Book Review - Fir Lodge

October 23, 2018

Fir Lodge (The Restarter Series) by Sean McMahon

Host Marnye Young (the Audio Sorceress) talks with author Sean McMahon. Joining us from Essex, England, he has been called The Wizard of Time Travel. 

Sean says: He has saved the world countless times. From the comfort of his sofa. Utilising a controller, as a conduit for his actions. He also believes he invented the concept of the digital photo-frame, but has no way to prove it. Sean lives in Essex with his family. In his spare time, he loves watching movies, reading, is an avid gamer, and enjoys walking his ridiculously-energetic Staffordshire bull terrier, Mindy. He also enjoys making contingency plans for surviving in the event of a potential zombie-apocalypse. Sean also once took a leak standing next to Simon Pegg at a press event. To this day, nobody cares.

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The Queen by JJ Anders - Podcast

September 11, 2018

The Queen
The Genoa Chronicles Book 3

A visit with authors Jill Sanders
and her twin sister, Jody
Marnye Young, Host and Narrator

Time is running out for the world of Genoa and its magical peoples.
A wizard’s past mistake must now be set right if
Genoa is to survive the battle that is to come.
 
With the brutal murder of her parents, Tress assumes the immense responsibility of unifying Genoa. Ruling a vast kingdom of wizards, sorcerers, and mystical creatures, she fights to rid Genoa of the tyrant, Gillard. Surrounded by spies and the threat of war, Genoa’s only hope of survival lies in Tress’ long-awaited reunion with the fearless dragon-warrior and the prized scholar in her protection.

JJ Anders is the pseudonym used by the powerhouse writing duo of NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jill Sanders and her identical twin sister, Jody. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, these two talented ladies have merged their creative forces to craft an amazing new fantasy series that will leave you begging for more.

With over forty bestselling romance books and counting, Jill alone is a force to be reckoned with, boasting thousands of glowing reviews with a cumulative 4.5 star rating.

Jody's powerful imagination and newfound love of writing has spawned the thrilling new world and enchanting characters of Genoa. As a furious reader and devoted mother, Jody's passion for storytelling reaches full bloom by teaming up with her talented twin to bring her magical stories to life for the enjoyment of readers everywhere.

Marnye Young, narrator, is an award winning narrator for NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors. She is a Yale MFA grad SAG-AFTRA voice stage and screen actor who has spent her life in the South, Midwest and North. Having performed in Romania, Sweden, Scotland, NYC and more she has been reviewed for her impeccable comic timing as well as her ability to make you cry and has been called an accent guru. When she isn’t narrating she's podcasting, writing a self-deprecating comical blog about her identical twins, fishing, following NASCAR, volunteering (CRIS radio and TIC), running a small playreading group in NYC, raising chickens and of course “mom”ing. Her favorite literary character is Sherlock Holmes.

JJ Anders

JJ Anders

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Dino Hunters: Interview with Author and Narrator

September 4, 2018

Dino Hunters

An Interview Interview with
Peter Leavell, Author and Julie Lancelot, Narrator

Host Gwyn Olson fields questions and answers about the book.

Siblings Josh and Abby Hunter don’t believe their parents’ death was an accident. After taking pictures of the most incredible find of the 1920s—proof humans and dinosaurs lived together in the same time and place—desperate outlaws armed with tommy guns are on their tail! Only Josh and Abby know where the proof is hidden—in the canyons of Arizona’s desert.

When an intruder searches Josh and Abby’s bags inside their new home, the two convince their uncle Dr. David Hunter into returning to the canyon and finding the pictures they’d hidden. But the outlaws are just as eager to find the proof before Josh and Abby. Can Josh use his super-smart brain to outfox the villains in time? Will Abby’s incredible physical abilities stop full-grown men? And will their uncle believe them?

Dino Hunters is an apologetics-adventure series aimed at the middle reader to help them trust the Bible from the very first verse.

Peter Leavell, author is a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing’s Best award for First-Time Author. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter’s books, research, and family adventures at www.PeterLeavell.com.

Julie Lancelot, narrator, has been a fan of Christian fiction and romance since her teen years.   She lives in a cabin on a small wooded acreage in Arkansas with her husband and two boys; horses roam the pastures and neighbors chat across the barbed wire fence. She draws upon her many years in the church and growing up as a Pastor’s daughter in the south and the Midwest to add personality to her characters. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, extended family and rowdy group of southern girlfriends.

 

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Murder In Shadow - Visit with the Author and Narrator

August 28, 2018

Murder In Shadow

An Acton & Dolye Mystery, #6

Host Marnye Young (narrator) shares questions with the author of the book, Anne Cleeland.

The Story: It seemed a little strange, that Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle wound up being the ranking officer on this particular homicide scene. It was true that DCI Acton was off somewhere, testifying, and DI Williams was chasing down witnesses on the latest Santeria murder, but Doyle couldn’t shake the feeling that she was being manipulated, by one or both of them. But to what end? The unidentified victim was a wealthy man, who shouldn’t have been mucking about in a Lambeth alley, in the first place. Who was he? And why were Acton and Williams staying well-away, with only Doyle left to sort it out? It was almost as though they didn’t want the case to be resolved too quickly. . .

About the Author:  Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a law degree from Pepperdine University. She worked as a research attorney for federal and state court judges, a legal writer in private practice, and a guest lecturer at several universities. She is currently at work on her next Scotland Yard mystery featuring Acton and Doyle. She lives in California and has four children.

About the Narrator: Marnye Young is an award winning narrator for NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors. She is a Yale MFA grad SAG-AFTRA voice stage and screen actor who has spent her life in the South, Midwest and North. Having performed in Romania, Sweden, Scotland, NYC and more she has been reviewed for her impeccable comic timing as well as her ability to make you cry and has been called an accent guru. When she isn’t narrating she's podcasting, writing a self-deprecating comical blog about her identical twins, fishing, following NASCAR, volunteering (CRIS radio, TIC and Learning Ally), running a small playreading group in NYC, raising chickens and of course “mom”ing. Her favorite literary character is Sherlock Holmes.

Anne Cleeland   Marnye Young
Anne Cleeland   Marnye Young
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Reviews and Sample for “I Love Your Cupcakes”

August 21, 2018

I Love Your Cupcakes

Reviews and Sample from the Audiobook

Host Gwyn Olson, who is also the narrator, shares some reviews for the book "I Love Your Cupcakes," followed by a sample from the book.

The Story: If you are nuts about TV cookery programs and think chocolate is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, keep reading! I Love Your Cupcakes is a "sweet" romance, a virtual fantasy high in calories and a fun adventure. Dare to give it a bite!

Dulce, Adelfa, and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends, and share some "interesting" family connections. All the men Dulce meets only ever talk about her cakes, and she's tired of it. Her friend, Adelfa, although she's a chemistry professor, can't manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the studio of the contest "Do You Have What It Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?" they'd find sexual harassment, cheats, fights, and also love?

With dogs, fire trucks, London double-decker buses, school buses, artists, chemists, engineers, architects, intrigue, scandals, bigamy, and lots and lots of desserts, I Love Your Cupcakes is a romantic comedy with a sweet heart. You will find baddies, crooks, goodies, odd balls, and flawed but endearing characters. More than anything, I can promise you good humor, friendship, smiles, sense of community, heart, and plenty of cakes. Try it! I'm sure you won't be able to stop once you give it a bite!

I hope you come to love Dulce, Adelfa, Storm, and their friends as much as I do. And if that is the case, please let me know. I wouldn't mind writing some more adventures about them and baking more cakes!

About the Author: Olga Núñez Miret is a writer and also does translations of other author's works. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, but has lived in the UK for quite a while. She's done many things and had other lives, but however far she wanders she keeps coming back to books and stories, my two earliest loves. When reading was no longer enough for her, she started writing. 

 

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Steering Through It - A Chat with the Author and narrator

August 14, 2018

Steering Through It

A Chat with the Author and Narrator

Host Gwyn Olson talks the author and narrator of Steering Through It, discussing the true story of Lynn McLaughlin's life-threatening illness and the reactions from her sisters, daughters, and father.

From the author: A life-threatening illness crushes the world around you and around those you love. How do we cope with diagnosis physically, emotionally, and spiritually? How do we move on? What are the most helpful ways to support others in crisis? In the end, what does it all mean?

The author shares her most personal thoughts, fears, and triumphs over the most challenging year of her life. The voices of friends and family members ring true and move the listener to a powerfully emotional and honest reflection of one's own beliefs and life's purpose.

About the Author: Lynn McLaughlin is a Canadian educator who has spent her life devoted to ensuring each of us meets our full potential. She began journaling the day she received a life-threatening diagnosis. Grateful for an amazing support network, she is now passionate about sharing her journey of fear and survival.

 

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Paramedic Killer - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

August 6, 2018

Paramedic Killer - Medic 7 Series

A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Gwyn Olson talks the author and narrator of Paramedic Killer, discussing the story behind the story, the author's experiences, and the narrator's reaction to it all.

An early morning wreck. A grisly, fiery mess. Paramedic Jim Stockbridge does his best to save the family, but the flames drive him back. Now, with a family relative out for revenge and two beautiful women on his mind, Jim is about to learn that failure is not an option — especially when lives are on the line.

Jim Stockbridge could only stare at the terrible fiery wreck. He wanted to cry, to shake his fist and shout at the unleashed horror unfolding before his eyes, but he was a trained professional, and he had work to do.

Three bodies lay on the pavement beside him. Two were on fire...

About the Author: I am a paramedic, an educator, a family man, and an adventurer. I love life, and live to go fast. I used to race motorcycles, now I ride a mountain bike. I have sailed since I was nine, taken a million pictures, studied many topics, and bandaged a lot of people. I write about what I know. So if my stories are gritty, a little fast, colorful and full of adventure, it's because I've been there, on the water, in the woods, and on the street, with dying people in my arms, and that has left a deep impression on my heart. But at the end of the day, I'm just a paramedic with a lot of stories to tell. 

Author Pat Patterson

Review Quotes
"Fast action from dramatic start to thrilling climax. Sailors, medics, EMTs, and those in emergency medicine will delight in the accuracy of technical detail. Patterson delivers thrilling suspense fiction." ~ Donn Taylor, author of Lightning on a Quiet Night, Rhapsody in Red, and The Lazarus File.

Wow...Paramedic Killer is one intense book! I very much enjoyed this suspensful fictional novel but had to put it down on occasion as some of the scenes are very graphic and mind boggling. Jim Stockbridge is a paramedic who is challenged by his choice of career...that of saving lives as an ambulance driver. Six years ago, the unthinkable happens in a driving accident where seven people in one family are killed. A fire ensues after the crash and although there are a few survivors, two young men in particular, Billy and Bobby Canaday are badly disfigured. Even though Jim and his partner Devon made every effort to save their lives, the Canaday clan doesn't quite see things the same way. They decide to take justice into their own hands and with the philosophy of "an eye for an eye" they hunt down the two ambulance drivers to avenge the death of their loved ones...seven people are destined to pay. ~ Dolores Ayotte (Amazon Reviewer)

 
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar suspense novels in this genre may be categorized as: suspense, thrillers, suspense thrillers, Christian suspense and Mystery & Suspense.

 

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Cull - Bloodline - Visit with the Author and Narrator

July 31, 2018

the CULL - Bloodline - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Marnye Young talks the author and narrator of the CULL - Bloodline, discussing the story behind the story and how it came about.

‘the CULL - Bloodline’ is a new, fast-paced and highly original take on vampire lore.

No fangs; no morphing into bats; just adrenaline-pumping fury as two female Federal agents encounter the unimaginable.

Amy Bree’s reckless actions result in the death of her partner and her dismissal from the FBI.

A visit from a mysterious priest propels her back into the fray, as she is partnered with an ex-spy, with fearsome computer skills, and tasked to hunt down the serial killer known as the Blood Sucker.

Their quarry is not what they expect.

The body count rises … and the hunters become the hunted!

 
Review Quotes
"A gripping action book, fast-paced and addictive. You're going to have a problem putting it down. Remember to breathe."

"The characters are excellent, the plot is completely unfamiliar therefore filled with thrilling surprise after surprise"

"...once I started I couldn't put it down... one of the best books I have read..."

"Confident, tough as nails and action packed!"

 
 
 
 
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Normal Secrets - Behind the Scenes

July 22, 2018

Normal Secrets - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Marnye Young interviews the author and narrator of Normal Secrets, discussing the story behind the story.

A Search for Identity, Growth, Love, and Motorcycles: A Memoir

The author says, "I grew up in Normal, Illinois, but had lived in New Jersey for more than 30 years when my father died at the age of 84. I was 54 at the time and soon learned that family secrets had been kept from me. Strange deaths, tragedies, indiscretions, and relationships lay in my past, totally hidden. It took me seven years to uncover these secrets from personal interviews, genealogical studies, public records, and cutting-edge scientific work done by worldwide experts. Along the way, I trace my own life path from wanting to be a mechanic to gaining a master's degree at MIT and working at a famous research laboratory. I also tell my own 50-year love story. The secrets are now known, and I thought it was time at the age of 79 that I should write this memoir to tell you all about my Normal Secrets."

 
Reviews
Really enjoyed the book! I was in the Spokeswomen with Jane and truly enjoyed learning so much about her. She was a wonderful person! —Amazon Customer

Why should you read this book? Let me count the ways! If you live in, or are from, Illinois. If you live in, or are from, McLean County. If you want to know what it was like growing up in the 40's. If you attend, or attended, Normal Community High School. If you love vintage cars. If you ride, or would like to ride, Motorcycles. If you attended college in Missouri, or if you attended MIT. If you are searching for some hidden family secret. All this, and more. "Normal Secrets" was written by my high school classmate (NCHS class of 1956), Walter Kern. I cannot begin to count the memories that flooded over me as I read this. Even if you don't have any of the above attachments, I still believe you will find this an enjoyable read. NeysaZ

 

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Creatus - Interview with the Author

July 16, 2018

Silverton Audio's host Marnye Young interviews the author of The Creatus Series, discussing the thoughts and ideas she had while writing the book.

The Creatus Series Boxed Set includes the complete five-book series!

For 4000 years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Unwittingly, one creatus will endanger them all....

As with most of his family, Derrick Ashton knows his future and what position he's destined to fill within his unique society. Everything changes, however, when he breaks one of his family's strictest laws and falls in love - with a human.

In his quest to protect the woman he can never have, a twist of faith propels him into a new role that will cause dissension among his family and endanger the anonymity that they've spent thousands of years protecting.

Now, he will risk everything to save the girl from humans and his own kind. The one thing he can't save her from, however...is herself.

The Creatus series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe.

©2014 Carmen DeSousa (P)2017 Carmen DeSousa
 
 
Reviews
Great Series! Loved this one and think it is fabulous the entire series can be purchased together!!! Definitely a book series for those that love the supernatural! --L Crumigan

Excellent Story Action, suspense, mystery, and romance. Excellent series. The narration definitely made the story come alive. --Jessica Luemen

Interesting Twist This is a unique idea for all the myths throughout history from vampire to nephlimn to witches and humans. ... There weren't any slow slow parts. At first I was a little bummed that the books went so fast in a story progression it too out what makes a good guy good but also bad. (visa versa with the bad guy having good parts). I can't say it's a romance because any romance happened fast without any satisfying tension. I am glad that there was limited sex scenes because that would have ruined my mental image of each character. I have been looking forward to this book but was too concerned about it based on the "star" reviews. I'm glad I bought it though. It's so much better than the average review. --Teresa

 
 
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