My Chat with M. A. Abraham and her first audiobook release

Hello and welcome!

Do you remember at the beginning of the year I posted about First Contact, book 1 of the Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham being recorded? If not, you can check it out here.

Well… it is done and was released TODAY!!!

Help me congratulate Ms. Abraham and share her big news. Her very first audiobook release and I am soooo excited! I loved the story when I read it. Listening to Brian Callanan, the very talented narrator giving it life, makes it even more special.

Congrats to Mr. Callanan too, looking forward to listening to more. My ears really like his voices 😉

Check out the short audio clips on youtube…

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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn’t expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don’t live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

“Welcome to Tantalus.”

Here is a clip of the story at the beginning of the book …

… and here is one at the end and one of my fave scene in the book, I got goosebumps reading it, but listening to Mr. Callanan telling it … he captured the characters and their temperaments very well and the voice he gave for my love, Kyllan, the Tribunal Elder is PERFECTION

Buy link: Amazon •  Audible USAudible CAAudible AUiTunes

I got to chat with Ms. Abraham about her experience…

Tell us about Tantalus.
Tantalus is basically about a planet that is inhabited by people that have been seeded from other worlds.  There is more than 1 species on it, but the main one is the winged people who are dominant.  They are open to interaction with others, but are not deluded as to the problems that could cause, or the negative, as well as positive sides of the relationship this could cause.  They also realize that they are not perfect, for those that should have been watching over the direction the main population took during their rest period, neglected their duties and it had very adverse reactions from the order of things on the planet.  They are not only being approached by people from the Human race, as they wake up to what needs to be done to correct their error, but the restructuring of their social and governmental order within their own people.

First Choice… why the format of parallel stories?
You have to know where you are coming from, to have any idea where you are going.  The people from Earth have to make the trip to get to the planet.  We need to know what it took, and the problems they encountered on their journey.  Also, things are going to take a while to improve.

How did you come to decision to plunge into audiobook world?
Well, I had this little voice poking at my subconscious mind for a few years.  We all know who owns it.  I need not say more.
I am grinning big and fist pump yessssss

What is the process from deciding to go for it and releasing the audiobook? Was it easier or harder than you anticipated?
Deciding to go for it was making sure that the funds were in place before taking the initial step.  Once you get past the first hurdle, it doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  Getting the right narrator for the task is a huge plus.  It seems simple when you find the right person for the book, one who can connect with the feel for the people you are writing about.  I think in most cases it is like anything else, the wrong impression can destroy something that you believe is good, or it can make something mediocre sound like a song to be repeated many times over.

Personal feelings… are you excited, apprehensive?
Nervous as a cat trying to bury something on a marble floor before getting caught.  I am even having difficulty writing, and I need to get these books written, I am way behind.

What is the reaction of those close to you to this new adventure?
Some are pacing with me, others are not audiobook fans.  It is like picking a car, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes, GM… one person’s poison is another’s candy.

Why should people pick up this book?
Because it may give you a different perspective from what is on the market today.  I do not tend to follow the beaten path when it comes to writing, which means you can expect something different.

How was working with Mr. Callanan… from author’s point of view?
Brian is very professional, if something is off, he catches it, even if it is something that shouldn’t be there.  He caught the nuances of the characters right off the top, and the few he didn’t, he rethought when it was pointed out.  Some narrators won’t listen to what you have to offer for advice.  Those I tended to reject straight off, the last thing a writer needs is more stress in their lives.

Are you glad you did this?
Well, we will find out.  I have done a lot of crazy things in my life and often the ones I thought were the nuttiest, were the best.

Why didn’t you do this sooner?
I looked into it, but unlike some, I don’t jump off a mountain unless I know there is a safety net beneath me.

Why Tantalus first and not the Elven Chronicles, which is the bigger selling series of the two?
The right narrator at the right moment.  Gabriel was up there, but 90% of the auditions were just wrong for that book.  The one I am looking at right now nailed all the names, and that is a feat in itself.

What is the strangest question you have had someone ask about the Tantalus Series?
Why I didn’t connect them to the Elves.  I could hear it now, Elves in space using light sabres.  That would have been so wrong.  Then again, who knows, the night is young.  😉

What is next?
Aura – and I have heard the audition that makes that book come alive already.  It will be done in February, and I am soooo looking forward to it.
Me too! It is my fave standalone book of yours! I can’t wait to hear Thorn sigh

Integration, book 2 in the Tantalus series, will be done in April and so you know the narrator on this book, to quote someone we all know,  “The scintillating voice of Brian Callanan will narrate this masterpiece”.
LOL I remember that

Thank you so much MA for chatting with me and I wish you much success with this new adventure. I am looking forward to more stories and my ears are ready for more audio time.

To celebrate the brand new release. Ms. Abraham is giving away a few audio copies of First Contact. Let me know in the comments if you would leave Earth for Tantalus if it was an option. I would be on the first ship! 😀
Sexy Mr. Random will pick winners on Sunday, January 28, 2017.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with Faye

Hello and welcome!

I can’t wait to introduce one of my newest book girlfriends… yes I have those too 😉 What did you think I have only book boyfriends? In the book, world I swing both ways 😛

Now that I shocked you well enough, please welcome Faye 😉

What is your full name?
Faye Black

Do you have a nickname?
Yes. Fairy.

What is one word best describes you?
Unfuckwithable.
LOL I know … and the guys know that too, it is funny to see how they are going out of their way not to piss you off 😀

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Black skinny jeans, crop top and boots.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes, I do. Although I’m sure there is much more she could tell.

What makes you laugh out loud?
I like dry, sarcastic humour. I like to think I’m pretty hilarious myself. 

What is your favourite dessert?
Chocolate brownies.

What is your favourite drink?
Coke.

What is your greatest fear?
To lose my family.

What is your favourite colour?
Black.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
A silk nightie.

What is the perfect romantic date?
I don’t need any fancy shit. Just Dex.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I tell everyone I’m not ticklish at all… but the truth is I am, under my feet. Don’t tell anyone.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Dex’s cologne.

When you look at a man what catches your interest?
I think when you look at someone and feel that chemistry and connection, nothing beats that.
So true

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Yes, the love of my life.

What is one word best describes him?
Badass.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes. The Wind Dragons MC series! All of the books are out now, but I do make an appearance in Seducing the Defendant
Oh that is the 2nd book in the Conflict of Interest series, the series is on my TBR list.

Thank you Faye for chatting with me, please say hello to everybody for me.

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I hope you enjoyed the chat. I invited Faye not only because all the hunks in the series are so yum that I could not choose, but I also love her, spunky and hilarious with her comebacks. I am so glad she got the better brother, Dex is a sweet man, lovable, despite his sometimes rough alpha tendencies.

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I met her first in Dragon’s Lair, book 1 in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series by Chantal Fernando and she plays an integral part throughout the series.

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.

I’m a law student. They’re criminals.
He’s the Vice President of a MC. I’m a good girl with strict upbringing.

He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.
And I’m screwed.

It is not a dark romance and I enjoyed it a lot. I listened to all the audiobooks, the 6 full novels are available on Audible (part of the Romance package) and the short stories are only available in ebook format, and they are on my Kindle. You can read my reviews for the audiobooks here under ‘seelk’. Narrated by the talented Eva Christensen and Sebastian York, it would be hard not to fall in love with these stories and their characters. I hope you will give them a try.

To learn about all the books and keep in touch with Ms. Fernando, check out the website,  the social media links below and if you chat with her, say hello from me 😉

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