In Praise of Audiobooks

The numbers are mind-boggling!

• In 2017, the audiobook market captured over $2.5 billion in sales. HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House have all verified that profits in their digital units were due primarily to audiobooks. (E-book sales declined by about 5%)
• Forty-eight percent of all listeners are under the age of 35. Members of that cohort listen to an average of 15 books per year.
• Seventy-seven percent of frequent listeners claim that audiobooks have helped them finish more books.

(Source: Audiobook Publishers Association)

At first skeptical, I hesitated when Senior Editor Rhonda Penders introduced the idea of audiobook publishing with ACX to The Wild Rose Press authors. But my well-honed left brain simply couldn’t ignore the numbers and the following benefits.

Continue reading on the Just Romantic Suspense blog.


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On Erin Radio 91.7 FM

Last month, I participated in an interview with Music Director and Producer Phil Taylor on Erin Radio 91.7 FM.

We chatted about my writing journey, cozy mysteries, and paranormal romances. I also shared excerpts from A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, and A Different Kind of Reunion.

The interview aired at 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can listen here.

Note: There are two musical breaks during the 30-minute program.


Giveaway–7th Anniversary Party for TRR

Today, I’m participating in an anniversary party for The Romance Reviews. Along with three other authors, I’m offering a prize to one lucky winner. Scroll down here and look for my question:

What is the name of the Greek restaurant in this novel? (Note: You will get a clue)

Answer correctly and you could win an e-book of Too Many Women in the Room.


Free…And Two By Me!

Destress the holidays and your life…Treat yourself to a collection of cleaning, cooking, kitchen, and life hacks contributed by the authors of The Wild Rose Press.

I’m happy to share two of my hacks:

A Quick Pick-Me-Upper on Page 64
and A Gentle Reminder on Page 100.

Happy Holidays!

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Preparing for a Wonderland Adventure

May 1997

I was in the thick of my teaching career and very much involved in the extra-curricular life of the school. So, when admin asked for volunteers, I agreed (along with four other teachers) to accompany a bus-load of students to Canada’s Wonderland, the 330-acre theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Toronto.

It would be my first time visiting the theme park, and I was determined to go on a few roller coaster rides. Having shied away from the experience during my childhood and adolescence, I knew it was now or never. To ensure that I wouldn’t back out, I shared my goal with colleagues and students.

Continue reading on Vicki Batman’s blog.