#AudioTour “The Woman in the Camphor Trunk (The Anna Blanc Mysteries Book 2)” by Jennifer Kincheloe

Audiobook Series Tour: The Anna Blanc Mysteries by Jennifer Kincheloe

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

Released: Dec. 6, 2017

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

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Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.

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Narrator Bio

Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself. Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”

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  • How did you select your narrator?

An Anna Blanc fan who is also a fan of Moira’s knew I was auditioning narrators because I posted it on Twitter. She tweeted me and said, “You need to hire Moira Quirk.” So, I checked Moira out. While I loved her work, I initially dismissed the idea because Moira is English and Anna Blanc is American. I didn’t yet realize that Moira can do anything. She’s won a million awards. Anyway, the book is hard to narrate because you have to get the delicate mix of humor and darkness right. I auditioned some 30 narrators, and they had many strengths, but no one had everything I wanted.  I finally approached Moira and asked, “Can you do an American accent?” Her audition was perfect. 

  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?

Moira instinctively gets Anna. Also, she’s a perfectionist and committed to excellence. I like her artistic choices. She might ask how to pronounce a word, but she doesn’t need me at all.

  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

Yes. I got my storylines straight from the 1900s newspapers. A 19-year-old white missionary woman was found dead and stuffed in the trunk in her Chinese American lover’s apartment in New York’s Chinatown. I moved the story to Los Angeles, but lots of things are the same, right down to tiny details. After you’ve listened to the audiobook, Google Elsie Sigel and Leon Ling. The B plot in the novel is about two singsong girls–Chinese sex slaves–who were stolen away from their “owner,” a tong president. It almost led to a gang war. The LAPD were hunting the singsong girls to give them back to their “owner” so the LAPD could collect a $1,000 reward and avert violence.

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

I LOVE audiobooks. I listen to 20 audiobooks for every one paper book I read. The narrator is everything to me, which is why I’m so thrilled with Moira Quirk.

  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?

Definitely 1900s Los Angeles! I’d go everywhere that Anna would go–fancy hotels, cheap brothels, Joe Singer’s apartment.

  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?

Nonsense.

  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

I need to work on that celebration thing. 

  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?

I liken it to a movie vs. a TV series. You simply have more time to develop the characters. You know them so well.You also have the challenge of making them grow or change in every book. Sustaining the romance is a trick, but I love how Elizabeth Peters did it in the Amelia Peabody series. It never got old. The audiobooks of that series are seriously the best I’ve ever heard (after Moira). They relate the adventures of a woman Egyptologist in the late 19th and early 20th century. Start with CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK. You’ll thank me.

  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Write for yourself. Not for money, critics, or glory. Only write for yourself.

  • What’s next for you?

I have a contract for book three in the Anna Blanc mystery series, which I’ve tentatively titled GRIFFITH PARK. It’s hard to describe the plot because there’s a twist in the beginning and I’m not sure how much to reveal, but it’s more Anna and Joe, more adventures, more LA history straight from the papers.

 

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#Spotlight “Spell Breaker: The Chronicles of Eledon Book One” by Joni Parker

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2017 Winner of the JOHN E WEAVER EXCELLENT READS AWARD!!!
2016 Finalist BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD!!
With the magical powers bestowed on her by her Titan ancestors, Lady Alexin is finally able to break the spell and halt the storms which have kept the inhabitants of Seaward Isle prisoner for centuries and embark on her greatest adventure yet. At long last, the Elves can return to Eledon. Yet success may come at a terrible price.The mortals on Seaward Isle are given the option to return to Eledon with the Elves or to remain on the island. The evacuation is complicated and many, including the journalist Olivia and her husband John, are left behind, awaiting the return of the Elf ships.

Zenon, the Crow-beast charged by Zeus with maintaining the storms and keeping the Titan prisoner is enraged to discover Alex has escaped. In his wrath, he all but destroys Seaward Isle and its remaining inhabitants with a devastating flood.

Though Eledon is beautiful and Alex enjoys the protection and encouragement of Lord Odin and Prince Darin, it’s clear the problems of this civilization run deep. Lord Odin resumes his seat on the High Council, his position is threatened by plots and political intrigue. And despite being named by the Mentors as the Keeper of the Keys, Alex is disillusioned to find she is rejected and reviled by those who consider her a mere “half-blood” Elf. She wants to return to Seaward isle, the only home she has ever known. When Zenon discovers her whereabouts and threatens Eledon, the Elves have little choice but to agree.

But there is almost nothing left of the home she once knew and the survivors on Seaward Isle implore the Elves to use their magic to send them back to Earth. But while the Elves are able to open a portal between the two worlds, they cannot guarantee a time or place to which the mortals will return and. caught between her own past and an uncertain future, Lady Alexin is faced with the only choice that really matters–to follow her heart.

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#CoverReveal “Where the Stars Fall” by Ana Simons

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“WHERE THE STARS FALL”

by Ana Simons

Release Date: 9th March 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover design by Perrin Brunson, The Author Buddy

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2S9LuH2

Amazon Universal Link: mybook.to/WhereTheStarsFall

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50259787-where-the-stars-fall

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Betrayal always comes from the ones you least expect…

When the man he’d always considered his second father betrays him, Brian Anderson’s controlled world spins out of control. Left without closure, a year has passed and he’s more determined than ever to make the man pay for hurting the ones he loves most, his family.

Immersed in his search for justice, falling in love was the last thing on his mind. Until fate steps in and a chance encounter changes everything.

Seeing Olivia again, so unexpectedly, at his best friend’s wedding stirs up memories he had long ago put away. She’d been his first love, his kindred spirit… and the woman who left him without saying so much as goodbye.

Which doesn’t make him want her less. He knows it, the moment she locks her deep green eyes on his.

Even knowing it might be too late to repair what’s been once broken, Brian refuses to lose her again and sets out to find a way back to her heart.

But it’s been more than ten years since their story was left unfinished. Will they get one last chance to make things right? Or will Brian learn that sometimes justice comes at too high a price?

EXCERPT: https://www.anasimons.com/excerpt-where-the-stars-fall

MEET THE AUTHOR: 

Ana is an author of contemporary fiction and romance. Her novels are sweet and sexy, heartfelt and emotional. Drawing inspiration from life, she enjoys writing honest stories about the complexities of modern relationships and family dynamics – which means sometimes you may find yourself relating to the many struggles some of us face in our everyday lives, at other times, cracking a good laugh. Or swooning over one of the heroes.

YOU CAN FIND HER ON:

https://www.anasimons.com

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https://twitter.com/AnaSimonsAuthor

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Song Lyric Sunday | “So Into You” & “Move You” – Tamia, Kelly Clarkson

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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  “I/Me/Them/Us/You/We.

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I found over three dozen songs in my playlists that included the word you. I narrowed it down to ten, then two, based on song rotations… and I still couldn’t decide.

So you get both! 😀

So Into You, performed by Canadian R&B singer Tamia, was released as the third single from her self-titled debut album on June 23, 1998. The song became an R&B hit, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Soul rock power ballad, Move You, is from Kelly Clarkson eighth studio album, Meaning of Life. It was released as a promotional single only in September of 2017. While I love the entire album, Move You, IMHO, is the best track and should have had a wide release.

FUN FACTS

  • The music video for So Into You was created by Harvey White and premiered on American TV in June 1998. It reached the top ten on BET’s video countdown and received a Directorial Debut of the Year nomination at the MVPA Awards.
  • The concept of the video was based on Tamia and Grant Hill (her future husband) having to be in a sort of long distance relationship at the beginning due to his travel. (They married in 1999.)
  • In 2003, amid the recording of her third album More, doctors at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina diagnosed Tamia with multiple sclerosis. The singer went into subsequent treatment, using corticosteroids to help delay the onset of more severe symptoms. Diagnosed early, the illness has since been in remission though she has occasional but controllable symptoms.
  • Kelly Clarkson premiered Move You live on The Today Show on September 8, 2017, followed by a reprise on the television special EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live the same evening.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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So Into You

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