Saturday, August 31, 2019


Audiobook Series Tour: Modern Royals by Aven Ellis

A Royal Shade of Blue

Author: Aven Ellis

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 10 hours and 1 minute

Series: Modern Royals, Book 1

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Aug. 14, 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

When art-history student Clementine Jones receives a message complimenting her latest internship project, she doesn't hesitate to answer it. She never dreamed this decision would not only change her life, but the future of the British monarchy as well. Her response leads Clementine to the mysterious CP Chadwick, a British man studying history at Cambridge. Clementine finds CP charming, smart, and unlike any man she's ever met. Most of all, when she confides her medical past to CP, his perception of her doesn't change. He doesn't treat her as fragile like her parents do. CP sees her as normal, which is something she cherishes. Clementine, however, has no idea CP is actually Prince Christian of Wales, who has never had a "normal" life. Christian is at a crossroad. His destiny is to be a working royal, but he is desperate to fill that role in his own way. Wary of others, he's kept himself closed off from the world - until he lets Clementine in. A royal romance is never a fairy tale, but Clementine and Christian are determined to write their own version. Can they overcome their own fears - as well as the constraints of a royal life - to reach their own happily ever after?
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Aven began her publishing career in 2013 with her debut release, Connectivity. She currently writes hockey and baseball romances as well as a modern royal romance series. Her books are designed to make readers laugh out loud and fall in love. Happily-ever-after endings and good-boy heroes are guaranteed. Aven lives in the Dallas area with her family. She is a huge fan of both the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers. Aven loves shopping and fashion and can spend hours playing with fragrances in any department store. She can be found chatting it up on social media, eating specialty M&Ms, and crushing on the latest outfit the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing.
Narrator Bio
Best Selling, Award Winning Audiobook Narrator, Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, Florida, grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island and started her career in musical theatre. She’s enjoyed an eclectic career as a singer, dancer, Vegas Headliner, Magician’s Assistant, a Recording Artist and a Video Game Designer. A total book nerd, Andrea, now enjoys narrating all genres of audiobooks, especially YA, LitRPG, Mystery, Romance, and NonFictionat her professional home studio in San Jose, CA. Her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in and has versatility and charisma. Fun Facts: Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design; was a game designer for Disney Interactive; and gets her gamer-geek on playing games of all kinds!

A Royal Shade of Blue (Modern Royals #1)A Royal Shade of Blue by Aven Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ROYAL SHADE OF BLUE is The Prince & and Me meets the 2010's. Literally. Okay, so that movie wasn't the greatest (I loved it, that's my unpopular opinion), but it's the best description I can give. And I mean that with the upmost respect for the author and the narrator.

Firstly, this is not the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Andrea Emmes. She's one of my favorites and I always enjoy her narrations. I love that her portfolio spreads through different genres. She's got diversity under her belt.

This audio was pristeen. I do not have a single constructive comment. It was simply perfect.

The storyline to ROYAL SHADE OF BLUE is not necessarily a "cliche", but I do feel like I've read similar plots. However, I deeply LOVED this story. Everything that took place in the book felt real. It was believable and very realistic, and definitely pertains to the day and age that we're currently living. I honestly believe the events in this book could happen.

Clementine reminds me of myself. Everything she did or thought is so similar to my own actions and thoughts and I genuinely feel like I've been written into this book. Which is probably obsurd, considering I have never met Aven Ellis. And I've never had a tumor. But still, I felt like Clementine was me.

Prince Christian, aka C.P., reminds me of someone else I know. I mean, probably not physically-wise, but definitely characteristcally. I have a C.P. of my own.

ANYWAY! This book has my foxy-stamp of approval. I loved it so so so much. I cannot wait to check out Aven Ellis' other books!

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Aven Ellis. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Aven Ellis
  • Are you an audiobook listener?
    • What about the audiobook format appeals to you? Yes, I’m always listening to a book-when I’m in my car, and right before bed. I love the audiobook format because it allows me to read at times when I can’t. As a writer, when I’m done writing for the day, my eyes need a break. Audiobooks fill that need nicely!
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • The Modern Royals Series is produced by Tantor, and they gave me a couple of narrators to choose from. But I requested Andrea because I heard a clip of her British accent and I knew she was perfect to carry the series forward! Her accent is so good I had a British friend ask if she was British! There’s no greater compliment than that!
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I have been fascinated with the British royal family since I was a tween. People always come to me to talk royals and finally another author said, “Why aren’t you writing a royal series? You would be perfect for that.” So I thought about it and decided I wanted to create an alternate reality British royal family. I use the real palaces and traditions in the books, and it’s been a tremendous research project to get those details right, but I absolutely love telling royal stories.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • If I get to a sticking point with my writing, I bounce ideas off my critique partners and beta team until the story is back in the right direction. For a reading slump-I’m lucky, I’ve never had one.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I always treat myself to a bottle of perfume after finishing a novel, and that’s what I did.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • You know what? I wouldn’t. I’m grateful for the time I’m in and wouldn’t want to go back to any other time.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • If you are consuming a story, if you are enjoying escaping to another world, to me that’s all that matters. Personally, if you are listening to a one of my audiobooks you are consuming my story and that’s all that matters.
  • What's your favorite:
    • Food: steak
    • Song: Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe
    • Book: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
    • Television show: MasterChef
    • Movie The King’s Speech
    • Band: Don’t really have one at the moment
    • Sports team: Dallas Stars
    • City: Dallas
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
    • My favorite foods appear all the time! I set a series in Dallas, too.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’ll be releasing the third book in my Rinkside in the Rockies series-Outscored. That is a romantic comedy and yes, it will be in audio, too.
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  1. This sounds like an awesome book!

  2. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.