Audiobooks

The one where you meet Megan Carter, audiobook narrator…

I know this is a long blog post title. And I went through different options: Spotlight on Megan Carter, audiobook narrator extraordinaire. Or On Wednesdays, we talk audiobook narration. But let’s face it, there’s a chance I will not post those updates on Wednesdays and communication has a lot to do with expectations (that’s a different topic).

Anyways, today I am so so happy to introduce you to Megan Carter. Megan is the narrator of my book FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…If you haven’t heard Megan’s narration, here is a little sample from the two first chapters of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

When I listened to Megan’s audition, I was blown away. Her voice and her acting skills and the audio quality of her production were just exactly what I was looking for. And I am so happy and excited she agreed to narrate FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

Megan’s narration has been called “top-notch” and “fantastic”. And I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

Megan is a London-based actor from Kansas City, USA. She received her MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She also holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago, with minors in in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Shakespeare Studies.

With her strong musical theatre and dance background, Megan especially loves theatre that is highly physical and that involves lots of movement and stage combat. She is passionate about bringing classical works to contemporary audiences in a way that allows people to feel like they have a place in the story and a way to connect to it.

When not working, Megan enjoys reading, running, and practicing yoga. She loves a good road trip, and has been on one hundred and one roller coasters.

I asked Megan to tell me in three words what she loves about narrating books. And here’s her answer: Freedom, Artistry, Bookworm.

Here’s where you can find more information about Megan and her work: www.megancarter.net

Next week, Megan will share with us three tips for audiobook narrators. I’ll be sharing those on my blog (you can subscribe at the bottom of this page to my blog) and on Instagram.

Do you have any questions for Megan? You can add them into the comments and maybe we’ll select one or two to answer in the next few weeks. 🙂

If you want to know when FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT becomes available for sale and get an exclusive scene narrated by Megan, you can either sign up for my newsletter or fill out this Google form. With the Google form, you’ll receive only ONE email from me, instead of somewhat more regular updates when you sign up for the newsletter.

Another way to keep updated is to sign up to my blog. I post on here way more often than I send newsletters.

Audiobooks

#TeaserTuesday – Exclusive audio excerpt from FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…

Fans of Criminal Minds and the movie Scream and Lifetime movies: Are you ready for another excerpt of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT which is currently being recorded by the very talented audiobook narrator Megan Carter? I love, love, love love love how she’s bringing this story to life. All the characters and the atmosphere and just…everything.

Plus, there are a few extra fun things coming your way: Newsletter subscribers will be first in line for audiobook promo codes (Audible) and they will receive one extra scene narrated by Megan. So…if you’re interested don’t hesitate to sign up for my newsletter here.

If you do not want to receive somewhat regular emails from me (which I get, it’s okay ;-)), you can fill out the Google form below the video and you will receive only one email from me: to let you know when the audiobook is up for sale and that email will include a code to access one extra exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And now… the exclusive excerpt from Chapter 2!

And don’t forget, you can sign up to receive only ONE email from me when the audiobook is available for sale and you’ll also get a code for an extra scene narrated by Megan! Once ten more listeners sign up, I’ll share a little bit more from chapter 2…Don’t forget to click “submit” at the end of the form.

Did you want to re-listen to Chapter 1? Here it is again 🙂

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Welcoming thirty-nine with gratitude…

…even though I still haven’t convinced The Chemical Engineer that my birthday should be a national holiday 🙂

Yesterday, I welcomed 39 with a lot of gratitude, a walk in a not-too-humid Maryland summer day where we saw a dragonfly, and very delicious food. The Chemical Engineer cooked some of my favorite dishes and surprised me throughout the day…I’m grateful and I’m lucky in so so many ways. Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! I truly appreciate them ❤

Here are a few things you can do to celebrate my birthday (I know it was yesterday but maybe it’s a birthday week? ;-)), I’m trying to raise more awareness about BeTheMatch.org and how one can become a donor. While I’m so lucky to be in remission after my autologous transplant, there are a lot of people waiting for a donor transplant and you could save a life. 🙂

So, I’d love it if you could read more about BeTheMatch.org and either sign up to be a donor or share the info with your friends: https://join.bethematch.org/s/landing?language=en_US&ref=headerjoin&_ga=2.83404822.1487756652.1597782116-87238107.1597782116

I’m looking to organize an online BeTheMatch donor drive (I’m in touch with one of their volunteers and will share more details soon) and if you’re interested in helping me brainstorm, don’t hesitate to reach out.

And if you’d like to support my writing: don’t hesitate to: sign up to know when Fear Me, Fear Me Not will be released as an audiobook (https://forms.gle/KEkvvdNcjeJQTaSF9 ) read my books, leave reviews for my books (links to my books can be found here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/)

Again, thank you so so so much!

Motivation Monday

A picture to make you smile on Monday…or a little bit of Monday motivation.

Pictures of Plato the Dog always make me smile. He’s silly and cuddly and stubborn and loving and so sweet.

I took this picture last week. He had taken a long nap during the afternoon and was just waking up, stretching, clearly not entirely ready to get up.

Kind of me like me some mornings…

Hope this picture makes you smile too and that your Monday is going well!

Audiobooks

Did you hear? Fear Me, Fear Me Not is coming soon as audiobook…

Great news for fans of Criminal Minds, the movie Scream, and Lifetime movies…

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT which has been called “Chilling, in the best way” is going to be available soon as audiobook!

It is going to be narrated by the very talented Megan Carter. I mean just listen to the first 38 seconds below…

And here are a few extra fun things coming your way:

  • Audiobook Promo Codes (Audible): I will have some audiobook promo codes available (Audible – UK & US listeners), and newsletters’ subscribers will receive them first. So…if you’re interested don’t hesitate to sign up for my newsletter here.
  • Exclusive “Audiobook Only” scene narratated by Megan: An access code will be sent to both Newsletters’ subscribers and Google Form Sign-ups (see below).

If you don’t want to subscribe to my newsletter, you can just sign up below and you will receive only one email from me: to let you know when the audiobook is up for sale and that email will include a code to access one extra exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

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And if you want to help me spread the word:

  • Just share this page/post with your friends and family.
  • go over on my Instagram and like/share/comment on the video.
  • Or like/share/comment the video on Facebook.
  • Share the news on Twitter.
  • Basically, share, share, share ❤

FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is also available as paperback (Amazon – more links coming soon) and ebook for $0.99 (Amazon KindleiBooksGoogle PlayKoboB&N – You can also request it on Overdrive from your library).

And it is available in other languages, including as audiobook in French (Amazon.fr ; Amazon.com)

French – German – Italian – Spanish

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Savory crêpes for brunch? Or the one where I share one of my own recipes…

I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I share one of my own recipes on my blog. I’ve been making this for breakfast every few weeks for the past four or five months and it’s really good. So I thought I’d share.

Plus, it’s inspiring my current rom-com since the hero really enjoys cooking…

Plato The Dog loves when I make this dish because of the smell of butter melting in the pan. I agree with him. 🙂

A portrait of Plato The Dog and breakfast. Our breakfast not his 🙂 

Crêpes filled with a mustard sauce, red onions and red peppers, roast beef and more.

This makes enough filling for 4 crêpes. And full disclaimer: when I say “sprinkle” it’s because I have no idea on how much I actually put in. I make a simple crêpe batter the night before (recipe from Marmiton (in French) – I change the ingredients for 10 crêpes instead of 20 and still have some batter to make sweet ones).

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • roast beef (about half a pack)
  • salt, pepper,
  • mustard (stone ground dijon)
  • red wine
  • sugar
  • heavy cream
  • shredded cheese (Colby or Swiss or Mexican blend)
  • green onions.

While you cook this, you can make the crêpes at the same time. Preheat your oven at 200 degrees (Fahrenheit).

1. First step: sauté chopped red onions in a bit of melted butter and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sugar.
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2. Add a tablespoon of red wine. And let simmer for a few minutes.
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3. Add chopped red pepper and again sprinkle with salt, pepper, sugar and add a bit more red wine (I put maybe 3 tbsp).
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4. Let it simmer until the red pepper for about 5 minutes. Then add the chopped roast beef and let it simmer for about 3 more minutes
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5. Add at least 2 tablespoons of mustard. Mix. Then add about 1/4 of heavy cream. Let it simmer while you continue making the crêpes.
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6. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese in the sauce.
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7. Fill crêpes with mixture.
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8. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions and put in oven for about 5 minutes. Or until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy 🙂

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Did you know that I have a newsletter?

Real talk: I’m not the most consistent with my newsletter. This is an area I want to improve especially as I use Facebook less and am enjoying writing blog posts again.

Newsletters are great ways to share exlusive content and updates and random pictures of Bobbie Voltaire The Cat and Plato The Dog.

I mean clearly…Plato The Dog thinks you should subscribe. You can subscribe by clicking here:  eepurl.com/g_Qp4D

I have some audiobook news which I’m very very excited to share with all of you very soon (this week). And my newsletter subscribers willl find out first.

Clearly, that’s a reason to subscribe 🙂

You can subscribe here: eepurl.com/g_Qp4D
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My summer goals

First, Thank you to #ASummerInWriting over on Instagram and Dante Medema as well as Liz Lawson for all those prompts :-).

I got to meet and reconnect with some wonderful authors, and I’m feeling even more motivated to finish drafting my rom-com 🙂 I’m very excited about the progress I’ve made and for my upcoming Summer goals 🙂

1. Finish drafting my rom-com. This will be my main focus in the next two weeks so that I can send it to my CPs mid-August. I need about 15000 words. Totally do-able, right? ⁣⁣

2. Announce and promote something very exciting (related to an audiobook). My newsletter subscribers will find out first (you can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/g_Qp4D – hint, hint). ⁣⁣

3. Prepare for the publication of the Italian translation of ALWAYS SECOND BEST.⁣⁣

4. Continue adding words to 2 small projects. ⁣⁣

5. Continue brainstorming MISS ME, MISS ME NOT. I’m not “officially” writing it yet, but this project is never too far from my mind.

⁣⁣6. Publish the German/English version of ASLNO via Ingram. ⁣⁣

7. Enjoy the process and all those little happy moments. ❤

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Good news! I’m still in remission!

Good news! I’m still in remission! Keeping it short 🙂 Because I could write pages about everything. I won’t go into the details of Scanxiety or what it’s like to wait alone for the PET scan results because visitors are still not allowed in due to COVID-19 (Alex was allowed in the PET scan waiting area though which was nice) or how much I laughed with the nurses who gave me my second round of vaccines.

We are breathing a sigh of relief (more than one) and doing a happy dance (as well as we can dance :-)). My scan yesterday showed no signs of recurrence! Based on the scan, I may have a nasopharyngeal cyst (need to see an ENT doctor). and a problem with my thyroid (we’re going to investigate with a blood test at my next doctor’s visit). And it seems the rash I thought was eczema could actually be shingles. But and I quote my report, “no metabolic evidence of nodal or extranodal lymphoma recurrence.”

We are very grateful to my oncologist and his team and everyone for the support.

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Did you know you can recommend a book to your library or pre-order a book and receive pretty cool things?

There are pretty amazing books coming out in August. Let’s face it: There’s always a lot of amazing books coming out 🙂

Some authors organize pre-order / library request campaigns. Basically, all you have to do is either pre-order a book (pre-orders are really helpful to authors) or recommend it to your library (you

And recommending the library purchases a book doesn’t cost you anything (and you can do it from home too) so if you’re on a tight book-buying budget, you still can support an author and read amazing books and get free stuff.

Here are two on-going campaigns for books coming out in August I’m very very excited about.

  • CRY OF METAL & BONE by L. Penelope (On Sale August 11th – pre-order/library request campaign runs unti 8/11)

I absolutely loved the first book in this series. It took me out of a reading slump I was in. And the CRY OF METAL & BONE (on sale August 11th) just got a starred review from Booklist!

All info on L. Penelope’s website: https://lpenelope.com/2020/07/cry-of-metal-bone-pre-order-campaign/

  • NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest Pre-order campaign (also includes library recommendations)

I just bought Kristina’s first book I WANNA SEE WHERE YOU ARE after seeing it recommended by Nic Stone. I mean: ballet, road trip and romance? Plus that cover? Gorgeous.

Kristina’s second book “NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU” is coming out on August 25th and it also sounds so so good: “A YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.

All info on Kristina’s Forest’s website: https://www.kristinaforest.com/ntify-preorder-campaign

Did you pre-order those books? Recommended them to your libraries?

Let me know in the comments 🙂