Monday, February 11, 2019

YA URBAN FANTASY - Piggybacker (Vessel of Lost Souls, #1) by Mikki Noble

Piggybacker
Vessel of Lost Souls, #1
by Mikki Noble
Publication date: January 28th 2019
Genres: Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult



TOO LATE TO SAVE HIS LIFE. NOT TOO LATE TO BRING HIM BACK.


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Everyone thinks Marley tried to take her own life, that is, except Marley. After her mother sends her to a youth center for troubled teens, she starts hearing the voice of a boy who claims he was murdered and begins questioning her own sanity. The voice is Gavin, a seventeen-year-old boy who promises Marley he can help her find the truth about what happened the day she supposedly tried to kill herself—if she completes a resurrection spell in the next four days.

Upon discovering Gavin’s death in the newspaper, Marley realizes she’s not hallucinating, and that she has a chance to save Gavin’s soul and clear her name. The task seems simple: complete the spell, then she and Gavin are free, right? But a powerful, unseen force is determined to stop her, and soon Marley finds herself following clues from the universe to find ingredients for the ritual to save herself and her newfound friend, and most of all, to find the truth about what really happened that day.

Piggybacker is the first in Mikki Noble’s spell-binding Vessel of Lost Souls trilogy, and promises a thrilling mystery with powerful enemies, broken relationships, captivating magic, and two souls both caught up in a plot beyond any they could ever imagine.
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SNEAK PEEKS:

“I didn’t mean to shoot you,” Taylor says, pointing toward the arm he’s holding. That’s when I see the gun is still in her hand. “Besides, it’s only a graze. Don’t be such a baby.” Taylor demands, “Just let her go and we can forget this all happened.”

That’s when the second man jumps in the driver’s seat and the engine turns over. “It’s too late for that. You two are coming with us now.”

“What do I have to do?”

Follow the signs, he tells me. I see his lips move in the mirror, though I still hear his voice echo in my head.

Gavin’s reflection disappears and somehow, I know he’s gone. This magic thing is extremely annoying.

Abruptly, I plummet through the air. Panic sets in and my already racing heart begins pumping like a steam engine about to explode as I slash through heavy fog and closer to the ground. Dead people can’t die, I remind myself. The fall cannot kill me.

Knowing this, I still flinch as the ground closes in. I shudder to think about what’s going to happen and close my eyes tight.

Splat.










Author Info
As far back as she can remember, Mikki was creating characters and stories in her head. It wasn't until fate brushed the tip of its wings over her eyes that she began to see that writing was what she was born to do. She loves animals, reading, everything supernatural related, and enjoys spending her free time on social media whenever she can.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

YA THRILLER - Girl with all the Pain (Aliens, Tequila & Us, #4) by Michael Herman

Girl with all the Pain
Aliens, Tequila & Us, #4
by Michael Herman
Publication date: February 23rd 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult


Sometimes an ugly duckling becomes more than just a swan.


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In the streets of Santiago, Chile, a young homeless girl named Isabel screams a scream of rage that is the last sound the gang tormenting her ever hears.

Deep within the city, a family feels her cry and sets out to find her for their sake as well as hers.

Never straying far from Isabel, Skunk Mountain, a homeless pile of walking filth, visible to only the neighborhood kids, maintains a guardian presence that is key to her survival in a world where, beneath the very ground they walk, a dark ancient intelligent entity prepares to unleash forces that will devastate Chile.

Sometimes that swan has claws and teeth.
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Girl with all the Pain is the first of the Global Invasion Chronicles.

The Aliens, Tequila & Us series is prologue to Girl with all the Pain
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If you are interested in mass extinction events, Chinchorro mummies, alien creatures, tequila, Pisco Sours, Very Large Telescopes, foreign tongues, evolution theories, witchcraft beliefs, Santiago Chile, underground caves, vineyards, million dollar concept bikes, interstellar space travel, abandoned mines, the Atacama Desert, Russian ATVs, Himmler’s Nazis Lebensborn, predictions of future times, earthquakes, orchids, avatars, and people with mutant powers, then this is the book for you.

Kind reviews go far and help keep up the spirit while I work to bring the second Global Invasion Chronicle to life.
EXCERPT:
When the woman strokes Isabel’s black fur, Isabel purrs loudly and makes clicking sounds. She knows she rests between friends who will not allow the ones below the base of the statue to harm her. The woman looks down at Isabel and says, “At long last, I have found you. You have not been forgotten. You and your people will return. We will end your long-suffering. You will no longer be alone.”
Isabel looks up at her with her black cat yellow eyes, and purrs. But below her feet, the ground trembles with the might of her enemy. The woman acknowledges the terrible presence beneath them and stoops to Isabel and says, “Only you can restore order. Only you can save them. Only you can end this. When your knowledge of yourself matures and you flower to your destiny, you will fulfill yourself and your time will be complete. We will join you and make it happen. Do you understand?”
Isabel snarls in response and lets out a mighty roar.
Then she is back on the daylight street holding hands with the mirror version of herself. She looks into the mirror self’s eyes and a shudder ripples through her body. The mirror version releases her hands, smiles, looks to Ángel and says, “All is well.”



Author Info
When he isn't doing construction or creating 3D simulations for the AEC industry, Michael Herman writes from his small urban hillside farm in California where he types away to the sounds of chickens, coyotes, the occasional fox and his household pets.

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YA FANTASY - The Devil’s Pact (The Devil’s Revolver, #3) by V. S. McGrath

The Devil’s Pact 
The Devil’s Revolver, #3
by V. S. McGrath
Publication date: December 18th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult



BLURB
Hold on to your hats — the Devil’s Revolver series is back with an evil twin, deep magic, zombies, menacing grand balls, a train heist, hand-to-hand high-stakes battles, and two sisters who have grown in their power to face and fight the end of the Weird West.

If Hettie Alabama could do what she was told and stand down . . . she might not anyway. Especially when the letters her sister sends from her place of hiding don’t seem quite right, and Hettie’s posse is tying her hands tighter by the day. She’s itching to take the safety off her cursed mage gun, the Devil’s Revolver, and walk through the fire to end the reign of evil that’s choking the magic out of the West—not to mention save her sister once and for all.

The only problem? Hettie’s name is in the headlines and on every wanted poster in the nation—but she’s not the one robbing banks and killing innocents, even if the pictures look just like her. She’s up to her chin in high-necked gowns and beauty glamors, charged with fulfilling her word to the influential Favreau family of New Orleans, even as it becomes increasingly clear that they want only to consolidate the world’s waning magic in the hands of the rich and powerful. The politics get more personal as the most loyal of Hettie’s gang uncover the threat of an immoderate technology that steals magic from the unwitting innocent and transfers it to the nefarious elite.

Hettie has no choice but to go rogue, and when she drops a black hat over her brow, the Devil’s Revolver’s trigger glows hot. The Devil’s Pact stampedes from San Francisco’s Chinatown tongs through the glittering high society of Chicago to the hidden swamps of the Deep South in its search for truth, genuine justice, and an end to a world that refuses to recognize the power and change wrought by girls.
EXCERPT:
She clambered over the rooftops, jumping the gaps between buildings with relative ease, since they were so close together. She spotted a large canvas-covered cart in the street pulled by four ragged horses. It was one of those old covered wagons like they used back when settlers were still making their way across the country, and it looked out of place in the city. Hettie climbed down a fire escape, but as she wove through traffic, the time bubble popped—
Suddenly, she was smack-dab in the middle of oncoming traffic. A man shouted and hauled on his reins. His hansom cab buckled violently, and the horse reared. Hettie scampered out of the way of its hooves and directly into the path of another cart. The man’s horses faltered and tried to skirt around her, but then the cart they were pulling plowed into them, and they whinnied in panic, veering to the side and crashing into another rider.
Hettie ran toward the covered wagon, summoning Diablo and trying to re-establish the time bubble. No good. The same thing had happened during the train robbery.
A man peeked out of the covered wagon. He shouted and drew his sidearm. Hettie zigzagged to avoid the gunshots and pulled Diablo’s trigger, unleashing a blast of green power that incinerated the man’s arm up to his shoulder.
Two more men appeared with rifles. Hettie ducked left and rolled behind a cart as the bullets bit into the cab, showering her with splinters. The passengers within screamed.
Traffic ground to a halt and people dove out of their vehicles while the drivers tried to get their horses under control. The covered wagon surged forward and plowed through the street while the men in the back continued an assault on the cab Hettie hid behind.
She had to stop that wagon.
She whipped around the corner and fired. Diablo let out a wide beam of power that took out the right two wheels. The wagon collapsed with a loud crash, sending up a wake of splinters. The whole right side of the wagon tore off, and the canopy ripped away from the U-shaped frame as it snapped up like angry fish spines.
People screamed as carts, drivers and pedestrians tried to escape the gunfire and chaos. Horses thrashed and reared, whinnying as the vehicles piled up. Hettie ran toward the wagon.
It was empty. Unless Dr. Fielding had somehow escaped…
One of the men with the rifles who’d tumbled from the wagon pushed up off the ground. He spotted Hettie and, in a panic, reached for his pistol.
Hettie pointed Diablo at him. “Don’t.”
He blinked at her. “I-I-I’m sorry, Mizzay, I didn’t realize—” He stuttered to a stop. “Wait, you’re not—”
Hettie cocked Diablo for show. “Where’s Dr. Fielding?”
He gaped. “I—I don’t know—”
Hettie blew a molten hole in the ground next to his feet, and he stumbled back. “Where is he?”
“I was just supposed to stay in the cart! I don’t know anything!” His eyes canted left. Hettie reacted a second too late.
Someone cinched an arm around her neck and dragged her backward. Hettie struggled, dropping Diablo as she tried to pry her fingers under the man’s elbow to get a breath.
She sank her teeth into the man’s thick muscle, then slammed her heel into his shin, twisting to throw him off balance. He yelped and let go. She dove for Diablo and before she could stop herself, fired.
The man’s shriek was cut off almost instantly as he evaporated, flaring like a hellish green grease fire.
The agony of the revolver’s blood price was instant, shredding through skin, flesh and bone as it extracted one year of Hettie’s life for the life she’d taken. The pain went on and on, as if she were the one being consumed by flame. It’d been months since she’d killed a man; months since she’d slaked Diablo’s bloodthirst. And the mage gun’s appetite was insatiable. For a flash, she thought she was back in hell, being swallowed and forced down into Satan’s gullet—and then it was over.
Through the haze of relief, Hettie barely registered the person standing over her, pistol drawn, its blank, black eye winking at her.










Author Info
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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YA PNR - Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake

Analiese Rising 
by Brenda Drake
Publication date: January 8th 2019
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult



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Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.
EXCERPT:
The classroom smells like a funeral home.
Hushed voices pulse over the pairs of students hunching over trays spaced across the counters. The odor of bodies fresh out of gym class mingles with the scent of formaldehyde.
Hair dampens at my temples. A crematory would be cooler.
Not many have finished their assignments. Only a few overachievers sit in the rows of empty desks on the other side of the room, their tasks completed, proud smiles on their faces.
Mrs. Cryer shuffles around the tables watching over us—a reaper waiting for lost souls, her bony finger pointing out errors. She shuffles around with purpose. She shuffles around without direction. Then she stops at our table, her eyes peering over reading glasses.
“Mr. Bove and Miss Jordan, you two are falling behind,” she says, a disapproving tsk in her voice. She only uses last names when she wants to emphasize her warning. “Best hurry before class ends.”
She continues shuffling around.
Biology is my least favorite class. Mrs. Cryer’s assignments are outdated. It’s her last year teaching, her retirement long overdue. Stern and direct, she’s not the sort of teacher I usually like, but I do. There’s an underlying kindness to Mrs. Cryer. A kindness hiding in her eyes, evident in her actions.
One of the things I like about my school: my brother, Dalton, is in the same grade. We’re not twins or anything. Actually, we’re cousins. His parents adopted me when mine were killed in a boating accident on Lake Como in Italy. I don’t remember them. I was two when that all went down.
The thing I hate about school: Dalton’s in my biology class.
“Come on, Ana.” Dalton slides the dissection tray closer to me. “I did all the setup. Just make the first cut.”
The little green body looks rubbery—almost fake—crucified to the tray with pins as it is. I push strands of dark hair from my face with a latex-gloved hand. I could’ve opted out of this barbaric ritual of separating body parts from an innocent frog.
Why did I even agree to this?







Author Info
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she's not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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SPOTLIGHT - YA FANTASY - Misfit’s Rise (Alpha, #1) by Sara E. Tall

Misfit’s Rise
Alpha, #1
by Sara E. Tall
Date of Publication: November 29th 2018
Cover Artist: Sara Eatough
Genre: YA Fantasy

Tagline: A Half-Fae misfit returns to the Magical Realm of her birth to discover it’s far from the fairy tale she imagined.


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A century after the Mages of Earth found sanctuary in an underground Realm, those whose magic is sub-par or whose half-breed heritage leaves them powerless and forced into exile back on Earth. They can’t have them tainting the magic of the others, after all. 

As a Fae/Human hybrid, Billie should fit right in. Except, she’s anything but powerless, making her a misfit among misfits. When her powers nearly destroy a human home, she's given a chance to return. Returning to the Realm has always been Billie’s dream, but the Realm is anything but a fairy tale.

Despite its claims of acceptance and equality, ancient rivalries between the Realm’s magical species are threatening to rip it apart. Billie somehow manages to land herself in the middle, a dangerous place for an outcast to be. What’s more, the powerful magic that brought her there suddenly vanishes, leaving her vulnerable to the attacks of those who think a misfit doesn’t belong in the Realm.

Staying in the Realm is her only chance to live life as a true Mage, but it could cost her life.

Excerpt:
“There’s the little fire freak.” My eyes shot open. Standing before me was Tanya with her usual wannabes. She was dressed in her predictable mixture of bad-girl-meets-prep, wearing the pigtails only she could pull off as chic and not goody two-shoes.
“What’s the matter? Nothing to say to me?” She stepped forward. “Not even an apology for blowing up my house?”
“Not really.” People always said if you didn’t let bullies get to you, they’d get bored and move on. It was time to put that to the test.
“When did you become an arsonist, anyway?” she took another step. “Was it to deal with your dad leaving you in that ghetto with all the other freaks?”
“My father didn’t leave,” I snapped before I could stop myself. “He’s dead.”
“Oh, I’m sure that’s what your mom told you.” She was right in front of my face now. “But we all know if your daddy was dead, you would have gotten a nice life insurance check and you wouldn’t be so dirt poor.”
At different time I might have laughed at that. I guess it didn’t occur to Tanya not everyone could afford a life insurance policy.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said as I leapt off the bench and shoved my way past her.
“I’m trying to help you, Billie,” she said from behind me. “You and your friends. I know it can be hard coming from nothing.”
Even though I knew I should just keep walking, I whirled around. “You don’t know a thing about us.”
“You know what the number one profession is for girls from low-income neighborhoods?”
The people around us gasped, though the ones trying to look cool laughed. I was almost impressed with Tanya for being that subtle.
I glanced at her Prada bag, my hand twitching. It would be so easy to just rip that thing open. And it would be a lot better than she deserved. But the Officials had told me not to use magic, and I had a feeling my ability to follow their order would affect whether they sent me to the Academy, or to a containment facility.
Slowly, I turned around again. “I’m not listening to you.”
“You and tall-chick might be able to make it, but the chubby one? What guy would pay for a night with that?” 
There was more laughter, but I barely heard it as I whirled around and screamed, “Shut up!”
Everything happened too fast. All I knew was that one moment I was glaring at Tanya, breathing hard while she folded her arms and smirked; and the next second the tall, marble centerpiece from the fountain was hurtling toward Tanya’s head.
She screamed and ducked, and the marble spiral crashed down just behind her shoulder. Even though it missed her, it still drenched her and her bag with a splash of murky, icy water.
For a second nobody moved, as everyone’s eyes moved from Tanya, to the wrecked fountain, to me.



Author Info
Sara's enjoyed creating fantastic stories since she was old enough to hold a play sword, around the time she learned how to walk. Gradually she learned to direct her creative energy into writing, and it’s been a downward spiral ever since then. When she's not writing she’s probably either dancing or reading random wikipedia pages. She also enjoys spending time in her part-time home away from home, Yellowstone National Park, which is the most fantastical land she's ever been too.

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YA COMING OF AGE - TO LAUGH WELL A NOVEL by JC Alaimo Narrator: Josh Horowitz

To Laugh Well
by JC Alaimo 
Narrator: Josh Horowitz 
Length: 7 hours 29 minutes 
Released: November 2nd 2018 
Publisher: JC Alaimo 
Genre: Young Adult, Coming-of-Age
Q&A with Alexander Biden, protagonist of To Laugh Well
  • Share a bit about yourself.
    • I'm from Sheffield, Ohio, not far from Cleveland, where I live with my mom and sister. We've been in that apartment since my dad left around the time I started high school. But I haven't been there much since I started at Augustine. I'm an education major there, but I love my philosophy class.
  • Why did you pick Augustine for college?
    • A lot of people think I picked Augustine because it's so close to where Mya, my girlfriend, ended up going, but I didn’t. We both applied to different schools, but I think we just lucked out that we're only a half hour apart. I'm also not Catholic, so that's not it either. I think I picked it because it's so different from what I'm used to. It's this beautiful old campus with these gorgeous buildings and stone walkways, and everyone there is so friendly. And it's so small, nothing like the other schools I had on my list.
  • What was the one thing you needed to bring with you to college?
    • Definitely the thing I forgot: my headphones. I have this really nice set of headphones that blocks out the rest of the world when you put them on, and I always used to listen to music before bed. Something about the headphones and the beats and lyrics from the songs just calmed me to sleep. But when I forgot them in my mom's car, I had to come up with something different.
  • How would your friends describe you?
    • It probably varies depending on which friends. In high school, I don't think many people thought much of anything about me, except maybe that I had a great relationship with Mya. But at Augustine, I guess they'd describe me as fun. I throw a hell of a party.
  • What's your favorite place and why?
    • There's this spot on campus that Julia introduced me to. It's kind of hidden behind one of the big academic buildings, but it's this stone platform with this maze on it, and there's a statue of Mary. I go there to get the kind of thing my headphones gave me and to think about the statue or Julia or whatever.
  • Who's your favorite person?
    • Easy, that’s my mom. She saved us when everything fell apart, and she worked two jobs to keep us comfortable and get me to this school. But if family doesn't count, it's my roommate Nick. He's the first friend I've had who I really connect with. He understands me, and I think I understand him.
  • What inspires you?
    • Music, mostly rap. When there's the right beat for the right rapper and they just zone, it's the best genre there is. I swear, I could do anything in the world if I had the right soundtrack.

 
"Sometimes a person needs to be lost." Alexander Biden counts his heart rate as often as he can and recites rap lyrics if it ever gets too high. Despite what brought him to the makeshift bedroom in the basement of his mother’s apartment, he manages to keep that count low. But when an unexpected visitor shows up the weekend he moves to Augustine University, the stable world he constructed for himself is upended. While new friendships, one-night stands, and pharmaceuticals help him regain a fleeting sense of normalcy, it’s in a dangerous love affair that his fate lies.
 
 

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JC Alaimo is an indie author from Buffalo, NY. He holds a BA in Philosophy, MA in English, and has been writing fiction since participating in his high school literary magazine. He enjoys listening to hip hop and spending time with his wife and daughter. 
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Narrator Bio
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Josh Horowitz appeared in various commercials, TV shows, and motion pictures as a child actor. Years later, Josh returned to entertainment through podcasting, co-hosting two "Movies by Minutes" podcasts and acting / writing for the "Old Time Radio" style podcast "Twelve Chimes, It's Midnight". He has gained experience through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Radio Play series as both a performer and director, and has narrated several audiobooks for Audible. 
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Q&A with Josh Horowitz, Narrator of To Laugh Well
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I’ve always enjoyed listening to audiobooks during long work commutes over the years, and I’ve also had fun reading to my kids. After I got involved in podcasting a few years ago, it led to an interest in voiceover work in general. I started taking VO coaching, and between sessions, I decided to get extra practice by narrating short stories through Librivox, a volunteer service that covers public domain works. From there, I learned about ACX (Audible), and auditioned for a few books. I found I enjoyed the process, and have stuck with it through five published books so far.
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • For me, getting into audiobook narration was pretty straightforward - it was just a matter of registering with ACX.com, finding titles I was interested in doing, and auditioning for them. I already had a microphone and computer audio editing setup from doing podcasting - I just needed a comfortable setting and the time to take on the narration projects.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I was once a child actor, but more recently I received training through Marla Kirban Voiceover in New York. I’ve also taken several audiobook classes and sessions through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Voiceover Lab series, including one by audiobook narrator Scott Brick. Before doing books on ACX, I practiced by reading short stories through librivox.org.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Audiobooks are great! Especially with a good narrator. I’ve usually had to deal with long drives to and from work, and I would usually pass the time with books on tape, and later CD, and later streaming. The format offers listeners a great way to get through a long book they would ordinarily not have time for, and you get the bonus of interesting voiced characters or even sound effects to add to the experience.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • During the narration process, I really enjoy being able to perform different voices and act out different roles. It’s this acting component that can make the long process fun, especially if it’s part of an entertaining book. I also like adding different filter and sound effects during the editing process to make my voice sound like it’s on the phone, coming over an intercom, or from an echoey inner thought. I think the toughest part of narrating is the time involved. For ACX projects, you need time to read (and highlight) the whole book, record it, edit it, and master it. Doing all of this from home when you have a day job can be pretty exhausting.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • JC Alaimo contacted me directly about this title, inviting me to audition. That was a first for me, so I read through the summary and the audition script, and thought it would be a good experience to work on another Young Adult novel.
  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
    • JC was very helpful in providing descriptions of the different characters and their accents. I used that as a starting point and tried to do voices I felt a could perform consistently. For the main character (Alex), I kept his voice similar to the third-person narrator’s voice, which is close to my own. I try channel my inner teenager when performing young adults.
  • How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voiceover work you've done?
    • One analogy I like to use is that voiceover spots (commercials, etc) are like sprints, and audiobook narration is a marathon. For audiobooks, you need to have the stamina to keep reading for long periods of time (usually 30-60 minutes straight). The editing process is also much more involved, since there’s so much to fix. Unlike other VO I do, I actually use a clicker device for audiobooks so that whenever I mess up or need to re-read a section, it’s easily visible to me on the waveform when I edit.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks? If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
    • I look forward to reading what others think of my narration work - hopefully it’s a confirmation that I’m doing a good job as a storyteller, or at least provides some feedback on how I can be better. Some of the best comments I’ve received have been from listeners impressed with my readings of lines in foreign languages, which have included German and Polish.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • Make sure you have the time to devote to audiobook narration - it’s considerable, but can be very rewarding. Practice your voice skills and make sure you have the stamina to read long chapters of a book. Get a decent microphone and editing setup, and find a good recording space that doesn’t have noticeable room echo - I use a walk-in closet and sound padding for this purpose. Try reading something on Librivox.org to get a feel for the process, and if you think you’re ready, sign up for ACX and audition for short royalty share projects. Once you finish your first book, you learn shortcuts to make the process easier. And most important: have fun!
  
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