I enjoy cozying up in front of the fireplace or laying out by the pool as I read, but you know what I enjoy even more? An audiobook that helps a long drive fly by. In fact, some really good audiobooks make me want to keep on driving.
In January, I drove to Salt Lake City for a month of flight attendant training. The airline offered to buy me a plane ticket, but I wanted to have my car with me so I drove the five hours. Though I wasn’t in the air, my romance novels were.
Plot Twist by Bethany Turner required I wear my seatbelt for all the turbulence it entailed. The narrator gave just the right inflection for humor, but I also loved that it wasn’t your typical romantic comedy. It offered a unique set up, believable characters (apart from George Clooney), and, get this, a plot twist. My favorite listen of the year.
Okay, it’s the only book I’ve finished listening to this year so far. I haven’t yet finished the book I started during my drive home last weekend. My husband is lucky I missed him so much, otherwise I wouldn’t have stopped in Boise but continued on toward my new base in Seattle to find out how The Cul-de-Sac War ends.
As I wait for my own romantic comedy, Husband Auditions, to be recorded for audio, I’m excited to hear how the narrator brings it to life for others the way the above mentioned books came to life for me. In the meantime, I’m currently listening to the recording of book #2 in my Resort to Love series for approval. Sometimes a narrator will pronounce a name incorrectly or put emphasis in the wrong place, so I get to request changes. For example, Grandpa Johan should be pronounced Yo-hawn, not Joe-han. There were also questions on how to pronounce the Norwegian term of endearment “min skatt.”
Book #2, Finding Love in Big Sky, is the same book that got made into a movie, and when I was on the set, “min skatt” is the one thing each actor asked me about individually. They all wanted to know more about the phrase meaning my treasure. I included the foreign term in my story to symbolize how God created us all valuable like treasure. And I’m really treasuring the opportunity to share this message in film, print, digital, and audio.
If you enjoy audio books as much as I do, you’ll soon be able to listen to the whole Resort to Love series, but for now you can start with the first novel, Finding Love in Sun Valley. If you prefer to read books for yourself, I do have a 99¢ Valentine’s sale currently available on my e-book Finding Love in Park City in honor of the time I just spent in Utah. Click here to find out more.
Enough on my books. I want to hear about your favorites! With my new job, I’m going to be traveling a lot, and I need your suggestions to keep me entertained. ***Bonus points if you know of books about a flight attendant.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, please share your favorite recorded contemporary Christian romance.