Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reconcile by Christina Yother Available Now!

Happy book birthday to my amazing critique partner, Christina Yother!

Reconcile (Hollow Hearts, Books 3)
By Christina Yother

Facing the truth of the past 
Accepting the hope of the future

Here is the official book description:
Joshua Miller struggles to care for his ailing father, run the town livery, and meet the demands of a spoiled fiancé. When an unexpected woman enters his life and exemplifies true compassion, he begins to question the path his life is taking. When changing his plans means destroying all he has built, Joshua will have to decide what matters most. Lilly Johnson arrives in her sister’s home in the frontier town of Hollow, Montana hoping she left the shame of divorce behind her. With her sister’s support, Lilly begins to build a new life and gain a sense of independence. After accepting a job as a caregiver for Joshua Miller’s father, she discovers it’s more difficult to keep her heart closed than she imagined. But when her past catches up with her, she must reconcile her beliefs in order to brave an uncertain future with an open heart.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Interview with Kate Fisher Narrator of The Land Uncharted Audiobook

Over the past couple of months I had the amazing experience of listening to the Uncharted books come to life by audiobook creators. This week is the release of the audiobook version of The Land Uncharted.

Today I’m talking with audiobook producer Kate Fisher. Kate is the narrator of the audiobook version of The Land Uncharted. I listened to many audition tracks and when I heard Kate’s voice, I knew she was perfect for this project. She was great to work with and I loved how she brought Lydia’s story to life.

Thanks for joining us, Kate! 
Thanks for having me, Keely. I’m excited to chat with you today!

You produce a lot of audiobooks. Tell us about your selection process and what drew you to The Land Uncharted. 
I’m notoriously picky about the projects I choose to pursue. I generally read through between 30-50 scripts until I find one that sings to me. I immediately loved the premise of The Land Uncharted, but it was the opening line that sealed the deal: “Lydia Colburn refused to allow a child to bleed to death.” I knew I wanted to tell her story.

What was your favorite part or character to voice in The Land Uncharted? 
I absolutely adore Mandy! I spent a lot of time making sure she sounded fun and energetic without neglecting her character’s depth. I tried out several different voices for her, but settled on an upbeat and gregarious sound that I feel really good about.

What sort of challenges do audiobook producers encounter? 
Performing a book is a lot like stage acting, only you are playing all the parts. I sometimes read over a manuscript three or four times before I feel prepared to perform it. Every character needs to feel real, and if I’ve done my job, the story I’m telling feels real too. At one point during recording The Land Uncharted I became so enthralled by a particularly emotional scene that I ended up with tears in my eyes. It’s moments like that when I know I’m doing my best work.

If someone is interested in learning how to produce audiobooks or do voice work in general, where should they start? 
One of the most important skills for audiobook narration is consistency. A voice that alternates between being very loud and soft or very fast and slow isn’t fun to listen to. A tip for aspiring narrators is to train your voice by listening to a professionally recorded audiobook while reading along in the text version. Whisper the words under your breath and try to match the narrator’s pace! You’ll begin to see improvements very quickly.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, Kate, and more importantly, for the excellent job you did with The Land Uncharted! 
Thank you for having me, Keely. I hope your readers enjoy the audiobook as much as I enjoyed performing it!

Here’s a sample of Kate Fisher reading The Land Uncharted:

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Land Uncharted Book Trailer

My thanks to Claribel Ortega at The Combined Book Exhibit for making this beautiful trailer for The Land Uncharted:

What do you think?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring John Romanos

Today on Writers' Quirks I'm interviewing John Romanos, author of Shallow Graves.

Welcome, John. I have a few quirky questions for you...

Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?
I can’t say that I have. I love them in the sense that I’m proud of them and want to know more about them (which I slowly learn while writing), but “in love” might be saying a bit much.

What is the best place for dreaming up your storylines?
Anywhere with atmosphere. A rainy day, a candlelit room, a forest, the ocean… And especially one of those dusty, hole in the wall

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Genuine Author Geek Out Moment

Unlike most authors, I never dreamed of seeing my book at the bookstore or library. It just wasn't a thought. But once I signed my first publishing contract, everyone mentioned the possibility, so I added it to my mental list of things that would be fun to experience.

My first book was released five months ago. I've been so focused on the forthcoming books since then that I forgot about some of the fun parts of being an author. 

Today my daughter was looking up books about puppies (of course!) on the computer in the children's department at the public library. I was looking at something else when she tapped me and pointed to the screen. She'd pulled up my books in the system! One book wasn't checked out at the moment, so we went to find it on the shelf. 

I'm kind of hard to impress, so I didn't expect to get emotional when I saw my book on the library shelf, scruntched between the others. Not gonna lie, I totally geeked out!

So there it is: Uncharted Redemption on the shelf of the public library. I didn't take a picture of the homeschool mom in the ponytail and hoodie who was squealing and taking pictures because, well, it was me. 


Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring Heather Day Gilbert

Today on Writers' Quirks I'm interviewing author Heather Day Gilbert. 

Welcome, Heather! Tell us about your latest project.
Right now, I'm working on an upper middle grade novel and my next mystery novel, Trial by Twelve.

Good title! I'm intrigued already, but let's get to some quirky questions…
Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?
I think most authors do! My novels so far are written in first person present tense, so I'm really in the main characters' heads, seeing those men in their lives as they do. And since I write married main characters, the husbands are

Friday, March 20, 2015

Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring Paul Cwalina

Today on Writers' Quirks, I'm interviewing Paul Cwalina, author of Dropping Stones.

Welcome, Paul! I've got a few quirky questions for you...

Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?
Depends. Is my wife reading this? Seriously, no, I haven’t although I’m sure all authors, including myself, put into their characters of the opposite sex physical and personality traits that they find attractive.

What is the best place for dreaming up your storylines? 
Anywhere there is

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring T.I. Lowe

Today I welcome Christian romance writer T.I. Lowe. 

T.I., tell us about your latest project.
Newly released book is Goodbyes and Second Chances. It’s a southern tale of rags to riches. Bestseller in Contemporary Christian Romance. Fun, Sexy Rock Star wanting a second chance with his first love—what else could one need in a romance novel?!?!

Now for some quirky questions…
Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?
Every one of them, except for the villains, of course. I enjoy writing good ole southern guys—charming,

Friday, March 13, 2015

Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring Robin E. Mason

Today on Writers' Quirks, I'm chatting with author Robin E. Mason. 

Thanks for joining us, Robin! Tell us about your latest project. 
I have just begun working on Clara Bess, which is the sequel to Tessa. When her mother, Lily, dies, Clara Bess discovers that Lily was not, in fact, her mother. In Tessa, she strives to keep her secret; Clara Bess, on the other hand, must uncover a secret - a lie - she has believed her whole life.

Sounds interesting! Now for some quirky questions…
Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters? 
Not so much in love as a lover, but yes, in love as with my child. I very much see Tessa (the book) as my baby. Then again, I

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring R.D. Sherrill

Today on Writers' Quirks, I'm talking with R.D. Sherrill.

Thanks for joining us, R.D. Tell us about your latest project.
Friday Night Frights, which is my third, begins the Jack and Ashley Detective series. The book follows a criminal profiler with the Texas Rangers who is on the trail of a serial killer that is murdering his victims at football games. She has to team up with a sexist, egotistical FBI agent to catch the killer before the coming Friday or another victim dies.

Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters? 
A couple of my heroines have been based on my dream girls so I

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Montana Gallaghers by MK McClintock now available on audiobook!

Gallagher’s Pride

Book One of the Montana Gallagher Series

Audiobook read by Philip Ormond

From the Scottish Highlands to the Montana frontier, experience the first book in a series about a family in search of peace, hope, and love on a wild land.

She was on a quest of discovery. He was on a quest for revenge. Together they would discover a second chance.

Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn’t know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds, and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family.

As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time—he didn’t need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn’t need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.

Adventure, danger, and timeless love–Gallagher’s Pride is the first in a series about a frontier family’s legacy, healing old wounds, and fighting for the land they love.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring J.C. Hulsey

Today on Writers' Quirks I'm interviewing J.C. Hulsey, author of the Traveler series. 

Thanks for joining us, J.C. What are you currently working on? 
I have several in the works. I just finished Trudy. I’m in the process of finishing Shortland. I also have #10 of the Traveler series in the back of my mind.

Now for some quirky questions...

Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cover Art for Uncharted Inheritance

Check out the beautiful cover Najla Qamber designed for Uncharted Inheritance!

Seriously, I'm kinda fangirl over Najla's designs. She did an incredible job!

About the book...

Uncharted Inheritance
Book Three in the Uncharted Series
Bethany Colburn finally turns eighteen and Everett Foster is about to confess his love for her. When a new man arrives in the village of Good Springs, he brings charm Bethany has never encountered and illness the Land has never known. While the medicinal power of the gray leaf tree is put to the test and the Colburn family’s strength is stretched thin, Bethany must learn to protect her true inheritance. Uncharted Inheritance weaves heartbreak and hope while delivering long-awaited answers in this suspenseful story of life in a hidden land.

Uncharted Inheritance will be released May 5, 2015. 

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Author Interview Series: Writers’ Quirks Featuring H.R.B. Collotzi

Today on Writers' Quirks, I'm interviewing H.R.B. Collotzi, author of The Secret of Avonoa.

What are you currently working on? 
The Shadow of Avonoa (Book Number Two in Avonoa Series)

Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters? 
No, but there are definitely some I could be attracted to. Oddly enough, those characters would probably be dragons.

What is the best place for dreaming up your storylines? 
The shower. Maybe this is TMI,