Saturday, February 9, 2019

To hear or not to hear


Congratulations to "Janet K.", the winner in Maureen's giveaway. 

When I was a kid our local radio station used to produce a scary story every Wednesday night at 11:00pm. I would sneak my radio under the covers, lower the volume, and press it up against my ear so my parents couldn't hear. I was already an avid reader at this point, but hearing the story took on such a different feel. With Halloween approaching the radio station announced that they were going to have a contest. You could send in your scary story and they would pick one to read on the radio. I hopped into action, crafting a marvelous haunted house tale that I quickly mailed in. At the ripe old age of eleven I experienced my first rejection letter. :) 

When I listened to my first audiobook the fascination with those nighttime radio shows came back to me. The pleasure of the tale was there, but it was also the magical inflections that made the story come to life. Similarly, I would experience this with my uncle who would come over every Sunday and tune into the Giants football game on the radio. I would say, "But the game is on TV," to which he startled me by replying, "There is something romantic about listening to a sporting event on the radio." 

Later in life, I understood what he was saying. One of the definitions for romance is, "a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life." That is what he was getting from the audio broadcast. Mystery and remoteness. That, and the fact that he enjoyed the announcer's commentating.

How about you? Do you ever find yourself enjoying just listening to something instead of seeing it with your eyes? Does anyone even listen to local radio stations anymore? Do you like podcasts?

This week my romantic suspense novel, SHADOW released as an audiobook. The talented narrator, Brandy Skelly took us across the pond, and it was much less expensive than buying an airline ticket! :) Listen to it FREE with a 30-day Audible trial!


SHADOW

From USA Today best-selling author Maureen A. Miller comes this romantic thriller that spans the Atlantic. 

Sophie Diem's boss has skipped town, abandoning their counseling firm and taking her investment money with him. As she seeks to rebuild her professional career, she is distressed by the appearance of a stranger. The man keeps to the shadows, but he is definitely stalking her.  

In an attempt to flee him, she accepts a job offer...in London. Surely, crossing the Atlantic would be enough to deter her shadow. 

Glenn Barber is a desperate man. He sorely wants answers. The man who can supply them has gone missing, though. Now, all Glenn can do is go after the next best thing: the man's former employee, Sophie Diem. 

Sophie is shocked to spot her shadow in London. What she learns is that Glenn, the shadow, is not a stalker but rather her only protection. 


As her attraction to Glenn grows, together, they conspire to locate her former boss and stop him before he can harm others.


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20 comments:

  1. I love audio books. I listen to them while I am walking for exercise, while I'm eating lunch and while cleaning house. I can't be without an audio book so I thank my library- Overdrive and Hoopla - for keeping me well stocked.

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    1. Hi Joan! I once accused Allison Brennan of making me lose weight because I was exercising while listening to her. :)

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  2. I have not gotten into audiobooks or podcasts...I would rather imagine the story through the printed page and at my own pace... just not my cup of tea, but congrats on the audiobook!

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  3. Hi Maureen,
    I listen to something almost every day. When I first started I found that I had to concentrate but soon I got used to listening. It is a great way to get housework done too!
    I am so pleased to hear that you have yours out in Audio! And, Congratulations!

    Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan! The concentration aspect was a problem for me too. I'm one of those "Oh, shiny thing!" people. Always getting distracted.

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  4. I signed up the for the audible romance package, and I love audios! It helps me multitask more!

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    1. Hi Carissa. SHADOW will be in the romance package in a day or two. And yes, we're all looking for a way to multitask! :)

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  5. I haven't got into audio books yet.

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    1. It took me a long time. Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

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  6. Will Mist and Dusk also be released on audio?

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    1. Hi Mary! :) I think it's dependent on how SHADOW does.

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  7. I loved listening to weekly shows on the radio. We would drape ashes or blanket over the table, crawl into our "listening cave," and listen to Buck Rogers, and so many other made for radio dramas. I now listen to books on CD whenever I get the chance. Like reading, I get to use my imagination to fill in the scenery and the appearance of characters and places. Good readers make all the difference in the books. It is amazing how a single person can read all the parts, male and female, as well as do the narration, and it works beautifully.
    Patricia B.

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    1. Hi Patricia. I admire the narrators so much. I so easily get tongue-tied when I try to read out loud. :)

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  8. I don't really listen to them. Not a big fan.

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    1. Hi Sandra. Nothing beats a good book, that's for sure!

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  9. I like listening to audiobooks & podcasts because they help me to relax.

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