Friday, August 9, 2019

Audiobook Blog Tour #Tangled Web #UltimateIndulgence #DeadlyCuriosities #Audiobooks @GailZMartin @tplummer76 @AnAudiobookworm

Audiobook Blog Tour: Tangled Web by Gail Z. Martin


Author: Gail Z. Martin

Narrator: Therese Plummer

Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

Series: Deadly Curiosities, Book 3

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: August 21, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy




Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curios shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them, and along with her business partners Teag, who has Weaver magic, and Sorren, a 600-year-old vampire, they get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.

When zombies rise in Charleston cemeteries, dead men fall from the sky, and the whole city succumbs to the "grouch flu", Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren suspect a vengeful dark witch who is gunning for Teag and planning to unleash an ancient horror.

Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren - and all their supernatural allies - will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demigoddess to survive the battle with a malicious Weaver-witch and an ancient Norse warlock to keep Charleston - and the whole East Coast - from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt.


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Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Together with Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of Iron & Blood, Storm & Fury (both Steampunk/alternate history), and the Spells Salt and Steel comedic horror series. Newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin’s Honor. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with her Witchbane and Badlands series.
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Looking to wind down my summer in style, I struggle for reads that go well with hot, lazy days and keep me awake long enough to enjoy them.  Then along came Gail Z Martin, who had me at ghosts in Charleston about to destroy the world!  Tangled Web is book 3 in her Deadly Curiosities series and, while I have not read the first two, you can be sure I now will.  The writing style and tone were eerily similar to another author I enjoy and funnily enough, it turns out to be her alter ego Morgan Brice.

I will spare you the recap as the synopsis pretty much gives the reader what they need to know without divulging any exciting plot bunnies.  That said, the thrilling balance of paranormal, mystery and action/adventure in this book makes it quite universally appealing.  It is well written, crafted in a way that allows a reader who is not familiar with the series or characters to keep up without feeling like a full blown recap at every turn.  The pace and flow of the action scenes is excellent - fast moving without being confusing or over-done.  The characters are so real, so multi-dimensional, that the reader quickly and easily invests in the and the overall story line.  And everyone who knows me, knows I adore a good Scooby-gang cast of characters when it comes to my Urban Fantasy tales - give me a team that takes on a big bad and saves the world and I am a happily entertained girl!

A major selling point for this as an audiobook certainly should be credited to Therese Plummer.  She is one of those narrators whose voice is mild and fairly generic, but not in a negative way.  She is able to capture all the unique personalities of from the Southern horse breeders to the ancient Scandinavian demigoddess and vampires who help the intrepid Cassidy and her partner Teag solve the mysteries afoot in the lovely and highly haunted Charleston, SC and save the world.  Most importantly, she keeps the story moving along, making both narrative and action scenes equally compelling.  As I said, hot summer days are not conducive to full attention but the combo of Martin and Plummer managed to keep me awake and engaged the entire time.  I was on Audible searching for books 1,2 and 4 before the last chapter closed!

I would highly recommend this series to fans of mystery, paranormal suspense and Urban Fantasy - it is the quintessential summer read and complimented my stay by the lake to perfection.


Tangled Web gets five (5) chocolate dipped strawberries and an Ultimate Indulgence award.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Gail Z. Martin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


Q&A with Author Gail Z. Martin
Q: How drew you to writing Urban Fantasy?

A: I love the idea of supernatural creatures and magic in the modern, ‘real’ world. The thought that there are things lurking in the shadows that we don’t know are there...That just turns the plot bunnies on for me!

Q: This series is set in Charleston, SC. How did you pick that city?

A: I went to a conference there, and saw how beautiful it was and how haunted. I decided right then I needed to set a series there! It’s got such a great vibe, but it hasn’t been used in a lot of books like New York or New Orleans.

Q: What does Urban Fantasy mean to you?

A: For me, it’s about magic and monsters that are part of our world, just out of sight, hiding from our notice. It’s ghosts and supernatural creatures and magic. It’s curses and haunted places and things that go bump in the night.

Q: Who are the main characters in Tangled Web?

A: Teag Logan is on the cover. He works at Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop in Charleston that really exists to get haunted and cursed objects out of circulation. He has the ability to weave magic into cloth and he’s also an amazing hacker.

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles and Folly, and she can read the history of objects by touching them.

Her boss is Sorren, a nearly 600 year-old vampire, who is part of a group of mortals and immortals who save the world from supernatural threats. Cassidy and Teag work with Sorren to protect Charleston and the world.

Q: What fascinates you about the supernatural?

A: I’m fascinated by the idea of magic, of people and creatures that are more than or different from what we expect. I love the idea of being able to do things no one else can do with magic, or to have extra supernatural abilities. And I just like the creepy factor.

Q: Have you always liked stories about ghosts and haunted places?

A: I got my first book of ghost stories when I was a kid. My favorite TV show when I was a preschooler was about vampires. I always wanted the monsters in ScoobyDoo to be real. And I love walking around in cemeteries, looking at the monuments, making up stories about the people in my mind!

Q: How do you get your ideas for stories?

A: Everywhere. I see things in the headlines, or on the History Channel, or I see a movie or TV show and think...hmm, what if it had gone another way? I overhear people talking in the line at the supermarket, or at a restaurant, and that will take me off in another direction. Ideas are everywhere!

Q: You use a lot of local history in your story. What’s your research process?

A: I look up the history of a place before I use it in a book, and I also make sure to look at urban legends and ghost stories about the area. I also look into famous scandals and crimes, abandoned places, haunted sites. If there’s a particular object involved in the book, I’ll look into it. I draw on photos of local landmarks for descriptions. If possible, I visit the site to get the vibe. I also use Google Street Views sometimes. It’s a lot of fun!

Q: How much do you draw on local urban legends and ghost stories?

A: A lot. The more I can tie a story into the setting, the more natural it feels, like it couldn’t happen anywhere else. I want the setting to be like a character in the books, to feel real to the reader. The legends and ghost stories say a lot about a place’s history and the kind of people who lived there, the types of struggles they had.

Q: How do you handle using real places and people in your books?

A: If it’s a public place or a monument or a government site, I will use the real name. If it’s a private business, I’ll make up a fictitious version. That way I can do with the setting what I want without worrying about making a business owner mad. Also, if I make up my own version of a business or restaurant, then I control it, and I don’t end up mentioning a place in my books that later goes out of business! As for people, I generally only use real people who are dead and were famous.

Guest Post
Haunted Heirlooms and Cursed Curios
By Gail Z. Martin
I grew up going to antique stores and flea markets with my parents. All of the unusual items intrigued me. So many interesting things that were strange, beautiful, or just plain odd. Some I didn’t recognize, and had no idea about what they did.

So I made up stories about the items, and the people who owned them, as well as how they came to be for sale. That turned what might have been a boring wait into an adventure. Many of the shops had that dark, dusty look to them where it didn’t seem impossible for magic to happen, or a cursed item to be lurking in a corner.

It always fascinated me to think about the people who had owned those items. What did the object mean to them? Was it a gift? A souvenir? Something with sentimental meaning? It seemed so sad that their stories were lost. And sometimes, I’d come across an item that just felt ‘wrong’. It made me draw back and not want to touch it. It gave me the creeps. Probably my imagination, but who knows?

Trifles and Folly, the antique and curio shop in Tangled Web (and my Deadly Curiosities series) is based on all of those memories, as well as imagination and a few nightmares. The idea of a store making sure that haunted and cursed items are removed from circulation so they can’t hurt anyone really sparks my imagination. After all, you never know where that interesting antique might have been!



Teag Logan—Looks a bit like a young Keanu Reeves. Skater-boy dark hair. Late twenties. Tall and slender. Had been working on his Ph.D. In history before he got a summer job at Trifles and Folly, discovered his Weaver magic, and decided that saving the world was more interesting.

Cassidy Kincaide—Think of Nicole Kidman in her twenties, with strawberry-blonde hair. She inherited Trifles and Folly from her uncle, because of her ‘touch magic’. She’s a psychometric, able to read the history of an object by touching it.

Sorren—He’s a nearly 600 year-old vampire who helped Cassidy’s long-ago ancestor found Trifles and Folly 350 years ago. Sorren is Cassidy’s business partner, and he’s part of the Alliance, a coalition of mortals and immortals who keep the world safe from supernatural threats. He looks like he’s in his late twenties, with blond hair and eyes that are the color of the sea before a storm.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Audiobook blog tour: #Remnants of Ash: Reign of Fae, Book 1 @CloakedCKDawn @AnAudiobookworm

Audiobook Blog Tour: Remnants of Ash by C.K. Dawn

Remnants of Ash by C.K. Dawn

Author: CK Dawn

Narrator: Sydnee Fullmer

Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

Series: Reign of Fae, Book 1

Publisher: CK Dawn

Released: Apr. 17, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance




Mere mortal. Fae hunter. Oh, and the apocalypse? Yeah, that happened! She's an unstoppable human. He's an immovable beast. But the fae have scorched the earth and humans are next....

Chloe Etain, stumbled into an ancient war between the light and dark that has culminated in her world being thrown into darkness and pre-industrial chaos. Vampire-like creatures roam free, feeding on unsuspecting humans. Chloe knows the truth though and, possibly, how to stop it. But as a mere mortal, what can she do?

That's when the fates step in. Bram Tice, a fae hunting his own kind, vows to help Chloe. But he won't say which Court demands his allegiance. Together, they set out to right the imbalance plaguing her world and save humanity before it turns into nothing more than remnants of ash.


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USA Today bestselling author, coffee loving gamer girl, and Sci-fi enthusiast. CK Dawn always loved to snuggle up with her cat Hagrid (the shadow-seer & Netherwalker inspiration) and read. But, with a nudge of encouragement from her lil’ sis, she found writing fantasy stories was even better than just reading about them. So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away CK let her unique modern tale of knights and Camelot dancing in her head take form and fly with Cloak of Shadows, her Readers' Favorite award winning debut novel in the Netherwalker series. Now, you can find CK writing in the witching hours with Hagrid by her side while being distracted far too often by social media.
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Sydnee Fullmer is a professional actor and voice talent based in Denver, Colorado. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Acting and has since performed and taught across the nation. Including Swine Palace (Baton Rouge, LA), The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO), and The Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN).
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Remnants of Ash: Reign of Fae, Book 1 by CK Dawn is an interesting new post-apocalyptic fantasy. Chloe Etain is a mere human college student, Bram Tice is something else. Together they navigates the streets of Seattle after the Fae scorch the earth and enter en masse to take over and feed upon the human population. It will take all the tricks of the Fae who hunts his own kind to train her as a Fae Hunter.

The story jumps in with 2 feet, almost abruptly – going from simple introduction of Chloe Etain the curious college kid encouraged to take a particular professor’s class from his attractive TA to full blown chaos of Fae destruction of the world. And it doesn’t really slow down, ever. There are moments when the story seems to be going too fast, almost stumbling over its own feet, with too much information delivered or glossed over to process and the storyline becomes muddy and confusing. That being said, there is something quite fascinating about it and it may just be the world building and character development are rough and patchy in places. Certainly there is some heat between Chloe and Bram – although it’s mostly a simmer until the end of the book. That felt a bit forced - like an add on.  Knowing this is a series, I could have waited for the slow boil because theirs was some solid chemistry!

The narration by Sydnee Fullmer is fairly well done – it took me a minute to realize the switch in accents for Chloe (who went from American to quasi-British) was due to the glamour placed upon her by Bram before they left the sanctuary of his iron lined apartment building. The pace is appropriate and the characters are all relatively distinct. I did like her dialogue narration but felt sometimes in the fight scenes that the lines felt rushed but perhaps her intent was to display the frenzy of battle. I will have to listen to subsequent installments to see if it continues and if it works with more exposure. Sometimes narrators grow on you – truly.

Overall, I give Remnants of Ash 4 Chocolate Covered Strawberries. It is a promising start and I look forward to seeing more of these characters and delving into Ms. Dawn’s world of the Fae.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by CK Dawn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Viola Roberts Cozy Mystery Series audiobook tour, Book 7, #The Death in the Drink @Shea_MacLeod, @YvetteKeller @AnAudioBookworm



Author: Shéa MacLeod

Narrator: Yvette Keller

Length: 4 hours 9 minutes

Series: The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, Book 7

Publisher: Shéa MacLeod

Release date: Aug. 23, 2018

Genre: Cozy Mystery




A local costuming guild has arrived in Astoria for a long weekend of recreating their favorite time period - the Regency. Think Jane Austen, sailing ships, high tea, a costume ball, and...a dead body.

When the guild’s nastiest member winds up dead in the drink, Viola is convinced it’s no accident. And after the husband of the deceased gets into a brawl on the front lawn of the town’s most well-known landmark, she knows something’s up. Armed with nothing more than a folding fan and her wits, she sets out to unveil the killer before somebody else winds up in Davy Jones’ locker.

Viola Roberts cozy mysteries:
  1. The Corpse in the Cabana
  2. The Stiff in the Study
  3. The Poison in the Pudding
  4. The Body in the Bathtub
  5. The Venom in the Valentine
  6. The Remains in the Rectory
  7. The Death in the Drink





Shéa MacLeod writes urban fantasy post-apocalyptic sci-fi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk. Mostly because she can’t make up her mind which genre she likes best so she decided to write them all.

After six years living in an Edwardian town house in London just a stone’s throw from the local cemetery, Shéa headed back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She plans to live out her days eating mushroom pizza, drinking too many caramel lattes, exploring exotic locales, and avoiding spiders.

Shéa is the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries and the bestselling Lady Rample Mysteries.
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Yvette Keller’s first job as a narrator was reading aloud to keep her little brother out of trouble. Her favorite party trick is reading words upside down. Little kids need to see the pictures. Yvette lives in her beloved home town of Santa Barbara, using a lifetime of vocal stamina in her home studio. She produces technical VO industrials for Mesa Steps Consulting clients in addition to audiobooks. A lifetime of reading and speaking has proven one thing: Yvette loves stories. She is thrilled to be making books accessible and engaging through her narration work.
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Shea McLeod - I want to have a word with you.  You have turned a former PNR, Romance, UF, YA reader into a cozy mystery fan.  How dare you!  What were you thinking?  Creating a highly relatable 40-something writer who enjoys her coffee, wine and friends and seems to be coming into her own in her middle aged life... the thought is preposterous.  And yet, oh so delightful.

Thank you for returning us to Astoria in The Death and the Drink.  Thank you for making sure that Cheryl remains a girl's BFF, ride or die to the end - even if it means slapping on historical garb and spending the weekend with Regency re-enactors.  Thank you for letting Cheryl and Bat and Viola and Lucas continue to grow into their respective relationships.  Thank you for letting Viola take self defense classes and send Bat into near apoplexy.  Thank you for letting us watch the scooby gang solve another murder mystery with the same humor and hijinks we have come to love in this series.

The writing of this mystery is excellent. The dialogue is full of sass and snark and the relationships between the female friends and their beaus' are delightful. This translates to an easily readable story and Yvette Keller does an outstanding job of bringing all the characters to life. My ears now only hear Ms. Keller's voices when I think of this series - she has developed a perfect pace and pitch.  I found the the entire performance to be quite enjoyable. For cozy mystery fans, this is a definite must for your To-Be-Read pile!

I give The Death in the Drink a 4 Chocolate Dipped Strawberry rating - with a small hot toddy to be enjoyed with friends!  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Yvette Keller. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


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Viola Roberts' Top 10 Ways To Catch a Killer

  1. Social media stalking
  2. Identify their lawn clippings
  3. Invite them to a seance
  4. Pretend to buy real estate
  5. Tackle from moving car
  6. Hit them with a kayak oar
  7. Jump out a window
  8. Check their closets
  9. Cosmetics, cosmetics, cosmetics
  10. Slow speed car chase

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THE DEATH IN THE DRINK
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