Monthly Archives: May 2016

Any Way the Wind Blows

Any Way the Wind Blows

 

The story does a wonderful job of showing the rich emotional life of Callie and Jo as asexual, aromantic women. Grant educates readers through Callie as the woman explains to Jo what asexuality means to her. These portions of the story don’t feel pedantic, which is a tribute to the author’s storytelling. Aside from the story, the text itself needs a little bit of editing here and there to clarify which pronoun refers to which character.

Most of the tension derives from the life expectations, fear, and misunderstandings about the nature of the women’s bond and about asexual, aromantic identity. Jo, a former US soldier, works as an auto mechanic in a small town. She’s under intense pressure from her parents and brother to get married. Callie, on the other hand, relishes her life as an itinerant farm-share worker. She spends months here and there on farms across the country, keeping her backpack and relationships light. When she arrives for another routine job on a California farm, she and Jo meet. Their chemistry as friends takes off immediately, guiding them through frolicky fun, inner turmoil, and obstacles.

At 15,000 words (or about 42 e-pages), you can devour this story in one sitting. I definitely recommend it!

Any Way the Wind Blows
Author: Carlin Grant
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 7 hours

ISBN9781620047415  

Available as an ebook from Less Than Three Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other vendors.

***I received a copy of this title from Less Than Three Press via Netgalley***

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If I Was Your Girl – audiobook review

If I Was Your Girl

 

Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl is the powerful and poignant story of Amanda Hardy, a transgender girl completing her senior year of high school in Tennessee. The chapters alternate between Amanda’s past and present as she struggles to chart her future. Hopeful for a fresh start in a new town, Amanda boards a bus to live with a father she hasn’t seen in years. Soon after arrival, she makes friends with Bee, an artsy outsider, and with a group of girls she meets after missing the bus on her first day of school. Despite these friendships and the attentions of a charming boy named Grant, a layer of fear and doubt, built up over years of abuse from her peers and stranger, dog her steps. The relationships Amanda has with her mother and father are like night and day and form an important part of the story. Russo paints a rich emotional landscape as Amanda journeys towards her unassailable truth that she deserves to live and deserves to love and be loved.  

It is important to note that Russo includes an author afterward to address her cisgender and transgender readers/listeners. She explains why she wrote Amanda’s story the way she did and warned against using it as a guide to trans people. Everyone’s story is different and important. Russo, herself a transgender woman, promoted the inclusion of trans people in the publishing and production of the book. She also provides contact numbers for people who are contemplating suicide.

Great narration transports readers into other worlds and into other lives. Poor narration can derail even the best stories, detaching the listener from the experience altogether. As an audiobook, If I Was Your Girl combines engrossing storytelling with a well-cast narrator, Samia Mounts. Her youthful voice is perfectly suited to a teenage girl. She delivers an engaging and emotionally charged performance. Amanda’s fears and doubts, excitement and joy, hopes and dreams. Scenes in which Amanda is afraid or nervous or disappointed vibrate in my headphones: words quiver, tremble, whisper, and soar. When Amanda is out on the town with her friends, Mounts raises her voice in excitement and adds a teasing tone to the dialogue, as well as other layers of expression. The narration for Amanda’s thoughts about and dialogue with her boyfriend Grant, are a complex mixture of doubt and fear, happiness and flirtation.

This audiobook is hard to put down!

If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Narrator:  Samia Mounts

Produced by Macmillan Audio
Length: 7 hours

Audiobook release date: May 2016
ISBN: 9781427272928

Available as an audiobook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Overdrive (check your library), and other booksellers.

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Hooray! Last fall I began the recording process for LibriVox’s audiobook version of Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks. Now that all the chapters have been completed, the collection is available for anyone to listen to 😃 I learned a lot about how to tinker with a recording (using Audacity) and ways to limit background noise. It’s so much fun and an easy way to get started with narrating stories.  LibriVox is a community of volunteers who record public domain stories, often sourced from Project Gutenberg.  The LibriVox forums, book coordinators, and proof listeners are very helpful during the recording process.

I narrate chapter five, Prince Spin Head and Miss Snow White.

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2016 Panel Submissions Now Open! Help Create the Program for GRNW 2016!

Yay! If you have ideas for a panel, be sure to submit them to Gay Romance Northwest by June 22. I’ve already marked my calendar to attend and hope to hear a lot of great discussions 😀 And meet authors!

Read with Pride Northwest

2015Panel_1The 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library, and the big news this year is that the conference will be FREE to attend!

Submit a Panel for GRNW 2016!

For our fourth annual conference, and like last year, we are opening up panel submissions! We would love for authors and attendees to help co-create the programming for 2016.

  • Do you have a great idea for a panel?
  • Do you know others who could speak on that topic?
  • Do you share our interest in promoting voices from across the LGBTQ romance writing spectrum?

Then check out our 2016 Panel Submission Guidelines for info on what we’re looking for in a panel and how to apply!

Setting up a conference is actually pretty easy! What’s difficult is setting up the foundation for interesting and thoughtful discussions on LGBTQ romance, and

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