The Petals Audiobook Has Arrived!

By Mary Jo

In June, I blogged about the cover evolution of my book Petals in the Storm, from its first appearance as a Signet Regency titled The Controversial Countess to the most recent incarnation.  Here's the link if you'd like to see the cover changes over the years MaryJoPutney_PetalsintheStorm_Audio copy

Petals is my only book with a first scene that was the last scene of the previous book, only told from this hero's point of view while in The Bargain, we watched the action through other eyes.  It was that last scene that made me interested enough in Rafe Whitbourne, the Duke of Candover, to want to write a book about him.  I virtually never write dukes; generally it's only when I want a male character who is at the top of Britain's aristocratic pecking order–and pays the price for it.  

Petals is a second chance at love book.  Rafe and Margot had fallen in love and become betrothed when they were very young–and the relationship had exploded, mostly but not entirely Rafe's fault.  Now, during the post-Waterloo Paris Peace Conference, Rafe and Margot must work together to prevent a new cataclysm–and in the process, come to terms with the past. (Yes, Rafe must grovel.  It's good for him. <G>) 

A brief excerpt:

Rafe Whitbourne, the elegant, sardonic Duke of Candover, has been sent to Paris during the peace conference that followed Waterloo in 1815. Europe is a tinderbox, and the British government wants Rafe to contact a valuable spy—the Hungarian Countess Janos.  A junior British embassy official has escorted Rafe to meet the lady.

            They left the ballroom and went up a stairway to a door-lined corridor. Stopping outside the last door, Anderson said, “The countess is waiting for you, your grace. ”

            “Do you know the lady?”

            “I have met her. ”

            “What is she like? ”

            Anderson hesitated, then shook his head. “I’ll let you discover that for yourself.” Opening the door, he said formally, “Your grace, may I present Magda, the Countess Janos.” After a respectful bow, he left.

            A single branch of candles cast a soft glow over the small, richly furnished room. Rafe’s gaze went immediately to the shadowed figure standing by the window. Even though her back was turned to him, he would have known that she was beautiful by the confidence in her graceful carriage.

            As he closed the door, she turned to face him with a slow, provocative movement that caused the candlelight to slide tantalizingly over the curves of her lush figure. A feathered fan concealed most of her face, and one wheat gold curl fell charmingly over her shoulder. She radiated sensuality, and Rafe understood why Lucien had said that she could cloud a man’s judgment. As his body tightened in involuntary response, he had to admire how well she understood the power of suggestion.

            Less subtly, her décolletage was low enough to rivet the attention of any man not yet dead. If Rafe was required to sacrifice his honor in his attempts to persuade the lady, he would do so with great pleasure. “Countess Janos, I’m the Duke of Candover. A mutual friend asked me to speak with you on a matter of some importance.”

            Her eyes watched mockingly above the fan. “Indeed?” she purred, her words spiced by a Magyar accent. “Perhaps it is of importance to you and Lord Strathmore, Monsieur le Duc, but not to me.” Slowly she lowered the fan, revealing high cheekbones, then a small, straight nose. She had creamy rose-petal skin, a wide, sensual mouth… .

            Rafe ’s inventory stopped, and his heart began ham­mering with stunned disbelief. It was said that everyone had a double somewhere in the world, and apparently he had just met Margot Ashton’s.

But the news today is that the audiobook version of Petals in the Storm is now available across a number of audio platforms!  Here is a link to the Amazon page which includes a sample of Siobhan Waring's excellent narration. 

Once again my distributor, Findaway Voices, has given me a number of free giveaway codes for Petals in the Storm, and I will be giving away half a dozen codes to people who leave comments between now and midnight Thursday.  The codes are only good in the US, Canada, and Australia and must be used on IOS or Android devices, such as a Samsung phone or an MaryJoPutney_AngelRogue_AudioiPod or iPad or whatever. (I asked Findaway Voices if UK residents would be eligible for these codes. I was told they're working on it, but it's complicated. Territorial issues usually are.) 

For now, if you're in the US, Canada, or Australia and have an appropriate iOS or Android device , let me know in the comments if you'd like a free audiobook and maybe you'll win a copy! 

In other audiobook news, Angel Rogue, Fallen Angels #4, is in the final stages of production and will be released soon.  This means that the entire seven book Fallen Angels series will be available in audio. 

MaryJoPutney_TheChristmasCuckoo_Audio4 copyAs a fun bonus, I'm contracting with Siobhan Waring to do an audio version one of my most popular holiday novellas, The Christmas Cuckoo.  The process is just getting started, but with luck it will be available before the holidays and because it's short, it should be pretty affordable.

After I finish my current book, I plan to have my web expert create an audiobook page on my website to list which of my books are available in audio (the majority), and where they're to be found. I let you know when that happens.

Until then, who would like to listen to an arrogant duke being humbled? <G>

Mary Jo

 

165 thoughts on “The Petals Audiobook Has Arrived!”

  1. Thanks for this lovely introduction to this book which I was unaware of. I must read it as someone in it has my name an she gets to meet a Duke.

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  2. Thanks for this lovely introduction to this book which I was unaware of. I must read it as someone in it has my name an she gets to meet a Duke.

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  3. Thanks for this lovely introduction to this book which I was unaware of. I must read it as someone in it has my name an she gets to meet a Duke.

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  4. Thanks for this lovely introduction to this book which I was unaware of. I must read it as someone in it has my name an she gets to meet a Duke.

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  5. Thanks for this lovely introduction to this book which I was unaware of. I must read it as someone in it has my name an she gets to meet a Duke.

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  6. Oh, I am so pleased with all this making your backlist available on audio! I remember this book in a series of emotional impressions – which is to say, I don’t recall much in the way of details, but I remember the emotional arc. Vague, hunh? In any case, now that reading print is difficult for me, I am very excited that I can revisit the plot. Congratulations, Mary Jo! P.S. I love The Christmas Cuckoo and will definitely buy it as soon as it’s available 🙂

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  7. Oh, I am so pleased with all this making your backlist available on audio! I remember this book in a series of emotional impressions – which is to say, I don’t recall much in the way of details, but I remember the emotional arc. Vague, hunh? In any case, now that reading print is difficult for me, I am very excited that I can revisit the plot. Congratulations, Mary Jo! P.S. I love The Christmas Cuckoo and will definitely buy it as soon as it’s available 🙂

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  8. Oh, I am so pleased with all this making your backlist available on audio! I remember this book in a series of emotional impressions – which is to say, I don’t recall much in the way of details, but I remember the emotional arc. Vague, hunh? In any case, now that reading print is difficult for me, I am very excited that I can revisit the plot. Congratulations, Mary Jo! P.S. I love The Christmas Cuckoo and will definitely buy it as soon as it’s available 🙂

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  9. Oh, I am so pleased with all this making your backlist available on audio! I remember this book in a series of emotional impressions – which is to say, I don’t recall much in the way of details, but I remember the emotional arc. Vague, hunh? In any case, now that reading print is difficult for me, I am very excited that I can revisit the plot. Congratulations, Mary Jo! P.S. I love The Christmas Cuckoo and will definitely buy it as soon as it’s available 🙂

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  10. Oh, I am so pleased with all this making your backlist available on audio! I remember this book in a series of emotional impressions – which is to say, I don’t recall much in the way of details, but I remember the emotional arc. Vague, hunh? In any case, now that reading print is difficult for me, I am very excited that I can revisit the plot. Congratulations, Mary Jo! P.S. I love The Christmas Cuckoo and will definitely buy it as soon as it’s available 🙂

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  11. Congratulation on the new cover and the audio book. It is wonderful that many books are becoming available in audio books because my friend who is totally blind enjoys listening to them.

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  12. Congratulation on the new cover and the audio book. It is wonderful that many books are becoming available in audio books because my friend who is totally blind enjoys listening to them.

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  13. Congratulation on the new cover and the audio book. It is wonderful that many books are becoming available in audio books because my friend who is totally blind enjoys listening to them.

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  14. Congratulation on the new cover and the audio book. It is wonderful that many books are becoming available in audio books because my friend who is totally blind enjoys listening to them.

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  15. Congratulation on the new cover and the audio book. It is wonderful that many books are becoming available in audio books because my friend who is totally blind enjoys listening to them.

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  16. I have Petals in print and paper (and I think also in e-book format). Because of my deafness, I’ll pass on the audior version. But I’m well aware that the whole world includes more hearing than it contains the deaf, so YEAH for the audio books. I’m sure my daughter will welcome this version.

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  17. I have Petals in print and paper (and I think also in e-book format). Because of my deafness, I’ll pass on the audior version. But I’m well aware that the whole world includes more hearing than it contains the deaf, so YEAH for the audio books. I’m sure my daughter will welcome this version.

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  18. I have Petals in print and paper (and I think also in e-book format). Because of my deafness, I’ll pass on the audior version. But I’m well aware that the whole world includes more hearing than it contains the deaf, so YEAH for the audio books. I’m sure my daughter will welcome this version.

    Reply
  19. I have Petals in print and paper (and I think also in e-book format). Because of my deafness, I’ll pass on the audior version. But I’m well aware that the whole world includes more hearing than it contains the deaf, so YEAH for the audio books. I’m sure my daughter will welcome this version.

    Reply
  20. I have Petals in print and paper (and I think also in e-book format). Because of my deafness, I’ll pass on the audior version. But I’m well aware that the whole world includes more hearing than it contains the deaf, so YEAH for the audio books. I’m sure my daughter will welcome this version.

    Reply
  21. This book has been on my to be read list for a while (although I have only read the 1st of the Fallen Angels series so far). I’d love to listen to the audio as well!
    Does the audiobook free code work for Audible app on the smartphone devices (and not for Kindle itself?) or for another ebook reader app only? I have IPhone and am an Audible US user.

    Reply
  22. This book has been on my to be read list for a while (although I have only read the 1st of the Fallen Angels series so far). I’d love to listen to the audio as well!
    Does the audiobook free code work for Audible app on the smartphone devices (and not for Kindle itself?) or for another ebook reader app only? I have IPhone and am an Audible US user.

    Reply
  23. This book has been on my to be read list for a while (although I have only read the 1st of the Fallen Angels series so far). I’d love to listen to the audio as well!
    Does the audiobook free code work for Audible app on the smartphone devices (and not for Kindle itself?) or for another ebook reader app only? I have IPhone and am an Audible US user.

    Reply
  24. This book has been on my to be read list for a while (although I have only read the 1st of the Fallen Angels series so far). I’d love to listen to the audio as well!
    Does the audiobook free code work for Audible app on the smartphone devices (and not for Kindle itself?) or for another ebook reader app only? I have IPhone and am an Audible US user.

    Reply
  25. This book has been on my to be read list for a while (although I have only read the 1st of the Fallen Angels series so far). I’d love to listen to the audio as well!
    Does the audiobook free code work for Audible app on the smartphone devices (and not for Kindle itself?) or for another ebook reader app only? I have IPhone and am an Audible US user.

    Reply
  26. Hi Mary Jo,
    Thank you for your free offer. It is much appreciated. May I have a free code if it’s still available. I’d love to be able to read by hearing one of your books. Specially, if it’s free!
    Thank you, regards.
    Kantu

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  27. Hi Mary Jo,
    Thank you for your free offer. It is much appreciated. May I have a free code if it’s still available. I’d love to be able to read by hearing one of your books. Specially, if it’s free!
    Thank you, regards.
    Kantu

    Reply
  28. Hi Mary Jo,
    Thank you for your free offer. It is much appreciated. May I have a free code if it’s still available. I’d love to be able to read by hearing one of your books. Specially, if it’s free!
    Thank you, regards.
    Kantu

    Reply
  29. Hi Mary Jo,
    Thank you for your free offer. It is much appreciated. May I have a free code if it’s still available. I’d love to be able to read by hearing one of your books. Specially, if it’s free!
    Thank you, regards.
    Kantu

    Reply
  30. Hi Mary Jo,
    Thank you for your free offer. It is much appreciated. May I have a free code if it’s still available. I’d love to be able to read by hearing one of your books. Specially, if it’s free!
    Thank you, regards.
    Kantu

    Reply
  31. I read this very book in a much older version and enjoyed it very much. Not that I am dealing with AMD, I am looking for audio books of my favorite stories. I’d love to hear this one although the narrator is new to me. Thank you for the chance!

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  32. I read this very book in a much older version and enjoyed it very much. Not that I am dealing with AMD, I am looking for audio books of my favorite stories. I’d love to hear this one although the narrator is new to me. Thank you for the chance!

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  33. I read this very book in a much older version and enjoyed it very much. Not that I am dealing with AMD, I am looking for audio books of my favorite stories. I’d love to hear this one although the narrator is new to me. Thank you for the chance!

    Reply
  34. I read this very book in a much older version and enjoyed it very much. Not that I am dealing with AMD, I am looking for audio books of my favorite stories. I’d love to hear this one although the narrator is new to me. Thank you for the chance!

    Reply
  35. I read this very book in a much older version and enjoyed it very much. Not that I am dealing with AMD, I am looking for audio books of my favorite stories. I’d love to hear this one although the narrator is new to me. Thank you for the chance!

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  36. I still have a copy of The Controversial Countes. In general I am very fond of the older style Signet regencies because often the writing style is a bit more complex and attention is paid to rhythm, structure and flow. It’s a keeper 🙂

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  37. I still have a copy of The Controversial Countes. In general I am very fond of the older style Signet regencies because often the writing style is a bit more complex and attention is paid to rhythm, structure and flow. It’s a keeper 🙂

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  38. I still have a copy of The Controversial Countes. In general I am very fond of the older style Signet regencies because often the writing style is a bit more complex and attention is paid to rhythm, structure and flow. It’s a keeper 🙂

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  39. I still have a copy of The Controversial Countes. In general I am very fond of the older style Signet regencies because often the writing style is a bit more complex and attention is paid to rhythm, structure and flow. It’s a keeper 🙂

    Reply
  40. I still have a copy of The Controversial Countes. In general I am very fond of the older style Signet regencies because often the writing style is a bit more complex and attention is paid to rhythm, structure and flow. It’s a keeper 🙂

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  41. The excerpt sounded familiar enough I had to go check my shelves; yep, one of the classic Signet Regencies I’ve held on to. Might be fun to try as an audio book.

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  42. The excerpt sounded familiar enough I had to go check my shelves; yep, one of the classic Signet Regencies I’ve held on to. Might be fun to try as an audio book.

    Reply
  43. The excerpt sounded familiar enough I had to go check my shelves; yep, one of the classic Signet Regencies I’ve held on to. Might be fun to try as an audio book.

    Reply
  44. The excerpt sounded familiar enough I had to go check my shelves; yep, one of the classic Signet Regencies I’ve held on to. Might be fun to try as an audio book.

    Reply
  45. The excerpt sounded familiar enough I had to go check my shelves; yep, one of the classic Signet Regencies I’ve held on to. Might be fun to try as an audio book.

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  46. Agnes–the code requires downloading the Author Direct app, which is easy to do. Books from Findaway Voices go into the app, and you listen from it, just you’d do from the Audible app, but–different app.

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  47. Agnes–the code requires downloading the Author Direct app, which is easy to do. Books from Findaway Voices go into the app, and you listen from it, just you’d do from the Audible app, but–different app.

    Reply
  48. Agnes–the code requires downloading the Author Direct app, which is easy to do. Books from Findaway Voices go into the app, and you listen from it, just you’d do from the Audible app, but–different app.

    Reply
  49. Agnes–the code requires downloading the Author Direct app, which is easy to do. Books from Findaway Voices go into the app, and you listen from it, just you’d do from the Audible app, but–different app.

    Reply
  50. Agnes–the code requires downloading the Author Direct app, which is easy to do. Books from Findaway Voices go into the app, and you listen from it, just you’d do from the Audible app, but–different app.

    Reply
  51. I’m excited to read the entire Fallen Angel series now! I’m off to start with number one and look forward to reaching Petals in the Wind. As someone with a long commute, I do love audiobooks!

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  52. I’m excited to read the entire Fallen Angel series now! I’m off to start with number one and look forward to reaching Petals in the Wind. As someone with a long commute, I do love audiobooks!

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  53. I’m excited to read the entire Fallen Angel series now! I’m off to start with number one and look forward to reaching Petals in the Wind. As someone with a long commute, I do love audiobooks!

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  54. I’m excited to read the entire Fallen Angel series now! I’m off to start with number one and look forward to reaching Petals in the Wind. As someone with a long commute, I do love audiobooks!

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  55. I’m excited to read the entire Fallen Angel series now! I’m off to start with number one and look forward to reaching Petals in the Wind. As someone with a long commute, I do love audiobooks!

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  56. My daughter has some way to listen. I just haven’t told her about this issue yet. (She reads your books, but doesn’t follow you and the rest of the wenches, nor does she have you on Facebook (as yet).
    She has been retired less than 6 months and has been spending those months doing things she couldn’t get to before. So she isn’t exploring leisure activities as yet.

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  57. My daughter has some way to listen. I just haven’t told her about this issue yet. (She reads your books, but doesn’t follow you and the rest of the wenches, nor does she have you on Facebook (as yet).
    She has been retired less than 6 months and has been spending those months doing things she couldn’t get to before. So she isn’t exploring leisure activities as yet.

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  58. My daughter has some way to listen. I just haven’t told her about this issue yet. (She reads your books, but doesn’t follow you and the rest of the wenches, nor does she have you on Facebook (as yet).
    She has been retired less than 6 months and has been spending those months doing things she couldn’t get to before. So she isn’t exploring leisure activities as yet.

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  59. My daughter has some way to listen. I just haven’t told her about this issue yet. (She reads your books, but doesn’t follow you and the rest of the wenches, nor does she have you on Facebook (as yet).
    She has been retired less than 6 months and has been spending those months doing things she couldn’t get to before. So she isn’t exploring leisure activities as yet.

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  60. My daughter has some way to listen. I just haven’t told her about this issue yet. (She reads your books, but doesn’t follow you and the rest of the wenches, nor does she have you on Facebook (as yet).
    She has been retired less than 6 months and has been spending those months doing things she couldn’t get to before. So she isn’t exploring leisure activities as yet.

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  61. To my surprise this book was in my next to be read section of books. I have the copy with the pink cover – no illustration – would have enjoyed the cover you show – but I started reading and am hooked. Company is coming tomorrow and I have to clean the house – hard to put a good book down so will just do the basic cleaning tomorrow before they arrive in the early evening. This is the first of the Fallen Angles that I have read so will have to catch up on the others.
    I also loved The Christmas Cuckoo which I have so I can read it again.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent

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  62. To my surprise this book was in my next to be read section of books. I have the copy with the pink cover – no illustration – would have enjoyed the cover you show – but I started reading and am hooked. Company is coming tomorrow and I have to clean the house – hard to put a good book down so will just do the basic cleaning tomorrow before they arrive in the early evening. This is the first of the Fallen Angles that I have read so will have to catch up on the others.
    I also loved The Christmas Cuckoo which I have so I can read it again.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent

    Reply
  63. To my surprise this book was in my next to be read section of books. I have the copy with the pink cover – no illustration – would have enjoyed the cover you show – but I started reading and am hooked. Company is coming tomorrow and I have to clean the house – hard to put a good book down so will just do the basic cleaning tomorrow before they arrive in the early evening. This is the first of the Fallen Angles that I have read so will have to catch up on the others.
    I also loved The Christmas Cuckoo which I have so I can read it again.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent

    Reply
  64. To my surprise this book was in my next to be read section of books. I have the copy with the pink cover – no illustration – would have enjoyed the cover you show – but I started reading and am hooked. Company is coming tomorrow and I have to clean the house – hard to put a good book down so will just do the basic cleaning tomorrow before they arrive in the early evening. This is the first of the Fallen Angles that I have read so will have to catch up on the others.
    I also loved The Christmas Cuckoo which I have so I can read it again.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent

    Reply
  65. To my surprise this book was in my next to be read section of books. I have the copy with the pink cover – no illustration – would have enjoyed the cover you show – but I started reading and am hooked. Company is coming tomorrow and I have to clean the house – hard to put a good book down so will just do the basic cleaning tomorrow before they arrive in the early evening. This is the first of the Fallen Angles that I have read so will have to catch up on the others.
    I also loved The Christmas Cuckoo which I have so I can read it again.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent

    Reply
  66. I have to admit, the first book of yours I “read” was actually the audiobook version of The Rake a few months ago. Absolutely loved it! How have I not read you sooner!!
    I love when audiobook versions of older titles become available. Wether commuting, making dinner or folding never ending baskets of laundry, I just listen to my favorite authors books and my day is 10x better. I’d love to be entered into the drawing for Petals in the Storm. Thank You

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  67. I have to admit, the first book of yours I “read” was actually the audiobook version of The Rake a few months ago. Absolutely loved it! How have I not read you sooner!!
    I love when audiobook versions of older titles become available. Wether commuting, making dinner or folding never ending baskets of laundry, I just listen to my favorite authors books and my day is 10x better. I’d love to be entered into the drawing for Petals in the Storm. Thank You

    Reply
  68. I have to admit, the first book of yours I “read” was actually the audiobook version of The Rake a few months ago. Absolutely loved it! How have I not read you sooner!!
    I love when audiobook versions of older titles become available. Wether commuting, making dinner or folding never ending baskets of laundry, I just listen to my favorite authors books and my day is 10x better. I’d love to be entered into the drawing for Petals in the Storm. Thank You

    Reply
  69. I have to admit, the first book of yours I “read” was actually the audiobook version of The Rake a few months ago. Absolutely loved it! How have I not read you sooner!!
    I love when audiobook versions of older titles become available. Wether commuting, making dinner or folding never ending baskets of laundry, I just listen to my favorite authors books and my day is 10x better. I’d love to be entered into the drawing for Petals in the Storm. Thank You

    Reply
  70. I have to admit, the first book of yours I “read” was actually the audiobook version of The Rake a few months ago. Absolutely loved it! How have I not read you sooner!!
    I love when audiobook versions of older titles become available. Wether commuting, making dinner or folding never ending baskets of laundry, I just listen to my favorite authors books and my day is 10x better. I’d love to be entered into the drawing for Petals in the Storm. Thank You

    Reply

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