Audiobook Spotlight & Character Profiles: Winter Masquerade, by Kevin Klehr


Title: Winter Masquerade

Author: Kevin Klehr

Narrator: Jon Bolitho-Jones

Length: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Publisher: NineStar Press

Released: Feb. 22, 2022

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Ferris wakes on the Sea Queen, an enchanted cruise ship sailing on a chocolate sea. He has no idea how he got here, but he desperately wants to go home to his boyfriend.

The alchemist is the only person who can help Ferris, but he’s been kidnapped. The ransom is high tea, with scones, and jam.

Meanwhile, the passengers are gearing up for the Winter Masquerade, a ball where love and magic reign.

With a murderous musician, an absent boyfriend, and a mystical party, Ferris soon learns that Wednesday is not the day to fall in love.

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Ferris is unsure of himself, yet at first, we’re not sure why. He lives with his boyfriend, Harris, in a rented Sydney home, but this is not where this tale begins.

He wakes on the Sea Queen, an enchanted ocean liner sailing on a chocolate sea with a permanent rainbow above. He is in his early twenties with brown hair and brown eyes, and is both delighted and disturbed at what happens aboard this mystical journey.

Cole is the guitarist in the band that is rehearsing for the masquerade ball. He doesn’t say much, but broods instead, covering up the fact that he’s a little shy. He wears a white suit and is never without his sunglasses.

Janus is a very small horse with wings. Yes, a miniature Pegasus! He helps The Detective solve mysteries and is carried around in the investigator’s man-bag. He is also highly intelligent and well educated, and often debates when The Detective has no clue how to solve a case.

In Winter Masquerade, Janus and The Detective are trying to find The Alchemist, the only person who can help Ferris get home to his boyfriend.

Camilla is The Alchemist’s wife. She is cultured and is the favourite character of Jon Bolitho-Jones, the narrator of this audio book. Jon claims Camilla has the personality of an old actress – dramatic and whimsical. She sounds as if she’s born into money, yet she has always existed in the fantasy world aboard the Sea Queen.

Molly is ditzy. She is Camilla’s best friend, and like Camilla, is in her early sixties. She can read handwriting and believes she was a fishmonger’s wife in a previous life. The narrator believes Molly is like those eccentric aunts you find in Jane Austin novels.

Olive is also ditzy. She is the harp player in the band and the best way to describe her is to say – think Stevie Nicks at forty years of age. Olive has long red hair, green eyes and wears a long sheer dress for comfort. Scallywag is the ten-year-old boy who plays the drums for the band. He is plump, has short dark hair and is wiser than his age. Like Ferris, he is from our world, but there’s a grim reason he hides out in this alternate reality.

Kevin lives with his husband, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

His tall tales explore unrequited love in the theatre district of the Afterlife, romance between a dreamer and a realist, and a dystopian city addicted to social media.

His first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, spawned a secondary character named Guy. Many readers argue that Guy, the insecure gay angel, is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. His popularity surprised the author. The third in this series, Drama Queens and Devilish Schemes, scored a Rainbow Award (judged by fans of queer fiction) for Best Gay Alternative Universe/Reality novel.

Recently, his work, The Midnight Man, scored Runner Up in Best Gay Fantasy at the Rainbow Awards, while Winter Masquerade received an Hourable Mention. The Midnight Man also scored a first place in an LGBT category at the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers Choice Awards.

So, with Guy, his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

Jon Bolitho-Jones is an actor/writer based in Prescot, a place between Manchester and Liverpool in the UK. He can also be found hanging around in Watford and Kings Langley.

Jon graduated from ArtsEd School of acting and since then has worked in Short Films, Shakespeare, Fringe Theatre, and Pantomime. He also has experience in Improv Comedy, Stand Up, Writing and Directing.


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Audio Spotlight: Tempest Cursed + Character Profiles

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Title: Tempest Cursed

Author: K.C. Lannon

Narrator: Fran Burgoyne

Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: K.C. Lannon

Released: Jan. 6, 2021

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult

On the island of Moon Tithe, where oceanic gods called Deep Dwellers once ruled, a lonely girl and a monstrous boy fell in love.

When spirited 10-year-old Pearl searches for magic and answers after her mother’s presumed drowning, she finds a strange boy named Hake, instead. Raised cruelly by a monster called the Old One, 11-year-old Hake possesses otherworldly powers and has the knowledge Pearl seeks. In exchange for a home, Hake agrees to show her magic. But Hake knows nothing of magic – only that Pearl’s romantic stories of the Deep Dwellers are a lie.

As the two grow into young adults together, both the mysteries they seek to unravel and their romantic feelings for each other become hopelessly entangled. However, Pearl’s father threatens to separate them if they dig too deeply into Tempest’s secrets: a hidden passage, a Deep Dweller cult, and rumors of human sacrifices.

But when the wealthy and kind Lotham family arrives on Moon Tithe, offering Pearl an escape from the secrets that haunt her, her loyalty to Hake is challenged, especially when his monstrous nature is revealed.

Tempest Cursed is a magical, loose retelling of the classic novel Wuthering Heights.

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Pearl Earton
  • Age: Through the course of the story, she ages from a child to a young adult.
  • Physical Appearance: Long, wild dark brown hair, blue eyes the color of the sea.
  • Goal: When her mother vanished, rumored to have drowned in the Moon Tithe sea, Pearl is willing to do anything to get answers, even defying her father and making a dangerous sacrifice to the Deep Dwellers. But as she gets closer to the truth, the more it frightens her.
  • What does Pearl value most? Her freedom, and being allowed to be her true self.
  • Greatest Fear: Losing her father’s love for good, or being separated from Hake. Finding out a terrible truth about her mother’s disappearance.
  • Family relationships: After her mother vanished, Pearl bonded further with the housemaid, Alma, who became a confidant and mother figure to the girl. Her relationship with her father is strained; they simply do not understand each other.
  • Favorite pastimes: Collecting shells on the beach, horseback riding across the wild moorland with Hake, and enjoying nature and wildlife.
  • Strongest positive personality trait: When Pearl is at her best, she is empathetic, brave, and fiercely loyal to those she cares about.
  • Strongest negative personality trait: At her worst, Pearl can be stubborn and self-centered.
  • Age: Through the course of the story, he ages from a child to a young adult.
  • Physical Appearance: Wavy, overgrown, tangled black hair; dark brown eyes; tan skin covered with freckles; a gap-toothed smile. He rarely wears a shirt or shoes, and he usually has his sealskin cloak about his shoulders.
  • Goal: After escaping the Old One, the terrifying monster who fathered him, Hake’s main goal is survival. His goal then shifts to discovering his powers and what he truly is, and making sure that he and Pearl are never parted.
  • What does Hake value most? Pearl’s company, safety, and food.
  • Greatest Fear: That one day the Old One will return to kill him.
  • Family relationships: He does not consider the Old One his true family. He never knew his mother. His true family is Mr. Earton, Pearl, and perhaps even Alma (though she annoys him).
  • Favorite pastimes: Swimming and spending time with Pearl. He could happily spend every moment with her.
  • Strongest positive personality trait: When Hake is at his best, he is gentle, honest, and exceedingly brave.
  • Strongest negative personality trait: At his worst, Hake can be fearful, resentful, and cruel.

K.C. Lannon graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English. When she is not writing or co-authoring the Winter’s Blight book series, she tutors English, walks dogs, and dabbles in art. She enjoys cooking vegetarian meals and playing tabletop RPGs.


Narrator Bio

Fran Burgoyne is a British stage actor and voice artist, with work ranging from classics such as the deliciously awful Natasha in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Lady Utterword in Shaw’s Heartbreak House and Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2, to playing the world’s worst tour guide in modern pieces such as the ground-breaking immersive show Madhouse Re:Exit by Access All Area’s. An award-winning narrator, she can be heard reading fantasy, romance and young adult novels in all good audiobook outlets, and snippets of the action can be seen on Instagram @frantellsstories.


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