Audio Spotlight & Guest Post: The Pulse of Blue Blood, by Stacy Eaton

Title: The Pulse of Blue Blood

Author: Stacy Eaton

Narrator: Alex Black

Length: 1 hour 31 minutes

Series: My Blood Runs Blue, Book 2

Released: May 15, 2020

Publisher: Nitewolf Novels

Genre: Paranormal Romance


The Pulse of Blue Blood is a short story that should be listened to after My Blood Runs Blue. This story of 17K words is the back story to Kristin and Calista. Listening to this story before listening to My Blood Runs Blue will spoil many plot points.

In My Blood Runs Blue, you were introduced to Kristin, Julian, and Alexander, and you also learned a little about Calista.

Now take a trip back in time to learn more about the decisions that Calista made in her choice between Julian and Alexander.

Learn about her relationship with Julian, and why you choose Alexander at the end of My Blood Runs Blue. You’ll also learn the way she caused her untimely death.

My Blood Runs Blue Series is an adult paranormal action/romance series and is intended for mature audiences.

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Where the idea came from- Stacy Eaton

A few years after My Blood Runs Blue and Blue Blood for Life were written, I was finding that many people had the same question. They couldn’t understand why Kristin had chosen the way she did in the first book. To answer that question, I wrote a novella that went back in time to show what transpired between Calista, Julian, Alex and Damon.

A lot of people who read that novella now go, Oh! Okay. I’m still not crazy about her choice, but I understand it! Now it makes sense.

So when you step back in time, you get the opportunity to see Calista and the love she had for both Alex and Julian, and you see her death. But more importantly, you see why she choose who she did at the end of My Blood Runs Blue. Put all the chemistry aside, this was who Calista should have been with from the beginning.


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.

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Narrator Bio

Alex Black is an articulate, engaging, and versatile narrator based in Cambridge, Vermont. He’s worked in theatre, film, audio production, and appeared on radio. As an accomplished audiobook producer with over 90 titles, he’s worked closely with independent authors and publishers.

He’s received more than 500 5 star reviews and specializes in Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Mystery & Thriller, LGBTQ+, and Memoirs.




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Audio Spotlight: The Yes Factor + Author & Narrator Interviews

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Title: The Yes Factor

Authors: Erin Spencer & Emma Sable

Narrators: Ava Erickson & Andi Arndt

Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

Publisher: One Night Stand Studios

Released: Jun. 30, 2020

Genre: Romantic Comedy


Liv just wants her best friend Bex to find love.

Bex just wants to stay in bed with Outlander.

With 40 just around the corner, divorced single mom Bex is too busy being a chauffeur for her teenage daughter to bother swiping for dates.

Her best friend Liv, who is married to the supposedly perfect man, swoops in from London on a mission to get Bex out of her own bed and in to someone else’s. Liv pushes Bex into a week-long whirlwind of dates, awkward kisses and missed connections.

What could possibly go wrong when Bex agrees to Liv’s harebrained scheme of saying Yes to every possible suitor? And why is Liv so intent on fixing Bex’s love life, or lack thereof?

Just what do you find out when all of your no’s turn into the yes factor?

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Erin Spencer and Emma Sable are two Southern girls who met in L.A. at a mutual friend’s engagement party. They bonded over their shared love of fried shrimp, queso and The Golden Girls. After a girls’ night out in Hollywood to celebrate Emma’s birthday, the two were inspired to begin writing The Yes Factor, their first novel together.

To celebrate finishing the novel, Erin and Emma travelled to the Amalfi coast where they enjoyed a week of sunshine, pasta and Pinot Grigio. And where a few notes might have been scribbled for their next book, too!

Erin lives in L.A. and Emma now lives in London.



Q&A with Authors Erin Spencer & Emma Sable
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Erin: Absolutely! Because I am an audiobook narrator myself and I own an audiobook production company ( – I am very involved in the audiobook world. Everything was read aloud when we were writing so we could make sure that it flowed and that the dialogue fell off the tongue naturally. We really wanted the dialogue to feel real and conversational between these best friends, and there is nothing like reading your writing out loud to test that!
  • How did you select your narrators?
    • Erin: Andi Arndt is a queen in the romance genre and she’s also a good friend. Ava Erickson is someone I know quite intimately, because, well…she’s me!
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Erin: There is a certain amount of trust that authors need to have with the narrators that are cast for their audiobooks. It’s not just about finding the right “voice” but the right actor that you feel can elevate the work in their own way. We knew that Andi was the right choice just because we know her work and we know her as a person and we trusted her completely. There is a reason this audiobook was nominated for a Voice Arts Award – the narrators were emotionally invested in the material and brought it to a whole new level with their performances.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Emma: My writing is so informed by life and just the every day experience and emotion of it. For The Yes Factor, as a woman of a certain age (on the other side of 40!), I was really drawing on the questions you ask yourself as you get older. Am I with the right person, what’s important to me, what makes me happy. Basically mid life crisis stuff! 🙂
    • And more specifically, I was inspired by some very L.A. real life experiences from my ten years of living in that crazy town!
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Emma: During the pandemic, I struggle with burn-out on a daily basis. Times are so tough right now for everyone and it can feel almost impossible to focus on creative endeavors. Reading has really helped me get through it and keeps me inspired to put something down on the page (even if sometimes it’s only one sentence a day).
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Erin: Audiobooks are like a movie for your ears! It triggers a multitude of senses and can make the simplest words jump of the page and impact you in a big way. I love audio just for the fact that it adds a whole other layer of emotion!
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Emma: I’m so blown away by the emotion that Ava and Andi brought to the characters. Bex and Liv are both written in first person POV, so each character has a lot of internal thoughts and musings in their chapters. Ava and Andi captured that so well, which I think gives the writing even more resonance than on the page.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Emma: um, YES. It’s hard to choose just one place/time so I’ll give you two — 1900s Vienna for the art; Christmas 2019 to hug my friends and family and to not take any of it for granted!
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Emma: Christina Applegate for Liv, and Constance Zimmer for Bex.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • Emma: That they need to loosen up! Seriously though, the written word is there to be enjoyed and celebrated in any way possible, whether it be “real reading”, audio, or braille. The only cheating for reading is Cliff Notes! (Not that I would know anything about that…not at all, nothing to do with The Mill on the Floss in 8th grade…)
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Emma: Erin visited me in London then we went to the Amalfi Coast! There were lots of carbs. It was magnificent.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • Emma: Oooof, the dreaded writing slump. Sometimes I’ll spend hours procrastinating when I know I should be writing but I just can’t seem to put one word down. My writing community really helps in those dark moments. We keep each other motivated — it helps to know you’re not alone with feeling blocked.
    • As far as a reading slump, I’m never in one (unless there’s a new season of Selling Sunset, Below Deck or Succession…then I’m in a reading ‘break’).
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Emma: Keep writing! It’s what I’ve been told by writers that I admire and it really is the best advice. Just write something every day, even if it’s a few sentences. Don’t get obsessed with word count. Enjoy the process and be kind to yourself.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Emma: Erin and I are writing the sequel to The Yes Factor, and I’m working on another book of my own.

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Narrator Bio

Multiple Audie and Earphones Award winner Andi Arndt is the narrator of hundreds of audiobooks, and a member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. She’s known for romance titles, loved working on The Yes Factor with her dear friend, and has also narrated high profile releases in literary fiction, mystery / thriller, and bio / memoir, including Notorious RBG.


Narrator Bio

After sailing around the world and watching nearly a thousand sunsets from the bow of her boat like a true Viking, Ava Erickson settled down and started telling stories. Those stories can be anything from laugh-out-loud-funny rom-coms to ones with a more sexy twist. When she found out she was nominated for an Audie for her audiobook narration, she called all her girlfriends together and went to Provence, France, where they drank rosé and ate lots of bread and butter.




Q&A with Narrators Andi Arndt & Ava Erickson
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • Andi: I try to get out ahead of my calendar as much as possible and claim time for myself first so that projects don’t occupy every available moment. Scheduling a variety of genres and new-to-me authors helps keep my brain from going on autopilot. Working on The Yes Factor was so great because knowing Erin as I do, I could just imagine we were spending time together via our characters. And who wouldn’t love that?
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Andi: I am a listener for sure. I love the discovery and immediacy of the format. When I’m reading print, naturally I see fragments of things ahead of where I’m reading, but with a narrator delivering the story to me, I’m at her mercy as she leads me through the book. It’s really a different experience.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • Andi: I’ve worked with authors who are very involved, others who didn’t even know their book was being recorded until I congratulated them on release day. I appreciate when authors give pronunciation notes and other helpful guidance, but I respect their privacy as well. In a few cases authors have become friends, and a couple of winters ago I got snowed in for a couple days at one author’s house after we went to a concert together! It was a blast.
  • What types of things are harmful to your voice?
    • Andi: Dairy, dehydration, lack of sleep.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • Andi: I can answer this question and the next one:, a new website offering courses, coaching and community for audiobook narrators at all levels. It’s been a long time coming and we launch this winter!
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • Andi: I can tell you that it’s quite distracting when I’m narrating–especially intimate scenes–and my dog comes in and stares at me through the window of my isolation booth. It’s like…do you mind? I’d like some privacy!
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • Ava: Before I started my journey into audiobooks I was an actress who loved to read. I had never listened to an audiobook at that point and when they came on my radar I thought – What a perfect fit! After recording my first few books I fell in love with it. Being able to play every character in the book is a wonderfully rewarding challenge!
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • Ava: My favorite thing about narration is being able to completely immerse myself in story. When that veil falls and you are just ‘in it’ – well, it’s magical. My least favorite thing is the isolation. I am alone in a small room, talking to myself! Facebook has been a great way to connect with fans. When I’m narrating, I think about the listeners I engage with on social media if there is a part I know they will laugh or cry at. Audiobook fans are wonderful – they really keep me going.
  • How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voiceover work you’ve done?
    • Ava: Audiobook narration is so emotional! We aren’t selling anything, or telling people what to do, buy or watch. We are just in the emotion of the moment on the page. It requires your full attention and also takes you places and into lives that you never would have dreamed of!
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • Ava: I’m similar to Andi in the sense that I maintain a schedule that is a good balance for my professional and personal life. In fact, Andi may have been my inspiration in doing that a few years back! Both of us work a lot and we love what we do, so it’s really easy to get overwhelmed with books. It’s important for me to find space in my life for ALL the things that bring me joy.




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Spotlight & Excerpt: The Heart and Haven Series + Giveaway

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Hitting Black Ice
Heart and Haven Book 1
by Heloise West
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romantic Suspense


Shawn is on the run from the law and love, to protect himself and anyone else involved. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.
ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for the temp front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a good reason but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.
Forced into a hostage situation, buried passions explode in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings both their hearts back to life. But as they explore their relationship, the past catches up with Shawn.
FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, and when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Will Shawn sacrifice himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder?


On Monday, a little after seven in the morning, Hunter stood in the open ambulance bay as the cold wind between the buildings whipped bits of trash and new snow around. A hard blast slapped at his head and pushed a flap of hair into his eyes.
“Should shave my hair off,” Hunter said to Marisa.
His friend smoked a cigarette despite constant harping from Hunter to stop. Only one or two a day, she said, escaping her husband and kids to step out into their backyard to light up or, like now, at the end of her shift.
“Don’t you dare.” Marisa exhaled a final plume of smoke mixed with the pale steam of her breath. She dropped the butt and ground it out beneath her thick-soled shoe, then picked it up and flicked it unerringly into the bin at the hospital entrance with a smile. They weren’t supposed to smoke on hospital grounds, but it was too dangerous to go off-campus and into the neighborhood.
A man pushed through the doors of the ER.
“Here’s our Shawn,” Marisa said in a low voice.
“He’s not ours,” Hunter said. “He’s someone else’s.”
“You didn’t!”
“I did after you left. He turned me down and told me he was with someone.”
Shawn had dressed for the February weather in a gray hoodie under a black denim jacket and a Red Sox cap. With a long, loping stride, he stood about an inch taller than Hunter. He tipped his face up from under the bill of the cap, caught Hunter’s eye, and smiled.
“The hell he is,” Marisa muttered.
“Hey.” Hunter smiled back because he couldn’t help it. He’d avoided Shawn most of the night shift and planned on going back to an earlier dinner break for the rest of his life. Yet he missed seeing Shawn. The hookup he’d taken to his bed last Friday night and who spent the weekend hadn’t made him feel like this. They’d had some laughs, yet Hunter had been relieved when the guy left. Hunter’s heart skipped a beat when Shawn stopped and said hello to Marisa, then turned to him. Something fizzy and sweet bubbled in his veins, tingling under his skin. His heart stopped its aching as if a morphine drip were in Shawn’s smile.
“You’re angry at me?” Shawn’s pale brows shot up into his forehead.
“Not at all.”
His blue eyes kindled with relief. “You didn’t have a dinner break at your usual time.”
“No, I didn’t. I—” Hunter turned to Marisa, but she only smiled, I told you so in her eyes. He made himself face Shawn. “I’ll be there tomorrow.”
Shawn’s smile widened. “Okay, good.” He gazed up at the sky and the gathering clouds. “Feels like spring will never get here. February must be the longest month of the year.”
“Aren’t you cold? You don’t have a winter jacket?” Marisa scolded.
“Nah, I’m fine.”
Shawn walked down K Street. He put his hand on top of his cap to keep the wind from taking it and pushed the other hand into his pocket. As he turned at the corner and out of sight, he left Hunter with the impression he was lonely and cold.
“Chuck’s late. He’s usually waiting for you,” Hunter commented.
Hunter didn’t like to leave until Marisa’s husband arrived with their two small girls to pick her up. She opened her mouth to answer, but three gunshots blasted out into the low hum of traffic.
“Shit,” Hunter said. The shots came from the same direction Shawn had gone.
Screaming and shouting erupted, muted by the buildings standing between the shots and them. The notorious neighborhood drug corner, open for business day and night, lay in this direction. It sounded like they got who they came for.
Two more shots and the screech of tires followed as a big black SUV came around the corner and passed them. It barely missed Chuck as he pulled into the parking lot with the girls. Chuck leaned hard on the horn.
Marisa dialed 911 as Hunter began the run down K Street, but halfway there, Shawn turned the corner with a young black man dressed in baggy jeans and an over-sized sweater. He leaned heavily on Shawn, who had an arm slung around him. Hunter recognized the guy as one of the street-corner drug thugs, as Marisa called them. He bled from a wound to his leg, his eyes wild with pain and panic as he limped along.
“Anyone else hurt?” Hunter flung the guy’s other arm around him. Damn if he didn’t hear the screech of the SUV’s tires behind them as it came around again.
“No, just him. Faster,” Shawn urged the wounded man. “They’re coming back.”
“Hurts like a motherfucker. I’m gonna kill those motherfuckers. Motherfucker!”
Marisa ran for the ER, shooing her husband and kids inside, as the big black car turned the corner again. The boom of the bass increased as they lowered the window to take another shot at their prey. Marisa returned with a determined expression and a first-aid bag under her arm.
“Marisa! Stay back!” Hunter yelled.
“Mommy!” her daughter shrieked from the doorway of the ER, stopping her cold
“We’ve got him. Get to cover!” Hunter shouted at her. She turned back. When she got to the ER doors, Chuck ran out and yanked her inside.
“Fuck it if it hurts. Run for it!” Shawn pulled at the wounded man.
They ran, and gunfire followed, shattering one of the glass doors before it shut behind them. Sirens wailed in the distance, and Hunter hoped it was coming for them. A couple of doctors ran up and pushed the bleeding man, still cursing and griping, onto a gurney, then wheeled him down the hall to one of the exam rooms.
Shawn stood beside Hunter, watching them go. Hunter grabbed Shawn’s shoulder, shoved aside his open jacket, and found a few small spots of blood.
“Shawn, are you hurt?”
Shawn turned empty eyes on Hunter. He shook his head as if to clear it before turning away again.
“Sure, you’re all right?” Hunter persisted.
“Just reaction.” Shawn held up a trembling hand.
Hunter winced. “You did good, kept your head. Saved the guy’s life. Let’s get you something clean to wear.” Hunter patted him, reassuring himself.
Behind the nurses’ station, Hunter opened a drawer full of scrubs and found a shirt for Shawn, who slipped into the men’s room to change. When he came out again, Hunter dropped the hoodie and T-shirt into the biohazard bin.
Shawn flashed an incredibly sexy grin as he shrugged into his jacket, aimed his direct blue gaze into Hunter’s, and held him there for a heartbeat before turning to leave. “Thanks.”
As Shawn walked away, he raised a hand to Marisa and Chuck arguing in fierce whispers by the nurses’ station. One of their kids waved back, and he nodded. Just before the entrance to the ER, he stopped, and Hunter thought he meant to button his jacket.
The big black SUV had been driven up onto the sidewalk in front of the ER. The first police car screeched into the parking lot as two men got out of the SUV—white, older than the wounded drug dealer, heavier and harder appearing, with guns, already drawn. With the SUV in front of the doors, no one was getting in. And no one was getting out. 


Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses
Heart and Haven Book 2


When Hunter and Alex are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of danger’s path. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth. There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot Karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.
Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, confide a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels brings Derek Boyd, a jewel thief, into their lives. He wants his ex-boyfriend Max and the stolen jewels returned before the Russian mobster, who wants his wife’s jewels back, can catch up with him and exact his revenge.
Paradise is turning into hell on earth.


His Dark Reflection
Heart and Haven Book 3


Disgraced FBI agent Nick Truman failed to save his sister, who was held hostage by a drug cartel until he could give them Alex Crow, who eluded him. His epic downfall lands him in witness protection, where he plays by the rules and keeps to himself. But the murder of his neighbor brings danger to his door. He unexpectedly finds himself the champion of innocents and helplessly attracted to the homicide detective in charge of the case. Nick knows it won’t end well.
Homicide Detective Hank Axelrod is good at digging out secrets, maybe because he hides a big one of his own. He also suspects his husband has one foot out of the door of their marriage and the specter of single life looms unpleasantly on the horizon.
A murder resembling a previous one brings Nick into his world, a man who claims to be a mystery writer looking for a real-life resource. Hank’s instincts say he’s more than that, and he’s rarely wrong.
Torn between the errant soon-to-be-ex husband and the distracting, sexy stranger, Hank needs to focus all his attention on his murder case before he becomes the next victim.


Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance. She travels and gardens with her partner of fifteen years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.


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