#AudioTour “Summoned” by McKayla Eaton

Author: McKayla Eaton

Narrator: Becci Martin

Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

Series: The Demon Summoner Trilogy, Book 1

Publisher: McKayla Eaton

Released: Jun. 18, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

On an empty baseball diamond in a quiet Toronto suburb, a demon has been summoned. Seventeen-year-old Alton is miles away, just wishing he had a tutor he didn’t outsmart or outmatch. His prayers are answered when Professor Victor Orvius makes an unexpected visit, offering to teach Alton magic without the restrictions. The only condition is that he follow Orvius’s rules and not ask too many questions. Alton soon discovers he’s not Orvius’s only student. Reagan is a competitive young witch with a bad attitude and talent for sarcasm. Their personalities clash, causing trouble for both on more than one occasion, until they realize a greater threat than being one-upped. The demon threatens not only their chances at passing their magic finals — it threatens their lives. If Alton and Reagan can’t learn to get along, they could be facing their deaths…or an eternity together, trapped in another realm.

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Mckayla Eaton is an author and book-lover living and writing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She writes fantasy and science fiction and aims to build worlds that push the imagination of readers. She was raised on Indiana Jones and Fairy Tales and strongly believes every story ought to be an adventure story. She likes tragedies and happily-ever-afters and refuses to believe the two are mutually exclusive.

Narrator Bio

Becci Martin has been voice acting professionally since the early twenty-teens, but she’s been entertaining smaller audiences of family and friends with her spirited storytelling since she was a little kid. Between projects you can find her traveling with her husband and adventure-loving dogs, boldly puzzling newspaper crosswords in pen, or playing bartender for establishment patrons and houseguests alike. She currently calls Kansas City home.

Q&A with Author McKayla Eaton
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I believe certain writers translate better to audio. I’ve read everything from YA to epic fantasy audiobooks, and genre and length don’t seem to factor into what makes for a good read. It’s all about voice and style. Some writers see their own words while others hear them. I find it’s the later that make for better audio books.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No. Summoned is my first book and I was hardly imagining it being published let alone made into multiple formats, it’s just not the sort of thing you think about starting out. I also didn’t listen to audiobooks back then. Now, I take more time to consider how my writing might translate into audio, and I think that makes my writing stronger.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • ACX held auditions and narrators could submit a sample. There were a few samples I had to choose from but when I listened to Becci’s I smiled. It was surreal, hearing my words read back to me in a way I’d envisioned them being read. She seemed to not just be narrating my book but reading it. She was excited when I wanted readers to be excited, and serious when the character’s were serious. I chose her because I thought she brought the book to life.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I always have one audio book on the go. Besides the obvious convenience of being able to go for a walk or do chores while reading, I like the format because it forces me to slow down. I’m a skimmer. I get that from my grandmother who will put her finger in the center of a page and move it straight down, as if only reading every tenth word. For a reader, skimming isn’t really a problem, but for a writer reading is practice, reading is learning. It’s important to pay attention to word choice and pacing and dialogue. With an audio book, even if I speed it up, I have to listen to each and every word.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I used to feel this way too. I used to think listening to a book was lazy, and maybe if I’d never become a writer I’d still think that. But writing is a beautiful art because it transcends format. You must listen to music, and you can’t remove a painting from it’s canvas, but storytelling is boundless. A story is made of words and words are purely conceptual. Saying that an audiobook is cheating would be like telling someone that reading a translation is cheating. Story can be told in many ways and in many languages. Besides, being told a story is therapeutic; it’s going back to being a child and having a parent turn cardboard pages. It’s universal and comforting and no less a novel than paper and ink.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I wrote another book. I honestly wrote this book very quickly and didn’t see it as a huge accomplishment or anything. Not that I wasn’t proud of the book, but it had simply never crossed my mind that I couldn’t or wouldn’t finish it. So, when I did finish I sort of just said, “okay, well that’s done. What next?”.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • From a marketing standpoint this question usually comes down to one debate: If you successfully market a series then you sell more books. Pro. But, there are many people who don’t like series so that could limit your audience. Con.
    • I think it’s more nuanced than that, but you’ll find authors on both sides of this fence. Personally, I feel it comes down to the idea you have and what format will suit that idea best. I’ve read a lot of series that felt forced, as though the author made the concept stretch over more books that it required to tell the story. I’ve also read standalones that had so much series potential, but instead the author took every good idea he had and squished it into one book. What I’m getting at is there are pros and cons to both, but not all stories can be both. As a writer I have to decide what will be best for the concept I’m writing.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • I hate this question because I hate most of the answers writers give! They always sound either degrading or cliche, both of which are totally unhelpful. I’ll just pick one piece of advice that’s super specific and may not apply to everyone, but I feel strongly about it: you don’t need an English degree to be a writer. In fact, if you’re taking an English degree right now, stop. Change your major or just flat out drop out of your program. I am serious. Writing essays and just being in the academic environment in general is hurting your writing. I took a Journalism elective in my third year and my prof took one look at my writing and said, “you must be an English major”. I asked how he knew, assuming he would praise me, and he replied that my writing was bland, wordy, and dull. And he was one thousand percent right—even if I hadn’t seen it at the time.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Let your narrator know you’re there to help or listen or answer questions, but at the end of the day just let them do their thing. They are artists too. I’ve worked with narrators, graphic designers, cover artists, and what I’ve found is that the more parameters you give, the more it stifles creativity. I’ve tried narrating, which is how I know I suck at it. It’s a skill, like writing, and the narrator probably knows best. I’ve heard of issues such as names being pronounced incorrectly or narrators giving a tone of voice or an accent to a character that it’s inappropriate for, and if things like that come up just let your narrator know right away. A good narrator is going to ask questions like that up front anyhow.
  • What’s next for you?
    • First, book two of this trilogy comes out sometime early next year. Book three is written but not polished and will likely be out next year as well. As for my other side projects I’m currently outlining a stand alone YA fantasy to do with teens controlling giant stone MEC with ancient magic, and I’m toying with turning a sci-fi novella I wrote into a screenplay. But my main project is an epic fantasy novel I’ve been working on. It occupies most of my time. The outline alone is 40k, so it’s going to be a massive work and I’m already very happy with it.
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#BookSale “Ashes From A Burning Corpse (An American True Crime Reporter in the 20th Century)” by Noel Hynd

On a hot rainy summer night in Nassau, the Bahamas, in 1943, someone murdered Sir Harry Oakes, one of the richest men in the world, as he slept. When police found him the next morning, there were four wounds to his skull. His corpse had been abused, covered ritualistically with feathers and set on fire. The murder was perverse, horrific and jaded by anyone’s standards.

A few evenings later in New York City, the phone rang in the home of Alan Hynd, identified in that era by the NY Times as America’s highest paid true crime reporter. The Oakes case would send the writer, with a quarter of a century of experience covering murders, to the Bahamas in wartime. He would try to bring truth to a case that was littered with a colorful cast of international characters and which, in its resolution, became unique in the annals of true crime.

Ashes From A Burning Corpse is the fictionalized story of that writer’s coverage of the case – and how it changed his life forever. It is also a literary and cultural journey into New York and the colonial Bahamas of the World War Two era, a story touching upon Hemingway, Sinatra and FDR, big-shot film and Broadway producers, crooked cops, gangsters and a murder trial so big that it knocked the world war off the front pages.

Welcome to what is also a literary journey into true crime, politics, book publishing and magazine work in the World War Two era, with allusions to writers from Edmond Pearson to Scott Fitzgerald. Ashes is part of a trilogy titled An American True Crime Reporter in the 20th Century, three cases which were the centerpieces of a veteran real-life crime reporter’s legacy. The trilogy will also include first person novels on the original Charles Ponzi swindling case, The Pied Piper of Boston and the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case, The Crimes of The Century.

Noel Hynd is the author of more than a dozen novels, originally published by Doubleday, Dial, Bantam, Tor, Kensington, Zondervan/HarperCollins, and currently, his own imprint, Red Cat Tales LLC Publishing of Los Angeles, California.

He has sold more than 7 million books worldwide, including hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, Literary Guild and digital editions. His best known titles in the espionage genre are Flowers From Berlin and Truman’s Spy. In the supernatural genre, his best known titles are Ghosts and Cemetery of Angeles.

Ingenious…Suspense fiction that stands out!New York Times

Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington’s agencies both public and private. – Publishers Weekly

A few notches above the Ludlums and Clancys of the world. – Booklist

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#NewRelease “Bitter Ground: A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel” by J.R. Erickson


More than a decade ago, six kids witnessed unspeakable horror. Not all of them lived to tell.

Riza is no longer that kid – troubled, angry, and filled with secrets. She’s grown up, and when she stumbles upon an on-line forum about the shuttered Northern Michigan Asylum, she tries to pretend it never happened – not the years of experimentation, nor the strange midnight writings, and most of all, not the murders.

But someone wants her to remember.

Deaths shockingly similar to those that occurred in 1989 are happening again.

As the killings get closer to home, Riza is forced to face her past one last time.

Get lost in a chilling story of childhood secrets, unsolved murder, and a malevolent asylum for the insane.

Bitter Ground is the eighth and final installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series.






#Excerpt “Conversations with the Past” by Aura Imbarus, Ph.D

  How to Let Go of the Past, Redefine Your Present, and Create a Positive Future

Non Fiction / Self-help

Date Published: Sept 17

Publisher: Rainbow Ridge

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There are no accidents in this life—and the more aware we become, the more we’re able discover the patterns that challenge, elevate, and enlighten us. In “Conversations with the Past,” Dr. Aura Imbarus delves into many of the profound experiences she’s had over the years—from emotional breakdowns to spiritually elevated states—in order to help people discover and understand their own purpose in life. Through this exploration, we will all be inspired to examine our own lives and take the necessary steps to enhance our happiness and well-being.

Emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences are all part of the intricate, interwoven tapestry of existence. And though it may sometimes feel like finding our life’s purpose is difficult and elusive, Dr. Imbarus demonstrates how it can, and will, be revealed to the curious mind and willing hear.


A Letter to My Past

Dear Past,

It has been awhile since you have been following me, shadowing me, and, sometimes even overlapping your wings with my present moment. For so many years, I have dragged you wherever I went; I have fed you precious moments of my life; I have quarreled with you to no avail, and I have been upset when you misjudged my actions. In all fairness, I tried to support you, to be on good terms with you, to cater to you and please you, but we have never really been on the same page. We both made face; we acted civil and courteous, but, come on, is that where we stand after all? Do we really love each other? Do we really care for each other?

I don’t think so.

I came here in the present moment, and I foolishly thought that we had solved our problems; we sorted out our misunderstandings, and we made peace with each other.

It just doesn’t look like that.

I wanted to close the door on you, for I realized that I was not able to pay attention to my actual partner: the present. But you insisted on leaving the door ajar, so I did! What a mistake that was. Any moment I was trying to leave you behind, you were sneaking behind my back, sometimes pinching me to distract me from “now,” other times ambushing me or confusing me. I didn’t know what to believe anymore; I didn’t know who I was, for you, my dear friend, were playing with my mind, and you were dragging me in your time.

My dear past, what did I do to you that you couldn’t let me go? How did I wrong you? And, if we are here, so angry with one another, how can we mend our bridges? Or can we even do that?

Let’s look for a minute at your agenda: You wanted me in Romania; you wanted me afraid, for I grew up in a communist regime; you wanted me to become a follower, for leaders were not welcomed; you wanted me poor, for scarcity was all I was exposed to; you wanted me sick, for medications or even human conditions with hot water and heat were monitored and controlled; you wanted me to starve, for food was rationed; you wanted me to blend in, for standing out was a crime; you wanted me in dim colors, for bright ones were nowhere to be found and not allowed; you wanted me in a uniform, for conformity our common ground; you wanted me limited in my beliefs so you could control my mind better; you wanted me to not believe in God, for the Communist Party was our father in heaven and on earth. You wanted me to be weak, so you could make me strong; you wanted me to spy and turn in my friends, for you said you were my only real adviser.

You think I still need you, but I do not.

My dear past, we had a run; good or bad, it is just a matter of interpretation!

But we are done. You have served me well; you have given me life and raised me, and for that I am thankful. But now, the time has come to say good-bye. The time has come to look each other in the eyes, really look and feel and, with no regrets, with no remorse, just say good-bye.

I truly thank you for all my mistakes; I thank you for all the cloudy days, for they made me appreciate the sunny ones when they came. I thank you for all my downs, for they made me stronger and more resilient. I thank you for all the crazy nights slept in fear, for now I know what it means to live in love. I thank you for all the pitch-black nights, for now I am thrilled with the bright days. I thank you for all my scarcity, for I would not know how to detect and be grateful for the present abundance.

I thank you for raising me with a kind soul, for that soul now gives you blessings and forgiveness while setting you free!

Good-bye, my dear past! I love you!  

 About the Author

Dr. Aura Imbarus is an awarded educator, freelance journalist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Amazon best-seller and Pulitzer Prize entry, Out of the Transylvania Night: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity (Bettie Youngs Books, 2010), a memoir detailing her life in Romania during the Communist regime and an upcoming self-help book, Conversations with the Past: A Journey Home (Rainbow Ridge Books, August 2020).

She is also the President and Founder of See Beyond Media, a company focusing on adolescents’ challenges in the 21st century, having as its launching platform See Beyond Magazine (www.seebeyondmag.com).  See Beyond Media also offers life coaching and author coaching (www.seebeyondmedia.com).

Dr. Imbarus has a BA in Foreign Languages; MA in American and British Studies and a PhD in World Humanities. Since 1998, she has been teaching high school and college level classes in So. Cal. Dr. Imbarus is a licensed hypnotherapist, having trained with Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Wanita Holmes.

She was featured on NBC, ABC, CNBC, Good Morning San Diego, Forbes Romania, etc.

In 2019, she received President’s Volunteer Service Award signed by President Donald Trump.

Aura Imbarus is the President and Co-Founder of RAPN – Romanian American Professional Network and one of the founding members of RACC – Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Chapter. She sits on the Advisory Council of CA Ballet, is a member of Royal Society of St. George, SACC – Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. She was a mentor for Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation, a non-profit and professional organization whose mission is to help children with disabilities, and she sat on the Board of Wesley Foundation UCLA and Blue Heron Foundation.

She writes for Palos Verdes Pulse, The Global Woman Magazine (London); Elephant Journal, Beverly Hills Times Magazine, The Immigrant, Hermannstader Zeitung in Transylvania and also works as a freelance journalist for Entertainment and Sports Today.

In her free time she likes to go dancing, hiking, skiing, yoga, gym, sailing; she loves traveling.

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#PreOrder “The Colors Of Time: A Collection Of Poems” by Maya and Jello


The Colors Of Time is a timeless masterpiece of Poetry that takes you on an epic journey through Time to our modern-day crisis. The US Review Of Books says, Eye opening and revealing, each piece offers the reader food for thought….. A read that is briskly paced and perfect for taking a break from the rest of the day for a moment of reflection…These poems are written for every reader… Readers of any age or background will be able to see themselves in some poems…. this is a thoroughly modern, relevant and necessary collection of experiences and artistic opinions that will offer the mind plenty of space to roam, discover, and play. Read the full review at:

Even if you do not have a taste for history you would enjoy traveling along the corridors of Time as Maya shares her thoughts in verse as she is inspired by a particular event or Era. These poems are masterful and are written with all the intrigue and heart that we have come to expect from Maya. This is by no means a history book. But after you have read The Colors of Time by Maya And Jello, you would be hard-pressed to deny a new appreciation and sense of empathy for the struggles endured by mankind through the Ages.