Last week my post was A Big March Mess, and thank heavens that’s over with. My blog is back up and functioning as it should, the problems I had with my house and my car are resolved, and we had a bit of rain in an otherwise super dry state. For a while, all is well in my world. Now if only it were also the same on the rest of this planet. Regardless of the many woes today and of these past few years, writers continue to write, readers continue to read, so something is going as it should.
I’ll only put up one more post this month on April 21 for Alex Cavanaugh and his new book release, so come by then and read his interview. I’m taking off until the second week of May for a road trip and some hiking. It’s time for something different, and I’m sure everyone reading this understands that feeling. What a long two years of “stay at home” this has been.
I’ll be making a guest appearance on the AtoZ with J. Lennie Dorner on April 22–the letter S–just as I scoot out the door. Hope you’ll stop in and say hi to him and to me!
As Alex always says, “Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!”
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April 6 question – Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?
The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler,Jemima Pett,Patricia Josephine,Louise – Fundy Blue,and Kim Lajevardi!
I haven’t produced an audiobook yet, but it’s in the future, and so far the biggest issue I have is choosing the company, and then–I’m guessing–the voice actor. Others who have already done this will have some things to share, so I’ll be interested in reading what they have to say.
I read and reviewed this book, so I can recommend it to those who like intrigue with interesting twists and romance. Here’s my review:
Kiss of the Assassin is a story about an intelligent and beautiful girl named Marina who becomes a highly trained assassin for a high-ranking Russian official. While she kills with skill, it sickens her, and she longs to be free from her “guardian’s” control.
On one mission, she’s charged with killing Marine Sargeant Mateo Arcusa. When she saves him instead, their lives are forever intertwined. And they are destined to love each other in spite of all the obstacles life throws at them.
However, it will take years of Russian machinations, assassinations, and finally Marina’s defection for Marina and Mateo to come together, and that’s the thrill of the story. Just when you think there’s hope for her safety and their union, something or someone intercedes.
Throughout the story, you want that happy ending, but just when it seems possible, it slips through the characters’ fingers. In the end, you understand that these two must trust no one if they are to survive and share a life together.
Butler pulls off something that had to be challenging. She makes a professional killer sympathetic. You develop empathy for Marina, and you are pulling for her to succeed and find happiness.
If you like fiction set against the backdrop of Russian/CIA intrigue and the Vietnam War era, you’ll enjoy Kiss of the Assassin.
Quote of the Week: “Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”