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Henry Fitzwilliam’s War and Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess are currently available on Audible and Amazon. The Keeper and The Exile are currently in production.

Exciting news! My first two books are available for purchase on Audible and Amazon!

Frankly, being my first books, I’m just glad they passed the ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) quality check process! These books are two novellas in an independent series so there’s a lot more to come – 6 full novels in fact, which I have the honor of performing.

These books situate the beloved Bennet sisters (creations of Ms. Jane Austen in the classic novel Pride and Prejudice) in locales from their home in Regency-era Hertfordshire to WW2 France, to 2013 London, due to their family’s possession of a wardrobe that allows the Bennet user to travel in time (à la The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or akin to the flue network in Harry Potter – in this universe, time travel devices in Great Britain are unquestionably *a thing* with their existence supported by other famous British literary works.) The wardrobe sends them to a time in the future that it deems will teach them a lesson or help them in their personal development – but as Lydia Bennet is known to have said, “the wardrobe can have a nasty sense of humor…

I’m having a ton of fun in the Bennet Wardrobe universe and personally can’t wait for the rest of Don’s books! Check out his page on Goodreads!

You can listen to samples and purchase them below:

Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess on Amazon and Audible.

Henry Fitzwilliam’s War on Amazon and Audible.

 

 

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Not my journal. Mine is considerably messier. Insta: @goodnotesapp @karenz.study

 

This post probably constitutes heresy considering I’m currently typing on my Surface Pro (which I also love, Microsoft, thank you), but this work is made infinitely easier with my iPad Pro (with Apple Pencil – because, duh) and the note taking app Good Notes.

First off, the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil – no, this is not a sponsored post, though my bank account sure wishes it were – are just the most amazing tools for writing short of an actual PaperMate Flair (the best pen, fight me) and Moleskine journal, and, it pains me to admit this, but they’re actually better. Not for writing quality, though it comes close, but for functionality. And that’s where Good Notes comes in. I’ve imported my manuscripts into Good Notes (under category “Audiobooks I’m Narrating,” as opposed to say “Auditions”), and am able to take notes in margins about pronunciation, definition, emotion, what have you. On top of that I can use a seemingly infinite number of highlighter colors that correspond with each individual character (29+ currently) for their lines and background info.

On TOP of all that goodness, I can create an infinite number of notebooks for whatever needs I have. Currently I have one for notes on each of the books – where I put questions I have, character notes, and can write out my IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and accent work, etc, as well as personal journals for morning pages, my Bullet Journal, a notebook for my Freeing the Natural Voice work, as well as miscellaneous accent work. Being able to have all these notebooks without cluttering my personal space is liberating. Being able to keep all my work on these books (currently three books in the Bennet Wardrobe series, by Don Jacobson) in one place without having to have 29 different physical highlighters, flags, dog-eared books, etc, is just amazing.

I suppose I could write on my Surface – I do have a pen for that as well – buuuuuuttttt…the Apple Pencil writing quality is way better. Sorry Microsoft. It’s the closest I’ve ever felt a stylus come to writing on real paper, and I actually *like* the way it feels now. It’s way more responsive, less buggy, and flows so easily, I honestly don’t feel like I’ll need a physical notebook again.