Check it out! My first novel, Unraveled, is now available in audio, too. Have you tried listening to a novel yet? Podcasts and audiobooks are a recent addition to my grown-up life. As a little kid, I savored every minute of sitting and listening to a story out loud. Now I feel as though I’ve had to re-train my brain to listen well. Life moves pretty fast these days and existing in a constant state of multi-tasking seems to have changed the way I process information. As a writer and voracious reader, I’m finding that screen fatigue is starting to be a thing, so listening is a welcome relief for my tired eyes.
My friends who are frequent consumers of audiobooks tell me they listen in the car, while folding laundry, or exercising. Since modern technology offers the convenience of syncing devices, users seem to appreciate the almost-effortless transition between listening in the car to picking up where the story left off with just a few swipes on their phones. This article in the Wall Street Journal claims audiobooks are the fastest growing format in the business, due to humanity’s ability to carry our entertainment with us at all times.
While I ignorantly assumed audiobook production was easy-peasy, I quickly learned that was not the case. First I put out a call for auditions on ACX.com, which is where you go if you aren’t equipped to narrate your own novels. Laura Jennings dazzled me with her previous experience as a narrator, as well as with her efforts on the audition. I love hearing the way she brought Blake and Lauren to life. Initially, it’s a little unnerving to hear your words read back to you, but then I got caught up in the story and really enjoyed listening. So much so, that I kind of forgot that I wrote it. Ha! Once I approved the completed audio files, it waited for final approval from the powers that be, then went on the market at Audible.com. Woot! Woot!
As you probably noticed, audiobook covers are slightly different than the Kindle or paperback editions. I’m super proud of this cover already, and glad it didn’t require much to make it audio-friendly. A huge shout out to Lynnette Bonner for working her magic once again.
Blind-sided by her fiancé’s questionable behavior, Lauren Carter returns to the one place she’s managed to avoid, the small Alaskan town she used to call home. She’s spent years running from her scandalous past and now she’s forced to confront an uncertain future.
Blake Tully, wildly successful owner of Emerald Cove’s new whitewater rafting and kayaking business, finds Lauren’s unexpected reappearance in his life ignites old feelings. Although she broke his heart once, he longs to give his childhood sweetheart a second chance.
Will Lauren allow her shameful secret to define her? Can Blake forgive her when he discovers the reason she’s been hiding?
Giveaway time: Five audiobook copies of Unraveled are up for grabs. All you need is an Amazon account, which you’ll need to log in and redeem the gift.
Please share the name of your favorite podcast or audiobook in the comments below before February 28 2017 at midnight EST. I’ll choose 5 random winners and announce them in the Sunday edition on March 5th.