Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooktacular Giveway Blog Hop!

Thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer for organizing and hosting this blog hop! Don't forget to scroll all the way down to the end of the post for the Linky list of all the other blogs participating!

For this giveaway we're giving away a prize pack of 4 hot new YA novels!

This giveaway is international. Winner will receive ebook copies of all four books. Please note that The Ghost Files will be sent in pdf format.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Interview with Narrator Pamela Lorence

Songbird by Angela Fristoe is finally available in audiobook format! The process of having Songbird produced was quite an adventure and narrator Pamela Lorence has stopped by to answer some questions about the production process as well as to give readers an opportunity to win an audiobook copy of Songbird!
by Angela Fristoe
Narrated by Pamela Lorence

There are defining moments in life when everything changes. For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother. Now seventeen years-old, she still hasn't put it behind her. After Jace's death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place. And a reason to want to stay: Reece Tyler. He's her best friend, yet Dani wants more from Reece.

Faced with losing Reece, Dani struggles to define his place in her life and escape the influence her memories of her brother's death have over her choices. Even as she weaves the pieces of her heart back together, the past becomes more than a memory when a former foster brother reappears and Dani begins receiving threatening phone calls.

Interview with Pamela Lorence

What was it about Songbird that made you want to produce the audiobook?

It was really such an honor to produce this audiobook. Songbird is an intensely moving story. I compare narrating it to singing a poignant and beautiful ballad. There were truly moments during recording when I had to keep from crying in the studio. You can’t help but fall in love with the main characters.  They are completely honest and relatable. I found myself rooting them on as I read. Dani, Reece, and Collin found their way into my heart. As a mom, I wanted to take each one home, feed them some hot soup, and tell them it was all going to be okay. When I finished the book, I was sad to have it all end. That’s when I knew I wanted to produce the audiobook.

How did you get started in audiobooks?

I took the long road to audiobooks. When I was 9 years old all I wanted for Christmas was a Ronco Mr. Microphone.  It was the best Christmas present ever! I wanted to be behind a microphone from that day on. I earned a degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College and have been using my voice to make a living ever since. I started off in radio, eventually writing, directing, recording, editing, narrating, and singing my way into many, many ears. From producing radio shows, I transitioned into producing audio tours for museums all over the world. When it was time to settle down and have kids, I wanted the best of both worlds – a great job that would allow me to work out of the house. It was really only a matter of time before I combined my love of books with my love of audio into one – Audiobook narration.

Can you tell us something about your process for narrating an audiobook?

The first thing I do is to grab a pencil, my notebook, the manuscript, and a cup of tea. I sit in my favorite reading spot in the house (the comfy chair in the living room, near the fireplace) and read through the book. I take notes on characters, tone, tempo, and things like that. I mark any words or names that don’t have obvious pronunciations. When the book is sufficiently prepped, I block out a schedule. My voice it always best midday. In the early morning it’s still waking up. In the evening it starts to sound tired. I’m fortunate to live in a quiet neighborhood in Northern California. So, I’m able to work out of my home in a professionally equipped studio with a soundproof vocal booth.

I spend the bulk of the day recording chapter by chapter. I take breaks to stretch my legs and walk my two dogs. Friday is the only day of the week I don’t record. It’s the day my neighborhood is zoned for leaf blower use. The sound of a gas powered leaf blower can penetrate even the most soundproof room! So, I reserve Fridays for editing.  When the book is completely recorded, edited, and mastered to retail standards, I listen to it for quality control. Simple as that! You really can’t beat having a job producing audiobooks.

About the Narrator
It all started with a Ronco Mr. Microphone when I was 9 years old. Since then, I’ve been hooked on all things audio. With a degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College and a professional background in Audio Production, I’ve written, directed, recorded, edited, narrated, and sung my way into many ears. It was only a matter of time before I combined my love of books and love of audio into one – Audiobooks!

About the Author
Born in Northern Canada, Angela grew up on the Canadian prairies amid dreams of becoming the next Dian Fossey or a world famous flight attendant. Those, however, were never meant to be. Instead she moved to the United States where she divides her time between her family, writing, and her day job as an instruction coach.

Angela was the winner and double finalist in the Romance category of The Strongest Start Contest 2010 hosted by She currently has three young adult novels published through Little Prince Publishing and her fourth novel has an anticipated release of January 2014.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Engraved by Amber Garza

Book Title: Engraved
Author: Amber Garza
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Genre: Suspense
Length: 392 pages
Publisher: Amber Garza
Presented by: As You Wish Tours



A missing girl.

A young woman running from her shameful past.

A person with a dark secret who will stop at nothing to keep it hidden.

And the act of betrayal that binds them all together. 

Amber Garza is the author of Young Adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has had a passion for writing since she was a little girl, making books out of notebook paper and staples. Amber lives in California with her amazing husband and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog Tour: The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker * Guest Post and Giveaway!

  The Ghost Files, Volume I
by Apryl Baker

Published: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

Mattie Hathaway and Her World of Spook

I get asked all the time about The Ghost Files and how I came up with the idea. So I guess, I can explain it once and for all.

I was standing at my kitchen sink watching dishes when I saw the curtain fluttering like a madman. There was only one small little hitch with that: the windows weren’t open and the air conditioner wasn’t on. Why was it fluttering like a hurricane force wind had it trapped?

My first thought: it’s a ghost.

My second thought: don’t be ridiculous, there are no such things as ghosts.

My third thought: but what if there were?

And that is how The Ghost Files was born.

I stopped washing dishes just so I could go dash to the side table where I keep a notebook stashed and write down all my random thoughts. I had been looking for a way to write about foster kids for a while and this, to me, was the perfect opportunity.

Mattie Louise Hathaway was born. She is a tough, snotty, brat who has the unfortunate ability to see ghosts. Not something she tells everyone. I mean, let’s face it, being a foster kid is hard enough, but admitting you’re a freak? Not something she would willingly ever do. Not that she’d ever let anyone know, but she’s very self-conscious of that fact. She sees herself as a freak and works hard to make sure no one else does.

I think everyone assumes Mattie should have this DEEP side, her character more mature than her sixteen years, but that isn’t how I wrote her for the first book. I wanted you to see the very troubled girl who is at heart just an average sixteen year old kid with the same vulnerabilities and desires as any other sixteen year old. She can be in a ghostly situation and still crush on a guy. What girl can’t? We can be depressed and still appreciate a cute face!
Mattie has all those deep characteristics some of the older readers are looking for, but you have to dig them out layer by layer. You get to watch her bloom in the next book when she comes face to face with her destiny. The next book is darker than the first one, bringing truths to light that should have stayed buried.

Trust comes very hard for our girl. Who can blame her though? Her mother did stab her eight times at the ripe old age of eight. If that doesn’t cause severe trust issues, I’m not sure what else could. All she’s ever had to depend on is herself. It’s made her into the person she is: street smart and a little vicious. She can’t help herself.

Unfortunately, she has to break her own rules of never openly admitting she can talk to ghosts when she sees her foster sister’s ghost. Mattie is very loyal and foster kids have always stuck together. She has to find out who killed Sally and that means she needs to not only talk to the ghosts she’s spent her entire life avoiding, but she has to trust someone with her secret.

In walks Officer Dan. He inspires her to trust him and she can’t even explain it to herself. She finds herself revealing all to this young police officer. Having a record herself, Mattie doesn’t normally trust cops, but she finds herself not only trusting Officer Dan, but coming to depend on him. She needs him and she can’t say why.

Then Mattie finds out her mother, the one who tried to kill her, isn’t even her real mom. It freaks her out beyond belief. With her world turning upside down, she has lots and lots to discover over the next few books.

I hope you all enjoy The Ghost Files.

About the Author:  
So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.