Speaking of Audiobooks: Anne Stuart Interview and Ruthless Giveaway (Contest Closed)

Anne StuartRomance readers have enjoyed Anne Stuart’s books for years with many of her titles sitting on countless DIK shelves.  My own list of Stuart DIKs includes A Rose at Midnight, The Devil’s Waltz, and Ritual Sins.   More recently I’ve discovered yet another way to enjoy Anne Stuart’s writing by listening to her books in audio with Black Ice and Ruthless heading the list of my favorites in that format.

For those of us always wondering about the inner workings of the audiobook industry, I think you’ll find that Anne is uniquely qualified to talk with us today.  Not only does she understand much of what goes on behind the scenes, but she also appreciates what we, as audio listeners, want to hear.

To celebrate the ongoing audio release of Anne’s Rohan series, we are giving away two audiobook copies of Ruthless, the first in the series, courtesy of the author and AAR.  Place your name in the hat by commenting on this column by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, February 11th.  Due to the cost of postage, the giveaway is open only to listeners in the U.S. and Canada.  We encourage multiple comments, but you will only be entered in the contest once.  If you review for another Web site or blog, please refrain from entering.  The winners will be notified by email on Saturday morning and you will have 24 hours to respond.  Another winner will be selected on Sunday morning if a winner has not responded.  Now, let’s talk with Anne!

Welcome Anne.  It’s so good to have you with us today.  Those of us at Speaking of Audiobooks enjoy your occasional comments and insights in the columns’ discussions and understand that you are in a distinctive position to talk with us today.  The romance community easily recognizes you as an author who writes romance with a truly unique flair but I imagine few know that you are a romance audiobook enthusiast as well.  When did your love affair with romance audiobooks begin?

I started with my own books, because I wanted to hear how they sounded (the second two Ice books) and then went on to books I’d already read and adored, like Georgette Heyer and Sunshine by Robin McKinley.  Then I started branching out.  What tipped me over into obsession was my sister’s unexpected death. I couldn’t sleep afterwards, so I went to bed listening to audio books, and I’ve been listening ever since.

I’ve discovered I love audio books because I can listen with a lot of my hypercritical self turned off.  Like all writers I grew up reading all the time.  But as the years went by I read less and less.  Now, with audio books, I can read and love it again, without looking for flaws.

I hate to tell you how many audio books I have.  374 from Audible alone, plus about another 25 from other sources.  Admittedly, a few are for my husband, who never used to read books or fiction but now listens on the treadmill (he had a heart attack the same year my sister died, which frankly was a hell of a year.  I needed my audio books!).  It does help that all my purchases are deductible.

Through your past comments at Speaking of Audiobooks, I know you are a fan of Georgette Heyer’s audiobooks.  What are some of your audio favorites by Heyer and others?

Some of my favorites aren’t as successful on audio, like The Reluctant Widow or Devil’s Cub (though it’s definitely worth listening to – it’s just that Vidal sounds like a thug).  The unabridged of Venetia, which is my favorite but also hard to find, is wonderful and makes me weep.  Convenient Marriage is divine.  The Talisman Ring (also hard to find) is wonderful and terribly funny.  The Quiet Gentleman, The Toll-Gate, oh, and my most beloved, Behold Here’s Poison.  I adore that book – love it so much I did homage to the hero in my Maggie Bennett series.    Really, even the less successful ones are a treat.  Heyer is one of my heroes.

I’ve been glomming Lisa Kleypas like mad.  Never thought I’d love her contemporaries but I do, and I’m devouring the old ones.  And Judith Ivory – be still my heart.  I think she’s just about up there with Laura Kinsale.  For paranormal I’ve been listening to Kelley Armstrong, Katie MacAllister, Jeaniene Frost, and Nalini Singh.  I’ve also loved hearing all of Linda Howard and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, even though I’d read most of them.

I’m a greedy pig when it comes to audio books – I can’t get enough.

Audiobook enthusiasts find all sorts of time to listen – when they are driving, doing housework, exercising, cooking.  Do you spend much time listening to audio?  Are there some activities that lend themselves well to audio listening in your life?

I can’t go to bed without my iPod and a good book.    I listen on the rare occasions that I clean (very rare), sometimes when I’m cooking, and most of the time when I’m sewing, though I save the less interesting ones for those times.  The ones I want to cherish I listen to when I go to sleep.

Occasionally I’ll listen when I drive, because that’s a wonderful time to be alone with a book.  But driving is also a great time for me to brainstorm, so I don’t want to waste that time with a less than brilliant book and I don’t want to hear a brilliant book because I’d rather be at home really concentrating.  I really need to remember to listen more often during the day – it would make the tedious tasks more enjoyable.  Hell, maybe I’ll clean the bedroom this afternoon so I can finish Archangel’s Kiss.

Oh yes – my house definitely benefits from a can’t-stop-listening audiobook!


RecklessRomance audio listeners were excited to hear that your entire Rohan series will soon be available in audio.  I see that the second in the series, Reckless, is scheduled for release today and Breathless is scheduled for later this month on the 21st.  As an author, were you influential in getting the Rohan series produced in audio?

Absolutely.  I begged and pleaded.  Here’s the deal.  Audible automatically takes a number of books from Harlequin and Mira and they take what’s given.  The audio rights aren’t part of the standard contract, and we did a special amendment for the Ice books.  My agent decided to keep the audio rights from then on, and then we had to convince someone to take them.  I think Lauren Abramo, our fabulous rights director, worked on the deal for several months (with me bugging her constantly).  I was so excited when the deal finally went through.  Originally they bought the Rohan books, including the upcoming one, and then she suggested they take Fire and Ice as well, and they agreed.

Oddly enough, they didn’t want the paranormals I’m writing under a different name.  They said they weren’t having much luck with paranormals, which surprises me.  Paranormals seem very strong in audio.

Lauren said Audible is very big on being completist – if something is missing from a series they like to get all of the books.  Plus they’re responsive to reader requests (I haven’t seen that but maybe I’ve been asking for the moon, like Laura Kinsale and Loretta Chase).

As I downloaded Ruthless, I saw that Tantor pulled out the big guns by hiring narrator Susan Ericksen.  Many know her from J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  As the author, did you have any say on the choice of narrator?

No choice at all.  I asked Lauren to keep me updated but someone at AAR found out the details of the narrators before I did.  I was thrilled with Susan, really afraid it would be someone I was less than fond of.

When I read Ruthless in print last year, I had a certain voice playing in my head for Viscount Rohan.  I must admit that Ms. Erickson’s performance of Rohan was far superior to the one in my head.  Her delivery and timing of his lines as he interacted with Elinor rounded out his dark character even more.  I love it when a narrator makes a book I enjoyed in print even better in audio.  Do you have a particular voice in mind when you hear one of your books for the first time?  What is your reaction to hearing your words in audio?

Ah, she has Rohan down perfectly.  I’ve been listening and swooning.  When I listen to my own stuff I can usually get right into them – it’s like someone telling me a familiar and beloved story.  I do automatically revise – I’ll listen and want to rephrase stuff, but then, I do that with other people’s books as well.

Some narrators get accents wrong or pronounce a name incorrectly, but I can usually get over that as long as they’ve got the characters right.  Oh, and an interesting note – narrators will quite often throw in a wrong word that’s similar to the word that was written.  They’re reading so smoothly that they gloss over something, like they’ll say “exasperate” instead of “exacerbate” and “disseminate” instead of “dissimulate.”  At first I thought I’d made a typo in the original that I hadn’t caught, but now I realize the narrator is on a nice smooth roll and her eyes just glided over the word.

Jenny Crusie hates hearing her stuff on audio, which is a shame, because some of hers is so good (I adore Faking It).  I gather a lot of writers don’t want to hear their work.

For me, it gets my brain, particularly my going-to-sleep brain, into the story-telling state of mind.  As I go to sleep listening to a book I get immersed in story-telling, and it increases my productivity (at least, I tell myself that).

Fire and IceIn the audio community we often see series released out of order.  Your Ice Series is a perfect example with the first in the series, Black Ice, released third in audio and the third in the series, Ice Blue, released first in audio.  Can you help us understand this process?

I think that’s part of Mira/Harlequin’s deal with Audible.  I imagine Audible wanted more romantic suspense and Mira simply sent them the most recent.  I had had no idea they were going back to do the first two, and I was thrilled when they suddenly appeared on Audible.  At first I hadn’t realized we’d kept the rights for Fire and Ice.  I gather Audible really tries to be responsive about things like this, but things fall through the cracks.  The Karen Robards Banning Sisters trilogy came out backwards as well.  I think they grab something that sounds interesting and then go back to get the rest of the series.

Speaking of Fire and Ice, audio romance enthusiasts were thrilled to see it released in MP3/CD format on January 31st,  yet we didn’t see its release at Audible until February 24th.  As the author, do you know if Audible will pick up one of your audiobooks released in MP3/CD format and do you know why those of us who listen to digital audiobooks must endure the wait?

I asked Lauren about that – she says Audible is Tantor’s main market (even though they sell direct to consumer and to libraries) and that most books will go to them, but it can take them a while to get them up on the site.  Fire and Ice just went up, and while Reckless is coming out March 7th I expect it’ll take a week or so to get to Audible. Tantor works very quickly, BTW.  We made the deal in November, I think, and was told the first would probably be out in January.  Much faster than publishing.

Still sitting on my audiobook shelf are a number in cassette tape format including two of your older titles in abridged format, The Widow and Shadows at Sunset.  I find the short abridgements a challenge (these both fit that description with 2-3 hours in length) but I must ask, how do you feel as the author when listening to these shortened versions?  Do you have any say on the abridged script?

No say in the abridged script.  I tried to listen but they drove me crazy.  With The Widow the main love scene was shifted and a huge section was missing.  As for Shadows at Sunset, I lost the entire subplot, which was one of the best parts of the book, so I can’t really listen to them.

When I started The Widow I was reminded that I really liked the book – it was one of those that sort of disappeared once I wrote it.  But then parts started going missing and I had to turn it off, thoroughly bummed.

As a long time Anne Stuart fan, there are many of your older print titles that sit on my keeper shelf.  In the past, a number of our listeners (including me) have wished out loud for the audio release of your older titles.  Do you know if any of your older books will be released in audio format?  Do you have any influence over that process?

None of the older books are scheduled.  I have to get some of the OOP books available on Amazon (my agent is working on it) and then we might see some action.  I think it will depend on how these books do.  My agent knows I’m desperate for any audio sales, so she’ll be pushing Tantor for more, and if these do well they ought to go for it.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have stuff like Nightfall or To Love a Dark Lord be on audio?  Be still my heart.

Amazon owns Audible now, so there should be better synergy between the Kindle books and Audible, but then again, Amazon is so huge one department might not know what the other is doing.  Bottom line is always profit.  I’ve seen audio rights go for $250, for $3,000, and for $40,000.  With the 40k advances (not for me, alas) it must mean they’re making good money off the books, which is encouraging.

What do you suggest for those who are thinking about listening to their first audiobook or increasing their audio listening?

Audible is the way to go, and an MP3 player rather than a clunky cassette or cd player.  One thing I haven’t seen mentioned is Amazon’s occasional promotions.  For people who like audio books and want to get into them more, Amazon has had deals where if you sign up for the basic package of Audible for one year (something like $14 a month for one book with a year commitment) you get $100 off selected technology, like an iPod touch or a Nano (or even a Kindle).  It’s a great way to get started if you know you’re going to want at least 12 books.  I told my niece and she signed up, got a new Nano and gave her old one to her mother, who listens to audio books as she gardens.

The great thing about audio books is that it’s bringing new readers in and old readers back.  A lot of people (women in particular) have to multi-task so much that they don’t have enough time to read.  This gives it back to them.  And my husband was only a sporadic reader and now he’s loving it. Which delights me.  Because professional considerations aside, there’s nothing more wonderful than getting people caught up in the lure of a good story.

Thanks to Anne for talking with us today.  She’ll be checking in to answer your questions so fire away!  Remember, to enter for your chance to win, comment to this post by Sunday, March 13th at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

See you later this month when we talk about April Releases.

Enjoy your listening!

-       Lea Hensley

Note – a number of the Georgette Heyer audiobooks referenced above may be available in other formats or with a different narrator.

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59 Responses to Speaking of Audiobooks: Anne Stuart Interview and Ruthless Giveaway (Contest Closed)

  1. Diana says:

    Wonderful interview! Like Anne I’ve got a long list of great books by favorite authors that SHOULD be recorded. I love the ICE series audiobooks and have listened to them more than a few times. I’ll be grabbing the next Rohan as soon as it’s available. (Don’t enter me in contest.)

  2. wenmc says:

    I love Anne’s books and really enjoyed the Rohan series. I’m just getting into Audio books, mostly what I get at my local library. I enjoyed Susan Erickson’s “In Death” portrayal and would love to listen to the Rohan series.

  3. SandyH says:

    Loved the Rohan series and would love to “re-read” them in the audio format.

  4. Michele says:

    Ruthless, Reckless, and Breathless were brilliant. Can you believe I’ve never tried getting an audio book from Audible? And I have a new nano. I’ll have to try it. I’m sure I could get my husband hooked on it too. Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Jo-Ann W. says:

    Thanks for the interview, it was great. But if Anne Stuart is doing all this audio listening, she’s not writing! Get on that! Love the Rohans and I’d love to hear the audio.

  6. kathybaug says:

    What an interesting interview! I love to listen to audio books when I’m driving and would love a chance to listen to Ruthless. I’m a big fan of Susan Erickson’s narrations.

  7. Cindy W says:

    I didn’t even know this was being released on audio! I am a little behind on my audio books but this has been on my (book) wish list for months! I am so excited to know I can listen while running!

  8. trish b says:

    I’m fairly new to audio books and would love to listen to anything by Anne Stuart.

  9. Carina Sommers says:

    I have truly enjoyed the Rohan series. Great interview.

  10. Brenda says:

    I loved this interview, it answers so many int6eresting questions in such an informative way.

    I’m going to redouble my efforts in making requests at Audible now that I know it can really help in their decision making.

    Nightfall in audio … drool, I loved that book. If I’m wishing then add Moonrise, Devil’s Waltz and since we’re seeing older categories being released lets add in both Catspaw classics.

    I could go on by adding every title sitting on my keeper shelf but suffice it to say I’d be in line for any of them in audio!

    Now my question for Anne, will you be letting us know your pen name for the paranormal books? And when can we expect them? I’m sure I’m not the only one very excited about this new avenue in your writing.

    No need to enter me in the drawing, I’m a day of release kinda gal thanks to Audible. :)

  11. diane9596 says:

    Love the interview! I got the short freebie story from Harlequin on my Sony reader and enjoyed it a lot. I have yet to pick up the 3 other books so I would love to win a copy. :)

  12. BevL(QB) says:

    I’ve got Ruthless on my Audible, NetLibrary, and Amazon Audio Book wish lists right now, so count me in for this contest!

    I’m scratching my head over that “They said they weren’t having much luck with paranormals” comment. Seriously?! That ranks right up there with Stephanie Laurens being told that abridged audio books are created because that’s what libraries want. Yeah, ask a librarian about THAT one too.

    Looks like 1980 called and they want their marketing policies back. ;-p

  13. Carrie says:

    I must be one of the few here who have never read an Anne Stuart book! I’ll have to remedy that in the future.

    (And I found an old unabridged copy of Venetia on audio and look forward to listening to it. I love it in print.)

  14. Bonnie says:

    I am reading almost every spare minute that I have. Audio books have never held any appeal to me, but Anne makes it sound very tempting. I believe I’ll have to give it a try.

  15. Mariee says:

    Great interview! I love Anne’s books and the Rohan series is one of my favorites. It would be awesome to hear it on audio.

    Anne: What are you writing on now? Any plans for any more historical romances?

  16. kathy says:

    I would give ANYTHING to have “To Love a Dark Lord” on audio!!!! Can we get a petition going?

  17. Sotheara says:

    I’m slow to get on the audiobook bandwagon as I still enjoy having a good book in my hand to read. Saying that, I have Nalini Sing’s Angels’ Blood & Archangel’s Kiss on my iPod. I love listening to them as I drift to sleep. I would love to add more audiobooks to my meager collection and Anne Stuart’s would make a great addition.

  18. Connie says:

    I love listening to audiobooks and Susan Ericksen is one of my favorite narrators. Can’t wait to listen to Ruthless!

  19. atumn says:

    wow! Thank you AAR so much for such insightful interview!!

    I read about 3 books a week, and had always wondered i really feel about audio-books. This interview answered a lot of questions from the Author`s point of view,which is really interesting!.

    Firstly, I always wondered about choice of the narrators (that can potentially make it or brake it for me)It is very sad the industry gives the author so little choice when is their craft they are talking about.

    My transition to audio-books has been a slow one,because i have a vivid imagination and just love to picture the voices and recreate the scene my self. Unfortunately i suffer from “severe eye syndrome” and its extremely tiresome to apply artificial tears every 15 min or so,while in the middle of a good book! not to say embarrassing sometimes. It has been several occasions where I`m in a public place reading a book and have to moisten my eyes,and ppl would look at me as if I`m crying a river over my romance novel! LOL! Not that it doesn’t happen naturally from time to time.. i must admit *blush*

    to Ann Stewart: i just love “the House of Rohan” books. They are sinfully good!!! special congrats to “the devil Waltz” you have quite a talent for writing dark, shady, unrepentant men!! i absolutely loved this book!!

    again big Kudos to AAR! I love your interviews!!

  20. Anne Stuart says:

    Hi, guys. Brenda — the other name is Kristina Douglas (my middle name and the one I go by and my father’s and brother’s name for the last name). First one’s out and it’s RAZIEL. I’m about to sign for two more.

    Carrie — you will love the unabridged Venetia. It’s my favorite Heyer (hard to pick a favorite but that’s it) and I wept as I listened to it. I was driving with Jennifer Crusie, back from an RWA conference and she was freaked by my tears.

    What I love about audio books (and I don’t remember if I said it in the interview) is that the reader will emphasize stuff that my eyes might have skipped over when I read the book (I read fast). So with Heyer I’ll end up with a brand new view of a much-beloved book. I’ll see a room differently.

    Sometimes that screws up. I adore Barbara Rosenblat but she is so NOT Emerson in the Amerlia Peabody books. At least not my Emerson.

    And yes, the “no paranormals” seemed really strange as that’s about half of what I listen to and what Audible offers in romance.

  21. Helen D says:

    I am a huge fan of Audible.com and for the last year been a member. I love listening to books on my iPod while on the dreaded treadmill. And now that the weather is breaking, will be walking around the neighborhood. I am thrilled to hear that the [i]Rohan[/i] series is available. And Anne, I am in complete agreement with you about audio books…Doing a chore I hate is ironing, but listing to the audio books makes it so much more easier and relaxing.

  22. Vic says:

    Great interview. Don’t include me in the contest as I already have Ruthless on my iPod to be listened to! Looking forward to it.

    I agree totally with autumn that it is such a shame that the author has NO input on narrator. The narrator can RUIN an awesome book or can make a mediocre book so much more interesting and insightful! Wonder if that is dependent on audio publisher? I know that some authors have a lot of interaction with their narrators (KMM) comes to mind with Phil and Natalie on Fever) but I think that was much later in the process. I was looking at Anne Bishop’s site and her info on audiobooks when I noticed her comment on accent used for Janaelle in her Black Jewels series being an Irish accent in the first couple of audios released and she admits she was the one who suggested it to the narrator before suggesting to use that accent for another character ( http://www.annebishop.com/a.reader.q.a.html )

    Interesting hearing that audible is Tantor’s main market. I like many of their recordings. I was surprised to find out that amazon bought Brilliance Audio back in 2007 ( http://news.cnet.com/Amazon-acquires-Brilliance-Audio/2110-1030_3-6185975.html ). Audible has significantly increased their available library in the last couple of years.

    I’m a complete audiobook addict – no 12 step program needed, thanks. I too got my hubby addicted to them for 2 reasons. To get him reading again and to get him to be understanding when I asked him to wait while I paused my audiobook in the house. ;)

  23. Christina says:

    It had been a while since I read an Anne Stuart book. With all the talk on Speaking of Audiobooks about her books I picked up the print version of Ruthless not long ago. I really liked it, and now I’ll be trying the audio version of Reckless.

  24. Lori says:

    I’m in!

  25. Kaetrin says:

    Hi Anne *waves* – Ruthless was my first ever of your books and I fell in love with Rohan. I’m looking forward to listening to the audio.

    My question is: do you have any say about geo restrictions? Are your audiobooks available to antipodean listeners?

  26. Shebbie says:

    Great interview! I love Anne Stuart! This answers so many questions regarding the process of when audio books that were released by the publisher are released by Audible. I felt like I was waiting forever for “Fire and Ice” to hit Audible (I even called Tantor Media). But I was told by them that there was a problem with the Audio, and that was what too it so long to hit Audible. My question is, is this the end of the Ice Series? I have listened to the Audio books countless times, I don’t want it to end!

    I downloaded “Ruthless” last week and I am about to start listening…I can’t wait!

  27. Quyen Le says:

    Anne Stuart’s books are definitely on my keeper shelf. I love how dark her heroes are!

  28. JFT-Auburn says:

    I liked what Ms. Stuart said about seeing an old friend through new eyes by listening and getting a fresh view. I knew this but just hadn’t put it into such a well-defined thought. I like her spirit. Thanks for the recommendations, too.

  29. Margaret says:

    Loved the series and would love to win, put me in!

  30. Anne Stuart says:

    Kaetrin – I hate geo restrictions. I will do everything I can to buy something legally and above board, but if they simply won’t let me I’ll descend to nefarious means. As in, my niece lives in England with an English address and an English credit card so I used her info to join Audible UK so I could get some Georgette Heyers that weren’t available here. As major crimes go it isn’t terribly wicked, but if I need something I’m going for it.

    And RECKLESS is already up at Audible! Yippee!!!

  31. DeeF. says:

    Having already read the first two Rohan books as well as the novella, I am excited to hear that these will be out in audio. I have found that listening to a book I know is like icing on the cake, bringing new pleasure from the interpretation of the narrator. On the subject of narrators, the choice is critical. I cringe when I hear a woman whose deepened voice just ruins the book (audio) for me; likewise a man whose voice just sounds silly when he tries for a female. I will be looking forward to finding Ms. Stuart’s books on audio. Like her, I also listen when I sew or in my case, quilt. Heaven!

  32. AAR Sandy says:

    Obviously, not entering either, but just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the interview. I loved the Rohan series and am looking forward to listening in audio.

  33. Janet S says:

    I’m just on to audio books and I can’t wait to read/listen Ms. Stuarts books. Please count me in!

  34. renee says:

    This was a great interview. I really love Ms. Stuart’s books. I have not yet moved into the audio arena but I am intending to give it a try. Winning this drawing would certainly be a step in the right direction. LOL.

    I was curious about whether the Grand Sophy is on audio. That is probably my all time favorite Georgette Heyer book.

  35. Carrie says:

    Anne~ You are so right about narrators emphasizing things in a book I might skim. With Heyer, the language is a character itself and I love to get lost in it. I’ve liked all the narrators I’ve heard read Heyer’s books, but Eve Matheson might be my favorite. Although Phyllida Nash is great, and so it Cornelius Garrett.

    Just recently I listened to Dream a Little Dream (SEP) which I’d given 3 stars in print, but Anne Field’s narration was so spot-on, so moving, that it quickly became a 4+* book for me in audio.

  36. maryann says:

    I will read or listen to anything Anne Stuart writes. I’m still looking for several titles not currently in print, and hoping they’ll be released on audio as well.

  37. Anne Stuart says:

    The Grand Sophy IS in audio but not on Audible. It’s a good version, but hard to find. Definitely worth the search.

  38. Katie (kat) says:

    I would love to win this! :) My favorite audiobook is Julie Garwood’s Saving Grace read by Emma Samms. I’m also a big fan of Linda Howard’s Open Season read by Kate Forbes and Outlander read by Davina Porter.

  39. barbie says:

    That was a really good interview! Iunderstand why now Some of the books I rather listen to than the book the company is on audible. It sucks but I have to live with the stupid of executives.

  40. Angela says:

    Loved the interview. Anne’s been a favorite writer ever since I picked up Nightfall in the 90s. Would love to add one of her Rohan stories to my collection. Audible has become my favorite way to ‘read’ these days.

  41. Maryfranc says:

    Love Anne Stuart and am thrilled to hope her older books might come to audible.com (unabridged, please). I love them all, but would have to choose Nightfall as my favorite. I would also love to get more unabridged Georgette Heyer books on Audible.com.

  42. gumbybird says:

    So interesting to hear an author’s take on audiobooks, and to learn more about how the system works. Love Anne Stuart and love audiobooks, so here’s hoping I get lucky on this one!

  43. Jackie says:

    Great interview – thanks for sharing!

  44. Naima says:

    Love this interview. I just wanted to comment that I love the Fire and Ice audiobook and have been listening to it every night before bed. Sooooo good! And I love that I pick up/imagine scenes differently when I hear them than when I read them. Can’t wait for the third Rohan book!

  45. Lynn says:

    Great interview! I would love to have Ruthless!!! I love Susan Ericksen and will be listening to Ruthless whether I win or not.

  46. willaful says:

    I really enjoyed these insights about audiobooks from the writer’s perspective. I’ve just started really enjoying them — they started out as “better than nothing” while working out at the gym, now I’m finding I wish I had more opportunities to listen.

  47. Evie says:

    I’ve ordered the next one anyway, couldn’t resist the lure of Adrian!

    I’ve been working my way through Anne Stuart’s backlist recently and there are some wonderful ones which would be fantastic to have in audio, a few which have already been mentioned above:
    A Rose at Midnight, Nightfall, Catspaw, Catspaw II, To Love A Dark Lord, The Devil’s Waltz, Special gifts…I could go on, but that’s a long enough list for her to be working on getting released for now, no? ;)

    Finally, will you give us any clues about the fourth Rohan book soon, Anne? Hope that one will be released as an audiobook promptly too, can’t bear to wait as long as I had to for the last ‘Ice’ book (which finally turned up earlier this week, yay!)

  48. Anne Stuart says:

    The fourth Rohan book is called Shameless, and it’s due out at the end of June. Lots of fun writing it, and it was part of the audio deal.
    There’s going to be one more ICE book that will be available electronically. My agent and I are playing around with ideas on the best venue, but I’ll know more in a month or so.

  49. barbara maughan says:

    terrific! i’m thrilled that romance is finally moving beyond a token appearance in audio books and invading the market. i “read” them all the time. and as anne suggests, the reader can really influence the tone of the story. and i’m thrilled there’s another rohan book coming, though i’ll probably have to use my eyes since i don’t think i can wait for the audio release.

    thanks AAR and Anne Stuart for this contest. hope i win!

  50. elainec says:

    This was a great interview and I enjoyed the comments. I listen to a lot of audio books and I think of them as a different interpretation. I read most books before I listen to them.
    Thanks for the interview and the contest.

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