Author: Kay Dew Shostak
Narrator: Suzanne Barbetta
Series: Chancey, Book One
Length: 10h 8m
Publisher: Kay Dew Shostak
Released: Dec. 22, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Looking in your teenage daughter's purse is never a good idea. After all, it ended up with Carolina Jessup opening a bed & breakfast for railroad fanatics in a tiny Georgia mountain town. Carolina knows all about, and hates, small towns. How did she end up leaving her wonderful Atlanta suburbs behind while making her husband's dreams come true? The town bully (who wears a lavender skirt and white gloves), an endless parade of teenagers through her house, and everybody's talk about a ghost have Carolina looking for an escape, or at least a way to move back home. Instead, she's front and center for all of Chancey's small town gossip. Unlike back home in the suburbs with privacy fences and automatic garage doors, everybody in Chancey thinks your business is their business and they all love the newest Chancey business. The B&B hosts a Senate candidate, a tea for the county fair beauty contestants, and railroad nuts who sit out by the tracks and record the sound of a train going by. Yet, nobody believes Carolina prefers the 'burbs. Oh, yeah, and if you just ignore a ghost, will it go away?
“A new voice in Southern Fiction” is how a recent reviewer labeled Kay Dew Shostak’s debut novel, Next Stop, Chancey. Kay grew up in the South, then moved around the country raising a family. Always a reader, being a writer was a dream she cultivated as a journalist and editor at a small town newspaper in northern Illinois. “Next Stop, Chancey”, published in 2015, was the first in the series set in the small, imaginary town of Chancey, Georgia. The fifth book in the series, “Kids are Chancey” will be released August 2017. Seeing the familiar and loved from new perspectives led Kay to write about the absurd, the beautiful, and the funny in her South in both her fiction and non-fiction. Visit Kay’s website at kaydewshostak.com to sign up for her newsletter and to read more about her journey. Kay is also on Facebook and twitter. All four Chancey books (along with the first in a new series set in Florida) are available on Amazon in print and eBook.
Q&A with Narrator Suzanne Barbetta
With Narrator Suzanne BarbettaWaffle fries or curly fries? Cajun spiced sweet potato fries. TOTALLY addicted. GIF with a hard g or soft g? Hard G. Fantasy or science-fiction? SUCH A GEEK-GIRL. I’ve watched all the Star Wars/Star Trek movies and all the Star Trek series but at the end of the day my favorite fiction genre to read is Epic Fantasy. Superman or Batman? Batman. Because...Batgirl. Text message or call? Depends: Mom = Call. Friends = Text/IM Pancakes or waffles? Pumpkin pancakes! Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Dr. Who TV Shows or movies? Movies. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Always Alice. Being too warm or too cold? Too Cold = hot chocolate + marshmallows. Netflix or Hulu? Netflix. Work Hard or Play Hard? Both. I am a certified Scuba Diver (I prefer clear blue water, gorgeous reef, colorful fish, but SOMETIMES it means hauling heavy gear and rough water). Passenger or Driver? Passenger so I get to watch the scenery. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Beach. Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Yeesh, Who’ve you been talking to? So...I am direct but like to think I’ve mellowed a bit so that I’m not TOTALLY tactless. But...if I had a ringtone, it would be Sledgehammer. ;-p Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Movie Theater if it’s a blockbuster movie.’Cuz who wants to watch Wonder Woman at HOME??
"Reasons I Chose to Narrate Next Stop, Chancey"- Suzanne BarbettaI loved Carolina Jessup, the main character, and her wry wit. I grew up a city kid, so I got to experience life in a small town. A fun supporting cast of town gossips, sullen teens, cranky old men, train nuts, and a bully swathed in lavender and white gloves - a true Steel Magnolia. Because it’s the story of an imperfect mother learning to stand her ground, stand up for herself and overcome long-time fears and hang-ups. Portrayal of a strong, but not perfect marriage: I love a romance and HEA as much as the next girl, but Carolina and her husband share an affection and intimacy that seemed strong and REAL without us needing to see them in the bedroom. Next Stop, Chancey Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card Aug. 23rd: Shh, I Am Reading CGB Blog Tours The Literary Apothecary Aug. 24th: The Bookworm Lodge Aug. 25th: Jazzy Book Reviews Between the Coverz Aug. 26th: Tara's Book Addiction Aug. 27th: Buried Under Books Seitenwinde Aug. 28th: Jorie Loves A Story Lomeraniel Elsie's Audiobook Digest Aug. 29th: The Book Addict's Reviews Jorie Loves A Story Wall-to-Wall Books
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