Audio Spotlight & Guest Post: The Longblood

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Title: The Longblood

Author: Charmin Blazier

Narrator: Alex Black

Length: 12 hours 1 minutes

Series: The Longblood Series, Book 1

Publisher: Charmin Blazier

Released: Feb. 12, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Love will make him a better man. If it doesn’t kill him first.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Marco is about to start the life he’s always wanted. But when he blacks out and etches a mysterious code on his arm, it changes his plans in ways he never imagined.

The code leads him to the grounds of an ancient British asylum housing a secret society where he learns the unthinkable – he’s lived before. As his past life begins to resurface in unpredictable and terrifying ways, Daniel seeks answers and learns his life is in danger.

And he’s not alone.

When he meets bold Ainsley Fairfax, who is working in the shadows to solve a mystery tied to both their fates, Daniel is intensely drawn to her in ways he can’t explain. Ainsley believes Daniel is the key to solving the mystery and keeping them alive. But the more time Daniel spends with Ainsley, the deeper he’s drawn into danger. And the more he begins to lose control…

Together, they must solve the mystery before it’s too late. Will he prevail? Or will all he cares for be destroyed?

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Author Charmin Blazier’s Reasons Why You Should Give Audiobooks a Listen

You deserve to hear a great story.

And how long has it been?

For some, far too long. As we grow up, we often leave great joys behind. We forget to play, lose interest in drawing for the fun of it, and no longer ask those in our lives to crack open a book and read us a story.

I mean, why would we do that? We can read it ourselves, right?

Yes, but in our quest to be silently independent in the presence of books, we’ve lost something vital.

We’ve lost a realm of creativity, a place like no other, a place that belongs to us.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The realms we leave behind might be forgotten for a while, but they don’t disappear. And though we have tight schedules, bills to pay, and doings to do, we also have a way to reclaim long-forgotten joys even as we speed through our over-tasked lives.

Enter audiobooks.

Glorious, magical, irresistible audiobooks.

For me, they’ve done the impossible—made otherwise hideous commutes enjoyable.

And that’s just the beginning of their talents. Audiobooks change our relations to stories; they expand our creative collaborations.

After all, when you engage with fiction, you become a creator of worlds. When you read, you and the writer come together to craft something utterly unique in your mind.

And when you listen, you, the writer, and the narrator come together.

Voice brings another layer to the collaboration, another soul to the story, another existential form via external sound. The jump from book to audiobook is more subtle than the one from book to movie. It’s a mid-way point—a zone of twilight that retains intimacy and imaginative engagement yet draws the inward nature of reading ever so slightly outward. And all this is done with just a bit of breath and sound.

People sometimes ask whether listening to a book is as good as reading it. Some even suggest that listening equates to “cheating.” Such notions miss the larger point. It’s not about what’s as good or better. It’s about you as a creator and what a different artistic collaboration can bring to your life and imagination.

It’s about fun, expansion, and learning that in the best possible way, you and I are not so different than we used to be.

So, go ahead. Give an audiobook a listen and reclaim your forgotten creative realm. Your collaborators are waiting.

Happy listening.

-Charmin Blazier

Charmin BlazierCharmin Blazier is  a writer of paranormal romance and a mother of chihuahuas. She lives in Northern Virginia with the most amazing sister and blue-eyed pup on earth.

Her poetry was published in the Heart 11 Poetry Journal, and she holds a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from George Mason University.  Additionally, she’s currently working on the next installment in The Longblood Series.

Be on the lookout for Lost Longblood: The Longblood Series Book Two (coming soon)!

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Alex BlackAlex Black is a professional audiobook narrator who has performed and produced over 75 audiobooks. Many of his audiobooks have made the top 20 Amazon best sellers list within their category. He has received hundreds of 5 star reviews across various genres. Audible listeners have this to say: “Fantastic narration! The narrator weaves a spell reading this book!” “I felt all the emotions these characters experienced through his voice and I was totally pulled into this story!”

Location: Vermont, United States

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Spotlight – Excerpt & Guest Post: The Seven Spires + Giveaway

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The Seven Spires
by Russell Archey
GENRE: Fantasy

An incredible high fantasy adventure set in a world based on familiar fairy tales, folklore, and mythology, “The Seven Spires” is an epic story of dragons, magic, conquering evil, and discovering magnificent new places.

When a fearsome creature known as Wyvern begins terrorizing Emrallt, one of the seven realms of the continent of Septer, a group of heroes are brought together seemingly by fate to rally against him. A prince, warrior, wizard, and mysterious, sorceress-like sybil try to discover why a common maiden could be the best chance their kingdoms have against Wyvern’s growing forces that threaten to dominate each and every one of the ancient, arcane spires that bind their kingdoms, and world, together.

 

Wyvern recognized their broken language and knew that White-eye spoke of more than just a town guard or good-natured passerby. Ratlings cared little for the difference between common humans, merchants, and even nobility. It was only a difference in what goods they could pilfer; however, when a ratling described one as ‘important,’ that often meant ‘royalty’.

“The important man—what did he look like?” Wyvern asked.

The two deplorable rodents looked up at him in confusion. They looked through arms held in front of their faces as if toward off a pending strike. Wyvern leaned forward on his forelimbs.

“You said he was ‘important.’ He wore blue clothes. What did he look like? Face, hair—what?” he growled with small tongues of fire licking around his teeth.

“Also pretty, like lady!” Moss Blossom squealed. “Nice clothes! Long blue vest with another tower—different shiny stone, blue shiny stone…”

Wyvern growled in frustration. The Blue Prince of Avallonis. The little fop could bring Wyvern no end of misery; an army’s worth of misery to be exact. Especially if he had his sights set on the Maiden.

“He threatened you?” Wyvern asked of them.

“Y-yes, with sharp metal. He threaten blood,” White-eye answered. Moss Blossom nodded her head vigorously in agreement.

“Indeed, you had no choice but to flee,” Wyvern said. “But, rules are rules…” he added with menace.

 

What draws you to fantasy, and what’s your favorite aspects of it?

I’ve always enjoyed both sci-fi and fantasy, but something about fantasy has always appealed more to me. When I was younger, I feel it may have been the idea of armored knights, colorful settings, and dragons (I was definitely a boy obsessed with dragons). As I grew older I found an interest in history, from ancient times through the medieval and renaissance eras to modern times. Of course, the medieval and renaissance eras I found most appealing. This eventually grew to a love for dark fantasy and even historically-based fantasy. My favorite aspects of the Game of Thrones TV series and the A Song of Ice and Fire books are actually those that involve political intrigue and military strategy, not the dragons or wights! Fairy tale themes, such as those in the comic series Fables, and darker, grittier fantasy settings such as Excalibur, Dragon Age, and The Witcher have as much appeal to me as historical based stories like Kingdom Come (the video game). Of course, mythology stories and settings are also a huge favorite! I still love the colorful and more light-hearted settings, but all my life I’ve had some fantasy leaning or another that, really, I think is just in my DNA.

Russell ArcheyRussell Archey has been writing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. His love for narratives, world-building, and story-telling has fed into nearly every aspect of his life: from his video and board game hobbies to pressing his most cherished books onto his unfortunate children (who will, one day, read the Lord of the Rings trilogy whether they like it or not). When he’s not creating new worlds and horrifying things to threaten them with destruction, he’s bringing other author’s fantastic works to life as an audiobook narrator, spending time with his two children, and pressing his dear wife’s eternal patience with his quirky habits.

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