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June is Audiobook Month


June is Audiobook Month!

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June is audiobook month. I am a SERIOUS audiobook addict. Any moment I’m not working, I’m listening. I can carry on conversations and go about my day with the book still going, rarely having to rewind as long as it’s not an involved conversation. I mean, I take breaks, of course lol. My husband likes to talk occasionally. 😉 But even with the people who enable my habit (thank you, by the way 😊), with my Audible membership, and with whispersync audio so I never actually pay full price for an audiobook, it can be an expensive habit. However, it’s worth EVERY penny to my sanity.

I have thousands of kindle books lol, but even when I have the book itself, I get upset and just say, “oh well,” if I can’t find the audio. Reading used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world to do. When my job made it hard to differentiate between work and pleasure reading, listening became a lifeline I grasped with both hands. (It’s harder to hear mistakes, though I still find myself hearing them more the longer I listen lol).

Listening takes books and makes them into movies in my head–complete with different character voices if the narrator is good. (I only listen to good narrators. If I can’t handle the person’s voice, I can’t make it through the book. That is one of the only downs to audio. The other is that not every book is available on audio.)

Audio, just as paper or electronic books used to do (and still do in work), transport me out to places I’ve never been and takes me on adventures that leave me reeling. The best thing about audio is that you don’t have to just sit and take hours doing nothing. You can clean while surviving the apocalypse, you can walk the track while sailing the high seas, you can drive while falling in love with a new character, and you can sit through your kids many practices and games “watching” with the secret earbud in your ear while you find the cure for the zombie outbreak.

I always thought I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on them. That because my brain never stops, I wouldn’t comprehend them. It was a challenge at first. It’s something you have to kind of teach yourself. And depending on your mood, some days are harder than others. But eight times out of ten, it’s a seamless connection. One that calms my heart rate, soothes my worries, sweeps away my stress, and allows my brain to find the peace it needs.

If you have an anxious brain or one that never stops with the worrying, what haves, what might bes, what you need to do, what everyone else needs, etc, audio is like a Xanax. It’s allows for me time with a simple slip of a bud in your ear. With only one in, you can stay attuned to the world, listen to your kids, answer questions, and live a normal life. But when you get the rare chance to slip them both in, it’s a transportation to a place that only exists in the ether of you and the words. It’s bliss.

Audio has transformed all the mundane parts of my life that were usually filled with my brain on overdrive into enjoyable tasks (well, cleaning is never enjoyable lol, but a book makes it bearable 😉). It opened up more opportunities to experience new things. It got me off the couch in my spare time.

This month, I challenge you to try an audiobook. Pick one you’ve wanted to read, listen to the sample and make sure the narrator is a great one, or ask for recommendations. Keep an open mind and slip on the headphones. (Wireless ones where you can choose to put in one or both buds are the best.) Escape to another world while you do your chores or on your commute. Let me know how you like it. ‪#‎audiobookmonth‬ ‪#‎iloveaudio‬

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My recommendations for audiobooks are:

Until the End of the World is free on Amazon, so don’t use these series as your free Audible credits if you are a new member. It is whispersync ready, which means if you buy the kindle book for $0.00, you get the audio for a reduced rated. I think it was like $2.99 after buying the eBook. The whole series is amazing. I think they are all also whispersync ready. However, the novella, So Long, Lollipops, is FREE on Audible, but $0.99 on Amazon, so don’t buy it on Amazon. Don’t listen to it first either. It has to be listened to after the first book.

 

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles is also an amazing series that you must check out. The narrator is so good. If you are new to Audible, these are the books you should get for free when you sign up.

 

 

 

 

Of course, anybody who knows me knows I LOVE Harry Potter. The audio of the books is amazing. Even if you have read the books, you must listen to them. It is a whole new experience altogether.


 

 

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Clean Teen Publishing Audio Giveaway


NEW GIVEAWAY!

 

Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing are excited to share our new April giveaway! Do you hate long car rides and traffic? Are you tired of the same old cleaning the house routine? Do you find yourself wishing you had more time to read? If so, then we have the answer for you: LISTEN TO FICTION! Audio books can not only help fight road rage, it can add a little spice to your normal routine. Pop in those earphones or crank up the volume and listen to an exciting story. Having someone read a book to you is an amazing experience that takes us back to childhood. It’s a whole different way to take in a novel. This is why we are offering 6 audio books valued at $19.95 each to 6 winners! That’s about $120 in prizes this month. Help us celebrate our newest audio book releases and take a moment to enter this awesome giveaway! (PS: For all of those people who say they never win anything, guess what? Your odds are great with 6 prizes being given away this month!)

CHECK OUT THESE NEW AUDIO BOOKS AND ENTER THE GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

NEW AUDIO RELEASE: KINDLING FLAMES: GATHERING TINDER by Julie Wetzel

61zXMgyMD-L._SL150_Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area.


RIVER OF BONES by Angela J. Townsend

51ENrKSDPGL._SL150_When 17-year-old Dharma Moore moves to Bayou country so her scam-artist mother can work as a Paranormal Investigator, she discovers that more than ghosts haunt the abandoned plantation they now call home. Centuries ago, a voodoo curse was placed on the swamp waters surrounding the old plantation by a murdered slave. This terrible curse ensnares Dharma with its deadly effects. To save herself, she must face the terror of the haunted waters, find the dead woman’s skull, and convince the slave’s soul to release her from its torments. When Dharma discovers an ancient secret that links her to the property – a secret kept from her by her own family – she realizes that the curse is more personal to her than she ever imagined. To survive, Dharma must accept the help of the locals, and put her trust in the handsome gardener, Wolf Bodine – who is the only one crazy enough to come near the plantation. With his help, Dharma must learn to embrace the truth and accept that magic is not only real…but that it can be very, very deadly!


THE KEY by Jennifer Anne Davis

61PlQtmWI7L._SL150_His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else… his brother.

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.


SWEET CONTRADICTION by Peggy Martinez

617tN5l052L._SL150_When Beth Michaels hightailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One – get as far away as quickly as possible, and two -never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral.

There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating.

#1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type.

#2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal.

#3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem.

Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.

Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior. His own… Sweet Contradiction.


THE WOODLANDS by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

51pb-vt8s2L._SL150_ Rosa never thought she’d make it to 16….

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a “raceless” race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.

The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.


QUEEN OF SOMEDAY by Sherry D. Ficklin

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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia – at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophia has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family – and herself – Sophia vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophia will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?


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