Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trusting the Currents by Lynnda Pollio

Today we have a guest blog by Lynnda Pollio, Author of Trusting the Currents

Lynnda Pollio never expected to be a writer.

That changed when she began hearing the voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African American woman. Her first words, It’s not what happened to me that matters, began a spirited remembering of Addie Mae’s teenage years in the late 1930s rural south and the hard learned wisdom she asked Lynnda to share.

Beginning at age eleven with the arrival of beautiful, mysterious cousin Jenny and her shadowy stepfather, Uncle Joe, Trusting the Currents explores Addie Mae’s reluctant awakening. As Jenny introduces Addie Mae to the world beyond what can be seen, romantic love enters her life for the first time with Rawley. Unfathomable loss and rising trust in the “Invisibles” leads Addie Mae on a tumultuous journey to a life-altering decision.

Trusting the Currents is a story of self-discovery—of faith, courage, family, and the uneasy search for one’s place in life. It represents a new literary genre of “conscious storytelling”, engaging high spiritual frequencies that resonate with the reader’s heart, guiding them deep into their own truth and transformation. Addie Mae’s story may belong to one woman, but the lessons it teaches belong to everyone willing to open their hearts and listen to the truth within their souls.

Trusting the Currents won the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards gold award in Fiction. The Nautilus Book Awards honors books of high literary merit that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change. Previous Nautilus Book Award recipients include Barbara Kingsolver, The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Marianne Williamson.

Also available on iTunes and BarnesandNoble.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fat Charlie has a problem. Not only has his father, Anansi, died leaving him stuck with a horrid nickname, but Fat Charlie's previously unknown brother, Spider, had popped onto the scene. Spider's appearance is far from joyful. Like Anansi, Spider has more than a few tricks up his sleeve, all of which leave Fat Charlie in a whole lot of trouble http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/Anansi+Boys/

Anansi Boys was narrated by Lenny Henry, a well rounded actor with a long history of working with big stars like Tracey Ullman and David Copperfield http://lennyhenry.net/bio/
It was Henry's narration which really made this audio book work for me. I was amazed at smoothly and convincingly Henry was able to move from the American voice of Spider to the British voice of Fat Charlie.

Anansi Boys was a surreal story, much like Neil Gaiman's other works such as Stardust, Coraline
and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman has a unique way of drawing people into a story, even ones that are fantastical. Anansi Boys kept me interested and entertained on a long road trip http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Gaiman/e/B000AQ01G2

The only thing about Anansi Boys that didn't work for me was that the ending lasted longer than my interest. I actually thought the last two chapters could have been eliminated altogether. Once I knew the characters were out peril, that should have been the end of it. Nonetheless, I am awarding Anansi Boys four our of five stars on my Goodreads Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Lenny Henry's narration work had a lot to do with my high ranking of this project on Goodreads. I'm looking forward to hearing what Henry will come up with next, as well as Neil Gaiman who I understand is coming out with a Halloween Book. Perfect!   

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Review of Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Best Airport Read Ever!

Next time you're stuck in an airport, let me suggest Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen as a little ointment for the traveling blues. For starters, Skink was written for young adults, so the print is nice and big. More importantly, it was penned by one of the best satirists of our time http://www.carlhiaasen.com/

Let me be the first to say I'm not exactly the person you want to find yourself sitting next to in an airport, or worse, an airplane. “Nauseous Flier” would be a severely understated description of my traveling habits. Generally speaking, I like to “enjoy” the time leading up to the flight by washing down fistfuls of Dramamine with gallons of Sprite Zero (the irony that I can't sit still for five seconds yet suffer from motion sickness hasn't escaped me).

My flight home from San Francisco over the holidays started out in the usual way (weird breathing exercises plus the aforementioned over-the-counter anti-retching pills). Then, I retrieved my new copy of Skink-No Surrender from my travel bag. Carl Hiaasen can't pump out his novels quickly enough for me, so when a new one arrives, I like to savor it. In this case, however, I had a lengthy wait so I decided to dip into my satirical stash.

Two pages into Skink, I was cackling like an old crone.  My Sprite Zero lay unmolested on the seat next to me and the Dramamine pills became a distant memory. Thirty pages later, I noticed the airport was getting full, yet there remained a wide bert around the place where I was sitting. Apparently, if you chortle like a loon, others are reluctant to penetrate your circle.

I was so engrossed in Skink that by the time I was on the plane I had forgotten all about having to hold down my lunch for dear life. There was nothing my fellow passengers could do to about my involuntary guffaws, but I tried to keep my laughter down to a dull roar as I returned home to Utah.

Adults may be familiar with Hiaasen's best-sellers including Tourist Season, Sick Puppy, and Basket Case. More recently, Hiaasen has turned his attention to young adults, which serves us all well. I hate to sound like a Grumpy Granny (I don't even have kids or grandchildren), but young people just don't read enough. It's not that kids don't like to read, it's just that many haven't discovered the writers who will truly entertain them. Hiaasen's books are not only knee-slappers, they also contain some important environmental messages. But don't take my word for it, read this review from the the School Library Journal http://www.amazon.com/Skink-No-Surrender-Carl-Hiaasen/dp/0375870512

Because an otherwise miserable flight turned into an adventure for me, I'm awarding Carl Hiaasen five stars for Skink-No Surrender on my Goodreads Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

If you'd like to hear Hiaasen describe Skink-No Surrender in his own words, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccJGUEPlU5Y

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wow!  It's hard to believe another year has flown by.  2014 was a big year at Straight to Audio Productions as we released our third audio book titled, WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

I feel blessed to have worked with such a fantastic group of actors on both the audio book and the video to promote it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4SU-a6u4FY&feature=youtu.be

Looking ahead to 2015, fans of the Quirky Audio Book Series can look forward to more wacky videos and even some memes!  I will be posting a series of funny ads on YouTube under the title #Quirky Polygamist.  We've even got our own Twitter Account https://twitter.com/QuirkyPoly

Here's hoping that the New Year brings Peace, Prosperity, Joy, Good Health and Love to you and your family.  Happy New Year from Straight to Audio Productions 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

SurviRal -- A New Book by Ken Benton

On today's blog piece, we're featuring a synopsis of the book, SurviRial by Ken Benton.

The deadliest flu season in a hundred years is about to turn a whole lot deadlier. When an accident at a famous medical research facility lets a mutated avian flu strain out, a nightmare scenario unfolds. Before authorities can react, millions are infectedóand thatís just the beginning. The mortality rate exceeds 80%. Leaders and elected officials soon learn the man-manipulated virus respects neither rank nor stature. The resulting chain reaction leads to a collapse of modern societyóeven in Colorado, where no cases of the killer strain have yet appeared.
Clint Stonebreaker, a happily-married software engineer living in Denver, doesnít like watching the news. He especially doesnít let Jake, his wacky doomsday-prepping brother, watch it when he visits. But when chaos goes viral through the entire country, Clint and his wife Jenny are forced to acknowledge reality. They find themselves hitting the road with their gun-enthusiast neighbor to escape the deteriorating city. Their goal? Reaching Clintís hunting cabin in Southeastern Colorado and trying to make a homestead of it.
They don't get far before running into a gauntlet of obstacles. Colorado seems to have become a giant sociological experiment, with dire consequences for making the wrong decisions. The spirit of American resolve is pitted against the ugly realty of criminal opportunism in every direction they turn. Ironically, Clint isn't sure which is worse: being forced to survive in the midst of civil unrest, or knowing he'll have to admit to Jake that he was right. Assuming he can find him.

Get the Kindle version here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R4VD7PS

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Wow!  It's hard to believe that another year is coming to a close.  2014 was a great year at Straight to Audio Productions.  In early October, we released WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

As with all my projects, I also produced a wacky video to promote sales on Audible and Amazon.com. Here's the video we did for Gadzooks!  http://tinyurl.com/quirkyaudio-book

In the New Year, the plan is to produce a series of videos under the brand, #Quirky Polygamist.  These messages are designed to make people laugh and also give audio book listeners a peek into the area where the action is set in the Quirky Audio Book Series.  #Quirky Polygamist also has its own Twitter handle https://twitter.com/QuirkyPoly

From my studio to your home, here's wishing you the Happiest Holiday Season ever!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ghosts & Gold

In today's blog post, I'd like to share some information about Ghosts & Gold by R.W. Lang http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Gold-R-W-Lang/dp/1499203322

The novel Ghosts & Gold is part tragedy, fantasy, and romance. Dr Jack Martin, a veterinarian, loses his wife and daughter in a vehicular accident. Distraught, Jack decides to sell his house and business in Bel Air, Maryland, and temporarily moves in with his sister, and lesbian lover in Palm Springs, California. He buys a pickup and camper, adopts a red and white Irish Setter named Domino, then travels throughout northern Nevada. Jack breaks his leg digging for gold in Rhyolite, Nevada, and Dr. Taylor Adams saves him. She convinces him to move in with her to ease his recovery, and they fall in love. You have to read the book to find out about the Ghosts!