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Maggie to Join the Fireworks at La Crosse River Vault

'Maggie' will share the awards stand at the 6th annual La Crosse River Vault.

‘Maggie’ will share the awards stand at the La Crosse River Vault Saturday.

Fireworks will light up the sky this 4th of July and so will the pole-vaulters at the 6th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wis.

Elite champion Leslie Brost celebrates her payday with event organizer Jeremiah Burish.

Last year’s Elite champ Leslie Brost with Jeremiah Burish and Maggie.

Thousands of spectators are expected to watch some 65 athletes from all over the Midwest compete in six different categories Saturday. Joining in the patriotic celebration will be All-American Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“Maggie’s delighted to be invited back to one of the best street vault events in the nation!” said author Grant Overstake.

Last year's Street Vault became a Vaulter Magazine calendar page. Shown: Masters vaulter Jamie Steffen, Fuzion Athletics.

Last year’s Street Vault became a Vaulter Magazine calendar page.

The River Vault takes place on the annual July 4th Riverfest, where upwards of 20,000 people gather to enjoy the many festivities, activities, and of course, delicious food. Riverfest is highlighted by a top-notch fireworks show in Riverside Park, making the River Vault a great event to watch while fest-goers stake out their seats early for the fireworks.

The runway will be set up in Riverside Park on the bank of the Mississippi River, which serves as a walking path and docking station for the paddle-wheeler boats that travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis.

The vaulting runway will be on a giant barge near the docking station for the paddle-wheeler boats that travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis.

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Take Flight this Summer with ‘Maggie’ on Audio!

AudiobookMonth2Thanks to superstar voice actress Tavia Gilbert, every month is Audiobook Appreciation Month here in Grain Valley, Kansas! To honor Tavia and all the awesome voice actors and actresses out there, we’ve been giving away Downpour.com downloads of Tavia’s performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon every week during June, which is officially Audiobook Appreciation Month.

TAVIATEASERLISTENNOWOur final-week winners are: Paul Paire of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania,  and Michelle Gard Wilgers of Wichita, Kansas!

Other winners Nick Vogt of Meadow Vista, California; Kay Hoch Metzinger of Eldorado, Kansas; Quinton Adrian Thomas of Newton, Kansas; and, Olympic pole-vault champion Allan Williams of London, United Kingdom.

Author Grant Overstake says, “Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! Audiobooks are more popular now than ever. If you’ve never listened, summertime is the perfect time to try one out. And, of course, you should start by soaring with ‘Maggie’ performed by Tavia Gilbert.”

A narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, Tavia Gilbert has voiced more than 300 titles, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards. She has received fabulous reviews for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading


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‘Fabulous’ Review for Tavia Gilbert’s ‘Maggie’

Voice actress Tavia Gilbert earned an outstanding review for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.Voice actress Tavia Gilbert has received another outstanding review for her performance of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake, this time from prolific reviewer Jennie Mortarotti on her blog, Narrator Reviews and Audiobooks

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Jennie Moratorotti

Jennie Mortarotti

If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to an audiobook read by Tavia Gilbert, do yourself a treat and listen to any of the 300 audiobooks she has narrated. Ms. Gilbert has a beautiful voice and reading style. Her male characters are simply amazing, to the point you forget that only one person is reading. Ms Gilbert’s artful interpretation of each character regardless of age or gender is superb. Words fail to express the powerful presentation Ms.Gilbert accomplishes narrating this book. Continue reading


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Voice Actress and Author Share ‘Maggie’ Review Spotlight

Reviewer Kira Moody is Youth Services Librarian at the Salt Lake City Library.

Reviewer Kira Moody is Youth Services Librarian at the Salt Lake City Library.

Prolific voice actress Tavia Gilbert and premiering author Grant Overstake share the spotlight in a 4.5-star review of the audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. 

Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

The reader and writer make “a great duo” according to reviewer Kira Moody, Youth Services Librarian the Salt Lake County Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Moody writes, “Narrator Tavia Gilbert brings her long list of experience to a well-written book. The characters are well-developed and are easily brought to life with Tavia’s unique voices.”

Moody’s is the first national review for the new audiobook, which was released on March 31st by Blackstone Audio, the nation’s largest independent audiobook distributor.

Grant Overstake

Grant Overstake

The young adult novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of Maggie Steele, a gritty farm girl who rebounds after a family tragedy, soaring to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

Moody writes, “The handling of a hard topic [teenage grief] amongst the backdrop of school life is easily navigated and is tactfully done.” Continue reading


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Presenting Maggie on Audio by Tavia Gilbert!

NewPromoAllBrandsWithSloganGRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by voice actress Tavia Gilbert, has been released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio to major internet platforms and download sites around the world.

PlayawayCover     The audio is available via digital download, various CD formats, and on Playaway, a popular new pre-loaded audio device (above).

The audio is available on digital download, CD formats, and on Playaway, a popular new pre-loaded audio device (above).

“It’s a dream come true to hear this story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” said author Grant Overstake. “Her performance is spot-on perfect and now everyone can hear it.”

Blackstone Audio is the nation’s largest independent audiobook publisher. Its vast collection includes over 10,000 titles, including countless bestsellers. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will fill a gap in a growing category — Sports Fiction for Tween and Teenage Girls.

Gilbert, a six-time finalist for the Audie Awards (the Oscars for Audiobook performers), multiple Earphones, and Parent’s Choice Award-winner, was instrumental in promoting the crowdfunding campaign that financed the project, and assured its distribution through Blackstone Audio.

“This project was made possible because countless people saw the potential for this story to inspire, comfort, strengthen, and ignite the passion of young people, and I’m grateful that Grant honored me by allowing me to tell Maggie’s story,” Gilbert said.

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‘Maggie’ Narrator Featured in AudioFile Magazine

Tavia Gilbert is featured in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

Tavia Gilbert is featured in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

The amazing Tavia Gilbert, narrator and producer of the soon-to-be-released audiobook, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon,  is once again in the industry’s spotlight — this time in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.

Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

In a a glowing feature profile, writer Jessie C. Grearson describes Gilbert as “…a narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, [who] has voiced more than 300 titles across genres, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.”

Gilbert explains in fascinating detail the great lengths she goes to when preparing herself to perform a book on audio. Grearson writes, “A glimpse into her process makes her success seem inevitable. She approaches each narration with great care…”
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Audiobook Coming March 31st! Listen Now!

NewHeaderNewTaviaTwitterHeader4The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, will be released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio on March 31st, 2015. Pre-order now and save 20% at Downpour.com.

PlayawayCoverAfter months of anticipation, author Grant Overstake says the audiobook version of his novel is TOTALLY worth waiting for.

“It’s a dream come true to hear my story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” he said. “Her performance as Maggie is so spot-on perfect, I just can’t wait for you to hear it.”

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“This is a great title for young listeners! Teenage Maggie copes with a tragic loss by excelling in the challenging athletics of pole-vaulting. I love how Grant made the sport a metaphor for courage, faith, and belief in oneself.” — Tavia Gilbert

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PreOrder Maggie on audiobook today and save $3.

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