christmascarol_0511Happy holidays, everyone! Here are some seasonally-inspired audio recordings for your listening pleasure:

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It’s Free Audio Friday, special Halloween edition! Elizabeth will be featuring new free recordings of vampire stories every Friday in the month of October. This week’s story is “Mrs. Amworth” by E.F. Benson, a creepy tale of a seemingly normal English village invaded by the undead.

Elizabeth’s choice of material for these vampire stories was inspired by this post by author Amanda DeWees, with whom Elizabeth has worked on the audio versions of several Gothic romance novels: With This Curse, Cursed Once More, and Nocturne For a Widow. Elizabeth and Amanda will collaborate in 2017 on the sequel to Nocturne For a Widow as well!

“Mrs. Amworth” runs 38:18. You can read the text online here.

awakening_the_1003 It’s Free Audio Friday, special Banned Books Week edition! Celebrate your freedom to read this week by listening to Elizabeth’s LibriVox recording of The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This book is on the list of frequently challenged classics, which contains many other amazing and influential works.

Kate Chopin’s 1899 novella is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. While on vacation at Grand Isle, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Edna befriends the talented pianist Mlle. Reisz and the sympathetic Robert Lebrun, both of whom will influence her startling life choices. Chopin’s novel created a scandal upon its original publication and effectively destroyed her writing career. Now, however, it is considered one of the finest American novels of the 19th century.

glimpses_of_the_moon_1103 Elizabeth is on an Edith Wharton kick lately – so this week for Free Audio Friday, it’s her LibriVox recording of The Glimpses of the Moon (1922), an excellent novel about an unusual marriage. You can listen to this book for free via the LibriVox site or app.

Nick and Susy Lansing live a decadent life in Europe by sponging off wealthy friends. They marry out of convenience and have an “open” relationship, but are unprepared for where their feelings will take them.