Audiobook Spotlight: Mistletoe & Cocoa Kisses+ Excerpt & Narrator Interview

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Title: Mistletoe & Cocoa Kisses

Author: Stacy Eaton

Narrator: Lisa Beacom

Length: 4 hours 38 minutes

Series: Heart of the Family, Book 1

Publisher: Nitewolf Novels

Released: Mar. 2, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Robin Cove has had enough of her boss, is over her boyfriend, and makes a split-second decision to leave it all behind. Too bad she didn’t check the weather forecast before she left. Stranded on the side of the road when her old car breaks down, Robin fears her impulsive action will be the death of her, as her body temperature steadily lowers to dangerous levels.

Matt Landry is slowly making his way home in the storm, when he finds an unconscious woman on the side of the road and rushes her home to his father Chris to save her.

When Robin wakes up, she finds herself in the kind of home that she has always dreamed of having, except for the handsome man with the surly attitude. As much as Robin wants to stay, she knows she’ll never win him over and needs to find the right future for herself.

Will Robin’s future bring her back to Chris and his kids? Or, will Chris lose the chance to have the love of a woman who will never leave him and the family he has always wanted?

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Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy, and two grandchildren.

Stacy is involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.

Be sure to visit www.stacyeaton.com for updates and more information on her books.

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Narrator Bio

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska, I worked as an actor on stage and on the radio over the last 20 years.

During this time, I studied voice extensively, and I sing jazz and other styles professionally. I am the featured vocalist for the music album “The Road” by the band Under the Bus.

To keep developing my acting skills, I studied improv at The Second City, Annoyance and Comedy Sports Theaters among others. Most recently, I graduated from the ACX Master Class for audiobook narrators and am now focused on my work as a professional voice actor.

As an audiobook narrator, I’ve recorded dozens of books that are now available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. I discovered that narration provides the perfect outlet for my unique skills and talents.

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Q&A with Narrator Lisa Beacom
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I kind of stumbled into it. My Aunt started narrating audiobooks and I was talking to her one day and she was so excited about it I had to try it.
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • I took a class that taught me how to navigate ACX and get started narrating.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • I do have a degree in Theatre. I don’t think that’s absolutely necessary but I think it definitely helps. Narrating an audiobook is a performance.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • Degree in Theatre. Years of singing lessons. Years on the stage. A class or two in voice acting and lots of improv.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • I honestly love the craft. I love a good book so reading it out loud to an audience is very fulfilling to me.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Yes. So many things. I love getting lost in a good story with a good performance. I love being able to multi task. I’m super klutzy so walking around with my eyes glued to a book is usually a bad idea. That said, I do love regular books too.
  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?
    • I don’t think I’m unsuited to any particular genre. I actually did decline a project once because I felt like the main character had very specific characteristics that would be better performed by someone else.
  • What types of things are harmful to your voice?
    • The absolute worst thing for my voice is stress.
  • Have there been any characters that you really connected with?
    • So many ☺
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Yes, I’d go back to when my parents were both alive and healthy and ask them all the questions I never asked.
  • How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voiceover work you’ve done?
    • Audiobook narration is sort of like long-form voiceover work. It’s dramatically different because the books are hours long where most of the other voice over work I’ve done has been very short.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • I try not to.
  • If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
    • Nothing gets under your skin like a negative review.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I honestly don’t get it. Unless for some reason the audiobook is “abridged” it’s really the same thing except in audio, someone is reading the book to you…
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • Do not undervalue yourself.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m working on a project with an author that I’ve done five other titles with.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: The Collectors + Giveaway

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The Collectors
Greg Jolley
Out December 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller

Pierce Danser’s soon-to-be ex-wife, the glamorous actress Pauline Place, has disappeared. She’s been kidnapped by a very dangerous man, intent on adding her to his bizarre and twisted collection.

But Pierce is determined to find and rescue her, no matter the obstacles, even if it means the loss of his own life. The clock is ticking, his resources are slim, and he’s up against a sick man with a twisted, cruel vision.

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EXCERPT:

Chapter One

TIN CAN

“Welcome to the film set, Mr. Kiharazaka. Please mind your step, we’re having a problem with vermin.”

The tall, thin man, fresh from Kyoto, adjusted his stride, placing each step of his spacesuit boots gingerly.

“I’m Rolf. Can I call you Zaka?” the assistant director went on.

“Please, no,” Mr. Kiharazaka replied demurely.

“Got it.”

“Will we be going weightless? It was in the original scene.”

“We’re woking on that, yes.”

“Woking?”

“A joke. Sort of.”

A few yards away, green gaffing tape marked the edge of the darkened film set. Rolf spoke into her headset and the lights came up, revealing the interior of the spacecraft: the complex helm and seating for the crew. The second set—the crew table and galley kitchen—was half-lit in the distance.

Mr. Kiharazaka stared with unreserved delight. The crew had accurately replicated the 1990s television series Tin Can’s two most famous locations.

Members of the film crew were already on the set, at their places among the equipment; lights, extended boom mics, and various cameras, some dollied and some shoulder-held. Mr. Kiharazaka had to rotate stiffly in his spacesuit, turning his helmet, visor up, to watch the young, professional film crew. He nodded to some and spoke to none. For the most part, these serious professionals looked right through him, focused on their craft.

“Please step in, Zaka. We’d like you to feel comfortable in both locations.”

“Where is the cast? The Robbins family?”

“Soon enough. Please.” Rolf extended her hand and Zaka crossed the green tape and stepped into the helm, noting that the flooring was white painted plywood. With the flight helmet on, the voices about the set were muted. Zaka stared at the helm, admiring, but not touching, the multiple displays. He stood back of Captain Robbins’s helm chair, taking in all the exacting details of the complex spacecraft controls. Easing between the captain and copilot chair, he turned to Rolf with his white gloved hand out to the second chair and asked, “May I?”

Rolf gave him her buttery professional smile.

“Captain, permission to man the helm?” Zaka asked.

Rolf rolled her eyes, up into the complex scaffolding above. The client was already in role, using the famous and familiar dialogue from the Tin Can series. Since none of the cast was yet on set, Rolf answered for Matt Stuck, the sod of an actor who played Captain Robbins.

 

Author Bio:

Greg Jolley (also published under Gregory French) earned a master of art in writing from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of sixteen novels and one collection about the fictional, film industry-based Danser family. He currently lives in the Very Small town of Ormond Beach, Florida

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