Friday, July 19, 2019

Sultry Listeners Award 2019: Nominations


Hot Listens, Geeky Bloggers Book Blog, Viviana Enchantress of Books, & That’s What I’m Talking About are excited to bring back Sultry Listeners Awards for it’s 6th year!

You now have the opportunity to submit nominations in the following categories:
  • Fantasy (Urban Fantasy included)
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Contemporary
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Historical
  • Erotica
  • LGBTQ
  • Cozy Mystery
  • POC (Person of Color–one of the leads must be POC)
  • Seasoned (General definition is both leads must be 38+)


There are only a few rules:
  • They must have some kind of romance in the story. This is after all The Sultry Listeners Awards!
  • AUDIOBOOK had to be released between June 2018 to June 2019 to qualify (doesn’t matter when the ebook/print book was released)


You can nominate as many titles as you like!


Timeline:

  • Nominations: July 19th to July 29th
  • Semi-Final Voting on the nominations to get down to 5 in each Category will run in 2 phases:
    • August 5th to 11th
      • Contemporary: That’s What I’m Talking About
      • Erotica: Viviana Enchantress of Books,
      • Fantasy: Hot Listens
      • Historical: Geeky Bloggers Book Blogs
      • POC: Sultry Listeners
    • August 12th -18th
      • LGBTQ: Viviana Enchantress of Books,
      • Cozy Mystery: That’s What I’m Talking About
      • Paranormal: Hot Listens
      • Romantic Suspense: Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
      • Seasoned Romance: Sultry Listeners
  • Finals Voting will also run in 2 phases:
    • August 19th to 25th
      • Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, POC
    • August 26th to Sept 1st
      • LGBTQ, Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Seasoned Romance


We will announce the winners on Sept 6th!



TIME TO NOMINATE:







Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Home Improvement by Tara Lain





Home Improvement
by Tara Lain


Blurb:

Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.

Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life’s predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.

Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry's pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry’s secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever. 



Available for purchase at 



Excerpt


Jerry pretty much smiled all the way through the unloading, which was damned hard and took an hour of trying to maneuver the huge pieces of furniture across the lawn and up the stairs to the nearest door. Once inside, they placed the credenza at one end of the dining room that looked over the pool. The gleaming wood of the cabinet glowed against the Saltillo tile floors and gave the room—which still needed paint, rugs, and a table—some promise.
When they’d wrangled the coffee table into place in the middle of the huge great room, Gabe laughed. “I guess we can call it a start.”
Jerry threw his arms out and spun. “But it’s sooooo beautiful.” He kept swooping and twirling around the room until his head spun and the floor of the room and the wood ceiling far above kind of blended together. He threw his head back and laughed, his foot hit one of the rough places on the tile, and he staggered. “Whoa!” He slid and teetered toward the floor.
Before he could hit, Gabe snatched him into a full-body grab. “Hang on.”
Jerry took him at his word. Wrapping his arms tightly around Gabe’s neck, he hung on like crazy. Truthfully, he was too dizzy to stand up—
—and the Captain America arms didn’t help that dizziness one bit.
Before he could really analyze his situation, he’d pressed himself full length against Gabe’s tall, sturdy body, laughing tipsily.
Yes, the contact was pretty wriggly, and if he’d asked himself a hundred times whether Gabe might, just might, like guys since he seemed to look at Jerry like an hors d’oeuvre sometimes, he now got his answer. One formidable protuberance rose in the middle of the embrace and seemed to be matched in his own pants. Gabe’s heartbeat pounded against Jerry’s chest.
Oh fuck! Just one taste. Jerry slid the arm that was tightly wrapped around Gabe’s neck up a couple inches and yanked Gabe’s head down so he could lock their lips together.
The first touch produced an electric spark that slammed straight to Jerry’s balls so hard, for a second he had to hold his breath to keep from embarrassing himself with wet sweats. As the first gasp came under control, a tsunami of heat washed through him, and he slid his fingers tightly into Gabe’s shaggy, silken hair, as he pressed closer from lips to hips.
Gabe had been holding Jerry around the waist. His strong hands slid down and grasped Jerry’s butt and squeezed. Jerry gasped at the amazing pressure, and everything in him wanted to climb Gabe like a tree and then plant that evergreen where it would do the most good.
Before Jerry could anchor a leg around Gabe’s hips, he was gone, and Jerry was staggering backward to keep from falling.
Gabe gasped, “Oh God, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I hope you enjoy the furniture. Let me know if you change your mind about the other pieces. Otherwise I’ll make sure they get here while you’re gone.” With that he turned, hurried from the house, and before Jerry even made it to the front door, had disappeared out of sight.




About the Author


Tara Lain believes in happy ever afters – and magic. Same thing. In fact, she says, she doesn’t believe, she knows. Tara shares this passion in her best-selling stories that star her unique, charismatic heroes — the beautiful boys of romance —  and adventurous heroines. Quarterbacks and cops, werewolves and witches, blue collar or billionaires, Tara’s characters, readers say, love deeply, resolve seemingly insurmountable differences, and ultimately live their lives authentically. After many years living in southern California, Tara, her soulmate honey and her soulmate dog decided they wanted less cars and more trees, prompting a move to Ashland, Oregon where Tara’s creating new stories and loving living in a small town with big culture. Likely a Gryffindor but possessed of Parseltongue, Tara loves animals of all kinds, diversity, open minds, coconut crunch ice cream from Zoeys, and her readers. She also loves to hear from you.   




You can find Tara at Lain

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Audiobook Review: Payback by Amy Daws

Payback: A Hot Sports Romance 
By Amy Daws
Narrated by Erin Mallon & Aaron Shedlock with mult-cast performed by Will Watt & Charlotte Cole

Blurb:

Allie Harris wants payback. 

Her cheating ex deserves to see her living her best life; a one-night-stand with a hot South African soccer player would be the perfect revenge. Right?

Wrong. Allie is so, so wrong.

Roan Dewalt has all the moves.

On and off the field he's at the top of his game. Roan respects hard work, dedication, and follow through. He's not a one-and-done kind of man, and he's far from being done with Allie Harris.

One sexy night and two years later, Allie's job brings her back to town. An opportunity for the perfect replay Roan has been fantasizing about since they slept together.

The problem?

Allie Harris has a secret, one she's been keeping from Roan all this time. Video proof of their one night together taken without his consent.

Will Allie's payback plan come back to bite them both? Or can she erase her past mistake and embrace a new future with Roan?



Available for purchase at 



Viviana's Review:
Sooo I'm a huge fan of Amy Daws the person! I have liked/loved her books, however, this one was meh. I'd even go as far as saying it would have been either a DNF (do not finish) or one that I would have skipped through if I had read the book vs listen to it. Thankfully, I picked up the audio! The narrators performance was why I kept listening if I may be 100% honest. 


The biggest issue (well there was really just the one) I had with the story was the repetitive narrative of Allie's secret and her 'struggles' with it. Here is the thing, we already KNOW what the secret is thanks to the blurb. Which we then can either figure out what could possibly be the  Hero's & Heroine's "dark moment" (what is the cause of them not being able to be together). What we don't know are the details of the "how" it occurs nor how the Hero & Heroine end up with their HEA. So it is a bit  predictable. However, as the saying goes, its the journey, not the destination that counts, right? 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Audiobook Review: The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley


The Slow Burn
(Moonlight and Motor Oil Series, Book 2)
by Kristen Ashley

Narrated by Lance Greenfield & Stella Bloom

Blurb: 

Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed.

In other words, she was going to be just right.

And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one.

The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.

Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie.

But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him—and Addie—is for him to leave.

Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.

The best except for his brother, Toby.

Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more.

Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.

Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn.

Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.


Available for purchase at 



Viviana's Review:

OMG I LOVED this book so much!! This is a great series filled with characters you'll love!! Kristen gives us fantastic stories and THE SLOW BURN doesn't disappoint! We met Toby & Addie in the first book and immediately wanted them to get together & get their HEA together. Well, now we have it!

This story has little angst (which is a breathe of fresh air) and lots of traditional Kristen elements (e.g. strong heroine, alpha male, steamy/hot scenes, great banter and a strong sense of family) which always makes for a great book. BONUS that this was in audio narrated by Lance Greenfield & Stella Bloom. Oh... and prepare... there will be tears! 


Narrator Review:
I love Lance and Stella individually and when they are paired together its perfect! I couldn't imagine any other narrators performing THE SLOW BURN. They both are brilliant and bring an extra element of emotions that totally tug at your heart.


Overall, this was a great ending to this series and it does not disappoint!!



Rating: 4.5 Stars - I REALLY LOVED IT


Disclaimer:

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

Audiobook Lovin 2019 Presents: That's a wrap!



That's a wrap as the saying goes!!!

June has come and gone and Audiobook Lovin' 2019 was a blast!! We celebrated Audiobook Month (aka June) with 38 authors and narrators and YOU!

We hope you enjoyed listening and reading the interviews and guest posts as well as discovering new authors and narrators!

This event is dear to my heart and I appreciate you coming along on the ride with me! It was fun, right?

If you missed any of the posts, you can visit the Audiobook Lovin 2019 page and catch up! All of our guests have this



underneath their information, click on it and you will be sent to their post! New to this event? You can can check out our previous year's event by clicking here and select a year.  


The giveaway will run for a few more days, so make sure to enter!

Oh, I have something exciting coming and will share soon! Click here to sign up for my newsletter, to get info on this and much more!!















Sunday, June 30, 2019

Audiobook Lovin 2019 Presents: Teddy Hamilton Interview & Giveaway




Please welcome narrator Teddy Hamilton to 
Audiobook Lovin'!!






Had a rough day? Need a pick me up? Here you go!!




Check out the audiobook samples below, learn more about Teddy, where you can find him and don't forget to enter the giveaway!



Audiobook Samples



 Available for purchase at Audible | Kindle | Amazon Paperback | Kobo Nook 




Available for purchase at Audible | Kindle | Amazon paperback 




About The Narrator



Teddy Hamilton is a romantic audiobook narrator. The dreamy and the steamy. A voice that's swoon worthy for any and all who listen.









You can find Teddy at












Audiobook Lovin 2019 Presents: Nicole Poole & Giveaway




Please welcome narrator Nicole Poole to 
Audiobook Lovin'!!


I Love Nicole and she is a phenomenal narrator! When she narrates its like its narrated by a full cast!! If you haven't listened to any of the audiobooks she's narrated you should!!

Below are the links to our previous interviews which we hope you'll take a listen! 






Here is a phenomenal clip that showcases Nicole's range, gift and talent!

 


Awesome, right? 

Check out the audiobook samples below, learn more about Nicole, where you can find her and don't forget to enter the giveaway!



Audiobook Samples


Available for purchase at  Audible | Amazon Paperback | iTunes | Kindle


Available for purchase at  Audible | Amazon Paperback | Kindle


About The Narrator


Nicole Poole is a classically-trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. In addition to touring with England's Royal Shakespeare Company, Nicole is an art dealer and has spent the past twenty years working as a spoken word artist and actor with the Walter Thompson Orchestra and Parisian orchestras SPOUMJ and Anitya. Nicole is honored to have been recognized for her narration by AudioFile Earphones Awards, Publisher's Weekly Listen-Up Awards, the Independent Audiobook Awards and as a finalist for three Audie Awards.


You can find Nicole at









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