Books, Characters, Polls, Updates

Audiobooks at a Standstill

I’m at a standstill with these audiobooks. I’d found a voice that I really, really liked, but she got very sick toward the end of last year and since then I’ve been looking again.

However, I wanted to ask for some feedback from you all in regards to audiobooks and have put this into a poll format so you can give your feedback without exposing your identity!

First, I’m curious what your take is on a British accent or no? While the books are based in England, are you thinking of them that way when you read them? So do they need a British accent on the recording or is that too distracting?

Second, which book should I start with? When I first started looking, I thought to start with the first book of my newest series because A. it was one of my newest books, and B. chronologically, it’s the best place to start: the beginning. However, it has been my worst overall performer in regards to ebook sales and interest, so is it really the best one to start with? My other options are starting way back with book 1 (which, I’m not sure is the best idea from a business strategy because that book is free, so why pay $15-20 for the audio version). I could go with Sudden and do the entire Groom Series as my first set of audiobooks since that series is complete. I could go with Contract like I’d originally planned and go in chronological order. OR I could start with Jilted. While all of the others I’ve mentioned are books 1 in a series, to me it feels like this newest series is a two-part series where books 1 and 3 could be “like” first books. Of course I’m open to other suggestions, too!

Finally…Female or Male voice, or does it matter?

In other news…my son won the prize yesterday at his school (out of the entire school, not just his classroom) for his “unique” costume! I was so excited for him as neither of my kids have ever won up there before (I swear it’s rigged as the same kids always win).

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Characters

Character Interview with Paul Grimes, Hero in Liberty for Paul

Last month when Intentions of the Earl came out I spent a week giving a rundown of each character (main and secondary), but this time I thought I’d just let the characters speak for themselves and post a small part of my character interviews, starting with Paul the hero from my recent release Liberty for Paul.

Good afternoon, Paul. Thank you for agreeing to talk to me (like you had a choice).

No problem. It’s my pleasure and…er…duty.

Oh, stop that scowling. Just saying the word duty isn’t going to lead to talks of propriety. At least not from me.

Good.

Good. Tell us, how would you describe yourself?

Physically?

Yes, and your personality traits if you will.

Hmm, well, I’m slightly above average height, I have green eyes, blondish hair, wear spectacles. I don’t know what else you want me to say.

Do you have any distinguishing marks or scars on your body?

(Coughs) Yes…er…a scar. Next.

By the way you’re blushing, Mr. Grimes, I daresay you have something to hide.

No, nothing to hide.

So you do have something. interesting. And where, pray tell, is it?

That information is unnecessary. Next question, please.

Fine. I’ll let the matter drop. For now.

Thank you.

You’re welcome. All right, what are your feelings about Liberty Banks?

(No immediate answer)

Sir, unclamp your jaw, please and answer the question.

Liberty and I have an unusual relationship.

That’s an understatement. Now, would you be so kind as to explain your relationship with Miss Banks?

It’s a love-hate relationship really. See, we both love to hate each other. Kind of. Well, actually no. It’s more like she has a passionate hatred that seems to consume her soul toward me and I just merely find her annoying. Unfortunately, her undisputable hatred for me has led to several…shall we say, uncomfortable moments for me.

Such as?

Where to start… Let’s see, she’s openly called me a coward and questioned my manhood, she’s “inadvertently” elbowed me in the groin and she’s hurled a book at my head that knocked me unconscious and left a bump the size of an egg on my forehead for a week.

Hmm, that doesn’t sound very endearing.

No. It doesn’t.

So is it safe to say you wouldn’t enjoy being married to her?

Now, that, Ms. Gordon is an understatement. I have no desire to be in a room with her, let alone married to her.

All right, calm down. We won’t speak of her anymore. Let’s talk instead about you.

What would you like to know?

Who is Lucy Whitaker to you?

I didn’t see that one coming. She’s a woman I once admired.

Admired?

All right. I proposed to her. But it was a long time ago and I don’t wish to discus her, her son, her wretched aunt or anything that has to do with that family.

Understood. Let’s talk about your relationship with John Banks. How exactly did you and Liberty’s father become acquainted?

He agreed to act as my mentor last spring when I approached him about a sticky situation that was going on in my church.

 A sticky situation, you say? Care to divulge?

Not really.

Mr. Grimes, I’d have never thought you’d be so difficult to interview. You’ve a mark upon your person you don’t wish to discuss, a former love interest you’re not inclined to talk about and now you hint at secrets you will not share. You seem to be far more interesting than the bore we met in Intentions of the Earl. Do you have anything further to say for yourself?

No. I don’t think so. Oh, wait. Something about the way you’re looking at me just now makes me think I’m going to marry, fall in love with and share all my secrets–including my scar, former proposal, and unpleasant church situation–with that hoyden Liberty Banks.

You’re a smart man, Mr. Grimes. All those things and so much more will be happening to you very soon!

Books, Books and Movies

Good book AND movie?

Very rarely does a movie made based on a book rival the book.

In fact, I can only think of two right off the top of my head that without a doubt rival the book: Where the Red Fern Grows and Gone With the Wind.

When I was about nine, I read…er…had read to me is perhaps a more accurate statement, Where the Red Fern Grows.

Being a nine year-old girl it was a little difficult for me to get into the story at first. I mean, give me a break, the story was about a pre/early teen boy who longed for a pair of hunting dogs. Yawn. (Oh, and I should probably mention my interest in dogs at that age rivaled my interest in boys/hunting in general: none.)

But then, somewhere along the way, interest sparked.

Perhaps it was the trouble Billy encountered while training his dogs or the excitement of his hunts. And don’t forget the bet Billy took against Ruben and Rainie which turned into a high (treeing the ghost coon) and an unsettling low (Ruben tripping on Billy’s axe and dying). Which could only be rivaled by the highs and lows Billy encountered at the hunting championship.

And then, came the tragic, yet bittersweet ending…

Why does the movie rival the book? Is it just because it sticks so close to the plots and subplots of the book they’re nearly interchangeable? Yes, and no. Thankfully, someone who’s read the book can watch the movie without rolling their eyes every few minutes about the inconsistencies. However, without having to read the book first, it’s very easy to pick up on the true feelings, struggles and motives of the characters–due to good acting, directing and most definitely, excellent script writing.

For most of the secondary characters in the movie (mother, father, Grandpa, to name a few) this was not their first role. However, for the actor who played Billy Coleman (Stewart Petersen) this was his first role. And while I do understand he had to possess some talent for acting or he wouldn’t have gotten the role, nor polled it off so well, it was clear the writer of the script had read and fallen in love with the book in order to write such a parallel script.

To be continued…

Books, Intentions of the Earl, Scandalous Sisters Series

Intentions, Good or Bad?

 

It’s hard to believe it was nearly a year ago that I shoved a slip of paper in the middle of the novel I was reading, tossed it on the counter and plopped down behind my laptop, intent on writing a story about a plot I’d never read before.

Sure every Regency romance reader has read about an impoverished lord who is out to gain his fortune by duping some wealthy chit (usually a naive debutante or an old maid) into marrying him so he can have her dowry. In the end it comes out in one way or another that he’d only married her for her money, but fell in love with her along the way…blah, blah, blah. Very plain, boring and quite frankly overdone.

But what if the hero’s intentions were not so noble, hmm? What if the hero would gain the fortune he needs not by marrying an heiress, but by not marrying her? And what if said hero loses his heart to her along the way, but is forced to choose between marrying the woman he loves and remaining impoverished or doesn’t marry her in order to regain his much-needed fortune?