The Anna Blanc Mysteries Blog Tour: The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

“The most entertaining historical mystery.”

 

 

About Audiobook #3

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮2019

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 3

Release date: Dec. 2, 2019

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. Anna Blanc is a former so-so socialite, a flailing police matron, and a killer detective.

Ex-heiress Anna Blanc is precariously employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, reforming delinquent children and minding lady jailbirds. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer – both no-nos that could get her fired. 

On a lover’s tryst in Griffith Park, Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. Anna can’t resist. She’s on the case. As her murder investigation stalls, and her police matron duties start piling up, strange floral arrangements begin arriving from an unknown admirer. 

Following the petals leads Anna to another crime, one close to home. Suddenly pitted against Joe, Anna must examine her loyalties and solve the crimes, even if it means losing the man she loves.

 

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I absolutely adore what Jennifer Kincheloe has created with the Anna Blanc mystery series. It’s the most entertaining historical fiction in my opinion! Just when you think you’re up for a little romance with detective Joe Singer…a body is suddenly found in Griffith park. I know, shocker right? I loved how this mystery plays out when Anna’s family gets involved in the case. She’s forced into an impossible dilemma between Joe, defending a family member, and solving the case. Great plotting. Laughed out loud several times! 

Narrator Moira Quirk is the perfect voice of Anna Blanc. I couldn’t imagine picking another person. Her characterization of Anna Blanc is spot on. When I’m listening to it I feel like I’m transported back in time. Moira Quirk is the best!

 

About the Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.

 

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About the Narrator: Moira Quirk

Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself.  Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”

 

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Audiobook Review: Love and Hate by Ryan Armstrong

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About the Audiobook

 

Author: Ryan Armstrong

Narrator: Christopher Sherwood

Length: 5 hours and 1 minutes

Publisher: LM Vintage Publishers⎮2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: July 17, 2018

 

Synopsis: World War II: A young Nazi guard stationed in a ghetto in Regensburg, Germany finds himself in a time and place that he hates. He has never directly participated in the bloodletting but has done nothing to stop it. He wonders if his soul can be saved. He saves a Jewish girl’s life when ordered to murder her. He refuses despite the consequences. Perhaps the girl he saved can save him? Maybe she can be the key to his redemption and a light for his soul, to guide the way home.

 

 

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Emotionally riveting story of love and hate of a Nazi guard and young Jewish girl. Well told, gripping saga that puts on display the struggles of living in Nazi Germany. But in the midst of all the chaos, there’s a beacon of light and hope. This book had me on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next. The narrator did a splendid job with a German accent which gave it a more authentic feel for the reader.
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About the Author: Ryan Armstrong

Ryan Armstrong has always enjoyed history, reading and writing. He majored in history and English at the University of Oklahoma. He likes to tell stories that haven’t been told before, especially love stories. He is currently working on an anthology, The Darkest Hour, due out in January with ten best selling historical fiction novelists. He is married and has two boys. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Follow Ryan Armstrong on Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, Twitter or at ryanarmstrongauthor.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Narrator: Christopher Sherwood

Christopher shares his time between London and New York. He grew up in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England, before attending Oxford University to study Human Sciences. He was then recruited into the advertising industry where he spent 7 years and during which time he developed a love of theatre. It was this love that drove him to leave advertising in order to attend Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since then he has performed various roles on stage, TV and film and more recently has enjoyed success as a voice artist earning commissions for corporate, commercial, drama, and audiobook work.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: Song at Dawn by Jean Gill

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About the Audiobook

Author: Jean Gill

Narrator: Jake Urry

Length: 12 hours 48 minutes

Publisher: Jean Gill⎮2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: The Troubadours Quartet, Volume 1

Release date: Apr. 24, 2018

 

 

 

Synopsis: Book 1 of the award-winning historical fiction series The Troubadours Quartet

Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice

Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction

Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards

“Believable, page-turning and memorable.” (Lela Michael, S.P. Review)


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On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen’s finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros.

Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne.

Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill’s spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters soar and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.

“Historical fiction at its best.” (Karen Charlton, author of the Detective Lavender Mysteries)

 

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The complex narrative of Song at Dawn is breathtaking. This, combined with the narration by Jake Urry make this a compelling read. I’m always in awe how Urry adds an eery, seductive quality to the characters. It brings the story into another dimension that’s hard to put into words. The sound quality and production of the audiobook was excellent. The background music added virtue and an authentic feel throughout the book.

 

 

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About the Author: Jean Gill

Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named ‘Endeavour’, a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Wales. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.


Publications are varied, including prize-winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, and a cookery book on goat cheese. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, she can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions.


Sign up to Jean special readers’ group at http://www.jeangill.com for exclusive news, offers and a free book. If you review one of Jean’s books you can add a dog to Jean’s Readers Dogs Hall of Fame on her website. Contact Jean at jean.gill@wanadoo.fr with comments or questions. She loves to hear from readers.

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About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 28 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour and A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl, the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen, The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms, and The Dragon Apocalypse Series by James Maxey. In 2018 Jake will be working on a wide range of Audiobooks across the genres of Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: I Serve by Roseanne E. Lortz

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A tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor.

 

 

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About the Audiobook

Author: Rosanne E. Lortz

Narrator: James Young

Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Madison Street Publishing⎮20

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: Jul. 18, 2017

 

Synopsis: A tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Hundred Years’ War, I Serve chronicles the story of Sir John Potenhale. A young Englishman of lowly birth, Potenhale wins his way to knighthood on the fields of France. He enters the service of Edward, the Black Prince of Wales, and immerses himself in a stormy world of war, politics, and romantic intrigue.

While campaigning in France, Potenhale develops an interest in Margery, a spirited lady-in-waiting with a close-kept secret. He soon learns that Sir Thomas Holland, a crass and calculating baron, holds the key to unlock Margery’s mystery and possesses the power to overturn all of his hopes.

When the Black Death strikes Europe, however, Potenhale realizes that the fiercest enemy does not always appear in human form. Seeing the pestilence as a punishment for the sins of his generation, he questions his calling as a knight and considers entering the cloister. Margery or the monastery? Torn between losing his soul and losing the love of his life, he finds friendship with a French knight who might – just possibly – help him save both.

 

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I like the historic backdrop of this book and the story of Sir John Potenhale. It was eye-opening to see the effects of the Black plague upon London and its inhabitants. This book is very rich in its historical detail, settings and dialogue giving it an authentic feel. I only wish his point of view were deeper. That would’ve made the book a lot better in my opinion. The narrative was rich and informative, but tend to get lost at times. At any rate, it was fascinating and kept me listening to find out what happens.

 

 

 

NARRATOR PERFORMANCE: 7/10

 

  • Narrator-Story Connection:  8/10

Narrator James Young is fully enveloped within the story and characters. This is one of his strong points. Believe me, it makes a huge difference!

 

  • Voice Creation/Switch Over:  7/10

 

The only thing to note here is the difficulty switching from narrative voice to the voice of the french characters. French can be a difficult language to speak, let alone toggling back and forth English and French. Some of the guttural parts are hard on the ear, but not bad.

 

  • Pacing 7/10

The pace of the narrator is a bit fast for my taste which forced me to concentrate more than I normally would. A small but significant aspect of the performance. I could’ve slowed the pace in the app but I don’t normally like to adjust the original performance.

 

  • Emphasis 7/10

The narrator has good emphasis at certain spots, but somewhat monotone. This could be due to the heavy narrative, less dialogue and depth of character.

 

  • Reader-Story Connection  6/10

I did have some difficulty following the story due to the aforementioned aspects. This probably would’ve been remedied by slower pace, more emphasis and characterization.

 

  • Sound Quality: 10/10

Publisher:  Madison Street Publishing

Great sound quality.

 

  • Overall Performance: 7/10 

Narrator James Young actually had a good performance and is a worthy medium, but some aspects hindered me entering fully into the story. He has a rich British accent and fully grasps the breadth of the entire book. I would listen to him again.

 

 

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: The Widow’s Redeemer by Philippa Jane Keyworth

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About the Audiobook

Author: Philippa Jane Keyworth

Narrator: Alex Lee

Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

Publisher: Madison Street Publishing⎮2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: April 19, 2018

 

 

 

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Synopsis: A penniless young widow with an indomitable spirit. A wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. London, 1815: After her husband’s untimely death, Letty Burton comes up from the country with her domineering mother-in-law. Hiding a past she wishes to forget and facing an uncertain future, all she wants is to navigate London Society as a silent companion. A chance meeting with London’s most eligible bachelor sets in motion a series of events that will bring her quiet life under the unfriendly scrutiny of the ton. With the net of scandal, debts, and rivals closing in, will she let her dark past dictate her life forever? Will she learn to trust again? And most importantly, will she allow herself to love? The Widow’s Redeemer was a finalist in the 2012 RONE Awards (Reward of Novel Excellence) hosted by InD’Tale Magazine.

 

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This book was so entertaining I spent a large amount of time smiling and grinning. Definitely worth an award. The characters were so lovable with their formal dialogue and personality quirks. Letty Burton is quite the lady trying to survive at a time where status and social status were so prominent. I’m glad I didn’t grow up in the  1800’s! The banter between her and the Viscount is highly amusing to say the least.

The narration was wonderful. Alex Lee made the story that much better with great character voices and accents. Too bad this isn’t a series!

 

 

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About the Author: Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find.

Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History and graduating with First Class Honours. She now works in Digital Marketing and part-time as an author.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. She has dabbled in a variety of genres, and has settled for the time being in both fantasy and historical romance. An interesting combination of research and imagination Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you want to be in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Philippa has three historical romance novels out, each a standalone with indomitable heroines and lovable heroes.

 

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About the Narrator: Alex Lee

Alex Lee has been singing, acting and dancing since the age of two and whilst growing up on outskirts of London indulged her love of acting and performing in several ballet productions and plays at school, where she added to her skills by having her speaking and singing voice trained thereafter in productions of The Secretary Bird, Oh What a lovely War, The Norman Conquests, Ten Times Table, Chicago (playing Velma), playing Dick in Dick Whittington, and many others.

Narrating audiobooks is a relatively new venture for Alex and she has narrated 10 books in the last year in genres covering Regency romance, historical fiction, comedy adventure, romantic thriller, children’s fiction, biography and murder mystery.

Alex lives in a cottage in the beautiful village of East Coker in Somerset, where she lives with her husband Mark who is a skilful editor.

“I was thrilled to audition and be given the opportunity to narrate The Widow’s Redeemer and also Fool me Twice both written by Philippa Jane Keyworth for Madison Street Publishing. I loved the Georgette Heyer Regency romances which I read when younger and love the genre. Pip’s books transport you back to that wonderful era and I have loved narrating these stories.”

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

 

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About the Audiobook

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮20

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

Release date: Nov. 14, 2017

 

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

 

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This book was quality historical fiction in my opinion. I found it extremely entertaining on many levels!  Anna Blanc is a very delightful, fiercely independent character. The Narrator was the perfect medium for this book. She fully brought the characters to life! Jennifer has created one of the most memorable characters that I can remember. Anna Blanc reminds me of the talented young sleuth, Flavia de Luce.

Loved all the interpersonal conflict, tension among the characters. Very well written. Jennifer Kincheloe is a good writer.

 

 

 

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  • Narrator-Story Connection: 10/10

There’s no doubt in my mind that narrator Moira Quirk was fully immersed in the story. She was the perfect medium.

 

  • Voice Quality: 10/10

When I heard that Moira was actually from England, I was even more impressed! Her american accent was remarkable. One of the most distinct voices I’ve heard so far. Excellent.

 

  • Voice Switch Over:  10/10

Perfect. I was astounded at the voice created for protagonist Anna Blanc; not to mention Joe Singer.

  1. Anna Blanc- Utterly mesmerizing. Her voice was very innocent and sweet just like a teenage girl. It made feel like I was transported to 1908 Los Angeles!
  2. Male voice for Joe Singer was pretty convincing. I could sense his frustration through the conflict with Anna the whole way.

 

  • Pacing 10/10

Pacing was right on the money. Not too fast, slow or lethargic. It kept me on pace with the storyline and engaged the whole way.

 

  • Emphasis 10/10

Loved it! Moira’s characterization of the characters is amazing. Anna Blanc and Joe Singer are stars of the show, no doubt.  She was able to bring out the nuances of each personality.

 

  • Reader-Story Connection 10/10

I was fully lost in the story as a result of great narration. What more could you ask for, right? Superb!

 

  • Sound Quality: 10/10

Publisher: Jennifer R Kincheloe, Ltd. Very professional quality.

 

  • Overall Performance: 10/10

Highly recommended if you like historical fiction, mysteries. Don’t miss this one. I don’t recall giving out full 10’s for any other audiobook performance. Congrats to Jennifer Kincheloe Publishing and Moira Quirk on a truly remarkable performance.

 

 

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

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About the Audiobook

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮20

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

Release date: Nov. 14, 2017

 

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

 

 

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Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

Yes. I got my storylines straight from the 1900s newspapers. A 19-year-old white missionary woman was found dead and stuffed in the trunk in her Chinese American lover’s apartment in New York’s Chinatown. I moved the story to Los Angeles, but lots of things are the same, right down to tiny details. After you’ve listened to the audiobook, Google Elsie Sigel and Leon Ling. The B plot in the novel is about two singsong girls–Chinese sex slaves–who were stolen away from their “owner,” a tong president. It almost led to a gang war. The LAPD were hunting the singsong girls to give them back to their “owner” so the LAPD could collect a $1,000 reward and avert violence.

 

 

 

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Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

I LOVE audiobooks. I listen to 20 audiobooks for every one paper book I read. The narrator is everything to me, which is why I’m so thrilled with Moira Quirk.

 

 

 

 

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If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?

Definitely 1900s Los Angeles! I’d go everywhere that Anna would go–fancy hotels, cheap brothels, Joe Singer’s apartment.

 

 

 

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How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

I need to work on that celebration thing.

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.

 

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About the Narrator: Moira Quirk

Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself.  Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”

 

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