December Audiobook Giveaway—Only for You

Read by Hannah Howell

Hannah Howell gives us her most exciting novel yet: a medieval tale set on the untamed Scottish border, where a man and a woman risk their hearts on the stormy battlefield of love. Contains mature themes.

Hannah Howell spins lush, romantic stories that sparkle with intrigue and passion. Now, she gives us her most exciting novel yet: a medieval tale set on the untamed Scottish border, where a man and a woman risk their hearts on the stormy battlefield of love.

How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
  2. Put the word “Scottish” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by  December 31, 2018. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Cheri Fuller, Tantor winner of last month’s giveaway of
The Souls of Yellow Folk. Thank you to all that entered!

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Indie Titles for November

When I was a kid, November seemed like one long waiting period after Halloween until I could turn the calendar page to December, at which point I could start counting the days until Santa came. Now, November can be marked by a number of interesting things. You might be valiantly growing a mustache for Movember us.movember.com (or tolerating a loved one doing so… with a whole host of variations on “It looks great, honey” at the ready). Or, you might be frantically trying to complete your unfinished experimental urban sci-fi mystery-thriller masterpiece, which will totally make you millions of dollars once it’s discovered, for National Novel Writing Month nanowrimo.org.  Perhaps both of those sounds like too much work for you, so you’re going to celebrate November as National Fun with Fondue Month, which is…apparently a thing? In any case, you can concentrate on your facial hair growing, get some inspiration for your writing, or get psyched for your fondue party, by having a listen to one of our amazing indie-authored audiobooks!

 

 

James E. Brown – Tail-End Charley: Stories from an American Fighter Pilot in World War II (History/Memoir)

In honor of Veterans Day (or Remembrance Day, for my fellow Canadians), I’d love to share with you a historical memoir written by a veteran of World War II. James E. Brown entered a teacher’s college in 1942 but soon left to become a fighter pilot serving in the American air force. He recounted his wartime experiences in a journal given to him by his mother. Despite misgivings about his ability or desire to keep a journal, he documented nearly a hundred missions flown in the European Theater. In many of these, he was the “Tail-End Charley,” the last one out.

Brown’s narrative is elegant, with style cultivated from 30 years of teaching English after the war. In this audiobook edition, it’s easy to imagine yourself as one of his students, listening raptly to his war-time stories and memories.

 

 

Dakota Krout – Dungeon Born (Science fiction / LitRPG)

To be completely fair, Dakota Krout isn’t entirely a self-published author anymore. He’s had such amazing success with his books that he started his own boutique publishing company, Mountaindale Press. He publishes his own books, as well as those of other up-and-coming authors, through this press. Today I’m highlighting his first book, Dungeon Born. It’s a fantasy novel in the LitRPG style, which, for those of you unfamiliar with this genre, stands for Literary Role Playing Game. It’s basically like reading a game – you get all the same game challenges, and often game stats like strength or damage. The story follows Cal, a soul forced against his will into a magic stone, who becomes a Dungeon Heart, a world-building being who must consume treasure-hunters to grow stronger and more powerful and to fend off a growing threat to his existence.

This is the first audiobook in the Divine Dungeon series, and fans have absolutely loved it, leaving over 8,000 ratings on Audible alone. If you count yourself among the many listeners who couldn’t get enough, look for the sequels Dungeon Madness and Dungeon Calamity, or try Krout’s other series, The Completionist Chronicles.

 

 

Thea Kelley – Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interview (Business /Self-help)

Thea Kelley is a career services guru who brings over twenty years of experience to her practice. She owns her own business providing career marketing tools and job search strategies, and drew on this knowledge when crafting Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interview. This audiobook is fairly short, but it packs a punch, guiding listeners through every step of the job application process. Kelley focuses on how to communicate a job-seeker’s unique strengths, explaining why employers ask certain interview questions and providing tips on how to answer them, and even addressing specialized or unusual interview formats such as video calls or behavioral interviews. She also goes beyond the interview, offering tips on following-up afterward, and the smart way to accept an offer.

This book was praised as “Excellent” by Forbes.com, and narrator Vanessa Daniels maintains the clear, concise nature of this book, making it an invaluable reference for job-seekers anywhere.

Written by Elizabeth Sylvia

November Audiobook Giveaway—The Souls of Yellow Folk

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Read by Wesley Yang

The National Magazine Award–winning writer’s debut collection of incisive, stylish essays on race and gender.

“Yang panders to no one. Instead, with sharp, and even Naipaulian, prose, he takes us deep into the discomfort zones of racial and political discourse.” –Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs

How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
  2. Put the word “Essays” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by  November 30, 2018. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Molly Banks, Tantor winner of last month’s giveaway of
Gothic Tales. Thank you to all that entered!

 

Hidden Gems of Indie Audiobooks Cont.

Hidden Gems of Indie Audiobooks

Happy fall, everyone! ‘Tis the season for falling leaves, warm sweaters, and… pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. I myself just had my first pumpkin-flavored beverage of the year yesterday. Delicious! Or overdone, depending on your worldview, I suppose. This month I’m featuring an author writing cozy mysteries, perfect for listening while snuggled up with your favorite warm beverage, pumpkin or otherwise. I’m also introducing a wonderful LGBTQ romance author, as well as the memoir of a former drug addict turned successful entrepreneur. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

 

Bella Falls – Moonshine & Magic (Cozy Mystery)

Bella Falls has lived all over the world, but her paranormal cozy mysteries take place in North Carolina, right where she grew up. As a result, the down-home Southern setting of her books feel entirely natural, from the sweet tea and delicious comfort food to the main character’s extremely insincere “Bless your heart.” In the first audiobook of the series, Moonshine & Magic, Charli is a witch returning home to Honeysuckle Hollow after leaving her fiancé and family without a goodbye. She’s hoping to lie low for a while, but when she stumbles on a dead body her first night back, she’s drawn into the middle of a magical mystery that threatens not only her but her entire community. Can she use her unique magic to solve the case and save her town?

This series is narrated to perfection by Johanna Parker, who you may recognize from the wildly popular Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries, the basis of the HBO tv series True Blood. This experience puts this new paranormal Southern story is very much in Parker’s wheelhouse. If you enjoy Moonshine & Magic, you’ll love the sequels, Fried Chicken & Fangs and Sweet Tea & Spells!

 

Eden Finley – Fake Out (LGBTQ Romance)

Eden Finley is an up-and-coming contemporary romance author who writes MM (male-male), MMF (male-male-female), and MF (male-female) romances. Her MM romances have been particularly well-received, tearing up the Amazon and Audible charts. Her first audiobook, Fake Out, follows Maddox, a man who pretends to be gay to get away from the pressure to marry his female childhood sweetheart. When he agrees to attend her wedding, he needs to find a man willing to pretend to be his boyfriend to keep up the charade. Damon reluctantly agrees to act as Maddox’s plus-one in exchange for an important business introduction. Amid wedding-weekend shenanigans and ridiculous misunderstandings, unexpected sparks fly!

This is the first in Finley’s popular Fake Boyfriend series and has been described as light, hilarious, and sexy. Narrators Alexander Cendese and Iggy Toma are perfectly on point in this listen, bringing to life the sparkling dialogue and crackling heat between the two main characters. If you love Fake Out, be sure to check out the sequel, Trick Play!

 

Khalil Rafati – I Forgot To Die (Memoir)

If you’re looking for a rags-to-riches story, look no further. Khalil Rafati’s I Forgot to Die is a memoir of addiction and recovery, following his descent into drug addiction and hard-fought rise to becoming an extremely successful business owner. It begins with his abusive childhood, and his subsequent escape to Los Angeles, where he slips from a good job cleaning the cars of Hollywood stars to a life of heroin and cocaine addiction and homelessness. After nine overdoses, Khalil entered a rehab center, got clean, and began to work hard to turn his life around. His particular interest in vegetable and fruit juices eventually led to the launch of his popular juice bar business, Sunlife Organics. Today, he employs several hundred people through six Sunlife Organics locations, a recovery center, and a yoga studio.

I Forgot to Die has been acclaimed in the New York Times, the BBC, and numerous tv spots. The author narrates his work, a fact which reviewers have loved, and does an excellent job of bringing an unflinching, real voice to his life story.

 

By Elizabeth Sylvia

October Audiobook Giveaway—Gothic Tales

Read by Gary Furlong

Arthur Conan Doyle was the greatest genre writer Britain has ever produced. Throughout a long writing career, he drew on his own medical background, his travels, and his increasing interest in spiritualism and the occult to produce a spectacular array of Gothic tales. Many of Doyle’s writings are recognized as the very greatest tales of terror. They range from hauntings in the polar wasteland to evil surgeons and malevolent jungle landscapes.

This collection brings together over 30 of Conan Doyle’s best Gothic tales. Darryl Jones’s introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle’s very public life – as a medical doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule – and shows the ways in which these found articulation in that most anxious of all literary forms, the Gothic.

How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
  2. Put the word “Gothic” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by  October 31, 2018. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Thomas Curtis, Tantor winner of last month’s giveaway of
Salvation. Thank you to all that entered!

Hidden Gems of Indie Audiobooks

By Elizabeth Sylvia

There are tons of great new audiobooks coming out every day. With all these titles to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to start when you’re searching for something new to listen to. Audiobooks published through big companies often get most of the attention, but there are plenty of amazing independent authors creating wonderful books who fly under the radar. To help you find the best of these hidden gems, every month I’ll be writing about two or three awesome indie authors, and I’ll make some suggestions about their best audiobooks to try.

Ruby Dixon is probably best known for her Fireblood Dragon romance series (the first book is Fire in His Blood). The series begins with an earth that has been decimated by invading shape-shifting dragons. Set in this dystopian world, the main female character of each book must find a way to survive through “taming” a dragon. But even as men, these shape-shifting dragons have no interest in being tamed! The series comprises five books, each of which can be listened to as a standalone, but which take place in the same world with returning characters.

 

Chris Sorensen – The Nightmare Room (Horror /Thriller)

You might recognize this name if you’ve listened to audiobooks such as Waking the Tiger or Empires of Light. In addition to working as an actor, playwright, and screenwriter, Chris is the vocal talent behind over 200 audiobooks to date, and has received four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. As impressive as that is, today I’m writing about his narration of his own book, The Nightmare Room. Though he’s written fourteen plays for the stage, this is Chris’ first novel, telling a story of an audiobook narrator, Peter, and his wife, Hannah, who move from bustling New York to small-town Midwest. (Talk about writing what you know!) However, strange things start to happen in their new home – a house purchased by Peter’s father years before. Strange voices mar his audio tracks, mysterious shadows darken the house, and a malevolent presence appears. Can Peter face these threats and save his family?

It’s an extra delight to hear Chris voice his own novel as a professional narrator, bringing fine and detailed characterizations to this creepy tale.

 

Ruby Dixon – Fireblood Dragon and Ice Planet Barbarians series (Paranormal Romance)

Ruby Dixon is an extremely prolific New York Times and USA Today bestselling author (35 books and counting!), best known for her paranormal romance. For any of you who might be new to this fast-growing subgenre, paranormal romances frequently take place in a sci-fi or fantasy setting and often involve relationships between humans and shapeshifters, vampires, ghosts, or aliens. Despite the unfamiliar environment, these books remain relatable, with the focus on heroines and heroes who face challenging and sometimes desperate situations, while fighting attraction to each other in the face of clashing cultural expectations or norms. What makes these romances fun and escapist are the exotic settings and imaginative characters.

If you’re looking for something cool and alien, rather than fiery dragon romance, try Ice Planet Barbarians, the first book in Dixon’s alien romance series of the same name.

 

Jevan Pradas – The Awakened Ape (Self-Help)

Ever wondered if you are living your life to its fullest? Author and researcher Jevan Pradas attempts to answer this question in The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker’s Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living. Much like the intriguing title of his book, Jevan is not your average self-help guru. He lived for a time with hunter-gatherer tribes in the Amazon and studied the evolutionary foundations of health and mental well-being. He currently works as a Brain Trainer, which he describes as similar to being a physical therapist for those with cognitive disabilities.

Jevan advocates for a lifestyle similar to those of the nomadic hunter-gatherers he met in South America, with splashes of Buddhist meditation thrown in. Some examples of topics in his book include:

  • how to meditate
  • how to train your attention span
  • how to live like a caveman in the modern world
  • even how to properly use the restroom!

The Awakened Ape was a finalist for the Health and Wellness category of the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

Who are your favorite indie authors?

 

 

 

September Audiobook Giveaway—Salvation

Read by John Lee

In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation—including starships—virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. And all seems wonderful—until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly located world eighty-nine light-years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem . . .

Bursting with tension and big ideas, Salvation is the first book of an all-new series that highlights the inventiveness of an author at the top of his game

 

How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
  2. Put the word “Galaxy” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by September 30, 2018. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Thomas Babb, Tantor winner of last month’s giveaway of
Another Good Dog. Thank you to all that entered!

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner, Akata Witch

 

Read by Yetide Badaki

“‘Then you’re from here and there,’” says the Junkman in Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch. The first book in the eponymous series stunningly narrated by Yetide Badaki, tells the tale of Sunny, a girl who sees disaster in the flames of a candle and lives her life constantly straddling borderlines.

Sunny is an albino Nigerian girl who lived in America for most of her life before recently returning to her parents’ home country. And if that wasn’t enough of a contradictory jumble of life events already, Sunny soon finds out she is a Free Agent, a Leopard person with magical powers born to parents with no powers at all.  “‘One who walks between,’” says her friend Orlu, perfectly explaining the tension Sunny experiences as she tries to walk between her life’s many contradictions with balance.

The narration is also something that, “walks between.” With the many different cultures and identities to portray amongst a diverse cast of characters, Badaki has no small task before her. Yet she is able to evoke each so precisely it is as if hearing the individual characters speak. She slips in and out of speech and narration without a hitch, keeping you listening with interest so that even the narrative outside of dialogue takes on a character of its own. Badaki has an impressive résumé including a role as the goddess Bilquis on American Gods, extensive stage roles including at the Victory Gardens Theater, and an MFA in theater from Illinois State University. Though she takes care to make her narration part of the scenery, one could never say her voice disappears into the background.

After some startling events that reveal Sunny is more than just your average girl, she quickly picks up her companions in the form of Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha. She goes through a terrifying initiation ceremony and learns of the hidden magical city, Leopard Knocks, within her own city that requires the crossing of a dangerous bridge to enter.  The magic in Akata Witch is melded into the surrounding world, unnoticed by the Lambs—non-magical people—who surround Sunny.

Okorafor’s juju is a step beyond the wands and dragons of recent popular fantasy. In one scene Sunny cracks open the skull of a sheep on her kitchen countertop while trying to work a spell that will help her sneak out. Teenage angst combined with the power to do strange and unusual things is a heady rush for these characters, one they must learn to handle responsibly, particularly as the world they thought they knew steadily becomes darker. Okorafor has created uniquely terrifying ghouls in the shape of masquerades who rise out of termite mounds.

Compared to the imagination and style of the Harry Potter series, Akata Witch goes a step further. Where Harry Potter was the answer to a long line of traditional English tales, Akata Witch brings to popular consumption the mythologies of Nigeria and her people.

By the final showdown with a child-killer who has a dark connection to Sunny’s family’s past, Sunny and her companions prove that they have what it takes to fight and are willing, but there are so many questions left to be answered still in the darkness…and in the sequels.

By Emily Cahill

August Audiobook Giveaway-Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs

Read by Cara Sue Achterberg

Another Good Dog is a warm and entertaining memoir about what happens when you foster fifty dogs in less than two years—and how the dogs save you as much as you save them.

“As expected, the narrative revolves around tales of dogs and puppies. What’s unexpected are Achterberg’s personal reveals. The stories and photos will delight those who have a soft spot for dogs and the dog rescue mission.” – Publishers Weekly

How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
  2. Put the word “Dog” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by August 31, 2018. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Stanley A. Galloway, Tantor winner of last month’s giveaway of
Copycat. Thank you to all that entered!

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez  

Narrated by Jonathan Davis

Languages are a series of sounds that we are introduced to as children. Like so many things the language we speak colors our home life along with all the other elements that surround us, each bringing with it memories of happiness, joy, sadness, etc.

Suppose one day someone came into that home and suggested that the sounds be changed, the language is changed, for the sake of the children in his household. In the Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez discusses the change in language that took place in home, where it went from the happy, “private” language of Spanish to the more public language of English for the sake of the education of himself, his brother and his sisters.

The subtle and simple change that was made willingly by his parents for the sake of the education of their children, changed the family dynamic. This book discusses that change from Richard’s point of view. Richard had to find his way in two worlds, the private world of his Spanish family and the public world in which he spoke English. During his journey, he found himself forever trying to close the perceived distance he feels from his family and never quite getting there.

Rodriguez tries to figure out a way to reconnect with his slowly distancing family, wondering, if it is even possible. Through Richard’s struggle and self-reflection, we see that he tried to make sense of all the changes that took place around him. This story shows the timeless struggle of every immigrant that has come to America. It also touches upon the changing world of the 1960’s and 70’s, during which the Hispanic population of the United States finds their voice.

The narration is brought to life through the smooth, and cultured voice of Jonathan Davis. Davis breathes life into the heart and soul to the story, is culture bringing the words off the pages and transporting us into Richard Rodriguez’s life.  Davis was perfectly cast in his narration of this book.  It is a please and a joy to listen to the subtle and heartfelt nuances throughout the book. You will laugh, cry and smile due to Davis narration, finding elements of your own family and friends throughout the tale.

By Maria Ferrucci

 

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