Lee Ann has two new recordings on Audible. The first is a short work by Dorothy Parker entitled Men I’m Not Married To. This was produced in cooperation with Spoken Realms.
“In this story, by American writer Dorothy Parker, a woman gives a laundry list of men she’s not married to. She also convincingly states the reasons why she is not and would not want to be married to the various men. Parker’s wit and humor shine through as the eccentricities and foibles of the men are described.”
To listen to the sample and/or purchase, head to Audible here.
Also in cooperation with Spoken Realms, the second recording recently published on Audible is Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater. This is a full-cast production from members of The Online Stage. Lee Ann plays the part of Mrs. Otherly along with another unnamed woman.
“In survey after survey, Abraham Lincoln is universally ranked as the greatest of America’s presidents, setting standards for honesty, courage, compassion and ethical responsibility. John Drinkwater’s play was the British poet’s first theatrical success, opening in England in 1918 to surprising acclaim and making its way to Broadway in 1919, to even stronger public enthusiasm. It was produced on radio by Orson Wells on August 15, 1938, on his program, The Mercury Theater on the Air. In 1924, a two-reel film version of the play was distributed nationwide, one of the very first sound films, and on May 26, 1952, the play was presented on television on the anthology series Studio One, with film icon James Dean in a very noticeable supporting role.
After a brief poetic prologue, the play depicts six scenes from Lincoln’s life that illustrate key aspects of his remarkable character:
- His acceptance of the Republican nomination for President
- The outbreak of hostilities at Fort Sumter
- Discussions with three very different individuals about the conduct of the war
- The emancipation proclamation
- The surrender at Appomattox
- The assassination at Ford’s Theater
Featuring Ben Stevens as Abraham Lincoln. Additional voices provided by Andrew Coleman, Linda Barrans, Larry Wilson, Ron Altman, Libby Stevenson, Jennifer Fournier, Peter Tucker, Andy Harrington, Joseph Tabler, Marty Kris, Jeff Moon, Russell Gold, Ted Wenskus,Richard Andrews, Nancy German, Lee Ann Howlett, and John Burlinson. Audio edited by John Burlinson.”
To listen to the sample and/or purchase, you can find this production on Audible here.
Lee Ann can be heard in the latest full-cast recording from The Online Stage. She was thrilled to portray the narrator in the enduring classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This audiobook was produced in cooperation with Spoken Realms.
“First published in 1869, Little Women is the story of four sisters growing up against the background of the American Civil War. Alcott wrote the book at the urging of the publisher, Thomas Niles, who was seeking a story about girls that would have popular appeal. Although it was commenced essentially as a children’s book, it developed into something of a bildungsroman, which touches on more serious issues such as the difficulties faced by single-parent families, the death of a sibling, and fractured relationships.
The book was an immediate success at publication and has become a classic of young adult fiction. It has been adapted numerous times for presentation both on stage and on film.
Presented by the Online Stage. Narration by Lee Ann Howlett. Also featuring the voices of Amanda Friday, PJ Morgan, Tiffany Halla Colonna, Becca Maggie, Elizabeth Klett, Andy Harrington, Ron Altman, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Glenn Hascall, Nancy German, Maureen Boutilier, Jeff Moon, Jennifer Fournier, Miranda Hodges, Izzy Lindsey-Clark, Rebecca Thomas, Brett Downey, Sarah Hulslander, Chris Marcellus, Leanne Yau, Cate Barratt, Libby Stephenson, Marty Krz, and David Prickett. Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett and Michele Eaton.”
To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.
Lee Ann is pleased to announce her latest recording on Audible. She is Evil! Madness and Murder in Memphis by Judith A. Yates follows the story behind the brutal murder of Ejaz Ahmad by Leah Joy Ward.
“Ejaz Ahmad was handsome, charismatic, and a self-made businessman. He arrived in the United States from Pakistan determined to fulfill his mother’s dying wish: to come to America, complete his education, and make his mark in the world. Settling in Memphis, Tennessee, Ejaz became owner of several businesses, father to a handsome boy, and a devout Muslim. The only thing missing in his life was a wife, someone special to protect, honor, and love.
Leah Ward was a pretty girl, but a prison parolee with a history of drug charges, petty crime, and a questionable past. She led a flotsam life, drifting from town to city to state. When she was introduced to Ejaz Ahmad, she believed she had found the ultimate answer: a place to live, someone to take care of her, and money to spend. But what began idyllic soon became abusive and then dangerous for Ejaz. His friends and family warned him. And in May of 2003, Ejaz paid the ultimate price when family members found his mutilated body in a shed.
She is Evil is a story of trust, abuse, religion, and murder. Of a kind man who tried to help a troubled woman and became the victim of abuse and, eventually, a heinous murder.”
Lee Ann is pleased to announce her latest audiobook for sale on Audible. The Bedwarmer’s Son by Caryl McAdoo spreads across several genres. It’s a historical romance, historical fiction, a murder trial, and Christian fiction. Lee Ann enjoyed giving voices to the characters in this book.
In 1928 Georgia, a black man who kills a white man is automatically guilty, but the bedwarmer’s son, an ex-slave, is no normal black man. And the dead white man is his half-brother. Once his lily-white lawyer lady learns the truth, everything changes. Can she save him from swinging?
Will the bedwarmer murder the one she’s been bought to serve?
From the antebellum South, come travel the dusty trails of Jim Crowe Dalton, Georgia, with slave and master, saint and sinner. See if God is really big enough, if he truly cares about his children. McAdoo has done it again, this time in a brand new way. A delightful morsel for the palates of Christian listeners world round.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.
Lee Ann is happy to announce that her second collaboration with authors Floy Turner and Sherrie Clark has just been released. Behind Her Special Agent Badge: Murder, Mayhem, and Life in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement follows Special Agent Floy Turner during her years with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This biography/memoir contains a number of Floy’s stories.
Among her high-profile crime cases are the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 into the Everglades, and various other murders, kidnappings, and drug busts. Despite the serious subject matter, Floy still manages to maintain and interject that special ‘Floy’ humor into her stories.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.
Lee Ann had a great deal of fun participating in this humorous production from The Online Stage. Arcadian Adventures With The Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock is a series of vignettes illuminating the farcical activities of, well, the idle rich.
“Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) may be considered the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain. For many years he was professor of economics at Magill University and published a number of well-regarded texts on economics and political science. However, he is best known today for his many volumes of humorous fiction. During the 1920s he was one of the most widely read authors in the English-speaking world and was considered by Jack Benny and Groucho Marx to be one of the greatest comic writers of all time.
In Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, Leacock applies a satirical scalpel to the foibles and pretensions of the wealthy and the powerful. He not only probes the quirks of traditional power structures like corporations (public and private), political parties, universities, and churches but also finds time to poke fun at one of his favorite targets – the world of psychic phenomena.
A Little Dinner with Mr Lucullus Fyshe
The Wizard of Finance
The Arrested Philanthropy of Mr. Tomlinson
The Yahi-Bahi Oriental Society of Mrs. Rasselyer-Brown
The Love Story of Mr. Peter Spillikins
The Rival Churches of St. Asaph and St. Osoph
The Ministrations of the Rev. Uttermust Dumfarthing
The Great Fight for Clean Government
Narrated by Cate Barratt.
Cast: Lucullus Fyshe – Jeff Moon; Dr Boomer – Ron Altman; Fareforth Furlong – Richard Andrews; Mrs. Rasselyer-Brown – Lee Ann Howlett.
Additional voices supplied by Bob Neufeld, Ben Stevens, P. J. Morgan, Brett Downey, Denis Daly, Andy Harrington, David Prickett, John Burlinson, Alan Weyman, Joseph Tabler, Susan Iannucci, Becca Maggie, Jennifer Fournier, Ted Wenskus, Leanne Yau, Arielle Lipshaw, and Marty Kris.
Audio edited by Denis Daly.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase, check it out on Audible here.
Euripides (c. 480-406 BCE) is the author of 18 extant plays and many more only surviving in fragments. He is the youngest of the three great Athenian tragedians with Aeschylus and Sophocles.
Hippolytus, bastard son of Theseus and the Amazon Hippolyta, has sworn chaste allegiance to the goddess Artemis, thus severely offending the goddess Aphrodite by failing to revere her. Aphrodite swears revenge and promises that he will die before the day is done, taking with him Queen Phaedra, wife of Theseus. Aphrodite sickens Phaedra with uncontrollable lust for Hippolytus, and when he vehemently spurns her, he sets in motion the events that will seal his doom.
Aphrodite – PJ Morgan
Artemis – Linda Barrans
Hippolytus – Russell Gold
Phaidra -Erin Louttit
Nurse – Lee Ann Howlett
Theseus – John Burlinson
An Old Huntsman – Ron Altman
First huntsman/Messenger – Andy Harrington
Second huntsman – Alan Weyman
Third huntsman – Alan Weyman
Chorus leader – Jennifer Fournier
Chorus One – Leanne Yau
Chorus Two – Elizabeth Chambers
Narrator – Alan Weyman
Audio edited by Alan Weyman.
Freely adapted by Bob Gonzalez from the translation by Ian Johnston.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase, head to Audible here.
Lee Ann is proud to announce that her latest recording is now available from Audible. Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 was written by journalist and author Eliot Kleinberg. This nonfiction book covers a part of Florida’s history that should be remembered.
The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston’s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, please click here.
Not long after the beginning of the 20th century, a woman has a dream about what she imagines the 21st century will bring. This utopian fiction piece was written by Winnifred Harper Cooley in 1902. Cooley is best known for her book The New Womanhood. Cooley’s mother, Ida Husted Harper, was an author, a journalist, and a prominent figure in the United States’ women’s suffrage movement.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the story, please click here.
Lee Ann was honored to be the voice of Floy Turner in Floy’s biography/memoir Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane. Floy wrote this book with author Sherrie Clark. Floy is a courageous, honorable, and very funny lady.
“Miami’s vice cops, move over. There’s a new sheriff in town, rather a feisty Florida Highway Patrol Trooper named Floy Turner, who juggles motherhood with fighting crime. With refreshing authenticity and transparency, Turner doesn’t hold back as she tells her stranger-than-fiction, true-to-life anecdotes of what goes on behind the badge in drug-ridden 1980s Miami when cocaine was king and her town housed one of the major drug hubs in the country. Whether it’s Turner’s first night on patrol facing the barrel of a gun, the bloodiest day in FBI History, hilarious undercover assignments, conversing with infamous serial killer Aileen Wournos, personally and professionally experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Andrew, and fighting the Miami cocaine wars with the DEA, FBI, and FDLE, Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane is an action-packed audiobook that will bring tears to your eyes, either from laughing so hard at the humor or crying at the tragedies.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase from Audible, head here.
Lee Ann is now a member of The Online Stage and has been busy taking part in their full-cast productions. Two of these productions have been released on Audible. The first, Incompatibility of Temper by Alexander Ostrovsky, was released last month. Lee Ann plays Serafima Karpovna in this comedy.
Incompatibility of Temper: Three Pictures of Moscow Life by Alexander Ostrovsky
Translated by Ethel Voynich
Presented by the Online Stage
Alexander Ostrovsky was the premier Russian dramatist before Chekov, and a true master of realistic satire. His Incompatibility of Temper consists of three sections or “Pictures of Moscow life”.
Despite its patina of humor, the work is a merciless exposé of the commercial middle class dishonesty, and the convenient immorality hiding behind social conventions, which are characteristic of a developing urban society. The most noble character, Serafima, is a compelling mixture of naïveté, whimsicality, sentimentality, and obstinate practicality – one of the finest character portraits in Russian drama.
Cast Prezhnez, the First Coachman and a Person Unknown – Marty Kryz
Madame Prezhnev – Linda Barrans
Paul and the Second Coachman – Tovarisch
Oustinya Filimonovna Pereshkivkina and Outlita Nikitishna – Jennifer Fournier
Karp Karpych and a Footman – John Burlinson
Serafima Karpovna – Lee Ann Howlett
Matryona and a maid servant – Anastasia Durning
Stage directions read by Denis Daly
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the recording, check here.
The latest recording was released yesterday on Audible. Like by Mike Murphy is a full-cast radio play. It’s a humorous ‘spin’ on Internet friend pages. Lee Ann plays one of the ‘pals’ who shows up at a member’s house.
One woman learns the consequences of having a PlaceNook account when all her “friends” show up on her doorstep unannounced.
Nicole – KG Cross
Tommy – Andy Harrington
Henrietta – Leanne Yau
Sgt. Connors – Ben Stevens
Woman – Jennifer Fournier
Woman 2 – Lee Ann Howlett
Lavinia – Susan Iannucci
Audio edited by Amanda Friday. Both of these productions were produced by The Online Stage in cooperation with Listen 2 a Book.
You can listen to a sample of Like here.
Lee Ann is very pleased to announce the publication of her latest recording: The Prettiest Girl On Stage Is A Man: Race and Gender Benders in American Vaudeville by Kathleen B. Casey. This book is a wonderful mixture of arts & entertainment, and American history.
“In this lively and enlightening study, Kathleen B. Casey explores the ways in which the gender- and race-bending spectacles of vaudeville dramatized the economic, technological, social, and cultural upheaval that gripped the United States in the early 20th century. She focuses on four key performers. Eva Tanguay, known as “The I Don’t Care Girl”, was loved for her defiance of Victorian decorum, linking white womanliness to animalistic savagery at a time when racial and gender ideologies were undergoing significant reconstruction. In contrast, Julian Eltinge, the era’s foremost female impersonator, used race to exaggerate notions of manliness and femininity in a way that reinforced traditional norms more than it undermined them. Lillyn Brown, a biracial woman who portrayed a cosmopolitan black male dandy while singing about an antebellum southern past, offered her audiences, black and white, starkly different visual and aural messages about race and gender. Finally, Sophie Tucker, who often performed in blackface during the early years of her long and heralded career, strategically played with prevailing ideologies by alternately portraying herself as white, Jewish, black, manly, and womanly, while managing, remarkably, to convince audiences that these identities could coexist within one body.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.
Lee Ann is very happy to announce her latest recording, Imogene in New Orleans written by Hunter Murphy, is for sale on Audible.
At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy’s impulsive partner Jackson can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery. Immediately, Imogene and the boys run into a temperamental and ethically-challenged lieutenant who appears hell-bent on neglecting the crime, compelling them to seek answers themselves. As they delve into Glenway Gilbert’s murder, Imogene and the boys realize the deceased artist was surrounded by suspicious friends and lovers. With Goose the bulldog by their side, Jackson and Billy seek answers among old friends and new enemies, while Imogene follows her own ideas on the case. But the sooner they solve the murder, the sooner they can get back to catching beads and eating pralines.
To listen to a sample/and or purchase, click here.
Lee Ann is happy to announce her latest recording via Listen 2 a Book.
An old-fashioned detective story, The Woman in the Alcove by Anna Katharine Green is a classic book in it’s genre.
During a high society party set in New York City in the early 1900s, a beautiful woman is murdered and her precious diamond stolen. A young woman attending the party had just accepted a marriage proposal from a handsome young man. Unfortunately, the young man is the prime suspect in the murder due to circumstantial evidence. From there, the story takes many twists and turns before the identity of the killer is finally revealed.
Anna Katharine Green was one of the first writers of detective fiction in the US and was known for the legal accuracy of her stories.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, click here for the Audible page.
Lee Ann is pleased to announce her latest recording, Searching for Nannie B.: Connecting Three Generations of Southern Women by Nancy Owen Nelson, is available at Audible.
How would you be affected if your mother died giving you life? And how would such a loss affect your children? These questions are the foundation of many issues raised by the author in her search for the missing pieces of a grandmother who in 1905 died giving the author’s mother life. It was a tragedy that seemed to affect multiple generations, the voids in identity and ill-spent guilt flowing from the stream of blood that kept mother from daughter, and then from granddaughter. But it was a search well-spent.
Nancy Owen Nelson’s search resulted in raising more questions about herself, even as it answered questions about her mysterious grandmother. Nonetheless, in the end her journey toward discovery was one of startling self-awareness and connection. No matter whether you feel connected or lost in family, you will be unable to avoid the heartfelt pleasure and pain that comes from the author’s brave attempt to connect three generations of Southern women.
You may listen to a sample and/or purchase here.
Lee Ann has been wading back into the classics since the holidays, resulting in the publication of two titles on Audible. The first is a collection of six short stories previously published separately and now available as a collection: Kate Chopin: Six Short Stories which can be found here.
Her latest recording is a novella by Edith Wharton called Bunner Sisters. Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner are two unmarried sisters who own a small notions shop in a shabby section of New York City circa 1900. The older sister, Ann Eliza, buys a small clock for her sister’s birthday from a tiny shop and meets the owner, a German immigrant named Herman Ramy. Once Mr. Ramy enters their lives, things begin to change in ways that neither sister could have imagined. What seems like a simple story is one of love, longing, selfishness, self-sacrifice, missed opportunities, and the unfairness of life for poor women, particularly those over 30 during this period.
Lee Ann is very happy to announce that her recording of the nonfiction book Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World’s Largest Ocean by Sharon Sites Adams with Karen J. Coates is now available through Audible.
“It was an age without GPS and the Internet, without high-tech monitoring and instantaneous reporting. And it was a time when women simply didn’t do such things. None of this deterred Sharon Sites Adams. In June 1965, Adams made history as the first woman to sail solo from the mainland United States to Hawaii. Four years later, just as Neil Armstrong very publicly stepped onto the moon, the diminutive Adams, alone and unobserved, finally sighted Point Arguello, California, after 74 days sailing a 31-foot ketch from Japan, across the violent and unpredictable Pacific. She was the first woman to do so, setting another world record.
“Inspiring and exciting, Adams’s memoir recounts the personal path leading to her historic achievements: a tomboy childhood in the Oregon high desert, an early marriage and painful divorce, and a second marriage that ended when her husband died of cancer. In the wake of his death and almost by accident, Adams discovered sailing. Six weeks after her first sailing lesson, she bought a boat, and within eight months, she set out to achieve her first world record. Pacific Lady recounts the inward journey that paralleled her sailing feats, as Adams drew on every scrap of courage and navigational skill she could muster to overcome the seasickness, exhaustion, and loneliness that marked her harrowing crossings.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, click here.
Lee Ann is pleased to announce that her sixth recording of a Kate Chopin short story is available on Audible. The Locket is set during the Civil War. From Audible:
“A young Confederate soldier is given a solid gold locket before he heads to war.
He and the woman who gave it to him are passionately in love and long for the time when they can be together. The locket is noticed by some of the other soldiers and plays an important part in what transpires as battle looms over their camp.”
Lee Ann plans to release all six of her Kate Chopin recordings as a collection soon. To listen to a sample of The Locket or to purchase, click here.
Lee Ann’s latest recording, Governor’s Road: A Novel of Southern Proportions, by Laurie Byrne Smith is now for sale on Audible. This book is part murder mystery and part romance with local color from it’s North Carolina setting.
“The terrorized children of Governor’s Road grew up without resolution or closure to the most devastating event of their young lives. Their friend, a child their age, disappeared one afternoon and somehow, they never seem to learn what happened. Saddened parents decide to protect their children, and the obvious fear recedes in the face of the calm that settles back over the neighborhood. But, fear never really disappears until it’s confronted. As adults, JoBeth and Billy set out to discover what happened to little Petey Shiner. The answer brings them to the conclusion that there is no perfect childhood, even in a perfect town in a perfect decade. Every town hides its secrets and puts on a good face, even at the expense of its residents.
Along the way, JoBeth and Billy discover love and romance. Their kindling of love takes you to places you can only want to return to…and their future makes you happy. It’s their past that is so hard to reconcile.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, please visit Audible here.
A woman is visiting a friend who travels widely, and he offers her a package of Egyptian cigarettes he received as a gift while in Cairo. The package has never been opened and has no print of any kind to indicate a brand, its origin, or its ingredients. The woman decides to try one of the cigarettes in the man’s private smoking room. Her experience when she smokes one of the cigarettes shakes her to her core.
The story may be purchased from Audible here.
Lee Ann is proud to announce the release of her latest recording, Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans by Emily Epstein Landau. This book is a fascinating history of the notorious red-light district of Storyville.
“From 1897 to 1917 the red-light district of Storyville commercialized and even thrived on New Orleans’ longstanding reputation for sin and sexual excess. This notorious neighborhood, located just outside of the French Quarter, hosted a diverse cast of characters who reflected the cultural milieu and complex social structure of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a city infamous for both prostitution and interracial intimacy. In particular, Lulu White, a mixed-race prostitute and madam, created an image of herself and marketed it profitably to sell sex with light-skinned women to white men of means.
In Spectacular Wickedness, Emily Epstein Landau examines the social history of this famed district within the cultural context of developing racial, sexual, and gender ideologies and practices. In 1890, the Louisiana legislature passed the Separate Car Act, which, when challenged by New Orleans’ Creoles of color, led to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896, constitutionally sanctioning the enactment of separate but equal laws. Landau reveals how Storyville’s salacious and eccentric subculture played a significant role in the way New Orleans constructed itself during the New South era.”
To listen to a sample/and or purchase the book, go to Audible here.
Lee Ann is happy to announce the publication of the first of several short stories by American writer Kate Chopin. First up is The Kiss. As usual with Chopin’s stories, even the shortest ones leave the reader with much to think about.
Nathalie, a lovely and determined young lady, plans to marry Mr. Brantain, an unattractive but extremely wealthy man. When an unexpected event occurs involving her brother’s friend, Mr. Harvy, the consequences illustrate the finality of the choice Nathalie makes. Kate Chopin was a prolific writer of short stories and books that have been translated into films, plays, and operas. Chopin’s work often took place in Louisiana, and her book The Awakening was referenced in the HBO series Treme.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the recording, go to Audible here.
Lee Ann is happy to announce the publication of her recording of Observations of a Transplanted Southern Belle written by Laurie Byrne Smith. This is a collection of Ms. Smith’s articles for a column she wrote for a small Florida newspaper.
“Short, but sweet, Observations is designed to entertain you, maybe to take you back home, or make you wish that you were a southern girl, too. It will surely make you wish that you’d grown up with a southern mother, married a southern boy and had the world’s best mother in law.
Laurie Byrne Smith was fortunate enough to grow up in New Bern, North Carolina. From sweet tea to BBQ to 99% humidity, being a child in New Bern is a true southern experience. Family and home are transfused into the blood and a southern child can never quite be anything else except a gloriously tough vine of honeysuckle and morning glory with the nip of poison ivy mixed in.
Ms. Smith’s Eastern North Carolina roots run all the way to Cedar Island and the Outer Banks. Of course, she must be forgiven for her northern born father and offers the explanation that he came south and stayed, as soon as he found out how wonderful it was.
Transplanted to Florida in 1995, Laurie drew from those lovely southern roots and traditions to write a fun, entertaining, humor-based column for a South Florida newspaper. These short columns touch on her observations of southern living, holidays, family tradition, mothers and mothers in law, children and even passion and joy.
Lucky enough to marry a New Bern boy, Byron F. Smith, they have lived in Florida, intermittently since 1995. Florida’s great….but New Bern, eastern North Carolina and salt water runs in the veins. ”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase the book, click here.
Lee Ann is pleased to announce the newest addition to her recordings. The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records by Barbara Barnes Sims is a nonfiction account of what it was like for a young woman in the 1950’s to work at Sun Studio in Memphis.
“An American institution, Sun Records has a history with many chapters: its Memphis origins with visionary Sam Phillips, the breakthrough recordings of Elvis Presley, and the studio’s immense influence on the sound of popular music. But behind the company’s chart toppers and legendary musicians there exists another story, told by Barbara Barnes Sims.
In the male-dominated workforce of the 1950s, 24-year-old Sims found herself thriving in the demanding roles of publicist and sales promotion coordinator at Sun Records. Sims’s job placed her in the studio with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and other Sun entertainers, as well as the unforgettable Phillips, whose work made the music that defined an era. Her disarming narrative ranges from descriptions of a disgraced Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable impact and tragic fall of DJ Daddy-O Dewey to the frenzied Memphis homecoming of Elvis after his military service. Collectively, these vignettes offer a rare and intimate look at the people, the city, and the studio that permanently shifted the trajectory of rock ‘n’ roll.”
To listen to a sample and/or purchase, you can find the book on Audible here.
Lee Ann is pleased to announce her latest production, Romancing Olive: Prairie Romance by Holly Bush, is now available on Audible.
1891… Spinster librarian Olive Wilkins is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law’s subsequent murder, traveling far from her staid life to rescue her niece and nephew, now orphans. She arrives to find the circumstances of her brother’s life deplorable and her long held beliefs of family and tradition, shaken.
Accustomed to the sophistication of Philadelphia, Olive arrives in Spencer, Ohio, a rough and tumble world she is not familiar with, facing two traumatized children. Her niece and nephew, Mary and John, have been living with a neighboring farmer, widower Jacob Butler, the father of three young children of his own and a man still in pain from the recent loss of his wife.
Real danger threatens Olive and Mary and John, while Jacob and his own brood battle the day-to-day struggles for survival. Will Olive and Jacob find the strength to fight their battles alone or together? Will love conquer the bitterness of loss and broken dreams?
Listen to a sample and/or purchase Romancing Olive here.
Lee Ann is pleased to announce the publication of her latest audiobook, The Tale of Chirpy Cricket by Arthur Scott Bailey.
Chirpy Cricket sleeps in his little hole in Farmer Green’s farmyard all day but when night
falls, he comes out of his hole and makes his music with other members of the cricket family. Chirpy calls the noise he makes with his legs “fiddling” and he loves to fiddle. When he isn’t fiddling, he gathers grass to take back to his hole to eat. Chirpy also likes to visit other creatures on the farm such as Tommy Tree Cricket, Freddie Firefly, Mr. Cricket Frog and others. Arthur Scott Bailey wrote a number of children’s books. This book is part of his Tuck-Me-In Tales series. Bailey managed to slip facts about the various creatures into his books without sounding “preachy” and incorporated science into his wonderful stories while still giving his characters distinct personalities.
This is a chapter book for children aged 5-7. It will be in the Whispersync program soon which means that the audiobook will be heavily discounted when you purchase the new Kindle version of this book. Lee Ann used the services of Florida artist Duane K. Reigel to provide over 30 watercolor illustrations for this updated edition on Kindle. The audio + Kindle version is a a great way to employ immersion reading for beginners and children struggling with reading.
You may listen to a sample of the audio and/or purchase the book here.
The updated Kindle version may be purchased here.
Lee Ann was very happy to be interviewed by April Holgate of Eargasms Audiobook Reviews.
April has been wonderful about shining the spotlight on narrators on her site along with reviewing audiobooks.
If you belong to Facebook, please follow her page here. In addition to the interview, April is also hosting a giveaway of five of Lee Ann’s audiobooks. Please check out the interview and drawing here.
Lee Ann was happy to be interviewed by reviewer Paul Stokes on his website Audiobook Reviewer.
Besides responding to questions regarding how she started recording audiobooks, her favorite genres, the technical aspects of recording and her biggest challenges, Lee Ann is also giving listeners a chance to win one of her audiobooks of their choice.
Thanks to Paul Stokes for the interview and hosting the giveaway. Those interested have 30 days to enter. The interview and the drawing may be found here.