Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons)

Bio: I’m Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience. I started listening to audiobooks when a new book in a series was coming out and I wanted to get a refresher, but didn’t have time to read all the books (I think it was Anita Blake). I fell in love. I stayed with strictly re-reading books that I’d already read for a long time. I eventually tried an audiobook for something that I hadn’t read first and was hooked there too. Now, I listen to audio for both re-reads and first time. I have some series that I’ve given up reading and only listen. I try to get any many books/audiobooks from the library to help save on my budget. Books on CD and the newer digital downloads from the library really allow me to listen more. I then purchase my favorites (because who can wait in line for your favorite book??) and less mainstream books from Audible or some other online retailer. Some of my favorite series include: Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series Kim Harrison’s Hollow series Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series (phenomenal on audio) Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series (phenomenal on audio) Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series (phenomenal on audio) Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series (phenomenal on audio) Just to name a few and in particular order. All of these are good on audio, but I called out my go straight to audio because the stories are even better listening. With audio, the narrator is everything, I’ve read books that I loved and despised them on audio. I’ve also listened to books because I loved the narration better than the story. My other hobbies are horseback riding (I own two horses, though one is retired) and snowboarding. I take a vacation every year to a cabin on a small island in Canada. It is great because it is just me, my hubs and the dog. I usually read a book a day for every day I’m there. I work in digital marketing and I’m able to listen to audiobook at work sometimes and always on my 30 minute commute morning and evening. Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2806016-melanie Booklikes: http://mlsimmons.booklikes.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mlsimmons

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