Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!
Please give a big ol’ RG2E Welcome to Elaine Raco Chase who’s here today to talk about her fabulous, bestselling Audio Books!!!
Take it away, Elaine…
Hi everyone! Thanks again DD Scott for letting me have so much fun with these RG2E postings!
Today I am here with audio books! Love them! When I was first print-published, I eagerly agreed for all my romance and mystery novels to be part of Lighthouse for the Blind audio cassettes with matching Braille books.
But how things have changed! Now audio books – in so many formats – are the hottest thing going. And I read about it first on DD’s main blog – so a big wave and thank you DD!
I’ve introduced quite a few author friends to audio books and the group I’m using ACX.com – which is part of Amazon. But take heart – the audio books go to: iTunes and audible.com – so everyone can ‘hear’ your words.
“Hearing your words”…sometimes that can strike fear into an author’s heart. I think all of us struggle to find the right words that define our characters and can mentally hear the intonation of those words as we write them. But what happens when someone elses voice says your words? That’s actually the hardest part of creating an audio book – finding the right narrator. A person whose voice and tonations can make my book, my story, my characters come alive to a reader.
I found Sheila Book just when she joined ACX as a narrator – she did my first audio book Video Vixen and you can hear her ‘purr naughty’ whenever she becomes soap-opera siren Vixen Mallory.
Then I asked …well okay, begged, her to consider Designing Woman. I could just hear her as Brandy Abbott – one minute the consummate architect, the next the consummate sexpot who drives poor Griffen St. Claire into more than distraction. Luckily Sheila agreed and wow the reviews have been fantastic:
“Great dialogue – And it ALL sounds like a conversation you could overhear at any time, in many situations. That technique alone makes the book a worthwhile read – that it is combined and integrated into a tightly written, fast paced and sexy story makes this worth every one of the 5 stars.
The audio book was narrated beautifully, with words clear and pacing easy to follow. I tend to listen at 2.5 speed, I talk fast too, but It wasn’t too fast to follow the story.
Whether you are looking for a break from television, or don’t mind the other commuters staring at you as you laugh, often, the audiobook is well worth the investment.”
Sheila is now working Calculated Risk .
After listening to at least 50 narrators, I found Janina Edwards who narrated One Way or Another –it was one of Audible.com’s “Best Reviewed Romances Novels of October.”
One reviewer wrote: “It was enjoyable to listen to. The narrator, Janina, did an excellent job. She has a great voice and just became all of the characters. You know the narration is done well when it sort of fades into the background and all you hear is the story.”
Rules of the Game just hit audible.com and iTunes narrated by Rachel Logan. Rachel has a wonderful voice and, like Janina, you just get trapped into the erotic romantic comedy. It does have a warning label on it!
I worked in radio and television for many years – I even did voice over’s (VO) for I Dream of Jeannie and Wild Kingdom as well as a few sports shows (I know I’ve dated myself but that was me saying: “and next week….” Or “please stay tuned…”) and I did some fantastic radio plays as well.
I had wondered if audio books could be done like a radio play – with opening music, sound effects, dual voices (or even more than two) and I was thrilled to discover Bella Czar Productions shared my thoughts. Award-winning narrators Destiny Landon and Lee James not only became a cast of 100’s at times but also wrote original music for each chapter and added sound effects, when appropriate, for both Special Delivery and Dare the Devil.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea – but it sure is mine. And one reviewer wrote such a detailed review I am framing it:
“Where does Dare the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Good question. The difference between this audio book and others is the overall production is spectacular – which typically is accomplished through bigger budgets of course and stellar talent. It is read by duo narrators whom are exceptionally gifted with the ability to “become” the characters they portrayed. I would call them talented actors rather than narrators. There was a great amount of back and forth dialogue from a great amount of characters that really filled out the stories big picture and was really well done.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dare the Devil? The helicopter scene was exciting.
Any additional comments?
This was a great story that was truly different from your generic romance. It was quite original, and really fun to listen too. I loved Cam’s grandmothers who tricked Devlin. Lots of funny parts, real (and hot) romance in a difficult industry and time. Strong characters that were believable and ethical. Just a great listen.
Bella Czar’s Destiny and Lee also did Special Delivery – just two people in the entire book – it’s been on the top of the erotic romance audio bestseller’s list since it was posted and it’s got great reviews!
What about Destiny Landon and Lee James ’s performance did you like?
I love Destiny Landons voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She totally took the character of Roxanne and made it her own. She “IS” Roxanne! Lee was a perfect romantic counterpart, angling her combative nature with the right playfulness in his tone that the writer expertly devised in their dialogue.
Any additional comments?
This is a must “listen” to all you fellow listeners who really enjoy well executed, combative foreplay and well written/descriptive literature.
Destiny and Lee are hard at work on Double Occupancy – which may make even me squirm – it’s been on FB’s Top 50 Books to read after 50 Shades of Grey for 20 weeks (11/15) – oh, my…and they are going to do my newest ebook: Caught in a Trap as well as my mystery series!
I hope you’ll sample all my audio books – they are attached to the ebook on Amazon, in iTunes and at audible.com…and there are so many other great audio books to choose from…did I say “audio books make great gifts!”
And speaking of gifts – I have 15 audio books to give a way today – you’ll be able to choose your download off of audible.com – nothing to join, you’ll get a gift code. The only choice – is the heat level!
Many of you know that I host The Author’s Corner every Thursday nite at 8PM eastern time, on www.trianglevarietyradio.com – internet radio. DD will be joining me and a few other authors and narrators on December 13th – when we talk audio books…hope you’ll listen in!
What a great time to be a writer! I am thrilled to be able to update, enhance, extend my bestselling print romantic comedies. Connecting with fans and other writers has been fantastic all courtesy of Facebook/twitter. My romantic comedies are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, AllRomance, Itunes – everyplace!
I also host The Author’s Corner every Thursday nite, 8PM EDT on trianglevarietyradio.com – blog talk radio. I feature authors and their books along with marketing experts for writers; reading experts for parents; and bullying help for everyone! There’s always something fun on the show – so I hope you’ll listen in!
What am I up to? So excited about Double Occupancy it’s been on Facebooks’ Top 50 Books to read after 50 Shades of Grey list for 15 weeks! No bdsm – just an erotic romantic comedy, with adult characters who share a Mexican villa.
Can’t wait for Dare the Devil to hit on audible.com! The award-winning duo of Destiny Landon and Lee James, plus original music, sound effects have turned this erotic western into a movie sound track. Destiny and Lee did Special Delivery and it’s been on audible.com’s erotic romance bestseller’s list since it came out. Also Sheila Book purr’s naughty in your ear as the narrator for both Video Vixen andDesigning Woman. Janina Edwards is just fabulous, as she recreates One Way or Another in audio. In fact – if you’ve read this far and put One Way in your response, you might just get one audio book for free!
I currently am working on another erotic romantic comedy – Caught in a Trap! Then I will be updating my award-winning mystery series featuring Roman Cantrell and Nikki Holden.
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Just fabulous scoop all-around, Elaine, and thanks sooo very much for 15 Audio Book Gifts!!! WooHooo!!!
I’m looking forward to chatting Audio Books with you on your radio show December 13th!!!
The Best of RG2E Reading & Listening Wishes —
D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder