“I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon “I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon “Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon
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“Great Book for Tweens”

My 10 year old grand daughter loved this book. She could hardly put it down. She hopes it turns into a series.

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I thought it was very interesting and also very funny. Me and my brother both really enjoyed it. Compared to other books I've read, it had way more details and I liked how it was in India because I've never been there. The yogi way was cool. I will read it a second time for sure.

“An Exciting Adventure!”

I would highly recommend this fast-paced page turner for all kids who like stories that feature magic, mystery, and adventure in an exotic location. Guignard's vivid descriptions of India -- both the chaotic city scenes and the trip through the majestic Himalayas -- bring the beauty of the country alive to young readers. His main characters, Zoe and Zac, are appealing and well drawn. It's fun to watch this pair of unlikely allies form a friendship as they race against time to rescue a supernatural creature from a villain out of ancient Indian mythology -- and discover their own hidden potential in the process.


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Interview with Russell Jonas, Audiobook Narrator of Blown Circuit

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AUDIOBOOK

Russell JonasBlown Circuit is now an audiobook narrated by the talented Russell Jonas.

Q: Why did you become an actor?

Russell: I have a passion for telling stories, and I like to help people have new experiences. When we read a book or see a play, a TV show, film, etc., we either say, “That’s like me!” or “That’s not like me.” We are forced to relate to the characters. In doing so, we grow in our understanding of ourselves and others. The ancient Greeks believed this way of understanding others through theatre was crucial to a healthy democracy. I like being part of that tradition.

Q: Where did you grow up?

Russell: My roots and my family are in Dallas, TX. I’ve also lived in New York City, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA.

Q: How did you get into narrating audiobooks?

Russell: I’ve been acting in theatre and on-camera since I was a kid. Audiobook narration is another medium, but it’s still acting. Malcolm Hillgartner, a voice actor friend of mine, helped me get started by making me read a bunch of dialogue-heavy samples from novels and helping me understand how to differentiate characters. Voice actor Brandon Potter taught me how to record and edit.

Q: How is narrating an audiobook different from performing in front of an audience?

Russell: I play all the parts in an audiobook. On stage I usually only play one character, although I have played up to 6 characters in a single play.

Q: Describe your recording space.

Russell: I open up a secret door in a bookcase in my living room and enter into a soundproof 4’ x 4’ vocal booth. It’s lined with acoustic foam. There’s a chair, a table, a mic, and an LED monitor.

Q: What is your process when you are recording an audio book?

Russell: I first read the book to know the story and characters. Then I develop a test recording of character voices and get the publisher or author’s approval for them. Then I start press record and start reading from page one. I re-read sentences or entire passages as needed. By the time I finish recording I’ve read most of the book out loud several times.

Q: Describe a typical recording session. How long do you read? Do you take a lot of breaks? What do you drink?

Russell: I usually record for 4 hours at a time. After that my voice starts to get tired. I take a five minute break after I read an entire chapter. I keep water and apples on hand. Apples help reduce mouth noise.

Q: Blown Circuit has a lot of different accents as well as a lot of Turkish words. How did you prepare for reading that?

Russell: While in graduate school at Southern Methodist University I studied the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the Paul Meier method for acting with an accent. Fantastic Press gave me the recorded pronunciations of Turkish words. I transcribed them into IPA symbols that I could refer to as needed. I also know a Turkish actress. I did my best to channel her into the character of Miriam.

Q: What did you like most about narrating Blown Circuit?

Russell: I loved Lars Guignard’s imagery. The exotic locales like Cleopatra’s beach, inside the ancient Roman cistern, and atop the crane at Bodrum Castle are vivid and fun to imagine.

Q: What was the most challenging part of the process for you?

Russell: I love reading and acting, but I find editing to the most tedious part.

Q: Which of the characters did you feel the strongest personal connection with?

Russell: I connected with the hero, Michael Chase. I spent the most time with him because it’s his story. Personally I enjoy adventurous activities such as skydiving and paragliding, so I had fun imagining that I was doing all those action sequences Michael experiences.

Q: Who is your favorite character?

Russell: Kate is my favorite character. She is mysterious, sexy, and smart. She’s dangerous, but she also has a heart. She’s a complex character and is full of surprises.

Q: What was the hardest voice for you?

Russell: Faruk was the hardest. I’m not sure why. I think it’s because my opinion of him changed as I progressed through the story.

Q: Which part of the story was the most fun to narrate?

Russell: I had fun from page one, but the most fun part to narrate was the action sequence on the crane. It’s the climax of an action packed book.

Q: Why is this a good story to listen to?
Russell: It’s exciting. It might make your heart beat a little faster and say, “Wow! That is an action-packed story!”

Q: Who would enjoy this story?

Russell: People who love spy stories. I plan on giving a copy to my dad so he can listen to it while he’s driving.

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The audiobook of Blown Circuit is available at audible and iTunes.

 

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Lethal Circuit (Book #1 in the series) is also available as an audiobook at audible, and iTunes.

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