the computer and write.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I love audiobooks because I can listen to them while I do other things – like clean the house, walk, jog, etc. It’s a place for my mind to go while my body is doing mundane things.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • My romance books are basically both. Each character’s story, except Nick and Sarah’s, is a stand-alone book but it’s also a part of a series surrounding the men and women of La Petite Mort Club. I love series like this. Where I can start with any book in the series. So if one couple catches my interest, I can read about them and then go back and read another couple’s story which took place earlier. On the other hand, a series that must be read in order can give much more character growth because you’re with these characters for a long time.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food – this differs week-to-week and month-to-month. The only thing that is a constant is Pepsi. I love Pepsi. I drink water, Pepsi, and that’s about it.
    • Song—again, this depends on my mood. I love classic rock.
    • Book—I really don’t have a favorite book. I love Julia Quinn, Shakespeare, the Harry Potter series, the Dune series, The Godfather, Carl Hiaasen, and many other books and writers.
    • Television show—I love reality TV like Survivor and Big Brother. I enjoy these shows because I can work and watch them. It takes me about 3 hours to watch a 1 hour show because I stop every 10-20 minutes and work. If the show is too good (like Game of Thrones – until the last season) then I just watch and don’t work.
    • Movie – I love the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World shows. Yes, I know they are cheesy, but I do love cheesy horror flicks.
    • Band – I don’t have a favorite. I love some Rolling Stones songs, the Beatles, Imagine Dragons, Adele, Lou Bega, etc.
    • Sports team – I’ve never been into sports. When my parents used to visit and they were into the Chicago Bulls (this was the Michael Jordan years) I used to love to root for the other team, just as friendly rivalry with my folks.
    • City – I prefer the country over the city.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Decide what you want from writing. If you want to write as a hobby or just for you, that’s great. Do it. If you want to write and turn it into your job, then learn the craft, write to market, and study marketing. You will need to market your own books because even if you go the route of traditional publishing, you’ll have to market your own book.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’ll be continuing the La Petite Mort Club series as well as the La Petite Mort Club Intimate Encounters series. I’ll be spinning off a series from LPMC that’ll be small town romances. I’ll also finish up my two fantasy series and have three others planned to start soon. I have more writing to do than I have time. 😊
  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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[Tour] The Iron Crown

Author: L.L. MacRae Narrator: RJ Bayley Length: 17 hours 7 minutes Producer: Audiobook Empire Publisher: L.L. MacRae Genre: High Fantasy Released: July 22, 2022


Fenn’s first and only memory is finding himself in the middle of a forest, face to face with a dragon spirit mocking him, all knowledge gone apart from his own name. Lost and confused, his only hope for answers is Calidra—a woman living on the edge of the world with her partner. Forced to return home when her father dies, Calidra has put off facing her estranged mother for seven years, and she begrudgingly helps Fenn, forging papers for him so he can avoid the Queen’s Inquisitors. But her mother is the least of her worries when they discover an ancient enemy is rising again. It should be impossible with the Iron Crown in power—and Fenn is terrified he might unwittingly be playing a part in the war’s resurgence. Surrounded by vengeful spirits and powerful magic, Fenn’s desperate attempt to find his way home might well alter the fate of Tassar, and every power in it. A new high-fantasy series bursts into life with the Dragon Spirits who reign supreme in the magic-drenched world of Tassar.
L.L. MacRae is a fantasy author of character-driven stories and epic adventure. Her books usually contain dragons, bucket-loads of magic, and are typically fun and hopeful. She lives in a tiny village in the English countryside, has a degree in Psychology, and was a professional copywriter before going full-time as an author—swapping corporate copy for magic and dragons! An accomplished full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator with 4 years of experience. RJ’s voice has been described by peers as a ‘well-weighted baritone, balanced & deep at the same time.’ Natually he’s got a mild Yorkshire lilt that’s trustworthy and relatable. He’s extremely adaptable however and capable of many convincing accents, or anything you throw at him really. RJ’s broadcast quality studio consists of a fully acoustically treated room, RØDE NT-1A microphone, Reaper digital audio workstation and Izotope RX7 for clean-up and mastering for that high end sound. So far he’s narrated over 30 audiobooks with more currently in production. As a VO he’s been the voice of brands such as Nickelodeon, Johnson and Johnson, Network Rail, Aegon, Accord and more. He’s friendly, reliable, professional, takes direction well and always makes sure you’re happy with your narration. He maintains he’s not trying to ruin his own career by deafening himself with heavy metal on his dog walks. At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.
Q&A with Author L.L. MacRae
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • I listen to a lot of audiobooks, so I always have audio versions created of my own novels. It was never a question, really. Accessibility is incredibly important, and having books available in multiple formats is a huge part of that. People who are visually impaired, dylexic, or simply prefer audio shouldn’t have to miss out! So yes, I was always aware there would be an audiobook recording to happen once the novel was complete, but nothing I wrote was changed or affected by the idea it would be narrated, if that makes sense? I did worry about too much alliteration or something like that which might throw off a potential narrator, but that was about the most I was conscious of!
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • It was a bit of a strange process finding the narrator for The Iron Crown! Originally I’d started creating the audiobook with a narrator, but after almost a year without much progress, we decided to part ways. It was a shame, but it happens. It also meant I had a lot of people who’d already been waiting for the audiobook for a year, so I needed to get everything rolling again super quickly. I posted on my social media apologising to everyone waiting for the audio and explained what had happened. I also said (because I try to be transparent with people who follow me) that I’d be opening for auditions shortly. RJ Bayley, who has narrated other superb fantasy including Thirteenth Hour and We Men Of Ash And Shadow reached out to be notified when these auditions opened. We ended up in conversation and I sent him an audition script early. He sent back his audition very quickly and absolutely nailed every single line. He seemed to instinctively “get” my writing – both style and the characters .RJ was so good, in fact, that I would have felt bad opening to auditions because after hearing his version, I doubted I’d hear anyone who fit better. So we decided to move forward together, he did an AMAZING job, and the rest is history!
  • 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?
    • Honestly, other than a handful of discussions beforehand, there was no working together at all! RJ Bayley is a consummate professional and has a whole “welcome pack” for authors that he narrates for. It makes everything so much easier! He wants to know more about the characters rather than “this specific voice” which allows him the creative freedom to breathe life into the characters. For example, I’d provide information on characters ages, personalities, their level of confidence, where in the world they live (and in relation to each other), which gives RJ everything he needs to build a picture of who they are as a person. The voices he gives to the characters in The Iron Crown are nothing short of spectacular, so I’m very happy with this process! I gave a few pronunciation tips – when it comes to epic fantasy, so many words/names/places are made-up! – so he knew how I’d like them to be said. Of course I was always open in case anything came up that he wasn’t sure about. I heard the first 15 minutes and then nothing until the whole book was complete! It was a lovely surprise when he told me he was done – i was just as excited waiting for it as readers who’d been asking for the audio! Having a more hands-off approach was great. As an indie author, you have to do everything yourself, so leaving the production in capable hands is always a bonus!
  • What are the fantasy influences behind your writing?
    • The Final Fantasy video game series was my first experience of epic narratives, grey characters with incredible backstories, and superb worldbuilding. I return to a number of the titles in this series again and again – like a comfort blanket! But at around eight years old, it was incredibly significant on my psyche!
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Music helps, and so do video games! Getting outside and allowing my mind to wander, or simply doing/watching something totally unrelated sometimes helps inspiration grow. Sometimes just going to bed and getting comfy is when my brain throws all the good ideas at me! I try and put trust in my subconscious that it’ll figure out a plot hole or create a new, fun idea that can be incorporated (if not into my current book, then a future project). More tangibly, brainstorming with other creatives – especially if they have totally different writing styles! I’ve had brilliant feedback and ideas generated from being part of a writing group, or just discussing a plot with another author. Their objectivity often allows them to comment on things that I hadn’t considered before, and then a snowball of inspiration begins!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I’d say close to 80% of my reading is through audiobooks! It’s a fantastic format and can really bring a story to life like nothing else. I always have an audiobook on the go when I’m driving, cooking, cleaning etc. Sometimes I just want to chill out with a jigsaw puzzle and I’ll throw on a chapter or two of my current audiobook! It’s a huge part of reading (we’re told stories as children) and an aspect that I think sometimes receives unfair stigma. If I have the time to do “immersive reading” – where I listen to the audiobook while reading along with a physical copy or eBook – it can heighten the experience to a whole new level! Highly recommend it 😀
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • I think I would! As long as I could only observe safely, and not have to actually BE in the new place! I am super curious about the future – a short way ahead, say 50 or 100 years in the future, and also the far future, like 500, 1000, 2000 years in the future! I wonder what happens to humanity and the planet, if we’re okay in the end or if the apocalyptic science fiction becomes reality! But on balance, I’d probably go back to prehistoric times and see dinosaurs! I’m a huuuuge fan of dragons and dinosaurs are basically the next closest thing! So seeing what they really looked like, their behaviour etc. would be what I’d love to see if I could time travel! Ideally I’d be able to come back to the present after a whirlwind tour and hopefully have tonnes of inspiration!
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Oh yes! All the time! In fact it’s very rare that they DON’T appear in my dreams! It isn’t just characters, either, it’s places and plot points, too. Thankfully, my subconscious is pretty active and many scenes and ideas in my books come from my dreams. Dreams are pretty good at solving plot holes too! It’s a bit strange, but I feel like a lot of creativity comes from the subconscious. Your brain piecing together ideas without you consciously realising, and often the fruits of those appear in dreams. I day dream quite a lot (or at least, I used to!), and I have notebooks and note apps on my phone/laptop full of all these little half-ideas and concepts that often go on to be included in existing series, or even become the foundation for new series! Dreaming and allowing the mind to wander is super important to creativity for me, and I’m always pleased when they appear in my dreams! It’s kind of like visiting old friends that you didn’t know you had!
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Keep writing. Follow the new, shiny ideas until you can write one to the end. Writing a novel is a slog, so keeping motivated as often as possible will help get chunks of it written! Also thinking what you have written is terrible rubbish that should be burned is entirely normal and part of the process. It will pass.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m currently writing the sequel to The Iron Crown, called The Shadow Gate. I’m hoping it’ll be released at the end of 2022, but it may be very early 2023. And of course, the audiobook version won’t be far behind! RJ is interested in returning to narrate the sequel, which is great for consistency, so watch this space!
L.L. MacRae’s Top 10 Books Read Last Year
  1. Burn Red Skies – Kerstin Espinosa Rosero (epic fantasy with dragons, elemental magic, and airship smugglers)
  2. Jade Legacy – Fonda Lee (final book in the Green Bone Saga – urban fantasy, crazy family dynamics, mafia-style characters with great martial arts)
  3. Reaper Man – Sir Terry Pratchett (the second of the “Death” books)
  4. Underlord/Uncrowned – Will Wight (some of my favourites in the Cradle series!)
  5. Legends & Lattes – Traveis Baldee (great slice of life, cosy epic fantasy!)
  6. The Thirteenth Hour – Trudie Skies (gaslamp/steampunk fantasy that’s quintessentially British! Feels very epic)
  7. Wolfeater – Anthony Mitchell (standalone fantasy set in a freezing landscape where survival is never guaranteed)
  8. Orconomics – J. Zachary Pike (satirical fantasy/D&D style adventuring with a very grumpy protagonist!)
  9. Iron Truth – S.A. Tholin (sci-fi – two people try and find a way off a ravaged planet where no one can be trusted, everyone haunted by demons…)
  10. Last Gifts Of The Universe – Rory August (cosy sci-fi about loss, family, and adventure)
Pronunciation Guide (Unlisted video) from the author – also gives a description of POV characters and other major characters, as well as some of the dragons in the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkUBHodz_jQ   I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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Hidden Blade: The Road to Rocktoberfest 2022 by Kaje Harper

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Book Title: Home Work (Life Lessons 3)

Author and Publisher: Kaje Harper

Narrator: JF Harding

Release Date: September 6, 2022

Genre: Mystery/Contemporary M/M Romance

Tropes: Hurt-comfort, established couples, parenting

Themes: Found family

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 10 hours and 28 minutes

It is not a standalone story. Listen/read books 1 and 2 first.

The book does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Murder, trauma, and raising children – who said love was easy?

Blurb 

Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They’re together openly as a couple, sharing a home and building a life with their two kids. It’s what they dreamed of.4
But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac’s job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It’ll take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when life refuses to give them a break.

(This is a lightly edited rerelease of the 2012 original novel.)

About the Author  

I get asked about my name a lot. It’s not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty-five years*), although mostly for my own entertainment. I write M/M romance, often with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi, paranormal… I also have Young Adult short stories (some released under the pen name Kira Harp.)  

After decades of writing just for fun, my husband convinced me I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out in May 2011. I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published, including Amazon bestseller The Rebuilding Year and Rainbow Award Best Mystery-Thriller Tracefinder: Contact. A complete list with links can be found on my website “Books” page at https://kajeharper.com/books/

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Zero-Day

Author: Al Davidson Narrator: John Pirhalla Length: 14 hours 7 minutes Producer: Audiobook Empire Publisher: Al Davidson Genre: Science Fiction; Cyberpunk Released: July 22, 2022


Covert cyborg agents from an expansion of Area 51. An insane neuroscientist. A kidnapped superhuman lost to memory until now. Who Am I? What am I? These questions have plagued Joshua since childhood. Mysterious amplified senses and boosted reflexes have helped him survive and thrive in a brutal, lawless megacity, and he leads the notorious Epitaph gang with keen street instincts. When Joshua’s unexplained abilities draw the attention of a covert government entity, he finds himself on the run. Only his skills, street smarts and a rogue hacker named Shelby keep him one step ahead of his relentless hunters. They know what he is. They know who he is, and they will tear apart a megacity, placing everyone he cares for in danger, to bring him in.
Al Davidson has loved writing action adventure stories since he could pick up a crayon in kindergarten. Zer0-Day: The Sommerfeld Experiment is a Kirkus reviewed first novel in a planned series of 5. Gauntlet, the second book in the series, released in April. He lives on a small ranch in the California mountains above the Pacific Ocean with family and two dogs. Besides making up fantastical stories, he’s a Star Wars nerd, a comic book collector, a devoted fan of action movies, and enjoys reading, world travel, hiking and camping. John has narrated over 270 audiobooks. His smooth-toned narration and story-tellers-ease highlight his productions. John’s versatile array of character voices and skill with accents is on display with all of his work. He is a lover of the well-written sentence and the art of reading them. Although SciFi, Thriller/Suspense and Fantasy make up most of his work, John is a true genre-hopper working with publishers and independent writers alike. At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.
Q&A with Author Al Davidson
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I was looking for a quality in the voice that fit the narrative in the book. It’s hard to describe, but I knew I’d recognize what I was looking for when I heard it. I needed someone with gravity to their voice because Zero-Day has some heavy themes in it despite being an Hollywood action type story. When I heard John Pirhalla, I knew he would do a fantastic job.
  • 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?
    • I had a phone call and exchanged several emails with John Pirhalla about pronunciations and we talked about the characters, who they were and their motivations. I gave John a few characters from movies that he could listen to and get a feel for voice and characterization. For example, when I created Kevin, I thought of Moss from the IT Crowd, and send John several Youtube links to snippets of Moss. I think John did a fantastic job with all of them, especially Joshua, the main character, and Farrell the main antagonist.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • People no, personal experience, not really. But movies, definitely. I’m an action movie junkie, so John Wick, Blade Runner, The Bourne Identity, The Matrix, Ready Player One, Driver with Ryan Gosling, a little bit of James Bond, Pitch Black with Vin Diesel. I’ve always been fascinated by the anti-hero or the outright bad buy who nonetheless does good things. Joshua, the protagonist of Zero-Day, is more on the level of Riddick.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • All of it. Can I say that? I think Zero-Day is a dynamite action story, but under John Pirhalla’s narration, it became a new experience, like I was hearing it for the first time. I didn’t realize how well it would translate into audio format. John’s pauses, and word emphasis and speech patterns for each character brought them alive. I’d love to see Zero-Day made into a Netflix type series, but John’s narration is the next best thing.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • I have thought about this a little, because as a former screenwriter, it’s fun to pick who might be in the lead roles.
    • For Joshua I would cast Noah Cintenio. He is mostly known as a romantic lead, but I think he would throw himself into a male action lead role if given the chance to play against type. He has the look of Joshua, I certainly think he would enjoy playing him.
    • For Farrell it would be Skeet Ulrich. He has that resting menacing face.
    • Shelby would be Amandla Stenberg, no question. She has an innocent adorable look about her that seems exactly how Shelby would be.
    • For Kevin, I’d pick Kelvin Harrison Jr. When he smiles, that’s Kevin. Just a genuinely good person, who is unfortunately, in the story, pulled into a situation that’s way over his head. Yet he tries to maintain a positive attitude. He has some heroic moments in book #3, which I’m currently writing, where he really steps up and saves the day.
  • In Zero-Day, the bad guy is the protagonist, how do you make a villain sympathetic enough to be the main character?
    • Writing a bad guy as a main character is a fine line tip one way you lose your readers, tip the other and the character feels forced. Joshua is neither a traditional anti-hero or a straight up bad guy. My goal was to take someone who might have been a decent person, who might have been successful and a contributing member of society, and then put him in a situation that would eat a good person alive. So you have this mix of someone who struggles with the bad decisions he has to make to help him stay alive, and to help his gang and who also longs for something normal which is out of reach. His struggles, despite not being all good, are relatable. Everyone wants a safe place to live, good friends, and a decent meaningful life. Joshua can’t have any of those, but he tries and fails.
    • My favorite villain as a main character is Riddick from Pitch Black, so I was aiming for that vibe with Joshua. He’s not a good guy, but he does enough good things and makes enough mistakes, that he’s human and relatable. He realizes his ambitions hurt other people, and he sometimes trusts people he shouldn’t.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Interesting question because Zero-Day was inspired by a dream that became Chapter 22 “Sombras”. I was Joshua in the dream standing in a burned out, ruined city, breathing in the misty rain falling around me, breathing in the cold air. The character Barber was chasing me and I was worried but not afraid. Why was she chasing me? Why was I in this burned out, ruined city? I had to know. I woke up the next morning and started writing the story that became Zero-Day.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Write every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Set a timer, put everything else on hold while that timer is going and write. Everyone can spare 15 minutes. Find a good editor who specializes in your genre. Writing a fast paced thriller requires a different cadence and movement in prose than, say, a romance story, so while an editor might be good with romance, they won’t understand writing the thriller. If you can’t afford an editor, use a beta editing swap with another writer in your genre. Read aloud programs like the one in Word, and tools like ProWritingAid or Grammarly will help in the writing process and are your best self editing tools, but are no substitute for a real editor. There are so many fantastic Youtube videos by successful authors who talk about the art of writing, characterization and plot, plus the all important topic of how to advertise and promote your book once it’s written.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Definitely. Best way to make sure your book is ready for a narrator is to run it through a ‘read aloud’ program. Word has one built in with several male and female voices and there are free programs you can download if you don’t use Word. Listening to your book read to you is not the same as reading it to yourself, it’s easy to accidently read what you think is there, and not what is there. When you listen to your book read to you, you’ll notice funky, confusing sentence structure, repeated words or phrases, it also helped me hear plot inconsistencies. Even if an author doesn’t plan on an audiobook for their story, ‘read aloud’ is still a good editing tool.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’d like to get John Pirhalla to narrate book #2 Gauntlet, in the Sommerfeld Experiment Series, and hopefully the others, too. I’m continuing to work on book #3. I have a few working titles for it, but haven’t decided. The end of #3 leads right into #4 called “Kill, Switch” where Joshua gets a redemptive arc. “Kill, Switch” ends with hints at book #5, but it does wrap up the series with a satisfying ending on its own.
    • After The Sommerfeld Experiment, I’m moving on to an epic fantasy series called The Alchemist’s Son #1 “Summoner’s Blood”–the titles are still a work in progress. The first book is in a 2nd draft state, and the second book is partially written. I expect it to come out in the middle of next spring, 2023.
  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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Huntsman: Fox Hollow Zodiac Book 1 by Morgan Brice

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Book Title: Huntsman: Fox Hollow Zodiac Book 1

Author: Morgan Brice

Narrator: John Solo

Length: 5 hours and 36 minutes

Release Date: August 23, 2022

Genres:  Urban fantasy, MM paranormal romance, shifter romance, gay romance

Tropes: Friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, learning to trust, second chance at love, fated mates, small town romance, found family

Themes: Love conquers all, starting over

Heat Rating: 4 flames

It is the first book in the series. It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger

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Fated mates, thrown together by chance, and the looming threat of a fabled Huntsman who might tear them apart forever. 

Blurb 

A grieving wolf. A hunted fox. Fated mates, thrown together by chance, and the looming threat of a fabled Huntsman who might tear them apart forever.

Fox shifter Liam Reynard is running from a killer. He uproots his life to find sanctuary in Fox Hollow, deep in the Adirondack Forest in New York.

When his car breaks down, sexy wolf shifter Russ Lowe comes to the rescue, and one touch makes it clear they’re fated mates. Neither man was looking for love, and both are still mending from past heartbreak. When mysterious fires and disappearances threaten Fox Hollow, Liam fears the killer is hot on his trail. Can he protect the town and his fated mate from the evil hunting him, or will an ex-lover’s betrayal cost Liam everything he loves?

Huntsman is full of sexy shifters, hurt/comfort, second chance love, sincere psychics, hot first responders, found family, and fated mates. Intended for readers 18 years of age or older.

Excerpt 

Flashing lights broke Liam out of his gloomy thoughts. The tow truck headed toward him, then did a U-turn and pulled in front of Liam’s car, backing up until it was close enough to hook up the Honda.

The truck driver got out and walked toward Liam, who reluctantly got out of the car. Even though he had called for assistance and it was clear the stranger was a legitimate responder, Liam couldn’t help feeling jittery, with his hands sweating, and heart thumping.

Those reactions doubled when he got a good look at the driver.

Oh, just shoot me now. Fuck my life. Why did he have to be so fine?

In the glare of the truck’s spotlights, Liam made out all the important details. The man had broad shoulders, strong arms, powerful legs, and a solid chest, standing a good five inches or more over Liam’s five-foot-seven frame. Liam had thought he might be saved if the driver was ugly as sin, but he was out of luck. His face was as utterly lickable as the rest of him.

“You called for a tow? Mr. Reynard?”

Liam nodded.

“I’m Russell Lowe—everyone calls me Russ. I own Lowe’s Auto Shop in Fox Hollow, and tonight I’m your personal tow truck driver,” he said with a broad smile and dimples. The man’s sharp cheekbones, full lips, and strong chin were highlighted by dark brown scruff. Liam’s gaze traveled upward, surprised at gray hair flecked with brown framing a face that couldn’t be older than thirty-five. Green eyes made Liam wonder what kind of shifter Russ might be.

He swallowed hard and might have blushed when he realized Russ seemed to be checking him out too. No matter how attractive his roadside savior might be, Liam’d had enough man trouble to last an eternity, and he sure didn’t need more in a new town.

“Yes, I’m Liam Reynard. Just Liam,” he said, wishing he could conjure up the natural charm that had always served him well in community theater performances. His fox could be quite dramatic. But now, on the run, scared for his life, and in the dark with a stranger in the middle of nowhere, he couldn’t muster his usual flair.

“The engine started making strange noises, and I pulled off. I didn’t want to break anything.” Liam cringed because heknew next to nothing about cars. Admitting that takes points off my “man score,” doesn’t it? Then again, so does being a sports-hating, gay fox shifter twink.

Well, at thirty, I’d thought my twink days were behind me. But when he compared his own shorter, lithe, dancer build to the solid man-mountain in front of him? Yeah, twink still fits.

“I’m glad you stopped the car without waiting for the car to stop you.” Russ finally shifted his attention away from Liam and focused on the Civic. “Let’s get the tow set up, and then you can ride in the cab with me to Fox Hollow.”

About the Author 

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

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[Tour ] Trouble On Main Street

Author: Kirsten Fullmer Narrator: Barbara Henslee Length: 4 hours 30 minutes Series: Sugar Mountain, Book 1 Producer: Audiobook Empire Publisher: Augustine Press Genre: Cozy Mystery Released: Aug. 30, 2022


A cozy mountain town, a sweet romance, and a secret society of sneaky women. The sleepy hamlet of Sugar Mountain harbors a secret society of women. Don’t misunderstand—the society itself is not secret—it’s the true nature of the group that is hush-hush. Sugar Mountain is the kind of charming village that tourists adore. If you like small-town charm, quirky shops, and local art, this is the place for you. But when a blood smeared package shows up at the post office and it appears to be linked to a scheme that threatens Heidi Collinsworth’s historic home, the town takes on a sinister vibe. Heidi would lay odds that slimy Mayor Winslow is involved, but even with the enquiring skills of The Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society at work, proof is scarce. With conflicting theories abound and tensions running high, it’s up to the ladies of the society to don disguises and go undercover. If they’re not careful, the town may fall to a wrecking ball, Heidi may fall for Adam, the new guy in town, and the secret society will be exposed.
Kirsten is a writer with a love of art and design. She worked in the engineering field, taught college, and consulted free lance. Due to health problems, she retired in 2012 to travel with her husband. They live and work full time in a 40′ travel trailer with their little dog Bingo. Besides writing romance novels, she enjoys selling art on Etsy and spoiling their four grandchildren. As a writer, Kirsten’s goal is to create strong female characters who face challenging, painful, and sometimes comical situations. She believes that the best way to deal with struggle is through friendship and women helping women. She knows good stories are based on interesting and relatable characters. Barbara completed her training in audiobook production and began marketing herself to independent authors and publishers. Prior to her voice acting career, she was as a marketing assistant in Fortune 50 corporations, where she excelled in problem solving, anticipating needs and making her bosses look good. Her meticulous organization skills, reliability and communication expertise translates well to the audiobook industry. Growing up, Barbara was a latchkey kid. She learned discipline and responsibility while her mom worked as a surgical head nurse on the late shift. She inherited her mom’s optimism and empathy. During high school, she met her husband, Rick. They have a daughter and three grand-daughters, all of whom learned how to empower themselves and become independent young women. Barbara and her husband currently live in the quaint town of Magnolia, Texas just northwest of Houston with their German Shepherd mix named Luke, who doesn’t speak English, but hangs on every word she says. At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.   I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.