Audiobook Review – The Devil’s Riders Books 4-5

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I’m one of the Sons of Satan, part of an inner circle we call The Devil’s Riders. I was just a prospect when I first saw her. Becky Townsdale, the curvy girl who worked at Mae’s diner. She’s so pretty it hurts to look at her. I waited to make a move until I was officially a Devil’s Rider.

And then, the night of the club Prez’s wedding, I made her mine. Devlin and Kaylie might have gotten married that night, but we’re the ones who made a baby. I just didn’t know it yet.

Now she’s back in town to help Mae save the diner before it gets shut down. She’s avoiding me, but I’m not having it. I’ve waited a year to get over her, and it never happened. I want her back, this time for good. And that’s before I find out about the baby. She’s mine, and she doesn’t even know it yet.  

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Women fall into my lap. Until an innocent beauty crosses my path and wants nothing to do with me.

I’m one of the Devil’s Riders, the inner circle of one of the biggest motorcycle clubs in California. My brothers and I live on the edge of society, and we like it just fine.

I’m swimming in easy women, but I’m easily bored. Then one day, I see her: Molly McRae. She’s easy on the eyes and sweet as pie. All I want to do is take a bite.

From the moment I see Molly, I’m on a mission. I chase her down and learn her name. Then I begin my campaign to make her mine.

I want to mark her. I want to tattoo her silky skin and kiss away her tears. 

Hell, I want to put my brand on her. My name. My ring. And I won’t stop until she’s mine.

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Review

This is the continuation of my last review books 4-5 there are two more book in the series and I’m still not sure if I’m going to continue with this series. I have loved every book that I have listened to. Joanna Blake is a fantastic author. Each book seriously got better. My favorite has to be book five. These characters I fell in-love with their story. Molly is the first character who is an actual “outsider”. She doesn’t start off knowing any of the other girls from the other for books. Which I thought was a great way to hook the reader.

I will say my only real criticism is going to be that by book five we have ten POVs. Which yes each one for the most part moves along the story. I just feel like it’s to much. I really just want to hear from the two characters that the book is about. Please write more book with the other characters. I mean there are five book that could have been five series that I would have happily sat there and listened to each one of those books. That is how much I love each set of characters. f

Troy Duran and Kendall Taylor are the two amazing voice actors for this series. I love both of them. Troy has a great balance when it comes to voicing both male and female characters. Kendall is great her range is fantastic. I could listen to her all and I have been for the last week.

Thank you all for joining me here in our little part of wonderland. Please don’t forget to feed the unicorns on your way out.

Until next time

Happy reading

Much love

Ashten

Audiobook Review – The Devil’s Riders Books 1-3

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I’ve waited years for her to grow up. Now it’s time. I won’t be gentle and I won’t be kind. I’m taking what is mine. 

Kaylie: Wherever I went, I heard it: the sound of a purring motorcycle behind me. They never bothered me or said a word. But I knew they were there because of him. Devlin McRae, the head of the local MC. Being followed all the time like this was disconcerting. And lately, the bikes had been getting closer, less secretive, more obvious. What would I do if Devlin ever caught me?

Devlin: The first time I saw her, she was too young. I had to wait. I hated it, but I’d promised her mother I would wait for her to grow up. The sweet, little waitress from Mae’s diner was going to be mine. She just didn’t know it yet.

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Janet:  

When my career as a dancer is sidelined due to an injury, I have no idea what to do with my life. My best friend, Kaylie, is dating the head of the Devil’s Riders, so I tag along when she hangs out at the club. That’s when I see him. The one they call the Viking. He never says a word, but his eyes burn into me. He watches out for me, even kisses me, but that’s it. The man refuses to take the next step.  

I know he wants me. I just need to tip the big guy over the edge. You know what they say about the big ones, right?  

Jack:  

I’m big and mean, and I don’t give a damn about anything but the Riders. But when the feisty redhead shows up with the Prez’s old lady, I’m told to watch her. Problem is, I can’t stop. I want my eyes and the rest of me on her. She’s a pain in the ass, but that doesn’t change biology. She’s mine for the taking, and I’m going to take her up on the offer. For good. I’m just not sure she can handle what I’m offering her. 

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Sally:

I left behind my life to start over. My successful career as a country music singer, friends and family, everything. All to get away from my abusive, obsessive ex.  

So what if I’m lonely? So what if I miss singing and sequins? I’m safe, and that’s what matters. 

But the big biker with the blue eyes has other ideas. He makes me laugh and breathless all at the same time. He makes me want more. But it’s not safe. Not for either one of us.  

Donahue:

She’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen – and that’s before I ever heard her sing. Her voice cuts through the chatter, through the noise. Straight through to the emptiness inside me.  

Everyone thinks I’m happy-go-lucky, but she’s different. She sees right through me. And as much as I want her underneath me, tangled in my sheets, I want her beside me just as badly.  

She needs saving. She’s afraid to let me in. But what she doesn’t know is that I need saving, too. And she’s just the woman to do it.  

Review

This is a series that I found on a whim and I’m so happy that I found these books. I believe that there are seven in total. So there will be at least one more review on the rest of the series. I went into this thinking it was going to be a quick series to listen to. I was right about the first book. It was very quick but I thought there was a lot of things that could have been expanded upon. As you go through the series it seems like the plot it a lot more flushed out and you have to pay attention more on the little details of the story. Starting in book two it goes from mainly being a two POV to toward the end a few chapter of a four book POV. While I didn’t mind it took a minute for me to realize which character the voice actors were reading for.

Troy Duran and Kendall Taylor are the two amazing voice actors for this series. I love both of them. Troy has a great balance when it comes to voicing both male and female characters. Kendall is great her range is fantastic. I could listen to her all and I have been for the last week.

Thank you all for joining me here in our little part of wonderland. Please don’t forget to feed the unicorns on your way out.

Until next time

Happy reading

Much love

Ashten

Series Review – Artful Lies and Wicked Truths.

Hello, wonderlandians. How is everyone doing? It has been some time. This review is months in the making. All is well with me. The last stint of my pregnancy really kicked my butt and so did the delivery. I have not been reading at all.

Artful Lies (The Hunt Legacy Duology Book 1) - Kindle edition by ...

An irresistible connection, a desire that won’t let go…

When aspiring antiques dealer Eleanor Cole is handed the chance of a lifetime to work for the Hunt Corporation, the renowned antiques dealers, she doesn’t think twice. Only to discover she’ll be working up close and personal with the notorious and insanely irresistible Becker Hunt. He is a man famous for getting what he wants, and Becker wants Eleanor.

But as Becker pulls her deeper into his world, she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye.

And falling for Becker goes from being foolish to dangerous…

Wicked Truths (Hunt Legacy Duology, #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

The second book in the brand new duology by the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series

A desperate passion, a dangerous love story…


Eleanor Cole had no idea that when she met the charmingly irresistible Becker Hunt, she was putting her life on the line. So when she discovers his secrets, escape seems to be her only option – but Becker isn’t ready to let Eleanor go.

She knows better than to fall into his corrupt world again, but how long can she resist when he’s stolen her heart?

Eleanor must make a choice, to stay and follow Becker into the heart of the danger…or risk losing him forever!

Becker Hunt is back and this time he’s not letting Eleanor walk away… 

Series Review

Move over Jesse Ward with your countdowns to make way for Becker Hunt and his sexy shhhh.

Jodi Ellen Malpas does it again! She is a master at creating a story that sucks you in.

This is one of the many reasons I love reading her books. It really is an escape. There were a lot of times in this series where I tried to predicted what the outcome would be. I was not even close. Typically, I’m very good at predicting what is going to happen in books because most all of romance books follows the same formula. I should have expected that Jodi doesn’t follow that formula but creates her own.

With these two books you are wrapped up in a fast romance with some treasure hutting. It really great to see a romance novel differ from all the rest out there. Jodi had crafted these characters so you feel like you know, that you are friends with them. By the time you look up you are done with the books.

This is one series that you just have to dive head first in. We wonderful writing and characters. You are not going to regret picking up these books.

Thank you all for joining me here in our little part of wonderland. Please don’t forget to feed the unicorns on your way out.

Until next time

Happy reading

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Ashten

Hello Again…

and losing steam.

Hello, wonderlandians.

Wow it has been sometime since I have typed that.

First off how are all of you out there? I feel like I need to ask with the current state of the world.

I have been doing ok. The last time I posted was back in June. I think before that it was really May that I was really active. I announced that I was pregnant. Since then there has been a lot that has happened. I got married, gave birth to my daughter, and moved house. So there has been a lot going on that I feel like I lost my steam.

Since June I have not read one book.

This is crazy to me. I’m such reader that this break from reading has been weird to me. The pregnancy took a lot out of me and I just stopped reading and blogging.

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I lost my steam and

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Thats ok. I was really hard on myself because I wasn’t reading or blogging. We as bloggers, vloggers, and readers need to realize that it is ok to take a break and not feel guilty about that.

Well that is something that is I’m working on.

I will be posting regularly again very soon.

Audiobook review – good Mr. King

Author: Aidée James

Narrators: Ada Sinclair, Logan McAllister

Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

Publisher: Aidée James

Released: May 8, 2020

Genre: Erotic Romance

No one dominates me. Not the supermodels I’ve slept with, not the rich women whose necks I’ve dressed in diamonds. So, imagine my surprise when I get a drunken e-mail from an employee I’ve never met, containing not one, but dozens of erotic stories, all starring yours truly. And in every one of them, I’m a submissive. I should let it go, but I can’t. This woman needs to learn that John King gets spanked by no one.

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When Mexican-American author Aidèe Jaimes isn’t chasing after her energetic daughter and spending time with her happily ever after husband in their Florida home, she’s living other lives through her characters. As her writing evolved into darker, sexier, no holds-barred stories, she transitioned from the pen name Haden Hudson, to the author she is today!

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The opening chapter starts with Ada Sinclair reading the book. When it comes to the narration Ada Sinclair does a really great job with her tone of voice. It’s very soft and her way of reading you get very comfortable with the tone of her voice. when it comes to the production of the sound it almost sounds like Ada Sinclair is a little too close to her microphone and you can hear every breath that she is taking in every inflection that she’s putting in on the words. While listening to Ada Sinclair her voice is very reminiscent to me of Angela Dawn. Both voice actress is our amazing. Angela Dawe is one of my favorite voice actresses of all times and listening to Ada Sinclair gave me the same joy I have while listening to the other voice actress.

One thing that was really interesting about this book is that at the beginning of every chapter there is a short story from the book that Winnie wrote. So it’s like listening to a book within a book. I love it. It adds a different twist to a romance novel.

Logan did a really good job of keeping me engaged in the story. Logan’s tone that he uses is great and consistent. He put emotion into the story really bring his parts to life. To me this is a big part of bringing the story to life. Logan has a great range of voices. I know who all of the characters are meant to be when he is voicing for them.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Aidèe Jaimes. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Narrator Ada Sinclair
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • I’ve been acting for over 20 years professionally and working all sorts of day jobs in between. While doing a show three years ago, a friend of mine announced he had quit all his other part-time work and was exclusively getting paid to act and narrate. I was so intrigued I immediately started YouTubing and researching everything I could about it. I got some professional coaching, created a recording booth out of my closet in our spare bedroom, and haven’t looked back since.
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • Once I started researching narration, things like story arc, multiple character development, timing, and breath control all fit the bill for the numerous classes and workshops I had been going to as an actor. It seemed like everything I had been learning could be applied to books. Plus, I LOVED to read and was insatiable when it came to consuming stories. It was an absolutely perfect fit.
  • Did you find it difficult to break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • The hardest part for me was learning the technical aspects of audio. How to best use the microphone, record and re-record so everything is seamless and do it for hours on end. There was definitely a learning curve and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without some juggernauts in the community like Don Baarns. Now I’m really well versed in not only recording but also editing and mastering and I have him to thank.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • I definitely think that my background has helped me. In school, we studied things like pacing and how alliteration and other word choices can clue you into the personalities and traits of a character. We delved very deeply into actions, motivations, and power struggles in various characters and I use all of it daily in my craft. I do think you can learn all of those things through coaching strictly for narration, but it helps me that I already have a foundation and years of experience to draw from.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I began singing in choirs and doing solos when I was 6. I started taking acting classes when I was 12 and went to college for acting at Florida State University and went on to study musical theater performance in New York at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I lived and acted in New York for 5 years before settling in Chicago with my husband and going through iO’s improv conservatory in the process. I’m currently a part of two professional theater companies here in Chicago and perform several times a year.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • I truly enjoy the performance aspect of recording, so it’s not hard to get me into the booth. To avoid burnout for stories or genres that might be a little more difficult for me, I tend to keep myself on a schedule to record 1 to 2 finished hours several days a week, making sure to leave in vocal rest days and times to decompress. It’s the ideal, and sometimes I’ve been caught recording for hours on end to make a deadline, but overall it’s a strategy and balance that really works for me.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Prior to narration, I hadn’t listened to many audiobooks. I didn’t particularly like the first few I had tried (I thought the voices in my own head made better choices, lol) but after starting on my own journey, I found some incredible narrators that I go back to again and again. I love listening to audiobooks while I’m driving and tend to like narrative stories then. For mundane tasks like laundry and/or cleaning, I’ll go for motivational self-help books.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • My favorite part has to be when I find each character’s voice and have them “checked in.” It’s a little like body switching when they are in a conversation, but if I can channel them both then it gets really fun to do arguments or flirty conversations. It’s like playing chess with yourself. My least favorite thing is definitely the pick ups. I am slightly dyslexic and often have small flubs like switched words. It makes it a process for both me and my very gracious proofer.
  • What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
    • I’ve been told that I can really embody the characters and create very distinctive voices. I tend to use a lot of variance in my vocal performance. My goal is always to allow the listener to recognize who is speaking without them having to be announced.
  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?
    • I love narrating in quite a few genres. But I did turn down a book after I found out that the main character was African American and had a very distinct dialect. I love stretching myself as an actor, but I also believe that there are many other people better suited to tell stories with main characters that are people of color, and I believe they should be the ones cast.
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Audiobook Review – Instinct The Elite, Book 1

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I’m not like the vampires in your books, little girl. I’m not agonizing over my own soul or the ethics of drinking your blood. I don’t want saving or to find some great love that will alter my very existence. I’m not a monster. I’m the devil himself, and I have no problem playing that role. I take what I want, and right now, what I want is you. And there’s nothing you can do to stop me. 

The Elite is a PNR series of novelettes.

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Hanleigh Bradley tells a story of a girl who lives in London and loves vampires but what happens when her books become her reality? Hanleigh Bradley really knows how to spin a tale even in the shortest of time. I can say much about the books because it is so short. I will say this though you will be on a ride. One that you will not want to get off.

Debbie Soelter has the type of voice that keeps you listening. She was reading for both the male and female lead. I thought that she did a great job when it came to the female lead and an ok job when it can to reading for the male lead. She had to put on a British accent. This added depth to the story and this is the party that keeps you listening.

The sound quality was great and professional. There were no sounds gaps or awkward pauses.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you all for joining me here in our little part of wonderland. Please don’t forget to feed the unicorns on your way out.

Until next time

Happy reading

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Ashten

Hello again!

Hello wonderlandian. So it’s been awhile since I have posted a blog. A few months ago I said that me and my fiance had some life altering news and I would probably share it in a couple of months. Sense I have gotten past the initial shock of this new as it came out of left field granted we are very very excited.

I did need to take some time away from my blog just to take care of myself and it’s not a decision I regret at all because in this time taking care of myself as what was best. So I thought I would pop on since I feel it is an appropriate time to share the news with you guys and. My fiance and I are expecting our 1st child in September. So I haven’t had much time for reading except it for pregnancy articles. that’s why there hasn’t really been any blog posts. I have this past month started reading a lot of books again so I will have some book reviews coming soon.

Series Review – It’s Not a Over and Just Get Started

Hello everyone. I’ve just wanted to say I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve had a review go up. I’ve had a lot of scheduled content going up lately that I pre-scheduled earlier in January and I am quite thankful that I was that prepared because at the end of January my fiancé and I got some news that has been life-changing. I will do a whole blog post on that probably in a month or so. We are just not ready to share that information publicly. I do have a review for you guys today over two books so it’ll be a mini review. I want to give a huge thank you to give me book promotions. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have gotten these two amazing books and I highly recommend them.

So each of these books were written by Keylee Ryan and Lacey Black. Set this review is gonna be a little bit different because I want to talk about both books together. This duo is new for me. I have read Miss Ryan books before but I’ve never read miss black books before. So the combination of them writing was magical. You get really sucked in to each story line. I am definitely one for audiobooks more so than e-books nowadays but I got sucked in right away. This is how you know that these authors have true ability because as someone who does prefer audiobooks I did get sucked into the E books to where I wouldn’t put them down for hours. And that’s bad because I’m a college student so schoolwork. In the first story it’s a second chance romance and you absolutely fall in love because it’s not your typical second chance romance. Harrison and Winnie are such a beautiful couple and you can see the true love that they have for each other. Then on the flipside of that you have Gabby and cheese who are more so I hate to love if you will. Gabby and Chase don’t really get along. Chase is to be considered that of a playboy but he really loves Gabby deep down. It takes a minute for Gabby to To see Chase as something other than a playboy and I really appreciate all the effort that these amazing authors went to the craft these amazing stories.

Once again a big thank you to give me book promotions for sending me the arcs. This review is no way influenced by the fact that I did receive advanced reader copies. All opinions on his books are my own and that is not going to change because I receive these books

Happy New Year Wonderlandians!

Hello, my wonderlandians!

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I’m so glad to say that it is 2020. The twenties was one of my favorite time periods. Oh how I loved the music, the clothes, and the parties. So I hope everyone is partying it.

Seriously, though I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone who is and has supported this blog. I know last year I was absent a lot of time but we are changing that in this new year and new decade. I just can’t get over it a new decade.

Enjoy and I will be back with a review soon.

Thank you all for joining me here in our little part of wonderland. Please don’t forget to feed the unicorns on your way out.

Until next time

Happy reading

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Ashten

Audiobook Review – Prince of Sin

Audiobook Tour: Prince of Sin by Cass Ford

Author: Cass Ford

Narrator: Sierra Kline

Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

Publisher: Cass Ford

Released: Oct. 24, 2019

Genre: Erotic Romance

When savvy gossip vlogger Morgan Sidney gets assigned the breakup of porn’s most illustrious couple, she strikes a deal with her boss – if she scores an exclusive, she’ll get promoted. So when the famous and flirtatious Prince of Sin offers to fulfill her three wildest sex fantasies, Morgan must decide whether she’ll keep things professional or surrender and explore her sensual side.

As someone who despises the media, why is Chase Prince spending time with a reporter? Clearly, he’s intrigued. But can a scorched sinner – and the biggest smut star around – let a fierce civilian enter his domain?

Prince of Sin takes listeners beyond Tinseltown’s glossy Hollywood Hills to Silicone Valley – for a behind-the-scenes look at a sometimes bleak, always risqué world.

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Smut writer Cass Ford began creating smoldering male protagonists when she was five years old and convinced her aunt that she had a hot and heavy kindergarten boyfriend. In grade school, she penned tales on her parents’ typewriter and by middle school sold her own love and gossip magazines to friends. As a preteen at sleepover camp, Cass often told playful, steamy bedtime stories to her bunkmates.

​After earning her Bachelor of Journalism degree and several TV/film certificates, Cass continued to hone her passion for storytelling as a development producer for broadcast news and unscripted television. Born and raised in Canada, she now resides in California.

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Narrator Bio

Programmer by day, narrator by night, Sierra Kline is always looking for the next adventure. True to her Midwestern roots, Sierra got her degree in theater from Michigan State University which she has been fortunate to put to heavy use both on the stage and in the booth. When she’s not recording in her home studio, she prefers the great outdoors and loves running, traveling, and backpacking.

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From the little research I did on this author it would seem like this is a debut novel for Cass Ford. I could not find any other book on amazon or audible. This was a home run for a debut novel. I was sucked into the world that Cass Ford has crafted. When first going in into the audiobook I thought I was not going to be able to finish. I will get more into that later in this review. I will had not to do with writing or the story itself. Cass has created a world that I will say that it opened my eyes to an industry that I will use her characters words here as seedy. Not only did I love this novel it was all educational. It deals with real topics. I will say though that the ending did feel a little rushed and seemed like there should have been more to the book. There was also times when our MCs have very poor communication. Other than those two thing I would highly recommend this book. It is very fast past and jumps right in.

Sierra Kline is a new to me voice actress. This is the part of the review where I thought I was not going to be able to finish this novel. When I first started this book I told you it jumps right in and the first voice we hear is a high pitched one that is kind of annoying. Later I did find out that this was a choice for that character and I applaud Sierra for that. Sierra was a able to capture that character very well because that character is very annoy and Sierra really brought her to life. Now this character that I am talking about is not own Female MC. Sierra her normal voice is very smooth kind warm. It like if milk chocolate had a sound. There were accents in this story. Sometimes it was a hit and sometimes it was a miss.

The overall production was great. There were no noises or any other glitches. If you are looking for next read look no further.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Cass Ford. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Cass Ford
  • 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 Sierra some information about character backgrounds, like accents. Most of that information was in the novel as I introduced each character, so I didn’t have to give too much detail. Before I chose Sierra to narrate, she sent me a sample scene with Chase and Morgan interacting together. There was some back and forth between us to nail down Chase’s voice, but once she found it, Sierra really ran with the rest of the audiobook. Most of my notes on the full audiobook were small grammar or pronunciation corrections, and there were few. One I remember was the word balayage, which I had to lookup myself. I’m SO pleased with how the audiobook turned out. Sierra did a fantastic job!
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Of course! The whole novel concept was inspired by a male pornstar who I actually had lunch with as part of my research. Not gonna say who… The porn sets I visited for research also influenced various scenes and characters in the book. That investigative research was critical in shaping the novel. So many scenes and beats and moments from the book came from real-life scenes and beats and moments.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Burnout is very real. Working fulltime in television and living that author life on the side can be exhausting. I think managing and balancing my time helps. I’m pretty Type A, so I like to get things done immediately. But being able to sense when I feel overworked and let some emails or tasks slide until I feel up for them, that’s a skill I’ve been working on since the book came out in June. I remind myself that writing and marketing are not life or death. It should be fun, not stressful.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
  • People are entitled to their own opinions. But man are preachy people annoying. Everybody absorbs content differently. I personally take in information much better when reading it, but respect those who best consume content by listening. To those critical of audiobooks, don’t listen to them. But who are you to judge others for their preferred method? You do you, we’ll do us.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • I don’t really have time for writing slumps. Whenever I find time to write, I have to take advantage and dive in. As for reading slumps, I actually just had one. I’d started reading a few books in a row that I just couldn’t get into, so I took a reading break. I was also busy preparing the Prince of Sin audiobook release. But after a few weeks, I realized I missed reading, so to get back on track, I ordered a book in a totally different genre than I’d read recently—non-fiction. And so far, Gene Weingarten’s One Day has been a captivating read.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • When it comes to marketing and sales, a series generally makes the most sense. Readers who love Book 1 will continue onto Books 2, 3, 4… Thus, more sales. But I think sequels need to make sense. If they feel forced, readers will know. I recently read a dark romance series where the first and second books captivated me, but the third fell flat. It was slow and stuffed full of dull exposition. I found myself skipping over paragraphs to get through it.
    • I outlined Prince of Sin as a standalone, but had a rough three-book series plan in case I changed my mind. But when I finished writing it, I felt the characters’ stories had been told and closed it out accordingly. Since publishing, the feedback has been that readers would love for Kali or another secondary character to get their own novel. So that is something I’m considering in the future. Would love to hear who my audiobook listeners think deserves a standalone novel!
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever dreamed about any Prince of Sin characters or scenes. Over many days for several years, this book consumed my thoughts. But once I fell asleep, it never crept into my mind.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food Cheese
    • Song Portland, Maine by Donovan Woods
    • Book The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
    • Television show Friends
    • Movie E.T. or the Back to the Future series
    • Band The Wood Brothers
    • Sports teams
      • NHL – Toronto Maple Leafs
      • NBA – Toronto Raptors
      • NFL – Pittsburgh Steelers
    • City Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
    • Growing up in Toronto, I was raised on hockey. So the Anaheim Ducks vs. L.A. Kings rivalry in Prince of Sin came naturally to me. A Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry didn’t make sense since the book takes place in Southern California. My current work in progress has a few scenes in Toronto, one of which is at a Toronto Maple Leafs game. Another features some fictional Toronto Raptors players out at a bar/nightclub.
  • If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
    • Definitely London, England or New York City, two cities that feel similar to me in some ways. In Los Angeles, I have to drive everywhere and my neighborhood feels somewhat suburban. I’d love to spend a few months living downtown in either of those cities, right in the action, walking and taking the tube or subway to get around.

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5 Books That Mean A Lot To Cass Ford
  • A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital by Deborah Hautzig
    • This is the first book I remember. I had surgery at age three and somebody got me this book to prepare me for the hospital experience. As a kid, my parents read me lots of books, including Sesame Street, Curious George, Dr. Seuss… I always loved story time before bed.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • A teacher recommended this book for my twelfth-grade book report. I absolutely loved it and remember feeling like I’d finally graduated from younger novels, like Gossip Girl.
  • New York by Edward Rutherfurd
    • For a long time, this was my favorite book. Rereading it this year, I was just as enthralled as the first time (around 2010). Fun Fact: When Edward Rutherfurd came on my old morning show as a guest, I was so starstruck, I fell off a chair. Now I’m impatiently waiting on his next release, China.
  • Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
    • These ladies! The Christina Lauren duo is crushing the game. I read this book on a trip and think subconsciously, it is THE book that turned me into an erotic romance writer. Though I read the Fifty Shades trilogy in two weeks, it didn’t turn me onto erotic romance at all—the characters irritated me. But Bennett and Chloe in Beautiful Bastard… This had to be what did it for me!
  • The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
    • THIS. BOOK. IS. AWESOME. It’s the OG Sex and the City, following a group of single ladies trying to hustle and make it in the big city (New York) in the 1950s. I couldn’t put it down. And I just learned it was turned into a movie in 1959, so I’ll be checking that out!

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