Saturday, November 23, 2019

Audiobook blog tour #Nobody Move @PhilipElliott__ @Anaudiobookworm

Audiobook Tour: Nobody Move by Philip Elliot


Author: Philip Elliott

Narrator: Robert Svetlik

Series: Angel City, Book 1

Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

Publisher: Into the Void

Released: Sep. 10, 2019

Genre: Noir Thriller





Eddie Vegas made a terrible mistake. Now he has to pay the price.

After a botched debt collection turned double murder, Eddie splits, desperate to avoid his employer, notorious LA crime boss Saul Benedict, and his men (and Eddie’s ex-partners), Floyd and Sawyer, as well as the police. Soon, he becomes entangled with the clever and beautiful Dakota, a Native American woman fresh in the City of Angels to find her missing friend - someone Eddie might know something about.

Meanwhile in Texas, ex-assassin Rufus, seeking vengeance for his murdered brother, takes up his beloved daggers one final time and begins the long drive to LA. When the bodies begin to mount, Detective Alison Lockley’s hunt for the killers becomes increasingly urgent. As paths cross, confusion ensues, and no one’s entirely sure who’s after who. But one thing is clear: They’re not all getting out of this alive.

As much a love letter to neo-noir cinema and LA as it is satire, the first book in the Angel City novels is a lightning-speed crime thriller equal parts Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.


Buy on Amazon

Buy on Audible


Philip Elliott is an award-winning author, freelance editor, and founder and editor-in-chief of award-winning literary journal and small press publisher Into the Void. Philip was a National Juror of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Prize. His writing has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A music and film obsessive, Philip lives in Toronto with his wife and their spoiled pug.
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Narrator Bio



Robert Svetlik is an actor and voiceover artist based out of Los Angeles. With a background in stage and classical theater, Robert has acted in works such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Twelfth Night. He has also lent his voice to commercials and audiobooks. Recently, Robert has enjoyed traveling and perfecting his homemade marinara recipe.
Website

  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • Definitely. The best kind of audiobook to me is one full of dialogue and characters’ actions, with the exposition-type narration kept to a minimum—because this makes the audiobook more of a performance, more cinematic. Nobody Move is composed almost entirely of action and dialogue, and narrator Robert Svetlik did a killer job of bringing the characters to life in his subtle performances, as well as bringing out the black humor and making it more apparent, as I think in text form the dark humor is easier to miss.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • In a way. I write my fiction as if it were a screenplay, but a bit more fleshed out. So in my head the book is like a movie, and I imagine the characters as if through a camera lens, while also seeing through their eyes and thinking via their thoughts, because I write entirely from my characters’ points of view at all times. This cinematic leaning created the perfect opportunity for a fun, engaging audiobook, so in some form I was conscious of it.
  • 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?
    • Before he began recording, Robert had some questions about the very upfront racism spouted by the character Rufus, a Texas ex-hitman who may as well be the Devil incarnate. I explained how, to me, Rufus is an almost cartoonish, over-the-top symbol for the ugly racism that has always been a distinct part of the United States, but has, sadly and worryingly, been rearing its vile head again since Trump seized power. I also explained that, because I write from my characters’ viewpoints 100% of the time, meaning that every sentence of the book is filtered through the characters’ perceptions of the world, it was essential that Rufus’s racism be undiluted to be totally true to his character.

      Aside from that, though, Robert ran with the book and nailed every single chapter on the first try. I didn’t need to make a single change. Robert is an astoundingly talented narrator and I would recommend his services to anyone.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Honestly, the whole thing. For me, the audiobook format is absolutely the best way to experience this book. It was so important to me when writing Nobody Move that the book would instantly throw the reader into the story from the first scene to the last, grabbing the reader like films grab an audience. Robert’s narration achieved that in spades. I mean, I wrote this thing and revised it a million and one times, so I know every word of every scene by now, but when I listened to Robert’s narration for the first time I was instantly pulled into this world that Robert conjured to me as he spoke. In some ways I think an audiobook is almost a different story than the text version of a book. It’s a collaboration between writer and narrator/performerthe narrator leaves their own mark, too.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I started writing the next one! It’s called Porno Valley and is out September 2020. There’s no rest for the wicked, but none for indie authors either.
    • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a standalone novel vs. writing a series?
      Pros:
      - You get to start again with a blank slate and you can go anywhere with itwith a series your hands are tied by the world you’ve created.
      - You can reinvent yourself as an author.
      - It’s more of a straightforward process finding an agent or publisher for a new standalone, or a bigger publisher than your previous novel.
      - You might think you’d love to write a series but by the time you’ve completed the arduous task of finishing book one, you find that you feel done with the world and characters you’ve created, but if you’ve committed to a series you may feel your hands are tied.
      Cons:
      - Standalones mean you have to say goodbye to your charactersbut what if you’re not done with them? And what if they’re not done with you?
      - Standalones can be a missed opportunity commercially. It’s no secret that series sell well, and it makes perfect sense: If people like one book, they’ll probably buy the next, and the next. Standalones don’t offer the same likelihood of repeat readers. And no one is a more devoted fan than a series fanatic.
      - It’s simply so much fun exploring the world you’ve created more and more with each successive book.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • No, but I wish they would, that would be an incredible experience. Maybe it’s because my imagination is so active while I’m awake but I have decidedly dull dreams most times. Having said that, for a while I experienced a horrifying recurring dream in which I was being pursued by Tim Curry’s version of Stephen King’s Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It (although, who hasn’t? Thanks, Stephen.). I shudder just thinking about it.
  • What's your favorite:
    • Food: Indian roti with a vegetable vindaloo curry wrapped inside. Goddamn.
    • Song: Music is too huge a part of my life to narrow this down to a single favorite song, so here’s a single song I really like instead: “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Thin Lizzy, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band to ever rock the Earth. Thin Lizzy hail from Dublin, Ireland, which is where I’m from. They’re the best thing to ever come out of that place (screw you, James Joyce). Fun fact: Thin Lizzy are both referenced in Nobody Move and included on the official soundtrack playlist I made for the book on Spotify.
    • Book: Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson. It’s the book that marks the first soul-punching reading experience I had as an adult with a half-baked idea to be a writer, and it’s the book that made me commit properly to the idea of being a writer. It’s also unlike anything else out there. Nothing even comes close to Johnson’s originality of voice here.
    • Television show: Breaking Bad. It’s the most flawless thing ever put to screen in my opinion. A masterclass not just of writing but across the board of filmmaking. Vince Gilligan, its creator, never lost sight of his vision for a moment from episode one to the last.
    • Movie: Chinatown directed by Roman Polanski. It’s a masterpiece, perfect in every way, and was essentially (although not in actuality) the first film to be what we now call neo-noir. It turned the noir genre on its head, and is still one of the most stylish films ever made. The screenplay by Robert Towne is so flawless and perfectly structured it’s tempting to think it was produced by some high-powered super-computer from the future. Study this screenplay, writers.
    • Band: The Menzingers. Listen to these Philly punks’ desperately beautiful On the Impossible Past record, and if it doesn’t break your heart while simultaneously making you feel more alive than you’ve ever felt, well, we probably wouldn’t get along.
    • Sports team: Toronto Raptors, just because I live in Toronto now and was as impressed as anyone by their amazing NBA win. But honestly, I hate sports.
    • City: Toronto, the city that has become a true home to me.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Read books on the craft of writing (I recommend Sol Stein’s On Writing and Stephen King’s book of the same name) to learn the so-called “rules” of writing—then be prepared to break every one of them. But only break a “rule” when you understand why it exists in the first place.

      Like anything, you have to write a lot to get better at it, like working a muscle, but even more important than that is to read. Read like your life depends on it, then read some more. Another area lots of writers may neglect to learn from is that of film. Film is fiction too, and the tools employed by writers of screenplays and even the filmmakers can absolutely be transposed to the novel or short story. Cinema is a masterclass in “Show vs. Tell,” for example, its stories told entirely through action, dialogue, and, to a lesser extent, setting and props. Another example is how cinema loves contrast. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are great examples of this. In those TV shows both helmed by Vince Gilligan and set in New Mexico, shots of the blindingly bright and hot yellow desert beneath a shocking clear blue sky will often follow scenes colored in gritty greys and blacks set among the criminal underworld that the shows portray. The effect is magnificent, and it works for novels and short stories too.

      Most importantly, write one word after another until the book/story is done. Don’t let self-doubt cripple you, because it will try. The time for doubt is after the first draft is completed. And even then have faith in your story—you wrote all those words for a reason. If, finally, your story isn’t what you hoped it would be (and nobody’s ever is, by the way), the beauty of creation is that we can gather ourselves together, put pen to paper, and begin again with another story. We won’t ever achieve perfection, but we will better ourselves and grow as artists and human beings, and that’s enough.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m finishing up book two of the Angel City series, the follow-up to Nobody Move titled Porno Valley. After that it’s book three, titled Murder Mountain. At the same time I’m working on a screenplay for a horror film set in the snowy wilderness in rural northern Canada. And I am also researching deeply for a more literary novel about young punks in early 1980s Toronto who grow up to have let go of their dreams while an unsolved murder from their past rear its head again.

      Porno Valley is out September 2020. Here’s the blurb:

      It’s the year 2000 and 78-year-old Mickey O’Rourke has been a Los Angeles P.I. for a very long time. He’d thought he’d seen it all until the disappearance of porn star Jeffrey Strokes sends him from the sex-filled studios of Porn Valley to the desperate ghettos of Compton and the crossfires of a strange and sadistic drug dealer who calls himself “The Samurai,” where Mickey’s final case becomes his biggest test. Flash back to 1999 and struggling hair salon employee Jemeka Johnson, suspecting boyfriend Ray-Ray of infidelity, follows him one night from their East Compton home to what turns out to be a drug deal gone sour. Saving Ray-Ray’s life with her battered Ford Tempo, Jemeka finds herself tossed onto a dark and dangerous path—one that offers huge reward for someone bold enough to seize it. Meanwhile, tired of robbing small-town diners and sleeping in filthy motel rooms (and with a rapidly escalating dope addiction to feed), newlyweds Richie and Alabama return to L.A. in search of the perfect score. Paths cross and past meets present as terrible actions hurtle toward terrible consequences—and no one will ever be the same again.
Music Playlist



https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0b5EHUU6c3EWOtwp8JkGkG


Nobody Move was unexpected in many ways.  For a gritty, LA noir type novel with a whole host of characters that are, at times hilarious and others horrifying, Nobody Move proved to be a sleeper hit for this reader.  The story builds (or devolves) after a botched squeeze job which results in 3 hired goons burying 2 bodies in the Angeles forest.  Interwoven plot lines with the dead guy's brother looking for revenge, the dead girl's sister trying to find her, the mob boss trying to find all of them and the cops trying to solve the who-dunit make for a swiftly moving tale.  Ultimately the inconsistencies are the triggers with language that is almost poetic in moments and crassly trite in others, but somehow it all seems to work because it is an homage to LA and that is LA in a nutshell - a place of poetic hopes and dreams with crassly trite players on a sunny stage.

Robert Svetlik does a solid job narrating the story, bringing the widely varied cast of characters to life and telling the tale of depraved indifference, madcap antics of criminals and the ultimate hope of redemption.  His sense of pace and timing were absolutely the keys to keeping this story on the rails and encouraging the reader to keep listening when the story might have otherwise turned them off due to some truly unlikeable characters and unpleasant moments. 

For fans of Elmore Leonard and other film-noir style thriller novels, Nobody Move will be your cup of tea - or shot of whiskey.  I give Nobody Move 3.5 Chocolate Covered Strawberries (it probably would have been four had there been a little less homophobic language).

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



Nov. 17th:

Viviana MacKade

Southern Girl Bookaholic

Nov. 18th:

Jazzy Book Reviews

Eileen Troemel

Nov. 19th:

Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Nov. 20th:

All the Ups and Downs


Audiobook Tour: Nobody Move by Philip Elliot



Author: Philip Elliott

Narrator: Robert Svetlik

Series: Angel City, Book 1

Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

Publisher: Into the Void

Released: Sep. 10, 2019

Genre: Noir Thriller




Eddie Vegas made a terrible mistake. Now he has to pay the price.

After a botched debt collection turned double murder, Eddie splits, desperate to avoid his employer, notorious LA crime boss Saul Benedict, and his men (and Eddie’s ex-partners), Floyd and Sawyer, as well as the police. Soon, he becomes entangled with the clever and beautiful Dakota, a Native American woman fresh in the City of Angels to find her missing friend - someone Eddie might know something about.

Meanwhile in Texas, ex-assassin Rufus, seeking vengeance for his murdered brother, takes up his beloved daggers one final time and begins the long drive to LA. When the bodies begin to mount, Detective Alison Lockley’s hunt for the killers becomes increasingly urgent. As paths cross, confusion ensues, and no one’s entirely sure who’s after who. But one thing is clear: They’re not all getting out of this alive.

As much a love letter to neo-noir cinema and LA as it is satire, the first book in the Angel City novels is a lightning-speed crime thriller equal parts Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.


Buy on Amazon

Buy on Audible


Philip Elliott is an award-winning author, freelance editor, and founder and editor-in-chief of award-winning literary journal and small press publisher Into the Void. Philip was a National Juror of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Prize. His writing has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A music and film obsessive, Philip lives in Toronto with his wife and their spoiled pug.
WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Narrator Bio



Robert Svetlik is an actor and voiceover artist based out of Los Angeles. With a background in stage and classical theater, Robert has acted in works such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Twelfth Night. He has also lent his voice to commercials and audiobooks. Recently, Robert has enjoyed traveling and perfecting his homemade marinara recipe.
Website

  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • Definitely. The best kind of audiobook to me is one full of dialogue and characters’ actions, with the exposition-type narration kept to a minimum—because this makes the audiobook more of a performance, more cinematic. Nobody Move is composed almost entirely of action and dialogue, and narrator Robert Svetlik did a killer job of bringing the characters to life in his subtle performances, as well as bringing out the black humor and making it more apparent, as I think in text form the dark humor is easier to miss.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • In a way. I write my fiction as if it were a screenplay, but a bit more fleshed out. So in my head the book is like a movie, and I imagine the characters as if through a camera lens, while also seeing through their eyes and thinking via their thoughts, because I write entirely from my characters’ points of view at all times. This cinematic leaning created the perfect opportunity for a fun, engaging audiobook, so in some form I was conscious of it.
  • 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?
    • Before he began recording, Robert had some questions about the very upfront racism spouted by the character Rufus, a Texas ex-hitman who may as well be the Devil incarnate. I explained how, to me, Rufus is an almost cartoonish, over-the-top symbol for the ugly racism that has always been a distinct part of the United States, but has, sadly and worryingly, been rearing its vile head again since Trump seized power. I also explained that, because I write from my characters’ viewpoints 100% of the time, meaning that every sentence of the book is filtered through the characters’ perceptions of the world, it was essential that Rufus’s racism be undiluted to be totally true to his character.

      Aside from that, though, Robert ran with the book and nailed every single chapter on the first try. I didn’t need to make a single change. Robert is an astoundingly talented narrator and I would recommend his services to anyone.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Honestly, the whole thing. For me, the audiobook format is absolutely the best way to experience this book. It was so important to me when writing Nobody Move that the book would instantly throw the reader into the story from the first scene to the last, grabbing the reader like films grab an audience. Robert’s narration achieved that in spades. I mean, I wrote this thing and revised it a million and one times, so I know every word of every scene by now, but when I listened to Robert’s narration for the first time I was instantly pulled into this world that Robert conjured to me as he spoke. In some ways I think an audiobook is almost a different story than the text version of a book. It’s a collaboration between writer and narrator/performerthe narrator leaves their own mark, too.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I started writing the next one! It’s called Porno Valley and is out September 2020. There’s no rest for the wicked, but none for indie authors either.
    • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a standalone novel vs. writing a series?
      Pros:
      - You get to start again with a blank slate and you can go anywhere with itwith a series your hands are tied by the world you’ve created.
      - You can reinvent yourself as an author.
      - It’s more of a straightforward process finding an agent or publisher for a new standalone, or a bigger publisher than your previous novel.
      - You might think you’d love to write a series but by the time you’ve completed the arduous task of finishing book one, you find that you feel done with the world and characters you’ve created, but if you’ve committed to a series you may feel your hands are tied.
      Cons:
      - Standalones mean you have to say goodbye to your charactersbut what if you’re not done with them? And what if they’re not done with you?
      - Standalones can be a missed opportunity commercially. It’s no secret that series sell well, and it makes perfect sense: If people like one book, they’ll probably buy the next, and the next. Standalones don’t offer the same likelihood of repeat readers. And no one is a more devoted fan than a series fanatic.
      - It’s simply so much fun exploring the world you’ve created more and more with each successive book.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • No, but I wish they would, that would be an incredible experience. Maybe it’s because my imagination is so active while I’m awake but I have decidedly dull dreams most times. Having said that, for a while I experienced a horrifying recurring dream in which I was being pursued by Tim Curry’s version of Stephen King’s Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It (although, who hasn’t? Thanks, Stephen.). I shudder just thinking about it.
  • What's your favorite:
    • Food: Indian roti with a vegetable vindaloo curry wrapped inside. Goddamn.
    • Song: Music is too huge a part of my life to narrow this down to a single favorite song, so here’s a single song I really like instead: “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Thin Lizzy, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band to ever rock the Earth. Thin Lizzy hail from Dublin, Ireland, which is where I’m from. They’re the best thing to ever come out of that place (screw you, James Joyce). Fun fact: Thin Lizzy are both referenced in Nobody Move and included on the official soundtrack playlist I made for the book on Spotify.
    • Book: Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson. It’s the book that marks the first soul-punching reading experience I had as an adult with a half-baked idea to be a writer, and it’s the book that made me commit properly to the idea of being a writer. It’s also unlike anything else out there. Nothing even comes close to Johnson’s originality of voice here.
    • Television show: Breaking Bad. It’s the most flawless thing ever put to screen in my opinion. A masterclass not just of writing but across the board of filmmaking. Vince Gilligan, its creator, never lost sight of his vision for a moment from episode one to the last.
    • Movie: Chinatown directed by Roman Polanski. It’s a masterpiece, perfect in every way, and was essentially (although not in actuality) the first film to be what we now call neo-noir. It turned the noir genre on its head, and is still one of the most stylish films ever made. The screenplay by Robert Towne is so flawless and perfectly structured it’s tempting to think it was produced by some high-powered super-computer from the future. Study this screenplay, writers.
    • Band: The Menzingers. Listen to these Philly punks’ desperately beautiful On the Impossible Past record, and if it doesn’t break your heart while simultaneously making you feel more alive than you’ve ever felt, well, we probably wouldn’t get along.
    • Sports team: Toronto Raptors, just because I live in Toronto now and was as impressed as anyone by their amazing NBA win. But honestly, I hate sports.
    • City: Toronto, the city that has become a true home to me.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Read books on the craft of writing (I recommend Sol Stein’s On Writing and Stephen King’s book of the same name) to learn the so-called “rules” of writing—then be prepared to break every one of them. But only break a “rule” when you understand why it exists in the first place.

      Like anything, you have to write a lot to get better at it, like working a muscle, but even more important than that is to read. Read like your life depends on it, then read some more. Another area lots of writers may neglect to learn from is that of film. Film is fiction too, and the tools employed by writers of screenplays and even the filmmakers can absolutely be transposed to the novel or short story. Cinema is a masterclass in “Show vs. Tell,” for example, its stories told entirely through action, dialogue, and, to a lesser extent, setting and props. Another example is how cinema loves contrast. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are great examples of this. In those TV shows both helmed by Vince Gilligan and set in New Mexico, shots of the blindingly bright and hot yellow desert beneath a shocking clear blue sky will often follow scenes colored in gritty greys and blacks set among the criminal underworld that the shows portray. The effect is magnificent, and it works for novels and short stories too.

      Most importantly, write one word after another until the book/story is done. Don’t let self-doubt cripple you, because it will try. The time for doubt is after the first draft is completed. And even then have faith in your story—you wrote all those words for a reason. If, finally, your story isn’t what you hoped it would be (and nobody’s ever is, by the way), the beauty of creation is that we can gather ourselves together, put pen to paper, and begin again with another story. We won’t ever achieve perfection, but we will better ourselves and grow as artists and human beings, and that’s enough.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m finishing up book two of the Angel City series, the follow-up to Nobody Move titled Porno Valley. After that it’s book three, titled Murder Mountain. At the same time I’m working on a screenplay for a horror film set in the snowy wilderness in rural northern Canada. And I am also researching deeply for a more literary novel about young punks in early 1980s Toronto who grow up to have let go of their dreams while an unsolved murder from their past rear its head again.

      Porno Valley is out September 2020. Here’s the blurb:

      It’s the year 2000 and 78-year-old Mickey O’Rourke has been a Los Angeles P.I. for a very long time. He’d thought he’d seen it all until the disappearance of porn star Jeffrey Strokes sends him from the sex-filled studios of Porn Valley to the desperate ghettos of Compton and the crossfires of a strange and sadistic drug dealer who calls himself “The Samurai,” where Mickey’s final case becomes his biggest test. Flash back to 1999 and struggling hair salon employee Jemeka Johnson, suspecting boyfriend Ray-Ray of infidelity, follows him one night from their East Compton home to what turns out to be a drug deal gone sour. Saving Ray-Ray’s life with her battered Ford Tempo, Jemeka finds herself tossed onto a dark and dangerous path—one that offers huge reward for someone bold enough to seize it. Meanwhile, tired of robbing small-town diners and sleeping in filthy motel rooms (and with a rapidly escalating dope addiction to feed), newlyweds Richie and Alabama return to L.A. in search of the perfect score. Paths cross and past meets present as terrible actions hurtle toward terrible consequences—and no one will ever be the same again.
Music Playlist



https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0b5EHUU6c3EWOtwp8JkGkG





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



Nov. 17th:

Viviana MacKade

Southern Girl Bookaholic

Nov. 18th:

Jazzy Book Reviews

Eileen Troemel

Nov. 19th:

Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Nov. 20th:

All the Ups and Downs

Nov. 21st:

4 the Love of Audiobooks

Nov. 22nd:

Momma Says To Read or Not to Read

Nov. 23rd:

Teatime and Books

Guilty Indulgence Bookclub


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Nov. 21st:


4 the Love of Audiobooks

Nov. 22nd:

Momma Says To Read or Not to Read

Nov. 23rd:

Teatime and Books

Guilty Indulgence Bookclub


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Sign up as a tour host here.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Audiobook Blog Tour #Second String Savior @RickGualtieri @TotalRECarr @aemmes @AnAudiobookworm

Audiobook Tour: Second String Savior by Rick Gualtieri & R.E. Carr

Author: Rick Gualtieri, R.E. Carr

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

Series: False Icons Series, Book 1

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

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Synopsis
Jessie Flores is having the ultimate bad hair day.

Imagine going to bed with mousy brown locks and waking up with a headful of supernova scarlet. It's a hot new look for me - literally, because it bursts into flames whenever I'm threatened.

My magical makeover is all Gary's fault. I knew there was something off from the moment he transferred to my school. Go figure. He's a wizard with a trust fund and an inferiority complex.

Now, thanks to him, I've graduated from high school bullies to supernatural terrors and that's not all. Fate has chosen me to face the legendary vampire destined to destroy the world.

If I want to survive, I'll have to dig deep and discover whether I'm truly worthy of this new power. Because if not, everything I hold dear will soon burn even hotter than my hair.







Rick Gualtieri loves to write adventure, mayhem, and snarky dialogue. His bestselling Tome of Bill series combines all of this into a world of supernatural danger with hard-hitting action and plenty of sharp-tongued geeky humor.

Rick lives alone in a dark, evil place called New Jersey with only his wife, three kids, and countless pets to both keep him company and constantly plot against him. When he’s not busy monkey-clicking out words, he can typically be found either playing Dungeons & Dragons, losing at video games, or jealously guarding his collection of vintage Transformers from all who would seek to defile them.

Defilers Beware!
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E. Carr likes to split her time between the alien (well resident alien) she married, her two adorable offspring and the vast army of characters who constantly argue in her brain. She uses her past life as a video game reviewer to remind herself just how awesome it is to be writing novels now.

Rachel writes because she knows so many people and places that never quite made it into this version of the universe. It’s her duty to let them out. Writing also gives her mind a certain peace and calm rarely felt in this multi-tasking, wired world.
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Best Selling, Award Winning Audiobook Narrator, Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, Florida, grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island and started her career in musical theatre. She’s enjoyed an eclectic career as a singer, dancer, Vegas Headliner, Magician’s Assistant, a Recording Artist and a Video Game Designer.

A total book nerd, Andrea, now enjoys narrating all genres of audiobooks, especially YA, LitRPG, Mystery, Romance, and NonFictionat her professional home studio in San Jose, CA.

Her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in and has versatility and charisma.

Fun Facts: Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design; was a game designer for Disney Interactive; and gets her gamer-geek on playing games of all kinds!
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SECOND STRING SAVIOR is a novel set in the Tome of Bill world. Which is something that I personally knew nothing about prior to listening to this audiobook but will be remedying rather quickly now that I have finished it.  I am a complete sucker for urban fantasy and if you can mix in comedy, snark, sass and bad puns you had me at hello.

I adored the protagonist, teenage Jesse Flores, a comic book nerd from a family of renowned MMA fighters just trying to make her way in a school way above her zip code.  She is like a combo of Buffy, Veronica Mars and all the other kickass teen heroines that are just trying to get by and like a boy who may or may not like them back.  Rick Gualtieri and R. E. Carr have written a story that takes the reader on a serious Mr. Toad-style wild ride - introducing a world of magical creatures, Magi, vampires and everyone's favorite prophecy about the end of days.  As long as Jesse can avoid being grounded long enough to do something about it, it should be no problem, right??

As a self professed queen of my own Nerd Herd, the plethora of Buffy references lead one to believe the story will take one path - especially with the multiple "dust ups" in the early parts of the story.  However, apparently those in the know, know that the "False Icons" subtitle lets the reader know that all is not what it seems and perhaps there are multiple potentials for the savior of the world and even if Jesse isn't the Chosen One, perhaps she has a roll in this fight because as a Flores, she was taught to fight for herself if that was necessary.  Certainly the authors had devious plot bunnies (or Sasquatches) in mind when writing this because the first and second halves of this book go from fast paced to full steam ahead.  The secondary characters are every bit as delightful as the main one - I adored Jesse's family, Gary and the witches and they are what make this book so endearing when it might teeter on the verge of eye rolling at moments.

Andrea Emmes does a fantastic job narrating this book.  Honestly, the first chapter was so jarring that I almost passed on it but her voice and her characterization of Jesse kept me intrigued long enough to get invested.  She was the hook and the key to the ultimate success of this audiobook for me.  Capturing the teen heroine, her posse of friends and allies, weird magical creatures and the wicked awesome Boston suburb accents that help it have that tiny ring of truth that every great urban fantasy needs to plant a seed and make it grow.

I'm eager to see how her journey progresses and what's going to happen next in the series.  You can bet I'll be checking out the rest of the universe! As for Ms. Emmes, she is now one of my auto-buy narrators!

I give Second String Savior 4 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Andrea Emmes. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.



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