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 🚀

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!

N.I. – Official Selection at the San Jose International Short Film Festival!

Hello San Jose! Thrilled to learn that N.I. (Neo Intelligence) will be part of the official selection at the San Jose International Short Film Festival!

I had so much fun playing THE VOICE in this chilling short film directed by VFX Emmy nominated and award winning director, Sallyanne Massimini. The film stars Giorgia Whigham and David Meza and explores the idea of a new, more advanced form of Artificial Intelligence – one that could easily be assimilated into our modern day society.  One that moves beyond previous barriers to achieve the ultimate prize – the full integration of human emotions… This new form of intelligence … is called N.I.

Screening schedule to be announced in early September so stay tuned!

If you’d like to learn more about N.I., or to check out the film, please stop by our website at nishortfilm.com.

Empty Nest, Full Life – Releases this week on Audio!

Excited to celebrate the audiobook release of Empty Nest, Full Life: Discovering God’s Best for Your Next  written by Jill Savage and published by Christianaudio!

I so enjoyed narrating this helpful, informative packed book. Savage writes with such heart, and includes many tips, ideas and suggestions for parents who are either about to become empty nesters or who already are!

She skillfully reminds us that while this new season can feel daunting at first, it can also be one that is more wonderful than we can imagine and encourages us to reach out and grab hold of the new adventures in front of us.

Now available on Audible and at Amazon.com.