Posted in Contemporary Romance, Flashback Friday

Cake by J. Bengtsson #FlashbackFriday #AudiobookReview @TheRealJoeArden

TGIF Today for my flashback Friday review I am bringing you a book narrated by the magnificent Joe Arden, Who we were lucky enough to get an interview with… The interview was posted on the blog earlier today and I sure hope you had the opportunity to read it, it was quite divine😍

I listened to this book on audio and it was wonderful! The story is fabulous and it was probably my favorite romance of 2017, so I cannot recommend this book enough! fabulous narration as well as a fantastic love story💕

Cake

Cake by J. Bengtsson

5 Scrumptious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

When outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell was paired with the famously reserved rockstar for a friend’s wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What could they possibly have in common? She was a bubbly talker; he was a reclusive loner. His life was filled with music; she couldn’t carry a tune. She’d enjoyed a happy childhood; his was a well-publicized nightmare.

Yet despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other, and her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past?

Review

I devoured this book just as I would a piece of cake….
Casey was such a fabulous character, she reminded me a little bit of a younger me… always having a little too much to say…. Jake was just a good guy… with a very tragic past, a lot to overcome….

Even though a few things didn’t quite ring true with me( I just can’t imagine a huge rockstar not having more security) this was a very real love story…. I also really appreciated that both characters had a very strong family presence throughout the book….. definitely looking forward to more books from this author, in fact I’ve already started the second book in the series….

PS: the second book as fabulous as well!

🎧🎧🎧5 Smoking Stars for the narration in this book! Wonderful job done by both Joe Arden and Andi Arndt as always!

Enjoy,

Berit

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Cover Reveal

One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn #CoverReveal @AuthorMegQuinn @InkSlingerPR

Happy Friday! Thrilled to bring you this hot cover from the third book in this wonderful series that I cannot wait to read!😍

“What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?”

Forget.

I need to forget. I need an escape.

Only one person isn’t falling for my reputation as the NHL’s Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend’s house. She didn’t want to hear my reason–she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.

Adalyn is bold, sassy–and the perfect escape.

She’s everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.

And I do, making this summer the best off-season I’ve ever had.

But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don’t expect is to get her pregnant.

And what I definitely don’t expect is having to fight for her affection.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Posted in Narrator Interview

Q & A with Joe Arden #Narrator #Audiobook @TheRealJoeArden

Joe Arden

Today we have the absolute privilege of a little Q&A with the Unicorn/Enigma narrator that is

Joe Arden

*Joe Arden’s narration has been described as “sensual,” “sexy,” and “hot.” His recordings range from sweet and romantic to steamy and raw. In his spare time, Joe raises and trains rescue pitbulls and restores vintage motorcycles.*Tantor media website

Q&A

AKTBM: Audio killed the Bookmark
JA: Joe Arden

AKTBM:
How did you become an audio book narrator?

JA:
I figured the next best thing to falling in love and having great sex was telling stories about falling in love and having great sex!

AKTBM:
What might be a typical routine for you, before sitting down to record?

JA:
Cup of coffee, hike with the dog, 30 minutes of yoga.

AKTBM:
You narrate quite a lot of dual audio books. Do you have a favourite person to work with?

JA:
Yes, but I’m not telling…

AKTBM:
Do you have a recording studio in your home, or do you go into a studio to record?

JA:
I have a studio in my house and do most of my recording there, but sometimes I’m invited to work at remote studios which I’m always happy to do because it gets me out of the house and interacting with other people!!

AKTBM:
Are you an audio book listener, do you prefer print, or are you *gasp* a non reader? If you are a listener / reader, what genres do you prefer?

JA:
I am an avid reader. I have always enjoyed the look and feel of a physical book. I am comforted by a row of book spines on a shelf. I also find my retention level is improved when I read a physical book because my tactile senses are involved in the recall process. I remember where certain text was on a page and how far into the book I was at the time.

With a scrollable PDF, you lose some of that.

Also, because I read PDFs all day for work, it’s nice to break that up in my free time with a beer and a paperback or a bourbon and a hardcover!

I like crime dramas and noir books. I love books that help me become a better dog dad, too!

AKTBM……..Swoon!

AKTBM:
What do your friends / family think of your job? Do they listen to your books or do they tease you because of the content?

JA:
My parents think I’m a doctor and my siblings are too embarrassed to even speak to me.

I’M JUST KIDDING!!

My family loves me and they have always supported me. They see that I love what I do, so they couldn’t be happier.

None of my friends have admitted to listening to any of my titles, but I’ll bet a few of them have…

AKTBM
Because you are such an enigma in the audio world, are you surprised about the fan base you have, and has anyone recognized you because of your voice?

JA:
Am I surprised about my fan base? Not really. I mean, have you heard me say ‘F***’ ??

I have never been recognized for my voice, but I was introduced to a friend’s sister at a wedding and she immediately pulled out her phone and scrolled through a column of my titles on her Audible account. I was extremely flattered.

AKTBM:
Now you have joined the Twitterverse how are you enjoying it? Will you be joining Facebook or any other social media soon?

JA:
Twitter is great because it gives me a chance to connect with fans and help promote titles that I am particularly proud of.

I love doing giveaways on there as a way to thank my fans and celebrate specific projects.

Certain authors are such a treat to work with, so if I can help them generate some buzz and get fans excited about listening, then I want to be able to do that.

That’s probably the only place you’ll be able to find me, at least for a while.
So give @TheRealJoeArden a follow when you get a chance!

AKTBM:
Are you aware of your many female followers and your hashtag #AndCock created for you in the fabulous Facebook group Aural Fixation, and if so, what do you think of it?

JA:
My mother would be so proud! 🙂

AKTBM:
You are a 1 click narrator for me, regardless of the author. Because of this, I have discovered some new fabulous writers.
Is there a certain book you have narrated that you are particularly proud of?

JA:
I don’t want to highlight any one title because I’ve had the great fortune to work with so many wonderfully talented writers.

One of the perks of this job is meeting and getting exposed to the work of people I might not otherwise have come across.

I will say that the work can be particularly special when I read a story that happens to resonate with my life in a unique way. It’s hard to plan for that, but it’s exhilarating when it happens.

AKTBM:
Last question: How would you recommend starting, to anyone interested in becoming an audio book narrator?

JA:
Go to a library or bookstore. Walk down a random aisle, close your eyes and select any title.

Take that book home and read it out loud to yourself in a closet for 3 hours.
If you haven’t gone insane, then start doing some research online on the best next steps.

There’s a lot out there already to help you get started!

Thank you Joe for choosing us for your first interview, and taking the time to answer these questions for our little blog, our ears (and hearts) can’t get enough of your smooth smexy tones!

Check out Joe Arden’s back catalog:

Audible US

Audible UK

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