Hello Meanderers! As you all know, Monday was the Labor Day Holiday, so I took a break, so I’m offering you your Monday Meanderings on a Wednesday.
I’ve created this regular newsletter since beginning my newest day job to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore. So, my Audiobooks got new links for me to share in August, but I’m sharing them in September. Hope you’ll check them out. My narrator, Marie Hélène is fabulous!
Writing, Writing, Writing!
Shortly after my first two books were published, I decided to check out ACX to get them made into audiobooks. If you’re not familiar with it, ACX is the arm of Audible that allows Indie authors to easily get their books in audiobook format. The process in itself was fascinating. I was able to sample the voices of many would-be narrators by listening to their samples posted on the site. Once I heard a few that seemed as if they would “fit,” I allowed them to audition using a sampling of prose from my books. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than to hear my words come alive through the voice actors who responded to my posting. It was transformational, because it’s one thing to see your words written on the page, but to have them spoken brings a whole new flavor of nuance to it.
In the Summer, ACX announced that it was rolling out a new Bounty program for writers to receive a share of the royalties from their audiobooks. There have been critics of this new system, so I’m not altogether sure if it will yield anything whatsover for me personally, but I felt that I needed to share with you the availability of my audiobooks for the three of my novels I’ve been able to have recorded. Most weeks, my Meanderings have to do with books, so I was leaving out an integral part of my brand by not sharing information on my audiobooks.
Another good thing about my audiobooks is they are all Whispersync ready, which means you can switch between reading and listening whenever you want if you have the eBook and purchase the audiobook. I love to read and listen along at the same time. How cool is that?
Here are my nice square audiobook covers, which you can click on to see if you’d like to make them your own. Otherwise, you can listen to the sample and decide later. However, Audible gives you the opportunity to get your first audiobook FREE when you sign up for their program. Just remember to use my links if you decide to sign up, or I won’t get credit. So, without further ado, I present my audiobooks to you!
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever
only $19.95 or FREE with an Audible Trial Membership
only $19.95 or FREE with an Audible Trial Membership
Redeeming The Amazon
only $6.95 or FREE with an Audible Trial Membership
Speaking of writing, if you want to read any of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here, where most of them are $0.99: LV Lewis books!
Warcross by Marie Lu
Marie Lu is one of my very favorite YA novelists. Long before I read her Warcross series, I read her Young Elites and Legend series’s. She is a word, brilliant. Her characters imbue honor, bravery, loyalty and a whole host of characteristics which are great examples to young adults, and character flaws which also bear cautionary tales for young and old alike. Her writing style is crisp yet unbelievably descriptive. You’ll find yourself totally immersed in her worlds and feeling as if you’re a part of action.
The Warcross series is about a game which has consumed popular culture all over the world. It is a world pastime, but is also lucrative for some users. Emika Chen, the protagonist, is a bounty hunter and an expert hacker who finds users who access and bet on the game illegally. When she decides to use her hacking skills to make some quick cash in the opening game of the international Warcross Championships to get herself out of a financial bind, she creates a glitch which inserts her into the game and her interaction goes viral.
While this action could’ve landed her in jail, she instead is recruited by the game’s creator, and billionaire, Hideo Tanka. He recognizes Emika’s talent and enlists her to participate in the tournament to uncover a security problem. Little does Emika know, she’s about to uncover treachery which could topple Hideo’s Warcross empire and their burgeoning romance.
While Warcross does end on a cliffhanger, you will be thoroughly satisfied with how Ms. Lu ends the first book.
I’m honored to share this one with you upon the imminent release of Wildcard, the second book in the series, which is set to drop on September 18th.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
Check out the follow-up book below, which will be published on September 18, 2018:
***Warcross is Book 1 in the Warcross series. A sci-fi thriller series that will blow your socks off!***
Book 2, Wildcard
Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
In Wildcard, the explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.
Conventions in Hawaii were supposed to be business mixed with fun. It’s why commercial real estate broker, Serena Khan, and her romance novelist husband, Frank Elliott, decided to attend one at the Seaside Villa Resort. Unfortunately, Serena’s trip has been all work with no play. And worse, the Seaside Villa Resort is nothing of the kind. Luckily she’s got a husband who knows just what to do to make their Hawaiian vacation a whole lot more memorable. And a lot more fun!
This is a short story with an established couple featuring light bondage and food play with a happy ending.
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A chance encounter in rural Texas leads two strangers to a love over thirty years in the making.
Her trip across the country led her to me, my town—my booth on my lunch break and I never forgot her. I never forgot our conversation or her… taste when I’d been fortunate enough to have it.
She had me in a world where she was mine and, even though the experience of her had only been for a short while, I took that memory into the rest of my life, Anita… the girl who spoke of dreams.
She reminded me of my dreams and that it was okay to have them. I made those desires into reality years later, after a fallen marriage and a lifetime of hesitance, but never once did Ann leave me.
I never thought I needed anyone when the girl with talks of dreaming finally made it back into my life over three decades later, my family and the strong boys I raised into men all I needed. Anita sure proved me wrong, because not only did I need that woman, I lived for her once I had her back in my life.
My sudden heart attack may have brought us back to each other, but our history…
It gave us both a second chance.
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“Long before writing, people were telling each other stories and the audiobook goes all the way back to that tradition.” – Philip Pullman