#AudioTour “The One Who Could Not Fly (The Wing Cycle, Book 1)” by E.G. Stone

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Author: E.G. Stone

Narrator: Anne Marie Lewis

Length: 11 hours 19 minutes

Series: The Wing Cycle, Book 1

Released: Aug. 24, 2021

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Publisher: Tarney Brae Creative Endeavours

Genre: Fantasy

For generations, sylphs have lived isolated on the island of Shinalea, forgotten by the world. But they, too, have forgotten their past. Until it rears its head and changes the very foundations of their world….

Ravenna has grown up isolated and ostracised amongst the sylphs for her small wing size and her unusual colouring. She lives with the Intellecti, a collection of sylphs dedicated to learning, to facts, to history, to thought. But she feels most free when she runs through the trees of her beloved home. Until, that is, she comes across beings that should have been myth. Humans.

Captured, Ravenna is taken from her home and into the vastness of the desert mainland. She is sold into slavery and thrown into a world that proves everything she knew about the humans right: They are nothing more than the cruel, bloodthirsty beings that filled sylph myths with horror. Until, that is, Ravenna makes a single mistake. She falls.

Suddenly, the world is not quite what she knew. Ravenna is thrust into this world of humans and their schemings for power, their political machinations, their hopes, their dreams.

Ravenna must decide whether humans are the nightmares of her people’s legends or just beings like her, finding their place in an unexpected world. And she must decide whether to save her world, or to destroy it.

The One Who Could Not Fly is an exciting fantasy adventure that asks questions of family, of independence, and of what it really means to fly.

E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, creating and causing vast amounts of trouble since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot in both the trouble-causing and writing and now spends her time writing fantasy and science fiction. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or drawing and sewing. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and, naturally, continuing her endeavours in causing trouble.

Happy reading… and writing.

Pittsburgh native Anne Marie Lewis has enjoyed a richly varied and long career in the performing arts. She has performed across the globe from Carnegie Hall to Boise to Little Rock to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as well as in Canada, England and Scotland. With the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s final novel, she performs Persuasion: A Musical Adaptation at Jane Austen festivals on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and in Bath, England in 2018. Chicago area credits: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Emma), Music Theater Works (Peter Pan, My Fair Lady, One Night in Venice, The Red Mill) Remy Bumppo Theatre Company (Northanger Abbey, The Skin of Our Teeth), Northbrook Theatre (Fancy Nancy, Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play), Oil Lamp Theater (Love, Loss, and What I Wore), Refuge Theatre Project (bare), Lifeline Theatre (Midnight Cowboy), Chamber Opera Chicago (Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, The Sound of Music, Hansel and Gretel), Spartan Theatre (Jake’s Women), Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (Moon over Buffalo), Metropolis Performing Arts Center (The Diary of Anne Frank), Fury Theatre (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Provision Theater (Christmas on the Air), 16th Street Theatre (Graveyard of Empires), Chicago Opera Theatre (Shining Brow, Don Giovanni), and Idle Muse Theatre Company (The Scullery Maid). Regional credits include Lyric Opera Cleveland (Little Women), Pine Mountain Music Festival (Le nozze di Figaro), Muddy River Opera (Die Fledermaus), Quad Cities Opera (La bohème), as well as numerous appearances with regional symphony orchestras. International credits: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Buxton Fringe Festival, Camden Fringe Festival and Jane Austen 200 in Winchester, UK. She is also a sought-after audiobook narrator, a genre she loves dearly as she gets to be producer, director, technical crew and all the characters! Anne Marie is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University and an even prouder mother to her four young men.

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Q&A with Author E.G. Stone
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I initially put out a question on how to find narrators in the 20Booksto50K Facebook group, and ended up getting introduced to Anne Marie Lewis through there. I also went through the audition process through Audible for book 1 of The Wing Cycle, but Anne Marie was still the best I had found. Once that was decided, I hired her, gave her a pronunciation guide, and then let her do all the hard work! She’s truly wonderful to work with and has made this process so much easier. Also, a fantastic narrator!
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I think any book can be turned into an audiobook, simply because there’s no reason why words cannot be spoken rather than written. Personally, I get second-hand character embarrassment, so I can’t listen to things like romance novels or stories where the characters end up in situations that are thoroughly unfortunate, because I get a little too invested in the situation. That’s just me, though, and I know that many people love such things!
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Oh, golly, no. I have enough character voices running through my head that even thinking of translating them into audiobook wasn’t something I considered until after the fact. I’m pleased that I went with the audiobook creation, because it adds such dimension and depth to the book, but thinking about it from the beginning? I’m not quite that clever!
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • Magic. Sheer luck. Mostly, I asked other people and got introduced that way. 🙂
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I let Anne Marie do all the hard work once we had sorted out pronunciations. I was happy to listen to the 15 min check point that she sent in and give her the go ahead for character voices and style, but otherwise, I just waited until she sent the final product and gave it a check over. I try to let the people who know what they’re doing do what they’re doing, because frankly, I’m not an audiobook narrator and have no idea of all the technical bits and bobs. Mostly, though, Anne Marie is just that good.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • This is one of those questions that can be anything from, “Yes, absolutely,” to, “I have no idea, my brain is weird.” I tend to fall in the latter part of that spectrum. I assume that my subconscious pulls inspiration from things that I see or read or hear and then tosses it all together into a story that appears fully-fledged (or even half-fledged) in my brain sometime during my sleep or while I’m brushing my teeth. I wouldn’t know, however, since my subconscious doesn’t actually tell me these things.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • My enthusiasm for writing has never diminished since I started doing it as a child. Maintaining the momentum to actually keep writing is an entirely different matter. I write during the work week, sometimes working on only one story or two, depending on what my mood is like. Then, on the weekends, I do entirely different things like sewing or reading or melting my brain by way of television so that I get a mental reset and can start the week afresh. Of course, this only lasts so long under the stress that is being an adult in the world, so every six months or so, I take a bit of a vacation to do absolutely nothing at all. Once I’ve done that, I’m usually so eager to get back to writing that any thoughts of burnout are long behind me.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I do listen to audiobooks! I’m not very fast, since there are many hours of audio to get through, and I only tend to do it while sewing or crafting, things that require my hands but not my entire concentration. I am a speed reader, so the deliberate pace of an audiobook is refreshing. It’s also nice to have someone tell me a story rather than relying on the voices in my head to give a story life.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • This story, or rather the entire Wing Cycle, is one that is decided between characters. Yes, there’s action. But most of the intrigue and the development happens when the characters get stuck in the same room and are forced to work out their differences. In this regard, it’s almost magical to hear them come to life under Anne Marie Lewis’ narration, because they have such tone and depth and emotion.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Trust the professionals. They’re good at their jobs.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Many, many more stories to write! And, eventually, turn into audiobooks!


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#BookTour “The Empire’s Bladesmen: Forbidden Relics (War of the Dragon Throne Book 1)” by Clay Vagrant


War of the Dragon Throne, Book One

Military Historical Fantasy/ Dark Fantasy


Date Published November 2021

Publisher: Armored History

A military historical fantasy set in the late medieval era–15th century Ming Dynasty.

Follow the story of Captain Shao Lian, a battle-hardened veteran of the Ming Dynasty’s imperial army, had become a respected officer in the emperor’s elite bodyguards.

This notorious and politically-powerful secret service organization, known as the Jinyiwei (brocade-clad guards), also functioned as the emperor’s premiere intelligence agency and as an extension of his iron fist. They were the empire’s bladesmen.

After Shao Lian was assigned to eliminate a ruthless crime lord after he had seized power over several frontier towns, he discovers that the Blood Foot Syndicate had awakened a powerful and terrifying adversary from a bygone era.

Shao Lian and the soldiers in his command suddenly find themselves waging a harrowing war of survival against allied criminal gangs and an ancient being who commands hordes of monstrous man-eaters.

Shao Lian later discovers the secrets of prehistory and unravels a conspiracy that set ancient mechanisms into motion that now threaten the Ming Empire and the rest of the 15th century world.



About the Author

Clay Vagrant is an Asian American millennial who loves martial arts, military history and civilizations, and then reading and writing about them. He helped start the Armored History brand dedicatAmazoned to students and fans of the study of world military history and historical fantasy genres. Clay also does all of his own artwork, design, and illustrations for his books’ covers and promotional materials. Visit the website www.armoredhistory.net for his personal updates and what’s coming in future books!

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#BookTour “Finding Forever: in Saddleback Ridge” by Milan Watson

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A short drive from Colorado Springs there’s a small town called Saddleback Ridge. Although it’s barely pinned on the map, this town holds a lot of appeal. It’s a place where friends are treated like family and newcomers are welcomed into the fold. Here Stetsons are a way of life and not just a fashion statement, beef is the talk of the town and not just on your dinner plate.

It’s been home to the Caldwell family for generations. Ever since the first Caldwell settled on Falcon Falls there has always been a Caldwell running beef in Saddleback Ridge. Clayton Caldwell and his four sons are currently in residence on Falcon Falls. A throwback to the old West, Clayton still believes that a man’s word matters more than any piece of paper. The four Caldwell brothers haven’t been lucky in love, but hopefully this year that will all change.




Welcome to Saddleback Ridge. Here Stetsons are a way of life and not just a fashion statement. Cowboys, romance and small-town charm guaranteed.

She’s a city girl, he’s a rancher – will a kiss seal the deal?

Ford Caldwell has just taken over the family’s beef operation. The first order of business; get a better contract from the beef buyers. A rugged rancher, Ford is used to doing business with men. But when Brent Beef sends out their new representative, Ford knows it’s going to be hard to focus on the business at all.

Kelly Peyton has finally landed her dream job. As the new representative for Brent Beef, Kelly’s first assignment is to sign a deal with Caldwell Beef. Falcon Falls has long since been rumored the best cattle operation in the state and she wants them to sign with her.

When Ford and Kelly meet its mutual dislike at first sight. Forced to spend time on the range together both are surprised by the strong attraction. Will Kelly sign the deal she’s been dreaming of, or will she lose her heart?

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About Milan

Milan WatsonMilan is a fun-loving and witty writer of contemporary small-town romance. She has known her husband since she fell in love with him at fourteen, and has been an incurable romantic ever since.

She lives on a farm with her husband, two sons, seven dogs, two cats, countless sheep, and a horse. Being a wife, a mother and a writer prove for a crazy life, one that she incorporates into the stories she tells. Milan writes romances that are not only real but where characters face the same challenges, misunderstandings, and embarrassing moments most women do in their own lives. If you enjoy witty, humorous, and sensual small-town romance, then you’ve come to the right place.

For free give-aways and to join her mailing list you can visit her website at www.milanwatson.com.


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