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I am on the bloggers mailing list for HarperCollins UK, each month, I get sent this awesome email with a list of books that are on promotional tours (so, I can sign up for tours basically) or other events. This week, they are celebrating all things audio! Audiobooks are awesome, so I knew that I just had to get involved. Since I’m a little camera shy, a video for me right now was out of the question. However, I would love to share my experiences of listening to audiobooks, as well as some exclusive links to some new releases so that you can add something new to your collection. This is not a paid for promotion, it is 100% my interest to promote the #LoveAudio week onto my blog.
So, why do I love audio? For me, there’s lots of reasons why. But I can’t turn this post into an academic essay since we would be here for ten years. Audiobooks for me, was a fun listening experience by simply popping a disc into a CD player next to bed. I used to listen to childrens fairytales when I was an infant before moving onto comedy such as the live Dad’s Army recordings (that I still own… somewhere). My favourite audiobook is about famous people in history. It sparked my creative imagination, I was travelling around the world but never leaving my bedroom. When I was still in primary school, I struggled to sleep and keep to a general routine. I suffered from terrible nightmares but everything changed when audiobooks came into my life. The voices of the narrators used to soothe me to a great extent. I was memorised. Sadly, that special CD player broke. But audiobooks not only helped me physically and mentally, it helped me creatively too.
As a storyteller, I am inspired by real events that we, as humans on Earth experience on a everyday basis. Audiobooks helped me to learn more about character development, the actions that characters throughout the stories and poetry took and the positive effects and sometimes, negative effects as a result. After listening to stories, I started to write my own and then record them into little audio clips. Most, I have since deleted after one day experiencing a depressive mood and then deleting awkward audio I used to save. I never liked drama at school but in front of a microphone, I was myself in a completely new world that I had dreamed up all on my own. My ambition one day, is to record an audiobook version of one of my ancestor’s greatest works. My connection to the Scottish-Georgian writer Tobias Smollett, gave me a literary work full of great plot twists that would be fun to record on audio. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker is the title, keeping the love of books and writing in the family would be a dream come true. Hoping that day will arrive very soon!
Lots of us have busy lives, I am about to start University this coming September and most of the time, a physical book to read on travels wouldn’t be an option. With an audiobook, I can just sit back on the seat, close my eyes and let the power of someone else’s voice take me away somewhere else. I do love authors that record audio versions of their creative work themselves because it’s just fun to hear what an author’s voice actually sounds like through headphones. I completely support the growing services and developments of new audio releases and after this, I plan to promote lots more audio content across my social medias.
Now, onto the fun part! Here on this post to share are three brand new audio releases from a variety of genres. All of them will contain links to download and more information about the storyline. Stay tuned until the very end for a very exciting giveaway opportunity. Without further ado, here are the audio releases for #LoveAudio Week!
How To Keep A Secret by Sarah Morgan:
- DOWNLOAD – https://we.tl/Sm0CnbLisW
- ONLINE LINK – https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/how-to-keep-a-secret-dive-into
This summer one family will discover that together, they can do anything.
Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep…
Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother – but is it time to come clean? Lauren’s teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?
When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .
ME- I actually won a physical ARC copy for review, stay tuned for my full review to come!
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare:
- DOWNLOAD – https://we.tl/HKtLhKg4EM
- ONLINE LINK – https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/the-duchess-deal-by-tessa-dare-read-by-mary-jane-wells-1
‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’
When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan:
- DOWNLOAD – https://we.tl/tjj1sqegqU
- ONLINE LINK – https://soundcloud.com/audiolibrary-a/close-your-eyes-by-darren-osullivan-audiobook-excerpt
He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.
A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.
Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.
Finally, there is an exciting giveaway opportunity… To win a year’s Audible subscription! For more details on how to enter the giveaway, click on this link: http://www.pages06.net/harlequinuk/LoveAudiocomp/love-audio-social/ The giveaway closes for entries on the 17th June 2018!
For more details on the #LoveAudio week, stop by their official website: https://www.loveaudio.org.uk/
That concludes this blog post! Leave in the comments section below why you love audiobooks. What’s your favourite audiobook? Which one/ones are you currently listening to? I’d love to know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!