Now You Can Listen to A Season of Whispers

The audiobook edition of A Season of Whispers is now available at Amazon, on Audible, and at Kobo.

Last summer I had the new-to-me pleasure of listening through audition files of potential narrators in which candidates read a few minutes of the text.

The audition I kept returning to was that of Darrin and Kristy Johnson, who took a clever approach to the gig. A Season of Whispers is divided into four acts, two told from a man’s perspective and two told from the perspective of Minerva Grosvenor, the heroine. Darrin narrated the two male acts and Kristy the two Minerva acts, which underscored the switches in POV for the listener.

The pair also threw some voice acting into the mix, with Darrin performing the dialogue of men and Kristy the women regardless of which act they were narrating. As the author I was a little worried how the book’s dialogue would translate to audio because not every line of speech is differentiated by “he said” or “she said” and so on, but by performing the dialogue as if the book was a play, they made the dialogue very easy to follow along.

I knew I’d found my narrators as soon as I heard the Johnsons’ audition. They made the audiobook into something unique, not just a voice reading the text.

So glad Aurelia Leo and I can now share it with listeners.

Blog Tour 2021

To promote the forthcoming release of the audiobook edition of A Season of Whispers, I’m currently in the midst of a six-week blog tour around the internet, which kicked off last Friday with a glowing review by Kirkus Reviews.

Some of the stops are spotlights or brief excerpts but the rest feature original content like interviews and reviews. Some of the highlights:

  • May 7: Read an interview with me at A Life Through Books.
  • May 10: Read a short review at Texas Book Nook: “My main takeaway from this novel is that you get a lot more than you are expecting.”
  • May 14: Read a review at Novel News Network: “Jackson Kuhl has done an amazing job of developing multi dimensional characters.”
  • May 17: Read an interview with me at My Reading Addiction.
  • May 19: Read a review at On a Reading Bender: “a great read that kept me as the reader engrossed.”
  • May 26: Read a review at The Indie Express: “keeps the reader looking around corners and trying to figure out what comes next.”
  • June 7: Read a review at Jazzy Book Reviews: “fascinating, slightly disturbing, and definitely something different from what I was expecting.”
  • June 10: Read an interview with me at The Avid Reader.

AMA on r/Fantasy

On Friday, April 9, several Aurelia Leo authors and I will be available for an AMA on the Fantasy subreddit. You can find me on Reddit as KoolMoDaddy-O (don’t laugh! it’s my gamer handle for Minecrafting with my kids!).

Feel free to ask me anything writing related — about A Season of Whispers, Emerson and the transcendentalists, the last book I read, or my favorite coffee (CafĂ© du Monde). And if you don’t want to talk to me, you can quiz my fellow Aurelia Leo authors, including publisher Zelda Knight, instead.

A Season of Whispers Bonus Content

A Season of Whispers on an ereader.

Over at Goodreads I’ve posted some free bonus content for A Season of Whispers.

I did an extensive amount of historical research for the book, and while writing it I left a trail of breadcrumbs for myself in the margins. If you’re curious about the context of a certain passage or phrase, now you can read those breadcrumbs for yourself.

Goodreads has a feature in which you can share the notes and highlights made on your Kindle with others. You need to link your Kindle and Goodreads accounts to create the notes but once they’re made public, anyone can read them.

I’ve made a bunch of annotations to A Season of Whispers that explain many of the historical and literary references in the story, which you can read here. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the book yet — spoilers are hidden unless you want to see them.

The notes can also be accessed by scrolling down on the book’s Goodreads page to the section labeled Featured Notes & Highlights.

I don’t believe the notes pop up unannounced on your Kindle. You can only read them through Goodreads. They’re free to access and you don’t need a Goodreads account.

And if you have a question that isn’t answered by the current notes, feel free to reach out. I’ll be adding more notes over time.