Author: Brian David Bruns
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes
Series: Cruise Confidential Series, Book 2
Publisher: Brian David Bruns
Released: Oct. 12, 2018
Genre: Travel Humor
Cruise ship crew have it hard. Cruise ship rock stars have it harder! Bruns is back to expose the high seas art world. In this hilarious sequel he vividly describes his ship life highs and lows, misadventures, mis-flirtations and, through it all, his astute insights into human nature.
Brian David Bruns has adventured in over 60 countries to gather material for his bestselling books and won dozens of literary awards, including the USA REBA Grand Prize. He has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and was anointed Sir Brian by Prince Michael, Regent of the Principality of Sealand (yes, really).
Sir Brian writes of his global experiences with a self-mocking wit and an astute insight into human behavior. His historical fiction seamlessly blends his love of travel and adventure with the fantastical–a sort of Indiana Jones meets Bram Stoker.
He is devoted to veterans organizations, such as Operation Homefront and Wounded Warriors Project, to which he’s donated thousands of his books.
After several years residing in Dracula’s actual hometown (yes, really), he and his Romanian wife now live in Las Vegas with their two old rescue cats, Julius and Caesar.
Originally from Ireland, Gary Furlong worked a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, and a festival performer in Ireland.
A naturally-gifted mimic, Gary began narrating audiobooks for a living in 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
Gary specializes in accents and dialect, with fluency in Irish, British RP, and Standard American.
In four years of working full-time with audiobook production, Gary has narrated over 100 audiobooks spanning Fantasy,Thriller, Romance, YA, and non-fiction for world-class publishing houses and independent authors.
In 2018 Gary won a much coveted AudioFile Earphones Award and the Independent Audiobook Award for Romance.
He now lives in Texas with his wife and their golden retriever called “Gansey,” which means “Sweater” in Irish Gaelic.
Brian David Bruns’ Perks of Being an Author
I am a ninja. Good authors are. There are many reasons for this. I’ll prioritize two:
Organization isn’t a sexy topic. Satisfying? Oh yes. But not sexy. Writing a book forces you to use your gray matter, which is something we all can benefit from. It’s much-needed practice in taking time to put things where they belong. That makes good habits of being efficient. More importantly it teaches you how to look for commonalities, teaches you to analyze things and people and situations to find their roots.
More sexy (perhaps, depending on your past) is introspection. Authors write about situations with which they are familiar. Always. Your book’s about intergalactic Znarfus invading Earth? Sure, there’s imagination at work, but what about character interaction? Character background, experiences, desires, hopes? That’s all based on familiarity, and that takes some inward analysis.
Self-objectivity is not easy, but worth the effort. Perhaps you will surprise yourself on just how awesome you really are. Maybe you’ll discover you’ve been blaming others for every bad thing you’ve done. If you take the time to identify such things you are better able to recognize what’s up when situations pop up in the future. Self-awareness and objectivity is powerful stuff. The stuff of ninjas. Be a ninja.
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