Audiobook Review: Misappropriate: Kathryn Kelly

Author: Kathryn Kelly
Narrator: Samuel Valor
Series: Death Dwellers, Book 1.5
Publisher: Kathryn Kelly
Released: Jul. 14, 2017
Genre: Erotic Romance

Megan ‘Meggie’ Foy Caldwell is finally getting everything she’s dreamed of, a child, a husband, and family (of bikers) that would truly do anything for her. Her life is finally on the right track. When Meggie asks her husband, Christopher ‘Outlaw’ Caldwell, MC President of the Death Dwellers’, for a church wedding, he agrees because keeping his new found love happy is everything to him.

But when a ghost from the past rolls into town and targets Outlaw Caldwell and his family, it forces him to make decisions that could cost them their happily ever after. Threatening their newfound peace, will Meggie and Outlaw’s love conquer all, or will they both fall back into their destructive patterns that could tear their lives a part?

 

Kathryn Kelly is living her dream and writing books. She’s always been an avid reader and still devours books in her spare time. She also enjoys football, socializing, music, eating, and jokes. In her head, she’s the ultimate biker babe. In reality, she’s an ordinary girl-next-door and a native New Orleanian. Since the release of Misled in December 2013, she’s been living her dream of writing books. In August 2015, her life took a dramatic turn with the diagnosis of Stage 2B HER2 Positive Breast Cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, lymph node removal, and breast reconstruction in February 2016. The support of her family, friends, and fans helped her to stay strong and keep her head up. #F*ckCancer became her rallying cry. Now located in the Houston area, she is once again cancer free. Her hair is growing back and her nails are returning to normal. Currently, she is plotting her next book.

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Narrator Bio

Samuel Valor is a voice performance artist and narrator. He hails from Southern California where he spends his time writing, recording, and playing music. He has voiced a wide variety of books and commercials, from Shakespeare to mustard to romance, whatever needs that extra bit of masculine energy to spice it up. He has a four octave range, which allows for a wide variety of voices and sounds.

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Misappropriate is the second book in the Death Dwellers series, it’s the continuing saga of Meggie and Christopher’s story and marriage is on the plate for these two broken souls who fit one another. Christopher is his usual foul-mouthed but loving (at least to Meggie) self and Meggie is still a selfless sweetheart who knows exactly how to read her man.

I enjoy the story behind this series and I will continue to follow this series. My main complaint is the same as the first audiobook in the series, way too much cursing from Christopher. I mean seriously, I know it’s an MC romance and is supposed to be raw, but does every other word have to be MF?

I like the voice that Samuel Valors give Christopher. The emotion and range he gives to all the characters go a long way in helping overcome the excessive language in my opinion.

I’m rooting for the characters in this book and for author Kathryn Kelly, she tells a great story, I just wish she’d tone the language of Christopher down just a little bit.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Kelly. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Kathryn Kelly
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • When I finally looked into the process, I went to ACX.com, (a division of Amazon), and signed up. The process was fairly simple after that. I had to choose the title I wanted listed by inputting my name, Kathryn Kelly. Then, I had to enter details about the book and upload a 15 minute audition script. I also had to choose 50/50 royalty split with the narrator or if I wanted to commit to a one-time fee. With the 50/50 split, I’m exclusive to ACX and they choose where the audiobook is listed. When the one-time payment, it was non-exclusive agreement, and I could’ve listed the audiobook anywhere I wanted it to be. I cannot even make copies of the audiobook to send to reviewers with the 50/50 split, without being in violation of my contract with ACX.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I believe if a narrator has the ability to keep his or her audience engaged, then any type of book can be successfully turned into an audiobook.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at all. When I wrote Misled, I didn’t intend for it to become a series. I thought it would be a one and done. Readers kept requesting audiobook versions of the novel, so I finally decided to look into it.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • During Misled, I uploaded the project and waited for the end result. Now, though, we’ve developed a working relationship and are in contact every step of the way.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Very few. Sam is very good at reading the text and the emotion as it is meant to be. If he had any doubts, he’d ask me.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Roxy Doucette, the heroine in Mistrust, is straight-forward and funny like my mother. My Facebook friends and readers know her as Mama Kelly. To everyone else, she’s Memaw. I also had Roxy develop breast cancer, like I did.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out?
    • I try to pace myself and don’t fall behind schedule, where I have to play catch-up on what I like to write per day, which is usually 1-2 chapters or 20-40 pages.
  • What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • As long as I write because it fulfils me and I can’t not write, I keep my enthusiasm. The moment I ever start doing it “just for money”, I’ll lose my enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Not a regular audiobook listener, but I do listen to books on audio, from time-to-time. I like audiobooks because it allows me to do other things as I listen. However, unless I’m exercising and I can lose myself to the words, I usually get caught up in the story and stop doing whatever task I’m working on, anyway, lol. That’s the reason I stick to kindle or physical books. I end up falling behind on something that needs to be done. I tend to have a singular focus.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • In Misappropriate, I’d say when Meggie is so upset over an incident that happens and Outlaw reassures her and is happy to see her smile. The other scene is towards the end, in the church. In Misunderstood, I think it is when Kendall is faced with all her demons and Johnnie finds her, and that first meeting between Kendall and Meggie.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Definitely! I’d go back to France during the time of the Sun King or back to the Elizabethan Age.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I say to each his own. What works for one person, doesn’t work for the next. The written word is there for our enjoyment, amongst other things; however, if you prefer an audiobook, that’s your choice and in no way do I consider it cheating or inferior to “real reading”.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • A serious talk with myself after advice from writer friends. Someone recommending a book to me that they’ve enjoyed. I’ll give it a go. Nine times out of ten, the recommendations are on point and I remember why I love reading so much.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • In my opinion, the pros of writing a stand alone is once you write The End, it’s done. You can move on to the next idea. The pros of writing a series is that you can have a continuing thread and/or theme that carries from book-to-book. For instance, in the Death Dwellers, there are several themes: Outlaw and Meggie’s relationship; Outlaw’s leadership; and the loyalty and brotherhood of the club members.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yes, Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell came to me in a dream and was relentless in dogging my thoughts. He wasn’t satisfied until I wrote about him.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Currently, I’m working on book three in my Phoenix Rising Rock Band Series. After that, I will release another Death Dwellers novella. I’ve been suffering with ‘chemo brain’. Every word is wrenched from my head. I have my fingers crossed that 2018 will be a better and more productive year for me.

 

Dream CastAuthor Kathryn Kelly’s Picks to Play the Characters of Misappropriate

1.) Ian Somerhalder as Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell

2.) Elle Fanning as Megan Foy

3.) Cam Gigandet as John “Johnnie” Donovan

4.) Bella Thorne as Kendall Miller

5.) Johnny Depp as Spoon

6.) Travis Lee Ferguson as Lucas “Mortician” Banks

7.) DeLonn Donovan as Marcus “Digger” Banks

8.) Channing Tatum as Matthew “Val” Taylor

9.) John Travolta as Kaleb Paul “Kitchen Patrol” Andrews

10.) Danny DeVito as Father Wilkins

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