Tanya Eby – More Power, More Fun

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre!  Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

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Fun & Empowering Romance

Like so many other girls in the 80s and 90s I fell in love with Anne Of Green Gables. It’s not really considered a romance, but if you look at it, it really is. My grandmother introduced me to the stories by leaving a box set at my house after her visit. She didn’t mention anything; she just left it for me. I think she knew that if she recommended the books, I’d never have touched them. I kept looking at that box set, wrapped in cellophane, just sitting there on the bookshelf, but I was a young teen and thought it looked cheesy. Then there was a thunderstorm and I was bored and didn’t want to go to the library and I looked around, made sure my siblings weren’t there, grabbed that box set, and ran upstairs to read.

I think Anne and Gilbert’s relationship gave me a glimpse at what a loving relationship should be, one in which your partner supports you, loves you, encourages you, admits when they make mistakes, and above all adores you.

I made a lot of bad relationship choices over the years, but I’d come back to Anne and Gilbert again and again, and it opened my mind and my heart to the possibilities that awaited in a healthy relationship. That’s a powerful thing, this gift of hope to the reader.

When I started narrating erotica, I was so uncomfortable at first because, honestly, I was uncomfortable with my body and embarrassed by sex. Maybe it’s because I was raised in the Midwest and there’s a rigidity about the role of women in relationships. After all, a woman who was promiscuous was shameful. Erotica taught me that there is power in owning your body and sharing it with someone in a way that feels good. There’s no shame there. In fact, it’s liberating to have a healthy sexual relationship. And empowering.

Romances, in a very real way, have helped shape my identity and my sense of strength about who I am as a person, but also who I am as a woman.

Plus, they’re just plain fun, and we can all use a little bit of fun in our lives.

 

Tanya recommends:

I’ve narrated many of Susan Mallery’s contemporary romances and love her use of humor and the way she builds relationships.

susanmallery.com       –       @Amazon

 

Sarina Bowen does a great job with humor also, her stories have strong romantic leads and problems to overcome that aren’t predictable. I co-narrated Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and am now producing Sarina’s trilogy THE GRAVITY COLLECTION for audio.

www.sarinabowen.com      –      @Amazon

 

For sheer hotness…the Rocky Mountain House series by Vivian Arend is a blast. Viv just completed the series with ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOME which releases in audio this summer.

vivianarend.com       –       @Amazon

For lightness and humor, I recommend series by Julia Kent and Gretchen Galway. Both of these writers are awesome with comedy, quirk, and characters. I can definitely relate to the quirkiness!

juliakent.com      –     @Amazon

www.gretchengalway.com      –     @Amazon

 

 


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

I knew erotica was going to be big after Fifty Shades of Grey came out. At the library, I was talking with another mom while our kids were weaving paper strips and I mentioned I was a narrator. She asked in a whisper: “Did you, by any chance, narrate that Grey book?” I laughed and said no…then she said: “Have you narrated anything like that?” I discreetly wrote down a list for her. Moms need romance too.

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

There’s a Petoskey stone I keep by my laptop. It reminds me of growing up by the bay in Traverse City Michigan, of wading in the cold water, looking for sea glass and stones.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Cheese.

Because I cannot resist a cheese platter.

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

I narrated The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. It was at the same time when I was contemplating a divorce and the huge changes that would mean. The story was powerful, but it came at such the exact moment I needed it.

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Two of my colleagues who are also great friends have had a huge influence on my audiobook career: Amy McFadden and Kate Rudd. I deeply admire them as performers, but also just as people. We travel together to New York once a year for the big narrator/ audio industry meet up. They help ‘normalize’ my anxiety about being an actor, putting myself out there, and all the writing or audiobook projects. They center me, and that’s saying a lot. I’m off balance most of the time. It’s why I never play sports.

 

Main Giveaway

Tanya is generously giving away a $25 Amazon and one of her favorite audiobook titles to one lucky reader. She’ll be giving away a few other copies/titles as part of the US bundles copy, plus she’s sponsoring the tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information.)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

Tanya Eby is an Audie-award winning narrator with over 500 titles to her credit, over 200 of which are romances, and is a member of RomanceNarrators.com. She is the author of romances Blunder Woman, Easy Does It, and Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage.

She’s currently at work on a trilogy. She owns Blunder Woman Productions and is looking at acquiring audiobook rights to some terrific stories.

 

Learn more:

tanyaeby.com  |  blunderwomanproductions.com

Facebook     |     Twitter@Blunder_Woman

 

Buy Tanya’s books:

availableon-amazon       availableon-nook    availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

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MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Tanya is contributing to the US bundles, possibly to the international bundles, and is sponsoring a cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com 

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Michele H.

    Thanks for sharing your story. It is amazing that objects that are so small (like a stone) can carry so much meaning and evoke so many strong memories.

    • Tanya Eby

      Thank you! It’s become a talisman almost. 🙂

  • Sue G.

    What a fun and interesting job. How did you get started doing that?

    • Tanya Eby

      It’s the best! I did radio and TV commercials in college and when I heard about audiobooks, I recorded a demo and sent them out. Eventually, I was hired…and have now recorded almost 600 books!

      • Sue G.

        Wow! That is a lot!

  • cheryl c.

    Anne and Gilbert are a favorite literary couple of mine.

    • Tanya Eby

      So so sweet!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Anne and Gilbert are two of my favorites too!

  • Ren

    Loved reading your story. My mother-n-law loves Anne of Green Gables series. I haven’t read them but maybe I should. I Love Susan Mallery and Julie Kent’s books because they always make me smile.

    • Tanya Eby

      You should! Or listen to them. I know there are some great versions of the Anne of Green Gables series out there.

  • Eniko Tolnai

    Enjoyed reading about you and your experiences. Will be checking out your books and audiography.

    • Tanya Eby

      Thank you!!

  • Nicole Marie

    Great post, Anne and Gilbert have always been a favorite of mine as well.

    • Tanya Eby

      Yay! Kindred spirits!

  • Ellen

    What a cool job…Thanks for sharing.

  • BerkeleyHapa

    I also loved Anne and Gilbert as a child, and Sarina Bowen’s books are favorites as well!

    • Tanya Eby

      Yay! I just narrated FALLING FROM THE SKY from Sarina and earlier co-narrate GOOD BOY (she wrote that with Elle Kennedy). Both books are full of heart and heat. Love them.

  • MaryC

    I cannot begin to count the number of audio books I own that you have narrated.
    Thank you for all the hours of listening pleasure.

  • Audrey

    Tanya, what a great interview! And what a cute story about your discretion in the library with that fellow mom. Indeed, we all need a little romance! What a great genre, and it’s super to be able to share it.

  • Pamby50

    You have narrated so many of my favorite books. From Susan Mallery to Sarina Bowen to Julia Kent. Will have to check out Vivian Arend. I agree with you that a good cheese platter is hard to resist.

  • Glenda

    Great post… I’ll admit I got very distracted by the Cheese board photo!

  • Booklover

    Great interview! I’ve become completely addicted to audiobooks. I’m going to check out yours. I’ve read Susan Mallery, but that was before I started listening to audiobooks.

  • Kezia King

    Your grandma sounds pretty tricky! I have a son who likes to read but he immediately refuses anything I recommend. I may have to try her tactics! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • rebecca moe

    Of course Anne of Green Gables is a romance! Gilbert Blythe was one of my first book boyfriends. And Ken Ford was another, by the time I’d worked my way down to Rilla of Ingleside…the fact that he’s hardly in the book is made up for by the fact that he spends much of that time in uniform!

    I haven’t listened to any of Sarina Bowen’s books on audio–I’ll have to make up for that lack soon! Do you have a wish list of books you’d love to narrate?