Today I am announcing that Love Is Never Past Tense is now available at Audible and Amazon and is expected soon on ITunes. If you sign up for a 30-day trial on Audible, you can get it free.
Sound brought a new dimension to my story. Getting it just right was very important, which meant selecting the right narrator was vital. Over the past few years, I listened to dozens of samples. Finding someone with the right voice and the right technical skills was a big effort. I was looking for a person who could not only read the text, but feel it.
I went through many voices: actors, students, voice over artists—you name it. None of them seemed good for the book.
One day, when I nearly decided to leave the project alone, I went to ACX — a market for matching authors with freelance narrators who have the talent and access to the technology. ACX had samples available, thousands upon thousands of samples. I clicked on a sample of Daniela Acitelli — I was attracted by the beautiful name. To my wonder, this was the one!
The Right Voice
Daniela is a narrator from the UK who has created numerous audio books and logged hundreds of finished stories. When she sent me the sample, I was thrilled to realize that she picked up and expressed feelings, intonations, and character features perfectly! She brought out the characters, the romance and the drama so vividly! This wasn’t a simple reading. It was a story—the story I heard in my head as I was writing the book.
I included a short fragment of a beautiful violin piece by my dear departed friend Karo Hayrapetyan, the famed Armenian master. His son who lives Armenia gave me permission.
I dedicated the book to my Mom and my daughter Alla.
Find It Here
The eBook is available exclusively on Amazon. If you are a Kindle Unlimited user, you can download it for free.
Here is where to get the audio book, the eBook or both.
Audible (includes a sample): https://adbl.co/2FryMjR
Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/2LtdlfS
How could he possibly know that she, a complete stranger, would inexplicably impact his life and be with him forever, whether she was at his side or not?
How could he possibly know that she, a complete stranger, would inexplicably affect his life and be with him forever, whether she was at his side or not? Drawn together in Russia on a romantic Black Sea beach, Serge and Janna fall headlong in love and rush into marriage. Their divorce months later leads to years of “if only …” Pressured apart by family and fate, they repeatedly cross paths, never quite reconnecting, never quite letting go.
He faces Soviet corruption and self-doubt, his life falling toward disaster. She pushes out through Soviet bureaucracy to safety in America. As they build separate lives and families, their destinies, shaped by post-Soviet political intrigue, collapse into a struggle for their very survival, and dreams of a better life. Years later, distant memories of young, passionate love spawn emails that lead to international calls reviving an intimate, romantic connection.
They meet in the town they first met. It was as if they had been apart only a day.
“How did you end up abroad?” And the story of her unbelievable exodus follows; an exodus from a crumbling country with her child, her elderly mom, and $126 in her pocket.
The world had tried to tear them – and itself – apart, but years have made them wiser. They decide to give their romance another chance, proving that Love Is Never Past Tense.
I look forward to your comments.