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News and Events:
May 11, 2013 ~ Caversham's Bride is now available as an audiobook, from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The audio version was a labor of love, not just for me, but also my husband who helped coordinate the hiring and did a great deal of the administrative interactions with ACX, our voice partners Dennis Kleinman and Victoria Mayers, and myself. While I was plowing through my edits for Already His, Curtis was handling stuff that would have forced me to stop my forward progress on edits.
If you haven't heard a sample, please click here and listen. I knew I wanted to do something different if were going to do audio one day. I'd only heard a few audio books, and being an avid reader, they weren't quite the same experience. For me, to hear a man doing the voices of several women in one scene was awkward to listen to. And conversely, to hear a woman doing several men, was equally odd. When I would imagine doing an audio for my books, I'd always envisioned the old style radio programs but thought that was unfeasible with a large cast. I'd hunted around on the web, found a group (Full Cast Audio) that did children's books, epic fantasy-type books, and some sci-fi with a full cast, but even that full cast was only a handful of very talented voice actors! But, more importantly, they didn't do Romance novels in this manner.
So I proposed this idea to Curtis, and then to Dennis Kleinman when he agreed to be my partner and voice actor. He recommended a lady he'd worked with before, and Curtis and I loved her voice from the minute we heard it. We were lucky to get Victoria Mayers to agree to work with us. She has, as does Dennis, such a wide range of character voices in her repertoire that even with all the different nationalities and accents represented in that first book, I had no worries that they could pull it off.
Now I think they more than pulled it off. They did a fantastic job with it, and I hope you like it enough that you'd want to buy it. But more than that, I hope all romance audiobooks are done this way in the future. It will keep some of us from nodding off while listening. Seriously. That was the main reason I didn't listen to them in the car while driving. Working out on the elliptical, yes. Driving to town, no.
Just imagine if more books (especially erotica romance!) were male/female casted... there'd be some hot flashes going on behind the wheel! Yep. I might could handle that. ;-)
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May 4, 2013 ~ Already His is now available for purchase! This is the story of Elise, the sister of my hero in Caversham's bride, and his best friend Michael, the Earl of Camden. Elise has always loved Michael, and he's always thought of her as the annoying sister of his friend, the Duke of Caversham. Michael was obligated to the vow to keep sisters off limits, after all he initiated it! Lady Elise has noticed that Lord Camden isn't exactly immune to her, and has decided to pursue her plan of seduction with the ultimate goal of marrying her indifferent Earl. Michael wins his Lady's love in the end, but not without some heartbreak on Elise's part and major groveling on his.
Already His has been uploaded to all but CreateSpace (for a print version,) and that should happen soon. Digital versions are available at: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and Kobo!
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May 3, 2013 ~ All audio files for Caversham's Bride have been approved by myself and the voice actors. This means the audiobook will soon be available for purchase at Audible directly, or from Amazon. Their in-house verification/approval process can take up to two more weeks from what ACX said yesterday in our phone conference. Now... Forgive me, but I have to gush a minute and tell you all how very proud I am of how this has turned out. I've heard a few audiobooks over the years, admittedly not many, not because I didn't like them, but because I'm a reader, not a listener. So, when I started looking at doing audio for my works, I wanted something that brought the book to 'life' more than having one person narrating it. Go ahead, call me a child of the television era, but I needed characters playing off one another for the full experience! ;-) Listening to one person create a cast of characters just didn't do it for me, especially listening to a male voice actor do a group of females all on 'stage' at the same time. It was rather comical listening.
Anyway, long story short, I auditioned and hired two film actors, Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers, and they have done an absolutely wonderful job with portraying Ren and Lia on audio. I love the job they did, and working with them was fabulous and easy.November, 18, 2012 ~ Caversham's Bride is now available for download at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and kobo and in print at Amazon and CreateSpace !
Until it's available, here's a downloadable Sample (mp3) for you to listen to. It should be available very soon.
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