Review: A Question Of Boundaries by Sandy Bruney


Very Creative Alternative Timeline Historical Romance!

A Question Of Boundaries is #01 in the A Question of… Trilogy Series by Sandy Bruney.

This series is listed by Sandy Bruney on Audible but other sites have it listed under Sandra Bruney.

Ashley Holt narrates.

HFN with a continuing storyline.

This is a SMC Series: (Same Main Couple/Character Series) A trilogy to be exact. The first one can be listened to as a standalone, but if you intend to continue the series I would recommend reading these in order.

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins

Content Advisory:
This is very PG with no sex.

At the time of this posting, this Audiobook is currently available as part of the Audible Romance Package.

And the E-Book is currently FREE with the Kindle Unlimited..

This is a Historical Romance with an Alternative Timeline. There are Steampunk elements as well as Paranormal. It’s definitely not like anything I’ve listened to before, in the best way.

 

Caroline ❤ Nathan

 

Caroline Featherstone is the heroine of this trilogy, and she is a stubborn little thing for sure. Although its an alternative world, its still not far from the history we know. Women are still without many of the rights we have today, but she is determined to be more than she is allowed to be. This leads her into to many shady situations, especially when jumping blindly in trying to find her dad. Her brilliant yet ignorant father, has gone missing and there are those that are not above kidnapping her to get to him. Lucky for her, there are those that would protect her with their lives. These friends have many special skills that give them an advantage above mere mortals. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises, but just know that this is a paranormal and that wolf on the cover is not a pet!

Nathan Llewellen is our hero and he is more than meets the eye! He is a widower and a politician. Nate is heading the party to drop the border restrictions. He knows that if Caroline’s father truly did invent a way of communicating without wires, that it would upset the Status Quo of the last 80yrs. This should be a good thing, but there are those that greatly profit off the way things are now, that would kill to stay on top. There are paranormal secrets in Nathan’s closet, as well as those of his acquaintances.
Pay attention to the clues!

This title was published in late 2014, but is actually quite relevant to current political times. If you don’t follow politics, that’s OK too. This was a great ride, with lots of surprises! I was so much into the story that I missed one of the clues that should of been obvious to me. I still got it before it was revealed to me, but way after the point where I should of picked up on it. 😀 This is great for those that like paranormal romances, steampunk, historical romances, or clean romances. I personally like a little smutt in my reads/listens, but I still enjoyed this tale.

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Sandy/Sandra Bruney has created some great characters. The world building is very inventive. This is my first by her and I hope to listen to the rest of the series.

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This was not my first or last listen by Ashley Holt. Her character voices are great even though at times it can get a bit muddy when the dialog goes on for length and numerous peeps are talking. Overall you don’t notice much though because you will be too rapped up in the story.

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

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Review: The Billionaire Takes All (The Sinclairs #5) by J.S. Scott


Those Sinclairs Can Be So Cleverly Opportunistic!

The Billionaire Takes All is #05 in the The Sinclair’s Series by J.S. Scott.

Elizabeth Powers narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing. 👍

At the time of this posting, this title is currently available to Read and Listen for Free as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

The Sinclair cousin’s audiobooks are going in order from oldest to youngest, as the middle child is up next. Julian has been seeding his tale for a while now. Time-line wise, this starts during the Epilogue of the last book. Just know that even in real life, what happens in Vegas never stays in Vegas!

Julian Sinclair is the actor in the family. Despite having money and the ability to make connections that way, he refused to use any of it. He struggled and scrapped while hiding his identity so he could “make it” on his own merit. Why struggle when you don’t have to? It’s more about who you know than talent in Hollywood anyway. Don’t be obnoxious about it, but you shouldn’t hide it either. Julian has a lot of guilt over neglecting his family while he was hyper-focusing on his career. He would of been able to of seen his parents more than he did if he had used at least a little of his money to buy plane tickets occasionally. We all take it for granted that we have time for later, but you never really know. Today might be all you get!

 

Julian Sinclair ❤ Kristin Moore

 

Kristin Moore has been working at Shamrock’s Bar and Grill in some capacity almost all her life. Her mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while she was in grade school and she has been picking up the slack ever since. This touches me quite deeply as I too have MS. Kristin is going in the opposite direction as Julian. She doesn’t want to miss any time with her family, but it is at the cost of her personal life. She is conflicted in her feelings for Julian. Its a bit love, hate smothered in insecurities.

Everything between these two, up till now, has been four-play! There are lots of twists and turns for this pair, but it’s so delicious to watch it play out! As with previous titles, there is lots of set-up going on for Xander’s story. There has been a mystery surrounding their parents death, and I’m very anxious about the details. It’s been held for his book, which is next. This Series is so addictive!

 

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J.S. Scott keeps knocking it out of the park!

 

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Elizabeth Powers has narrated all the titles in this series so far. At this point, she IS The Sinclairs!

 

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.

 

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Review: The Billionaire’s Voice (The Sinclairs #4) By J.S. Scott


Lovely Nontraditional Addition!

The Billionaire’s Voice is #04 in the The Sinclair’s Series by J.S. Scott.

Elizabeth Powers narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing. 👍

At the time of this posting, this title is currently available to Read and Listen for Free as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

Now that the siblings have all found their other halves, its time to move on to the cousins. Their family dynamics were much happier and loving growing up, with no alcoholics. Micah is first and he met our heroine Tessa back in book 3, and hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind since. Being home with family has had a lasting impression on his soul. He wants to take a page from Jared’s book and build places for his family out on the peninsula.

Tessa Sullivan lost her hearing due to a viral infection 6 years ago, and with it her fiance and career as an ice skater. She actually met Xander Sinclair first, when he saved her from walking into a busy street. Present day she lives in Amesport and runs Sullivan’s Steak and Seafood with her brother Liam. That is the place where everyone gets the lobster rolls from, in case you were wondering where you heard that name before.

 

Micah ❤ Tessa

 

Micah Sinclair is back in town on doctor’s orders, and can’t stop meeting Tessa in the shower! He purposely brushed up on his American Sign Language, ASL for short, so he would be able to communicate with the woman that stirs his heart and his groin. He earns his Book Boyfriend Badges with touching gestures to make Tessa feel abled, even when she scares the crap out of him with triple-axles.

I find it refreshing when the main characters are not your stereotypical hero or heroine. Micah isn’t ‘overcoming’ Tessa’s issues, he simply accepts them and strives to make her life better. He shows her that she doesn’t have to be limited, and that is lovely to see in a romance. Julian continues to pop up to add to his story, which is next. We learn more about Xander’s situation, and I so hurt for him. There is also lots of updates and cameos from the rest of the Sullivan clan. It’s a great addition to the series, and so worth a listen.

 

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J.S. Scott continues to entertain. I am happy about this nontraditional addition!

 

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Elizabeth Powers continues to narrate and I am coming to rely on her voice for all of these characters.

 

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.
The whispers and thoughts are getting better.

 

 

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Review: The Billionaire’s Touch (The Sinclairs #3) By J.S. Scott


Evan has definitely met his match!

The Billionaire’s Touch is #03 in the The Sinclair’s Series by J.S. Scott.

Elizabeth Powers narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing. 👍

At the time of this posting, this title is currently available to Read and Listen for Free as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

Evan Sinclair is the last sibling to take a mate. He has always taken care of his younger siblings, or at least tried to. His path has been more difficult than you might think. There is a sad reason why he is so uptight. His father quite literally beat it into him that he was a disabled disappointment. My heart wept for him.

This story is a take on the you’ve got mail theme and starts back at the beginning. The email correspondence starts during the events of book 0.05 when Randi sends an email to the Sinclair Foundation in case Emily isn’t successful in her request for Grady to help save Christmas. Of course Evan is the one to respond to that initial email, and not politely either. Randi’s response is priceless and really sets the whole tone. It lets you know that Evan is in for a ride, and that it’s going to be good!

 

Evan ❤ Randi

 

Miranda “Randi” Tyler has been with us from the beginning. Best friend to Emily, as well as fast friends to the other females in town. She is a teacher by trade, like her parents, but also tutors children at the community center. Her backstory is just as sad as Evan’s. These trust issues make her have some stupid moments, but luckily they don’t last long.

Even though the main siblings are taken care of, the series is not over. Up to this point you should be acquainted with the cousins. They have visited and have been talked about. Micah, Julian, and Xander are the next bachelors up for Beatrice to match with their mates. So don’t fret yourself friends. There is lots more Sinclair goodness to come!

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J.S. Scott has made room in the Sinclair family for more. I am very happy for this addition!

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Elizabeth Powers continues to narrate and I think will keep doing so in the future titles. This is a positive thing!

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.

 

 

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Review: The Forbidden Billionaire (The Sinclairs, #2) By J.S. Scott


Broody Jared is SO Much More!

The Forbidden Billionaire is #02 in the The Sinclair’s Series by J.S. Scott.

Elizabeth Powers narrates.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are about the members of the Sinclair family. The characters are all involved in each others lives and stories so I would HIGHLY suggest you read them in order.

Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, dirty talk, and lust fueled cursing.

At the time of this posting, this title is currently available to Read and Listen for Free as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

Up to this point Jared has been Moody and Broody! I had mixed feelings going into this story. On one hand he has been a d*ck and not yet redeemed himself for a HEA. On the other hand, I want to know what crawled up his bum and died because there has to be a story there. I was sure it was the after effects of his horrid father, but it turns out there is so much more!

Jared ❤ Mara

Mara Ross is suffering from financial woes! Dolls are in her blood but not exactly profitable these days. The town doll shop has been in the family for generations as well as the apartment above it. Needed repairs have not been made in a long while and when she tries to get the landlord to finally fix it, she is informed that the plans are for destruction rather than updates. She doesn’t have any family left to turn to, so she ends up accepting help from an unlikely source.

Jared Sinclair is number four in the Sinclair line. This makes him the the youngest brother, but still older than Hope. His story starts off rather dark, as he apparently has some guilt issues that are being remedied with booze. Now five years later, he finds himself obsessed with the little shop girl in the run-down house. He can’t stand to see her hurt and offers to help with the situation. Of course he doesn’t mention that HE is the landlord that she is having issue with. He follows her to the farmers market and discovers her other more flavorable talents. He recognizes this to be her ticket out of financial woes and his ticket out of guilt.

There are things that Jared did that I had completely contributed to another sibling. Maybe I heard wrong in the past 3 stories, maybe I didn’t. All I know is that those things alone could redeem him, but it doesn’t stop there. Deep down he is a family man at heart who truly loves his siblings and would do anything for them. He brings that truth and loyalty to the table which makes him worthy of his HEA.

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Lots of side character action to get excited about if you have been reading or listening in order. Dante and Sarah have their wedding which Mara gets to participate in. Future heros and heroines are introduce. Beatrice is up to her match-making ways for she is determined to have the whole Sinclair clan hitched by Christmas. This series just keeps getting better!

 

 

J.S. Scott has made a family to fall in love with. I look foward to listening to Evan’s story!

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Elizabeth Powers narrates this story with great consitancy. She does well with all character types.

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Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It worked better for me.

 

 

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Review: The RED Wolf (Werewolves On HEAT #02) by Ellie Valentina

My ReviewsHeat, Heart, And Secrets!

The RED Wolf is #02 of 03 in Werewolves On Heat Series by Ellie Valentina.

Meghan Kelly narrates the series.

HEA with No cliffhangers!

These are all in the same world, however I have yet to find any other connections. As of now, reading them as standalones should be OK.

Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins

Content Advisory:
There is sex, so if that bothers you then you should avoid.

Ebook currently free with Kindle Unlimited

♥ Story ♥

I was not able to find any direct character, location, or group connections between books one and two. If anyone has other info on that, please let me know. Both have werewolves as well as the heroine having majorly F*d up family situations. Josephine’s family life is not as heart breaking as Ava’s, but just as suspenseful.

Josephine ❤ Edward

Josephine Lancaster had a one night stand at her BFF’s wedding that left behind a gift of its own. Before she could process that fact, her father let drop his plans to be marry her to his much older business partner for better financial gain. Horrified, Josie ran and ended up getting a job with the last person she could of imagined, the father of her baby. Despite her bravery in avoiding a sham of a marriage, she turns into a big chicken when it comes to telling her baby-daddy the truth.

Edward Jake Hunter has secrets and trust issues of his own. After being used and manipulated for his gifts in the past, he is suspicious of most. Jake owns a construction business and is in desperate need of a new assistant, and is shocked to find the beautiful wedding fling as a potential hire. He wants her as much as before, but has reservations. Being the most qualified, he has no choice but to hire her. He knows she is hiding something, but is hoping its not as sinister as past experiences.

One might think they know how this is going to play out, but you would be wrong. The RED Wolf is so much more. There are several twist you won’t see coming. The secrets flow out at the speed of molasses, which can be a bit frustrating. It pays off if you can hold on and you will be left on the edge of your seat in the interim. There is heat and heart, and you won’t be disappointed. I was hoping for a side character to be the focus of the third book, but sadly, I don’t think that is the case. Maybe one will show up in a future book or spin-off series. Fingers crossed! 🤞

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♥ Author ♥

Ellie Valentina writes some hot shifter stories. Hoping for more from this world. Lots of secondary characters to explore!

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♥ Narrator ♥

Meghan Kelly brings the drama and the love with her performance. She will also be narrating the next one too.

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Normal speed was fine, but I found slightly slower sounded best. I listened at 0.95 speed. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The RED Wolf

Werewolves On Heat Series

Written by Ellie Valentina

Read by Meghan Kelly

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Audiobookworm Blog Tour: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

A Witch’s Concern

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrators: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

 

Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid.

On the way to her parents’ wedding, the delicate calm she’d been living in is broken. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened. Work doesn’t let up either, and she partners up with Elron to deal with magic gone wild. Michelle finds that her problems are larger than one clan of witches, and is forced to choose between the people she holds dear and the way of life she loves.

This is the fourth book in a series, following A Witch’s Trial. It is a standalone novel, however, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you’ve heard the previous books.

N.E. Conneely

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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Laurie Catherine Winkel

Laurie got into voiceover by studying with the legendary dialect expert Paul Meier and hosting the teen program for a nonprofit for the blind, Kansas Audio Reader. She speaks French fluently and, before diving into audiobooks, lived and performed for some time in France. She’s racking up some bizarre credits, playing a range of characters onscreen from Disney princesses to horror scream queens, and proving her audio versatility by narrating everything from cowboy romances to action-packed GameLit fantasy trolls. You can also catch her in a few VR video games. Her favorite is playing confident, power-hungry, whip-smart anti-heroines.

Like Jeff Hays, she hails from the Kansas City area but currently lives in Atlanta.

 

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

Q&A with Laurie Catherine Winkel

 

  1. How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    1. Well, I was encouraged to do so by my professor, Paul Meier, who I had no idea was a big name in the audiobook world for his dialect coaching and founding the IDEA archives. I kind of stumbled into it later when I was asked to audition for a program called Kansas Audio Reader in college, which was a specialized radio broadcast for the blind. For three years I ran a program reading YA books for blind teens. I had no idea it was going to be so relevant to my life.
  2. Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    1. Because I had unknowingly gained all that experience in nonprofit, and training in my acting work, I found the performance pretty accessible. What was throw-your-headphones-at-the-wall infuriating was all the tech! I am not a tech-savvy person, and learning even the basic specs of audio recording was a huge struggle. When troubleshooting one of my first home-recorded books, I spent so much time on internet forums that my eyes dried out and I got a twitch. But there’s a lot of help available on the internet if you ask the right questions.
  3. A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    1. I think a theatre background is an excellent addition to any performance-based career. You simply won’t get the same depth from acting into a vacuum all the time. Speaking into a microphone feels like that to me — we are our own directors, coaches, and engineers.
  4. What type of training have you undergone?
    1. I studied with Paul Meier, one of the top dialect coaches in the world. I have a BA in theatre from the University of Kansas. And I’m always taking acting classes. Any serious actor should never stop learning and coaching.
  5. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    1. Honestly, I get burned out vocally before mentally. I have to take breaks and rotate with other projects.
  6. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    1. Absolutely. I have to drive a lot, so I cycle between about a dozen audiobooks and podcasts at any given time.

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