The Story Bites Podcast show

The Story Bites Podcast

Summary: We’re taste-testing audio books! Each week, join hosts Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby for a brand new first chapter, followed by discussion, news and gossip.

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  • Artist: Tanya Eby and Sarina Bowen, writing, publishing and narrating fiction
  • Copyright: Copyright Blunderwoman Productions 2018 and 2019.


 Episode 37: Advanced Physical Chemistry by Susannah Nix | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:05

The heroine is a chemical engineer! This fun tale opens with a classic romance setup: the heroine’s current boyfriend has cheated. Will hottie barista save this curvy girl’s day? Narrated by Caitlin Kelly, courtesy of Tantor Audio

 Episode 36: Kennedy Ryan wins a RITA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:03

Did you see? The most excellent Kennedy Ryan won a RITA award for this most excellent story, Long Shot. If you haven't listened yet, today is the day! #wecalledit 

 Episode 35: Indefinite by Corinne Michaels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:07

We talk breakup scenes and duets. And how do you feel about cliffhangers? We're feeling pretty great about them after listening to this fabulous first chapter... Also! Sarina and Tanya make a big announcement! You don't want to miss it.

 Episode 34: An Interview with Narrator Aaron Shedlock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:04

Sarina Bowen interviews Aaron Shedlock about acting, his favorite narrators, and what happens when people say they listen to performances at 2.0 speed…

 Episode 33: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:49

This book! It has everything: great voice, terrific romance, hilarious setup. Curvy heroine with brains for dayyyys. We loved this new one from Sarah Maclean, and the terrific narration by Justine Eyre. Audio book courtesy of HarperAudio.

 Episode 32: Superfan by Sarina Bowen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:23

Sarina has a new book in production! And you can hear the first takes right here. What does the first cut of an audio book sound like, anyway? This one is performed by superstars Virginia Rose and Aaron Shedlock. Also up for discussion: how to build tension in a chapter to keep the listener hooked. And Tanya’s thoughts about charcuterie board ingredients. You don’t want to miss it!

 Episode 31: How Not to Fall by Emily Foster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:40

New week, new audio book for your ears! This underappreciated romance follows a whip-smart academic as she tries to navigate sexual experience the same way she navigates her blossoming career in science. And it doesn’t always go smoothly…

 Episode 30: In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:16

What a first chapter! This super timely novel had us both asking all the big questions! What happened? Why is Davis there? Gah! Catch up with Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby, and sample today's bite! An intriguing peek at the difficulty of leading two lives...

 Episode 29: A Dozen Audio Book Narrators Answer Your Questions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:29

You guys! When we asked you if you had any questions, we didn’t know what to expect. We got a deluge! This is our second special episode, and we have a treat for you! A dozen guests answer your questions. Including: Megan Tusing Karen White Erin Mallon Steve West Donna Postel  Jillian Macie Gary Furlong Amy Landon Melissa Moran Renee Chamblis Erin de Ward

 Episode 28: Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:24

Celebrate Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy's latest audiobook! In this episode you'll hear a great audio book narration by Christian Fox. And then Tanya gets to ask Sarina questions about this gay romance page-turner!

 Episode 27: Undeniable by Melanie Harlow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:46

Melanie Harlow introduces her heroine with a bang! Not that kind of bang, mind you. The kind that happens when you take a boy’s dare and jump off the roof. This audio book is so much fun! Don’t miss Savannah Peachwood’s narration. Also included in this episode: way too much fun with Barbie. Boozy balls. 1990s vodka and a new definition for “jammed.”

 Episode 26: Podcast Special! We answer your questions about how audio books are made | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:23

We asked our listeners to send us questions about audio book narration and we were not prepared for the deluge! We received so many reader questions that we are going to break our special episode into parts. Today, Tanya answers questions about audio book narration. (How do you choose the narrators? Is it weird when things get steamy?) And on our next special episode, we’re going to ask our narrator friends to answer questions, too! It’s going to be epic.

 Episode 25: Be The Girl by KA Tucker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:49

Today we ask big questions like: what makes YA YA? Who is it for? What does it all mean? Get philosophical with us as we taste test this intriguing setup. A teen moving to a new town and getting a new name, too! We are fascinated. (And when can we meet the boy next door?)  We also discuss the market for YA audio books and their narration.

 Episode 24: Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:49

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep. And that’s only the beginning! There is so much going on in this richly rendered novel from award-winner Sonali Dev! Tune in to sample this unique twist on the royals archetype. With a classy narration from Soneela Nankani, the book begins with a high stakes moment in the career of the doctor heroine and keeps on rolling...

 Episode 23: Fluffy by Julia Kent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:12

The Who-Could-Stop-at-Chapter-One episode. Sometimes you need to turn the page because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Or. Sometimes you need to read onward because you need to see it happen. And that’s the genius of Fluffy’s setup. Also: Erin Mallon is amazing!


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