#AudioTour “The Adventures of Tom Finch, Gentleman” by Lucy May Lennox

Author: Lucy May Lennox

Narrators: Duke DeFoix, Duchess DeFoix, Olivia Featherton, Earl Tyrone

Length: 14 hours 56 minutes

Publisher: Lucy May Lennox

Released: Oct. 10, 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction

London, 1735. Covent Garden offers a world of pleasures and diversions, even for a blind man. Tom Finch approaches life with boundless good cheer and resilience, whether he’s pursuing a musical career or pursuing women. And as for his blindness, to him it’s merely an inconvenience.Join Tom for a picaresque romp through high and low Georgian society among rakes, rovers, thieving whores and demi-reps, highway robbers, bigamists, and duelists, bisexual opera divas, castrati, mollies, and cross-dressers, lecherous aristocrats, and headstrong ladies. This meticulously researched, witty and lively tale overturns stereotypes about disability and revels in the spectacle and excitement of 18th century opera.

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Lucy May Lennox loves immersing herself in various historical periods and imagining the lives of people who don’t usually make it into the history books. A lifelong lover of classical and folk music, she has performed as a chorus member in operas and concerts in three countries, and once won first place in a sean nos (traditional Irish singing) contest. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA with her husband and children.

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Growing up in a family devoted to the performing arts, Duke started his acting career a little later than expected. Since then he has performed internationally on both stage and screen. He has voiced characters in animated series, features, and video games.He enjoys working with his lovely Duchess on audiobooks whenever he can find time away from galloping his trusty white stallion across the windswept moors, rescuing beautiful, clever, and passionate ladies in distress, and fighting sabre wielding brigands on the high seas.

Q&A with Author Lucy May Lennox
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • It happened on a whim! I was looking around at the Amazon publishing tools and saw the link for ACX. When I saw how easy it was to publish an audiobook, I thought I’d at least try auditioning producers and see how it went. Without really expecting much, I posted a sample. I was overwhelmed to get twenty auditions posted within a few days, most by very talented narrators. It was so gratifying to get so many positive comments from prospective narrators just based on the short sample I posted. Because the novel is about opera, the content really resonated with narrators who have a background in theater and singing. The whole process was so much fun right from the beginning.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at all, to my regret. I might have phrased some things differently after hearing it read aloud. I also would have changed some aspects of the music to make it easier to integrate. For my future novels, it’s definitely something I’m keeping in mind.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • It really felt like fate! When I discovered the ACX website, the first thing I did, even before posting a call for auditions, was to search for narrators who specialize in a standard BBC accent. The Duke and Duchess DeFoix of Her Grace Reads Studios were the first search result, and I fell in love with their samples. Their voices seemed perfect for my characters. But when I looked at their website, they had so many titles forthcoming, I was certain they would be too busy. Two days after I posted my call for auditions, the Duchess sent me a message saying, “Don’t accept any other offer before you hear our audition.” I was amazed and delighted that they were so keen on this project. Right from the start we seemed to completely understand each other. Then they volunteered to actually sing the songs, not just read the words, and even to engage an opera singer. How could I go with anyone else?
  • 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?
    • I gave Her Grace Reads Studios the entire book to read before we agreed on a contract, so they would know the content. The Duke read it all in a day—it’s over 400 pages! I can’t believe how fast he reads. Before recording, I sent them character notes saying what type of accent each major character should have, high class or low class or something in between. I made a pronunciation guide and glossary for all the foreign words, slang terms, and archaic words. It was a long list! I was particularly concerned about the one line of Gaelic poetry, but the Duke handled it flawlessly. For the music, I made a list of all the songs, which character sings each one, and a link to YouTube. It’s amazing that they learned all the music so quickly.
    • Only one of the songs didn’t have an audio reference: “Among our own selves we’ll be free,” which is sung in the molly-house. I found references to it in histories of gay culture in the 18th century, but no music. Her Grace Reads Studios hired composer Varya Rubin to write music so it could be sung in the audiobook. It sounds authentic, and I’m so grateful to them for bringing this bit of gay history to life.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • A lot of my experience with backstage drama as a regular chorus member in two semi-professional opera companies found its way into the story. The scene where a character angrily throws her shoe at her dressing-room door is based on a real incident, as is the rivalry between two women for a young feckless tenor.
    • I’m lucky enough to have visited London often, including while I was writing the novel, and walked around Covent Garden and the houses on Maiden Lane. It really helped to get a concrete sense for the setting. All the operas and composers are real, and I drew inspiration from many real events of the era, including riots in the theater over ticket prices.
  • What about real life inspirations for the characters?
    • There were quite a few blind men in the 18th century who were highly accomplished in their professions: Sir John Fielding, composers John Stanley and Turlough O’Carolan, among others. John Stanley conducted several oratorios for Handel, learning all the notes by ear, as Tom does. I borrowed the scene of Tom recognizing a woman by holding her hand as she steps into a boat from the life of Carolan. His drinking and flirting with women also come from Carolan, at least in part. I borrowed Tom’s unusual method of cane use and echolocation from the real life of James Holman.
    • At the beginning of the novel, Tom is composing a ballad called “London.” The real composer is Henry Carey, who like Tom was the illegitimate son of a nobleman, and made his living composing both operas and ballads. His life was a model for a character who is educated but not upper class, and who alternates between high and low society.
    • Many of the secondary characters are based on real people of the era: Betsy Careless, Sally Salisbury, Princess Seraphina, Lord Mordington, Farinelli, Anna Maria Strada, Veracini, among others.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • The way the Duke voices Tom’s dialog is exactly how I heard it in my head as I was writing. I’m so pleased with how perfectly he interprets the lines. I particularly love the way he says “Whaaat?” whenever Tom is surprised by something. It’s so lively and expressive.
    • I’m in awe of how amazingly well Olivia Featherton brings the character of Sal to life. Every line of dialog from her is a delight, and I only wish there was more. I admit when I first began writing Sal, I felt a bit intimidated about getting the slang right, so I cheated and used a lot of indirect narration. I got more confident writing her dialog as I went along, but now I wish I had many more lines for Sal. I feel like she really steals the show, much more in the audiobook than in print.
    • Of course it adds a whole other dimension to have the music in the audiobook. I could hear the music in my head as I was writing, but most readers are probably not familiar with all of it. It’s so exciting to actually hear Tom sing the songs he is composing, or hear Tess sing an aria. The music at the start and close of each chapter adds so much as well. I love how the selection shifts to represent the mood of each chapter—it sets the scene so well.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Obviously, I’d love to see London of 1735 in real life, but not to stay. I would not want to experience the sexism and racism of that period in person, not to mention the filth and disease. I’m sure if I ended up there, I would immediately die of smallpox. But I’m so curious to see it briefly, just to see and hear how people actually talked and dressed, and to hear what the music sounded like. There are attempts to recreate baroque music using period instruments and tuning, but we don’t know for sure if it sounded like we imagine.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yes! Actually the character of Tom first came to me in a dream—I saw a tall, thin blind man with a walking stick, wearing 18th century clothing and a tricorne hat. I immediately had such a clear sense of who he was, and I knew I had to create a novel for him to inhabit.
  • What’s your favorite opera?
    • To be honest, Handel’s operas are not my favorite. By far my favorite composer is Mozart. I love all his operas, especially The Marriage of Figaro. Every note is perfect; it’s funny but also with incredible generosity of spirit and love for the human flaws of the characters. I considered using Mozart’s operas in the novel instead, but I don’t know anything about Vienna, while London is a very familiar setting to me, and I wanted to keep the time period to the early 18th century, to avoid the political turmoil that came later. Using that setting meant using Handel’s operas as the backdrop. But in terms of tone, I tried to capture the blend of comedy and deep compassion of The Marriage of Figaro. I still listen to it over and over again.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m working on another historical fiction novel, this time set in Japan in 1825, during the Edo period. It’s almost finished; I hope to publish in the next month or two. Look for it on my Amazon page! I will definitely look into turning it into an audiobook as well.
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#ReleaseBlitz “A Date with a Turkey” by Heidi McLaughlin & LP Dover

Title: A Date with a Turkey Author: Heidi McLaughlin & LP Dover Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: November 24, 2020 Cover Designer: MadHat Studios Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin and L.P. Dover come together for a sexy new series that delivers romance for every season!

Dripping baste. Popped timers. Deliciously moist drumsticks…

Knowing her hometown goes ridiculously overboard for Thanksgiving was one of the many things Maeve Cameron hadn’t missed about it. Yet as she’s forced back home after a nasty divorce, her meddling mother lands her smack dab in the middle of the Turkey Day festivities.

Positioned in the paramedic tent, she’s prepared for a day of dehydrated Turkey Trotters, when Kyler, her high school crush, hobbles back into her life. Knowing he was the kind of guy who would baste any bird he could find, Maeve works to treat his injury before he gets any thoughts of candying her yams.

It’s been a long time since Kyler was a one-plate and done kind of guy. Now, he’s ready to commit himself to the indulgences of the perfect buffet spread. Can he convince Maeve that their attraction is one to be thankful for? Or will his past reputation be a recipe for disaster?

Loosen your belt and prep the pie, it’s time for some stuffing!

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About Heidi:

Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers. Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot. When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games. Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Roth, in theaters January 19, 2018.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everything’s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether it’s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe that’s why she’s seriously addicted to chocolate.

Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but she’s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why you’ll never see her without a smile on her face.


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#BookBlitz “Over Land” by Ramcy Diek

Dramatic Thriller, Romantic Thriller

Date Published: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Skyla Overland is proud to work for Overland Insurance, the company founded by her grandfather. She enjoys sharing an apartment with her best friend, Pauline, and is in love with Edmond. Besides one nerve-wracking insurance fraud case in the past, her sheltered life is uneventful and just the way she likes it.

Until one day, everything changes…

Skyla and Troy, the manager at Overland Insurance, are the last ones to leave the office. In the empty parking lot, Troy takes her in his arms. Why would he ruin their easy-going friendship by kissing her, especially since he knows she’s dating Edmond?

Left alone, Skyla hurries to her car, puts on her seatbelt, and glances in her rearview mirror.

The face of a stranger grins at her from the backseat. “How nice to see you again,” he hisses close to her ear.

Regaining consciousness, Skyla finds herself on the backseat of her own car, with her hands tied behind her back. Is she getting kidnapped? Who is he? And where is he taking her?

About the Author

Ramcy Diek fell in love with the United States during her travels with her husband. The Pacific Northwest became their new home, where they built up their RV Park and raised their two sons.

During this time, Ramcy also made a slow transition from reader to multi-genre writer. Her debut novel “Storm at Keizer Manor” received multiple awards. This inspired her to spend more time doing what she loves most: writing stories.

Eagles in Flight, a romantic suspense novel, is her second book. Her third novel “Overland”, a dramatic thriller, followed in November 2020.

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#Excerpt “Crossroads” by Dianna Wilkes

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Providence Island Book 4

Mystery Romance

Date Published: October 21, 2020

Publisher: RedBird Books

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He’s tired of running. She’s looking for an escape. Can they find a home together?

Joshua Canfield spent the last year hiding from killers. He’s done things he can never confess, especially not to the loved ones he was protecting. All he wants now is to reunite with his family and live a peaceful life.

Lila Grainger has one goal in life. To earn enough money to leave Providence Island and a family with no regard for the law far behind. She never expected to meet someone like Joshua. He’s the finest man she’s ever known, and he sees her as a woman, not as a Grainger. But she can’t expect him to leave his family to follow her.

Neither of them knows that a new threat lingers on Providence Island. One that puts Lila in danger and could expose Joshua’s past.



A second buzz emitted, this time with a text from Ben.

Parked out back. Lets go.

Josh flipped out the lights, grabbed the bag of trash, and headed out the door. He tossed the bag into dumpster then entered the car.

“How did the questioning go?”

“Hunter seemed disappointed that our stories matched. He asked why I wasn’t driving the same car as I had that day. Told him both were rentals. When I travel, I turn in one and rent another when I return.” Ben chuckled. “He also tried to trip me by asking where we ordered the pizza.”

Josh frowned. “I told him it was leftover.”

“He was fact checking.”

Except their alibis consisted more of half-truths than solid facts.

“Good thing you remembered those security cameras along Federal.”

Ben shrugged. “We needed a cover story anyway. Did you get the impression they were considering if you and Stoddard were collaborating?”

“No, but Tom suggested I had reason to want to kill him.”

“Speaking of killing, did you dispose of that gun you had?”

“Yes, I broke it down the way you taught me. I took a trip upstate and dropped off pieces along the way.” Rest stop. Gas stations. Dumpsters. “What about the one you used?”

A side-eyed glance burned its way across the car. “Taken care of. Should be interesting to find out what Wallace does with Hunter’s suspicions.”

 “You’re getting a kick out of this, aren’t you?” Josh twisted in his seat, sending a glare of his own. “This isn’t a game. We could end up in prison.”

“Take it easy, Sundance. We’ve covered our tracks. Nothing links me to Stoddard. Hunter’s trying to make something out of a ten-second video of two buddies getting together.”

Josh glanced out the window. “Where are we going?”

“To dinner. Eddie’s work for you?”

Josh snorted. “Ben Hampshire is going to eat at Eddie’s Sea-Shack?”

“Don’t be a snob, Canfield.” A smile tugged at the corner of Ben’s mouth. “We’ll go over the reports I have on those systems. When Hunter spills his guts to Wallace who in turn asks Paige, she’ll confirm our story.”

Josh sank down in his seat with a grunt. “One of these days, you won’t be the smartest guy in the room.”

A laugh tumbled out of Ben’s mouth as he flipped on the blinker to turn south at the Crossroads. “Like that’s going to happen.”

A wisp of something cold washed through Josh’s soul, and the memory of odors from a greasy kitchen pushed into his throat.

“It did happen.” He turned his head to catch Hampshire’s scowl. “That night at the diner when Stoddard set you up.”

Ben’s eyes widened then he gave a slow nod. “I had my suspicions from the beginning about that meeting. I didn’t expect to him to send three people. Didn’t expect you to show up either.” He gave a short laugh. “Did I ever thank you for saving my ass?”

Josh snorted. “You said—and I quote—‘thanks for back there.’”

“Glad I didn’t forget. As far as that parody Hunter put on today, forget it. He’s on an ego trip and taking advantage of Wallace being out of town. We have nothing to worry about.”

Except Tom Hunter’s determination to solve Nathan Stoddard’s murder put both Ben and Joshua in the spotlight. As brilliant as Ben was, Tom’s ambition could prove to be way more dangerous.

About the Author

Dianna Wilkes is an award winning mystery romance author, known for the Providence Island mystery series.

Reading has always been an important part of her life. “I learned to read when I was four years old. Writing my own stories seemed a natural progression.”

Dianna holds a B.A.in Visual Communication and a M.Ed.in Instructional Technology. She worked as an Education Consultant for a medical technology company before leaving the corporate world. Despite all that nerdy stuff, she loves creating stories of romance and mystery with touches of humor.

When she isn’t writing, Dianna is deep in researching various branches and twigs on her family tree or fulfilling entries on her travel bucket list.


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#GuestPost “Wicked Writing Skills – Activity Book for ages 7+” by Lexi Rees

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Thanks so much for inviting me to join you today to chat about the inspiration behind my new kids activity book – Wicked Writing Skills.

My first creative writing book, Creative Writing Skills, is a best-seller and has now been translated into German and Italian, whilst the Spanish edition will be released in early 2021. That book focuses on fiction writing, i.e. what a parent would normally associate with “creative” writing, but I always wanted to build on this. 

Creative Writing

Non-fiction writing is such an important skill, not just as part of the curriculum, but in life, but I realised there were no creative writing activity books for children on the market that show them how to approach all these topics. Whilst Wicked Writing Skills explores opinions, debates, persuasive writing, instructions, news reporting, and marketing.

Although my first published book was fiction, I’ve always loved the non-fiction side of writing. When I was ten, I wanted to be a journalist, in fact my first “job” (work experience whilst still at school) was in the offices of my local newspaper. Anyway, despite studying Journalism, my writing went in a different direction and I ended up working in corporate and investor communications. I’ve also had articles published on a freelance basis, but I never ended up working as a full-time journalist.

The pair of books, Creative Writing Skills and Wicked Writing Skills, therefore, play to both of my passions – as a fiction author and as a corporate comms person!

Over the summer holidays I ran a series of kids creative writing camps, via Zoom for obvious lockdown reasons, including one on news reporting which proved really popular. Over half term, I ran a Hogwarts inspired creative writing course, and two of the most popular activities (as voted by the kids) were being Rita Skeeter (i.e. news reporting) and potions class (i.e. instruction writing).

I really hope Wicked Writing Skills inspires youngsters and helps them gain confidence in every aspect of their writing, regardless of the format.


Wicked Writing Skills: Over 90 non-fiction activities for children

Writing is like a spell. It can melt hearts and fry brains, twisting and turning as the magic works.

Want the world to fall at your feet, destroyed by the might of your pen?

– Sharpen your powers of persuasion

– Sky-rocket your debating skills

– Add ooomph to your reports

– And lots more!

Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know to become a WICKED WRITER.

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Lexi Rees

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. 

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now. 

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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