Jody Hedlund’s A COWBOY FOR KEEPS Releases in Print & on Audio!

Colorado Territory. August 1862. Horses. Romance. A Stagecoach Robbery. A Mail-Order Bride. A Handsome Cowboy. Whoa.

I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the print and audiobook release of Jody Hedlund’s new book – A Cowboy For Keeps: Colorado Cowboys, Book 1.

Already a fan of Hedlund’s wonderful writing, it was such an incredible joy and honor to narrate A Cowboy For Keeps, published by the amazing team at Tantor Audio

A Cowboy For Keeps begins with a bang . . .  pun intended! We dive in from the get-go with a stagecoach robbery in progress, where we are introduced to the beautiful and strong-willed heroine, Greta Nilsson, who is traveling to Colorado as a mail-order bride.  Greta did not become a mail-order bride on a whim. This wasn’t a romantic notion. She has thought long and hard about this, has saved and planned. Greta’s eight year old sister, Astrid, suffers from consumption, and it was thought, during this time in history, that wide open spaces in the country could offer relief, and possibly extend the lives, of those who were struck with this illness. The only way Greta can think of, to help Astrid, is to offer herself as a mail-order bride to a wealthy man, who could provide for her and Astrid. However, things do not go as planned. At the hands of bandits, Greta loses every penny of her savings, only to then discover, that the man she’s come west to marry . . . is dead.  Jobless, penniless, with an ill sister, and knowing no one, Greta has to make a decision and quickly.

Enter Wyatt McQuaid. A handsome cowboy.  Wyatt wants to start a cattle ranch but he doesn’t have the money needed to get the ranch up and running.  The mayor, who has promised to help Greta, offers Wyatt the most unlikely of bargains. He will invest in the cattle Wyatt needs for his ranch. . . on one condition – that Wyatt help the town become more respectable, by getting married. And the mayor just happens to have the perfect bride in mind . . .

A Cowboy for Keeps is now available at Audible or on Amazon.

IN THE DARK makes Sophia Rose’s Top Ten Audiobooks of 2020

What a delight and honor to learn that In The Dark  written by Loreth Anne White and published by Brilliance Audio, made Sophia Rose’s Top 10 Audiobooks of 2020! I had so much fun narrating this suspenseful, closed circle mystery.

In The Dark is based on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None  and is as spooky as all get out. Nine people, who all share a common secret, receive an all-expense paid luxury getaway to Forest Shadow Wilderness Resort & Spa, located in an isolated part of Kluhane Bay in Northern British Columbia. One by one, the guests are killed off, either by someone else at this remote resort, or someone in their group. White employs the cool mechanism of shifting time periods and perspectives throughout the book, moving from the fate of the guests in the recent past, to the search and rescue party, frantically looking for them in the present now. 

“For in the end there can only be one.  But maybe . . . there shall be none.”

You can check out all of the other awesome books on Sophia Rose’s list of her Top 10 Audiobooks of 2020 – here.

If you’d like to read the full review of In The Dark, you can access that review here.

 

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.

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

 

9 little liars thought they’d escape…find out if they did… IN THE DARK – now on Audio!

A remote bay in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. A secluded mountain lodge.  Nine people brought together again…each with a deadly secret… each with something to hide. Only one will make it out …or will they?

IN THE DARK written by the incredibly talented Loreth Anne White, released this week on Audio! Published by the wonderful team at Brilliance Publishing, I had so much fun narrating this riveting, closed circle/locked room mystery!

Based on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, we begin with 9 people who all share a common secret from the past, a moment that has haunted each of them in their own way for the past fourteen years. White, immediately ups the ante as one guest meets their fate early on, while the remaining eight are transported by a de Havilland Beaver MK1 aircraft to an isolated part of Kluhane Bay in northern BC. The guests are to stay at … what they believe is an all-expenses-paid luxury getaway at the Forest Shadow Wilderness Resort & Spa.

Once the guests arrive at the lodge, the mood suddenly shifts and White’s vivid words transport us into a world where nothing is as it seems. We are immediately immersed into a dark, moody, haunting atmosphere where upon entering the lodge, a riddle is uncovered… with eight figurines.  The guests begin to sense that something… isn’t quite right …

What was especially exciting about narrating In The Dark, aside from the fact that I am originally from British Columbia, is that the author shifts time periods throughout the book, traversing between events taking place among the guests at the lodge over a ten day period and the present day search and rescue team trying desperately to find them. White also employs a switching of perspectives, so we are able to see into the slow unraveling of each of the guests’ minds, as the mask of each character is pealed back to reveal the dark and ugly secrets hidden underneath. As each guest begins to spiral out of control, we see how their hand also played a part in this sinister game of revenge.

“For in the end there can only be one. But maybe . . . there shall be none” 

Nine little liars thought they’d escape…find out if they did…

In The Dark is now available on Audible and at Amazon.com.

 

ECOPIETY – Releases today on Audio!

Releasing today on Audio! Ecopiety: Green Media and the Dilemma of Environmental Virtue written by Sarah McFarland Taylor and published by the wonderful team at Tantor Audio!

“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake…” Ecopiety begins with a prophetic excerpt from spoken-word poet and filmmaker Drew Dellinger’s poem Hieroglyphic Stairway.  In the poem, he describes waking up in the middle of the night haunted by his great grandchildren’s questions…. They want to know of him, “Surely you did something as the seasons started failing? As the mammals, reptiles, and birds were all dying?” The children press deeper demanding, “Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?” “Their final question hangs heavy in the air as a haunting refrain of accusation: “What did you do once you knew?” 

What will we do? What can we do? Ecopiety opens our eyes to this question, propelling us to action by holding a mirror up to this very real problem that we all share – the fate of Earth and our role in its future.

By examining the intersections of environmental sensibilities, contemporary expressions of piety, while skillfully incorporating examples from American popular culture through the likes of the eco-pious Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey and the socially conscious vegetarian vampires in True Blood, Taylor shows us how to move from mere environmental ideals into significant response.

Now available on Audible and Amazon.com!

Dragons, Aliens and Space Pirates…oh my! DRAGONCALLER Releases on Audio!

 

From authors Lee French and Jeffrey Cook comes a new action-packed series you don’t want to miss – DRAGONCALLER – Stardrifter, Book One! 

So excited to have co-narrated this awesome book, opposite the talented Judy Young. Published by the amazing team at Skyboat Media, with fabulous direction by Cassandra De Cuir and Claire Bloom Benedek, talking to dragons was never so much fun.

Throw in a little romance, some pirates and a few aliens all while trying to save humanity and hey it makes for a pretty good day!

Want to get your dragon fix? Stop on over at Audible and Amazon.com.

DRAGONCALLER is now available!