Going Public…in Shorts – 6/4

Another double feature today! John Pruden is featured here, and Susan Ericksen will be joining Lucy at The Reading Date, today’s blog hop host, so be sure to stop by The Reading Date for the interview.

Listening & Downloading 
Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad is offered in full for online listening through June 10th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.


Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad 
M.R. James’s Gothic ghost story tells the tale of a mild-mannered Cambridge University Professor, Mr. Parkins, who goes off to the seaside town of Burnstow for a golfing vacation. A colleague has asked him to take a look at the ruins of a Templar preceptory, which are reported to be just up the shore from Professor Parkins’s hotel. While examining the site for it potential archeological worth, he happens to come across an ancient relic, perhaps a whistle,  with two mysterious phrases engraved upon its exterior. One is indecipherable, the other appears to read, “Who is this who is coming”. And thus his idyllic vacation turns into a supernatural nightmare. Little does he realize that blowing on that little piece of ancient bronze will unleash a series of events that bring him to the brink of madness and death.


susanpicSusan Ericksen is an Audie Award winning narrator who  has recorded over 300 books including the highly acclaimed In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), the V.I. Warshawski novels by Sara Paretsky , and Meg Gardiner’s  Jo Beckett series. The winner of multiple Earphone Awards for both fiction and non-fiction, Susan is also a classically trained actress and singer. She has performed in New York and in regional theaters across the country. This summer she will be performing the role of Margaret in  The Light in the Piazza. Upcoming audiobooks include Burn Marks, by Sara Paretsky, and A Woman Entangled, by Cecilia Grant.

readingdatebuttonLucy has been blogging about books at The Reading Date for the past 3 years. She loves all kinds of books, but is particularly fond of YA and NA. Audiobooks are a new passion, and now about a third of her “reading” time is devoted to them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and parakeets and they even have reading dates now and then.  Visit The Reading Date: Blog | Facebook | Twitter



Pruden_J_DJohn Pruden is a professional voice actor who records audiobooks, corporate and online training narrations, animation and video game characters, and radio and TV commercials. His audiobooks include The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, which was chosen by the Washington Post as the best audiobook of 2011.

Listening & Downloading 
A Blackjack Bargainer is offered in full for online listening through June 10th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.


A Blackjack Bargainer 
A lawyer who has lost his money, all his possessions, property and self-respect as a result of playing poker descends into drink, but redeems his himself by trading places with an old rival after settling a feud.
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