Audiobook to listen to: La Vie en Rose

Hello and welcome!

The audiobook I want to share about today is a not-to-be-missed story

La Vie en Rose: Life in Pink

By: Lydia Michaels

Narrated by: Brian Callanan

Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty pearls, and – of course – falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairytales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.

Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend, but soon finds himself wanting more.

She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves most in this world – his Emma. His hero.

Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.

Isn’t the cover beautiful? I love it!

The story and the voice telling make it …

a must listen

I picked up this book because I love Mr. Callanan’s voice and I am glad I did.
It starts out like any other story, character intros, showing the dynamics between the main characters. I was zoning out a bit in the beginning at the very detailed scenes, BUT… am I glad the author did that because the twist in the story is major, I mean life-altering major, I did not expect and what happens after is very detailed and eye-opening for somebody who has not gone thru that. It is about love, loyalty, friendship, family, what it means to have those when you need them the most. The book has crazy LOL moments, steamy dirty-talk scenes, and tear jerker ones too.
It ends well, but have tissues ready. Emma and Riley’s wows are just beautiful, the nicknames for each other cracked me up. It put me thru the emotional wringer, but OH SO WORTH IT !!!
I think this is the best I heard so far from Mr. Callanan. He outdid himself in every way, the various voices, the emotions, the passionate delivery made this an enjoyable experience.

Overall – 5 stars • Performance – 5 stars • Story – 5 stars

It has been almost 3 years, December 18, 2017 to be exact WOW time flies since I listened to it, but I still remember the feeling of contentment when finished.

There is a sale on right now, so hurry and get it HERE.

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

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

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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!

My Chat with Brian Callanan

Hello and welcome!

My guest today is somebody I came across recently in my adventures in the audiobook world. I am so glad I did take a chance, I really enjoyed his voice and now on my fave list.

Please welcome Brian Callanan!

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Do you have a nickname?
I’ve been through a few. “BC” with a number of friends and bandmates. “B-Cal” with a few people I’ve played sports with, though I always thought that sounded more like a vitamin than a nickname. Call me “Bri-Guy” if you’d like to be pummeled.
I’ll make sure not to call you that LOL

What is one word best describes you?
“Versatile” is probably it. I really enjoy challenging myself—with different narration roles/voices, and with most other things in life, too.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Absurdity, of which the world has an abundant and growing supply. I’m a big fan of ridiculous/ridiculously talented bands like Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords, as well as the written works of John Hodgman. Do yourself a favor and read “The Areas of My Expertise.” I laugh even writing down the title.
I listened to the snippet on Audible, I will have to get that one .. too funny! Thanks for the recommendation.
I also laugh at anything Steve Martin does, even if he’s just walking into a room and sitting down on a chair.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The smell of the ground after a rain in the early fall. It’s a relatively common scent where I live in the Pacific Northwest, but it makes me feel at home and very connected to the beautiful, if sometimes soggy, environment that surrounds us.

Favourite place to spend time in.
Hawaii, with my family. We’ve only been there once, but I’m dying to go back. Mainly because one of my daughters thought it was better than Disneyland, which is a sentiment I definitely want to encourage.
Oh Hawaii! It is on my bucket list since I was young. I had planned to go this year for my birthday, but life got in the way, maybe next year.

Audiobooks! What started them?
I’d been considering working in the audio field for some time—I’ve been a TV news reporter for the past 20+ years, and still work in that field today. After a recommendation from a friend, I took a course in 2015 with David H. Lawrence XVII and Dan O’Day, the ACX Master Class, and I’ve never looked back. Audiobooks have proven to be a fascinating side project for me, and something that’s been very gratifying. I love this type of performance. It’s not an easy career to launch, and the work to edit/produce audio can be challenging and time consuming. But I really enjoy it. Connecting with the authors I’ve been able to narrate for has been one of the best parts of the process.

Is there a genre that you would not narrate?
I haven’t flat-out refused any book I’ve been approached with, but I generally stay away from erotica. I’ve found that many of the books I’ve read are plenty steamy, even without that label!

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Professional baseball player. But I’m pretty sure I missed the tryouts a few years back on that one. I’ve also been fooling myself for decades that I’m a long-distance runner, but after three marathons and an Achilles tear, I’ve had to pump the brakes a bit on that career goal, too.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
My work covers a wide range of emotions, depending on the project. But if there is a message that runs through all of my narration, it’s honesty. I’m trying to give an honest, accurate look inside the mind of the author I’m reading for. I take a lot of time with the authors I work with, before I start narrating, to determine the motivation and intent of the characters I’m reading. It’s a critical part of acting, on stage or behind a microphone, and I think it comes across in a performance. Having a good understanding of the motivation of a character helps me develop a voice for that character. Starting with that understanding, rather than, “this guy should sound kind of gravelly” or “this woman’s voice should be more high-pitched” is how I approach my narration work.

Who is your intended audience and why should they listen to your audiobooks?
As I mentioned before, I make it a point to narrate books from all types of genres that can connect with all types of audiences. My intended audience is one that likes a good story. Some of the books I’ve read are more well-crafted than others, but my goal of trying to express an author’s intentions and develop some depth to a character’s emotional backstory never changes. I hope listeners check out work from several genres in my catalog—from romance to nonfiction to poetry to cozy mysteries to science fiction—to understand that great stories can come from any genre. I’m passionate about trying to improve my narration with every book I read, and I hope that comes across to the listener.

What is next in your narrating work?
I’m in the middle of narrating a role-playing game (LitRPG) book that’s turned into quite the fun challenge! I grew up loving this type of Dungeons & Dragons fantasy adventure (nerd alert!) and it’s been very interesting seeing it play out in a literary form. Look for a release from me later in the fall of 2017!
You are in good company here, NERDS are welcome 😉

Also, I’m soon going to be teaching a class for authors who might be interested in the world of audiobooks. Audiobooks now outsell their print and e-book cousins, and I think audio is not only changing the way we consume literature, but also the way authors write. It’s a big concept to wrap your head around, but as the audio industry continues to grow, we need to change with it. I’m never going to lose my love of picking up a book and diving into it. But I think audiobooks add a new dimension to the world of literature and I’m excited to be one of the people, in my own way, who’s helping shape the future. Thanks for listening!

Thank you Brian for taking the time to join me for a chat and I am looking forward to discover more of your books.

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I hope you enjoyed the chat and thanks for joining us.

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I discovered Mr. Callanan’s voice while listening to The Rampart Guards, book 1 in the The Adventures of Jason Lex series, by Wendy Terrien and I enjoyed it, so I listened to the other 2 in the series. See my reviews: book 1, book 2 and book 3 .

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I also listened to Mack, book 1 in the Black Mountain Pack series by Miranda Lynn. You can check out my review here.

As you will see, he does a variety of genres. Love his various voices, male and female, young or old, the colourful nuances, the emotions behind the words. I am looking forward to many more listens from him. I just added “La Vie en Rose” and “Simple Man” to my wish list.

Here are links to find out more and keep up to date with his work.
AudibleFacebookTwitter • ACX

To start you on your listening journey, Mr. Callanan is giving away one audiobook to a lucky reader, winer’s choice from his backlist.  Winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments on this post after 3pm EST on Monday, October 30, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

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