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Read Along With Me: Vacation Bride Part 02


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@ Chapter 06


  • Nice thing she did there for the kids with the cupcakes!
  • Wow, that last sentence is a Doozy!

@ Chapter 07


  • She was a competitive swimmer, and she teaches swimming now, so she should do well.
  • Brideacudas…. Love it!
  • Lani and her sister are both Fabulous!
  • Butts Bitten! Told you so!

@ Chapter 08


  • I’m sure even the fights are labeled “Romantic”!
  • Ryan has a lot of nerve! Seriously!
  • If Chris really wanted to make this go away quick and easy, he technically has the money.

@ Chapter 09


  • Don’t think she ever planned on winning, just staying around long enough for her father to get in a little vacay time.
  • Doubt there was any love between Bobbie and Ryan, only opportunity and money.
  • Getting married so you don’t have to get married seems counter-productive?
  • OK, someone needs to throat punch a b@#ch! That was just cruel!

@ Chapter 10


  • If their parents get together, that will be cute overload!
  • I would of figured that everyone would of jumped to the conclusion that Chris had the same amount of money connections that his cousin Ryan had, but I guess not?
  • Random Porn reference! Nice!

@ Chapter 11


  • That’s what happens when you fall in love!
  • Yeah, should of included her dad.

Vacation Bride

Brides of Paradise Series

Written by Vicky Loebel

Read by Emily Beresford


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

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Read Along With Me: Vacation Bride Part 01


Read A Long With Me

@ Introduction


  • So its like The Bachelor with a dash of Big Brother and a smidgen of Survivor.
  • How long do you think it will be before this is actually a reality?

@ Chapter 01


  • I don’t think they truly pick randomly, because the selection would be a big hot mess!
  • Her dad as her stylist sounds…. interesting.
  • That was nice of her friend. I like her attitude and snarkiness!

@ Chapter 02


  • So what happens to Ryan to take him out of the show?
  • Very unfortunate way to come into money.
  • Bobbie is definitely not one to trust, she just wants whats best for herself.
  • She may be jinxing herself with that dolphin statement, cause they could totally do that!

@ Chapter 03


  • Bus driver description sounds funny yet a bit unerving.
  • I like Lani! Coupon swap was good call.
  • I would of liked to of seen that picture of the lil boat standing up to the big boats.
  • Pretty sure that boat captian is our hero Chris.

@ Chapter 04


  • It’s sad, but if Chris would of been with them, he would probably be dead too!
  • She wasn’t laughing “at” your boat dude! She was amused at the image in her head about your boat’s bravery!
  • So awkward!
  • Liars! The both of them, lol!

@ Chapter 05


  • mmmm…. cookies
  • Anna’s dad is actually pretty cool!
  • Chris and Anna are just too cute!
  • You 2 missed the best opportunities to come clean about your lies. That’s going to come back and bite ya in the butt!

Vacation Bride

Brides of Paradise Series

Written by Vicky Loebel

Read by Emily Beresford


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

Full Review Here

 

 

Audiobookworm Blog Tour: Vacation Bride

Author: Vicky Loebel

Narrators: Emily Beresford

Length: 5 hours 6 minutes

Series: Brides of Paradise, Book One

Publisher: Pentachronistic Press

Released: Nov. 28, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

When Anna Williams lands a spot on the Vacation Bride reality show, she’s hoping to give her sick father a break from the Milwaukee winter, not win a rich husband. Which is good, because the hunky maintenance man whose broad shoulders and clear blue eyes have caught her attention is neither rich nor part of the contest, is he?

Chris Andersen was a disinherited resort brat until his uncle’s family crashed their private helicopter during an argument over money. Now Chris is a secret billionaire, determined to make the Paradise Resort a success on its own. To pay for improvements, he’s hosting his cousin’s Internet reality series, Vacation Bride, a show where women compete to win a rich husband. The women are silly and the show’s a lot of work, but the publicity seems worth it. At least until Chris finds out he may be entering the contest himself as first prize.

Vicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted, romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of children, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.

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Emily Beresford is a professional audiobook narrator who is a nerd for books, no matter the genre. In 2013 she was nominated for an Audie Award and received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine, for her work on the Multi-Voice title October Mourning. She lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband, and two amazing children.

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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 Vicky Loebel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


Q&A with Author Vicky Loebel
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I was extremely lucky making an audiobook of โ€œVacation Brideโ€ because I knew Emily Beresford from working on two previous audio projects. All I had to do for this one was email Emily to get on her production schedule and deliver the book file. She took care of the rest.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • Humor is a challenge because youโ€™ve got to find a narrator who can read your mind and telepathically figure out the right comic timing for the narration. I was lucky enough to find Emily before I realized how tough this is, or my fingernails might have been a lot more chewed.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Since this is my third audiobook, I actually did think about how well it would translate into audio while I was editing and polishing the manuscript. Specifically, I tried to keep the sentence construction a little simpler so the poor narrator could catch her breath.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Turquoise water ๐Ÿ™‚ I took a lot of inspiration from research into the Caribbean and the US Virgin Islands — gazing longingly through webcams, watching Caribbean shows on cable TV. My secret hope is to inspire a lot of future tropical vacations.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I love audiobooks! I started checking them out from the library (remember CDs?) years ago to listen to while commuting, and they quickly expanded to brighten chores, exercise, and rocking babies at two in the morning. Along the way, I saw the added dimension a great narrator brings to a story and discovered many new authors while sampling books by beloved narrators. In my opinion, itโ€™s perfect,
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Emily really provides the sense of wonder that my heroine Anna feels exploring the Virgin Islands and encountering unexpected luxuries, like her visit to a megayacht.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Well, letโ€™s see, there was the megayacht cruise to the US Virgin Islands…oh wait…that was a dream. In real life, we threw a terrific Facebook launch party with games, gift cards, and tropical-themed prizes. It was a hoot!
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • I think that both as a writer and reader, thereโ€™s nothing more satisfying than to fall in love with a place and group of characters and then go back and revisit them for additional romance and adventure. On the other hand, stand-alone novels sometimes have a little more freshness and energy.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • They like to show up at the end of a project and tell me all the much wittier things they would have said if Iโ€™d listened to them in the first place. Thank goodness for revisions!

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Audiobookworm Blog Tour: A Witchโ€™s Path Box Set, Book #2

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Aug. 27, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

After a near death experience, Michelle has vowed to do her job, magical assistance for the police, and leave the heroics to someone else. Besides, life should be settling down for her since the trolls have been captured and the sorceress was neutralized. Unfortunately, the power behind the sorceress wants her dead, Elron starts acting funny, a magical creature wreaks havoc on a town, and there’s trouble with the werewolves. As if that wasn’t enough, the clans have started to notice her power and she has more reasons than ever to fear the clans.

Things go from bad to worse when Michelle’s best friend is abducted, and she must decide between her friend and her vow to stay out of dangerous situations.

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 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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Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 2

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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 Narrator Jeff Hays
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • Probably after the first audio book I narrated. I enjoyed the process so much, and the product itself was so much more satisfying than any voice-over project Iโ€™d ever worked on. I was the director and the whole cast, and it was the closest thing to composing music Iโ€™d encountered up until then.
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • This was definitely something I stumbled into. Voice acting itself was something I had the gear for (but I really didnโ€™t) that I decided to give a shot. Before that I was trying to get work editing video. One time I was hired for an audio book project that pretty wellโ€ฆ and I was hooked.
  • Did you find it difficult to โ€œbreak intoโ€ audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • Iโ€™m sure the โ€œbreaking intoโ€ part of my career was more of a gradual thing that I never noticed. I just kept producing until people started listening.Iโ€™d say music production and performance have been my most valuable skills in developing this craft. Melody and rhythm are essential to narrating audio books. And most important, for inflection and character voices, are ears.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • No. My theater background is a couple plays and classes, in high school, and I canโ€™t say that those experiences have had a huge impact on how I act in the booth.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • Iโ€™ve taken some accent lessons from Amy Walker, taken a class with Elaine Clark recently about commercial VO and adding musicality to the read. I also took 3 sessions at the KC Improv Theater this year. Otherwise, all my other education is in other things,
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • I have no idea! I just keep going and stay as focused as possible. Itโ€™s really not that hard cause I love doing it that much. But keeping myself from burning out is something Iโ€™ve had trouble with. I put too much on my plate, so Iโ€™m always busy as hell. Iโ€™m going to Thailand NEXT Friday, so that should help me reset!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I donโ€™t read audio books much. Theyโ€™re too long, and itโ€™s very difficult to find an audio book that I can stay awake through. I also tend to focus on critiquing inflection while I listen, so I totally lose the story. And since itโ€™s what I do for a living, itโ€™s sort of the last thing I want to do when I actually do give myself some time off.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • My favorite part is always the characters and their voices. My least favorite part is probably the industry. I love producing and talking to listeners, but I donโ€™t like the way the business works, really.
  • What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
    • Dialogue is probably my biggest strength. Itโ€™s not just getting the individual characters right, itโ€™s also getting their relationships to each other right. Timing, for dramatic or comedic effect, is something that I think most audio books absolutely do not get right, and itโ€™s something Iโ€™ve always thought was essential to giving an effective performance.
  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didnโ€™t think you were right for it?
    • I think Iโ€™m in the right genres right now: Sci-Fi and Fantasy. My actual specialty is a genre called LitRPG (Or RPG GameLit, there are issues with the genre name right now due to a ridiculous trademark issue), but itโ€™s clearly a subgenre of sci-fi and fantasy. This is because I put so much into characters, and these genres tend to have more colorful, monstrous or alien types of characters. The more extreme and crazy a character is, the more fun they are to play.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • When I first found the job from N.E. Conneely, it was up for audition on ACX, and it had a $100 pfh stipend on it. This meant Audible would pay me $100 per finished hour of the audio book, as well as paying royalties to me for sales. But it was calling for a dual cast. I auditioned for both parts just for fun, and I was surprised to hear that the author just wanted me to do both characters. Narrating convincingly as a female is both an interesting challenge, and painful and humiliating. But sticking to it and finishing the first three books for N.E. Conneely was a great learning experience, and it truly conditioned my voice to a point that, at least when I play characters, making females sound convincing is completely effortless for me now.

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