### means The End

… At least it does to me.

I have been working very hard on my latest novel for basically all of 2016, a Victorian-set story based in Cornwall, part of Riptide’s new Porthkennack series.

I love this story now but it was a ‘difficult birth’, so it was a big relief to type that final ‘###’ and submit the thing at last. All this week I’ve felt like I’ve had a weight lifted from me – I’ve been walking lighter, looking about myself and feeling like I have time to do something other than work, write or sort out domestic stuff for the first time in ages.

I haven’t blogged in forever, haven’t spoken about the books I’ve read or the audiobooks I’ve listened to or the new authors I’ve discovered – all stuff I love doing.  And over these last months, there’s been a thousand times I’ve thought, oh, this is so good! I totally want to blog about this, or at least chuck a paragraph on facebook, but then I haven’t, because my Victorian men have been frowning at me and tapping their elegantly-shod toes and I’ve had to sigh and get back to the grindstone.

Now most of those thousand little moments are gone and in the past and I can’t remember them. But here’s one I do remember.

Ghost TV by Jordan Castillo Price, narrated by Gomez Pugh is my current audiobook. It’s number 5 in the series, I think, and one of my favourites. When I read this series a few years ago, I ate them up so quick, but I can’t do that listening to them because the pace is fixed by the narrator. Other stuff too. In short, same story; different experience.

With an audiobook, the characters are less fluid because you’ve got the narrator’s interpretation layered on the words (so, Pugh’s Vic isn’t quite my reader-Vic). Plus you aren’t able to perform those nimble reader-gymnastics you can utilise on a standard read e.g. reading some parts quicker than others, editing teeny details as you go – stuff you (or at least, I) do instinctively as a reader without much thinking about it.

The more fixed nature of audiobooks has drawbacks and benefits. Drawback: you’re not as in control with an audiobook. Benefit: the slowed down pace means you don’t miss any gems and on a reread, you get a new slant on the book.

Anyhoo, Ghost TV opens with a chapter set in a fairground: Vic, Jacob, Jacob’s sister and her kid. Jacob in uncle mode, Vic in ever-present awkward mode. I’m pretty sure I enjoyed that chapter a good bit when I read it first time round, but on this listen it was just great, and so memorable. As a piece of writing, it’s full of fantastic, satisfying details, character clues and fabulous turns of phrase, like this zinger:

A big-kid ride roared past us and the wall of scream trailed along in the wake of the metal cage full of freshly flung people.

That’s dazzling.

I remember exactly where I was when Gomez Pugh drawled that sentence to me. Walking up to school on a day off work to pick up my boy (always a little exciting, that, even now) on a typical Scottish summer’s day – grey  but fine, with a few outbreaks of blue. Then, turning a corner from the main road onto a more meandering lane, that slow, deliberate voice in my ear ~

…freshly flung people.

Kind of a perfect moment, that.

 

 

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  1. Congratulations in finishing your latest book. 😉
    I love audio books too, and am looking for a narrator for my own series, but gosh, it’s so difficult. I’ve heard so many M/M audio books that have bad narrators, or are poorly produced. Maybe I’m picky because of my years spent working in theater, and listening to trained actors with good diction, who played with the delivery of sentences to get the right nuances into their voices. *sigh*
    Gomez Pugh is one of the best I’ve heard in the M/M genre. He does narration for Gasp! by ZA Maxfield, and his British accent is delightful. Everything he’s narrated for Jordan Castillo Price has been gold. Those two are a dream team!

    • They really are. I also love KC Kelly – he’s wonderful reading Frog and The Tin Box. I’ve not heard many British narrators actually (any?) Alexander Masters is good playing Mark in Josh Lanyon’s I Spy series.

  2. Fritz

    What’s the possibility of the “Enlightened” series being published as actual books? I have read them over and over!

    • I’m so glad you like them, Fritz 😄 They are actually already available as paerbacks (see Amazon links on the buy links page). They are a bit on the expensive side, I’m afraid as I don’t have any control over pricing but sign up for my newsletter (see button at top of the page) as I do plan on doing a paperback giveaway soon. J

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