Adventures in Audiobooks

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The Audiobooks Adventures

I’m currently dabbling in audio books but I have to say it’s been a bumpy ride trying to stay interested. My first real connection was from the Stephanie Plum series. This series is one of my favs offering humor and a quick, light read. While it translated well into an entertaining audio book I’ll admit, I’m still not quite sold.

Naturally I wondered if a large part of my challenge with audiobooks is because I’m such a bibliophile. I’m talking, book smelling, page fondling, make it a tad awkward kind of girl.

Perhaps there is that one audiobook out there that will completely win my heart and make it easier for every other book? Until then I will keep on trying.

Are you are fan of audiobooks? What would you recommend? 

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Review of:Our Bloody Pearl by D.N.Bryn

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Our Bloody Pearl

Blurb

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured—but the only one Kian still keeps prisoner. Song muted and tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape finally rekindle as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping these newfound human companions will fight with them.

I want to thank the author for kindly sending me a copy for review. As always, my thoughts on the book are entirely my own.

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

       Our Bloody Pearl was a taker from the beginning. This character driven novel was definitely unique. Written in more of an old world writing style, the language flowed beautifully and I found myself reading aloud often to fully appreciate it. Truth be told, the author is a master at the craft.

       At the core of the story is the relationship that develops between Pirate Dejean and our protagonist Pearle, a weary Siren. Injured at the hands of the unyielding Kian, the beautiful, dangerous Pearle becomes dependent on Dejean. As Pearle recovers, the understanding of how humans live, identify and form relationships allows them to find a connection to a race that had previously caused only suffering. Possibly my favourite parts of the book were the conversations between Dejean and Pearle. The easy conversations and range of topics provided a profound look at relationships, sexuality and identity. The author addresses disability and sexual diversity in a manner that reads as natural and honest.

         Batten down the hatches readers, this steampunk, fantasy world may not be the fastest pace but it will be a topsy turvy ride that will leave you holding your heart and asking for more.

 

                      About the Author

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“D.N. Bryn began writing short stories in middle school and has yet to stop. They received their bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD, and enjoy a day job involving respiratory disease research. They bring their love for animals, science, and mythology into all their writing, and are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on grand adventures without being hindered by social misconceptions based on their appearance, sexuality, or gender.”

Breachers by Anthony Thomas **Excerpt included**

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Published by: Fiery Seas Publishing

Genre: Science Fiction

 Jason Conners is the last person you’d expect to run into a burning building, unless of course there was something inside worth stealing. Call him what you want: criminal, thief, asshole, but hero? Absolutely not. Jason’s questionable behavior and disturbing antics can only be attributed to one secret.

He can change the future, but with great power comes great responsibility? Hell no. His ability makes him the best thief in the city, and nothing is off-limits. Until Jason’s carefree attitude gains the attention of the Rogues, and the government.

The Rogues want him to stop catastrophic events from taking place, and the government has their own agenda. When the hunt begins, Jason is caught in the crosshairs and learns that breaching is not as limitless as he thought.

Can this anti-hero give up a life of easy money and become the savior the Rogues need, or will it cost him everything—even his immortality?

Read on for an excerpt from BREACHERS By Anthony Thomas

BUY LINKS:

FIERY SEAS BOOKSTORE: https://www.fieryseaspublishing.com/product-page/breachers

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G35QK9H/

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1129210446?ean=2940161845455

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/gr/en/ebook/breachers

 

BREACHERS by Anthony Thomas

                                             ***Excerpt from Chapter 29***

I’ve been arrested a few times in my life, never for more than a misdemeanor or two, but that’s because they can’t seem to catch me doing worse. It’s an occupational hazard you learn to accept when you spend your nights involved in things some would refer to as criminal activities. I call that shit surviving, but the boys in blue don’t exactly share my opinion. If I sat down and wrote out a list of all the jobs I pulled over the years… well, I doubt I’d ever see sunlight again.

The inkpad, square and mushy, coats my thumb, and I stamp it down on the page. It’s always the same thing with these people. Paperwork, prints, and pictures. Then you sit in a room or urine-scented drunk tank for hours before they tell you anything or let you make the infamous phone call. Wilson wouldn’t answer anyway; he knows the drill, but fuck, I may need some help this time.

I follow a blue line into a hallway, and it leads me to a flashing room. “I’m ready for my glamour shot.”

“Shut up,” demands the officer from behind, and pushes me through the doorway.

I line up on an X at the center and stare at the camera lens. The girl behind it is far too attractive to be working here. Smooth, golden-brown skin, black hair pulled in a bun, and gorgeous emerald eyes. I can’t seem to read the nameplate next to her badge, plus I find it difficult to peel my gaze off her face anyway.

The man standing to the side, on the other hand, fits right in. The hair above his receding hairline slicks backward and tiny ears hang off his pumpkin-shaped face. The uniform’s collar strangles one of his many chins, like the top button could pop any second. His nameplate, a bit thicker than hers, reads Bisner. He hands me a placard and I do my best to hold it near my chest.

“You look familiar.” I raise my brow. “Did you use to work at the club off Ninth?”

She chokes down a lump in her throat and avoids looking me in the eyes. The officer next to her tilts his head, shrugs, and faces forward.

“Hold on, let me think. Athena? No. That’s not right.”

“Shut up, inmate,” Officer Bisner bellows.

“Cinnamon…?”

She blushes and hides her face behind the computer screen. She lifts her hand in the air and motions for me to stay still. “Three, two, one.”

“Achoo.” I force out a sneeze as the light flashes and spit sprays in the air like window cleaner. “Oh, shit. Can we retake that one? I think my eyes were closed. And can we do a different background? This grey color isn’t working for me. Oh, how about a picnic scene, Cinnamon?”

She rolls her eyes and raises her hand again. “Three, two—”

“Wait, wait. I want you to photograph me like one of your French girls,” I say, extending the placard with a seductive gaze. “Wearing this. And only this.”

 

                                       About the Author:

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Anthony Thomas settled in the city of sin, though part of him will always remain in the small farming town in Northern California. When he’s not hunched over a keyboard, Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two dogs. 

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Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher by Maxine Sylvester

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Ronaldo and Rudi discover friends come in all shapes and sizes as they embark on a superhero mission to help a lost wolf cub called Ernie find her pack.

Rudi comes up with a plan to find the pack and deliver a message during a speed test at flying school. But Ronaldo isn’t totally onboard with the idea. He desperately wants to break the speed record and the plan means jeopardising his chance of becoming champion.

Will Ronaldo go for glory… or will he discover the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice the race for Ernie?

Bumbling Wing Commander Blitsen, head of The Reindeer Flying Academy, and mischievous brothers, Dasher, Comet and Prancer also feature in this fun tale of bravery and friendship.

Review:

I rated this book 5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommended for Young Readers 

Ronaldo’s adventures at the Reindeer Flying Academy highlight some wonderful life lessons for the young reader. When the ambitious and hard working Reindeer discovers a friend in need of his help he faces some tough character building decisions. The result is a lovely multifaceted story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Young readers will be entertained even as the the book covers lessons of friendship, kindness, selflessness and determination. The illustrations are beautifully done ! They are the sweetest depictions of these marvelously written characters.

This book sure to be a treat at any time of year but I’m saving a special place for it on my holiday reading list. Be sure to follow the adventures of Ronaldo !

The author

Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher and other books in the series are written and illustrated by the very talented Maxine Sylvester. You can read more about the author and purchase the books through any of the following links.

Thank you for reading along !

Cheers

 

Email:       ronaldotheflyingreindeer@gmail.com

Website:    ronaldotheflyingreindeer.com

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**COVER REVEAL**Ragis by Donna Migliaccio

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Ragis by Donna Migliaccio

Release date: August 28, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Gemeta Stone Book 4

Published by: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

 Kristan Gemeta is teetering on the brink of madness.

His sister Melissa has defied him. His friend Olaf has betrayed him. The Wichelord Daazna’s ghostly laughter mocks him when he’s awake and robs him of his sleep at night. Even the protective powers of his legendary Stone are turning against him.  

And now his companions, his ship and its precious cargo have been taken hostage. Kristan must give chase, in an unseaworthy vessel manned by an angry centaur crew. Ahead lie unfriendly waters, an ominous destination and a confrontation Kristan dreads.

In his despair, Kristan longs for the one person he has always trusted: his beloved Heather. But she’s far away, about to step into a trap that will endanger not just her command, but Kristan’s life.   

Pre-order links for Ragis:

Here’s that exciting give away ! 

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(A necklace like the one on the cover)

*Note: Congratulations to author Donna Migliaccio on her new Cover Reveal Day ! Thanks for sharing with us ***                                                        

About the Author:

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Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres. 

She is based in the Washington, DC Metro area, where she co-founded Tony award-winning Signature Theatre and is in demand as an entertainer, teacher and public speaker. 

Her award-winning short story, “Yaa & The Coffins,” was featured in Thinkerbeat’s 2015 anthology The Art of Losing.  

**Review and excerpt** The Jinx By Ernest Lancaster

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Hello again Sparklers,

From Fiery Seas Publishing comes some goodies. I am so excited to share the cover, an excerpt and my review of “The Jinx” by Ernest Lancaster.

Thanks again for reading and please remember to share 🙂

Yours in literary sibling-hood,

xo

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 The Jinx By Ernest Lancaster

Series: Memphis M.O. Book 1

Published by: Fiery Seas Publishing

Publish date: July 24, 2018

Genre: Suspense / Action

“Disaster strikes and innocents die as police sniper Rick Munro is plagued by a first-call jinx. As his career takes off, he must overcome his rookie mistakes, and keep his team members safe.

When Munro returns to TACT as a newly promoted lieutenant, the jinx torments him still. He must contend with team members’ rival agendas around every turn. Munro finds himself in a battle he can’t escape as corruption and death unfold around him.

Who can he trust? Will Munro break the streak or will it destroy everything he believes in?”

Review: (no spoilers) I gave “The Jinx” 5 out of 5 stars

Hang on to your seats, this one is fast paced ! The Jinx is action packed from the get-go. Sergeant Rick Munro’s life is demanding, stressful and dangerous. Dealing with the loss of his partner is just another complication that he can do without in a high demand job. When Munro’s return to TACT kicks off with a bang he is weary that the jinx has followed him through.

Author Ernest Lancaster’s experience in the police service and in TACT rewards us with what feels like a first hand view of the day to day operations of the officers. The banter is sharp and quick, the characters well developed and the action (did I mention there was action?) just keeps coming.

I appreciated the author’s writing style and that made this book especially enjoyable for me. His use of vivid imagery compelled me to find a place alongside Munro’s team. Okay I’ll admit that I felt a bit bad ass ! The Jinx promises to be a thrill ride for readers, especially those interested in the police/action genres. This is book one in the Memphis M.O. Series and I look forward to seeing what the following book/s bring.

Read on for an excerpt of “The Jinx”

 

EXCERPT: Chapter Three

Munro picked at the grit under his fingernails as he slogged his way to the command post with his rifle case slung over his back. He found the big mobile home, converted into a working precinct, parked a block up from where uniform patrol officers surrounded Wayne’s Grocery.

Caspar conferred with the field lieutenant. One by one, the rest of the team dragged up in their muddy BDUs. Kozart and Catfish hung to the rear of the crowd.

Caspar’s gaze trained to the fresh, blood-caked scar that striped Kozart’s forehead. “What the hell happened to you, Buzz Kill?”

“Ran into a door.”

“Catfish,” Caspar called. “Look at me.”

Catfish rose up from where he hunched behind the group. His eye was puffed like a mushroom.

“What happened to you?”

“Me too.”

“Where did you two find these badass doors?” He frowned. “You going to be able to look through a scope?”

“Yes, sir,” Catfish said. “It’s not my strong eye.”

Caspar turned to Munro. “Rick, see me inside.”

Munro wrestled the rifle case off his back and stepped up into the command post. As they made their way through the hall of desks and telephones, Earl raised up from a legal pad. “Lieutenant, the dispatcher has channel five reserved for us.”

“Thanks,” Caspar said.

Munro and Caspar snaked to the rear of the van, narrowed by benches and tables, and Caspar slid shut the accordion door, closing off the back half. Neither bothered to sit at the conference table that crowded the space. Instead, they stood face-to-face.

“Now, Rick. What the hell happened to Catfish and Buzz Kill? And don’t tell me they ran into a fricking door.”

“Uh, they ran into a corner of a building?”

“Damn it, Rick. We’ve got an armed nut holed up in a grocery store. I don’t have time for any crap. What happened to them?”

“What do you think? They got into a fight.”

“I knew it the second I saw them. Where?”

In the parking lot.”

“What’s wrong with you guys? Why are you always fighting?”

Munro exhaled. “We’re highstrung. We fight like dogs. But when it’s time to go to work, we put it all behind us and pull together as a team. Every one of us knows that’s the only way to survive.”

“You guys even fight when you play basketball, or maul-ball. Look at Earl. We had to lie about his broken wrist.”

Munro shrugged. “It’s better than fistfights.

“All of you need anger-management training.”

“We need jobs where we don’t have to kill people.”

 

BUY LINKS:

Fiery Seas Pub Bookstore

Amazon

About the Author:

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Ernest Lancaster retired from the Memphis Police Department as a captain after serving as a cop for thirty-three years.

In the early seventies Lancaster spent two years walking a night beat in downtown Memphis, when The Peabody and Beale Street lay boarded up and crumbling and the center city became a dystopian ghost town after dark. He patrolled in ward cars, trooped for three days through a sea of pilgrims to Elvis’s funeral, edited the Memphis Police Association’s newspaper and acted as the association’s vice-president. For twenty-six years he held positions on the TACT Squad.

Lancaster now resides with his wife and Yorkie in the Smoky Mountains, where they love to hike and camp.

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**Review of the new release- Because Forever by B. Cranford **

 

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“If you’re looking for forever, why aren’t you looking at me?”

Title:     Because Forever

Series:  The Avenue #2

Author: B. Cranford

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Blurb

Everyone should have a chance at forever . . .

Twenty-Five Years. That’s how long Odette Peterson called Austin Andrews her best friend. Until he let his mouth ruin it—in more ways than one.

Five Minutes. That’s all it took for their friendship to fall apart, leaving her heart a little broken and her life a little emptier.

One Hour. That’s the amount of time she agrees to give him to try and find his way back into her good graces. Not that she thinks for even one minute that it might work.

It won’t, because . . .

Forever. That’s what Odette’s looking for. Someone to spend her life with; someone who’ll see her as more than just one of the guys. And there’s not a thing Austin can do to stop her.

Except maybe tell her that he loves her . . .

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Review:

I rated Because Forever 5 out of 5 stars

            Because Forever is scrumptious! We first met Austin and Odette in About Time, part one of The Avenue Series. This is a lovely story of longtime friends finding that true love has been right in front of them all along.

            As these best friends contemplate risking it all for a chance at love, I was there, cheering them on through it all. It was easy to fall for this endearing love story when the Austin and Odette’s relationship feels destined for forever.

          The book is brimming with romance and love to give you that fuzzy warm tummy feeling. When combined with fun, cheeky banter and characters that are easy to invest in, this is one that you will just fly through!

           Read on for a yummy excerpt from Because Forever, buy links and a little bit about author B. Cranford. I hope y’all enjoy!

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Excerpt

Chapter One

Odette Peterson was three sheets to the wind.

Sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of her coffee table, with cherry red boxing gloves on her hands and a glass of wine precariously cupped between them, she was blinking madly and wishing for . . .

Austin.

No, she wasn’t going to say his name or think his name or spell his name or anything. Not anything. Because she was mad at him.

Fit to be tied.
Up in arms.
Seeing red.

Well, the red she was seeing was possibly the gloves, the wine or maybe her hair, reflected back at her in the window that looked out over a currently empty street.

Whatever, she was pissed at him. Still.

And just to make sure that anger stayed at the right temperature to stop her from caving and calling him—her best friend since she was seven years old and he was eight—she decided to listen to the voicemail he’d left the day after he’d ruined everything.

But first, she had to put the wine down, remove the boxing gloves and . . . something else. But what?

Pick up the phone, Odette. She nodded her drunken thanks to the voice in her head. And then, having negotiated all three steps with only one near-fumble of her glass and one slurred curse word, she cued up the message.

“Odie, come on. You’re being ridiculous and you need to talk to me. All I said was that you were better than him”—


She paused the message with a wobbly-but-righteous tap of her finger to the screen before giving Aussie a piece of her mind. “You stupid idiot, you didn’t say I was better than him. You said I was smarter than that and acting like a dumb girl.” She scoffed. Then added an eye roll for good measure. And if the eye roll was so pronounced she swayed in place, then fine. That just meant she was committed to her anger.

A second righteous tap and Aussie’s voice filled her ear again. “And you are. I didn’t mean to upset you, Garfield, so just call me back. You know you want to forgive me. And you know I’m right about Meatball McGee.”

“His name is Mike, not Meatball. And you’re not right. You’re, you’re, you’re–calling me?” She stared at the screen of her phone, a picture of Austin—eyes crossed, tongue poking out, sandy blond curls flopping all over the place—and decided she was going to answer.

For the first time in weeks, she was going to talk to him.

 

 

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ABOUT TIME | THE AVENUE #1

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“…an emotionally charged book that makes you feel all sorts of happy!” — Angela, Shameless Book Club

 

About the author

B. Cranford is a proud Australian living in the USA, a lover of books, breadsticks and bed, and the mother of two children who are far too similar to their father for her liking. A lifelong reader, she dove into the romance genre on the recommendation of her best friend and hasn’t looked back since. Her debut novel, The Brightest Star, a second chance romance with (she hopes) heart and humor was released on July 13, 2017, which just so happened to be her birthday. Because if you release a book on your birthday, you get twice as much cake, and that can only be a good thing.

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