Floats the Dark Shadow Audio Book Giveaway

From now until the first of June, you can win an Audible audio book of my Belle Époque mystery, Floats the Dark Shadow, narrated by Hollie Jackson. Four codes a week will be given away, with the winners chosen at random every Monday. I usually enlist the help of my cats and small crumpled balls of paper. Just make a comment here on this or any other post. You can also make a comment here about any page of my website that intrigues you. Leave your @ email address, or a way to contact you on Facebook or Twitter if you win.

I’ve very excited to have the audio book out in the world, and think Hollie did an excellent job.  She is especially good with the creepy scenes!  You can hear part of my detective’s first chapter here:


My husband and I are now more avid listeners to audio books ourselves. He is very difficult to find gifts for, and one Christmas I saw a deal on the CD of The Lord of the Rings and decided to get it for him, even though we hadn’t had a lot of luck with audiobooks in the past (I used to read to him in the car, until it started making me woozy). We both worship Tolkien’s book and the Rob Inglis version is fabulous, though you might have to hunt for it nowadays. With that success, I lucked out on my next several purchases and found readers that we liked for old favorites.

He is even more avid than I am, as I prefer to read a book or to watch to listening, and so most enjoy them in the car when those options aren’t as good.  I also prefer to hear a book I’ve already read.  I’m a fast reader but a slow listener….

I’m including links to four other books we found especially well narrated.

To Kill A Mockingbird, narrated by Sissy Spacek. I don’t think it gets any more perfect than this.


The Great Gatsby, narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. He understands the sparseness and the poetry of the book, and his voice is perfect for Nick.


Moby Dick, narrated by Frank Muller. Who knew that Moby Dick was funny as well as profound?  Wherever there’s humor, Muller finds it and highlights it.


Our Man In Havana is an amusing satirical take on the spy novel, and Jeremy Northam has a fabulous voice.





Many thanks to fellow INDIE AND PROUD author  Beryl Belsky from The Writer’s Drawer for her post:





One of the most popular “stories from life” in the anthology A Certain Kind of Freedom: Stories and Poems from The Writer’s Drawer is Mina Sepehri’s “All the Cats in the World.” The Writer’s Drawer, from which the anthology derives, is an intercultural, literary website for writers of all genres and levels, and the book captures some of the best and most interesting material from it (until mid-September 2013). The idea of the “stories from life” section of the anthology is to bring a taste of other lands and cultures to readers. Mina is from Iran and through the cats she affectionately describes in her story, we learn about her life in that country during the period of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88), and in particular her relationship with her beloved father. One of the strongest scenes in the story is a description of a Shi’ite ceremony where Muslim believers mourn the death in battle of the Prophet’s grandson Iman Hussein ibn Ali, one thousand years ago. Naturally, there is a cat involved, a black one – which some would interpret as a bad omen. But when Mina’s father is killed in battle shortly afterwards, she and her aunts do not blame the kitten: she was just a portent that it was time for him to depart this world. Now, whenever Mina listens to a cat purr, she can hear her father laughing.


patricia's cat maggie

While Mina’s tale is the only cat story in the book, it is not the only one at the website. Only recently, Patricia Roy sent a fur-raising story about her cat to The Writer’s Drawer and Indie and Proud Short Story Competition. It turns out that what Patricia’s cat had swallowed in the night was not a piece of Christmas tinsel, but something much more lethal. Both Maggie the cat and Patricia had to endure several painful and anxious weeks until the former recovered.



tabby cat-2

My own childhood was also “peopled” by cats. One of them, a tabby, was not allowed wander the house (or outside) at night and was shut in the garage till morning. One night, my parents returned from an evening out and accidentally ran over a tabby cat in the driveway. They reported the accident to us in the morning and while we were upset, we were consoled by the fact that our tabby (I think his name was Tabby) was in the garage. Much to our – and particularly my horror – however, when we opened the garage door, out stalked a strange cat, albeit a tabby, but not our beloved one. Our own tabby had been run over and lay dead in the driveway!




But back to The Writer’s Drawer, where there is a wealth of human interest and other stories there, like the two I outlined above. Visit the website and maybe even purchase a copy of the anthology, which is available both in kindle and print form. The deadline, incidentally, for the next anthology is September 15, 2014. All writing posted at The Writer’s Drawer since the deadline for the last anthology will be considered for selection.




The Writer’s Drawer – http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/

A Certain Kind of Freedom: Stories and Poems from The Writer’s Drawer – http://www.amazon.com/Certain-Kind-Freedom-Stories-Writers/dp/1492890316 and other online bookstores

The Writer’s Drawer on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewritersdrawer

The Writer’s Drawer on Twitter – https://twitter.com/beryl_belsky


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