VoiceArts Award Ahoy!

Recently I was honored to be nominated for and WIN a Society of Voice Arts and Sciences VoiceArts award – in the Teen Audio Book category for York: A Shadow Cipher.  This book has received great reviews and accolades already, but I’m very pleased to win this first VoiceArts honor for it.  Now, can I afford to get a copy …

BookList loves York: Shadow Cipher!

  Recently BookList Online came out with a great review of York: Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby.  This Victorian steampunk YA book was a true joy to narrate – unique characters and settings that jumped off the page. In an alternate New York City, seventh-grade twins Tess and Theo team up with their friend Jaime to solve a centuries-old cipher …

The Pinnacle of Biblical Fiction

Recently I was thrilled to be tapped by Recorded Books to narrate five volumes of historical fiction by the incomparable Francine Rivers.  The series is called the Sons of Encouragement books and follows the lives of five notable biblical characters: Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas. Rivers offers a way to see these men afresh while staying true to the …

Greater Than Gold – following an Olympic dream

This summer I had the tremendous honor to be chosen to narrate an Olympic athlete’s memoir of struggle and faith.  David Boudia twice journeyed to the Olympics, first failing to meet his lofty goals, and finally, literally, blowing them out of the water.  His new title, Greater Than Gold, From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption, is out today at Audible. Narrating …

Finding Dory – a fishy sequel

Recently I had the tremendous honor of narrating the junior novel version of the new Pixar/Disney movie Finding Dory!  Last year I narrated Finding Nemo, and now the forgetful blue fish is back, this time starring in her own adventure. This time around it was fascinating to be able to know the full plot line before the movie even arrived in …

Duskfall, an epic fantasy

There’s nothing I like more to read or narrate than a true, world-spanning epic fantasy!  Duskfall, book 1 of the Chaos Queen series, was an honor to voice for first-time author Christopher Husberg and Recorded Books. Husberg weaves together disparate story lines in the beginning of the novel, leading the major characters to an encounter, and eventually, to a crisis …

A Romance with Heart and Punch

A new audio book I had the privilege of narrating for Harper Collins and Harlequin is out today, Deception Island by Brynn Kelly.  This was such a powerful book to narrate that I wanted to highlight it here and share some resources and links that may be interesting for the listener/reader. While I’ve narrated romance books before, this one stands …

2015 Reading List

Every year I keep track of all the books I read (both print and narration).  In 2015 I completed 81 books!  My top 15 are listed below, followed by the rest: (* = narrated as audio book, ** = listened to as audio book) 1. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 2. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson 3. The Most Human …

New Release: Carrying Albert Home

  Just out this month, Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam! By the author of October Sky as well as many other fine textual adventures, this mostly-true memoir details the life and legacy of Homer’s parents. From Amazon: “Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving …

Praise for Purple Heart

I recently had the honor to narrate a powerful and moving YA story about a young marine in Iraq: Purple Heart, by the amazing Patricia McCormick.  Her novels include Cut, Sold, and Never Fall Down, among others. She’s a two time National Book Award Finalist and tackles the tough stuff in YA literature: emotions and hard situations that are very …