Hey guys, and welcome to this week’s blog post! Today I want to talk to you about audiobooks.
Here you might start to cringe. Are audiobooks even books? Are they cheating?
Yes, recorded books are still books. While it’s certainly a different experience listening to a story than reading it on paper, audiobook fans aren’t cheating.
I love to listen to audiobooks and I want to share my top three reasons why. Then I’m going to share an author interview I did to celebrate the release of a new audiobook! (Hehe, I’m not going to tell you who it is quite yet. =P)
I like audiobooks because I can listen to them while doing other activities. Whether it’s crocheting, cleaning the kitchen, or making dinner, audiobooks give me something interesting to do while doing these repetitive tasks. It might seem strange, but trying to do those things without having some kind of music, podcast, sermon, or audiobook playing drives me crazy.
While I’ve never driven a long distance by myself, I’ve heard many people talk about taking audiobooks on road trips.
Audiobooks help me to ingest stories in a different way than reading. When you listen to a book, you’ll notice different things than if you were reading that same story. This is one of the reasons writers suggest reading your manuscript out loud when you edit. For some reason, this helps you catch more errors than just reading it silently.
They also help me with pronunciation, whether it’s simply expanding my vocabulary or learning a phrase from another language. For example, I just recently finished listening to Romanov by Nadine Brandes (it’s an Anastasia retelling). This book has some Russian in it. I do not know Russian and therefore I have no clue how to pronounce Russian words. But now, I can attempt to say some of the phrases Brandes used with a bit more confidence than before.
Audiobooks are awesome because they are less frustrating to stop than a book. At least, for me they are.
Since I multi-task, if I spend three hours on an audiobook and I didn’t enjoy it, I still got three hours worth of work done. But if I was reading that same book, I couldn’t be doing anything else. I cannot count how many books I’ve started reading and stopped halfway through for one reason or another.
Audiobooks are a great way to “read” when you’re too busy to sit down with a physical book. Who knows, you might even learn a new word or two!
Now that I’ve (hopefully) talked you into giving audiobooks a chance, I want to tell you about a new one that just came out!
Resistance by Jaye L. Knight is one of my favorite books of all time (and the one that inspired me to write) and now it’s an audiobook! *excited squealing*
(Keep reading to see an exclusive interview with the author and a giveaway!)
About the Book
“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.
Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.
Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.
Available now on Audible and iTunes!
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About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
About the Narrator
Lance Rasmussen is an audiobook narrator and actor based in Denver, CO. A graduate with a BFA in Acting from Utah State University, and an MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University, he now narrates and produces audiobooks from his home studio while working at various regional theaters across the country. More information can be found at www.lanceras.com. Follow him on Instagram at @LCRasmus.
And now for the interview with Jaye L. Knight!
First question, what is it like to listen to someone else read your book? Is it really weird?
It actually is super weird. You know how some actors can’t watch themselves on film? It kind of feels like that. I get kind of cringy about my own writing when someone else is reading it. But since I have to proof the chapters once they are recorded, I have to listen to it. 😉
That makes perfect sense. The few times my mom has read my writing out loud I get cringy too. What scene was the most fun to write when you were working on Resistance?
Wow, that was a long time ago considering I started it in 2011. I’d probably have to say that the first interactions between Jace and Kyrin were probably some of the most fun. They were scenes I had been looking forward to since the beginning of the story. I loved their slow growth to friendship.
I love their friendship too! If you could go back to when you first got the spark of an idea for Ilyon, what would you tell yourself, looking back now?
I might warn myself that it was going to take almost ten years to finish. Then again, I might not have even started it if I’d known that. I never imagined it would be such a long process. I wish I could have finished a couple of years ago before life seemed to get crazy, but I’ll get there.
If you could write absolutely anything you wanted to, what would it be?
Right now I have so many stories calling to me it’s ridiculous. I really want to write the sequel to my yet-to-be-released contemporary romance novel (written under the pen name Jaye Elliot). I also really want to try my hand at something post-apocalyptic.
Too many ideas seems to be a common author problem. XD What is one question you wish you were asked more often? Why? And how would you respond to that question?
I’m not sure. I guess I don’t get asked about my kitties very often. 😉 I love my kitties. My kitties are my kids. Yes, I may be something of a crazy (awesome) cat lady. But hey, even though I live alone, my house has never felt lonely or empty with my babies around.
Aw! I love kitties too!
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win one of 3 copies of the Resistance audiobook! Winners will receive a free download code to use on Audible. Open internationally!
Click here for the giveaway! Ends 11/23/19.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, November 18
- Tour Start at Jaye L. Knight
- Spotlight at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
- Spotlight at Elrich’s Expressions
- Spotlight at Read Write Breathe
Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, November 21
Friday, November 22
- Spotlight at Tricia Mingerink
- Author Interview at Allison Grace Writes (You are here!)
- Narrator Video at Ilyon Chronicles
Saturday, November 23
- Spotlight at Perfectly Quirky in Every Way
- Spotlight at Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm
- Tour End at Jaye L. Knight