Love at Lake George – Win a Free Audiobook!

Join me today in welcoming the talented producer/narrator of my contemporary romance, A TAMING SEASON, the first Love at Lake George novel, Sharon Cline.

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Good morning, Sharon, and welcome to Emotional Journeys! I’m so glad I found you to narrate A Taming Season. This book and its characters have been very close to my heart. So I have to admit, I was more than a little picky in choosing a producer to be “their voices.”

From the first moment I heard your audition, I knew you could portray my heroine, Zoe, perfectly. What inspired you to begin producing audiobooks? And how long have you been at it?

What inspired me to narrate audiobooks is my love for audiobooks!  I commute about two hours every day to and from work, and sometimes I can’t wait to get into my car and listen to the next chapter of whatever audiobook I’m listening to.   In narrating, I love I can tap into another personality and try to feel what the character is feeling, and then try to convey the emotion through the words.

You really inject emotion into the characters’ voices. Do you have any training in acting?

I was involved in plays and musicals in high school and college.  It’s always been somewhere in the background of my life, and I love I can incorporate acting into my love of books.  I just started narrating books four months ago and am so excited!

Are you familiar with the location where the book takes place, in Lake George, New York?

I am not familiar with Lake George, but your descriptions make it sound beautiful, like a wonderful place to visit (just not in winter J).

Well, that’s true and it’s not. It’s true, Zoe did have a hard time making it up to Jason’s cabin that snowy winter night. But when I was ready to write that scene, I’d never actually been to Lake George in winter. So one frigid February, my husband and I packed up and headed north to spend a weekend on the lake. There are a few accommodations that stay open year-round, as Lake George has a busy winter “tourist season” as well — ice-fisherman, snowmobilers, and the like.

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I have to admit, it was spectacular. The lake freezes over entirely (a shock to me!), and we spent the afternoon watching the antics on the ice all afternoon from our hotel window. Then, I awoke at four a.m. and looked outside. It was snowing like crazy! Big fat flakes were wafting down around the street lamp so thick I could hardly see it. 

This is where I wrote the last few chapters of A Taming Season: Sitting right on its shores in the middle of a snowstorm 🙂

Back to you: I was blessed the day I was perusing narrators on ACX and discovered you, Sharon. The minute I heard your voice, I knew you were the voice of my heroine of A Taming Season, Zoe Anderson. It sounded like you really got into the role . . . can you tell us about what it was like to “live” Zoe’s story?

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I enjoyed playing Zoe because I could identify with many aspects of her personality.  She had an incredibly traumatic experience happen to her and has tried to build a normal life afterwards, struggling along the way.  I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled in some part of their lives, trying to manage complicated emotions.  Also I love that she was brave…I have a bracelet that says, “Fortune favors the brave,” and it’s an aspect of my personality I’ve been grateful to have throughout my life.   She was brave not only in her willingness to experience a relationship again, but brave in accepting herself as she is, and loving herself whether anyone else did or not.

You also did an outstanding job of bringing Jason’s sister, Jade, to life. In the story, Jade is Jason’s half-sister who was born and raised in Jamaica. Your Jamaican accent is amazing. How does a narrator adopt an accent?

Jade’s Jamaican accent is new for me!  I am so glad you’re pleased with it.  I listened to lots of outube videos with people speaking the accent to try to get the cadence down.

How does the narration process work? Do you read the entire book before sitting down to record, or just one chapter at a time?

I read a few pages at a time to get the gist of what’s going on in the book and then dive in.  It’s like I’m experiencing the book at the same time as the reader, the emotions are fresh and real to me that way.  The first time I experience an emotion is usually the strongest and I’m the most pleased with it in narrating.

Do you have a home recording studio? Or do you rent space in a professional studio?

I have a home studio, which I love because I can record any time.

What did you think of the story? You mentioned that you had difficulty in certain spots because you became emotional and had to stop for a while . . .

I had trouble with some parts of the book to keep my emotions in check, because I just felt so strongly what the characters were saying, what they were feeling.  It was like I was them, which is quite interesting in I’ve never played a male character.  But truly, how different are we really, when we all mostly want love and acceptance and to be valued, whether male or female?  I would stop sometimes because I’d get teary eyed and sound like I was stuffy.  But I loved feeling what they felt, like living and identifying with the human experience, vulnerability and sorrow and joy and uncertainty and frustration and anger and jealousy and best of all, love.

Do you think you might consider narrating the next book in the Love at Lake George series? (fingers crossed)

I’d be honored to narrate the next “Love at Lake George” novel!  I look forward to it!

That’s great news, and since I held this interview with Sharon Cline, she has also committed to producing my 2017 National Readers Choice Award finalist, The Phoenix Syndrome. That will be coming sometime later this summer, while I continue work on the second Love at Lake George novel, “Anchor My Heart.”

You can connect with Sharon on Twitter Here.

And now, for the giveaway 🙂 I’m giving away 5 free copies of A Taming Season in audiobook version! Just comment below to enter. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on July 4th, 2018!

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting with me today. It has been pure joy working with you, and I look forward to hearing the next production of The Phoenix Syndrome!

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Claire Gem writes contemporary romance and supernatural suspense. You can find out more about her at her Website or Amazon Author Page.

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A Different Kind of Reunion – A New Release by Joanne Guidoccio

Today we’re celebrating Joanne Guidoccio’s release of her newest novel, A Different Kind of Reunion with an interview and a Rafflecoptor Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Click the link to enter!

The blurb for this story really has me intrigued:

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While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

 Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

 Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?

Check out the Book Trailer here.

You can buy this exciting new release here:

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And now let’s get to know Joanne a little better . . .

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If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I would want Lorraine Bracco to play the part of Gilda Greco. A long-time fan, I enjoyed watching her play Dr. Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos, a role she had to actually request. The producers had originally asked her to audition for the role of Carmela, but Lorraine felt compelled to stretch herself in the role of the psychiatrist.

Carlo Fantin – Colin Firth

Leo Mulligan – Woody Harrelson

Cassandra Coburn – Anna Kendrick

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I think of myself as a linear pantser. Once I get the spark of an idea, I let it percolate. While driving or doing routine tasks, I imagine characters and come up with a title. Before starting to write, I plan the first three chapters and the ending. As for the rest of the storyline, I let it flow as I write.

Do your read your reviews?

I read all my reviews at least once. On “blue” days, I reread the excellent reviews. While reading the less-than-stellar reviews, I look for common themes. For example, several readers commented on the number of characters introduced in the first chapter of A Season for Killing Blondes. I kept that comment in mind while writing Too Many Women in the Room and A Different Kind of Reunion.

Describe your process for naming your characters?

When I first started writing, I paid little attention to name selection. Whenever I introduced a new character, I would use the first name that popped into my head and then become very attached to that name. That resulted in repetition and confusion. In A Season for Killing Blondes, Book 1 in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I used Paolo, Paula, and Pauline for three of the characters. Thankfully, one of my beta readers pointed out the repetition. Later (after publication), I noticed the same problem with Mel and Melly Grace; Jean and Jenny Marie.

With Books 2 and 3 of the series, I have been more careful with name selection. I write out all the character names beforehand and spend several days getting comfortable with them. Anything that sounds confusing or repetitive is replaced.

When did you realize you wanted to write novels?

While sitting in Sister Maris Stella’s Grade 13 English class (circa 1973), I dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. I followed the conventional advice of the times and pursued a career in teaching, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that someday I would resurrect that writing dream. In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement and devoted my second act to writing.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

It would be wonderful if I could fly at will. Whenever I felt the need to travel, I would pack my bags, stand at the doorway, and visualize my intended destination. Within seconds, I would be transported to a five-star hotel room in that particular city. This superpower would also come in handy during lengthy meetings and sticky situations.

Wow, if you figure out how to get that superpower, please share! It sounds like one I’d definitely like to have as well!

More about Joanne:

In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio:

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjoanneguidoccio

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

Check out Joanne’s other books HERE. Thanks for joining me on Emotional Journeys today, Joanne, and best of luck with your new release!

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Claire Gem writes contemporary romance and supernatural suspense. You can find out more about her at her Website or Amazon Author Page.

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