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!

6 Home Remedies for Bug Bites by @Donna_Fasano

Help! I’ve been bitten by a mosquito. Twice! And the red bumps that were left behind itch like the dickens! What to do? Here are some quick and easy home remedies for bug bites.

Remedies for Bug Bites

  1. Baking soda – Mix a bit of baking soda with water and coat the bite. Sodium bicarbonate will relieve itching. (I smeared some on my bites.)
  2. Toothpaste – Yes, toothpaste! Most brands of toothpaste contain menthol which alleviates itch and swelling. Toothpaste also contains astringent ingredients that draw out fluid from beneath the skin which helps with swelling.
  3. Basil – Mince up some fresh basil and rub it on the mosquito bites. Basil contains eugenol which relieves itchy skin. Don’t have fresh basil? Simmer some dried basil in water (as if you were making tea). Let the basil water cool, and then dip a cloth in the water and apply to the bites.
  4. Ice – Apply ice to the bites to help relieve itching and swelling. Only apply ice for about 10 minutes at a time. And never fall asleep with ice on your skin.
  5. Garlic – There are compounds in garlic that relieve itching and swelling. Place a slice of garlic and put it on the bite. This might not be the best remedy to use with children as garlic can sting.
  6. Aloe – Keep a bottle of aloe vera gel in your fridge. The gel will cool and help heal red, itchy skin.

Did you know you can make your own mosquito repellent? It’s easy to keep the bug bites at bay.

Homemade Insect Repellent

  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon rubbing alcohol
  • 2 Tablespoon water
  • 25 drops citronella oil
  • 25 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 40 drops peppermint oil

Pour all ingredients into a small spray bottle and then shake. Make sure you shake before each application.

What are your best home remedies for bug bites?

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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… 😊

 

Listening to your favorite book

If you are like me, then you never have enough time to sit and read all the books that you want to read. Or, it’s hard to read because you are getting older and your eyes are not what they once were. I fall into both those categories.

That’s why I started working on publishing all of my books into audio. It’s a long process since I have over sixty books published, but I am slowly getting more and more on audio. I have about half of them in audio now, and I love it. One of my favorite things is listening to my narrator after they are done to make sure there are no major mistakes. I find myself sucked back into my book, and sometimes even forget that I’m the one that wrote it as I laugh and cry with my characters. I did that recently as I listened to the final audio of Second Shield II: The Return which will be available for sale soon.

I can’t remember the last time that I physically read a book that wasn’t mine, but I have a nice collection of audiobooks that I can listen to while I’m cleaning or cooking. Sometimes I even listen in my car. It’s a great way to be entertained, without the wear and tear to my eyes, and while I get other things done.

Do you listen to audio? Are you new to audio?

Want to win an audiobook? Fill out my survey, and you could win one of my audiobooks!

If you are an avid Audiobook fan, make sure to check out our sister site, Audiobook Love with the Authors’ Billboard Audiobooks!