Sleight of Hand audio

It’s on Audible, and they’ll be putting itΒ on Amazon and iTunes soon!

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Sleight-of-Hand-Audiobook/B00RN9S81E/

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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first book, 'Sleight of Hand' is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Sa0D3n

11 responses to “Sleight of Hand audio”

  1. Harper Andree says :

    Kimberly is awesome … not the girlish kind, a real woman, who has been there, done this and burnt the T-Shirt

  2. Mark Henwick says :

    20 sales today! Woo hoo!

  3. Allison Angier says :

    I am listening to the book now. I am so impressed — not only with the intensity/complexity of the plot, the balance and maturity of the heroine (thank you, thank you, thank you!), but also with the narration. Kimberly’s voice is a poem. I will write a review in itunes when I am done.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Lovely feedback, thank you, Allison.

      • Allison Angier says :

        You are very welcome. I have written a review at Audible, as follows:

        The three things that stood out about this audiobook (Sleight of Hand: Bite Back, Book 1): The heroine, the complexity of the conflicts she faces, and the narrator.

        Let’s take them one at a time. Our MC is Amber, and I approve. First of all, she has a Pretty Name. I find it hard to connect with so many main characters right out of the gate — just because they are given dumb clunky names. In Amber, author Mark Henwick has created a heroine who is immediately likable through the simple technique of making her *gasp* Actually Competent. Right from the get-go, she has her spit together. I think that too many authors, wanting to depict a character arc, start their H out making really stupid decisions, avoidable mistakes, and childish judgments. Amber’s maturity, commensurate with her life experience, is a breath of fresh air.

        Gotta hand it to Mr. Henwick. He threw so many difficulties at our protagonist that I was on the edge of my earbuds the whole time. Not only does she have problems with her case, her struggling business, and a suspicious cop, but also with a bitchy sister, an aspirant best friend, a twitchy government bureaucrat, a disgruntled ex-client, persistent vampires, wolf-prints, and her inevitably pending undeath sentence, just to name a few. This is why it is such a relief that she has so much emotional maturity. There’s no angst, whining, or torrents of tears, which may be “natural” reactions to some lazy authors, but are boring, boring, boring to read about.

        I must single out the thing that was unique and so very welcome about this story to me. I LOVE paranormal romances. I have gratitude to live in times when I can have them read to me – thanks Audible. Anyway, back on topic. In this story, our heroine, as a result of a vampire attack, is slowly developing vampire-like physical traits. We all know that blood and sex are linked in vampire stories (at least the good ones, *grin*.). Well, Amber is “between” men, but her libido is growing inexorably as the vampire prions multiply in her blood. As a result, she is attracted to a woman as well as to a man. This is all presented matter-of-factly and publicly. This just…chimes for me and my private little, ah, reading pleasures. Best yet, when things seem to fall apart for one of her perspective liaisons, she does not Burn That Bridge. Did I mention yet how much I appreciate Amber’s maturity?

        I cannot say enough about how much I loved Kimberly Henrie’s performance as the reader. Those of us who listen to audiobooks recognize that is there is special handful of audiobooks where the talent is perfectly matched to the material. This is one of those. Kimberly’s voice is smooth as motor oil, feminine as chantilly lace, and calm as a sunning butterfly. This is the lady I want reading the phone book to me, yo. She will heretofore be referred to as: Voice Angel.

        Boogers in the bisque:

        As much as I liked this book, there are some negatives that simply cannot go unremarked on. The first is the cover. The model is depicted with her finger on the trigger of a gun. The Third Rule of gun safety is Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot). Very bad optics indeed for a book whose MC has Army as well as police training, and there it is, ignorance immortalized right on the dang cover. BAD.

        Other small demerits go, sadly, to Kimberly. For all that her performance of this book was heavenly, there were a couple of mispronunciations that stood out. For example, the heroine is invited into the opulent home of her wealthy client, and sits down on an elegant “chase”. Needle scratch, Voice Angel! Another small criticism is that she did never picked up the pace or add urgency to the big action scenes – especially at the climax of the book. Oh well, piddly quibbles won’t result in any stars being deducted from her rating. Take it from me, Kimberly Henrie has the makings of an Audible superstar.

        In conclusion, this was over 12 hours (yay) of pure fun, action, suspense, and sexy tension, with a solid gold performance, and more is on the way with Hidden Trump (Bite Back Book 2). The minute that sequel shows up in Audible, I am whisking it into my cart.

        • Mark Henwick says :

          Thank you, Allison.

          You are among friends on this site (and the Facebook page) regarding the complexity, maturity and other aspects you’ve been so positive about.

          You are also among friends on the ‘finger on the trigger’ problem. πŸ™‚
          Yes, I know the rule but I looked at book covers and foolishly went with the herd. 😦

          It wasn’t Maria’s fault (Maria is the model) – I told her how to hold the gun.

          On the covers generally, I have given in to my daughter and son, who are going to completely rework the covers. They will be replaced in a couple of months. I don’t get to see what they’re doing until they’re ready. I have faith!

          I should probably have raised a query over the pronounciation. I insisted on things like Jen saying Moulin as if she were speaking French, and I missed this ‘chaise’!

          I’m concentrating on book 4, but I intend to get Hidden Trump started reasonably soon.

          Thanks again!

          • Adrian Abshere says :

            Any update on when Hidden Trump will be available in Audio? Just listened to Sleight of Hand, and I already need another hit πŸ™‚

          • Mark Henwick says :

            Hi Adrian. Kimberly has Hidden Trump and has been working on it. She promised me some chapters before the weekend, but I know these things sometimes trip up for technical reasons.

            So the big question, when will HT be available… I’m not going to give a date until I’m *sure*, so please keep tuned.

            As soon as HT is done, I’ll be giving Kimberly Wild Card to work on.

  4. Harper Andree says :

    That’s good news! Loved the audio version of SoH and hold my breath for Hidden Trump, Wild Card … πŸ˜‰

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