The Water Legacy

Audiobook Tour: The Water Legacy by Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Authors: Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya & Graham Halstead

Length: 16 hours and 1 minutes

Series: Academy of Magical Creatures, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Sep. 10, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Fire and water are forbidden. Sophia: Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe. But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors – or I’ll lose everyone I love. Liam: Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her. The water council has promised they’ll bring my familiar back from the dead – my literal soul – if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her? But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die…and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.

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Megan Linski and Alicia Rades are two best friends and the authors of the Academy of Magical Creatures series. Both are USA TODAY Bestselling Authors and award-winning novelists for teens and young adults. Megan Linski is a disabled author who loves laughter, adventure, and fantasy worlds. She is a proud member of Koigni House. Alicia Rades is a mother who enjoys exploring paranormal realms and trying new recipes. She is a champion from Toaqua House. Both girls love nature, animals, sexy romances, and eating cheese.
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Narrator Bio Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word. When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.
Narrator Bio Two-time Audie Award winner and recipient of five AudioFile Earphones Awards, Graham Halstead has narrated 180+ titles for Audible, Recorded Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Harper Collins and many more.
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The Judge’s Demon

Author: K.M. Pfeifer

Narrator: Gerard Marquez

Length: 8 hours and 8 minutes

Series: The Demons Inside, Book 1

Publisher: K.M. Pfeifer

Released: Jul. 9, 2019

Genre: Historical Thriller

The Hunchback of Notre Dame meets The Handmaid’s Tale and YOU in this twisted rendition of history. Claude is stricken by tragedy, and all fingers point at the Gypsies as the nation divides, and an empire falls. He is the king’s best man and has been given orders to rid France of all their problems. He promised peace. Amidst his role in a barbaric hunt and corrupt justice system, Claude finds himself drawn to a young girl of this minority race and consumes himself with her and his own ideas of who she should be for him. They gave him power. Paranoia and twisted delusion begin to bind Claude’s double life as a charming official, able to justify his every crime to his followers, but also a criminal narcissist with a blood obsession. Now their new world must be paid for. Will his desires for the girl soften his heart? Or will the Judge’s Demon of hatred add fuel to the fire in his search for the leader of the rebellion rising against him? Warning: graphic violence including torture, abuse, and rape.
Pfeifer once lived on a school bus! Well, she still does, but she had so much fun with that building project that she’s doing it again, only bigger! From buses to quirky bookshelves to words on paper, Khris loves crafting things together with passion and creativity using whatever tools are on hand. Her personal experiences working with the elderly and ill in their final months has also taught her so much about history and the human mindset. She has mixed those timeless narratives with a unique perspective that walks a line between thriller and mystery with a dash of romance to reach the largest audience possible in her writings, and hopes to share that experience with everyone that needs to hear these views and stories.
Narrator Bio Gerard got his start at an early age, performing with various Opera companies and teams throughout Australia. After moving to America as an adult he made the transition into musical theater, and voice-over. Gerard has worked with various Opera and Musical theater companies throughout southern California and LA. Gerard has been working as a narrator and voice actor for the last few years now, and can’t wait to help bring the listeners in to K.M. Pfeifer’s dark Parisian world.
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Q&A with Author K.M. Pfeifer
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at all. My fear was that I would have to record it myself. I don’t have the kind of range to do multiple character voices, especially male voices. I assumed that audiobooks were always read by either the author or some big shot studio that only worked with traditionally published books. It never once occurred to me that this would be possible when I first wrote the book. It wasn’t until a long while after I published that another self-published author put out a blog post about his process, giving resources and links to show how it’s done, that I even dreamed of the possibility.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I had a few friends to help me. We all listened to the auditions, but one of my best friends is an avid audiobook listener, so I trusted his opinion the most. He told me that even though my book is not the type of book he ever really listens to, Gerard’s audition piece made him consider giving a new genre a chance. That’s how impressed he was. Based on his reaction, I knew we were done listening to auditions; the choice was made.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? I had given Gerard a pretty good list of what I wanted before we started, so during the recording phase, I just let go and trusted his work. After he sent me his first round, we emailed frequently and kept in good contact about any adjustments or tweaks that needed to be done, but overall he did a good job and was very responsive to any changes that were made.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Yes. My book has some very dark scenes in it that I think Gerard managed to make even more emotional when you hear it and experience it through his voice than you do when you simply read it on paper. Hearing the fear in a victim’s voice, or the passion in a fight, I think, is much more resonating to a listener.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I fell in love with audiobooks when I realized I could “read” what I wanted without stressing about finding time to actually sit down and open a book. I have had long commutes to work and audiobooks have really helped with the drive time. I can also do my other work while still enjoying a good book.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • For Claude I had originally pictured Alan Rickman because my idea of Charles was Timothy Spall. And they worked well together. But I guess I will have to really think hard on a new dream actor for Claude. I pictured Helena Bonham Carter as Rosa from the very beginning (still do), Zachary Quinto as Nikolais Quinn, and for Marie I imagine someone like the lovely Naomi Scott. She is a British-Indian actress, and Marie is a British-Indian cellist. So they fit hand in hand.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I’d give them the cliche “don’t judge until you’ve walked a mile in that person’s shoes.” There are a million different reasons why people choose audio over “real reading.” Maybe they struggle with their sight and can’t see the words, or maybe they can’t hold a physical book or e-reader because of a condition. Maybe a person doesn’t have the ability to stop and sit down to read like they used to, but they really want to know what happens, or maybe it’s just an overall preference. Whatever their reason is, iIt still requires a level of imagination to get into the story and picture who is doing what, what a character looks like, and the general scene.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I put away my computer for a week, and made myself forget about the actual process of writing. I traveled a bit and just played with stories in my head while hiking a few mountains, and then relaxing on the beach for a few days. I retreated and reset myself to get ready to finish the next book.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Work WITH your narrator. Be a team. Ultimately the success is on both of you, especially if you choose a royalty share option. So make sure when they send you back their work, listen to every minute of it. Mistakes happen. Just like you had mistakes that an editor caught and corrected for you, they will have little mistakes here and there, so make sure you pay attention. Be kind, they’re your partner in this journey, but make sure the book is the best it can be. Nothing is more annoying as a reader when you’re taken out of the story because of a repeated sentence that could have been caught in editing, or the pronunciation of a word/name keeps changing.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Currently I am finishing up the second novel in this series and getting it to an editor soon. I’ve already shown the narrator bits and pieces of it, and we can’t wait to get started. Then I will really be getting to work on the third, it’s still in a very rough first-draft phase, but I am working diligently on getting it ready as well.
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K.M. Pfeifer’s Casting Picks
  • Claude- I had originally pictured Alan Rickman (Snape) when I wrote this years ago, but a good second would be Paul McGann (Queen of the Damned)
  • Charles- Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew)
  • Joseph- Sam Riley (Maleficent)
  • Rosa- Helena Bonham Carter (Everything awesome)
  • Marie- Naomi Scott (Aladdin)
  • Nikolais Quinn- Zachary Quinto (AHS, Star Trek)
Music Playlist

Not very popular songs, but each of these inspired a scene or piece of the novel, but that would involve a few spoilers to tell which 🙂 -K.M. Pfeifer

  • My Enemy- Hans Zimmer
  • The Wolf- Fever Ray
  • To Feel Alive- IAMEVE
  • Stampede- Alexander Jean
  • Mad World- Jasmine Thompson
  • Carol of the Bells- Lindsey Stirling
  • Safe and Sound- Taylor Swift
  • Hysteria- 2Cellos
  • Paint it Black- Ciara
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The Return of King Lillian

Audiobook Tour: The Return of King Lillian by Suzie Plakson

Author: Suzie Plakson

Narrator: Suzie Plakson

Length: 11 hours and 54 minutes

Publisher: Pilmsthistle & Co.

Released: Aug. 2, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

THE RETURN OF KING LILLIAN is a new hero’s journey for dreamers of all ages. When Lillian, the one and only heir to the throne, is cast out of her kingdom by malevolent forces, she accidentally wanders into the Forest of Forgetfullness, where she is rescued by wolves and raised by an eccentric old wise woman. When she comes of age, she is called by Destiny to return home. The trouble is, when Lillian steps out of the Forest, she has no memory of who she is or from whence she hails. Undaunted, the spirited, self-reliant young woman sets off into the unknown, determined to rediscover her long lost self and to reclaim her stolen birthright. Early readers and listeners have compared this allegorical saga to The Last Unicorn, The Alchemist, The Princess Bride, and The Once and Future King. The Return of King Lillian is a story for people who take the road less traveled, people who live outside the box, people who love fantasy, fairy tales, myth, and metaphysics. This debut novel, written and narrated by multi-media artist Suzie Plakson, is a journey full of comedy, calamity, and a host of unforgettable characters. 2019 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner 2019 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner EDITORIAL REVIEWS: “The Return of King Lillian is entrancing, audacious, and addictive in the very best way. A splendidly creative allegory told by Suzie Plakson with flair, wit, and passion.” — Marianne de Pierres, author of Parrish Plessis and The Peacemaker series The Return of King Lillian is a basket of magic. Echoing Joseph Campbell’s feeling that the world needs new storytellers and new myths to help us greet the coming age, I’ll say that Suzie Plakson is one of those storytellers, and King Lillian is one of those myths.” — Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives With The Return of King Lillian, Suzie Plakson has done the impossible, telling a tale that at once seems both like a timeless classic and something modern, fresh, and entirely new. And her audiobook performance is a joy in its own right. Suzie casts you under her spell as she inhabits the character of Lillian, as well as every other magical creature and person Lillian encounters along her journey. This impeccably-produced recording is guaranteed to brighten your day and lift your spirits!” — David Briggs, Supervising Sound Editor, Tales of the City, Divorce “To say that King Lillian thoroughly enchanted me and left me spellbound would be the understatement of the century. I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and King Lillian is my favorite of all. Suzie Plakson’s voice is velvet mixed with grit mixed with enchantment. It takes you into another realm – into the mystic.” — Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of It’s All in Your Dreams
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Suzie Plakson has been in love with fairy tale and myth ever since she was a young lass growing up in the wilds of suburbia. The idea for “The Return of King Lillian” first came to her when she was a struggling theatre actor in New York City, doing odd jobs, improv comedy, and various off-off-Broadway productions. She eventually landed a lead in a national tour, which dropped her off in Hollywood, and since that time she has appeared in such films and television shows as “Mad About You,” “Love and War,” “Wag the Dog,” “Dinosaurs,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Star Trek.” She has also done voiceovers, written short stories and poetry, written and recorded an alternative country album, created an allegorical solo show, and produced sculptures large and small in her otherwise unused oven. “The Return of King Lillian” is her debut novel. Read more at: and
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Q&A with Author/Narrator Suzie Plakson
  1. When you were writing this, were you always thinking of this as an audiobook?

Well, I’ve always wanted to narrate fairy tales, so this is most certainly an age-old dream come true. And when I write prose, I tend to write as if people are conversationally telling the tale, so I’m certain the audiobook was a natural expression of this story from the very beginning.

In The Return of King Lillian, The Prologue and Part III are a fairy tale narrated in omniscient third person – and being read to as a child by a wise narrator speaks to so many of us so primordially. Also, Lillian’s diary – which comprises the lion’s share of the story – is told in direct address which, though it’s a wee bit unusual on the page, is the natural way most people tell stories.

  1. You clearly have a deep love of language. Have you always been a collector of words?

I’ve always been charmed by words, and enchanted by people who could weave them together into something that sounded and felt like music. For instance, I’ve always been smitten by Dickens and Tolstoy and Twain. And I’m a sucker for a massive old dictionary, filled with beautiful words nobody uses anymore.

In other stories I’ve written, other characters have had very limited vocabularies; however, Lillian’s love of language spoke to me and through me, and the story is told in her own very particular (some might say peculiar) vernacular.

  1. How did you select your narrator?

Well, Suzie Plakson kept pestering me to hire her, and finally, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I caved in. But, believe me, I looked everywhere to find somebody who was a lot less difficult to work with.

  1. Is there a dream author or a dream book that you would like to narrate?

Probably Through the Looking Glass. I just love the characters and the dialogue in that book so much! I once did a little solo scene in a college performance and literature class. It was the scene at the end of the chess game, and I was playing the Red Queen, the White Queen, Alice and the Narrator. Damn, that was challenging but so much fun! And I have such a love of the fairy tales by brilliant authors like Oscar Wilde and Herman Hesse and e.e. cummings and Anne Sexton.

  1. What type of training have you undergone?

I’m a theatre actor from way back. I went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago, and I’ve worked on stage, in film and TV as a professional actor, and have always adored voicework. I’ve discovered that just letting all the worries about the outer shell slide off and making magic in a booth over a microphone is pretty heavenly.

  1. What were your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating your audiobook?

Well, art-making is art-making no matter what the medium – meaning whether I sculpt or act or sing or write there’s a price to be paid in the nerves of it. As I’ve said, I adore being in the booth, but I am always wrestling with performance nerves, which is never, ever comfortable and certainly my least favorite part.

But then, in the recording of The Return of King Lillian, in the manifesting of something that had been in my psyche for so many years, there was so much joy and satisfaction. I absolutely loved the fun of projecting an emotion, a character, a scene, a world, with only my voice. And I just adored working with my director/collaborator Kristin Overn, and our amazing sound engineer, Kevin Cleland. Much laughter, for sure, along with many comical threats to replace the talent (me).

  1. Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?

Holy moly, that’s a big question because it’s a really big answer! In fact, decades ago, I first saw Lillian in a flash of a dream, galloping uphill on a big chestnut horse, disappearing under an archway of gigantic trees, in a setting so saturated with color and majesty it took my breath away. Then, over time, I had more and more dream-visions of this enchanted place, and I became determined to bring Lillian and that world into this one. Over a period of many years, the story and the world grew through dreams, trials, errors and finally, collaboration. So, you see, this whole story stemmed from those initial dream-sightings of that character and that world.

  1. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

I’ve always been fascinated by faerie tale and myth ever since I was a young lass. And of course, over the years, I’ve been influenced by everything I’ve ever been passionate about in art and life and nature, and I’m certain all of those influences got tossed into the cuisinart of my mind.

However, ultimately, my predilections aside, I really do believe – and as I’ve learned whenever I’m sculpting or songwriting or whatever – each work of art has its own mind, its own time frame, its own personality, and thereby its own demands and ideas. So, I’m just a sort of portal through which the story passes.

  1. Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonant in the audiobook performance than in the book format?

In the microcosm, there are, sprinkled through the audiobook, a few “crowd scenes” with overlapping voices – so the listener can experience more than one person speaking simultaneously and hopefully get a clearer idea of the personality of these crowds.

In the macrocosm, some people who have read the paperback have remarked that in places it reads “like a libretto,” and to some it feels a bit like a script. And many people have said that when they’re reading, they’re often tempted to read out loud (which I find so exciting). So, The Return of King Lillian is a bit eccentric on the page, while on “the stage” (that is, in the audiobook), it just feels like someone’s reading you a story or telling you a tale.

  1. If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?

Yes, I would definitely want to use it, and definitely want to go backwards in time. I’m not sure where exactly, but I do know that I’d most definitely seek a place and time that was quiet and purely peaceful, where the air was fresher and birdsong was the ruling sound. Maybe that was one of my longings in creating the world of King Lillian. By and large, Lillian roams in quiet, lush, pastoral settings, like life inside a Maxfield Parrish painting.

  1. What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?

First off, however we choose to escape, however we nurture our spirits with art and ideas and information, well, that’s our business.

Secondly, I would put forth that reading and listening are apples and oranges. The focus is different, the inward muscles we use are different, the benefits are different. I would say that listening is more physical and possibly more visceral, and perhaps contacts the right brain more directly, like music does.

I remember once reading an article about some scientists who proved that DNA can be re-programmed and rejuvenated by words and frequencies – which makes perfect sense to me, as it will to anyone who is particularly sensitive and receptive to sound. Also, oral storytelling is one of the earliest forms of art, and what with this astonishing proliferation of podcasts and audiobooks, maybe it’s all a return to the primal instinct to feel more meaningfully connected with each other somehow.

  1. What would you like for people get out of listening to your audiobook?

I hope they’ll laugh a lot, I hope it’ll move them, and of course, I’d be so happy if it inspired them. And perhaps my fondest hope is that The Return of King Lillian will be a place of Joy and respite in a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

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Michael Ridding

Audiobook Tour: Michael Ridding by S.T. Hoover

Author: S.T. Hoover

Narrator: Chris Abell

Length: 5 hours and 54 minutes

Series: A DenCom Thriller, Volume 1

Publisher: Project 89 Media

Released: Apr. 2, 2018

Genre: Technothriller

In Southern California, three terrorists of unknown allegiances slaughter dozens of men at a shopping mall. In Denver, the eccentric CEO of Denver Communications, or DenCom, has a target on his head. In the wilds of Greenland, a long-forgotten enemy is reaching out for recognition and revenge. At the center of it all, a special investigator for the “communications” company is dragged into a diabolical plot he can’t begin to understand.
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S.T. Hoover was born and raised in Southern California. He enjoys writing books packed with variety and genre-bending plots. His first book, Michael Ridding, is the first volume of a pentalogy meant to serve as the backbone of a shared literary universe. When not writing, he enjoys reading, traveling and researching the next book. He currently lives in Canton, Ohio with his wife Faryl.
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  • Michael Ridding
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 6’ 3
  • Training: No formal military or advanced training.
  • Personality: Dry-humored, occasionally ill tempered. Prefers the presence of close friends or solitude to crowded clubs or shows. Aside from his work for DenCom, he doesn’t get out much.
  • Bio: Michael Ridding was born in Sacramento, CA. He attended college at the University of Akron with his long-time childhood friend and now roommate Aron Sanderson. After college, Michael managed an aquarium import facility in Dallas where fresh- and saltwater fish were quarantined and then distributed to various shops all over the country. Michael then moved to Palm Springs and opened his own aquarium shop, Modern Aquaria. Soon after, he was asked to join DenCom as an official investigator and has since partaken in and led several low-level investigations, except for a high-level trip to Antarctica six months ago.
  • Favorite foods: Steak, shrimp, salads.
  • Favorite drink: Lemonade or water.
  • Professional Assessment: Ill fit for investigative work and expeditions. Would not recommend for current position.
  • Status: Active Investigator.
  • Number 173: Mr. Ridding, how do you feel your time at DenCom has been spent following your recent trip to Antarctica?
  • Michael: To be perfectly honest, I’m not thrilled with how things have gone. Why did we leave Antarctica so suddenly? I still feel like the crew deserves an answer. What did Benedict find out? What was that other team doing there? Too many questions, not enough answers.
  • Number 173: Interesting. In the future, you would prefer Benedict be more open and honest about your work?
  • Michael: Who wouldn’t? Half the time, I don’t even know if I’ve done what he asks. I mean, I’m grateful for the opportunity, but I still feel like I need more to work with.
  • Number 173: Do you feel like the work you do is fulfilling?
  • Michael: I mean, didn’t you hear what I just said?
  • Number 173: Correct. I’m just following protocol.
  • Michael: Sometimes. To sum it up, sometimes.
  • Number 173: If you could take a year off from DenCom, would you, and how would you spend your time?
  • Michael: I don’t think I would. Can’t really say why. What I’d do, like, if I had to take a year off? I would probably just focus on my shop, maybe take a short vacation? I don’t really know what I’d do without DenCom.
  • Number 173: Do you feel that DenCom is an intrusive part of your life?
  • Michael: That’s the strange thing: yes, but no. It’s a welcome intrusion. Even given my problems with how Benedict runs the show, I really do enjoy my work, regardless of the pay.
  • Number 173: Alright. Last question: Would you feel comfortable sharing your answers with Benedict?
  • Michael: He wasn’t getting them already?
  • Number 173: He has access, but these interviews are simply a formality. HR stuff, you understand. He’s not going to see these answers if you don’t want him to.
  • Michael: … I do not wish to share these answers.
  • Number 173: Any particular reason?
  • Michael: *Mr. Ridding refused to answer the question, and the interview was terminated at his request*
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Gradually Subverting Genre Expectations by S.T. Hoover
When I set out to write Michael Ridding, I knew people would hate it. That’s a pretty grim outlook, I know. But it was the one I had going in. After years of refining the characters and the universe they inhabit, I knew this series would not be for everyone. While Michael Ridding is, on the surface, a thriller novel, there are bigger things at work that have been in motion since before DenCom was even on my radar. Going in, I knew one thing: This was a thriller novel that would not follow the rules. It would lay the groundwork for bigger and stranger things than I’ve seen in the genre before, and I knew that, pass or fail, it would upset readers in one form or another. There is a promise made between an author and a reader when the cover is cracked: I’ll tell you a story. A safe story. One you’ve probably heard before, but it will pass the time. I knew I could never make that promise. So, I’m not shy about saying this book isn’t for everyone. It wasn’t meant to be for everyone, and I doubt most of my books ever will be. If you enjoy the ride, great! Michael is straightforward enough that most readers will have found my warnings unnecessary. But this is just the start of the journey. We’ll be passing some odd attractions along the way and making more than a few unforeseen stops. If you know that going in, then I welcome you aboard. Buckle up. Giveaway
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Legend of Song de Light

a duet in an all-time signature by Kaitlynzq
midnight’s pink undercurrent
sunrise’s hum
dream in-real time
ocean in the sky
sky within the ocean
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For the audio version on my audio streams:
And, for the audio streams and text version on my blog:
Legend of Song de Light audio book is included in the series of interconnected stories Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu .
A series of interior connections of lovecontu with feather light whispers of love, sonic palettes of radiant-ambient colors,
and songs from within of continuance.
Reviews for Legend of Song de Light audio book
…the author creates this book of intimate passions, you have what will soon become one of your favorite audio books. The author effectively draws you into each character’s scene and sets them (the characters) up individually and as a unit. You are allowed to discover their personalities and passions. I found myself envisioning each room, each touch and each emotion the author pulled out of her characters…”
by Kay with KayBee’s Bookshelf
…This stunningly original composition is heartbreaking yet uplifting and not to be missed…” by Lynda with Books Direct
Kaitlynzq puts together a magnificent “song” with her words of Legend of Song de Light…The music in the background was chosen perfectly as it almost danced around her words…”
by Amy with Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
Wonderful imagery and compelling tales!…Kaitlynzq’s storytelling technique in Legend of Song de Light is quite unique. …There is an artistic take on fiction, heightened by the effects of poetry, photography and ballet expressed in each tale…” by Marie with Writing in the Modern Age
Excellent book I really loved it.” by Nancy
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Information for the audio book: Recorded in Kaitlynzq’s voice with a blend of music like a heart’s wave
downloadable mp3 files.
Available for purchase HERE!
My fictional stories are written from the inside view
of a character’s interior heart-that
beautiful, vulnerable, intimate space
feelings, desires, needs, dreams
a blend of
delicate feather ripples of heart waves
needs, feelings, dreams, desires
quiet, gentle heart strings
tender, continuous
soft, vulnerable air mist
circles, weaves to caress
a sonic sea of heart’s breath
Woven into audio books that are recorded in my voice with a medley of music as a heart’s wave into downloadable mp3
files; audio plays adapted from the audio books, and layered into pdf files like a
heart’s song; audio poems that are
multiple poems designed to connect to form a story as a heart’s breath; and audio sets that are sets of
these interconnected
stories with elements from each story that interweave
in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.
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Crocheting to an Audio Book

Books are amazing.  They take you to a place you can’t go on your own whether it is in the future, the past, a distant location, or some other fantasy.  I adore a well told story.

Last night I worked on crocheting again.  I spent four hours working on gifts and got two and a half gifts done.  At the same time I listened to a book.  There is something about having a book read to you that is just entrancing to me.

I find I crochet more, getting more accomplished while I listen to an audio book.  I finished off Immortal in Death and thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.  Today I want to work on more gifts.  This means I’ll be finishing the half gift from last night and then I have a larger gift to work on for a student worker who is graduating.

I’ll have one more (I think) to finish for student workers and she asked me for something warm as she hates the cold of winter.  I’ll work on something for her next.

After that I’ll be working on gifts for my faculty.  I’ve got a huge stash and I’m hoping to be able to pull out of my stash to create all sorts of goodies for them.  I’ll have to see what colors I have and such.  I also have new books that I want to try different projects so I guess they are going to be guinea pigs for my crocheting.  I hope they don’t mind.

For this weekend, I’m hoping to finish the student worker projects and maybe a little bit of writing projects.  I have to copy stuff over from my flash drive and see what the plan is for the day.  Ken has already run errands and I didn’t have to go with.

I’ve decided that at heart I must be a hermit because once I get into my house, I just want to stay in my house and not go wandering around too much.  It’s good to snuggle in – especially as we are getting colder – and just work on projects at home.

I’m going to make sure I take pictures of the projects I’m doing and I’ll post them after I’ve given the gifts.  It is definitely a colorful year for gifts.  I like almost all the colors I have been working with and when I look in the bag of gifts that are done it is great to see the rainbow.

If you’re looking for a good gift to give, check out my books at my site: