Sunday, December 13, 2015

Restless Waters by Jessica Park Tour


We are so excited to celebrate the audio release of Restless Waters by Jessica Park! 


RESTLESS WATERS Audiobook
Author: Jessica Park
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Music by Troy
Release date: November 2015




A storm is coming, and with storms come restless waters.

Pulled from the depths of catastrophe and depression, Blythe McGuire has learned to escape from her past while embracing the future. A future now entwined with the Shepherd siblings.

With Chris, she shares a staggering romance that kicks heartbreak’s ass.

With Sabin, she shares an intense friendship, one that’s becoming more complicated than either had expected. A friendship now being put to the test because Sabin’s brutal past still haunts him. Because trauma is the gift that keeps on giving without mercy.

Now Sabin is the one left drowning and struggling to breathe, and his turmoil threatens to send all three into dark currents they cannot escape. Even after going through her own hell, saving Sabin will take much more than Blythe had anticipated. Their connection and their love could help, but getting him to reach for her hand could be Blythe’s biggest challenge ever.
 



From Author Jessica Park

Gah! I am so excited for the release of the Restless Waters audiobook! It’s always exciting when a book I’ve written comes to life in a new form, but this project snowballed into something more beautiful than I could have imagined. I wasn’t sure I was even going to do an audiobook, but then I reconnected with my fabulous Left Drowning narrator, Arielle DeLisle. Once she was on board, my enthusiasm for creating this version of my book soared. She understands my characters as well as I do, and she’s the only person in the world I would entrust to deliver their voices.

So, as thrilled as I was to have her attached to this project, there was one idea I had to present, and I wasn’t sure how it would go over with her...

Restless Waters includes lyrics from my friend and phenomenally talented musician, Troy. Beyond that, he actually wrote a song for me! Er, well, for the book. “Coward” is the powerful single he created, and everything about it reaches into my heart. More music from the book is available on his recently released EP, When The Lights Came, and he’ll also be releasing more music from the book soon!

So, I couldn’t imagine having these lyrics narrated... I mean, it’s one thing to read the lyrics in the context of the book, because it’s sort of the equivalent of poetry, but I felt sure something would really be lost if they were read aloud. More than that, we had an opportunity to do something incredibly unique and dynamic.

Because Arielle is a sassy rule breaker and a rebel, like I am, she agreed: We would ask Troy to record acoustic versions of his music to incorporate into the audiobook.

And then Troy agreed.

And then suddenly the three of us were working together seamlessly on this production! An indie trifecta, each of us bringing something different to this work, and all of us supporting and cheering on the other. It was an extraordinary experience.

Troy and I have been trying to work together for years (his former band, In Like Lions, is mentioned in Flat-Out Love!), and we finally got our chance. Troy is, without a doubt, the voice of Sabin. Nobody sings with Troy’s level of passion, emotion, depth, soul, and beauty. It was an honor to use his lyrics in the text of the book, but hearing his voice as Sabin’s in the audiobook is phenomenally moving, and I am so grateful for all the work he put in. Troy also narrates the chapter titles and opening lyrics, and I think it’s just perfect having him as Sabin doing those introductory pieces.

As far as the three of us know, an audiobook that incorporates music as the Restless Waters one does hasn’t been done before, so that’s another thrill for us! Listeners not only get to savor Arielle’s perfect narration (Man, does she capture these characters and all the ups and downs of the story!), but they get to hear what it would be like to be right there with Sabin as he sings and plays guitar.

We are so proud of this audiobook and terribly excited for fans of the Left Drowning series to take a listen!





 https://www.dropbox.com/s/m5105qc5zxae6vc/citylights_excerpt.mp3?dl=0




From narrator Arielle DeLisle

Restless Waters was a project I held very close to my heart. The timing of how it came together for me -- as a narrator and collaborator and fan of the prequel I'd recorded 2 years ago -- was truly a beautiful experience for me. It's one of my favorite projects I've worked on, ever. To say this was an intense recording experience would be an understatement! Not only was this thick with emotion and depth, which required a lot from me as a narrator, a challenge I absolutely loved, but it also is an exceptionally unique multimedia audiobook. I could not imagine a better suited team, all of us with our own personal connections to the work, and all driven toward the end-product being as great as we could make it. 

Working with Troy and his producer, Dante, to get just the right feel and timing to allow the story to unfold around and on top of the music was a beautiful enhancement to this already moving story. I have a background in commercial production and was able to facilitate this collaboration, and Jessica and I were on the same page -- if we break the rules of how audiobooks are produced, it has to have meaning and it has to be perfect. The script informs the narration, introducing the music adds dimension to the tone, and the blend of narration and music work together to create an atmosphere that you just don't get when it's only one piece or the other. I love what we've done and couldn't be happier with how it all came together.





Read Restless Waters, Chapters 1-2

http://www.jessicapark.me/preview-chapters.html


 
 
  


4.5 Stars

Left Drowning is one of my all time favorite reads. If you haven't read it you need to run to Amazon and one click that sucker. When I saw that Restless Waters was released I was both excited and nervous. I really liked how Left Drowning ended and wasn't sure I was ready to dive back into this family's story. Because lets be honest, nothing is easy for Blythe, Chris, Sabin, Eric, Estelle, or James.

At first I had the ebook and was reading that, but once I saw that the audio version was different by including singing and guitar playing for Sabin I decided to hold out for the audio version. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. Jessica Park, Arielle DeLisle, and Troy took the audio book to a whole new level. It was amazing to hear the guitar and singing when Sabin started to play. And Troy's voice, we start each chapter with him reading, is amazing. I seriously would love for him to record him reading Goodnight Moon so he can lull me to sleep every night.

Restless Waters begins not long after Left Drowning. It starts out with both families finishing up the summer together and everyone either going their separate ways or starting a new normal. Chris and Blythe's relationship seems stronger than ever. They know and get each other in ways that no one else does. Then new playlist while Blythe is running scene one of my favorites in the book. Then there is Sabin, someone who is just royally messed up and doesn't know how to handle it.

As I was listening I started to see where the story was going and it made me really nervous. I wasn't sure I liked the direction it was going. Now that I'm finished I still don't think I really like it but I can see why it went that direction. These characters all have pasts that messed them up so bad they didn't know which end was up so it makes sense that what happens in the book happens.

If you read the Restless Waters ebook I highly suggest listening to the audio. This is definitely an audio book I will listen to several times. Arielle DeLisle may be my favorite narrator out there. She has the talent and ability to bring these characters to life.

GIVEAWAY



3 winners will receive Left Drowning (ebook) via Amazon





About Jessica Park



Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at 
jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24






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