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Great new review of ‘Emily’s Stories’ audio book

“Kelley Hazen performs the narration in a solid voice that is exhilaratingly fresh and young and old sounding as appropriate.  Her accent is accurate and captures the essence of each character perfectly.  I found her voice mesmerizing and comforting at the same time.” – Audio Book Reviewer

After a book has been out for several years, nothing makes an author’s or a narrator’s day any better than finding a great new review. (Click on the link to see the rest of the review.) Sure, I’m probably biased, but Kelley Hazen did a stunning job with this book of three stories which are geared toward family reading/listening.

Perhaps your family will discover Emily’s Stories, too.




Don’t forget to submit your audiobooks to AudioFile Magazine

Once your audiobook is done, it isn’t done until you submit a review copy to AudioFile Magazine. The submissions guidelines are here. They’re considered “the Bible” for AudioBook reviews and it’s a big plus to get your book mentioned there. If they really like it, you might get an Earphone Award. This shows up as a pair of red earphones in the book’s review.

audiofileBIf you’re considering having an audio edition of your e-book or paperback made, this magazine is a good place to see who some of the top narrator/producers are.

A good review from AudioFile makes a great promo blurb on your website, Facebook page, and in the editorial reviews section of the book’s Amazon listing. These are added via Author Central. At present, you can only add your excerpt under the book’s e-book or paperback listing due to Amazon’s current rules. Needless to say, editorial reviews are a huge factor in differentiating between major books and self-published books.

AudioFile doesn’t review everything. I just submitted two more books to them and it’s too soon to tell whether they’ll get a review or now. Of the two books submitted several years ago, one was reviewed and one wasn’t.  Here’s what there reviews look like (naturally I’m showing you mine);


I excerpted the following out of this review for the book’s Amazon listing: “The story is high on humor but light on plot–a vehicle for sex,cigarettes, steak, and zinfandel. Stewart, a print journalist, is a likable dinosaur in a changing world.” – AudioFile Magazine

If your books are published by a small press, your publisher will probably submit the book for you. I prefer that since it’s still the traditional method magazine/newspaper reviewers receive review copies.

Good luck!



Crime Fiction Review: Voluntary Madness by Vicki Hendricks

January Magazine: Crime Fiction: Voluntary Madness by Vicki Hendricks, reviewed by Steven Nester

voluntarymadness“Ask yourself this, you outlaw bohemians who view the suburban cul-de-sac at the end of the bourgeois rainbow as a fate worse than death: If you planned to chuck it all to avoid having to endure an undistinguished life; if you wished to live large and make a last-ditch statement of your existence, then check out with some Bonnie and Clyde panache (didn’t they die pretty — at least in the 1967 film?), what would you do? You would live dangerously in order to acquire material for a novel, write it, party until your money ran out, then dress up as a skeleton and overdose on sleeping pills on a prominent float in Florida’s Key West Fantasy Fest parade, right?”

From the Publisher

Beautiful, sexy Juliette is madly in love with Punch. She’ll do absolutely anything for him. She also loves getting buck-naked on dark Key West byways and flashing strangers by moonlight. Punch loves Juliette … sort of. He loves even more the booze he drinks like a fish, Juliette’s inherited money on which he’s happy to live, the image of himself as a wannabe writer, and the idea of flaming out in a joint suicide when his novel is done and the money runs out. Together Juliette and Punch have come to Key West in a desperate quest for something vital, something eloquent in their lives-some antidote to their hollow loneliness. One day Juliette wanders into a pawnshop and buys a “cute” little Beretta .25 caliber pistol-like a snake in the Garden of Eden. Then the real trouble starts. Voluntary Madness is a crazed, unputdownable motorcycle ride to either perdition or salvation that has become a noir classic in its own time.

You May Also Like: Writes of Spring: Fresh Crime Yarns to Chase Away the Chill, by J. Kingston Pierce, reviewing “A June of Ordinary Murders” by Conor Brady in The Rap Sheet (A Kirkus Reviews blog focused on crime fiction)


Fairy Tale Book Review, By Brita Long–The Books of Jim C. Hines

“Everyone knows the tales of sleeping princesses and magical kisses, fairy godmothers and happily ever after. Each princess is rescued by her prince, and the fairy tale ends with a big white wedding.

“But as Jim C. Hines writes, ‘The tales lie.’

“In his Princesses quartet, Danielle, Talia, and Snow are better-known as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. But while Danielle really did marry her prince, Talia and Snow are exiles from their own royal kingdoms, working as secret spies and undercover bodyguards to the Queen, Danielle’s new mother-in-law. Aside from her courtly duties, Danielle teams up with the other princesses in service to the Queen.”

via Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: Fairy Tale Book Review, By Brita Long–The Books of Jim C. Hines.

Bookbits posts bring you lead paragraphs and links to posts and articles about writing tips, author news and ideas, and–as in today’s installment–book reviews. These are articles I see that I want to share with those who may not yet have discovered them.


Praise for ‘Jock Stewart Strikes Back’

Couldn’t resist sharing this review of my collection of humorous stories on Audible by Laurlynn S.



A Fractured Tale Of Time, War And A Really Big Diamond : NPR

A Fractured Tale Of Time, War And A Really Big Diamond : NPR.

allthelight“No book I’ve read all year underscores the distinctions between the long form and the short story more than the award-winning story writer Anthony Doerr’s new novel All the Light We Cannot See.”

You can learn more about the author on his website.

From the publisher’s description: From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

This book fascinates me, so I couldn’t resist sharing the review from NPR.


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