I am very pleased to announce that a new audiobook edition of Maids of Misfortune is now available. This is a completely new version, narrated by Alexandra Haag, who has narrated all the rest of my Victorian San Francisco mystery series and my science fiction trilogy. In addition, if you get the book from AppleBooks, Nook, Kobo, or GooglePlay, you can get it for under $10.
I am particularly excited about the fact this book, as well as most of the rest of my books, are now available to rent as audiobooks from libraries.
I decided to have this new version of Maids of Misfortune done for two reasons. First, I was so happy with the way that Alexandra Haag has been interpreting my characters that I wanted listeners to get a chance to hear her narrative interpretation of this crucial first book in the series. However, I couldn’t do this until my contract with the first narrator was completed, which happened this year.
Just as a personal side-note, I met Alexandra through a mutual friend (who I do water aerobics with) who acted rather as a match-maker. Only after meeting Alexandra and deciding to hire her did I discover she was the wife of my dentist! Small world.
My second reason for paying to put out this new second edition was that I could distribute this audiobook version entirely through Findaways. The first edition of Maids of Misfortune, because of the nature of my contract with the first narrator, had to be exclusively distributed through ACX, a branch of Amazon. This meant it could only be available on Amazon, Audible and Apple, and I had no control over the price they set.
In contrast, Findaways lets me distribute to dozens of different audiobook stores throughout the world, it lets me make the book available to libraries, and it lets me set the price (everywhere but on Amazon and Audible.)
Anyway, I am so pleased with this second version of the book that I am suggesting that those of you who have already heard the first version consider buying this one as well.
That is one of the reasons that–where I could–I priced the book at $9.99 (under half of what Amazon and Audible are charging) and I have been ecstatic that AppleBooks and Nook have discounted it further for now.
And while I am talking about discounts, I have a short promotion running on Uneasy Spirits. In conjunction with a BookBub promotion of Maids of Misfortune, I decided to drop the price of this second book in the series from $4.99 to $2.99 until April 26.
Although I find it difficult to believe that any of you who subscribe to this blog don’t already know about Uneasy Spirits, or haven’t already read it, I would love it if you passed on the word to your friends that for less than three dollars you can get the first and second ebooks in this series. In addition, I believe that if you already have purchased a copy of Uneasy Spirits on Amazon (or do so during this sale), the audio book version (narrated by Alexandra Haag) is only $7.49!
M. Louisa Locke, April 22, 2019