Author: Charissa Dufour
Narrators: Janelle Tedesco
Length: 2 hours 41 minutes
Series: The Void Series, Book 1
Publisher: Charissa Dufour
Released: Nov. 20, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Sam, a half-fae Void, is ostracized by her own people, much less the humans who control her home – the Illinois Mystical Reservation. Packed into the Reservation with vampires, werewolves, faes, and mages alike, Sam does her best to travel below the radar, but when her only friend asks for her help, she can’t say no. Her work to solve a fae’s murder brings her to the forefront of vampire politics, and changes her life forever.
My journey to becoming a writer began in 8th grade when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and pulled from school to recover. During this time, I was left alone for hours on end and it was then that I discovered new friends within the pages of books. I also learned the blessing of creating my own friends by writing down the stories that plagued my lonely mind–as demented as that sounds. Therefore at the ripe age of fourteen, I wrote my first novel. It sucked! But I kept going and now I am an Indie Author with numerous books out. I never imagined that first horrible novel about a man who crashlanded on his long-lost homeworld would turn into a lifelong passion.
I now live in Chicago, IL with my amazing husband and two rambunctious cats, Groot and Rocket.
I grew up in a small town near Boston singing, dancing, acting and loving every minute of it! I received a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory and have performed all over the world doing shows like Guys and Dolls in Europe and The Producers here in the States. But it was when I did the National Tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret that my life really changed. That was where I met my husband, playing fiddle in a whorehouse of all things. We have two beautiful sons now and live in the magical part of New York City that is also right on the beach.
With two children, the touring show life no longer appealed to me so I looked to create new opportunities to use my skills and training. That was when I discovered audiobooks! My husband already had a recording studio in the garage and with my background in voice and speech, I took to it rather quickly. I love using my voice to tell an engaging story and taking on entirely different personas in the process. Working as an audiobook narrator I get to use so many of the skills I have learned as an actor and the imagination and stamina I have gained from being a mother.
I also work as an actor in film, television and commercials. And just in case that isn’t enough, I have recently jumped into the world of filmmaking. I’ve written, produced and starred in 3 short films and I find that creating my own work has been an overwhelmingly rewarding experience!
I’m once again faced with a new author, and in this case narrator. It’s always so hard to choose new series/authors/etc. with little knowledge to go on. And yet, once again I was well rewarded with the chance to find another story that I can’t help but to love!
Sam, the main character, is half-Fae which are known as Voids. They drain power, and life-force, from others. For obvious reasons, she is feared, and considered a nuisance to her community. Despite what others say, Sam really does want to be able to control her power, and find a way to life her life without a massive body count weighing her down…But how?
This story was full of surprising twists, and I only wish it was longer! I love the author’s writing style and look forward to reading/listing to more of Charissa Dufour’s work! As this is the first book in a series, I’d love more of this, but I know she has a few other works out that I can’t wait to check out as well!
Janelle Tedesco, the narrator, was also well match with this story. I loved her voice for Sam, and her cadence and style fit well in this setting. (I’m also really excited to see she’s the narrator for the second book in this series as well!)
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Charissa Dufour. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Charissa Dufour’s Top 10 Perks of Being An Author
- Your office spans the four corners of world, with millions of coworkers, each crazier than the last. . .
- No one judges on how much coffee you drink
- Talking to yourself is a staff meeting
- Pajamas are workplace appropriate
- Staying up late to read is having a good work ethic
- Stalking people is “research”
- You can right-off the costumes you make/buy for cos-play/comic cons
- Collecting funny socks is useful for more than just Casual Fridays
- No one looks at you funny when you turn your blanket into a cape and swish it around your workplace
- Being a crazy recluse with ten cats is not only okay, it is encouraged
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