The Pact by Karina Halle

The PactNarrated by Lidia Dornet and Shaun Grindell

In April of 2014, I discovered Karina Halle’s Artist Trilogy. Ever since then, I’ve been a fan of her edgy writing style and true-life characters. So, when The Pact became available for review, I was glad to snap it up.

Stephanie Robson and Linden McGregor have been best friends since they were twenty-one and started working at a bar owned by a mutual friend. Both are fun-loving people, who are intent on living life to the absolute fullest. Stephanie dreams of opening a clothing boutique, while Linden dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot. They also both dream of marriage and having a family, but dating can be hard and stressful. Read the rest of this entry »

Playing The Odds by Nora Roberts 

Playing the OddsNarrated by Angela Dawe

 Lovers of Nora Roberts’ traditional contemporary romances will not want to miss the opportunity to listen to Playing the Odds, Book 1 in Ms. Robert’s long running series, The MacGregors, which was originally published in print in the 1980s. Narrated by Angela Dawe, this tale centers around the theme of “Betting on Love” and is a great representation of why publishers should consider bringing favorite backlist titles to life through the creation of an audiobook with a good narrator. Ms. Dawe definitely tilts the odds in favor of reliving this classic tale in audio format.

Serena MacGregor is tired of having her life predetermined for her. Growing up in a well to do family and having attended the right schools, she was well on her way to following straight into her parents’ selected path until she decided to rebel. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals – July 30th 2015

Woman listening

What are the Gals listening to this week? If you are looking for your next listen, consider trying out one of these along with the reviewer. Read the rest of this entry »

A Chat with Lucinda Brant & Alex Wyndham, a Giveaway, and First Chapter Listen

Lucinda Brant

Lucinda Brant

I discovered Lucinda Brant through two reviews of her Alec Halsey historical fiction series here at AudioGals written by Caz (Deadly Engagement) and Kaetrin (Deadly Affair). Both highly praised Alex Wyndham, narrator of the series, giving him an A grade. I had only listened to an hour of Alex’s narration of Midnight Marriage before I too was praising his skills which are remarkable to say the least. Kaetrin, Caz, and I all agree that Alex could give Nicholas Boulton – easily the most praised male narrator I’ve seen in the romance genre – a run for his money. You can discover more about Alex at his AudioGals Narrator’s Page.

And then there is Ms. Brant’s superb writing of both historical fiction and historical romance. It’s not cliched in the least offering the listener a detailed look into the Georgian era.

The first in the Roxton Family Saga historical romance series, Midnight Marriage, releases today. Within the next few months it will be followed by another three series entries. With Alex Wyndham’s narration and Ms. Brant’s writing, we just knew it was something we needed to celebrate.

Today, I’m chatting with Lucinda and Alex and we have a First Chapter Listen of Midnight Marriage as well. AND, of course, there is the Giveaway. We’re giving away ten sets of the first two audio releases in the series – Midnight Marriage and Autumn Duchess. Autumn Duchess will be released in mid-August and will be available for download upon release.

Also, immediately below this post, you will find Caz’s review of Midnight Marriage. So – lots to entertain you today!

 

The Giveaway

We’re giving away ten (10) sets of Midnight Marriage and Autumn Duchess (Audible downloads). Entry is simple. Just complete the easy entry form found at the bottom of the page by midnight (CST) Friday, July 31st. No comments are necessary to enter although we’d love to hear your thoughts in our discussion area. You may only enter once – anyone entering more than once will be disqualified. We’ll contact the ten winners on August 1st so watch your email as we must have acknowledgement of your win within 24 hours. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll select another winner.

 

Chatting with Lucinda and Alex

Alex Wyndham

Alex Wyndham

LEA  Welcome Lucinda and Alex to AudioGals! We’re thrilled to have you with us today.

ALEX  Thank you very much!

LUCINDA  Thank you, Lea! It’s wonderful to be here. :)

LEA  Lucinda, I know you write in more than one genre. How would you describe your books?

LUCINDA  Character driven Georgian historical romances and mysteries, with lots of drama, adventure, a sprinkling of eccentric characters and a villain or two to keep things interesting. And of course the reader/listener gets an immersive experience in my Georgian world. As one reviewer put it “When you read a Lucinda Brant novel you are THERE in the 18th Century”. Another reviewer said my stories are “Heart-wrenching dramas with a Happily Ever After”, which pretty much sums up the emotional content. Perhaps we should put Alex on the spot and ask him how he would describe them (he’s now read enough of them!) :)

ALEX  Oh sure! Well for me they had that rare Georgette Heyer quality of being smart and sensitive enough to elevate themselves above a lot of historical/romantic fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

Midnight Marriage by Lucinda Brant

Midnight MarriageNarrated by Alex Wyndham

Midnight Marriage is the second book in Lucinda Brant’s Roxton Family saga, but is the first of them to be made available in audio. It works perfectly well as a standalone, and the good news is that the other books, all of them narrated by the hugely talented Alex Wyndham (squee!), will be released in the coming months.

The book opens with the Midnight Marriage of the title. Twelve-year-old Deborah Cavendish is roused from sleep, drugged and taken to her brother’s study, where she is faced by her brother Gerald and two older men she does not know, one of whom is obviously a man of some consequence. Read the rest of this entry »

Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle

Life After PerfectNarrated by Mary Robinette Kowal

I liked the blurb of Life After Perfect when I read it. I hoped for a book similar to Robyn Carr’s Virgin River. There were some similarities in the set up; a woman moves to a small town to change her life, meets a local guy, they fall in love, HEA. There are some differences too – this local guy is a doctor, whose wife died of cancer two years earlier, and the heroine isn’t a widow – she’s a wife who’s been cheated on. Robyn Carr books have tended to become too women’s fiction-y for my liking, with more focus on other characters or the heroine’s personal growth than the romance. But I loved Virgin River and I was really hoping that Life After Perfect would give me that same happy buzz. Unfortunately, there was nowhere near enough romance and it, too, was way too women’s fiction-y for my liking. Read the rest of this entry »

The Trouble With Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson

The Trouble with Valentine's DayNarrated by Kathleen Early

The Trouble With Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite Rachel Gibson books. It’s been years since I read it though and I was curious to see how well the story would hold up. Lea told me Kathleen Early is great so I felt comfortable taking a punt on a new-to-me narrator.

This book is part of the Seattle Chinooks hockey series but it really has only a peripheral relationship to the sport. The hero, Rob Sutter, used to play for the Chinooks. That’s about it.

Kate Hamilton is in a resort in Sun Valley on Valentine’s Day, feeling lonely and sad as single people who don’t want to be single often do on that day. Read the rest of this entry »

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