Audio Spotlight & Playlist: Silence at the Lock + Excerpt

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Title: Silence at the Lock

Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Narrator: Aven Shore

Length: 5 hours and 14 minutes

Series: Steele Secrets, Book 3

Released: April 29, 2022

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Publisher: Andilit

Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult

I didn’t expect to meet a grieving ghost or her dead mother.

But then, I didn’t expect to find out my town had been the site of a lynching, a lynching that had left my friend Sarah motherless and had made her a victim of murder as well.

Their deaths aren’t ancient history, though, not when one man who was a witness still holds sway in our small town. My friends and I have truth on our side, but will that be enough to keep us safe?

If only telling the truth didn’t come so hard to so many.



 

The Music of Silence at the Lock

I grew up listening to folk music – John Denver, Anne Murray, Roger Whitaker – and so when I think of the music behind the stories I write, it’s the songs of folk tunes that fill my head. Songs that tell stories. Songs that come up from places and hearts.

I wrote this book as a testament to the strength of women, to the way we save each other and the world day by day, love by love. So the songs that lifted me as I wrote have that as a theme. Also, Since Silence at the Lock is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in a land that is run through with big rivers and deep hollows, the music that filled my mind as I wrote is the music of the people who have lived there and still live there now. Here are a few songs that you might want to check out to get a feel of Terra Linda and her people.

  1. “We Could Fly” – Rhiannon Giddens. This song is one I quote in the book, and it’s one I played over and over as I wrote because it struck me that it’s one my character Beverly (Bo) might have felt a kinship to.
  2. “Look At Miss Ohio” – Gillian Welch. The theme of this song feels so true for many young women, who need a little freedom, who need to push off against the rules a bit and find our footing, especially my character Sarah in this book.
  3. “Glory Bound” – The Wailin’ Jennys. The characters in my books and I grew up steeped in the Christian tradition, and so this song speaks to the hope that this tradition offers, all the best of it, actually.
  4. “Down to the River To Pray”-Allison Kraus. I sang this song to my little boy every day when we crossed the river by our house, a way to introduce him to the music of our culture but also to the lamenting hopefulness of our faith. That feeling permeates this book.
  5. “What It Don’t Come Easy” – Patty Griffin. Nothing about the experiences of Sarah, Bo, or Mary in this book is easy, but Griffin’s song reminds us of the light that comes around the edges of hardship.

As you can see, the voices of women singing hope spoke large to me as I wrote this book, and I hope they will speak to you, too, in my pages and in these songs, too.


Andi Cumbo-Floyd lives in the Southwestern Mountains of Virginia with her young son, an old dog, and a puppy who likes to eat furniture. When she’s not writing she likes to cross-stitch, binge magical shows, and garden.

Aven Shore is an audiobook narrator living in her off-grid tiny house in rural Eastern Canada, surrounded by forest and chicken friends, and honeybees. She loves books so much she’s listening to one almost every minute she’s not narrating one (she narrates romance as Avie Paige). She narrates live on Discord with other romance narrators on the Haven server. She is longing to travel and hike in mountains again, and dreaming of sleep in the lava fields of Iceland under Northern lights again, her favorite place in the world. Her past lives include being a carpenter, firefighter, tax accountant, and competitive snowboarder.

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Audio Spotlight & Excerpt: Call of Kythshire + Playlist

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Title: Call of Kythshire

Author: Missy Sheldrake

Narrator: Penny Scott-Andrews

Length: 14 hours 12 minutes

Series: Keepers of the Wellsprings, Book 1

Publisher: Missy Sheldrake

Released: Dec. 22, 2020

Genre: Fantasy

 

A peaceful kingdom under threat. Can one girl find the courage to save her family and two worlds?

Sixteen-year-old Azi Hammerfel has finally achieved her dream. Inducted as a squire into her parents’ honored guild of knights, she’s excited to set out on her first quest for the king. But when she isn’t chosen and her father returns badly injured without her mother, the young apprentice is shocked to discover herself stuck by a curse.

Unable to even raise a sword without experiencing excruciating pain, Azi despairs at her mom’s disappearance. But after a fairy appears with a dire warning for the realm and begs for her assistance, the brave teen journeys forth towards a destiny that will put her in the path of a sinister sorcerer.

Can Azi stop two lands from falling to a deadly darkness?

Call of Kythshire is the enchanting first book in the Keepers of the Wellsprings YA fantasy series. If you like strong female characters, immersive world-building, and electrifying adventures, then you’ll love Missy Sheldrake’s award-winning tale.

Listen to Call of Kythshire to defend the source of magic today!

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Missy Sheldrake is an epic daydreamer and a muse of positivity who weaves worlds full of character-driven, complex fantasy adventures. In 2014, she dusted off an unfinished, Tassy Walden Award-winning manuscript from her college days, started writing her first novel, Call of Kythshire, and never looked back. In four short years, she completed the five-book Keepers of the Wellsprings series, an epic high-fantasy young adult adventure that was awarded the Golden Squirrel Independent Book Award in 2017 for Best Fantasy. When she isn’t writing, Missy can be found creating fantastical artworks in paint and clay, wandering hidden forest paths, and concocting plots for imaginary people who are beyond real to her.

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Penny trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. For many years she performed in The West End, as well as on the fringes of London, Brighton and Edinburgh. She also has plenty of touring experience playing leading roles such as Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Earnest, Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Olivia in Twelfth Night. However, she is at her happiest in the recording studio and has had the pleasure of recording dozens of audiobooks, podcasts and radio dramas.

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