The Places I Stopped on the Way Home: A Memoir of Chaos and Grace by Meg Fee was so personal for me. Weaving together her joys and sorrows, expectations and uncertainties, aspirations and realities, the result is an exhilarating collection of essays about love and friendship, failure and suffering, and above all hope. Fee gets it so right describing what it’s like as an actress in your 20’s living in New York City, trying to find yourself. I know because that was me! Thank you Tantor Audio.
No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol writes a story that we rarely get to read in our culture: What if the story didn’t end with a baby or a husband? What if you were a successful woman the way you wanted to define it? Glynnis writes about the eve of her 40th year, where she was terrified to step into this new decade, only to find that she already had the life she wanted to live, despite what society says. Glynnis and I have been friends for over 20 years and I was honored that Simon & Schuster gave me the opportunity to bring her writing to life.
From Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a story of second chances and the importance of family. Tending Roses is one of those novels that stays with you long after you finish, and reminds you that there is nothing in life like the power of family bonds and the willingness to start over.
What You Want to See: The Roxane Weary Mystery Series, Book Two. The thrilling follow-up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator Roxane Weary. Thank you to Blackstone Publishing.
9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno From Harper Audio comes the sweetly satisfying sequel to 99 Days. Molly Barlow finds herself in Europe on her summer vacation, desperately trying to forget everything that happened a year ago. But over the course of nine days and nine nights, her whole life will be turned upside down once more.
Next Up: The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury from Harper Audio, production by Common Mode Audio. A haunting psychological thriller set in the Alaskan Wilderness.
The Policeman’s Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce for Penguin Random House. This riveting prequel to the Detective Sarah Alt series brings us back to the beginning of her career, when she first started to work in one of the poorest and dangerous neighborhoods in Atlanta.
Allyson has been nominated for a Society of Voice Arts and Sciences award for the audiobook, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children for Novel Audio, production by Deyan Audio.
The next Library Lovers Mysteries series is out November 14th. Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay follows Lindsey as she tries to solve a murder that happens in her very own library!
The Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost, a new series for Blackstone Audio was a definite highlight this year. From Audible: When Holly White’s fiancé cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime – exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society, Margaret Fenwick, is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.
Allyson was interviewed about her Audiobook career for Fan Girl Nation Magazine! Check out the great interview here.
Allyson got back to work after having baby to continue Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers Mysteries Series for Dreamscape Media. Allyson jumped back into the world of Briar Creek with Better Late Than Never.
Then Allyson had the good fortune of recording THE PERFECT book after having a baby to record The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby by Lauren Smith Brody for Penguin Random House Audio.
Whether you’re in the final stages of pregnancy or hitting the panic button on your last day of leave, The Fifth Trimester is your one-stop shop for the honest, funny, and comforting tips, to-do lists, and take-charge strategies you’ll need to embrace your new identity as a working parent and set yourself up for success.
Another fantastic book for parents is Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children.
Publisher’s summary: In just a few years, today’s children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents.
Becoming Brilliant offers solutions that parents can implement right now. Backed by the latest scientific evidence, this book introduces the “6Cs”: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence, along with ways parents can nurture their children’s development in each area. Thanks to Deyan Audio for this one.
The next installment for the Mundy’s Landing Series by Wendi Corsi Staub is Bone White: Book 3 from Harper Audio and Bee Audio.The town of Mundy’s Landing was founded on a horrifying secret, but stark white bones of the dead never lie.”We shall never tell.” Spurred by the cryptic phrase in a centuries-old letter, Emerson Mundy travels to her ancestral hometown to trace her past. In Mundy’s Landing, she connects with long lost relatives – and a closet full of skeletons going back centuries.In the year since former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the historic Sleeping Beauty Murders, she – like the village itself – has made a fresh start. But someone has unearthed blood-drenched secrets in a disembodied skull, and is hacking away at the Mundy family tree, branch by branch.
Then Allyson had the wonderful opportunity to record The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor from Penguin Random House Audio, along with narrators George Newbern, Betsy Struxness and Jennifer Rubins. Have tissues nearby, this is a tearjerker. A historical novel of love and survival inspired by real resistance workers in World War II Austria and the mysterious love letter that connects generations of Jewish families. A heartbreaking, heartwarming story for fans of The Nightingale, Lilac Girls, and Sarah’s Key.
Other highlights include Running with Raven from Tantor Audio and Highbridge Audio.. An inspiring story about one man’s tenacity inspiring many. Raven Kraft has changed the lives of thousands who have run with him – many of them hundreds of times. From all 50 states and dozens of countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, they come to run with Raven, and in the process find friendship, inspiration – and a nickname.
And The End of Men by Karen Rinaldi, along with narrators Brittany Pressley , Angela Dawe , Rachel Fulginiti. The novel that inspired the acclaimed Rebecca Miller film Maggie’s Plan, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, and Greta Gerwig.
Isabel, Anna, Beth, and Maggie are women who aren’t afraid to take it all. Whether spearheading a pregnancy lingerie company, conspiring to return a husband to his ex-wife, lusting after an old lover while in a satisfying marriage, or trying to balance motherhood and work – they are sexy, determined, and not looking for a simple happily ever after.
The Rest of 2016
Allyson and her husband welcomed a little girl in August!
Here are some highlights of “relatively” new releases from Summer into Winter of 2016:
Allyson was honored to narrate Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach’s memoir, Forward: Teen Readers Edition. In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, and losses and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach’s book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling with universal questions about how we can live our best lives and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.
Allyson became a fan of Sheila Heti’s after she recorded her book, How Should A Person Be? Written through mostly transcribed conversations, Sheila, a 20-something playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create and reeling from a failed marriage. When Margaux, a talented painter and free spirit, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close – sometimes too close – observation of her new friend, her new lover, and herself, she might regain her footing in art and life.
Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe is a delightful memoir from elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade about the story of her yearlong exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia – nine countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running – investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the world.
Being a Yogi herself, Allyson was excited to narrate, Ally Hamilton’s Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth, and Peace. Ally explores the eight limbs of yoga practice that are integral to the healing process. Facing yourself and doing the work to heal takes bravery and strength, but it’s absolutely possible. Yoga’s Healing Power shows you how to overcome patterns that aren’t serving you and find sustained peace.
Next up: Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay from Penguin Random House Audio. A unique love story set against the backdrop of the Hollywood movie making machine. Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one. Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey’s been a certified mess – a poet who can’t write anymore, a good mother who feels like she’s failing her kids. She’s been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries. Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read A-list Hollywood star, Tommy’s fallen in love with Stacey’s novel-in-verse, a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less.
By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster from Penguin Random House Audio. Allyson loved narrating this delightful story! The writing is superb and laugh out loud funny! Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60 percent of spouses cheat and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, she wasn’t too surprised when her husband had an affair. (That he did so with a woman their daughter’s age? Well, that part did sting a bit.) She just made sure she got everything in the divorce, including their lovely old Victorian house. And as soon as her younger daughter has her hipster-fabulous wedding in the backyard, she’s trading it in for a condo in downtown Chicago….
Allyson had the honor of co-narrating Jennifer Haigh’s fictional story of Gas Fracking in the United States, Heat and Light. A powerfully written novel, the story is told from all the different perspectives of the people involved in Fracking; from the land owners, to the gas companies, to the doctors treating the victims of this dangerous practice. Heat and Light is an important reflection of what fracking is doing to our planet. Want to know more about fracking? Check out Josh Fox’s website and documentaries Gasland and Gasland 2.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman, read by Cassandra Campbell, Simone Lewis and Allyson Ryan is out and available on Audible, published by Harper Audio. On Halloween 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand – a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region. In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. Allyson reads the role of Hannah Dexter.
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks is out! From Audible: Mean Girls meets Life of Pi in this darkly humorous, compulsively listenable teen novel that’s perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Andrew Smith. A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Parks’ irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.
A Girls Guide to Moving on by Debbie Macomber is a featured audiobook in Audiofile Magazine! An inspiring story about moving on after divorce.
Allyson has been busy Fall through Winter working on the Killer Instincts Series by Elle Kennedy for Tantor Audio. When a group of male mercenaries team up with sexy and deadly female assassins to save the world, anything can happen!
Allyson joins the roster at TGMD Talent Agency!
Allyson is tremendously excited to be featured on the Books on Tape Blog for Penguin Random House talking about Jenn McKinlay’s new Library Lovers Mystery series!
Recording The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore for Penguin Random House Audio was a true delight. Check out this contemporary fiction novel about the joys and pains of a family trying to make it all work while their oldest daughter applies to Harvard.
Next up: From Penguin-Random House comes the audiobook of Method 15/33, the debut Fiction novel of Shannon Kirk. Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who’s just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped…Alone…Terrified. Now forget her… Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge. An intense and fantastic ride.
From Audible comes the audiobook of the incredible real life Memoir, Buried Memories: Katie Beers’s Story: In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her prekidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life.
Allyson narrates the experience from the perspective of Carolyn Gusoff, who reported on the case during and after.
Allyson had the honor of narrating both of Leigh Byrne’s moving and poignant real life memoirs, Call Me Tuesday and Call Me Cockroach out now for Audible. The story of a girl whose mother, after undergoing a personality change after a family tragedy, unleashes unspeakable abuse on her with misplaced blame. Beautifully written and inspiring to all those who have undergone familial abuse.
Allyson is narrating the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries by Gigi Pandian for Tantor Media! First book, Artifact is out June 30, 2015! When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend. But she’s not the only one on the trail….
So far it’s been a busy year! Here are some highlights:
Coming up: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno. Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer—99 days—with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother. Allyson loved narrating this sweet novel for Harper Audio.
Out now from Audible: I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny by Abby Rosmarin. What is really like to be a model? Abby tells all in her funny and poignant memoir.
The new Wendi Corsi Staub novel, The Black Widow from Harper Collins, and produced by Deyan Audio. One woman looking for love online is entangled in a killer’s terrifying scheme . . .
Allyson was a featured Narrator on Eargasms Audiobook Reviews! Read the interview here and check out her complete discography with samples.
Allyson is working on the recording of the next Wendi Corsi Staub book, The Black Widow for Harper Collins, produced by Deyan Audio!
Allyson booked a recurring guest star on the new show for WeTV, South of Hell premiering 2015! Pilot episode directed by Eli Roth and produced by Blumhouse Television and Sonar Entertainment.
Islands at the the End of the World, by Austin Aslan is out next week! Buy it October 23rd!
Follow characters Lynn and Lucy as they make an epic journey cross country during a dystopian future to find a place to call home in the novel, In a Handful of Dust. This sequel from Molly McGinnis takes place 10 years after her first novel, Not A Drop to Drink. Audiobook release date is September 23rd from Harper Collins.
Allyson is happy to be narrating the new young adult novel for Audible, Islands at the the End of the World by Austin Aslan, a fast paced survival story of a father and daughter set in Hawaii. Coming soon.
You can find Allyson’s Audiobooks all in one place on Pinterest. Click on the covers to buy them on Audible!
Allyson is narrating the next Wendi Corsi Staub novel, The Perfect Stranger for Harper Audio! Release date in July so stay tuned!
Allyson is incredibly lucky to have narrated the Young Adult novel, Life by Commitee by Corey Ann Haydu. Published by Harper Collins and produced by Deyan Audio, LBC is a beautifully written story about the alienation of high school, the pain and joy of first loves, and what happens if you let an anonymous online committee decide your fate. Released on Audible now.
Great new reviews from Eargasms Audiobook Reviews for Listening Library’s Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit and Suddenly Supernatural: Scaredy Kat!
The Audiofile Magazine Review for I Shall Be Near to You is out. And it’s great! Make sure not to miss this beautifully riveting and moving novel. Get it here from Audible.
Allyson is narrating Andy Marino’s newest Young Adult novel, The Door for Scholastic Audio. This riveting and exciting book is “the story of a girl whose strange life in a mysterious lighthouse is turned upside down when her mother’s murder leads her to a hidden door — and a mission into an alternate world”. Due out in April!
Allyson is the voice of ‘Helen’ and ‘Gail’ in the new animated graphic novel, Shifter by Brian Haberlin and Skip Brittenham! This is the first graphic novel ever to use Augmented Reality. This is a very unique project and worth checking out!
Allyson will be recording the Civil War novel I Shall Be Near to You, by new author Erin Lindsay McCabe for Penguin Random House Audio! Look for it January 2014.
Allyson will be reading in the Non-Fiction genre block at the Audiobook Marathon Live! Charity Event for ALS, Sunday, November 10th at 10am! Get your tickets and more info HERE!!
New commercial headshots taken by photographer, James DiPietro are up in the headshot gallery! Go to the drop down menu under What’s With Her to check them out!
Allyson is back in the Deyan Audio studios recording the first two paranormal romance books in the Jolie Wilkins Series by HP Mallory! She finally gets to learn how it all started!
Allyson joins the talent roster at Edge Studio in Los Angeles!
Allyson is getting ready to get in the studio to record The Good Sister by Wendi Corsi Staub for Deyan Audio!
A Total Waste of Makeup by Kim Gruenenfelder has been released on Audible. Great Reviews!
Allyson married the love of her life this month and is currently on Cloud 9!
Temporary Agency by Rachel Pollack released in February and a joy to narrate. Check out this unique, techno-pagan love story thriller on Audible. An incredibly fun listen!
Allyson has been working on a series of novels by author, Wendi Corsi Staub for Harper Collins, produced by Deyan Audio! Titles out in April, find them on Audible.com!
Hyundai’s “Don’t Tell Mom” ad airs during the Super Bowl!!
Hyundai-Don’t Tell Mom spot hits Times Square! Playing through the holidays and beyond!
Hear Allyson on the Red Cross PSAs on TV now, asking you to donate to Hurricane Sandy victims. Click on the link to donate now!
So much new stuff! Great interview with Allyson and Andrew Shaffer, author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey for Tantor Media! Great reviews of the audiobook are in! Check some out here, here , here and here!
Check out the Kraft Mac and Cheese commercial if you haven’t seen it on your TV or computer yet. And keep a lookout for the new Hyundai spot! Coming soon!
Fantastic audiobook review for Fifty Shames of Grey on Goodreads! Take a look!