Audiobooks Giveaway: Felonious Jazz by Bryan Gilmer
Bryan Gilmer is a former newspaper crime reporter and the author of the crime thriller Felonious Jazz, which averages 4.5 out of 5 stars at Amazon after 22 reviews. It was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist and Kindle Store Mysteries & Thrillers bestseller, and today it is being released for the first time as an audiobook. Synopsis: When Raleigh, North Carolina, legal investigator Jeff Swaine’s client comes home to find his McMansion burglarized and his new wife’s dog dead in the kitchen, the man suspects his ex-wife. But this is someone far more dangerous. From a stolen minivan, washed-up jazz bassist Leonard Noblac is performing his “perfect jazz album of felonies” to punish the zeros in the soulless suburb of Rocky Falls. Used to working from the shadow at the back of the stage, Leonard puts down a throbbing beat of crime and destruction, the performance he knows will finally make him famous. As Leonard’s improvisations grow more terrifying, Jeff must find Leonard and stop him – and save the teenager and newborn he has kidnapped – before the album reaches its fiery crescendo.
I have a pretty tough sell as an author. If you like mysteries and crime stories, I’ve written some novels I think you’ll enjoy. But you probably already own a pile of books by authors you love or that friends have recommended that you haven’t yet had time to read. How can I expect you to have time for mine?
Well, how ‘ bout a deal? I’ll give you four to ten extra hours of reading time every week for the rest of your life if you agree to use it the first week to read my latest crime thriller, Felonious Jazz? Deal? Okay, good. :-)
The secret’s audiobooks. You can listen to an audiobook while you commute to work, fold laundry, mow the lawn, or walk on the elliptical. Many of you have already discovered audiobooks, like me, and love them. I don’t have a commute, but even I can “read” an extra book a week on my way to errands. I read twice as much now that I started listening to them (Authors love books more than anybody, but we need to spend our free time writing, not reading – a Catch 22).
So I was adamant that Felonious Jazz had to be an audiobook as well as a paperback and ebook. And today, the audiobook edition is finally out. Thanks for the Dolls for hosting me on this special day.
If you’ve never heard an audiobook, you’ve gotta try one. It’s like a bedtime story when you were a kid, only with the author or a professional actor reading the story and doing different accents for each speaking part. You may remember when audiobooks used to be sets of a dozen or more balky cassettes that cost a hundred bucks, so you had to check them out from the library. But it’s so much simpler now that audiobooks are digital. You can download them from Audible.com, usually for under $20.
Even the retail package is more svelte now. We fit the entire 59-chapter, 6-hour and 38-minute audiobook of Felonious Jazz onto a single CD in a slim case. It’s a data CD that just pops in and plays in newer car stereos and CD and DVD players (anything with the mp3 logo). It transfers to your mp3 headphone player or plays on your computer. The disk even has the Audible version of the book to zap onto your iPod (And don’t forget: If you have an iPhone, it’s also an iPod, and you should use it as one). It’s easy, and we included instructions. You can even put the audiobook on your Kindle and listen to it there.
So, let’s kick off your newfound reading time with me personally reading you a story. Special deal for Paperback Dolls readers: just $10, downloaded instantly or shipped anywhere in the US for free (MSRP is $23.95). (There are five different ways to win a free copy today, but go ahead and buy if you’re interested, because if you already own the audiobook when you win, I’ll send you your money back AND a second free copy for a friend). All I ask is that you spread the spoken word.
In the comments, I want to hear your best memory of having a bedtime story read to you as a child. Or of reading stories to your own child. Or your tips for enjoying audiobooks or recommendations of well-done audiobook mystery or thriller titles.
1. Free copy for my favorite comment here.
2. Free copy for the first blog to link to this post and prove it by emailing me the link at bryan at bryangilmer.com.
3. Free copy for 10th new Twitter follower after this post goes live.
4. Free copy for my 10th new Twitter follower ).
5. Free copy for my favorite Twitter tweet to mention 1) this giveaway, 2) and and 3) link to this blog post during the next 24 hours.