About Mimi Barbour

NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She also has many single titles and a huge number of box sets - her own and multi-author collections. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She's been known to say: "If I can steal a booklover's attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I've done my job." **Visit her blogs at http://mimibarbour.com / http://Authorsbillboard.com **Sign up for her monthly newsletter at http://mimibarbour.com Her reviews are numerous and incredibly positive: "Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all, Mimi never disappoints." ~ Reviewed by Shirleen Miller

Is listening the best way to read a book?

When my fifty-year-old niece begged me to put my books in audible form, I was very hesitant. The expense alone made me hesitate… and then there was all the work involved in a world I didn’t know anything about. And between us, I shied away from having to delve into yet another publishing arena. I’d already taken on too many frustrating responsibilities as a successful author. You don’t want to get me started on all the chores Indie authors have to deal with… we’ll just say I’ve been expensing wigs lately because my hair’s only going to last so long.

But with each visit, she didn’t let up – explaining earnestly that the only time she ever had a spare moment to pick up a book was either when she was driving or doing her exercises. And she could see her peers were pretty much in the same boat.

She confided that her new favorite way to read a book was to listen to it. That way, she didn’t feel like she was sitting on her buff not getting her work done. She’d even started tuning into her books while she cooked, baked, cleaned the house, and got ready in the morning.

Plus, she really wanted to read MY books. Okay – she was working me, and between us, it was rather effective.

So… I decided that I would try an audiobook for myself to see if she knew something I didn’t. At first, I just used the earphones my husband had bought me years ago, and I downloaded a book to my phone. I’ll admit that walking my pup, Charli, everyday became a lot more fun. Soon… I noticed that the wires from my earphones were getting all caught up in everything, and so I invested in a pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones… and that did it.

I was hooked.

It was about that time the other ladies at the Billboard came up with the idea that we needed a separate page on our website for Audible books. Ones that our members had created. I was thrilled. Being that I’d started the process of getting my own popular series put into audio book form, I totally supported their idea.

And so our beautiful new page appeared.

If you click on the Audiobook’s link in the website’s list above, you’ll see some wonderful choices for you to browse through.

***I know there are various plans on the buying end Amazon activated that you might want to look into.

So far, I have three of my books in the Undercover FBI series available, and they can be found in the above page.   

Check it out! Let us know what you think?

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And… if you’ve never listened to a book, try it soon.

The Audibles app is available on everyone’s phone in the Play Store.

You’ll love it!

Listening to Audiobooks is Easier than You Think! By @MimiBarbour

Love the idea of listening to audiobooks? If you’ve never listened to a novel before, perhaps you find yourself wondering, hmmm… What device do I need? As it turns out, you already have it:

Why Listen to Audiobooks?

If you spend a lot of time driving on long trips, or even sitting around the fireplace, you can imagine what a great companion audiobooks can be to spin away the hours. Great narrators make books come alive. Being so close to you, breathing words into your ear, they make the experience both intimate and heightened, with every nuance in the story becoming fully expressed.

I recently released two audiobooks from my most popular Undercover FBI series and am thrilled at the way they turned out. The narrators are both NY stage actors and take a great pride in their work … it shows.

Listening to Audiobooks

Special Agent Francesca – A woman who isn’t afraid of anything. She flies her own plane, drives like a maniac, and is working undercover to take down the Vegas mob. Only one thing scares her silly – Dr. Sean Collins. (Narrated by Meg Persichetti – with a voice like warm molasses)

Audio sample – https://soundcloud.com/user-767730127/chapter-1

Special Agent Finnegan Audio

Special Agent Finnegan – Going undercover to find New York’s suicide killers ensures constant conflicts. Humor, romance, and an emotional tie between Finnegan and his old dad makes this an adventure you don’t want to miss. (Narrated by Tom Taverna – with a voice that draws you into his magic)

Audio sample – https://www.dropbox.com/s/bt3z3rbs0mpszpf/FinneganCHAPT1.mp3?dl=0

*** I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the treasure of audio books available from many of our authors. Just scroll up for the link… 😊

 

Talking Puppies Tell All by @MimiBarbour

Talking puppies? You bet! When my friend, Kay Walters, suggested making a video with our dogs talking trash about us, I was tickled. “Can you do it,” I asked? Dumb question–that woman and her son can make any kind of magic possible.

The next day she sent me a bunch of questions she wanted me to answer and requested a photo of my white bundle of mischief, Charli.

Very soon after, with a clear English accent that I love (I’m a Canadian and to this day believe I don’t have an accent LOL), she sent me this Talking Puppies video, and I was thrilled. Not only was I crazy over the pups talking, but I was floored at what can be done in today’s media universe.

I’ll add here… I’m glad I don’t have a pet snake or iguana speaking for me. But hold on… she says they will be making more movies in the future and using all kinds of pets.

Can’t wait, Katy.

 

Special Agent Makayla

Makayla hears the cries of children in trouble.

People don’t understand, and it’s complicated for Special Agent Makayla to explain. In her mind, she doesn’t have special powers. It’s just fallout from the days when she was blind… before the operation that restored her sight. Back then, she’d learned to use her other senses, rely on her instincts, and listen intensely. Except her uncanny ability is beyond reason.

Because of her gift, she works with the Special Victims Unit and takes on all the cases of vanishing kids where the usual processes haven’t worked. Sickened by many of her assignments, she finds joy when she sees the kids free and healing. Her biggest stress… they just keep on disappearing.

Dean Andrews desperately needs help. His nine-year-old niece has gone missing and the only person he’s told that can save her is a kook who mysteriously hears the cries of terrified children. How can he put his trust in this wild-haired woman with striking eyes and a heart bigger than her tiny body?

Yet, he has no other choice. His sister begs him to find her little girl… and he promises. Now he must deliver. Time is running out and everywhere he’s turned leads to yet another dead end.
Working as a team, they hunt the dark web, become involved in porn webcam sites, and do whatever is necessary to find his niece before she’s lost forever.

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Hi There,

I wanted to write to you, our friends, and tell you how much you mean to our ladies here at the Authors’ Billboard. This last year has brought us to a whole new level of success… it’s been a dream come true.

And, it’s all because of your kind thoughtfulness and support.

You buy our box collections and then leave reviews to tell us how much you liked our work. It drives us to produce more and better.

You read our blogs and sometimes leave comments, often you don’t, but our stats let us know you’re there, and it pushes us to be better and to constantly update the posts.

And you enter our contests and endorse our various giveaways. Join us in our Facebook events, follow us on our personal newsletters and let us know with your sharing that you’re there.

Maybe authors have ever explained this simple fact to you before?

If not, you must understand one hugely important thing.

We need you.

You make us care about our work… to get up each day with a purpose and happy when we accomplish our goals.

Therefore, all our ladies want you to know our thoughts are with you during this season. Our hearts are filled with gladness for having you in our world.

We all hope you will have the loveliest holiday possible, fun-filled with family and friends to help you celebrate.

We wish the sweetness of love and happiness will make this Christmas special… better than it’s ever been before.

Hugs,

Mimi