Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Snow Falling on BluegrassNarrated by Amanda Ronconi

I do think Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi make a perfect audiobook pair. Ms. Ronconi narrates all of Ms. Harper’s books and there is a simpatico to the combination that works for me. Amanda Ronconi has the comedic timing necessary to get maximum laughs from the comedy aspects of the story, as well as the emotional range to convey the often-rocky journey to love that Ms. Harper’s characters experience. Snow Falling on Bluegrass is, in that respect, no different.

This is the third instalment in the Bluegrass series, set among the staff of the Kentucky Tourism Commission. This book is the longest of the series so far, coming in at just over 6 hours – I’d compare it to a longish Read the rest of this entry »

Deceptive Innocence by Kyra Davis

51C14lqUw0L._SL300_Narrated by Gabra Zackman

Deceptive Innocence was originally published in three novella-length installments. Earlier this year, they were combined into one volume. I was really pleased to see that Audible, Inc. chose to record the compilation, as I’m a huge fan of books based around revenge, but not such a fan of novellas.

Our heroine calls herself Bell. We don’t know her age, although I would guess, based on things mentioned in the story, that she’s no older than twenty-two. She purposely keeps most things in her life a secret, for Bell has a plan, and, in order to pull it off, every secret must remain hidden. Read the rest of this entry »

Chained by Night by Larissa Ione 

Chained by NightNarrated by Amy Landon

I loved this feel-good paranormal romance that leaves you with the warm and fuzzy feeling that good always triumphs over evil. Moreover, I’m a sucker for an underdog, and this novel features the “ugly duckling” trope, making the triumph that much more satisfying. This was my first experience with Larissa Ione, but I have no doubt that I will be seeking out more of her works in the future, as this well-written PNR reminded me of why I used to be so in love with this sub-genre:  the fantasy/adventure was riveting, the suspense was mind-provoking, and the romantic tension was tantalizing! Further adding to the allure of this audiobook is the fantastic narration by Amy Landon, who does a wonderful job of bringing this Read the rest of this entry »

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries

how the scoundrel seducesNarrated by Corrie James

In the first book in this series, What the Duke Desires, we learned that Viscount Rathmoor had two families – two sons (George and Dominick) by his late wife, and a son and daughter (Tristan and Lisette) by his French mistress of twenty years. The viscount’s failure to provide for all his children leads to a last-ditch death-bed attempt to add a codicil to his will, but he is thwarted by George, who destroys it in front of Tristan and then orders him, his mother and his sister to leave the estate before his father’s body is even cold.

In How the Scoundrel Seduces, we see those events and subsequent fall-out from Tristan’s point of Read the rest of this entry »

Ilona Andrews’ Burn for Me from a Newbie’s POV

Editor’s Note: On Monday, we ran Kaetrin’s review of Burn for Me. Kaetrin is a longtime Andrews audio fan as are several of us here at AudioGals. We thought it would be interesting to hear as well from a romance listener who has never read Ilona Andrews work or listened to Renee Raudman. 

Burn for MeNarrated by Renee Raudman

Although I’m a longtime paranormal/urban fantasy romance listener, I had not had the pleasure of experiencing one of Ilona Andrews’ works. So when I saw she was releasing a new series, I jumped at the chance to listen to Burn for Me.

Wow, what a complex and intricate world she has woven! I loved that this series was so original and different from the other titles I have read or listened to in this genre. I will warn you though, that given this complexity, it definitely took a while for me to warm up to this title, as there is quite a bit of necessary world-building before the real action begins. In that regard, I will note as well that the romance also does Read the rest of this entry »

Ilona Andrews in Audio – A Complete List

Burn for MeAll of Ilona Andrews full length titles are available in audio format and each is narrated by Renee Raudman. Ms Raudman also narrates three of seven novellas the Andrews have contributed to anthologies over the years.

We’ve updated our list of the Andrews’ work in audio to include Burn for Me along with a coming soon (11/25/14) novella, Magic Steals, set in the Kate Dainels’ world. All of the novellas are included in chronological order in the directory below.

You won’t want to miss any of these audio delights!

Burn For Me (10/28/2014) Hidden Legacy series Book 1 – Harper Audio release 10/28/2014. Narrated by Renee Raudman. Read the rest of this entry »

A Recorded Interview with the Ilona Andrews Writing Team and Narrator Renee Raudman

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Renee Raudman with Ilona & Gordon – the Ilona Andrews writing team

Ilona Andrews introduces us to a new world today with the release of Burn for Me, the first in her Hidden Legacy series. We’re big fans of Andrews’ Kate Daniels and The Edge series as well as narrator Renee Raudman and we couldn’t resist making a big deal out of it all.

Although I didn’t realize it until after I listened to the first six entries in the Kate Daniels series and the entire Edge series, Ilona Andrews is actually a husband and wife writing team – Ilona and Gordon. Last week, Renee, Ilona, and Gordon joined me in talking about Burn for Me, their past series (Renee narrates all of the Andrews titles), and writing and/or performing in general. Now I want to start listening to those series all over again!

You may listen to our talk directly from AudioGals on your computer, tablet, or phone (my favorite way of listening). You can also download and listen on your iPod or MP3 player. Although it’s not an official podcast, we think it fits the description of such perfectly.

The Giveaway

We’re giving away SIX downloadable copies of Burn for Me courtesy of AudioGals. Our first two winners were chosen last night and we’ll select another two tonight. The final two will be chosen on Wednesday night so be sure to check it out and enter for your chance to win.

Listening 

 

Thanks to Gordon, Ilona and Renee for joining us. And a very special thanks to our behind-the-scenes technical Gal, Brenda, the producer of our recorded events.

Lea Hensley

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