New YA Fantasy DIVIDED FIRE Releases Today on Audio & in Print!

Song of Fire, Strength of Love! I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the audiobook and print release today of DIVIDED FIRE written by Jennifer San Filippo. I had so much fun co-narrating this exciting new YA Fantasy, alongside the awesome Brittany Pressley and published by the wonderful team at HMH Audio.

In this rich fantasy world, magic expresses itself through song. One of the many things I love about this book is the use of sign language. In Divided Fire, the gift of song appears in a person at a young age, and if they are deemed a singer, they are no longer able to use their voice to speak, and instead must sign in order to communicate.  With this gift, their voice is used through song to control the world around them with magical ability over one of the elements, either – fire, water, air or earth. 

In Divided Fire, I play Miren, who is separated unexpectedly from her younger sister Kesia when pirates invade their small fishing town. Because Kesia is one of a few remaining Fire Singers left, she is taken against her will. Miren, who doesn’t have the gift of song, but has a sharp mind and unrelenting spirit, vows to find Kesia and bring her home. Throughout Divided Fire, these two sisters journey through a war-torn world, across sea and land, amidst unexpected friends & enemies alike, and learn just how strong their bond of sisterly love truly is, as they fight against all odds to find their way back to each other. 

Divided Fire is now available on Audible and at Amazon.com.

Reach Out, Gather In – Now Available on Audio & in Print!

So excited to celebrate the audiobook & print release of New York Times bestselling author, Karen Ehman’s, new book Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home. I really enjoyed narrating this wonderfully warm and insightful audiobook, published by Christianaudio. Reach Out, Gather In is written as a 40 day journey – part devotional, part guidebook.

Throughout this timely book, Ehman shares some of her favorite family recipes (all of which, I seriously can’t wait to try out!), fresh takes on how to make leftovers exciting, tips for cleaning, organizing & decluttering your home, as well as personal stories & ideas for the challenges of everyday life that are applicable to each particular day of study.  With devotionals, scripture study, challenge questions and suggestions to tackle to-do lists without the overwhelm, Ehman has weaved together a fun-filled 40 day journey, with humor and heart. 

Demonstrated with with warmth and practicality, we learn how – even during this time of social distancing – to open our hearts and share hospitality with family, co-workers and strangers alike, putting love into tangible action. 

Reach Out, Gather In is now available on Audible and at Amazon.com.

The Shadow Prison Experiment – goes LIGHTSPEED!

Landing this month in Lightspeed Magazine’s August 2020 issue is a new reprint of The Shadow Prison Experiment, written by Caroline M. Yoachim and appearing with a podcast, narrated by yours truly. I really love Yoachim’s writing and had so much fun narrating this exciting work of dystopian fiction.

The Shadow Prison Experiment explores the concept of a society where people wear skin overlays of generic default… which is kind of like a cross between a nondescript human and a silver android! The people here are either citizens, shadowkeepers or shadow prisoners. A shadow prisoner is someone who has undermined the system in some way and is therefore cast into Shade. Shades don’t go to an actual prison for their supposed crimes, instead a shadow prisoner just gets filtered out…even from themselves. They can no longer see their own skin – their body now only appears before them as a featureless, smoky image. If that isn’t frightening enough, everyone and everything else has also been filtered out, even sound. The only people that the Shade can now see and hear, are the Shadowkeepers, who keep them in line.

The Shadow Prison Experiment,  follows Vivian, a mom to sixteen year old Cass.  When Cass is at risk of being arrested for attending a protest, Vivian steps in to protect Cass, and is instead, herself cast in to Shade.  Faced with a choice to accept her new reality or find a way to fight against it, Vivian plunges deep into Shade to find a way to end the Shadow Prison Experiment once and for all.

This story is part of a novelette called Shadow Prisons. The Shadow Prison Experiment was originally published on June 30, 2020 in The Dystopia Triptych, Vol. 1: Ignorance is Strength, edited by John Joseph Adams, Christie Yant, and Hugh Howey, and is now available on Audible and at Amazon. Do check it out! This is a really cool three part anthology. Dystopia Triptych, as well as the podcast at Lightspeed Magazine, are produced by the Grammy and Audie award winning team at Skyboat Media.

 

 

Magdalene Returns to the Screen. Tonight – at the Valletta Waterfront!

Screening this evening at the Valletta Waterfront is Magdalene.

I had the wonderful opportunity a few years back to play a deeply rich character in a 27 min short – set in a time period I love – the 1930s. Magdalene is a DGA and Emmy awarded short, directed by Rebecca Cremona and is about a former classical pianist who, to everyone else, looked like she was living “the American dream.” Only Magdalene knew the real truth of what her life had slowly become, and in a moment of clarity, she decides to make a choice to exit stage left with a lethal dose of Laudanum. Her plan however is interrupted … or is it?

So lovely to see that Magdalene is making her entrance once more and is screening this evening at the Valletta Waterfront as part of their Outdoor Cinema Nights Film Festival. I only wish I could be there in person.

Sending festival love to a film that will forever remain close to my heart – Magdalene.

Stay safe and buckle up – MELTING LIKE METAL – goes LIGHTSPEED!

Landing today is a really cool Sci-fi story that I had so much fun narrating.  Melting Like Metal  is written by the talented Ada Hoffman, and sweeps us into the world where her novel, The Outside, takes place.

In Melting Like Metal, however, we are now in the POV of cyborg, Enga.  As an angel of the God called Nemesis, Enga is no longer human. That’s not to say, she still doesn’t have her own share of struggles. She most definitely does.  One of which, is she is not able to speak. For me as an narrator, this was an exciting challenge to play around with. Enga’s only way of communicating now, is by sending text messages from her heavily modified, technological brain.

This story takes off at warp speed and was truly awesome to work on.  If you’d like to check out the podcast, just head on over to Lightspeed Magazine. This podcast was produced by the amazing team at Skyboat Media, and was edited by John Joseph Adams and hosted by Jim Freud.

So…are you ready? Let’s go LIGHTSPEED 🚀

A Place To Belong – Releases today on Audio!

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A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church by Megan Hill releases today on audio and in print, across all platforms! I had the honor & joy of recording this insightful audiobook, published by the wonderful team at christianaudio.

In A Place to Belong, Hill takes a candid look at the local church today and illustrates how, even when we face challenging times and difficult circumstances, belonging to what may seem like a gathering of ordinary people, can become one of the greatest gifts in our lives.

“Please, come in” – Megan Hill writes in the introduction to her new bookNo matter who you are, where you’ve been, how unremarkable you may feel, or how messy your life may look, there is a place for you … a place where you can feel welcomed and loved,  there is A Place to Belong.

Now available at Audible and Amazon.com.

 

Grab those s’mores – Gathered Around The Campfire – Releases today!

Hello Campers!

Whether it’s in a tent, in an RV, in a cabin, or just under the stars, I have loved camping all my life and this little gem of a book, GATHERED AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: S’mores & Stories Under The Stars, written by Melody A. Carlson and published by Christianaudio couldn’t have been more fun to record! Gathered Around The Campfire releases today on Audio and in Print!

Carlson packs this camper full of charming, moving, and humorous stories that come equipped, not only with inspirational quotes and practical tips, but also with some delicious family recipes to bring with you on your next adventure! 

Two heartwarming stories in particular, that really made me chuckle, wereThe Kissing Bear  who … in addition to giving kisses to sunbathers – really liked potato chips! And The Deer Who Came to Dinner, who after getting a scent of some delicious aromatic stew that was left unattended, couldn’t resist the temptation to have a little taste … when no one was looking.

Grab those s’mores and head on over to Audible or Amazon.com to get your copy of Gathered Around The Campfire!

Laughing At The Days To Come – Releases on Audio!

51My6WLyEQL._SL500_Laughing At The Days To Come: Facing Present Trials and Future Uncertainties with Gospel Hope released this week on Audio! Written by Tessa Thompson and published by christianaudio, this audiobook was a joy and honor to narrate. Thompson’s timely message shows us how to keep calm as we look to find encouragement, hope and ultimately laughter – in the days to come.

While Laughing At The Days To Come is not about the COVID-19 virus, the lessons that we glean from Thompson’s journey, offer comparisons to the uncertain times we are all currently facing as we strive to adjust our lifestyles and livelihoods in order to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, healthy and safe.

In Laughing At The Days To Come, author Tessa Thomspon shares with us how at the age of 15 years old she was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2).  This rare, neurological disease is an unrelenting and hereditary disease that gradually took away all of Thompson’s hearing, while also causing chronic pain and partial facial paralysis. Faced with a future of uncertainty, a kind family friend, who knew the trials Thompson would be walking through, handed her a note with a simple verse written on it. Hoping to bring comfort and encouragement, the verse was from Proverbs Chapter 31 verse 25: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” When Thompson first read this verse, she was not laughing at the time to come, she was doing anything but. She shares how she was full of fear, anger, remorse and much uncertainty. This verse, however, fascinated her enough that she began to study just how exactly the Proverbs 31 Woman was able to look at her future and amidst all her trials and difficulty, was able to laugh, with confident assurance, at the days to come.

As we face our own individual, societal and global challenges during this uncertain time, let us too – strive to find calmness, peace, goodness, encouragement and hope as we help one another, are good to our neighbors, and care for all – so that together we will be able to look toward our future with confidence and assurance – and laugh at the days come.

 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” Proverbs 12:25

Laughing At The Days To Come is now available at Audible and on Amazon.com.

YEARS by LaVyrle Spencer is Now on Audio! #historicalromance

 

I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the audiobook release of YEARS  by LaVyrle Spencer, published by Tantor Audio. I absolutely love Spencer’s writing and her deep, rich characters moved me from laughter to tears on more than one occasion.

Set in 1918, amidst the beautiful and sometimes harrowing landscape of North Dakota, Spencer offers us an evocative glimpse into this time period and the people that called Alamo, North Dakota their home.

YEARS centers on a young feisty schoolteacher who won’t give up on her dream to educate, no matter the hardships she comes against, and the man she unwittingly falls in love with. A man who has long given up on love and instead pours his heart into the land he works, day in and day out. A push and pull begins to happen between these two spirited characters, as they fight against a love that will not be quieted …

YEARS is now available on Audible and at Amazon.com

 

Movie Magic at Intel Studios!

Had the best time last week filming at Intel Studios in their awesome volumetric dome. Equipped with 100+ cameras, Intel’s dome is the largest in the world and has the capability of  capturing scenes in 360 degrees. This project is truly a special one and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!

I will share more as soon as I can… #staytuned #IntelStudios