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.
Hake
  • 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.

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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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Audio Spotlight & Excerpt: A Hundred Lies + Character Profiles

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Title: A Hundred Lies

Author: Jean M. Grant

Narrator: Rosalind Ashford

Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

Series: The Hundred Trilogy, Book 3

Publisher: Jean M. Grant

Released: Jan. 7, 2021

Genre: Romance

 

1322, Scotland

Rosalie Threston’s fortune-telling lies have caught up with her. Uprooted yet again, she’s on the run from a ruthless English noblewoman. She flees to Scotland and seeks refuge in the arms of a laird’s son who happens to be a real Seer.

A bloody past and inevitable future plague Domhnall Montgomerie. He avoids physical contact with others to ease the painful visions. When an accidental touch reveals only delight, he wonders if Rose is the key to silencing the Sight.

Mystical awakening unravels with each kiss. But can Domhnall embrace his gift in time to save her life, even if it means exposing her lies?

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SImon and Gwyn from A Hundred Breaths
  • Simon in 2 words: reluctant peacemaker
  • Simon’s soft spot: his family and clan
  • Simon’s sore spot: his mother’s illness & his guilt
  • Simon’s strengths: family bond, fighting ability, quick wit
  • Lie he tells himself: The sword is the only way. I can’t keep people safe.
  • His tagline: Good will overcome evil.

 

  • Gwyn in 2 words: gifted healer
  • Gwyn’s soft spot: her brother
  • Gwyn’s sore spot: her brutal father and a relentless Norse betrothed
  • Gwyn’s strengths: grace, self-sacrifice, open mind
  • Lie she tells herself: Healing can save all.
  • Her tagline: Compassion and mercy will always prevail.
Alasdair and Deirdre from A Hundred Kisses
  • Alasdair in 2 words: secretive loyalist
  • Alasdair’s soft spot: friendships
  • Alasdair’s sore spot: his father
  • Alasdair’s strengths: loyalty, connections, compassion
  • Lie he tells himself: I caused all the wrong in my life. I am too deep into this.
  • His tagline: Faith requires little more than belief in the unknown.

 

  • Deirdre in 2 words: cursed/gifted widow
  • Deirdre’s soft spot: friendships, duty
  • Deirdre’s sore spot: her mystical ability, pressures to marry; a big secret…
  • Deirdre’s strengths: kindness, resourcefulness, determination
  • Lie she tells herself: I am cursed and will never find love. I am an anomaly.
  • Her tagline: A curse can turn into a blessing.
Domhnall and Rosalie from A Hundred Lies
  • Domhnall in 2 words: sullen seer
  • Domhnall’s soft spot: caring for people under his charge, and animals
  • Domhnall’s sore spot: inability to touch (triggers bloody visions); guilt from past accident
  • Domhnall’s strengths: intuitive, fair/just, meticulous, ever-vigilant
  • Lie he tells himself: Though he is responsible for everyone, he can’t protect them.
  • His tagline: Everybody lies, but I want to believe.

 

  • Rosalie in 2 words:independent survivor
  • Rosalie’s soft spot: taking care of her uncle, aunt, and cats
  • Rosalie’’s sore spot: she lies for a living/wants to settle and find family
  • Rosalie’s strengths: resourceful, resilient, pragmatic, adaptable
  • Lie she tells herself: I don’t belong anywhere.
  • Her tagline: Home and family are where my heart lays.

 

Jean has a penchant for the misunderstood be it sharks, microbes, or people (fictional and real). A scientist by training, she now spends her days as an author and champion for her children. She has five published novels in the genres of historical and contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. She also writes for family and travel magazines and websites. When not writing, she enjoys tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, tackling the biggest mountains in New England with her husband, and chilling with her children, while taking snapshots of the world around her and daydreaming about the next story. Find her on jeanmgrant.com.

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I am also an Audible-Approved narrator and producer, and a member of both Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA, the unions for professional performers. (Bit of a mouthful I’m afraid.)

I was born and raised in Worcestershire, England and trained in Dramatic Arts—dance, drama and film—in conservatory programs at Madeley College and Keele University, UK. I moved to NY in part to pursue a career in theatre, in part to satisfy a strong wanderlust. Whilst I have, since then, performed onstage from Off-Broadway to regional theatre and on film and TV, I also detoured into other fields over the years.

Microphone training and a great deal of valuable voice experience was acquired as a radio presenter, and for a number of years I read Books for the Blind live on the air—great on-the-job training for audiobook narration! I have also done many voiceovers and radio commercials for national and international markets.

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