#AudioBookBlogTour “Beneath the Surface” by Rebecca Langham

Audiobook Blog Tour: Beneath the Surface by Rebecca LanghamBeneath the Surface by Rebecca Langham

Author: Rebecca Langham

Narrator: Kate Roth

Length: 10 hours and 35 minutes

Series: Outsider Project #1

Publisher: NineStar Press, LLC

Released: Mar. 18, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

 

When a change in collective conscious sends the Outsiders, a group of aliens, to the shadows below the city, humans reason that the demonetization of their peers is simply more “humane”. There’s no question nor doubt. Just acceptance.

Lydia had embraced that sense of “truth” for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a powerful governor, she has been able to live her life with more comforts than most. Comforts can be suffocating, though, and when the opportunity to teach Outsider children in their private, “humane” community becomes available, she takes it.

What she finds beneath the city is far from the truth she had grown to know. There she meets Alessia, an Outsider with the knowledge and will to shake the foundation of all those who walk above ground. The two find a new and unexpected connection despite a complete disconnect from the technological world. Or perhaps in spite of it.

Still, it takes a lot more than an immutable connection to change the world. Lydia, Alessia, and a small group of Outsiders must navigate a system of corruption, falsehoods, and twists none of them ever saw coming, all while holding on to the hope to come out alive in the end. But it’s a risk worth taking and a future worth fighting for.

 

 

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Rebecca Langham lives in the Blue Mountains (Australia) with her partner, children, and a menagerie of pets. She has been a foster carer for over ten years.

A Xenite, a Whovian and all-round general nerd, Rebecca is a lover of science fiction, comic books, and caffeine. When she isn’t teaching History to high schoolers or wrangling children, Rebecca enjoys playing broomball and reading.

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Narrator Bio

A global voice, Kate brings her broad experience and expertise into the studio and into her voice over delivery. With her unique blend of accents, a project can only “shine” with the versatility and distinct sound of her voice

Australian, British and North American accents are within Kate’s range.

Adaptive in style and tone, depending on your needs, Kate can deliver a wide range of voices. From conversational to authoritative; fun to serious; sophisticated to knowledgeable and beyond.

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  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?

I have been doing Voice over work since 2010 but did not start doing audiobooks until 2016. I wanted to try something different with voice over work and audiobooks were familiar to me.

  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?

When I started doing voice acting, I particularly did not want to do audiobooks. Audiobooks require a big time committment to the one project. I liked the quick projects like commercials. But as I got more experienced, I wanted to branch out and learn more about the art of narration and story-telling and I slowly progressed to audiobooks.

  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?

Finding quality projects I would say, is the hardest part. My acting background and voice over coaching are the key tools I rely on for narrating audiobooks.

  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?

I do have a background in theatre and i would say that has helped me immensely. I don’t think it is the only way to go though. With the help of a great voice over coach specific for narration of audiobooks, one can break into this arena.

  • What type of training have you undergone?

I have an acting background and regularly take classes with either an acting coach or voice over coach to hone my skills.

  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?

I take a break every hour for 10mins. Get out of my studio, go outside if I can, etc. I also exercise daily – that is a necessity for me. Goes without saying, exercise helps with energy levels, blood flow, and overall demeanor. If I feel I am just not “into” the narrating on a particular day – I will take a much longer break or skip a day of narration. You can hear it in the voice if you are not having a good day.

  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

I listen to audiobooks all the time. I love them! There is definitely a difference in quality of narrators. I like to listen when traveling in my car – makes any drive much more interesting.

  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?

My favorite part is being part of a character that goes through some sort of transformation – physical, mental or emotional. I like the challenge of “growing” the character. My least favorite is editing! Argh!!!

  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?

I like to be in communication with the author. I see this as a partnership and want us to be both proud of our work.

  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?

Interesting question. For me, with anything I read, personal, professional, I “hear” the way I think the character sounds. For books I am narrating, I then go back to the breakdown of the main characters, if I have that from the author. I look at the notes and try to come up with an accent that works. For audiobbooks, as long as you are changing your voice a little to distinguish between characters, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming part of narration.

 

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#Review “Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend (The Ginormous Series Book 2)” by S C Cunningham

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4/5 Stars!

Rescue dog, Joe, has settled into a comfy life of lots of love and cuddles with the Tuttles and their young daughter, Mary.

He doesn’t understand their constant need to pick up his well-placed poo and place it in a trash bin, but it’s a small price to pay for such a good home.

When Mrs. Tuttle dog-sits for her sister, Joe’s perfect world is upended by the brash Mo.

She’s loud, aggressive, and always in his way. Ginormous Joe is miserable and cannot wait for the annoying fluffy dog to leave.

Innocent teasing by another dog reveals some truths hidden by both Joe and Mo.

This is an adorable story about first impressions, misconceptions, and personalities. Its simple, easy wording allows for any young child to not only understand the story but to apply the lessons to themselves.

And the illustrations are absolutely exquisite!

I had to re-read passages not because they weren’t clear but because I got lost in the artwork! The beautiful full-page drawings in warm colors enhance the story and will mesmerize any child… and adult.

Add Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend to your child’s TBR and download it today!

Enjoy!

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Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend

Illustrated by S C Cunningham

Do you have a child that has trouble talking to people? Or expressing their feelings?

Here is a story about dogs with the problem of communicating their feelings, and how they solve it together.  The Tuttles enjoy walking their dog, Ginormous Joe. But one day, they bring home a new friend, another dog named Mo. Joe and Mo don’t seem to hit it off. She is always ignoring him and not wanting to play. One day, Joe realizes that all he needed to do was reach out and talk. This gave Mo a chance to tell him why she never would play with him. She was shy. The awkwardness between them evaporates, and they become friends, all from finally being brave enough to tell each other their feelings.

This is a great book to show children how to communicate to solve their problems and work through their feelings. It will make a great addition to any child’s home collection or teacher’s read-aloud library.

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About The Ginormous Series

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(Children 3-12 years of age)

Through The Ginormous Series children learn how to communicate their problems and work through their feelings.  Loving, engaging adventures that follow pets discussing their ‘life handling’ problems and how they solve them together.

In ‘Ginormous Jo’s Silly Bullies’, ‘Ginormous Jo’s Welcoming Arms’, ‘Ginormous Jo’s You Are Special’, ‘Ginormous Joe’s Broken Bark’ and ‘Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend’ the animals chat about lots of ‘stuff’. Bullying, recycling, welcoming new members to a family or classroom, feeling alone, listening, learning and caring for others. A great addition to any child’s home or teacher’s read-aloud library. Encouraging thought-provoking conversation between adult and child.

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G I V E A W A Y

Win a choice of 1 paperback from the first 6 books of the Ginormous Jo Series

(Open Internationally)

Winner can choose from

  • Ginormous Joe’s Broken Bark
  • Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend
  • Ginormous Jo’s Secret
  • Ginormous Jo’s Silly Bullies
  • Ginormous Joe’s Welcoming Arms
  • Ginormous Jo’s You Are Special

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 *Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days, then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organizer and used only for fulfillment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for dispatch or delivery of the prize.

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SC CunninghamAbout S C Cunningham

 Owned by 3 dogs and a cat, Cunningham normally writes suspense thrillers. As respite from her crime novels, she creates children’s picture books, each with a theme to gently teach our precious young and help open up conversation. The Ginormous Series is based on Cunningham’s beloved family pets – Joe, Muttley, Dali (Jo), Tom and Vinnie.

 She is an ex-model, British born of Irish roots that married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator and Intelligence Analyst for the Police. She supports causes for: Veterans, MH, Child and Animal Protection. 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)” – Kenny Rogers

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western.

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A disabled war veteran watches his wife get dressed up to go out for the evening without him; he believes she is going in search of a lover, and as he hears the door slam behind her, he pleads for her to reconsider.

Written by Mel Tillis and first recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1966, Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town) was a major hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969. It went to #6 on Billboard’s Top 100 and #39 on the country chart.

His pleas ignored by his wife, the frustrated and brokenhearted vet wishes he could move so he could take his gun and put her in the ground.

I was a child when this song came out… my age still in single digits, and despite the anti-war sentiment, the war was a sensitive subject for me as I had older brothers and uncles IN Vietnam at the time, with some returning home disabled from combat.

I loved this song and hated the wife… hated her. Guess I still do. The vet knows he doesn’t have long to live… so she must know too, but she still walks out. Just too cruel for words.

FUN FACTS:

  • Ruby made number 1 in the UK New Musical Express chart (although number 2 on the official UK Singles Chart) staying in the top 20 for 15 weeks and selling over a million copies by the end of 1970.
  •  After the First Edition disbanded in early 1976, Rogers made re-recordings of Ruby, and a number of other First Edition hits, for his 1977 greatest hits package Ten Years of Gold. (It was later issued in the UK as The Kenny Rogers Singles Album.)
  • Ruby has been covered more than a dozen times by artists around the world, including Star Trek veteran, Leonard Nimoy.

The video below is from 1972 and was taped the day after I turned 12! HA! Gotta love history! 😀

And you KNOW I couldn’t resist – I had to include “Mr. Spock’s” version. It’s actually not bad!

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.
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