Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Asher Black"

 Book Tour

Hiya peeps! I've got an adult romance adventure for you today, full of danger and mystery. Check it out, along with an interview, and giveaway!

Asher BlackThe Five Syndicates, Book 1

 Asher Black

~Author: Parker S. Huntington

~Narrator: Lacy Laurel

~Publisher: PSH Publishing House

~Released: October 31, 2017

~Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes

~Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance

He was supposed to kill me. I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then... we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. When their fixer comes to kill her, he spares her life in exchange for a favor--be his fake fiance or die.

 About the Author

Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California, USA. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master's in Liberal Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. She has two puppies, Bauer and Chloe, and lives with her boyfriend of four years--a real life alpha male, book-boyfriend-worthy hunk of a man. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Five Syndicates Series.

~ Connect with Parker Online ~

Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love - reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.

~ Connect with Lacy Online ~

Narrator Interview

When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator? 
I was listening to more and more audiobooks and I just kept getting the urge to do it.

How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
I just researched until I found ACX, and on their website it talked about what you needed, how to do it and I just went for it.  

Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started? 
No, it was not difficult to break in but to stay in is a totally different story.

A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career? 
I don’t know if it’s essential, I have a very limited background from when I was in school.  I love theater.  However now I do find training very important.  Getting an instructor for the type of narration you want to perform, attend seminars and classes in both performance and audio technology – you should really know how to use the equipment you are utilizing and some ‘employers’ will only accept your work if you are using certain technology.

What type of training have you undergone?
I am seeing a coach for non-fiction (Sean Pratt-@SPPresents) and another for fiction (Andi Arndt - @andi_arndt).  Between the two a variety of topics in narration and the business of narration are covered.  I see improvement every time I have a session, which is really encouraging, I am lucky that although I may not have years of professional acting or collegiate acting training I am able to utilize my coaches to help me improve and to learn more about what it is that I do.

How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating? 
For me it is a combination of things.   Because of the performance aspect, if I am not feeing it, I try not to push through.  I will walk away and do some of the many other things I am responsible for in real life.  My hours are really flexible because I work out of a home studio, so sometimes it is just as simple as hanging out with the family.   Other times, I find that listening to others narrate in the genre’s I work in really helps.  Especially when they are good they will motivate me to want to get back in the booth.

Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? 
Yes I am constantly listening!  I love audiobooks!  For me, I find myself listening while I am doing housework or playing the driver to the kids.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook? 
My favorite is recording, getting to immerse myself into another world. I also love the read through of the book; it really gets me excited and helps me to plan out where I am going to go.  I guess editing is my least favorite part, but only in comparison to the other parts, I love to do it, just not as much as performing or reading.

What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
It is exactly the story I would read as a consumer, and if it has my attention in that way then I want to audition because I know I will have fun with it while recording.

How closely do you prefer to work with authors? 
I love having input from the authors, although every relationship is not the same.  I do prefer it when even if they are not the ones who hire me, they have made the decision to have me be the voice of their book.

Has anyone ever recognized you from your voice?
I have had a couple of people recognize me as my pseudonym, and it was nice because I took it as they had taken the time to listen to my work. 

Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
YES!  It is an addiction I wish I could drop!

If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative? 
The negative, but only because I always try to take something from them that I can improve on.

Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?
Dream author – I think CD Reiss, I love her work!

If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – that book spoke to me in my soul on so many different levels I can’t even fully describe!

What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? 
Maybe to them, but as a mother of five kids, I know everyone does not learn the same way, receive things the same way and we are very lucky to live in a time that we have audiobooks as a way for people to enjoy books.

What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators? 
Take advice from those who have been there, get a coach and study away!

What’s next for you? 
Project wise I am getting ready to dive into Stepping Stone, book 2 of The Stone Series, Filthy Cam Girl by JB Duvane, Same Page by G.L. Tomas and Blame It On the Pain by Ashley Jade  

 Audio Excerpt

Check out an audio excerpt HERE!

3 1/2 Roses


Great story, mafia danger, and unlikely love.

Stories where characters fall for the most unlikely person are usually entertaining. As long as there is enough other plot originality to the overall story, then you're likely going to have a satisfying book. This one fits that category, and while predictable, was enjoyable.

Lucy was a fun character to follow, with her down-to-Earth outlook and quiet strength. I enjoyed her sense of humor, and the reasons she fell in love. The mafia connection was a wonderful way to add layers, and give her a challenge fitting for the best classics. All the side characters added depth, and I enjoyed the fact none seemed like obvious fillers, or just disappeared.

My biggest complaint, and the reason for one full rose to be removed, was the narrator. She didn't do a bad job, per se, but she didn't fit this kind of story. She sounded one hundred percent like a narrator for a 60 Minutes special, or a news program reporter. Her inflections and enunciation were spot on for a news reporter, and it took away from the story enough to make it difficult to focus. I kept having to remind myself this was a fiction novel, not a dateline special. With another narrator, it would be a lot better, and while she is good at what she does, she would be more fitting for non fiction novels.

Overall, I would recommend this book, with the note about the narrator for the audiobook version. The story itself was very good, and if reading the book, would be superb.

*I was given a complimentary audiobook copy of this novel, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.


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