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Secret Message Generator #4: Meet my award-winning Audible.com Narrator; Bookplates are ready! First Peek at Uptember and Tortober, Links!

So this isn't going on the blog, not yet. I'm still kind of reveling in the experience. Yesterday, I spoke with Khristine Hvam on the phone about Updraft, about its characters, and about all the singing that goes on in the story. That last bit is important, as Khristine is my narrator for the Audible.com audiobooks - and she's amazing. She asked me how to pronounce Tobiat (you'll meet him soon), and whether Kirit had an 'eet' on the end or an 'it' (answer: it). She enquired -- without ever saying "what were you *thinking*, Fran" -- how to pronounce some of the Laws. (they're complicated)

And then I told her about the songs... including one particular and important song called The Rise, and she didn't hang up the phone or run away. That's what makes a narrator an award-winning specialist, I think.

When I first heard from Audible.com about narrators, they offered me a choice of three, with clips of each. I listened to them all, repeatedly, trying to imagine my words in their voices. They were all very good, but Khristine's voice grabbed me up and wouldn't let me go. I asked for her, and she said yes, so we were off to the races. She's in production now, getting the audiobook ready to launch on the same day as the ebook and the hardcover of Updraft, September 1.

Khristine's work includes Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which was just exquisite, and won an Audi award in 2012. I'm looking forward to hearing Updraft!  

So excited am I, that I'll be giving away three audiobooks to newsletter subscribers as soon as I get the codes! See the swag box for more information.






 




FIRST LOOK: UPTEMBER!

The month of September [Uptember] is going to be amazing - with Updraft events all over. You're hearing it here first! Click on a link to RSVP via facebook and learn more [more links will be available soon on the website]. Can't wait to see you! (and this is just the beginning... after Uptember comes Tortober -- stay tuned!)
The Secret Message Generator is brewing up an amazing treat for THREE newsletter subscribers next time around - free audiobooks! That's right, I'll give three free promotional codes to Updraft at audible.com the next time the SMG comes out.
And for everyone who has pre-ordered already, here's how to get your signed custom bookplate (personalized if you send me your details before August 5.)

Meantime the Updraft goodreads giveaway is still going through August 3.

The Secret Message Generator swag-generation system may occasionally contain cookies, freebies, or heads-up. Is there something you think I should put in a secret message for subscribers? Drop me a note!

Two Starred Reviews, 2015 Fall Top 10 and Debut of the Month!

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