Meghan’s graduation gift is one that any eighteen-year-old would dream of: traveling abroad to England. Her journey turns into more adventure than expected when Meghan meets the mysterious Kiernan and is introduced to a strange society hidden beneath the streets of London.
The fittest win out at the expense of their rivals…
When Meghan’s life is threatened, she flees the city and seeks sanctuary in a distant village–a place unseen by human eyes for over one hundred years. Not knowing if anyone can be trusted, Meghan tries to determine who is friend, who is foe… and who has captured her heart. Meanwhile, a battle for survival brews all around her.
Targeted Age Group: 13 to adult
Genre: YA urban fantasy
I had no idea it was even possible to create an audio book without the backing of a big publisher. I learned about Audible’s program for independent creation of audio books (www.acx.com) about six months after I published Wings of Shadow.
Why did you decide to produce an audio book?
I love the audio book format. When I am reading, I can imagine the characters’ voices in my head, but audio transforms novels to “in your mind” movies. I actually had tingles when I listened to some of the chapters that the narrator completed. She captured the romantic scenes perfectly, the humor and whimsy at other times, and brought the ceremonies and battles to life.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
Meghan Lewis narrated Wings of Shadow, and she was responsible for the many other pieces involved in its audio production. When I decided to create an audiobook, I went into it wanting to find the perfect voice talent, even if it meant a longer search process and production schedule. My biggest concern was finding a narrator who could handle my main character’s American accent, while developing accents for all of the British-sounding faeries. Meghan mastered this and intuitively knew when to add humor, an element of danger, and flirty romance. She is incredibly talented!
I think the most important element in creating an audiobook is to find a great narrator. A talented narrator can bring the audiobook to life and a poorly recorded audiobook can ruin the story. What else would you like to share with readers about your audio book?
Wings of Shadow was made eligible for the Whispersync program. Whispersync allows readers to buy both the ebook version and the audio version for a reduced price. With Wings of Shadow, it would only cost $1.99 to add on the audiobook. Readers can then switch between the two versions without the hassle of searching for the right spot. I love this option! Whispersync allows readers to workout, do dishes or drive to work, without having to put their books down.
Wings of Shadow is also available on I-tunes and Audible.