Precisely a month ago I published a post called “All Roads Lead to…” where Joana Starnes announced that she would soon share some news with you. We asked you to try to guess what could be under her sleeve, and many of you have guessed it! Joana Starnes has now released one of her books in audio format, and there is another one coming up really soon!
Today she returns to From Pemberley to Milton to explain to you how this project came to life, and she brings with her some gifts I believe you will appreciate 🙂
Thank you, Rita, for welcoming me here today to start the blog tour for the launch of my first audio-book, and extra-special thanks for all your help in making it happen! To me, this is a lovely story of JAFF friendships and I’d love to share it with your readers.
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It all started a few months ago, when Rita asked me if I’d ever thought about releasing my books in Audio. My answer was that yes, over the last couple of years I had thought about it repeatedly, but never quite got round to do anything about it. There was always something else, some urgent deadline or some chatty and helpful muse putting her hand up to call for my undivided time and attention 🙂 .
Somehow, Rita’s question came at the best moment, when I was thinking it really was the time to do something about it. A long string of messages followed and she generously shared lots of tips on audio-books, for which I can’t thank her enough! I also can’t thank her enough for introducing me to the delightful world of Stevie Zimmerman’s narrations and for suggesting that I get in touch with Nicole Clarkston, whose books Stevie has narrated, and who might be able to advise me further.
“I’m sure Nicole wouldn’t mind giving you some tips,” Rita wrote in her message, “she is a wonderful wonderful person!”
At that time I hadn’t messaged much with Nicole. We ‘met’ on Rita’s blog and on Facebook now and then, but the main thing I knew was that I loved her books and that I couldn’t have enough of her Mr Darcy and her Mr Thornton. When I did get in touch I discovered that Rita was absolutely right! Nicole was wonderful beyond words and she generously shared her experience and advice.
So did Elizabeth Adams, just as generously and warmly. Those amazing ladies kindly guided me through the intricacies of releasing audio-books, and Nicole had the highest praise for Stevie Zimmerman, who had produced three of her novels in Audio.
I could easily understand why. When Rita first mentioned Stevie, whom she had interviewed a while ago, I looked for books narrated by her, listened to some audio samples – and fell in love. Stevie’s Elizabeth and Mr Darcy sounded just like the voices in my head! To say that her Mr Darcy is 100% swoon-worthy is a serious understatement. He’s in turns dreamy and softly-spoken – or his icy disdain cuts like a knife when some poor fool (like Mr Collins) managed to anger him. Elizabeth’s voice rings and shimmers like a bell and dear oh dear, you’ve got to hear Stevie’s Mrs Bennet and her Lady Catherine! Every character comes alive and speaks to you, enticing you further into the story.
Needless to say I was over the moon when Stevie agreed to produce some of my books. Working with her has been an absolute delight from start to finish, and it was such a joy to listen to my books read out by her as we were going through the approval process. If you follow the links you’ll see why.
You can listen to ‘The Falmouth Connection’ – FREE with a 30-day Audible trial, or you can leave a comment for a chance to win one of the five audio codes included in the giveaway. ‘Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter’ will also be available as an audio-book very soon, and some of my other books will eventually follow.
If you’re not too sure about audio-books and you prefer your Kindle, the giveaway also includes 2 e-copies of any of my books (and if you’re on Kindle Unlimited you can find three of them there: ‘Miss Darcy’s Companion’ ‘The Unthinkable Triangle’ and ‘The Falmouth Connection.’)
But I can’t help urging you to give audio-books a try. I used to think I’d rather devour a book at my own pace and flick real quick through those real or virtual pages, but a couple of long car-journeys changed all that. When you’re sorry you’ve reached your destination because the story isn’t over yet you’ll know that audio-books have totally become your cup of tea. Let Stevie Zimmerman keep you company on the journey and I think you’d be willing to drive for 12 hrs+, with the odd stop for snooze, snack or coffee. Or just close your eyes and journey with her to Cornwall from the comfort of your own living-room.
All the best, thanks for stopping by to read the post and thanks again Rita, Nicole, Elizabeth and Stevie for all your wonderful help!
And now, to celebrate this new beginning, Joana would like to offer five audio codes from The Falmouth Connection, plus 2 e-copies of any of her books. This means 7 lucky winners will be able to spend some time with Joana’s intense characters 🙂
To enter this giveaway please comment this post and let us know if you would prefer the audiobook or ebook. The giveaway is international and is open until the 5th of June.
If you don’t know which one of Joana’s books to choose, you can find the links to Amazon and to my reviews below:
From This Day Forward
The Second Chance
The Subsequent Proposal
The Falmouth Connection
The Unthinkable Triangle
Miss Darcy’s Companion
Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter
Good Luck everyone!