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Review: Vacation Bride (Brides of Paradise #1) By Vicky Loebel


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The Bachelor With A Bit Of Big Brother And Survivor Thrown In.

Vacation Bride is the first title in the Brides of Paradise Series by Vicky Loebel.

Emily Beresford narrates.

HEA, no cliffhangers!

Being the first, it could be read as a standalone, but I always advise to read in order to get the most out of the experience.

Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins

Content Warning: Per the authors site: (Series rated PG for just a touch of heat.)

♥ Story ♥

This title is now available as part of the Audible Romance Package. The ebook counterpart is available through the Kindle Unlimited program and includes a sneak peek at book #2.

This is a PG story, but still entertaining! The characters are endearing and make you want hear more so you can see how it turns out for the rest of the cousins.

Neither one of the main characters really want to be part of the “Vacation Bride“, but do so reluctantly to benefit their loved ones. I don’t blame them, because this show is completely ridiculous! The sad thing is, I can totally see girls doing this in real life. It’s basically a combination of several reality shows in one.

All participants get to bring one stylist with them, and our heroine, Anna,  brings her father. Not as disastrous as you would think. As with most reality dating show, most of the girls are B@#$hes to each other but sluts to the Bachelor, and that causes all kinds of crazy. The most crazy cake is taken by the Host of this lovely program. Trust me, she is evil! To prevent spoilers in this review, please see the Read Along  if you want more details.

It’s worth the credit if you don’t have a subscription to the Audible’s Romance Package. Book #2 is also in the plan and I can’t wait to listen!

Join Vicky’s Readers Group and get a FREE copy of One to Keep, a Brides of Paradise short story. It’s about Chris’s cousin Silvanus Cooper-Andersen.

Audio Sample from Audible

♥ Author ♥

Vicky Loebel writes a good, clean story. Her characters are great. This was my first listen by her and I can’t wait to get to book two!

Vicky has 04 Audible Titles.

♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Emily Beresford did well with all the characters she voices. Both male and female have clear distinction! This was my first listen by this narrator and I would definitely listen to anything else she voices.

Emily has 165 Audible Titles

Vacation Bride

Brides of Paradise Series

Written by Vicky Loebel

Read by Emily Beresford


Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Audiobookworm Blog Tour: A Witch’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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Narrator Bio

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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A Witch’s Path (Witch for Hire #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 I’d ever worked on. I was the director and the whole cast, and it was the closest thing to composing music I’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 didn’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 well… and I was hooked.
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • I’m sure the “breaking into” part of my career was more of a gradual thing that I never noticed. I just kept producing until people started listening.I’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 can’t say that those experiences have had a huge impact on how I act in the booth.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I’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. It’s really not that hard cause I love doing it that much. But keeping myself from burning out is something I’ve had trouble with. I put too much on my plate, so I’m always busy as hell. I’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 don’t read audio books much. They’re too long, and it’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 it’s what I do for a living, it’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 don’t like the way the business works, really.
  • What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
    • Dialogue is probably my biggest strength. It’s not just getting the individual characters right, it’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 it’s something I’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 didn’t think you were right for it?
    • I think I’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 it’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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Review: A Witch’s Path (Witch for Hire #2) by N. E. Conneely


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The Plot Thickens And There Are Hot Kisses!

A Witch’s Path is the second title in the Witch for Hire Series by N.E. Conneely.

Jeff Hays narrates.

This has multiple POVs, but it is a continuing story arc revolving around One Main Character!
HFN endings with no cliffhangers.
I would advise to read these in order to get the most out of the experience.

Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins

Content Warning: Some hot kisses

♥ Story ♥

I listened to this as part of A Witch’s Path Box Set. It is also available as a single title as well. Both ebook counterparts are available through the Kindle Unlimited program.

This picks up pretty much where the last one ended. There is a little bit of catch-up at the beginning, but sadly no mention if Cales ever became a troll snack or not. Oh well, at least the jerk never came back around.

The death threats are getting more frequent, and her Mom is still refusing to divulge any information. This one is mostly non stop action and lots of frustration over the difficult people in life. The werewolf and suicide issues set-up in book one get tackled, but I wouldn’t say resolved.

There is a bombshell dropped toward the end that will definitely be a big part of book three. If you have been keeping track of details as you listen or read, it shouldn’t be a total surprise. You will get some answers, but also more questions. I’m am anxious to see how this all plays out in the next one.

Audio Sample from Audible

♥ Author ♥

N.E. Conneely gives us the answers we want, but leaves you wanting more. With all my NEW questions, I am dying to get to book three!

N.E. Conneely has 05 Audible Titles.

♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Jeff Hays is still Amazeballz! Its crazy to think all of these characters are voiced by just ONE man!

Jeff now has 100 Audible Titles

A Witch’s Path

Witch for Hire Series

Written by N.E. Conneely

Read by Jeff Hays

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Read A Long With Me: Witch for Hire Part 06


Read A Long With Me: Witch for Hire

@ Chapter 31


  • So we get a look into the bigger picture!
  • I have a feeling that the story we only got a super tiny teaser of earlier on about the origins of Michelle is going to play heavily into this overall ARC.

Things with a pin it 📌


  • The Werewolf issue still has not been fully addressed.
  • Fingers still crossed that Carls is becoming a troll snack somewhere!?
  • I feel there is still a possibility of backlash about Michelle’s parent’s decisions, and I’m not fully convinced that Andrew is not a part of that.
  • Some of the captured creatures are still in a limbo status, and I hope we get an update on their situations and that it is positive.


Witch for Hire

Witch for Hire Series

Written by N.E. Conneely

Read by Jeff Hays


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

Full Review Here

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Read A Long With Me: Witch for Hire Part 05


Read A Long With Me: Witch for Hire

@ Chapter 25


  • They got to be close to something actually working, only so many chapters left.
  • Well one way or another the shit is about to get real!

@ Chapter 26


  • I wouldn’t be so quick to dissmiss that cat!
  • I thought she said she had backup?

@ Chapter 27


  • Forest spirit P.O.V., how cool!
  • Short, but awesome!
  • Cool of Jones to move the plants!

@ Chapter 28


  • Why were you late? Should probably start there. She almost died because of it.
  • Hopefully she will be too tired to be mean to Elron.
  • I wonder if she will ever know what Elron did for her?

@ Chapter 29


  • HaHa! Sci-fi is what we watch normally.
  • I’m curious to know what she actually did to that plant.

@ Chapter 30


  • Oh Elron!
  • See, Andrew isn’t all that he seems. Unless it wasn’t him.


Witch for Hire

Witch for Hire Series

Written by N.E. Conneely

Read by Jeff Hays


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

Full Review Here

More Read Alongs Here

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