Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Audio Book Review: Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Wildest Dreams
(Fantasyland Series, Bk #1)
By Kristen Ashley
Narrated by Tillie Hooper

Blurb: 
Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets, and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes, but instead his Finnie, a free spirit with a thirst for adventure just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting. But at the same time, Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and...dragons.



   


Viviana's Review: Wow... uhm... where to start? It's all good though... it's just that there's A LOT going on and it was listening 18 hrs and 49 mins ... It's all worth it though!. This is my first dive into this series from Kristen Ashley and while I originally didn't think I'd be into this series when I first learned about it... my interest peaked after I read her book BOUNTY... here's the truth... I've read her UNFINISHED HEROES series and LOVED IT. She has her other series the ROCK CHICKS.... I hear mix reviews but always willing to give things a try... just not yet. I had the opportunity to review the audio book of BOUNTY from Colorado Mountain. Bounty is book 7 in the series and this cemented that I am TOTALLY GooGooGaga over Kristen (okay, lets be honest... more than I already was). So when the opportunity arose to listen to WILDEST DREAMS, book 1 of a five book series, I jumped at the chance and I'm so happy I did!

There is a LOT of world building and lots of descriptive narrative (Kristen likes to paint you the picture) however, this is done from the POV of the heroine, Finnie, who is experiencing this world for the first time as well as ours! Yet, the manner in which it's described and the performance of the narrator, it doesn't feel like the story is 'dragging'. There were a few times where I did shake my head at Finnie's describing how "gorgeous" Frey was or how 'handsome', but I get that goes along with the territory...

I really enjoyed reading (well listening) to this story because the heroine is strong, smart, independent and adventurous! She seeks out the adventure and that's how she ended up in Lunwyn. I loved how she didn't complained or succumb to the situation or circumstances, instead she thrives and blossoms.

Ah... Frey Drakkar... typical of Kristen's males... he's a complete Alpha, YET.... can be a complete sweetheart to his Finnie! It was a breathe of fresh air to get to know him as a character, because he was true to himself but never an ass to the heroine. Granted... certain events when they first met he may not have been pleasant, but this was due to his knowledge of the original Sjofn. Upon learning the truth... he does everything within his powers to make things right between them and goes above and beyond to make things easier for her.

There was definitely the attraction between the Hero and Heroine, but the passion grows further as they get to know each other. While not a complete "slow burn" type of story, it isn't an "instant jump into your bed" sort of story either.

There is loss and heartache and moments that are joyous. It's a great mix of going through the emotions of a reader as they get to know new characters and of course some of the topics included such as "living life to its fullest" as well as "loving those you have in your life while you have them".

Narrator's Review: 
Tillie Hooper NAILED IT! Her performance is great and provides the reader with ease of listening! She utilizes different tones and voices for each character and the narrative allowing the readers to follow along easily! She not only tells the story but keeps you engaged as well. I'm happy to see she's also narrating the second audio book in this series and look forward to seeing how she manages the different sets of characters.

Overall, I'm so happy I picked up this book as I now have another series to continue to discover and fall in love with. If you like/love Kristen Ashley's writing style, you'll fall for this series hard. Alpha Males, Strong Women, creative bantering, interesting worlds, I could go on and on.






Rating: LOVED IT!




Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the audio publisher Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Guest Post: Blue Moon by Lisa Kessler

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to have Author Lisa Kessler with us today chatting about her latest release! Please take a few minutes to learn more about BLUE MOON, Lisa and don't forget to enter the giveaway! 


Hi everyone –

I’m excited to be visiting Viviana’s blog to chat about my new release, BLUE MOON. This is the sixth book in the Moon Series, but it’s easy to jump in if you haven’t read the others first.

I fell in LOVE with writing these loyal, protective, and occasionally hot-headed men. Logan is our hero for Blue Moon, but you’ll also get to see the rest of the Pack: Adam, Aren, Gareth, Jason, Jared and Luke.  Each man is different, but when the chips are down, they’ve got each other’s backs when they need it most.

But the Pack isn’t all… We’ve also got some jaguar shifters in the Moon Series. Some of the jaguars work for the nefarious Nero Organization, but two jaguar females are Pack members, blurring the lines between the two supernatural races.

I have so much fun writing this series, and Blue Moon was no exception. Logan is the lead singer of his alt rock band, Logan and the Howlers, but he really howls! No one in the band knows he’s a werewolf, and he intends to keep it that way, but when his mate comes back into town, sparks fly.

Vivianna was his best friend and high school sweetheart, but after his first shift he discovered she was also his one true mate, and that’s when things got dicey. Seeing them get back together and healing old wounds was beautiful and I loved seeing them finally get their happily ever after. It wasn’t easy, but they definitely earned it!

While these wolves might not always agree, they honor their Pack and fight to keep them safe. The extra strength, and heightened senses don’t hurt either…

So what about you?  What is it about a Shifter that keeps you coming back for more?

Lisa


Excerpt –  (We’re in Vivianna’s point of view)

I frowned and paused the recorder. The bastard was enjoying this. “I’d like to get this interview over as soon as possible.” I brushed my hair back over my shoulder, unable to miss the way Logan’s eyes tracked my every move. I straightened in my chair. Let him look. I wanted him to remember what he lost. “I didn’t come here for a walk down memory lane.”

“Sorry.” His jaw clenched as he stared outside. “I never should have agreed to this.”

“Excuse me?” I shook my head.

He got up, pacing near the window. “I thought I could answer your questions and you could walk back out of my life.”

Pressure built up behind my eyes, an ache pulsing through my head. “News flash. I’m not in your life. I haven’t been since you walked out of mine.”

Damn him for being even sexier than I remembered, and for making my heart race with a look, and for making me wish for the one thing that could bring me to my knees.

No way. Never again. “I’ve moved on.”

Logan turned, his head tilted slightly. “Have you?”

He crossed the room and had me in his arms. His lips caught mine, and my body responded like I’d just found water in the desert. I clutched the back of his hair, and he held me so tight against him I could barely breathe. Our tongues wrestled urgently—hungry, angry, hurt, and desperate. He slid one hand down my back, pressing my hips to his. His rock hard erection had my leg wrapping around his, every part of me aching to be even closer.

Closer to the one man who destroyed me without ever looking back.

I shoved him, stumbling away from the sanctuary of his arms. Reality settled onto my shoulders like a boulder. What in the hell was I doing?

Slamming my laptop shut, I swiped the recorder into my bag. I needed to escape before I went to pieces in front of him.

“Anna, wait.”

He reached for me, and I slapped him so hard the sound made me freeze. I opened my mouth to apologize, but no words came out.

His hair was mussed, his shirt disheveled, and that sexy smile was replaced by…hunger and something else…regret? “I deserve that.”

“I…You…” I jammed the computer in my bag and took a breath before facing him again. “Don’t ever touch me again.”

A deep sound rumbled in his chest, like he was…growling?

“I had no right to kiss you, I know that. But hearing you say you moved on—I panicked.”

Crossing my arms, I let out a frustrated groan. “Do you often make out with women when you get upset?”

His gaze held mine, his expression stoic. “Never.”

“So why me?” My head pounded in time with my heart.

“Can we sit?”

I shook my head. “Not a good idea.”

He sighed. “I swear I won’t touch you without your consent.”

“You’ll never have it.”

He put his hands up in surrender. “All I’m asking for is your time.”

I kept my things in my hands, ready for a quick getaway, but I followed him to the sofa and sat on the opposite end from him. My entire body was hot and achy. Turned on. Bastard.

He stared at his shoes. “You never should have come back to Reno.”

“And you never should have told me you loved me and then vanished from my life.”

He nodded without making eye contact. “I know you won’t believe me, but I did it for you.”

“Enough.” I rolled my eyes and would’ve smacked him with my laptop if I wasn’t worried his hard head would break my computer. “Please don’t make me throw up.”

He finally glanced my way, the corner of his mouth quirked up into a crooked smile. “God, I’ve missed you.”








Blue Moon 
(The Moon Series, Bk #6)
by Lisa Kessler

Blurb: 
She’s his muse, his mate, and she’s completely off-limits.

He’s a jerk, a recluse, and her newest assignment.

Until he broke her heart, Vivianna Lopez loved Logan Reynolds.

Five years later, she’s an aspiring music journalist and he’s the camera-shy lead singer of Logan and the Howlers.

Armed with a backstage pass, Vivi’s back in her hometown of Reno, nestled in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She must score an interview with Logan to land her dream job - otherwise it’s back to Boston, with no scoop and no job. It’s just business–at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Logan still loves Vivi, his soul mate, but there’s something even she doesn’t know about him: He turns into a werewolf every full moon and a secret organization is hunting down his Pack.

Vivi may not have Logan’s senses, but she can sniff out that he’s hiding something. He knows it’s only a matter of time before the truth about him - and his Pack - is revealed.

And then he really will lose her.


Available for purchase at 

   


About The Author

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night
Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy­Sci­fi­Horror as well as the
Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire
story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as
well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.


You can find Lisa at 

         



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

International Kissing Day: Great Kissing Scenes with Penguin Random House Audio and Listening Library
















Hi Everyone!! Happy International Kissing Day!!! Today we, Audio Book Lovin', have partnered up with Penguin Audio to bring you some awesome kissing scenes to celebrate International Kissing Day! 

Inspired by International Kissing Day we have selected three clips featuring some of Penguin Random House Audio's and Listening Library's favorite kissing scenes. We also added a clip from Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. His audio is hilarious and he gives great love advice, perfect for finding that someone to kiss!






Little Briar Rose:

From the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the original sleeping beauty and the kiss that broke the spell

Grimm's Fairy Tales 
by The Brothers Grimm 
Read by Jim Dale, Janis Ian, Alfred Molina, and Katherine Kellgren 

Blurb: 
Read by a cast of award-winning narrators, this collection contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.

The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are selected from The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales and presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

Stories include:
Rapunzel, read by Katherine Kellgren
Cinderella, read by January LaVoy
Little Red-Cap, read by Simon Vance
Little Briar-Rose, read by Grover Gardner
Little Snow-White, read by Kate Rudd
Rumpelstiltskin, read by Jim Dale
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, read by Alfred Molina
A Riddling Tale, read by Janis Ian
The Twelve Brothers, read by Graeme Malcolm
The White Snake, read by Scott Brick
The Elves, read by Bahni Turpin
The Six Swans, read by Davina Porter
The Twelve Huntsmen, read by Dion Graham
The Goose-Girl, read by Edoardo Ballerini
Sweet Porridge, read by Jayne Entwistle
The Golden Goose, read by Luke Daniels
Eve’s Various Children, read by Roy Dotrice
Snow-White and Rose-Red, read by Julia Whelan
The Frog-King, or Iron Henry, read by Kirby Heyborne
The Sea-Hare, read by Mark Bramhall
Hansel and Gretel, read by Robin Miles

   






The story of a first love, this scene will remind you of your first kiss


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 
Read by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

Blurb:
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.


   





A year at boarding school in France sets Anna up for adventure and leads to this steamy kiss


Anna and the French Kiss
By Stephanie Perkins
Read by Kim Mai Guest

Blurb:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?




   






Look to this audio for some inspired love tips!

Modern Romance: An Investigation
By and Read: Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Blurb:
A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s most popular and sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.



   









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Friday, July 1, 2016

Audio Book Lovin 2016 Wrap Up



It's a Wrap!!
What a fun filled month we've had! Books-n-Kisses and I want to thank all of the participating Authors, Narrators and our Special Guests! It was awesome hanging out with them and YOU! 
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A special THANK YOU to Dreamspinner Press for the awesome giveaway items, which includes audio books (via Audible).

I also want to thank Brooke, our official Audio Book Lovin model and photographer!
She has been awesome and has provided us with fantastic images for our series banners! 


We have LOTS of fun and exciting new things planned for Audio Book Lovin' 2017 and we can't wait to share with you all! 
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Audio Book Lovin' Presents: Catherine Bybee Guest Post & Giveaway



 Books-n-Kisses and I wanted to include Author Catherine Bybee in our Audio Book Lovin because she is AWESOME and I love her her writing style. We were thrilled to have her with us today! 




Years ago, when e-books first truly hit the world, there was a massive noise of opposition and yammering about how e-books weren’t going to go anywhere. Publishers said it was a fad, something that wouldn’t stick, bookstores agreed. 
Well, we all know how that turned out. 

Bring on audio! 
The next big way people receive their media is taking something old and making it new again. I’m going to age myself by saying this, but I remember books being read on the radio when I was a kid. I remember waiting in the car with my mother late at night and the radio voice telling a story. Instead of putting me to sleep, the voice would rise and fall and keep me right on the edge of my seat until the next scene played out. And like any good book, it broke at a part that made us tune in the next night to hear what happens. 

Book radio is still out there, but it isn’t there for everyone. And now that we have the ability to download a book, we have the pleasure of ‘reading’ as we grind through our daily commute, or sit in the back of a car and avoid getting car sick since our noses aren’t stuck in our lap inside the pages of written words. I would imagine, for those who are visually impaired, the vast amount of options they now have to listen to is like winning a book lottery. 

Nearly all of my work is available in audio. For that I’m extremely happy. I ask my publisher of samples of the narrators reading from other books. Do they make the transition from a man’s voice to a woman’s without it sounding like something out of Saturday Night Live?  Narrators are actors without the visual. Their job is extremely hard, especially when we writers toss in accents and people of all different ages, races, and walks of life. I’m grateful for every voice that brings my books to life, and for my readers who love getting their media this way. 

Audio isn’t for everyone. But isn’t in wonderful that we live in a time where we can choose many different forms on how we read or books. 

Happy Listening, 

Catherine 





  Purchase at Amazon | Audible




  Purchase at Amazon | Audible




  Purchase at Amazon | Audible





  Purchase at Amazon | Audible



About The Author



New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.  

You can find Catherine at 




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Audio Book Lovin Presents: Gabra Zackman Interview



Hi Everyone! Books-n-Kisses and I are excited to have triple threat Gabra Zackman with today! She's a narrator, author and actress! I had a blast during our interview and we hope you'll discover a new author and narrator! 




Samples of Books Narrated by Gabra



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The Bod Squad by Gabra Zackman




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Purchase at Amazon | Audible 


About Narrator, Author and Actress


Gabra Zackman is a New York City based actress, writer and audiobook narrator. She has performed in regional theaters across the country, several Shakespeare festivals, off Broadway, and also did a stint in the theaters of Denver, Colorado. She has been seen on TV in “Law and Order”, “SVU” and “AMC” as well as a few small film roles.  She was recently seen in Theatre BEDLAM’s off-broadway hit production of Sense and Sensibility.

Gabra has a parallel career in audiobook narration, and has worked in that field for over 10 years, having relationships with studios in the New York area, Denver and all the places she has performed around the country.  After recording over 300 audiobooks, many of them romance, Gabra decided to use her storytelling addiction to write some of her own.  When she lived in Denver for a spell, she hooked up with a friend’s New York literary agent who was looking for romance submissions, and the wheels began to turn.

Though Gabra has written a handful of essays, a screenplay, and a host of blog posts, the Bod Squad Series is her first stab at writing novels.   She writes the stories she wishes she lived: ones filled with romance, intrigue, humor, and wild and witty characters. The inspiration for this series was her love of the romance genre, her admiration for many of the writers whose work she has narrated, and her undying passion for James Bond.  She also based three of the main characters on a few of her best friends.  Gabra moved back to New York a couple of years ago and brought her stories with her.  She now lives in Queens, in the first apartment that has really felt like home, a place that reminds her of her grandmothers.

Gabra can often be found traipsing across a stage, rocking the mic for an audiobook recording, or exploring the cafes of Queens, New York, dressed in disguise and looking for the perfect place to write sexy tales of kooky undercover agents. You can learn more about all her many adventures at www.gabrazackman.com.  If you prefer, you can use www.audiobookgoddess.com.  It goes to the same website, but makes you laugh as you type it.  You can also follow her on Twitter @GabraZackman, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn and at her Bod Squad Series Facebook page.  Also check out her current weekly guest blog on www.xoxoafterdark.com  where she posts her thoughts about ABC’s new series, The Bachelorette.

You Can find Gabra at 


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