Audiobook Review: Wishes & Wellingtons

Author: Julie Berry

Narrators: Jayne Entwistle

Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Sep. 25, 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

From award-winning author Julie Berry comes a brand new middle-grade fantasy adventure full of humor and heart, exclusively from Audible.

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master.

Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery. It’ll take all of her quick thinking and sass to set matters right. Maeve Merritt is one feisty heroine you won’t soon forget.

Julie Berry lives near Los Angeles with her family. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is an Odyssey Honor Audiobook, and The Passion of Dolssais a Printz Honor Title.

Julie Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted novel The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014, Roaring Brook), and six others. Her latest novel, The Emperor’s Ostrich, released June 13, 2017 from Roaring Brook. Her forthcoming novel, Lovely War, will release from Viking Children’s Books in Spring 2019. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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Narrator Bio

Jayne was born in the North of England and lived in a myriad of places (Vancouver, San Francisco, Tucson, Sequim, Seattle) before landing in Los Angeles. She is an avid improviser who hitched her space-work wagon to Patrick Bristow’s company, Improvatorium, where she studied, taught, directed and performed improv.
She is an award-winning audiobook narrator best known for her narration of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. She also received the 2015 Odyssey Honour Award for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry and the 2016 Odyssey Award for, The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
When not inhaling books for work or pleasure, Jayne works in film, television and commercials. The biggest star she has ever worked with is Shaquille O’Neal. He is quite literally THE biggest star she has ever worked with. Ever. He’s really big!

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I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this book was! Again, I wish I had a physical copy so I could mark my favorite parts! Then again, there are so many, I would mark the entire book! It was fantastic, it was delicious and so so fun to listen to!

Julie Berry has created a delightful character. Maeve Merritt is such an interesting character. Even her name is musical in some way. It just sounds right – I’ll get back to that when I’ll discuss narration. Little Maeve is supposed to behave as any young lady of her age. Her parents have sent her to one a good school, where she is supposed to learn manners and how to properly behave in the Victorian England. Still, she is more rebellious than the other girls, but in a fair way. She doesn’t like her superficial colleagues and prefers spending time with the boys. This earns her a lot of bullying and gets her into trouble, as innocent as she may be. Still, when she discovers a magical sardine can, her mind starts working as an adult’s should.

I love the main character and I love her adventures. It reminds me in a way of little Anne of Green Gables, even if their stories are nothing alike. It just gives me the same childhood feeling. This book is perfect for middle grade, but it can be read at any age. I for one would read it over and over again. It will bring a smile to your life and it will brighten your day. Yes, that’s what this book does – it brightens your day and your mood.

The narration was fantastic, for lack of an even better term to describe it. What Jayne Entwistle was to charm us even more and to make us adore the characters and all the amazing adventures. I loved how she pronounced the name of our main characters – something about the musicality of it really stuck with me. She did an amazing job with the accent and with voice acting. I am telling you, she was phenomenal.

 This entire story was phenomenal! I cannot get enough – I have just finished it and would listen to it all over again. This is a book you must have in your home, as a physical copy but also as audio. The audio version enhances to enormous proportions the fun and the wit of our character. It was a fantastic production. I am really really sorry for not being able to give more than 5 stars – I am confined to this insignificant rating for such a wonderful book with such a wonderful narration.

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P.S.: Sorry, I used “amazing” too many times. It still feels so little. Because it was AMAZING!

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

 

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Audiobook Review: Between The Shadows

Author: Casi McLean

Narrators: Kristin James

Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

Publisher: Casi McLean

Released: Sep. 24, 2018

Genre: Time Travel Romance

She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…

After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.

An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.

Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?

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Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense, like Beneath The Lake, WINNER: 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense.

Casi’s powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, shares an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, and displays her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction. Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers in nonfiction as well with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can’t put down.

Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Ms. McLean weaves exceptional romantic mystery with suspenseful settings and lovable characters you’ll devour. You’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You’ll swear her time travel could happen, be mystified by her other worldly images, and feel heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you’ll want more.

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Kristin “KJ” James was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. Acting has always been a passion of hers. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, KJ pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, and she now records and produces audiobooks on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC.

When she’s not in her booth, you can find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dogs.

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“Between the Shadows” is probably the most interesting book in the series. We follow not one, but two stories, which become not only linked but also a choice. We have multiple POVs, two romances and time travel. One altered moment in the past will change the present, so our characters must make sure that the change will be beneficial.

Kenzie Reynolds jumps at the opportunity to travel back in time and help her friend York save the mysterious woman that captured his attention, a woman badly hurt in her time and whose life is in danger. York and Kenzie must alter the events, so that her friend and his beloved can have a future. Little did Kenzie expect to find her own soul mate in 1865. A dynamic story, a lot of action and very interesting relationships – these are just a few items that make this story special.

I loved how the time travel aspect is created, as well as in the case of the other books in the series. Tess is evolving and it is becoming a device that hides a lot of power and opportunities. Kenize is only just scratching the surface, but she is willing to learn more. Her knowledge is put to use with York and Isobel and they all end up in a battle for gold. James Adams was not supposed to be part of the picture, but Kenzie fells the attraction and takes a risk to trust the man that kidnaped her.

The writing is beautiful and the characters are well defined, but this is something that we are already used to when it comes to Casi McLean. I do have one small complain when it comes to the beginning. It was too sudden and it felt a little forced. I mean, it was very easy for Isobel to understand and accept York’s explanation or the time travel concept. For a woman born in the 1800s, who cannot fathom a woman in jeans, she is ok with the “back in time to save you” idea. I really enjoyed this book so much and this frustrates me. Otherwise, I would have given all those 5 stars!

The narration was fantastic. It was full of emotions, it evoked all the feelings and it brought the story to life and closer to our hearts. Yes, we do have a lot of action, but Kristin James does so much for us listeners and captures our attention even more. I loved her stile and I loved especially the determination in her voice. Everything sounded clear and clean.

All in all, 4 out of 5 stars for “Between the Shadows”. I have tried to look beyond the small inconvenience I feel for the beginning and for Isobel, but it nagged me too much. Otherwise, it was fabulous and full of action and on the edge moments.  Enjoy !

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

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Book Review: Beauty and the Greek Billionaire

Marianna Halsey has the most boring life in the world. With seven overprotective older brothers, she’s even ended up a virgin at twenty-four. But when a dark and sexy male prevents her from getting her wallet stolen on a Greek vacation, she decides it’s time for some adventure. She’s read a gazillion romance novels. How hard can it be to score a hook-up?

Greek billionaire and stock market whiz, Nico Galinas has built an empire from nothing. Literally. Orphaned as a baby, Nico trusts no one. Especially not the quirky, attractive woman using the worst pick up tricks in history. She wants something, and Nico decides to play along, even when she invites herself back to his place.

But what happens when “the beast” accidentally knocks up “beauty”?

 

About the Book

Beauty and the Greek Billionaire
by Stefanie London

Series
n/a; standalone

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Entangled Indulgence

Publication Date
October 29, 2018

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My Review

 

Yes, an interesting book, with something different – this time our billionaire is a Greek guy, with his own issues to deal with. It was nice and warm, a good book that gave me a relaxing feeling. So yes, I liked it.

Nico and Marianna meet under fortunate circumstances – he is at the right place at the right time. Since she is on a vacation, what better way to pass the time than enjoy a good fling ,especially if the guy is so good looking. Little did they expect for things to get out of control. Their story has some twists, which I have enjoyed and there are many interesting aspects in the characters’ personalities.

Where Marianna is genuine and nice, Nico is hard and not much for fighting for her. He has his heart to guard and will never put it in the hands of a stranger. She, on the other hand, is as strong as she is nice and accepts her fate with head up, willing to deal with the consequences of her decisions.

While I liked the couple, I liked their relationship, I wanted to take more advantage of the scenery and the beautiful places. Also, there was something missing in Nico, as a character. There are moments where he was too much of a stubborn guy and just…too much.

Still, I have enjoyed it and was a great book for the chilly afternoons we have here. 3.5 stars for now. a

 

 

 

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About Stefanie London

STEFANIE LONDON is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart.

Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thankfully, Nan was a patient woman.

Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of travelling the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy, contemporary romance stories and she couldn’t be happier.

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Book Review: Healer’s Need

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When the hunter is your mate, being prey is anything but terrifying… Coyote shifter Tate Allen has been watching Elise Ralston from afar ever since he recognized her as his mate. But when an unknown stalker threatens not only Tate’s clan, but Elise for the gift she was born with, Tate must risk it all to protect his family and the woman he loves. Rhenna Morgan returns with this highly anticipated steamy new release in her Ancient Ink series which fans of Kerry Adrienne’s Shifter Wars will love!

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Title: Healer’s Need

Author: Rhenna Morgan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Digital Release Date: October 22, 2018

Mass Market Paperback Release Date: October 30, 2018

Publisher: Carina Press

Series: Ancient Ink #2

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Digital ISBN: B07DCS159H

Print ISBN: 9781982542740

Synopsis:

When the hunter is your mate, being prey is anything but terrifying…

Coyote shifter Tate Allen has been watching. Learning his mate every possible way before he moves in. Protecting her through the night, always from afar.

He’ll be the one to teach her about her gifts. He’ll be there when she changes for the first time.

With him, she’ll fulfill her destiny.

Elise Ralston loves Tate for the patience he’s shown. The faith he’s demonstrated—denying himself what he needs sexually, even as he teaches her about pleasure.

For Tate, Elise is willing to try. To revel in touch, to give him control…and to embrace her healer’s need.

But someone unknown is still stalking the clan, threatening more than Tate and Elise’s bond. And Elise is a prime target—precious for the magic she hasn’t even learned yet.

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 My Review

This book was very intense and interesting, even if it’s the second book and I’ve not managed to read the first one. It was a little difficult to understand the world and the backstory, but my rating is not affected by this aspect. In the end, it is my fault I’m reviewing book 2 first.

Now that we have this small disclaimer out of the way, let me share a little about the couple. We have Elise and Tate, a couple so intense it literary burns you. They have that perfect chemistry that needs no words or touches. Tate needs to put himself on second place and focus his attention on Elise, on her development and her needs. He protects her, he is always there, waiting for her to be ready and reclaim her destiny. I loved them and I loved their relationship. The author did an amazing job creating them, both separately and as a couple.

I am so sorry I did not manage to read the first book, or else I would have understood better the story, but still, there is enough to have an idea. I wish we had more action and I wish we had more breathtaking moments, when it comes to confronting the enemy. That would be my only complaint.

All in all, I am giving “Healer’s Need” 4.5 stars and I am happy to have found this series and this author. If you decide to start the series, better you do it with book 1 J Enjoy!

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Author: Rhenna Morgan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: March 27th, 2018

Publisher: Carina Press

Series: Ancient Ink #1

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Digital ISBN: B076ZQP3MR

Print ISBN: 9781335016553

Synopsis:

Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.

Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.

Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions, and with his body.

Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.

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A native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You’ll also find all of her social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

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Spotlight: Salt & Venom

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Title: SALT & VENOM (Blood, Bloom, & Water #2)

Author: Amy McNulty

Pub. Date: October 16, 2018

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 227

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An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.

The second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series starts the war between fangs and fins in earnest as the merfolk plan their assault to bring down the unnatural undead vampires once and for all.

 

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Title: FANGS & FINS A Paranormal Romance (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book 1)

Author: Amy McNulty

Pub. Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 330

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A dapper vampire. A sullen merman. Two heirs to a great conflict—and each needs to claim a beloved to become his kindred’s champion.

High school senior Ember Goodwin never had a sister, but after her mom’s remarriage, she now has two. The eldest is no stranger to her—Ivy is a witty girl in her grade who’s almost never spoken to the shy bookworm before—but she’s surprised to find the popular girl quite amiable. Their burgeoning friendship is tested, however, when Dean Horne, a pale, besuited charmer, shows interest in them both and plans to reveal his appetite for blood to the one who’ll stand by his side.

Seventeen-year-old Ivy Sheppard is tired of splitting her time between her dad’s and her mom’s, particularly when her dad uproots their lives to move them in with his new wife and step-daughter. Used to rolling with her parents’ whims, she tries to make the best of it and befriend her nerdy new step-sister. Her hectic life grows more unwieldy when she catches the eye of junior Calder Poole, whom she swears she sees swap well-toned legs for a pair of fins during a dip in a lake. Now she’s fending off suitors left and right, all while trying to get to the bottom of the strange happenings in her town.

The first book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series sets family against family and friend against friend as an epic, ancient war comes to a head in a supposedly sleepy suburb.

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Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not reviewing anime professionally or editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.

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Cover Reveal: The Venerate Salvation

Hey Guys,

I am pleased to announce today the cover reveal for book 3 in The Venerate Order Series by  Troy Dukart.

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Blurb

How do you deal with pain that nobody can see?

Strafe, Yessa, and Zixin have returned to Earth. Strafe believes he has found peace, but the battle to save his family has just begun.

Zixin’s nightmarish past has left him in a fragile mental and physical state. The scars of his past continue to haunt him. When Strafe sees the self-harm beginning, he knows he can’t save Zixin alone. A mysterious group offers help, but it doesn’t come without a sacrifice.

The abduction of Yessa’s parents forces her to decide whether to stay with Strafe or go find them. She finds a possible solution to find her parents by joining the new Space Force branch of the military. She is torn between those she loves. Leaving could mean the end of her and Strafe.

Unknown to Strafe and Yessa, something has followed them back to Earth. It is hunting them. Its thirst for blood and death is abhorrent. It leaves no survivors in its wake.

It wants revenge.

Strafe will fight not only to save his family, but to stop this new hunter from taking everything away he cherishes.

The Venerate Saga continues!

 

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I must admit, I like these gorgeous colors and I am very interested in reading these first books. The author has kindly gifted me review copies and I will soon share my opinion with you, as always.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the artwork and let me know if you have read any of these books.

About the Author

Troy grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. Troy is recognized by Toastmasters International as an Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Leader Bronze.

He’s lived in Japan as well as California. He loves to travel. He currently lives in Minneapolis.

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Audiobook Review: In Times Like These

Author: Nathan Van Coops

Narrator: Neil Hellegers

Series: In Times Like These, Book 1

Publisher: Skylighter Press

Released: Sep. 12, 2016

Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction; Time Travel

They have a dangerous past. They just haven’t lived it yet.

“We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?”

Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What’s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they’re not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead. When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.

Action heats up in this first book of the time travel adventure series.

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Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as “dressy” flip-flops. He is the author of three time travel adventure novels: In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never. You can also check out his sci-fi sky pirate adventure, Faster Than Falling.

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Neil hails from the green hills and not-so-busy streets of River Vale, NJ, where he divided his time between theatre, literature, percussion, and policy debate. He is happy to note that he has managed to maintain this balance for the entirety of his adult life.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Psychology, Neil acquired a M.F.A in Acting from the Trinity Rep Conservatory, in Providence, RI. He returned to NYC in 2003, and, since then, has made a career of theatrical performance, percussion, theatre education, and audiobook narration, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, rambunctious son, and their mutt!

Starting his professional acting career working at festivals and and international tours performing Shakespeare opened his mind to the sweeping potential of theatre in performance to inspire and delight, a sensibility he has carried into contemporary theatre, new play workshops, film, TV and commercial work, and audiobook narration. Neil also has sought and developed educational opportunities, considering teaching as a means of advancing the craft of both student and teacher, and also a vehicle for social and political change. Neil has played drums in a wide variety of bands and musical groups, from punk, to prog, to jazz, to folk, and in theatrical performance, most notably for the Philly-based-90s-progressive-instrumental-rock-band, Lexicon.

As an audiobook narrator, Neil specializes in fiction, genre and non. A voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy, Neil strives to bring the same thrill of the possible to the actual, with non-fiction ranging from self-help both spiritual and practical, history, and cultural studies. Recording at home from a Studiobricks One Plus, he is an Audible Approved Producer, and has worked for numerous publishers, including Tantor Media, Penguin Random House Audio, Blackstone Audio, Audible Studios, Deyan Audio, Spoken Realms, and more. He is a proud member of SAG AFTRA.

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If you want a story that slowly becomes addictive and makes you forget about time (literary and not necessarily like that), “In Times Like These” is exactly what you are looking for.

The book combines in a perfect way time travel aspects, mystery, a little bit of romance and just anything you can imagine. It has something for every book lover and it’s perfect for a getaway kind of story. Between past and present, generations meet to find a way to answer questions none imagined possible. It made me feel comfortable, as the writing is care-free and just perfect for what a book should instill. The atmosphere is well created and the author did an amazing job at revealing the things throughout the pages.

The action is amazing, we have established that already. The writing is great, as I have already mentioned. But two other things played an important role in my rating. I’ll start with the characters. It’s difficult at this point to choose a favorite but all are well developed and all have their unique traits and flaws. The author balanced their emotions with the action and somehow made them real.

Second aspect is in regards with the narration. Neil Hellegers did an incredible job with everything! His charm boosted the main characters and his tone is always in line with the action. He gave life to this story and he helped me feel it 110%.

Keeping this review short, with the promise of detailing more in my review for book 2, I’m giving “In Times Like These”5 stars with all my heart and I am looking forward for the next one. Happy Reading!

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

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Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Oct. 28th:
Writers N Authors

Oct. 29th:
Jazzy Book Reviews
In Pattis Imagination

Oct. 30th:
Lilly’s Book World

Oct. 31st:
Lomeraniel
The Book Addict’s Reviews

BOOK TWO

Nov. 1st:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Nov. 2nd:
T’s Stuff
In Pattis Imagination

Nov. 3rd:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Nov. 4th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Nov. 5th:
Writers N Authors

Nov. 6th:
Lilly’s Book World
The Book Addict’s Reviews

Nov. 7th:
Lomeraniel

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