Narrator: Smokey St. Clair
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes
Publisher: Measha Stone⎮2018
Series: Ever After, Book 1
Release date: June 28, 2018
When Ellie's father is taken by a group of thugs planning to take his life in exchange for his debts, it's no surprise she goes running straight into the beast's lair. After all, Ellie Stevens has been her father's keeper for as long as she can remember.
However, Ashland Titon isn't a man of mercy. If you owe, you pay. End of story. His unrelenting control has built his empire, and he's not going to give over that power now. But when Ellie charges into his life with her demands and possibilities of sweet surrender, her offer proves too tempting to pass up.
Yet there's more at play here than just working off a debt. There are secrets buried in the shadows and dangerous desires to be explored. While the two of them dance to a sensual beat, outside forces threaten Ashland's empire, and Ellie must decide where her heart truly lies - and what she's truly willing to risk for love.
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- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? I do get burned out occasionally. Especially if I’ve been working on several projects in a row without much of a break between. The best way I combat it once it’s happened is to step away from all things writing. I take a few days vacation from business and craft. To keep it from happening, I usually take a week off from any sort of writing other than administrative stuff between the ending of one book and getting started on the thought process of the next.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? I love audiobooks! It’s why I finally made the jump and started to publish my books in audio. I listen to an audio on my morning walks; it makes the time fly away. In fact, I’ve actually extended walks just so I can listen to the next chapter of a book. I love the narration and acting in an audiobook. The characters really come alive especially if the book has a character with an accent.
- 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 the main character’s, Ashland Titon, tone comes across much more clearly in audio. He’s an alpha male who’s very stern, and hearing the voice mirror the words really brings him to life.
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go? Absolutely, I would use it. So long as it was just to visit, and not to remain, I’d visit England and Scotland during the 1500’s.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? I would say they are dead wrong. Hearing words and reading words aren’t all that different. And when you listen to them, you actually hear them pronounced properly. Even when a story is being read to you— like in an audiobook— your mind is still absorbing the scene. You still get to envision the characteristics of the character, the setting, the time of the story. You’re still making inferences. The same things you do while reading, you do while listening.