Another winner — GODSPEED — in Earls of East Anglia, Book 2, penned by Kathryn Le Veque

37457001Title: Godspeed Earls of East Anglia, Book 2
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1215 A.D.
Pages: 374
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1 edition
Published Date: February 27, 2018
ISBN-10: 1986069931
ISBN-13: 978-1986069939

  

Publisher’s Summary:
1215 A.D. – Dashiell “Dash” du Reims is the eldest son of the Earl of East Anglia and a cousin to the great House of de Lohr. Much like his warring and politically-involved cousins, Dashiell is also waist-deep in the political turmoil that is sweeping England at this time. As the Captain of the Guard for the powerful – and senile – Duke of Savernake, his is in the middle of the baron’s rebellion against the king. Although his de Lohr cousins have been trying to lure him over into serving Christopher de Lohr, the greatest knight in the realm, Dashiell is reluctant for one very good reason. 

A woman. Specifically, the duke’s youngest daughter, the lovely and sweet Belladonna. With the duke’s senility, there is an undercurrent movement from within the family to usurp the duke by two of his ambitious sons-in-laws. As a man with only three daughters, the husbands of the older daughters are plotting to steal the duke’s power and his seat, and Dashiell is the only thing that stands between them and the mad duke. He is also the only thing that stands between their wicked intentions towards Belladonna.

Nothing will get past Dashiell when it comes to Belladonna, not even men who technically outrank him. He’ll fight to the death. Soon enough, the evil husbands are plotting to be rid of Dashiell as well, but not if the powerful de Lohr family has anything to say about it.

Enter a world of grand Medieval pagentry, passion, battles, and politics in Dashiell and Belladonna’s story, where love is the only thing that truly conquers all and family bonds are the strongest of all. It’s an all-out knightfest in this glorious Medieval epic.

My Thoughts:
I always enjoy a piece of history when author Le Veque pens another tale.  John, King of England is a thorn in the rebel barons’ sides as well as the Lords of the Marshes. Dashiell, cousin to the de Lohrs, is a mighty, noble warrior, well within his prime, with a protective streak a mile long for the Duke of Snavernake and his three daughters, believes in himself on the battlefield, but when it comes to Bella, he doesn’t see himself measure up. He sees himself too old for her.  You’ll find yourself cheering Bella along as she tries to convince Dash he’s her prince charming.

Belladonna is the youngest daughter of the Duke of Savernake, yet her character is stronger than her sisters. She’s unhappy with her lot, because she’s always loved Dashiell, moving from adolescent adoration to much more.  Dash treats her even more remotely.  From 12 on, she was his shadow and had great camaraderie up until 17.  Then she became Lady Belladonna, Dashiell having a formal tone with her, not to her liking, and definitely Dash had trouble keeping his emotions in check.  He focused on being their protector – nothing more.

She is hurt, doesn’t understand the change and when she does, the story becomes delightfully complicated.  Dash must protect the Duke from greedy power mongers.  The three sisters love their father, but he is just a shell of the man he was. The duke had been a well-respected knight, his daughters loved him, but the duke believes himself to be Apostle Paul and extremely vulnerable.  His death would change much at the keep.  The political balance could very well be changed and to the worse for the knights of the Marshes.

The other two sisters, Lily and Arcade have troubles of their own.  Lily and Arcade, Bella’s older sisters, enrich the telling even further. As with most of Le Veque’s stories, there are subplots woven into the texture, producing a truly three-dimensional setting and fabulously entertaining one. 

The tension of the situation coils ever tighter as the duke accidentally chokes to death. How can Dashiell protect Belladonna and her sisters now, against their own brother?  He can’t very well go against the new duke.

The story has all the markings of a Le Veque tale – its timbre is definitely Le Veque. If you are a connoisseur of Medieval Historical tales with dash (no pun intended!), excitement and deep emotional pull, Le Veque is your author.

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Audiobook Review: A WITCH’S CONCERN by N.E. Conneely, narrated by Jeff Hayes and Laurie Catherine Winkel

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narratora: 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 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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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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Interview with Laurie Winkel

How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?

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.

Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?

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.

A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
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.

What type of training have you undergone?

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.

How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?

Honestly, I get burned out vocally before mentally. I have to take breaks and rotate with other projects.

Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

Absolutely. I have to drive a lot, so I cycle between about a dozen audiobooks and podcasts at any given time.

 

After listening to the first three books of the series, I was revved up to listen to this one.

I enjoy the multiple narrators and the ways they use their voices, even in so far as to create the feel of distance if dialog stretches from another room or longer distance.

Lots of talent went into telling Michelle’s story about an unclaimed witch, her special skill with ruins and spelling, her recent relationship with a elf who she jokes with as geriatric, being over 1500 years old.  Michelle’s lifespan will be close to 300 years if she doesn’t die first by her amazing capability of being in the wrong place at the right time. Thank God, she is really lucky, has nature at her back and lots of supportive friends.  She does live in a scary world where demons still roam, hidden so well, they aren’t apparent, and often wonders if her choices in how she deals with evil forces are the best.  Will that get her killed?

Conneely’s world building is quite believable and very entertaining.  Her talent to propel a story forward with plenty of suspense with twists of surprising character keeps me reading with eagerness.

Michelle and her relationship with her elf is a slow-burn, deep feeling relationship rather than a hot spicy chemistry-filled emotion. I enjoy Michelle’s desire to work alone, protect what is hers and do the right thing.

I look forward to continue both the book and listen.

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.

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Audiobook Review & Book Giveaway: SCARED TO DEATH by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell ~ a story where bullying strikes back. Don’t do it! Your life may just go down the drain!

Author: Rachel Amplett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

“If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realized.

With her career in jeopardy – desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun….

Scared to Death is the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….

If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett’s new detective novels today.

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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Enjoyed this suspenseful thriller about the repercussions of bullying, with an excellent explanation what goes on with the police behind the scene in a crime.  This topic is very much in the news when kids who are bullied strike back, killing many as they do.  So it is appropriate to read/listen and a wonderful beginning to a series about Detective Kate Hunter, a skillful detective with boss issues and personal life complications.

The plot is well thought out, keeping me guessing with all its twists, but, at the same time, making sense as it unfolds.  I like Kate, with her great rapport with her colleagues, and her astute thoughts on where the investigation might lead. She’s a great role model.

I am also struck on how Kate Hunter’s boss doesn’t cut her any slack and even though she has been found to not be at fault in a particular previous debacle, her boss rides her. How many of us have had such bosses? Another subplot runs its course, giving us some insight to Kate’s personal life, as well as her relationship with her working colleagues.

I very much relate to this story, knowing how people with troubles in their own lives, may have jobs which also take chunks out of who they are.  They pull through by being strong, doing what is right.

The narrator told the tale and sparked fear in the listener through the killer’s dialog.  She did a great job! Her voice pacing was a bit slow for me so I found the story more engaging by listening at 1.25X instead of 1.00X.  On the whole, she adds timbre to the character personalities and the telling, making it quite the thriller.

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

 

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Audiobook Review & Author Interview: LOVE’S COURAGE from The Brentwood Saga

When does a nation’s survival become more important than your own? Author Meyette sets a stirring love story against the backdrop of utter danger as people take sides — to stay loyal to mother England or endeavor to live life in freedom.

Author: Elizabeth Meyette

Narrator: Amy McFadden

Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

Publisher: Boris Publishing

Released: Jan. 23, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

She had to leave him to save her father. He had to follow her to save his heart.

In August 1777, Jenny Sutton leaves Williamsburg, Virginia and the man she loves and sets sail for British occupied Manhattan to tend to her dying father. Aboard the Destiny, Jonathon Brentwood makes a request of Jenny that will entangle her in the network of spies serving the Patriot cause. With her father already under suspicion, Jenny’s activities must be hidden from the watchful eyes of British troops. But she has caught the eye of British officer Lieutenant Nigel Ashby, who is aware of her sympathies, yet offers her protection through marriage. Only by accepting his proposal will Jenny avoid the hangman’s noose…and lose Andrew forever.

Desperate to join—and protect—Jenny, Andrew Wentworth agrees to deliver messages to Patriot troops on his way to New York. His route brings him face to face with those suffering under British rule. The fight for independence and his desire to reach Jenny become intertwined. Arriving in Manhattan, Andrew is arrested as a spy by the British officer coercing Jenny into marriage. She may be saved from the gallows but will Andrew?

As war rages around them, Jenny and Andrew must find the courage to fight for their new country’s freedom and their own eternal love.

Believer in dreams-come-true and self-confessed chocoholic, Elizabeth Meyette is the author of a little history … a little mystery … a little romance. The Cavanaugh House and its sequel, Buried Secrets, are mysteries set in 1968 in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Love’s Destiny, Love’s Spirit, and Love’s Courage are historical romances set during the American Revolution.
Elizabeth is an Amazon Best-selling author, a PAN (Published Authors Network) member of Romance Writers of America, a member of Sisters in Crime and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Before pursuing her writing career full time, Elizabeth taught English, Journalism, and Library Science/Technology. After retiring from teaching, Elizabeth embarked on her writing career full-time and, in addition to her four novels, has published poetry, magazine articles and her blog site, Meyette’s Musings. A friend said of her, “You haven’t retired, you’ve refired!”
Elizabeth and her husband Richard live in west Michigan where they enjoy the beauty of the Great Lakes. They have an agreement that she cannot cook on writing days after he endured burnt broccoli and overcooked chicken. Fortunately, Richard is an excellent cook.

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Amy McFadden has narrated over 300 titles in Humor, Romance, Not-Super- Violent Thrillers– -and various (often delightfully ridiculous) combinations thereof.

She’s an Audie Award Winner for The Brink (Short Stories); 4-time Audie Award Finalist in Humor, Lit Fic, Mystery/Thriller and Short Story; Earphones Award Winner in Romance, Mystery/Thriller; AudioFile’s Top 10 Romances of 2016 and Top 100 books of 2017.

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I could not help my admiration of the courageousness of Jenny Sutton and Andrew Wentworth.  They are caught up in the turmoil of the fight against the English.  Where the colonists were taking sides, where one is unsure of who is friend or foe, where it could be death choosing to trust the wrong person–a wrong step and it would be the hangman’s noose.

Jenny knew that her father had been injured and her love for him had her lying to her uncle to get to Manhattan by ship.  Her courage and strength gave her the fortitude to arrive.  She sees her father before he passes, but is further caught up in his fight for his country’s freedom.

Andrew Wentworth, her love, catches her sneaking away to New York, and only sees the horrors she must experience.  He begins his own journey, his goal is to get to Jenny, no matter how.

They are both snagged in a treacherous and nasty time, both become committed to something more than their love, but neither choose to let it go.

This is the first book I’ve read of this series and the first from this author. It’s also the first time I’ve listened to a narration from Amy McFadden. Both were an enriching experience.  Meyette captures the angst and the evil which permeates times like these.  McFadden takes the story to a whole different level with her emotional portrayal of the characters.  When Andrew says Jenny’s name, with such love and reverence, it carves into my heart just a little more.

Lieutenant Nigel Ashby is a person of remarkable need for revenge, even when it hurts his own cause.  Meyette and McFadden have me hating him! He has his eye on Jenny, attracted to her, but knows not all is what it seems with her household.  He is also slightly imbalanced. He is very unpredictable in his actions, which spirals the arc of the story to its perfect, scary moment!

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

Q&A with Author Elizabeth Meyette
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • Love’s Courage is my first romance audiobook. Both of my mysteries are available in audiobook format, but since my other romances are traditionally published, I have no control over that. If I did, they, too, would be available for listening pleasure.
      I have had such good response with my mysteries, that I knew I wanted to create this format for Love’s Courage. I actually waited to finalize formatting for my ebook and print editions until I’d listened to the audiobook format because I catch revisions while I’m listening.
  • 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?
    • Amy McFadden is wonderful to work with. When I send her my manuscript, I include a character sheet listing brief character sketches. I’m a singer, so I like to include what voice range for each character (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass). But Amy is so thorough and professional, that I don’t want to dictate too much. When I heard her audition tape for The Cavanaugh House, my first audiobook, I almost cried I was so happy. She totally got my characters.
      When I have revisions, sometimes I call rather than email her because we need to talk it through. Sometimes she reads my mind and will answer her phone and say, “You want me to do this …” and she is spot on. Her turn-around time on re-recording is excellent. I LOVE working with Amy.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I had visited the Colonial Williamsburg/Jamestown area many years ago and fell in love with the history, imagining what life was like back then and the courage of people fighting for liberty. I wrote my first romance, Love’s Destiny, soon after, though it wasn’t published until 2012. Rich and I returned to Colonial Williamsburg in 2016 and spent a week there and in Yorktown so I could research my book.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • This is a timely question since I just finished Love’s Courage. When I’m working on a book, I drill down pretty hard, focusing on little else. My goal for 2017 is balance, so I am trying to be more human LOL. When I finish a book and publishing and marketing settles down, I often find myself at loose ends—what do I do next? Heck, what do I do when I wake up today? Without the intense focus of writing a specific book, I feel scattered. Maybe that’s burn-out, maybe it’s ADD. Membership in writers’ groups helps me tremendously. When I meet with other writers, their enthusiasm buoys me up. It’s like a vaccination or something. As they talk about their projects and plans, ideas start to bubble up in my brain. It doesn’t take long before I’m drilling down again.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • I think as the conflict builds and life becomes more dangerous for Jenny and Andrew, Amy’s narration adds intensity to the story and their world. Of course, dialogue is always enhanced as the characters become alive to the listener.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Yes, as long as I can return to this time. Obviously, I love the American Revolution era, so I would travel to Colonial Williamsburg to experience that time. And I would definitely visit the apothecary shop because I am fascinated by how our ancestors used natural herbs and plants for healing. The apothecary shop is a vital site in Love’s Couragebecause, in my story, that’s where spies exchanged secret messages.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I say “humbug.” I loved college lectures because I’m an auditory learner. I think listening to an audiobook is as much reading as sitting with the print or ebook version in your hands. Plus, I think listening to the story adds a depth and dimension readers don’t get if they lack a vivid imagination. When I listen to different voices, increased tempo as tension rises, tenderness coming through in a lover’s voice, that makes the story more three dimensional to me.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Not so much in my dreams, but they turn up in unexpected places. We were waiting at the gate to board our plane once, when I grabbed my husband’s arm and whispered, “Rich, look! There’s Marty!” He knew I had spotted a man who looked like he could play my Italian cop, Marty D’Amato in the movie version of The Cavanaugh House. The other day, I waited in the car while Rich went into a convenience store. A man walked by the doors who looked like Randy from Love’s Courage. A few minutes later, a young guy came out who looked just like Andrew. That is always fun. Rich is never surprised, either.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • Well, the pros of a series are you have a captive audience for every book after the first, and you’ve already created your world. Readers love revisiting favorite characters, so if they liked the first in the series, they’ll return for more. As long as the author doesn’t slough off on quality. The hard part for an author is the delicate balance of enough, but not too much, backstory. Ideally, a reader can pick up book three first and still understand the book.
      On the other hand, a stand-alone may be all there is to a story. The richness of the story unfolds and comes to a satisfying conclusion. When the tale is told, don’t cheapen it by trying to extend what isn’t there.
  • What’s next for you?
    • When a book is finished and published, I sometimes find myself feeling a bit scattered. I’ve started the third book in The Cavanaugh House series. My readers have been asking for it for a while. I’m excited about writing it, too, because I miss those characters and want to hang out with them again. Stay tuned…there will be another audiobook coming.

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Audiobook Review: YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME penned by Bella Andre, narrated by Eva Kaminsky

Author: Bella Andre

Narrator: Eva Kaminsky

Series: The New York Sullivans, Book 3

Publisher: Oak Press, LLC

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Alec Sullivan has always believed he has it all. A billion-dollar private aviation business. A penthouse apartment in New York City. Beautiful women who know better than to expect him ever to fall in love. And great siblings for whom he’d do anything. But when Alec’s business partner passes away and leaves everything to a daughter Alec never knew about, in an instant everything in his life turns upside down – all because of Cordelia.

Cordelia always thought she was perfectly happy with her life. She owns a garden store she loves, lives in a pretty little cottage in the same town as her adoptive parents, and figures there’s plenty of time to meet Mr. Right. But she never counted on becoming the surprise heir to a fortune – or on meeting a man like Alec Sullivan. A shockingly sexy billionaire who makes her heart race and melt all at the same time.

Neither Alec nor Cordelia plans on getting any closer than they have to. Only, how can either of them fight this kind of heat, this depth of desire? And when Cordelia needs Alec’s support, it’s pure instinct for him to be there for her. But when it’s her turn to help him confront his deepest pain, will Alec let her in? Or will he push her away, just as he’s pushed away everyone who’s loved him for the past 30 years….

Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Sullivans”, “The Morrisons” and “The Maverick Billionaires” series.

Having sold more than 7 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 64 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Stephen King). Apple iBooks named her one of their “Bestselling Authors of All Time” (alongside Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts and EL James). And Publishers Weekly named Oak Press, the publishing company she created to publish her own books, the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”; and she has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new USA Today bestselling Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.

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Eva Kaminsky is a New York born and NYC based actor and narrator. A 2014 Audie nominee, she has recorded over 150 audiobooks in many different genres ranging from Romance to Young Adult. Eva can often be heard on TV and radio commercials for such products as Intel, Publix, Neulasta and Tide, and spent her earlier years in the world of animation voicing characters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, among many others. Recent recurring and guest appearances on television include Chicago Med, Billions, Madam Secretary, Madoff, Blindspot, and The Blacklist, and on the larger screen she can be seen in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Three Generations, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. She has spent over 20 years working in the theatre, both on and Off Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres all over the country.

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The Sullivan world is new to me.  This is the third book in this series I’ve listened to.  As I understand it, the author has written several series all focusing on the Sullivan’s living in various parts of the world.

The stories are sensual, deeply emotional and thoroughly consuming as the reader gets further and further entrenched in the upheavals of life where money takes back seat, and happiness takes the fore.

The Sullivans are not one of those families next door.  They are special with so many relatives who are high profile.  They meet ordinary people with their own package of problems, something clicks and a relationship begins.  Those who join the Sullivan family are strong on their own with a talent no less important than their chosen.

Alec really is a special character.  At five, he basically raised with siblings, after his mother walked out committing suicide.  Alec’s dad stopped parenting, broken-hearted and full of guilt. Alec could hardly look his dad in the eyes, now over 30 years later.

This story revolves around Alec’s life, seeking love, when he thought none existed for him.  His relationship with his dad comes full circle and he come to terms with his mother’s death.  I like how the subplot of Alec’s dad takes more prominence in book three.

Cordelia and who she is, sneaks up on Alec.  All is right in his business world, until his business partner suddenly dies, leaving him with a vacuum in his life and a huge surprise with a daughter Alec knew nothing about.

I loved the story, its emotional tangles and an ending which keeps me looking forward to reading/listening to another of Andre’s stories.

The narration enhances the tale, providing the reader with the force of the personalities at work.

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

 

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Review: DUKE DU JOUR by Petie McCarty ~ lovely, entertaining tale

36972656Title: Duke du Jour Lord in Time Series
Author: Petie McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 337
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Published Date: January 15, 2018
ASIN: B077X87J65

Publisher’s Summary:
..a reverse Kate and Leopold…a light-hearted time travel romance where a bewildered modern-day duke ends up in Regency England and meets the girl of his dreams…     

Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, Seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.

Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.

Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.

My Thoughts:  I was charmed out of my boots!  It’s nice to begin a book ready to snuggle into the couch and simply enjoy.

The title is a little unusual, but I saw how it neatly fit into a story of time travel. McCarty captures the absolute ennui of present-day Duke of Reston, the thirteenth duke, Jared Langley.  He is disgusted with how he’s pawned over by women, just to have the opportunity to get something from him.  He’s beyond bored with making money.  He has piles of it and does it buy him happiness?  The only thing which has captured his interest lately is his fascination with all the other Duke’s of Reston who came before leaving their stamp of existence through their journals—all except the seventh.

It all changes the day he finally tells his fiancée it is time to shove off.  He isn’t interested in being pimped, or in the words of days-of-old cuckold by his fiancée.  Walking into part of his garden he rarely uses to just get away and breathe, angered with life in general, he slips and falls…into a new life, back to the days of Duke of Reston, the seventh.

The twist which makes this story so fun is he is a dead-ringer for Duke of Reston, the seventh.  Easily recognized, however, the duke was thought dead from battle wounds from the Battle of Waterloo.  But what if he isn’t?  Then there would be two of ‘him’, and Jared was anxious on that point.  He rather liked his new life, rather liked a lovely woman, Lady Ariana Hart, who didn’t think too nicely of him, from a previous association with number seven. Even though the seventh and thirteen look alike, Jared is more kind-hearted and generally looks out for the underdog, making those who know him question what has changed?  (They do like the change!)

Jared is busy juggling how to get back to the future after the fountain he’d hit in the present (falling through a portal) had been damaged and no material is available to repair it, his heart finding a woman he admires and respects, his run-ins with ‘accidents’ of sorts, where it was very unlikely.  Jared, the thirteenth is no longer annoyed with life.

The story with all its quirks of charm, danger and levity is so fast-paced, I wished it were longer, which brings me to waiting eagerly for the second in the series.  If you love time travel, characters with noble hearts and a happy ever after, pick up this read and drop back into time where life is dangerous, but somehow more genuine.

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In for a treat with the Sullivan family! Audiobook Review: NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU

Author: Bella Andre

Narrator: Eva Kaminsky

Series: The New York Sullivans, Book 2

Publisher: Oak Press, LLC

Released: Jan. 10, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Suzanne Sullivan doesn’t need a bodyguard. After all, she’s one of the most successful digital security specialists in the world―so she can most certainly take care of herself despite the problems she’s been running into lately. Unfortunately, her three brothers don’t agree. So when Mr. Way-Too-Handsome shows up bound and determined to protect her, whether she wants him there or not, sparks definitely start to fly. Because she has absolutely no intention of falling for the bodyguard she never wanted in the first place…

Roman Huson has vowed to do whatever it takes to protect Suzanne Sullivan from harm. And her brothers would kill him for so much as looking at her the wrong way. The only problem is that he’s never been hired to work for anyone so beautiful, or brilliant, before. Between trying to keep up with her―and working like hell to keep from kissing her breathless―he’s up against the most difficult challenge of his life. Especially when it turns out that the passion, and connection, between them is hotter than anything he’s ever known…

Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Sullivans”, “The Morrisons” and “The Maverick Billionaires” series.

Having sold more than 7 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 64 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Stephen King). Apple iBooks named her one of their “Bestselling Authors of All Time” (alongside Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts and EL James). And Publishers Weekly named Oak Press, the publishing company she created to publish her own books, the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”; and she has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new USA Today bestselling Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100-year-old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Eva Kaminsky is a New York born and NYC based actor and narrator. A 2014 Audie nominee, she has recorded over 150 audiobooks in many different genres ranging from Romance to Young Adult. Eva can often be heard on TV and radio commercials for such products as Intel, Publix, Neulasta and Tide, and spent her earlier years in the world of animation voicing characters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, among many others. Recent recurring and guest appearances on television include Chicago Med, Billions, Madam Secretary, Madoff, Blindspot, and The Blacklist, and on the larger screen she can be seen in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Three Generations, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. She has spent over 20 years working in the theatre, both on and Off Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres all over the country.

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I can see why this series is so popular.  Book 2 pulls you further into the New York Sullivan family with Suzanne Sullivan as the smart one, the indestructible one, the one who always keeps everything together for the family. She is well-admired by the employees in her company as they are loyal to her.

Just because she’s having issues with a few bad phone calls, and someone wrecking havoc with her security systems, she doesn’t need help.  She works herself ragged and burns the candle on both ends.  She’s a powerhouse and an extremely lovable character.

Her brothers love her, always watching out for her, all three of them.  Alec is the worst.  He’s an interesting character and totally over the top in his protection of Suzanne — even hiring a bodyguard for her without her approval.  But Suzanne at 31, doesn’t let her brothers control her life.  She rejects him, this handsome man she’s terribly attracted to, but… Roman Huson gets under her skin.  She has been under his from the moment he meets her.

Expect fireworks, hot bed scenes and a love which can’t be denied.  You, yourself, will find yourself emotionally involved as Suzanne’s well thought out life starts to unravel.  The author keeps the story moving at a fast clip with plenty of surprises along the way.  But ultimately?  It is family and friends which rule the day!

Once again, the narrator, Eva Kaminsky, does a superb  job with showing by her voice the emotions and personalities of the characters.  Her high energy level suits the series and the emotions, even those below the skin.

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Audiobook Review: THE HIGHLANDER ENTANGLED by Vonda Sinclair

Big takeaway: The future is not promised us. We must do the best to grasp the present, living fully in it, even though our decision may bring more heartache. Who is to know?

Highlander Entangled audiobook cover artTitle: Highlander Entangled The Highland Adventure Series, Book 9
Author: Vonda Sinclair
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: The Scottish Highlands, 1617
Pages: 277
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B07823R6K9

Narrated by: Dave Gillies
Length: 9 hours, 47 minutes
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Publisher: Vonda Sinclair

The Highland Adventure Series
Book 1: My Fierce Highlander
Book 2: My Wild Highlander
Book 3: My Brave Highlander
Book 4: My Daring Highlander
Book 5: My Notorious Highlander
Book 6: My Rebel Highlander
Book 7: My Captive Highlander
Book 8: Highlander Unbroken
Book 9: Highlander Entangled

Publisher’s Summary:

Lady Kristina MacQueen suffered devastating injuries at the hands of a ruthless Highland chief, Blackburn MacCromar. Two years later, he kidnaps her for a journey across the chilly, windblown Scottish Highlands to flush out her sister, Anna, the woman Blackburn forced to wed him. Red Holme, Blackburn’s second-in-command, is equally brutal and determined to possess Kristina.

A Highland warrior and future chief, Colin Cameron has no intention of becoming entangled in the whims of another highborn lady. However, upon witnessing Lady Kristina being held hostage by the enemy, a knife to her throat, he resolves to rescue her and bring her to safety. When Red Holme sees Colin Cameron, he recognizes his enemy from a decade earlier and craves revenge even more than he lusts for the lady. But he is determined to have both.

Colin is the most charismatic and heroic man Kristina has ever met, and he awakens her woman’s instincts. He might be her only chance to experience a brief moment of passion. Even so, she holds no illusions about marriage, for no worthy man will find her blindness and scars appealing, or see them as beneficial traits in a wife. But she can’t see how he looks at her. Though Colin has sworn to never fall in love again, he cannot defend his heart against the strong, spirited, and lovely lass who is like none other he has ever met.

©2017 Vonda Sinclair (P)2018 Vonda Sinclair

My Thoughts: From the first paragraph author Sinclair and narrator Dave Gillies took me on a fast-paced story of injustice and the cruelty of a man’s desire for power and revenge. But it was so much more than that. Guilt runs rampant when Colin kicks himself for not anticipating future events.  It’s also about learning to love oneself with all ones imperfections and know that another can, too.  And the ultimate takeaway—love– the most important emotion and should not be ignored!

Two sisters, Kristine and Suzanne MacQueen, have been dealt cruelly by Blackburn MacCromar, a man so vicious with his treatment of these two women, he is very easy to hate.  His viciousness leaves Lady Kristina blind.  In this story he uses her as a tool to get Anna, Kristina’s sister back into his clutches.  But Blackburn has his hands full when it comes to Colin Cameron.

Colin is best friends to laird Neacal McDonald who has fallen in love with Anna.  Anna’s love to her sister has the laird ready to save Kristina and protect the woman he loves.  Emotions run high, Colin is smitten with Kristina, even though she has a scar running down her cheek and blind.  As a reader, I felt the over powering need of this Highlander in love.  His need to protect. He came to worship the ground she walked on. But all comes crashing down!

Kristina also falls for Colin, but knows she’s not good enough for him, the first son of a laird. She’s imperfect. Then there is Colin’s clan, will they accept her?

Evil lurks led by Blackburn, a man filled with the hatred of revenge –Red Holme.  He’s a danger to Kristina because he’s always wanted to bed the wench. (his words, not mine)  But it seems he’s also a danger to Colin and his clan.

Sinclair knows how to ratchet up a good story, difficulties on an emotional level and danger on the physical kept me listening.  In fact, it was so good, I listened to it twice.

Narrator Gillies is such a pleasure to listen to.  His impersonation of women’s voices is so feminine and life-like, I can see the women. The Highlander men are brawny with deep voices (big men) and sound of compassion.   I love his impersonation of the men who are the villains in this story.  I feel the evil oozing off them like slime!

If you’re a fan of Highland stories, as I am, you’ll surely enjoy listening to this series.

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Meet the Sullivans in this charming three-book series by Bella Andre ~ this narrator completely nails the tone!

Author: Bella Andre

Narrator: Eva Kaminsky

Series: The New York Sullivans, Book 1

Publisher: Oak Press, LLC

Released: Aug. 9, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Millions of readers/listeners have fallen in love with the San Francisco and Seattle Sullivans. Now get ready to fall head over heels for the New York Sullivans!

World-renowned artist Drake Sullivan doesn’t paint women. Ever. Not when he knows all too well just how destructive painter/muse relationships can be. But on the day Rosa Bouchard walks onto the cliffs outside his Montauk cottage, Drake is so captivated that he can’t stop himself from bringing her to life on canvas.

Shocked and horrified by the nude photos of her that have just hit the Internet, reality TV star Rosa’s every instinct is to run from her Miami home and hide. After driving all night, she ends up in Montauk, New York, where she doesn’t know a soul and plans to lie low until she can figure out how to deal with the media firestorm – and her own mother, who seems all too happy to sell out Rosa’s happiness for more fame, more fans, and more money. The very last thing Rosa expects is to find, and to fall for, a sinfully sexy man like Drake Sullivan.

Drake has never felt this way about anything he’s painted…and he’s definitely never felt this way about a woman. When they kiss, everything but sweet, breathless desire melts away. But can he convince Rosa to trust – and to love – again after such a devastating betrayal?

Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Sullivans”, “The Morrisons” and “The Maverick Billionaires” series.

Having sold more than 7 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 64 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Stephen King). Apple iBooks named her one of their “Bestselling Authors of All Time” (alongside Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts and EL James). And Publishers Weekly named Oak Press, the publishing company she created to publish her own books, the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”; and she has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new USA Today bestselling Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100-year-old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Eva Kaminsky is a New York born and NYC based actor and narrator. A 2014 Audie nominee, she has recorded over 150 audiobooks in many different genres ranging from Romance to Young Adult. Eva can often be heard on TV and radio commercials for such products as Intel, Publix, Neulasta and Tide, and spent her earlier years in the world of animation voicing characters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, among many others. Recent recurring and guest appearances on television include Chicago Med, Billions, Madam Secretary, Madoff, Blindspot, and The Blacklist, and on the larger screen she can be seen in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Three Generations, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. She has spent over 20 years working in the theatre, both on and Off Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres all over the country.

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This is a story about the crème de la crème of society. Where one thinks money could solve their problems, it can actually bar them from finding real happiness.

Drake Sullivan, a painter experiencing painter’s block is starting to panic.  All his brothers are filthy rich and successful. He is, too, but if this painter’s block continues… Will he ever be able to paint again with the passion necessary to create a great piece?

When he meets Rosa Bouchard, he is captured by her beauty, both in physical form and the spirit which lays beneath her skin.  Dying to paint her, he needs to coax her into not running from him. He finds much more in this beauty than he expected, and feels something he never has before.

Rosa is running from past decisions, made to keep her family together, but now the game has turned nasty.  Money can’t buy the peace of mind she needs.  She’s an emotionally intriguing character who is easy to relate to because many have done things in the  past to stave off the worst — a means of survival and don’t know the next step to freedom.  Rosa and her mom and brothers have risen to the top of society only to realize how fragile and lonely that apex could be. The changes she needs to make in her life don’t come easily. The story is written compellingly with several threads of rich secondary characters and subplots which gear to the continuation of the series.

Drake is a multi-textured characters, with his own strengths and his inner fragility.  Where he is there to support Rosa, he has his own demons to overcome. I really like the way the author brings how important family is into the story.

The narrator is an animated storyteller, with a girl-next-door energy and down-to-earth portrayal of feelings which found me nodding in perfect understanding and sympathy.  The author certainly has captured my interest in this most charming series.

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

 

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THE PROPHET AND THE WITCH Audiobook Blog Tour Stop with Giveaway

Author: James W. George

Narrator: Angus Freathy

Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Series: My Father’s Kingdom, Book 2

Publisher: James W. George

Genre: Historical Fiction

Puritans. Quakers. Pirates. Mohawks. Witches. And a brutal war…

If you thought New England was dull in the 1670s, get ready for a history lesson.

In the critically acclaimed “My Father’s Kingdom,” debut author James W. George transported his readers to 1671 New England, and the world of Reverend Israel Brewster. It was a world of faith, virtue, and love, but it was also a world of treachery, hatred, and murder.

Four years later, Brewster is a disgraced outcast, residing in Providence and working as a humble cooper. Despite his best efforts, war could not be averted, and now, “King Philip’s War” has begun.

The rebellion is led by Metacomet, known as “King Philip” to the English colonists. He is the tormented son of the great Massasoit, and leader of the Wampanoag nation. Once the most reliable of Plymouth Colony’s allies, they are now the bitterest of enemies. Meanwhile, Metacomet’s mysterious counselor, Linto, despises this war and will do anything to end the bloodshed.

Meticulously researched, “The Prophet and the Witch” is a tale of hope and brotherhood in the face of evil and violence. It features the remarkable cast of fictional and historical characters from book one, including Josiah Winslow, Linto, Increase Mather, Constance Wilder, and Jeremiah Barron. Additionally, new characters such as America’s first ranger, Captain Benjamin Church, bring this chapter of history to life like never before.

 

 

James W. George is a lover of history and historical fiction. He is a graduate of Boston University and a military veteran. He is currently residing in Virginia with his wife and children.
He published his critically-acclaimed debut novel, My Father’s Kingdom, in January 2017. The novel, set in 1671 New England, depicted the prelude to King Philip’s War. The Indie View gave it five stars: “This is high historical drama handled wonderfully…a tale that will fully engage you on every level.”
My Father’s Kingdom” is a planned trilogy, and book two, The Prophet and the Witch, was published in September 2017. This is an epic novel that spans the entire conflict of King Philip’s War, and includes such notable historical figures as Josiah Winslow, Increase Mather, Metacomet, Benjamin Church, and Mary Rowlandson. The Literary Titan awarded it five stars and a gold medal for October 2017. “Expertly written and instantly engaging from the first few pages…I was captivated…one of the more intellectual of reads.”

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Angus Freathy was born and educated in London – that’s the one in England, for you Ohio folks!

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he went to Switzerland to join Nestlé for a 2-year wandering assignment, which lasted 37 years and involved travel and work on every continent (except the cold ones at the top and bottom).

Periods of residence in the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland have resulted in a network of friends and acquaintances with an amazing range of world insight and a wide repertoire of mostly excellent jokes.

Since retirement, Angus and his (still working) wife, Debra have lived in Oregon, Maryland and are now in Dublin, Ohio, ‘the only place we have actually chosen to live since we have been married!’.

Following a crushing rejection by the BBC at the age of 19, Angus is re-activating a long-held ambition and launching a new career in voice-over, with the sole intention of having some fun and being in touch with some very talented people.

 

I found I was sorely lacking in my understanding of this time period during the growth of the colonies of North America.  I’m happy to see someone tried to unravel this difficult time, giving it life through a fictious story, yet following historical events. It’s true, it is understood the indigenous Indians didn’t take kindly to the colonists.  However, the colonists wouldn’t have survived their initial time in North America if it weren’t for the Indians.

This is a story, true to form, people, no matter what race, find something to harbor against each other. We see our present by reviewing our past.  In this historical fiction, Indian tribes fight against each other, the French and vice versa, the English colonists work the Indians against the other colonists to have the upper-hand in controlling the land taken from the Indians.  Add to the mix, religious inclinations.  It is rather a dismal time in history, one of greed, power, hardship and tragedy, and yes, there is hope.

If I had read or listened to book one of the series, I might have had a better grounding in what was happening.  The narrator moved the story along in one aspect, but I was a little confused on the other.  Perhaps it was my lack of the historical layout?

Freathy’s voiceover in singing was enjoyable, yet his various dialog voices for the various character kept me guessing who was speaking.  His French is very good and the dialog from the Frenchmen I enjoyed.  I liked the way he played up some of the witty dialog.  Noted, the women didn’t sound like women, so I didn’t catch on who Linto’s wife was when she spoke.  The Indian’s spoke with such a wide vocabulary, I had a hard time identifying they were from Indian tribes.  Author George wrote the dialog, so Freathy couldn’t really make it sound anything other than it was written.  Only in one scene, Linto spoke with broken English, and that was intentional, since he normally spoke fluent English.

I think if I listened to the story another time, I would get more out of the story and follow the historical events better.  There were different Indian tribes and several English colonists which were difficult to follow.  I admire the author’s attempt to shed some light on this epoch in the colonial history and look forward to his continued work.

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

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