Audio Book Lovin’ Presents: Guest Blogger Tara Lain + a giveaway

Audiobook 2016

Viviana, Enchantress of Books and I are excited to have Tara Lain guest blogging on our second annual Audio Book Lovin’ series.   So with our further ado I turn the blog over to Tara.

Audiobooks – My Secret Heath Weapon

Hi! I’m so happy to be a part of this great audiobook event. My thanks to Enchantress of Books and Books n’ Kisses for inviting me. Audiobooks are my secret health weapon! Now, I know all of you are audiobook lovers, so this will be no revelation to you, but for me – well, I’m a johnny-come-lately in the audiobook health department.

A number of years ago, I used to go to an office every day and I loved to listen to audiobooks in my car. I especially loved the Great Courses and would work my way through amazing lectures on opera and the history of China and great authors of America with a smile on my face – even though I was caught in Southern California traffic! Then my life shifted and I got to work from home about 95% of the time. Away went the driving – and the audiobooks. I totally got out of the habit. One day a half year ago or so, I saw someone on Facebook extolling the virtues of listening to audiobooks while walking. Hmm. Sounded interesting, but I knew so little about audiobooks I wasn’t even sure how one got a book to a place where you could listen to it. I went to Audible. I figured I had a bunch of books on audio by this time and I should be supporting the audiobook market! I signed up. Chose a couple books. Presto, like magic they appeared on my phone. The next time I went for a walk, I plugged in my earphones, grabbed my phone and – cool! I enjoyed my walk a lot.

But many times, I walk with others so no book. Then I went back to the gym in a big way. Hey, if the books were amusing on a walk outside, maybe they’d be even better on the boring treadmill. That did it. I’m now a dedicated audiobook listener at the gym. I don’t have a fancy audio device. I just tuck my phone into my tights (admittedly, a little dorky) and haul butt around the weights, TRX, treadmill, rower, elliptical, et al. Only in my Pilates classes do I leave my earphones off. But, I have a Pilates reformer in my garage. I wasn’t using it because the garage is too boring – no TV, radio, or interesting sights aside from two Priuses – but the magic audiobook has changed all that. I head outside to the garage with a book playing and come back in an hour later exercised and thoroughly entertained. I’ve enjoyed Anne Tenino doing hundreds and Amy Lane through agonizing arm exercises.

I know you’re probably already aware of all this, but maybe I can jog your memory as that Facebook post did for me months ago. Audiobooks make everything better –especially at the gym!


Bk #1: Audio Book Sample – Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain

Bk #2: Audiobook Sample – Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain
Bk #3: Audiobook Sample – Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.
She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

You can find Tara at Lain Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Audible


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70 Responses to Audio Book Lovin’ Presents: Guest Blogger Tara Lain + a giveaway

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman June 15, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    I’ve never actually tried Audio books as I’m on a tight budget and mainly buy E-books they are cheaper. But they do sound great so I’ll have to start a wish list and start collecting!

  2. waxapplelover June 15, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    I love this series. Would love to hear it on audio.

  3. Sadonna June 15, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Love audiobooks now! Was skeptical at first. I use them when mowing the lawn, commuting, etc.

  4. Ilona June 15, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    I can’t use a gym but audio books are great for listening to when crocheting baby blankets for charity – I get so man done whilst my head is away in some great story 😀 In fact I just added Prince of the Playhouse to my Audible library 😀

  5. Joanne B June 15, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    I tried audiobooks years ago and they just weren’t for me. I had trouble understanding the narrator at times and then once in a while, the book would just cut off. It sounds like they have come a long way and I’ll have to try them again. Thanks for the post. I love Tara Lain and her stories and I’ll have to try them in audiobooks now.

  6. Niki Driscoll June 15, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    I also listen to audio books while I drive. I like that the narrator gives me a different view of how the characters talk and act. when I have a migraine , I find the narrators soothing so I listen then also. Since I enjoyed Tara’s books reading them I am sure I will love them in audio. thanks for the chance.

  7. Jenn Donald June 15, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    I’m getting in to audiobooks more and more, finding myself really enjoying them. I especially like listening on a quiet day at work to help me stay focused!

  8. Charlotte June 15, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I love audio books and would love these while driving or making samples or just enjoying the sun.

  9. kp June 15, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Love audiobooks! Listen to them all the time!

  10. Lorraine Lesar June 15, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    I need to get into Audiobooks, listening at the Gym is a great idea.

  11. Linda Townsend June 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    I love audios. I’ve never read nor listened to any of your books but I’d love to change that! The samples make me want to listen to more! Thanks for the giveaways!

  12. Roger June 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    I would need to get earphone and I am not sure audio book would be enough for me to focus on but would love the chance to find out.

  13. Julie June 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    I really like the sound of her audios. Wishing all the best

  14. Viv Goodreads June 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    I love audiobooks! I listen in the car, grocery store, on walks or cleaning the house.

  15. Texas Book Lover June 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    I love audio books for my long commute to work!

  16. Mary Preston June 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    I’m just starting to get into audio. Sounds great.

  17. Heather Martin June 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    I’ve recently started listening to audiobooks when I walk and it makes a huge difference! I only have a couple so between my drive to/from work and walking, I just switch them out!

  18. Gabrielle June 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Love listening to audio books. It makes the long commute to work go by much faster.

  19. Lee Todd June 16, 2016 at 2:56 am #

    I listen to audiobooks while I’m going through my emails, FB etc
    I’ve read Knave of Broken Hearts but none of the others (and I haven’t listened to any of them unfortunately)

  20. Renee S. June 16, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    The samples were great but I stay at home a lot and I’m still trying to figure out when to listen to an audiobook but I really want to so I’m working on it. I would love it if I could get the audiobook to run through my audio receiver, then I could just sit back in the living room and play a simple game and listen to the book. That sounds awesome.

  21. Tara Lain June 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi you guys!!! Thank you for all your wonderful comments!! I wish you all great good fortune in the drawing. Isn’t Dreamspinner wonderful to provide these great prizes? : )

  22. Laurie Peterson June 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    I still have a hard time with audio books. I get too easily distracted. But I love Tara ‘ s books.

  23. Sherry S. June 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    Tweet for 6/17 –

  24. Tammy Thompson June 17, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    Love me some audio books…I listen every day as I drive to work, walk on the treadmill, and do my evening walk

  25. H.B. June 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    I didn’t use to be into audiobooks but lately I’ve been trying more and more of them.

  26. Hanne June 18, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Hi Tara. I’m a huge audiobook addict, and listen to one every day. Thanks for doing the giveaway.


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  28. Jolanda L June 20, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Sounds great. Thank you.

  29. Ineztey Garcia June 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    I love audiobooks, but I only buy them for books I already read. I already have the first 2 audiobooks of the series. Need to get Prince of the Playhouse, which I already read. Love this series and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  30. Ree Dee June 21, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    I love Tara’s books and I love audiobooks! I can’t wait to listen to these audiobooks!

  31. Ree Dee June 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    I totally agree that audiobooks make a lot of things much better! If I have to do a lot of prep for meals or a long drive, I just start listening!

  32. ELF June 22, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    I’ve never been a fan of audiobooks but they definitely sound like something to consider when exercising. Thanks for the post, always looking for a way to be healthier!

  33. Paul W June 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Haven’t tried an audiobook yet, but was thinking it would help during walking :-)

  34. Jamie M June 22, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    I love Tara’s books👑 and really love to listen audio books.

  35. Lindsay Beeson June 22, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    I’m a suckers for a Beauty and the Beast book, so the newest was right up my alley. I occasionally enjoy ebooks- usually if I have a long drive or am at the gym. The Knight of Ocean Ave was also awesome!

  36. Mari Cárdenas June 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

    I’ve listened to a few audiobooks and love it! It’s so much easier for when I’m doing a lot of things at once, hee! Thanks for the post and the giveaways!

  37. Sandra R. June 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    As always, Ms Lain’s books all sounds quite fantastic.
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaways!

  38. Linda Henderson June 22, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    I enjoyed the excerpt and I haven’t read it yet, I’d certainly love to though.

  39. Travel Gram June 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    I have to switch to audio books now because of my visual issues. It is too difficult for me to read print books now, so I really appreciate the opportunity to win this contest! This would give me a good start on a Summer “listening” collection. Thank you so much !

  40. Penumbra June 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    I really like Tara’s books! I don’t listen to audiobooks, but I’m willing to give them a try.

  41. Fay W June 22, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    I love to listen to audiobooks while I work.

  42. Didi June 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    I haven’t read this series and my audiobook experience is only the once so far. This sounds interesting, though. I’d like to listen to the full version if I could afford to spend more book money. :)

  43. SheriV June 22, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    I love audio books. I will have to pick these up.

  44. Cindra Clark June 22, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    Haven’t tried audiobooks yet, but the idea of hearing a great story while doing chores or exercising is appealing. Have loved every Tara Lain book I have read to date, and look forward to reading many more.

  45. Jessica Lynn June 23, 2016 at 12:47 am #

    Awesome giveaway!!! Thanks for the chances!

  46. Kathy Osborn June 23, 2016 at 3:43 am #

    Wow, such a wonderful giveaway as I love audiobooks. I can get lost in a book while I’m doing housework. Thanks for the chance.

  47. Anne June 23, 2016 at 4:19 am #

    I like the narrator. I once listened to a m/m romance with a FEMALE narrator, what craziness!

  48. Barbra June 23, 2016 at 4:19 am #

    I’m just now getting into audiobooks. I have to listen on my computer so I can’t listen any time except when I’m at home. It makes cleaning house a lot more fun. I really enjoyed the exerpts. :-)

  49. Amt June 23, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    Thanks for having the contest! <3 Tara's books!

  50. Yolanda June 23, 2016 at 4:45 am #

    Love this series. Looking forward to trying it in audio.

  51. Angie M June 23, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am a big fan of audiobooks!

  52. Bobbi Kinion June 23, 2016 at 5:28 am #

    I love audio books and Tara Lain’s books. These really sound good. Thank you for the chance.

  53. Susan White June 23, 2016 at 5:36 am #

    I have been having eye problem that mess with my reading so audiobooks would be perfect.

  54. Betul E. June 23, 2016 at 5:46 am #

    The blurb sounds really good!!

  55. Juana Esparza June 23, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    I have not read any of your stories…yet. I’ve tried listening to Audiobooks in the past, but I prefer reading ebooks.

  56. Jen June 23, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    The series sounds great – I have all the books on my TBR list. I have not tried audio books yet (I actually read while on the elliptical trainer), but I think they would be great for exercising and also before going to sleep.


  57. Cinders June 23, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Sounds good !

  58. jodi marinich June 23, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    love tara’s books….

  59. Purple Reader June 23, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    I’m excited about this audiobook month promo. I’ve only recently gotten into audiobooks, because I didn’t have a reader, and still don’t. I’m hoping to get a Kindle or whatever soon so that I can enhance my reading pleasure.

  60. Trix June 23, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    I’m not always an audiobook person, but I do love this series!

  61. Cindy Garzone June 23, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    i’m a huge fan of Tara Lain and i am thankful for the opportunity to win

  62. Kim Sutton June 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    Oh my…my, so glad I found this blog not only because one of my favorite authors is here right now but for another place to gather info for my TBB list! 😉 Proud to say that Tara is on my auto buy list! :-)

  63. sheila shepherd June 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    I have never tried audiobooks and didn’t think I’d be able to since there is never a time I’m in my car without kids. But I really liked Tara’s idea of listening during exercise. I try to read but end up bouncing too much on the elliptical. Hoping to give this a try.

  64. Tj Richards June 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    Have the books on my wishlist!

  65. Thomas Murphy June 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    Awesome blurb and excerpt! Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Nicole Ortiz June 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks for the chance!!

  67. Kassandra A. June 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    I have the first one in this series waiting for me and I look forward to diving in soon. I have an hour commute to and from work so audiobooks come in handy to pass the time.

  68. Jen B. June 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    I’ve never been a big fan of audiobooks. My friends keep saying I need to try them again. Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Joani S June 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    This sounds amazing and I love audiobooks!! I work outside for my job, so I have an ipod on all day, I get to listen to several books a week. Audible loves me cuz I buy soooo many audiobooks!! :)

  70. Ally Swanson June 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    I really enjoyed listening to the audio book samples. This book sounds like a very interesting and intriguing read!

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