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Bay State Reader's Advisory Gives Good Tips

If you're in the hunt for a good story, who better to ask than an a librarian? Laurie, a public librarian in Massachusetts, is doing her best to spread the “good word.” Through her blog, Bay State Reader's Advisory,, Laurie shares nuggets of literary gold with those who seek it. The Bay State Reader's Advisory Blog includes a list of the many titles Laurie has reviewed. The blog aims to deliver honest assessments of a both books and audio books, the idea being to assist readers and listeners in making good choices. To further this goal, The Bay State Reader's Advisory Blog has a give-away page where readers can score some literary loot. “Yikes-Another Quirky Audio Book” is among the many titles Laurie has reviewed. Read all about it at If the story interests you, enter for a chance to win a free copy of Yikes! On the Bay State Reader&

No Excuses Entertainment

In the spirit of entrepreneurialism, Denver's Thurlow Weed is pioneering a whole new brand of entertainment. Thurlow is the host of Wake N Bake on iBakeTV Thurlow Weed has been entertaining audiences for more than ten years. Taking advantage of internet radio and TV opportunities, Thurlow founded M2J Media Group and launched the Medicated Chef Show. Viewers interested in learning how to make meals medicated with cannabis can tune in for cooking techniques and other tasty tidbits. Right now, the show is searching for the next Honorary Medicated Chef and ponying up $5,000 in cash prizes.  The object of the contest is to find talent which can teach viewers about the benefits of cannabis and entertain them as the same time. Entries are being accepted in the forms of submitted videos, so get rolling! All entries must be submitted b

Dara on Radio

One of the most fabulous things about modern technology is that it enables everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions, network with others and share their hopes and dreams. Radio stations are no longer limited to an elite group of people who can afford expensive equipment and have the wherewithal to deal with the FCC. Internet radio stations are popping up all over the place, including one headed up by Dara Blaker near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Dara has been hosting Dara on Radio for almost three years. Her radio show has featured a number of high profile guests including Bond Girl and Charlie's Angel's actress Tanya Roberts and Hollywood Reporter Kristyn Burtt. Dara herself is no stranger to big time projects: she has performed lip sync ADR (Automatic Dialogue Replacement) for a Latino show on HBO show called Capadocia for the last two seasons. Dara does a wide range of character voices. Check out Dara's demo reel: http:/

Calling All Indie Artists

     Are you an independent artist, musician, actor or writer? If so, you'll find a great place to network with others in your industry on Indies in Motion – Internet Radio Featuring Independent Rising Stars Indies in Motion is hosted by Rick Mizuno who is a musician and motivational speaker. Rick's easy going style makes both the artist and the listener feel relaxed and welcome. In addition to interviewing writers, actors, dancers and those involved in the film industry, Indies in Motion also features great music from indie bands. In addition to his busy music show, Rick Mizuno has written two books: 50/50 Split and From the Heart of a Man . Rick also has an inspirational audio CD called Promises Kept. I had the opportunity to appear on Indies in Motion on Monday, December 4. This was my maiden voyage into the world of Skype and I must say I have a lot to learn! Fortunately, Rick Mizuno was a gracious and

The First Review of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book Gives Yikes! 4.5 Stars      Two bloggers from Indiana are the fist to review Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. Maggie and John, siblings who administer the website, have reviewed more than 200 audiobooks. Although Maggie and John are related, their preferences differ when it comes to genre. This is good news for audio book publishers who are looking to get their work reviewed because if one of them isn't interested, chances are the other one is!      John began his journey into the world of audio books to keep him company during his business travels. Maggie caught the bug in the gym when she made the happy discovery that a good story can do a lot to perk up a ho-hum workout.      Although the emphasis on the AudiobookFans website is on audio books, Maggie says the best thing about the blog is corresponding with readers.      “ Talking to our readers and making new 'bookish' friends has been a blast, and they&

Bloggers Revolutionize Book Review Industry

     Next to the Internet itself, the second greatest thing that ever happened to writers was the advent of Bloggers. In the past, writers stood little chance of getting their work reviewed unless their book landed on the Bestsellers List. Now, thanks to the Blogosphere, it's possible for writers in every genre to connect with readers all over the world. The U.K.'s Sophie Gonzales of Life Between Pages is one example.      Ms. Gonzales is a university student who has been blogging for less than two years and already has 384 followers. In fact, the Life Between Pages Blog has been such a hit that Gonzales is currently unable to accept review requests. How does she do it? Gonzales' technique is relatively simple: using social networking, Gonzales is able to spread the word about her blog to a huge range of readers. Freebies like Twitter, Facebook and Google + Goodreads are all tools G

Hanging with the Big Boys on

     In the not-so distant past, only bestsellers stood any real chance of being turned into audiobooks. It was like an exclusive club limited to the most elite books. Then audio software programs like ProTools galloped in to drastically reduce the cost of producing audiobooks. Score one for the little guy, but producing cost effective audiobooks still put indie studios in the same pickle as self-publishers: where to market their work. Most bookstores owners have little interest in using precious shelf space on products from undiscovered writers. This is where comes to the rescue (cue dramatic music). offers a program called ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) which make it possible for studios living on a shoestring budget to compete in the global market. Essentially, the deal works like this: indie studios who have produced an audiobook in mp3 format can apply to sell it on through ACX. Once the green light is given, ACX

Spooky Books and Audio Books for Halloween

     I'm not going to complain about the 300 days of sunshine we typically get each year in St. George, Utah, but the downside of living in Paradise is that there isn't much of a change of seasons. My favorite time of year is Autumn and I miss the beautiful fall colors I grew up with in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. To compensate, I have found new ways to celebrate the seasons. Novels and audiobooks are an excellent way to get me in the mood for whatever holiday is on tap. October is an especially fun month for me, and there are a number of books and audio books to set the tone for a month of thrills and chills. I'd like to share some of my top picks for some spooky October fun: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I read this book with the enthusiasm I normally reserve for Halloween candy. The setting, tone and delivery kept me turning pages long after I should have been turning out the lights for sleep. I also loved the movie version of P

Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is now for sale on Amazon and!

The latest installment in the Quirky Audio Book Series is now available for sale. WHEN MARIJUANA AND REALITY TV COLLIDE . . . Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is the story of Blue McKenna, a pot grower who gets involved in a reality TV show as a means of curing an apocalyptic case of writer's block. A conglomerate of kooky contestants invades the polygamist community of Navel, Utah, to compete in a reality show called Yikes! Participants include Steven Finch, a loveable stoner who develops a conspiracy theory involving a rock band called the Rectal Surgeons, and Randall Smoot, a member of the Gay Mafia. Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book features a cast of 11 actors who portray the characters in funny, engaging chronologies. Steve Campbell, a delightful actor with a long list of singing and performance credits, serves as the narrator. The narration pieces give the listener a glimpse into the wacky community of Navel where every day is Christmas but it never snows
Welcome to Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books Blog! If you're looking for a little different take on the audio book industry you've come to the right place! As the owner of an indie studio called Straight to Audio Productions, my products are not attached to any major studios, publishers or other such important persons. This lack of authority leaves me free to ignore the rules governing mainstream audio books. In fact, I don't even know what the rules are! If you are a narrator, indie producer or simply a fan of audio books, I hope you'll find my blog a happy place to share your experiences. If you have listened to either Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book or Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book, this blog is also the site where you can find links to reviews of these projects. It's a great time to be both a listener and an audio book producer or narrator. For consumers, sites like make it easy and affordable to enjoy a huge select