New Audiobooks, new Deals and new News #11

10 new Romance Audiobooks for free or cheap in December 2018

Week 50, 2018

Only 11 days until Christmas! Now you hear the old question everywhere: Did you already get all your gifts or are you a last-minute-shopper? Personally, I’m a little bit of both. I have a bunch of gifts already, but I want to add a few more things here and there. And I like shopping around this time because it adds to the Christmas spirit 🙂

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New Audiobooks, new Deals and new News #10

New cheap Romance audiobooks in December

Week 49, 2018

Hello and welcome to the first December deals post! Have you enjoyed some Christmas cookies and treats yet? To be honest, I haven’t (there isn’t a sad emoji sad enough to give back my heartbroken feelings over this). Because I’m trying to be a good girl with candy. So I need to live vicariously through you. I’m a total candy-junkie really, but health (or rather the lack of it) demands a wholesome diet. And even though I always thought sugar should make up the biggest food group, it sadly doesn’t. That means when I crave something sweet to improve my mood, I bake. Wholegrain and very little sugar. There are some surprisingly good recipe! Especially if you add dark chocolate chunks 😀 (Nobody said entirely sugar-free!!!)

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Chasing Petalouthes: Interview with author Effie Kammenou

The Gift Saga

Welcome back to part 3 in my “The Gift Saga” special!

I’m very pleased to share an interview with the wonderful Effie Kammenou with you today. I’ve introduced the first two parts of this great series in the last two weeks (Evanthia’s Gift and Waiting for Aegina). Today is the grand finale with part 3: Chasing Petalouthes. And we’ll get more personal with the author, Effie Kammenou.

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Interview with Effie Kammenou

 

When did you start writing creatively?

That is not an easy question to answer. The short answer would be 2012, about six months after my mother passed away. I wrote as an outlet to express myself and to channel my grief. But I had been writing a food blog for several years before that. In that blog, I not only shared recipes, but also the traditions and celebrations that went along with the foods. I also occasionally contributed to a regional magazine, writing restaurant and book reviews and feature articles. However, if I go back even further, I remember writing a play with a friend when we were barely in our teens. And to think I thought I was only interested in acting out the plays, not writing them!

What is your favourite reading genre?

I love to read women’s fiction and contemporary romance with deeper themes. The occasional rom com is fun too. I also like a good paranormal fiction. And I really enjoy revisiting the classics I grew up with. That doesn’t really answer your question, does it? I can’t pin it down to just one.

You have had an acting career in the past. How has acting influenced or supported your writing career?

Saying that I had an acting career is stretching it. I studied acting in college. I’d hoped to have an acting career. What I lacked at that time was the fortitude to forge ahead through rejections and the moxie to push my way through the right doors. And then there was that annoying reality called ‘making a living.’

My training did, however, influence the way in which I write and develop characters. The way I’d breathe life into a role by giving the character a history beyond the script is the same way I gave my characters in my books their personalities, traits and pasts.

How has your Greek heritage influenced the stories you write?

My Greek heritage is all over these books – the traditions, customs and religious holidays. The food and the spirit of the Greek people. The stories I’ve heard all my life and the experiences I’ve had. My observations of other Greeks and Greek-Americans and the dynamics of their families. All of these factors influenced my stories.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.

Chasing Petalouthes is the third and last book in The Gift Saga. This story focuses on the current generation in the family as they navigate their way from adolescence to adulthood. In the other two books the mains characters are women and it’s no different in this one.

Evvie has lived through the loss of her father and her most beloved yiayiá. Because of this, she thinks that closing her heart will protect her from future pain. She’s wilful and defiant at times in respect to her mother who has her best interest at heart but sometimes tries to force her hand in a direction that doesn’t interest her.

Stella is the youngest of a family of siblings and cousins who, in her mind, are all more attractive, intelligent and talented than she is. She suffers from a lack of self-esteem and that frame of mind lands her in a relationship with the wrong man.

Throughout the story, the younger generation learn lessons from the older members of their family. Many of the chapters drift back in time as far as 1928 before any of the family had come to America.

In the end, the entire saga is tied together in a very meaningful and heartfelt manner.

Where do you write and do you have a writing routine?

I have a home office connected to the kitchen. The joke in my family is that I only occupy one of two spaces in the house – the kitchen or the computer chair.

I work during the day, so I write in the evenings and on my day off. I’m a night owl. I sometimes can be found at the computer until 2 AM and then I get up to go to work in the morning. I can be a little obsessive once I’m in a writing zone. I hate to be interrupted and writing that late affords me a lot of quiet time.

What steps do you take to ensure your writing is ready for release?

I make quite a few revisions before anyone else lays eyes on it. I have a good friend, who I call my unofficial editor, and she is the first one to read through the manuscript. I take her suggestions and do another revision. With the first book, I had several beta readers and I’d made many changes after their read through. With this last book, I only had two beta readers before I handed it over to my editor. I make a few more revisions while working with her and when the manuscript is where we both want it to be, it goes out for a final proofread.

What is your favourite go-to snack when writing?

That all depends. Sometimes it’s dark chocolate and other times, chocolate licorice. But I’m really more of a savory food lover. Give me a few chunks of cheese and I’m a happy person. Especially kasseri!

I know you are fond of cooking. Tell me a bit about your food blog and how your cooking has influenced this.

The food blog was started because people were always asking for my recipes. I thought it was an easy way to share them and also give a little backstory on what makes the dish I’m sharing special. Most of the recipes are family ones, taught to me by my mother and yiayiá. I’m proud of my Greek heritage and I enjoy explaining the customs and traditions that go along with our delicious foods. I also have other recipes, ones I’ve developed myself and aren’t necessarily Greek. I entertain a lot, especially in the summer, so I post those recipes as well.

All three of the books contain recipes between some of the chapters. I did this for a couple of reasons. I simply couldn’t help myself! But I also thought for the non-Greek readers, the list of ingredients would aid in imagining what the foods in the text might taste like.

What’s on your current to-do list right now?

Chasing Petalouthes was released on June 3, 2018. I’m busy marketing the completed series and I’m working with my cover designer and formatter to create a box set so it can be purchased together at a discounted rate.

I also have notes on the next series and plan to begin writing in a month or so.

I also need to build an author website, something I’ve put off. I’ll be working on that as well.

Thank you, Effie!

 

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A Romantic Christmas with Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited: The best free Christmas audiobooks

The best Romance audiobooks for the season, part 2!

Welcome back to the best Christmas audiobooks to binge on. You’ve pürobably already seen my favourite Christmas audiobooks in the Audible Romance Package. If you missed it, click here. Today we’re looking at the best ones in Kindle Unlimited** “Read and Listen for Free”.

You might know that with Kindle Unlimited you can read 1.4m ebooks for a flat monthly fee (you probably can’t really, because… 1.4 MILLION, but… you know… theoretically). What you might not know is that there are also over 2000 free audiobooks included in the deal. Additionally, there are thousands of audiobooks that you can pick up for as little as $1.99 if you borrow the ebook. The audiobook is then yours to keep! Kindle Unlimited is a great way to find new authors, but many well-known and popular authors have books in the program, too.

You can only get Kindle books on your local Amazon website and deals might differ slightly. The list below is from Amazon.com and I cannot guarantee, that all of these books are “listen for free” on international Amazon websites as well. 

The book links in this post are affiliate links. If you pick up a book, I’ll receive a small fee at no extra cost for you. Thank you! 🙂

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Christmas in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk

Add it to your library now!**

This sweet Romance takes you to a small town with two people needing second chances. This book comes to you with a very high rating and is narrated by the wonderful Amy McFadden. I’m sure this will be a wonderful December listening choice for you 🙂

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New Audiobooks, new Deals and new News #9

Week 48, 2018

It’s already the end of November. How crazy is that?!

 

New releases

Amazon is a bit disappointing this week. We get 2 new releases in the Romance Package, but no new Kindle Unlimited “listen for free” ones. However, there are some real gems among the Whispersync deals! Including a new R.S. Grey and some Reverse Harem which I’m very much looking forward to.

 

Giveaway

You only have 1 week left to enter my giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or an audiobook! So hop on over and join in: Giveaway

 

Cyber Week

The Black Friday / Cyber Week deals for Audible are still active!

Audible.co.uk 4 months membership 50% off – £3.99/month: Click here**

Audible.com 3 months membership 53% off – $6.95/month: Click here**

 

What’s going on with Lovely Audiobooks

This past week I’ve introduced “Waiting for Aegina” to you. It’s the second book in The Gift Saga which is sponsoring my current giveaway. Take a look at the Spotlight.

I’ve also taken the first step for my passion project: Romance novels with physically disabled and chronically ill protagonists. Here are my mini reviews of 3 books in the Romance Package: Mini Reviews. When I linked this blog post in the totally awesome Aural Fixation Facebook group, I received a ton of recommendations for other audiobooks that fall into this category. So I plan to start my Ultimate List soon that will feature all Romance audiobooks with physically disabled characters. I’m really excited about this!

And lastly, yesterday, I started the Lovely Audiobooks Christmas special: The Best Christmas audiobooks in the Audible Romance Package! Stay tuned for the second part, featuring Christmas audiobooks in Kindle Unlimited.

 

New Additions to the Audible Romance Package:

[These are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to purchase something, I receive a fee at no additional cost for you.]

Someone Else’s Ocean
Kate Stewart (Author), Lila Winters (Narrator) and Jason Clarke (Narrator)
Add it to your Audible Library**
Hard Pressed
Kate Canterbary (Author), Lauren Sweet (Narrator) and Blake Richard (Narrator)
Add it to your Audible Library**

 

Kindle deals can slightly differ between local Amazon websites. The lists are based on Amazon.com. If you live in Canada or the UK, you will automatically be send to your local Amazon. Please don’t be disappointed if your site has slightly different prices. Sometimes, an American free listen might cost a little elsewhere. But some of the “under $10 deals” might in turn be cheaper on your Amazon You can only get Kindle deals on your local Amazon website.

 

Cheap Ebook + Audiobook deals under $10 (no Kindle Unlimited):

[These are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to purchase something, I receive a fee at no additional cost for you.]

House of Guardians: Sons of the Olympian Gods: Ambrosia Trilogy Series, Book 1
Beatrice Sand (Author), Cassandra Myles (Narrator) and Aaron Shedlock (Narrator)
FREE EBOOK + Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Breath of Christmas
Linda Mooney (Author, Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
 Undiscovered: Treasure Hunter Security, Book 1
Anna Hackett (Author, Publisher) and Stella Bloom (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Three, Two, One (321): A Dark Suspense
JA Huss (Author), Sebastian York (Narrator) and Ava Erickson (Narrator)
FREE EBOOK + Cheap Whispersync Deal**
I just picked this up myself after eyeing it for a while. It’s not a new release but the price has recently gone down.

 

Ebooks in Kindle Unlimited with Audiobook upgrades under $10:

[These are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to purchase something, I receive a fee at no additional cost for you.]

Hell Is a Harem: Hell Is a Harem Series, Book 1
Kim Faulks (Author) and Lauren Sweet (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
In the Corsair’s Bed: Corsairs Series, Book 2
Ruby Dixon (Author), Hollie Jackson (Narrator) and Mason Lloyd (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Daughter of Hades: A Reverse Harem Romance: Cerberus Series, Book 2
Helen Scott (Author), Troy Duran (Narrator) and Cassandra Myles (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Claimed by Gods: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy: Their Dark Valkyrie Series, Book 1
Eva Chase (Author), Samantha Cook (Narrator) and Aiden Snow (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Real Men Snarl: Real Men Shift Series, Book 2
Celia Kyle (Author), Marina Maddix (Author) and Kendall Taylor (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Sexy as Sin: Sinful, Montana, Book 3
Rosalind James (Author) and Emma Wilder (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
El Santo: The El Santo Series, Book 1
M. Robinson (Author), Marcio Catalano (Narrator) and Lacie Glennox (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Positively Pricked
Sabrina Stark (Author) and Melissa Barr (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Not So Nice Guy
R.S. Grey (Author), Teddy Hamilton (Narrator) and Luci Christian Bell (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**

 

Thanks for reading the last November edition of the weekly deals and news. See you in December! Happy listening 🙂