Author: Sherry Foster
Narrator: Jacq Ainsworth
Series: Safe Haven Wolves, Book 1
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes
Publisher: DAS Publishing
Released: Sep. 11, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance
She’s on the run.
She’s being hunted.
If only she knew why.
Trey’s only goal is to protect his pack. When a young shifter female moves into his territory, it raises a million questions. Who is she? Doesn’t she know how dangerous it is to travel alone and unprotected? Where did she come from, and what kind of danger did she bring with her?
Time is running out as Gabby’s first transformation nears. Trey must walk a knife edge between protecting her from harm and convincing her of what she is.
He also has to convince her she isn’t going crazy so she will give his pack a chance, and maybe give him a chance. After all, shifter females are scarce. They have to be protected at all costs.
Failure is not an option.
But will the rabbit hole she’s tumbling down prove too much for her to handle?
Grab your copy today and find out.
Writing is a full time wonderful job. But when your only help has 4 legs and sharp claws, it can be a bit stressful. Raccoons are less help than toddlers when it comes to computers. Much less helpful. With two grown children who have gifted her with 10 amazing grandchildren Sherry tries to fit in spending the right amount of time with the children with writing the books the characters are screaming about in her head.
Trained in Theatre and Literature at UBC and in Voice Over and Acting Technique from actors working in the Film and TV industry. Jacq Ainsworth is a producer and director in Vancouver. From Fringe to Shakespear to indie thrillers, Jacq has enjoyed working in many aspects of the Performing Arts.
I’ll start first with the audio for the story. It was produced really well! No glitches or weird audio blips that I could tell. The narrator himself did an excellent job of making sure the characters had range throughout the story. When characters were meant to be expressing certain quirks the narrator was able to bring them out as well. Pacing wise it felt great, so all around an excellent experience! 5/5 stars.
Storywise Foster did a great job of keeping me on my toes throughout. I was never quite sure where the novel was heading, which is a good thing, as I like unpredictability to some extent in stories. At times I did think the plot lines got a little messy, so a little less kinks in the line would have helped keep everything straight. Gabby and Trey are very likable characters, although I did find myself enjoying some of the secondary characters a little more. I’m excited to get to their stories, as I assume with most romance worlds each should have their own love story! 4/5 stars.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Sherry Foster. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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Q&A with Author Sherry Foster
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- When I wrote the first book a second book wasn’t even a possibility much less an audiobook. I think, if I could have seen that far ahead I would have done things differently.
- How did you select your narrator?
- I put a sample up on ACX and accepted auditions. I received several and actually signed a contract with one, but it fell through. So I tried again and Jacq was the only one to absolutely nail a certain character. I knew then she would be able to give my characters the voice I had in my head.
- Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- I sent Jacq a page or so of character descriptions and tried to give her insight into how I heard the character.
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- In Gabby there weren’t any real life inspirations. In the books which follow Gabby there are scenes that have really happened in my life with family or my significant other that I felt fit well.
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
- I have other projects I work on when not working on Safe Haven Wolves and I “vacation” every other month. I live in Louisiana and my significant other now lives in North Dakota. I fly up every 4 to 7 weeks and stay 3 weeks with him. I work on my books while he works and I get my inspiration from him. He is a massive well of encouragement.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- Oh no. Not even a little bit. I do not have to sort of attention span that lets me listen to a book.
- Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
- Each and every scene with Stormie was exactly how I imagined her and I think you can really get a feel for her from the narration over the book. She isn’t the main character but she is a steady character throughout the series.
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
- Yes, I think I would. But I wouldn’t want to stay long. I would love to see the pyramids being built and then jump forward in time to when bison roamed the plains of the United States by the millions.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- I think audiobook listeners have a bit of an advantage over readers. They can listen while driving, while eating, while doing chores and while exercising. So I don’t think of it as cheating.
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- I have to answer this one with a simple join the facebook group 20booksto50k and read all the files. It is practically a masters course in publishing with success. Or perhaps I should say marketing with success.
- What’s next for you?
- More Safe Haven Wolves and more Deyarian Universe books. I also have a gargoyle romance in the works and a possible dragon shifter series.
Author Sherry Foster’s Top 10 Perks of Being an Author
- You can write anywhere as long as you take your computer with you. I know authors who write using a tablet or their phone. This allows me to write while I am home and write while I visit my boyfriend half a country away from home. Honestly being an author is the only thing that allows me time to visit him. Before I became an author I was a truck driver. Five foot tall is not a typical truck driver, especially not in the field I specialized in but I did that for years. Just about the time I was able to quit truck driving and take up being a full time author my boyfriend got a job in the oil field 1800 miles away. This job allows me to have a life I didn’t have before.
- As long as you have an internet connection you can work on everything else you need to do to be an author. And since writing is only a small part of being an independently published author there is a lot of stuff you have to do to succeed.
- So many beautiful covers to choose from. One of my friends is a cover artist and she is constantly posting cover I NEED. I mean, I don’t write in that genre, but I could. One of the funniest posts we had was after book 8 was published. I had cried and whined to her about my characters not cooperating and swore that my fans were going to jump ship on me when they read the book. I write about wolf shifters but book 8 deviated greatly from my plan. She posted an alien romance cover and I wanted it. She said, but you don’t write alien romance. I said, yeah, you haven’t read book 8. Two alien races mate in that book. She said, no wonder you are worried your readers will revolt on you.
- You set your hours. I am a night owl so if I want to start work at midnight and work till daylight, I can, and I do when I am home. In North Dakota I set my hours around my boyfriend.
- You meet amazing people in the same business as you.
- You find incredible fans who have amazing stories of their own to tell.
- You can kill off people in your books for great stress reliever. Looking at a friend and telling them they are going to die in your next book is hilarious. Telling a friend you are going to start a new series just so you can kill them again is also funny. I have a couple of people who have to die again because, well, not sure authors need a reason to kill off their friends.
- Other authors completely understand when you complain your characters are not cooperating with your story. Especially if you have this nice story planned out and the characters go off the rails while you stare in shock at the screen trying to figure out when you ceased to control the story.
- People don’t think your browsing history is strange once they find out you’re an author.
- No pants required. Well, I mean, sometimes you have to people and for some reason people expect you to wear pants when you go out, but going to work in your pajamas is amazing.
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