Thank you so much for having me today! Some of my devoted readers helped me out with this guest post by asking me some questions about the Training Season audiobook. I hope you enjoy the responses!
Training Season, the story of effeminate figure skater Matty Marcus and his rancher boyfriend, Rob Lovely, came out in December 2013 and since that time you’ve built an extensive backlist of books. Why did you choose Training Season to be your first audiobook outing?
I actually planned to do the Will & Patrick Wake Up Married serial in audiobook first, but as I was entertaining auditions for those books, Michael Ferraiuolo sent in a reading and while it wasn’t right at all for Will & Patrick, I knew immediately he’d make a wonderful Matty Marcus. And so I switched directions, hiring him for Training Season instead.
Do you listen to audiobooks yourself? Can you recommend any?
I don’t listen to audiobooks much, actually. They tend to put me to sleep but I loved listening to Michael’s work on Training Season, so I’d say that I can whole-heartedly recommend any of his other works as well.
What did you like best about Michael’s performance?
He brought a sweetness to Matty that is very necessary in order to deal with Matty’s brattiness. He did some line readings that just made my heart melt. He did an amazing performance for Rob, too. The tenderness and passion he brought to both men was absolutely beautiful.
If I’ve already read Training Season, do you think I’ll enjoy the audiobook?
Several fans of Training Season have told me that the audiobook brought an extra level of enjoyment to their memories of the book. As I mentioned, I enjoyed revisiting the characters through Michael’s performance of them.
Will you have other audiobook releases in the future?
I do plan to release the Will & Patrick Wake Up Married serial and hope to have the first book out in that this July! So keep an eye out for it!
What else is going on with you with regards to books?
Well, it’s been quite busy! In May, I just released the book Slow Heat, an alpha/omega gay romance, and on my Patreon account I am putting out weekly installments of Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon for all $1+ patrons.
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure’s on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don’t come cheap, and Matty can’t afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win.
When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.
But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
Locally, nationally and internationally, Michael Ferraiuolo is dedicated to helping artists realize their projects. Through audio recording, production, voice acting, narration, singing and composition it is his goal to provide honest, professional, and practical services to writers, producers, and artists.
With top tier recording capabilities and years of practical experience it is his hope to help writers enhance their project through collaboration and creative exploration.