WHY DO I NARRATE?
“The Voices in my Head!”
I’ve always loved reading aloud, and I read to my sisters growing up. I’ve read the entire Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books aloud twice; once to my sisters, and another time to my daughters.
English was my favorite subject, and I was always the first in class to finish reading assignments. One day our teacher had us all read a paragraph of our latest designated homework book out loud to the class.
As usual, I sat quietly at my desk; stressing out waiting to read, as my turn loomed closer (I was a painfully shy girl). When my turn came, I started reading. I stopped at the end of the paragraph and there was perfect silence. I finally looked around at the rest of the class, and they were just sitting there, staring at me! “Carry on,” my teacher said, so I read the next one. “Keep going.” I ended up sitting on top of my desk and reading until the bell signaled the end of class!
It was at that point that I really realized the power of storytelling.
When I decided that I would never be happy and fulfilled working a 9 to 5 job while working for someone else, I was fortunate enough to ‘go at my dream.’
I began writing my first book and researched narration at the same time. I found Amazon ACX and started sending out auditions. You can imagine how thrilled I was to be chosen by Nicolette Pierce to be the voice of Nadia Wolf after only five auditions were sent out! Nicolette took a chance on an unknown, and I will forever be grateful to her for the opportunity.
Being a narrator with my own equipment means I can work from home, which I love! Another plus is that I get to read books that I probably wouldn’t have run across had I not been recording audiobooks.
Here is a list of the books I’ve recorded:
‘The Big Blind’
by Nicolette Pierce (1st in Nadia Wolf series): https://amzn.to/1yKczDl
Nadia Wolf had one wish, and it wasn’t for the latest designer purse, fashion-forward clothing, or even a handsome man to marry – although, that would be acceptable too. Her wish was to win the World Series of Poker tournament and collect the one million dollar prize, beating the arrogant men who make her professional poker career a daily challenge.
The odds were stacked against her when sexy poker celebrity Caleb Usher sat down at her table. As they pin their battles against each other, a steamy side wager drew them both in and gave them an even greater reason to fight for the championship. It only took one hand to make tournament history and leave them both hot under the collar. But before they could settle their spicy wager, the million dollar prize disappeared in front of an audience. Not one witness could explain what happened or where the money disappeared to.
Greyson Miller CEO of the Lost City Casino had a mystery to solve. Not only did a thief steal the million dollars from under his watchful eyes, but a secret swelled so large it threatened the very core of the casino. In a twist of fate, Nadia teams up with Greyson in an attempt to find the missing prize and to solve the perilous mystery that plagued the Lost City Casino. With Greyson’s overwhelming allure, Nadia has to keep both her head in the game and her hands to herself.
Will she be able unravel the mystery and find the lost prize money while keeping both Greyson and Caleb at bay? Can she fend off her fanatical self-appointed poker manager Frankie Garza before he flushes her career down the toilet in offbeat attempts to make her famous? With Caleb, Greyson, and Frankie all claiming a stake, Nadia’s career, her life, and her heart will never be the same again.
by Nicolette Pierce (2nd in Nadia Wolf series): https://amzn.to/17yoMPR
Continue Nadia Wolf’s adventure in this second book.
Nadia Wolf has had enough and she’s fighting back! It comes down to this: Kill or be killed. Nadia doesn’t like those options but she is far from safe from Dagor’s clutches. Not only does she have to worry about saving her neck, but now she has a new roommate taking over her apartment: Muffin . . . Frankie’s wife! Caleb baits Nadia with a new wager, and Greyson’s new assistant director is a strawberry-blonde beauty with control issues. And if Nadia didn’t have enough headaches in her life, a deadly mystery follows her home from Panama along with a goofy and awkward fan. The ending will leave you astounded!
by Nicolette Pierce (3rd in Nadia Wolf series) https://amzn.to/2k8fvGO
Married. To Ian. No matter how many times Nadia’s predicament crosses through her mind, it always ends with the same question; what in the world have I done?
If it wasn’t bad enough that Nadia fled the scene the morning after, it seems her husband jumped ship too. It’s only when cryptic postcards from Africa start piling up that she realizes how far Ian jumped. Judging by the foreign agent hunting for stolen diamonds and a woman searching for Ian, claiming to be his wife, Nadia fears Ian jumped too far and too deep.
When Lenny declares war with Fairytale Chapel for stealing his customers, Frankie orders all hands on deck to win… including Muffin. But winning the war means Frankie has to look at his past to find the answer. Nadia agrees to wager with Caleb in exchange for his assistance in helping Frankie. But winning the war isn’t her only motivation… losing to Caleb is.
by Nicolette Pierce (4th in Nadia Wolf series) https://amzn.to/2IvwiOv
Nadia is faced with the hardest decision of her life, and she’s hiding like a coward. But, when the decision is choosing between two men she loves, hiding seems like a reasonable option. That is until things start going terribly wrong. Caleb’s money has been stolen and the likely suspect is none other than his PR manager, Jessica. And Greyson has embarked on a project that lures a killer.
While attempting to help both men, Nadia dates Greyson and Caleb simultaneously, trying to determine who she loves the most. Her efforts have nothing to do with the fact that they’re both sinfully handsome. That’s a bonus. Unfortunately, things never go as smoothly as Nadia plans. Not only does she anger the men she loves, but the killer sets her as the target.
Nadia’s not the only one having relationship problems. Mya and David are in a standoff. Mya’s determined to stand her ground – even if it means sleeping on an air mattress far away from her beloved clothes. Mark wants more from content-bachelor Frankie. Neither of them are willing to talk, and Mark’s ready to leave Las Vegas for good. Muffin finds she’s married to a man who actually stands up to her. They aren’t shy about letting everyone hear their arguments and their…other activities. Her husband has a reason for sticking around, and if Muffin isn’t careful, it could mean her downfall. And Remy, well, he’s gone and kissed someone, adding confusion to an already messy situation.
In the end, it all comes down to Nadia and the love of her life. She’ll choose the right man. Sadly, it may be too late.
‘The Nadia Wolf series’
by Nicolette Pierce https://amzn.to/2rVQDpg
Series includes The Big Blind, High Stakes, Cashing Out, and Squeeze Play.
Nadia Wolf had one wish, and it wasn’t for the latest designer purse, fashion-forward clothing, or even a handsome man to marry…although, that would be acceptable, too. Her wish was to win the World Poker Tournament and collect the one million dollar prize, beating the arrogant men who made her professional poker career a daily challenge.
The odds were stacked against her when sexy poker celebrity Caleb Usher sat down at her table. As they pin their battles against each other, a steamy side wager drew them both in and gave them an even greater reason to fight for the championship. It only took one hand to make tournament history and leave them both hot under the collar. But before they could settle their spicy wager, the million dollar prize disappeared in front of an audience. Not one witness could explain what happened or where the money disappeared.
Greyson Miller, CEO of the Lost City Casino, had a mystery to solve. Not only did a thief steal the million dollars from under his watchful eyes, but a secret swelled so large it threatened the very core of the casino. In a twist of fate, Nadia teams up with Greyson in an attempt to find the missing prize and to solve the perilous mystery that plagued the Lost City Casino. With Greyson’s overwhelming allure, Nadia has to keep both her head in the game and her hands to herself.
Will she be able unravel the mystery and find the lost prize money while keeping both Greyson and Caleb at bay? Can she fend off her fanatical self-appointed poker manager, Frankie Garza, before he flushes her career down the toilet in offbeat attempts to make her famous? With Caleb, Greyson, and Frankie all claiming a stake, Nadia’s career, her life, and her heart will never be the same.
Begin the adventure today.
‘Blood and Bane’ The Dragon Sage Series
by CJ McKee https://amzn.to/2k4dpHU
In a world, ruled by Dragons…
Galddor, Dragon Sage, and liaison to the Sovereign Mountain Dragons is training three apprentices to become Staves. Once trained, they will occupy all corners of the Realms to watch over and protect the land from magical abuse and desecration. Though Galddor’s visions foretold the rise of a destructive foe from within the apprenticeship, he overcomes his concerns.
The apprentice in question is a known descendant from a family of humans who were banished from the Realms many years ago by the Sovereign Dragons – and Galddor. Now Galddor must push forward in the hopes the lessons he provides will overcome the apprentice’s natural, dark tendencies and instead become an honorable man. If Galddor is unable to meet this challenge, the past may come back to haunt him, affecting human-Dragon relations, and changing the face of the Realms forever.
‘Outcast’ The Dragon Sage Series
by CJ McKee https://amzn.to/2IuthxP
Niamh, a young, reclusive farm girl, wishes nothing more than to have a quiet, normal life; until she becomes the focus of an outcast Dragon terrorizing the village of Dunmuir. When her farm comes under attack and the Dragon seemingly appears wherever Niamh is, she is thought to be a witch and responsible for calling down the outcast Dragon. The village Administer sends a message to the Dragon Sage, Galddor, to assist with expunging the outcast Dragon. Now, facing the wrath of the entire village, Niamh must plead with the Dragon Sage of Arydd in order to protect her life from the outcast Dragon and the villagers. But, does Niamh have a secret?
A side story adventure in the Realms of Arydd, not directly part of the Dragon Sage Trilogy.
‘The Dark Shore’ The Dominions of Irth, Book 1,
by AA Attanasio http://bit.ly/DARKSHORE
Here is an epic fantasy from the dawn of creation, from the first worlds, the Bright Worlds. Among them is Irth. And upon Irth, in a realm of wizards, witch queens, and magic, destiny casts shadows into the Gulf and onto the Dark Shore, a universe of blacker magic and deeper mysteries – the greatest of which is Earth.
Irth is a world where magic rules – magic that radiates from the Abiding Star. The nobility, possessors of most of this mystic energy, dwell in floating cities that drift above their realms, plotting against each other for domination.
The nobility cast into the abyss those who fail in their attempts to hold or usurp power. There, the outcasts fall into the cold world of the Dark Shore – onto Earth – whence no one has ever returned…until now.
Hu’dre Vra, formerly an abject scavenger who found a magical sword but failed to use it wisely, plummeted into the abyss, only to return from the Dark Shore with an awesome new power: black magic. At the head of an army of cacodemons impervious to Irth’s enchantments, Hu’dre Vra the Dark Lord wreaks a terrible vengeance upon the world that exiled him.
But there is resistance to the Dark Lord’s rule of terror. The mysterious, inventive thief Ripcat and his crafty partner, Dogbrick, form an uneasy and dangerous alliance with the brave young noblewoman Jyoti and her small band of comrades, among whom is her family’s ancient sorcerer, Caval. Together, they all must pit their courage, their wits, and their lives against the brutal minions of the Dark Shore.
‘Teach Me’ A Victoria Era Romance
by Cassandra Dean https://amzn.to/2rOzUEW
Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madame of a brothel for guidance. But never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.
To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport. However, the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations. And he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall.
Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.
Sinful Confessions: Cynfell Brothers Book 1
by Samantha Holt https://amzn.to/2ItLLOY
Locked behind the walls of Lockwood Manor, Julian Cynfell, the Marquess of Lockwood, whiles away his days writing angry letters, drinking and sleeping. He never expects his solitude to be interrupted by a brazen American heiress.
An American heiress who is expecting a wedding.
Viola Thompson can’t believe her luck when the English lord she has been corresponding with for the better part of a year asks her to visit him. This has to mean an offer of marriage, surely? Finally, Viola will prove to her family and friends that she is more than a ruined woman with no prospects. Not to mention she knows they will be a love match. No one could write such beautiful letters without being the perfect man.
But when she arrives in cold, dreary England to be faced by a foul-tempered, grizzled – albeit in a handsome way – marquess, her dreams of marriage are quickly dashed. Can she draw the lord out of his melancholy ways? And does she even want to remain in England while rumors of three dead wives circulate around Lockwood?
By Andrew Buckley https://amzn.to/2rQdWAA
What would you do if you found an evil dwarf in your bathtub?
In Robert Darkly’s case, you scream like a girl. And then you get taken on a journey to an entirely different world living just on the other side of our own reality – a world where fairy tales are real but not in the way we’ve come to expect them.
The aforementioned dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin, has escaped the tower prison of Thiside determined to finish the sinister plot he started so many years ago. Robert Darkly, oblivious that he is the son of the Mad Hatter, must partner with the mysterious “Agency” to pursue Rumpelstiltskin across our world and the world of Thiside and uncover the treacherous secret that threatens to throw both realities into eternal chaos.
‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’
by Stevie Turner https://amzn.to/2IqemZE
The Daughter-in-Law Syndrome delves into the complicated relationship that is causing much friction between Edna Deane and her daughter-in-law Arla. In addition, it focuses on the sometimes tumultuous partnership between Arla and her husband Ric.
Arla Deane sometimes likens her marriage to undergoing daily psychological warfare. Husband Ric will never voice an opinion and puts his mother Edna up high on a pedestal. Arla is sick of always feeling that she comes in at only second best to her mother-in-law, who much to Arla’s fury is never told anything by Ric or his sisters that she would not want to hear.
This novel explores the husband/wife, mother/son, and mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. After 28 years of marriage, Arla, the daughter-in-law, is at the end of her tether and persuades a reluctant Ric to accompany her for marriage guidance. As they look back over their lives with counselor Toni Beecher, Arla slowly comes to realize her own failings, and eventually discovers the long-hidden reason why Ric will never utter a cross word to his mother.
Also adding to Arla’s stress is the fact that her son Stuart will soon be marrying Ria, a girl whom Arla feels is just looking for a free ride. Arla is convinced that Ria will be no asset to Stuart at all; her new daughter-in-law just wants to be a mother and has no intention of ever working again once the babies start to arrive. After visiting Stuart and Ria for Sunday lunch, Arla is convinced that her son is making the biggest mistake of his life…
‘A House Without Windows’
by Stevie Turner https://amzn.to/2GvfOE6
Newly-pregnant Dr. Beth Nichols is happily engaged to Liam Darrah, a fellow doctor. She has no idea she is being stalked by ex-patient Edwin Evans as she makes her way home one evening after a late shift at the hospital. After being anesthetized, she wakes up in Edwin’s basement, held against her will, and eventually gives birth there without medical help. However, Beth tries to stay positive and somehow knows that Liam will still be out there searching for her. Every night, she looks up at the light bulb that is never switched off and prays that one day they will be together again.
This romance/suspense story is written from different perspectives; from Beth’s nine-year-old daughter Amy, born in captivity, from Beth herself, unwillingly pregnant again years later with Edwin’ s baby; from Liam and Edwin; and 16 years later from Joss, Beth and Edwin’s son.
‘The Pilates Class’
by Stevie Turner https://amzn.to/2KzBz8k
Roger is a down-to-earth builder type, Judy is the harassed single mother of four teenage boys, and Thelma is a librarian who usually looks as though she’s been sitting on a wasps’ nest for most of her life. Neville is on the lookout for a woman (any woman will do), and Julian just wants to be young again. Edie is the wrong side of 70, and Roz is a size zero fitness queen.
These characters, together with one very overweight Alice, all meet up for the first time at their local Pilates class. Petra, the class instructor, has no idea what she has gotten herself into!
‘A Rather Unusual Romance’
by Stevie Turner https://amzn.to/2Ivz723
Erin Mason, divorced and with two teenage sons, finds her world starts to fall apart when she undergoes what is termed a “life event”, and is diagnosed with cancer. Not too far away, somebody else, Alan Beaumont, is also suffering a similar fate. Their paths slowly come together in this inspiring and humorous tale which is partly based on actual events, and shows how love can flourish in the most unlikely of circumstances.
‘Ruby of the Seven Seas’
by Katie Ross https://amzn.to/2L9tl7O
Ruby is a dark-skinned beauty working in the lower town of the city as a tavern maid. She dreams of the fast life on the seven seas, of romance and gold and all the treasure she can find. She refuses to die by the disease like the rest of the world. It’s then that Ruby encounters the captain of a famous pirate crew and she embarks on her new journey across the world. Driven by a passion for treasure and a longing for the captain Ruby finds herself in grave danger amidst the ocean.
Ruby’s second journey sees her stranded on a desert island in the middle of the mighty ocean she once longed to go on. Together with one surviving crew member, she mourns the loss of her rapid life as a pirate and wonders whether or not she’ll ever see her beloved captain again. However, life on the island doesn’t prove to be so bad once her and Max start to notice each other. Under the veil of the night sky, listening to the calm ocean waves and looking up at the starlight with flickering flames running beside them, the two share a passionate moment that turns the disaster into a whirlwind romance.
by AL Kessler https://amzn.to/2rQ5Ngj
The legend of the Gypsy Lady had been passed down for centuries, and now it is Cora’s turn. Giving people hope and taunting the Demon King is what she lives for until she catches the attention of Darius, prince of the demons.
Hidden behind her mask, she keeps her identity from him until the king captures her. With her magic on the verge of waning and the village on the brink of war can Cora tame Prince Darius’ heart before it’s too late?
The night Darius kissed the Gypsy Lady became his undoing. When his father captures the woman people believed to be a spirit, Darius takes the chance to observe her. His obsession with her grows into something more.
‘The Haunting of Gawthorpe House’
by Jack Lewis PENDING