Author: Kristin Jacques
Narrator: Amie Lyn Hornick
Length: 10 hours 24minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House⎮2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Gate Cycle, Book 1
Release date: June 12, 2020
"In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but they were already in our world, and they were hungry." (The Lost History, Library of Avergard)
Azure "Azzy" Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above. Magic-borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities - a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken. People twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread.
When Azzy’s brother Armin is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him, no matter what he becomes. The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe.
Armin is captured and bound for the auction block of Avergard - a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world. And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.
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About the Author: Kristin Jacques
Kristin Jacques is speculative fiction author and content creator from New England. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Wells College.
Her contemporary fantasy Ragnarök Unwound was published with Sky Forest Press in January of 2019. Her award-winning dark fantasy Marrow Charm was released from Parliament House Press in October 2019. In November 2019, Marrow Charm won the Fantasy Fiction category at American Bookfest. In 2020, she signed a four-book deal with City Owl Press for the paranormal series Midnight Guardians.
When not writing, she is juggling two rambunctious boys, spoiling her cats, and catching up on a massive TBR pile. She is currently working on projects full of magic, mystery, and delight.
About the Narrator: Amie Lyn Hornick
Amie Lyn Hornick is a professional audiobook narrator and producer with a true passion for bringing stories to life through engaging and versatile presentations. After graduating from St. Lawrence University with double majors in English and Psychology, she spent the next few years working in marketing and graphic design. For the last two years, however, she has completely immersed herself in the audiobook industry and has loved every minute of it. Based in Upstate New York, Amie spends much of her free time playing far too many video games and exploring the Adirondacks with her husband and two incredibly cute rescue dogs (who don't quite understand why their mom spends most days speaking in weird voices).
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2020
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 9
Release date: July 13, 2020
When the body of a naked man is found in the middle of a barren field, a rural community is left in shock - and fear.
Discovering that someone is offering money in return for information about the dead man and anyone connected to him, Detective Kay Hunter realises there is a dark side to the victim’s past.
When a key witness disappears and a web of deceit and lies threatens to derail the investigation, she fears the worst.
Can Kay and her team of detectives find out who is behind the man’s murder before another victim is targeted?
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Overall 5 Stars
Story 5 Stars
Performance 5 Stars
The Detective Kay Hunter Series is hands down one of my absolute favorites. I have completed the entire series via audiobooks. The narrator Alison Campbell is brilliant. She has brought to life each of these stories for me. She lends a unique voice to each character and the portrayal is congruent in every book.
Author Rachel Amphlett touches on a few dark issues with the story but she handled it very well. I devoured Turn to Dust just as I have all the previous books. Detective Hunter is a strong female lead character who is tenacious, strong, and supportive. I love her interactions with her husband. A highlight in each book is to see what animal he will be treating at home.
About the Author: Rachel Amphlett
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.
About the Narrator: Allison Campbell
Alison Campbell is an actress based in Bristol, U.K. She has lent her voice to 50+ audiobooks, cartoons, documentaries and dramas. She can be found treading the boards across the country, in everything from Shakespeare to hip hop kids adventures. On screen she has appeared in dramas and science documentaries, her most recent co star was a CGI elephant. She can also be found performing the Natural Theatre Company's award-winning surreal brand of interactive comedy around the globe.
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Mary is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her childrenâs chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.
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Kyle, Jack & Ryan: Devil Souls MC Novellas by LeAnn Ashers is releasing August 18th!
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Photographer: Wander Aguiar
- KYLE -
The second my eyes met hers, the world as I knew it stopped. All I could see was her. She took over my life and gave me everything I never even imagined I needed.
But her demons haunt her.
Luckily for her, I am a devil himself and demons are mine to handle.
- RYAN -
She came face-to-face with an entire club to protect her daughter.
I never expected to fall in love with her or to love her daughter like my own. But one thing is certain...
I will do anything to keep them safe, even if I have to kill every single member of the Satans Rejects MC to accomplish it.
- JACKSON -
I knew it the second I saw her crazy smile—she was for me. I put her on the back of my bike and brought her home with me, claiming her on the spot.
Someone from her past resurfaces and tries to take her from me.
Little does he know, he’s digging his own rave because to get to her, he needs to get through me.
Meet the men of the Devil Souls Motorcycle Club, the most notorious MC in Texas in this four-book bundle! This collection includes Torch, Techy, Butcher, Liam.
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MEET THE AUTHOR:
LeAnn Ashers is a blogger-turned-author who spends her days reading and writing. She released her debut novel early 2016, and can't wait to see where this adventure continues to take her. LeAnn enjoys writing about strong-minded females and swoon-worthy, protective alpha males who love their women unconditionally.
Author: Apryl Baker
Genre: Adult Dystopian\Paranormal Romance
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Author: Marlene M. Bell
Narrator: Katina Kalin
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes
Series: Annalisse Series, Book 2
Release date: May 13, 2020
To find her missing aunt, she has to unearth the secrets of the past. But lies and deceit run though the very heart of their town...
What started out as a promising relationship with adventurer and tycoon Alec Zavos has fizzled into an uncertain future for antiquities expert Annalisse Drury. Returning to Walker Farm in Upstate New York to see her Aunt Kate should have been a welcome homecoming and distraction. Instead, she finds the childhood home she expected to inherit is for sale, without her permission. What’s worse, Kate’s ranch manager makes a gruesome discovery in the barn: the body of an unidentified man, dead by foul play.
Annalisse turns in Alec’s direction for help. She and her aunt shelter on his estate in the Catskills while the authorities canvass the scene. But when Kate herself disappears without a trace, Annalisse fears the worst: That one of the many secrets of her hometown has ensnared her family - a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden.
About the Author: Marlene M. Bell
Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist as well as a photographer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living, and Sheep Industry News, to name a few.
Her catalog venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of her desire to locate personalized sheep stationery. She rarely found sheep products through catalogs and set out to design them herself. Order Ewephoric gifts online or request a catalog at TexasSheep.com.
Marlene and her husband, Gregg, reside in beautiful East Texas on a wooded ranch with their dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep, a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, along with Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks, the cats that believe they rule the household—and do.
Author: Shelly Hickman
Narrator: Jazmine Ramay
Length: 5 hours 30minutes
Publisher: Shelly Hickman⎮2020
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Series: Fortytude, Book Two
Release date: Jun. 10, 2020
Although this is a sequel, it may be heard as a stand-alone novel.
The sequel to Vegas to Varanasi catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age?
First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing?
Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry.
Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily-ever-after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change”.
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About the Author: Shelly Hickman
I’m a Las Vegas native who received both my Bachelor’s degree in Art and Masters degree in Elementary Education from UNLV. Pre-pandemic, I spent my days teaching computer science to middle schoolers. When we shifted to remote instruction, it was an adventure I don’t care to revisit. My hope is that it won’t still be necessary when school starts in the Fall. I celebrated my 30-year anniversary with my husband in June and we have two grown children. Though I’ve written five novels, my reading preference is usually nonfiction. Watching anything comedic is one of my favorite pastimes. (Netflix’s new series Space Force is my latest love. Check it out.) Oh, and I love musicals! Early this year, I started a YouTube channel that focuses on life topics for women over forty, but I haven’t decided if I’m any good at it.
How did you select your narrator?
It was easy for this title because Jazmine read the first book in the series, Vegas to Varanasi, and did such a fantastic job. I was so happy she was willing to read the second book as well. I initially chose her because 1) she has a lovely voice; 2) she is awesome with accents; and 3) her training and background as an actor shines through when she reads.
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? Because we had already worked together on the first book, this one was a breeze. At least it was for me. (I can’t speak for Jazmine.) For book one, we worked much more closely, and I’ll admit we struggled at first with Kiran’s character. I’m sure I drove her nuts because I was persnickety about how I wanted him to come across. However, once we got to book two, Jazmine knew all the characters so well that I was barely part of the process!
Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing?
Hell. Yes. Though I wasn’t living with a new relationship, (I’ve been married thirty years now), I was pretty much living with all the symptoms of perimenopause that poor Anna endures. The hot flashes, the horrendous periods, peach fuzz on the face, etc., etc. I thought it would be fun to open up about such matters (and others I won’t go into here) in a light-hearted way so that other women my age wouldn’t feel so freakish and alone. Be warned, a few readers said the honesty was a bit much for them.
What do you hope your readers or listeners will take away from this book? There are a lot of family problems in this story, and that’s the way life gets sometimes. I think the only way we get to the other side of tough times is through our love and support of each other, being honest with each other, and keeping a sense of humor whenever possible. That’s what I hope to convey through this story and characters.
When writing a series, how do you keep things fresh, for both you and your readers?
With each story, I try to place my characters in new and unique circumstances so I can explore the relationships - given their personalities, histories, and stage in their lives. I admire authors who can achieve this beyond two or three books, at least when they’re character driven like mine. Some readers have asked if there will be more of Anna and Kiran after book 3. As of now I have no plans to continue their story, but who knows? It’s possible one day those characters will call to me again to tell the story of their golden years.
If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
Sarah Jessica Parker as Anna and Hrithik Roshan as Kiran. If you haven’t heard of him, Google! You won’t regret it. ;-)
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
I love audiobooks, however, most that I listen to are nonfiction rather than novels. As I’ve gotten older, I lack the attention required to finish a book, even when I find it enjoyable. I don’t know what it is. Audiobooks are great because I can listen to them to and from work, though more recently I’ve been into podcasts.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
As a teacher, I think this is a valid argument when referring to young people. The more you read “for real,” the better reader you will become. However, adult life is often so busy and full that many people don’t have the time, or energy, to read when they do have the time. Audiobooks make reading much more accessible to those who might not otherwise “open a book.”
If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
I’ve always had a love for the 1940s – the clothes, the music, the style – so it would probably be that time period (after the war). One of my favorite albums as a kid was “That’s Entertainment.” It was one of those double albums that opened like a book and held a 33 vinyl on each side, and it had a ton of songs from musicals of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. I adored Judy Garland, and remember driving my mom insane one day when I played “On the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe” a bazillion times on my record player.
What’s next for you?
For now, I feel like I’ve lost my writing mojo, but I still need some sort of creative outlet. So in January I started a YouTube channel aimed at women over forty. We’ll see how it goes. So far, I have nine subscribers. Haha!
About the Narrator: Jazmine Ramay
Jazmine Ramay is a working actor based out of Los Angeles. She currently spends most of her career in the Voice over world but also loves to sing-starting her own Jazz band and exploring opera and musical theatre. A graduate of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts) and the Cabaret Conference at YALE, her credits include Cory (Barefoot in the Park), Penelope (Penelopiad), Jenny (Distracted), and the 2nd Wyrd Sister (Macbeth). Jazmine has worked in Theatre, Film and Television and has had appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill . She was in the original cast of B Street Theatre’s hit production of Bars and Measures. Her all time favourite role was Gwendolyn in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As a voiceover actor she works full-time and commits to making more great projects in the years to come.
Author: Vicki-Ann Bush
Narrator: Marcus Rothenberg
Length: 8 hours and 38 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House⎮2020
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release date: June 10, 2020
For Alex McKenna, high school is just a distraction from the love of his life Margaret, with whom he can't wait to spend more time once they get to college. In many respects, Alex is just an average 17-year-old boy...except for the fact he's a transgender medium born from a long line of Strega witches, possessing the ability to communicate with ghosts.
With the help of Margaret and his talented Strega great-grandmother, Alex will learn how to strengthen his abilities. The dead need Alex to help them reconcile issues they left behind, and he finds that he needs them, too.
As his abilities multiply, assisting the dead becomes an outlet to channel his new energy, giving him the strength to come to terms with who he is as a transgender male and how far he will choose to go.
About the Author: Vicki-Ann Bush
Originally from New York, Vicki-Ann currently resides in Nevada. Writing Young Adult paranormal, she finds inspiration from events that have been in her life for as long as she can remember. Inheriting the sensitivity to the supernatural from her family, they continue to be an endless source of vision.
Newly released on September 24, 2019 from The Parliament House, the YA Paranormal LGBTQ, Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths. A series of books that will feature a seventeen year old, transgender boy with paranormal abilities.
Author has several titles that have received Reader's Favorite Five Star seal, as well as the 2017 & 2018 winner of, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.
Coming October 20th, 2020, the release of book 2, Alex McKenna & The Academy of Souls.
About the Narrator: Marcus Rothenberg
Marcus Rothenberg is a voiceover artist born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. After high school, Marcus joined the Air Force as an air traffic controller. Once out of the service, he began to pursue his passions, including his dream career as a voice over artist. Marcus began pursuing voice work full time in November of 2019. Since then, he has lent his voice to multiple projects ranging from commercials, to commissioned Dungeons and Dragons character voices, to full length audiobooks. He currently lives back in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois and is continuing to use his voice to fuel his passion. When Marcus is not recording, he enjoys table top games, video games, reading, and kayaking.
Title: Half Truths
Author: Rachael Brownell
Genre: An Opposites Attract Romance
Cover Designer: Pink Ink Designs
Publication Date: August 17th, 2020
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All-American boy meets broken girlâ¦ at rehab?
It will never work.
How could it?
Alex is Chicago royalty. Harley considers herself Las Vegas trash. While heâs been handed everything his entire life, she scrapes to make ends meet. Still, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Both long to break free from the stereotypes of their upbringing and embrace each moment together. Yet, neither are ready to share all of who they are.
Their bitter realities.
Does their budding relationship stand a chance under a blanket of secrecy? Or will owning their truth set them free?
Rachael Brownell is an award-winning romance author. She resides in the midwest with her husband, son, and fur-babies. A morning person at heart, Rachael is a coffee addict who enjoys writing characters readers can connect with. Sheâs also known for placing those same characters in situations that will make you feel like youâre right there with them, going through the experience.
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