Thursday, June 29, 2017

Audiobook Lovin 2017 Presents: Santino Hassell Interview



Hi everyone and welcome to Audiobook Lovin, presented by Books-n-Kisses and Viviana, Enchantress of Books. We’re excited to have author Santino Hassell with us here today! 


Viviana: First, we wanted to take a minute and say CONGRATULATIONS on the RITA AWARD nomination (category: Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length) for “Fast Connection” which you co-wrote with Megan Erickson!

Santino: Thank you so much! It was an honor and a surprise, and we pretty much jumped up and down and shouted at each other in excitement after getting the calls. 😊

Audiobook Love 2017 Presents: Summer Roberts Guest Post



Thrilled to have Narrator Summer Roberts with us today sharing her Top 5 Reasons Why Being a Narrator ROCKS!!!! 



My Top 5 Reasons Why Being a Narrator ROCKS! 


I’m going to work backwards! Let the countdown begin!

5) You get to read books you might not have read if you weren’t narrating them, and explore different genres and topics.

4) You get to learn things you never knew before about all sorts of different stuff (places, ideas, sexual positions…)

3) Sometimes you get to work directly with authors, which is so cool.  Authors are amazing and I am continually in awe of their talent and dedication to their craft and fans!

2) You can do your work in pajamas or yoga pants with a messy bun and no make up, because no one sees you!

1) You get to do things like THIS! The audiobook community is the best, most thoughtful and supportive group of people.  Everyone I meet and interact with in this industry is top notch, and I can’t say enough good things about the business.  I feel so grateful to be a part of it, to meet so many smart and sassy folks, and to get to do what I love for a living.

Thank you to Audibook Lovin’ for celebrating the industry during Audibook Month!



Some hot summer listens read by Summer Roberts include: The Badd Brothers series by Jasinda Wilder, Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan, and the super funny rom com Sexy Motherpucker by Lili Valente.


About The Narrator



Summer Roberts is a two time Audie Award nominee and one-time winner (Alpha by Jasinda Wilder).  When not narrating, Summer can be found spending way too much money in bookstores and taking walks with her dog Georgina.  She loves wine, yoga, HGTV, and discovering great new authors and blogs! 


You can find Summer at 









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Audiobook Lovin 2017 Presents: Andi Arndt Spotlight Feature



Hi Everyone! Today I wanted to RAVE all about Narrator Andi Arndt! I got to meet her in person at the 2017 RT Booklovers Convention along with several of her fellow narrators from the ROMANCE NARRATORS group! She was AWESOME and soooo nice!! I've listened to several audiobook narrated by Andi and she is consistent in her performances and brings life to characters. She has the ability to make a good book GREAT via her narration. 

Huge Congratulations for winning the 2016 Audie Award for Best Erotica

MARRIAGE GAMES
by CD Reiss


Purchase at Amazon | Audible 



So this is a funny one and I love her laugh!!






Below are some audio samples of the audiobooks I've listened to that Andi has narrated! They are all dual narration and she (along with the male narrator) ROCK IT!


Purchase at Amazon | Audible | Nook | iTunes | Kobo



Purchase at Amazon | Audible | Nook | iTunes | Kobo




Purchase at Amazon | Audible



If you have yet to listen to on audiobook narrated by Andi, I highly recommend that you do! Learn more about Andi below! 



About The Narrator


Andi Arndt naturally came into VO / Narration after years of extensive work in both theatre and public radio. She taught acting and Voice for the Stage at James Madison University for 12 years and has been an actor, producer, director and vocal coach for full productions of live theatre including drama, comedy, musicals and staged readings. To strengthen her teaching skills, she took the month-long Intensive at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, where she learned about Kristin Linklater’s method of voice study. Andi then trained to teach Linklater’s method for several years, creating a solid foundation of technique that has served her narration work – and ever-increasing list of happy clients – incredibly well.

With rare acumen, Andi intuitively understands the creative process of the writer, and has earned a trusted reputation for taking excellent care of every project she lends her voice to. To date, she has narrated over 100 books in contemporary fiction, non-fiction (legal, medical, geopolitical, bio/memoir), mystery/thriller, contemporary romance, young adult and children’s. She was also nominated for an Audie Award for Short Story Fiction in 2014, and was a co-narrator for Mary Kubica’s THE GOOD GIRL, recognized with a Voice Arts Award nomination in 2015. Her recordings for children and teens have earned her glowing reviews in School Library Journal.

In her e-learning work, Andi knows exactly how to utilize her teaching background to not only engage the learner but help them enjoy a course that they may have been dreading.

Andi is busy delivering her calm, cool and clear sound from her broadcast quality studio in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Through her production company, Lyric Audiobooks LLC, which includes a team of editors and proofers, she delivers fully produced, finished audio and often travels to other studios to direct and produce audiobooks for indie authors.

You can find Andi at
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Audiobook Lovin 2017 Presents: Felicia, The Geeky Blogger



Hi everyone! We've all gotten that look of "What are you talking about" when we, a book lover, speaks to a not so book lover. They just don't get us! Which is why when yo do get to chat with a friend who is also a book lover, time goes by so fast and more than an hour is recorded! LOL

I had the pleasure of meeting Felicia in person at this year's RT Book Lovers Convention as we were both part of the "How To Find Your Listening Audience" with Karen White (narrator), Michelle Cobb (AudioFile Magazine & Insatiable Press). I loved being part of the panel and getting to hang out with Felicia. So of course I immediately thought of her when I was thinking it would be a great idea to chat with a fellow blogger and audiobook lover which you can listen below. I've also included some of Felicia's favorites that we think you'll want to check out! 



Audiobook Lovin 2017 Presents: Top 5 Favorite Things About Being An Audiobook Narrator - Full Cast



Hi Everyone! Welcome to Audiobook Lovin 2017! Books-n-Kisses and I have had a blast sharing these awesome audiobooks, authors and narrators with you.
Today we have a FULL CAST of narrators with us sharing their Top Five Favorite Things About Being An Audiobook Narrator!!

We wanted to say a special THANK YOU to Narrator Karen White for not only being a fabulous narrator, person and our guest but for taking the time to records these wonderful videos for today's post!




That was awesome!
I'm hoping to be able to attend one day! In the mean time, I will enjoy the narrators and the stories!

Thank you to the narrators who took time from the awards ceremony to participate! 

In case you didn't know, Karen White, David Brenin, Renee Chambliss, Tanya Eby and Amy McFadden are all part of the ROMANCE NARRATOR group. I got to meet many of the artists at this year's RT Book Lovers Convention and hope to continue to meet the rest of the narrators! 


BTW - did you read  their tag line?
OMG - that's just bloody brilliant!!They even have t-shirts that say that!


Again, many thanks to the narrators who took time to let us know their favorite things about being an audiobook narrator!!


Karen White



About The Narrator


Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999 with more than 300 titles to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices and Speaking of Audio’s Top Ten Listens, she’s also a two-time Audie Finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews.  She also directs and produces audiobooks, working from her home base in coastal NC. Karen is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.  

Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.”

The AudioGals say: “Once again, Karen White’s dead-on delivery enhances an already A+ level story.”  



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Audiobook Lovin 2017 Presents: Robert Petkoff Guest Post



We love learning what the narrators love about their jobs!
Today we have Narrator Robert Petkoff sharing his top 5 favorite things about being an audiobook narrator!




Just a short sample of Robert's voice over work!
Do you recognize him from any commercials? 




Below are some excerpts from books Robert has narrator!


Purchase at Amazon | Audible | Nook


Purchase at Amazon | Audible | Nook


Purchase at Amazon | Audible | Nook


Purchase at Amazon | Audible | Nook




About The Narrator



Robert Petkoff is a narrator and actor who has won multiple Audie Awards and Audiophile Earphone awards for his narration work. He has recorded over 150 audio books. As an actor Robert has worked in film in such movies as Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, Vice Versa, and Game Day. He can be seen on TV in Elementary, The Good Wife, Forever, and Law and Order: SVU among others. Robert has worked on Broadway in All The Way, with Bryan Cranston, Anything Goes with Sutton Foster, Ragtime, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof, and Epic Proportions. Robert is currently touring the U.S. with the Tony Award winning musical Fun Home playing the role of Bruce Bechdel.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Audiobook Lovin' 2017: Robyn Peterman Guest Post



Hi Everyone! We're so excited to have Author Robyn Peterman with us today sharing her audiobooks! Scroll below to learn more, listen to sound clips of her audiobooks and enter the giveaway. 



I LOVE AUDIO BOOKS!!!!

Okay, I loved them, but I didn’t have any for my series… yet.

However, I did have a tremendous amount of readers asking for them. Sooooo, I decided it was time to get those babies made.

Initially I planned to read the books myself. In my former career I was a professional actress and I did a ton of voice over work. And then I realized I was completely insane. LOL The time alone I would need to record the books didn’t exist in my world. I write books, I shuttle teenagers to lacrosse and dance and I do laundry. It registered in my brain that I would have to clone myself to make this work and who has the time to make a clone? Plus the thought of two of me even frightened me—not to mention my kids would be appalled if there was more than one of me.

I began to talk about doing the audio for the series on FaceBook and one of my good friends from college contacted me to see if she could read for me. Suffice it to say I was blown away and wildly excited. She’s a major voice over talent and would cost 37453475345 million dollars an hour—slightly out of my price range. BUT we worked it out and the brilliant and hilarious Stephanie Riggio agreed to do my Magic and Mayhem series!

That was a very good day.

Listening to my words come to life has been a delight and all who have heard her agree. I truly made the right choice and I thank the fates that Stephanie saw my post and got in touch. Things happen for a reason and this was meant to be.

The Hot Damned series is also in audio helmed by the amazing Jessica Almassy and the entire Shift Happens series is coming out July 11, 2017 led by the brilliant Hollie Jackson! AND on top of all that listening goodness the Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters series will drop in August 2017!!!! Soon EVERYTHING will be available for your listening pleasure.

I still might take a crack at reading one of my books in the future, but I have to finish the laundry first.

I’ve included the samples from the Magic and Mayhem series so you can hear how wonderful Stephanie Riggio is!!!

AND if you’d like to take a listen to samples from all my audio books, please check out my audio book website page.


Thanks for hosting me!
xoxo Robyn





Audio Clips 



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Purchase at Amazon | Audible | iTunes



Purchase at Amazon | Audible | iTunes 



Purchase at Amazon | Audible | iTunes 





About The Author



NYT and USA Today best selling author, Robyn Peterman writes because the people inside her head won’t leave her alone until she gives them life on paper. She writes snarky, sexy, funny paranormal and snarky, sexy, funny contemporaries. Her addictions include laughing really hard with friends, shoes (the expensive kind), Target, Coke Zero Cherry with extra ice in a styrofoam cup, bejeweled reading glasses, her kids, her super-hot hubby and collecting stray animals. A former professional actress, with Broadway, film and T.V. credits, she now lives in the south with her family and too many animals to count. Writing gives her peace and makes her whole, plus having a job where she can work in her underpants works really well for her.

You can find Robyn at
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