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.
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.
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
WICHITA, Kan. — Bookstores from coast-to-coast will mark “Independent Bookstore Day” on Saturday, May 2. More than 400 retailers from Alaska to Maine will celebrate their value to their communities with author readings, special sales, and other activities.
While a national event is a great idea, author Grant Overstake says book-lovers in his hometown can celebrate Independent Bookstore Day every day, thanks to the wonderful people at Watermark Books and Cafe.
Watermark Books and Cafe, founded in 1977, is a homegrown, literary, independent bookstore and restaurant located at the corner of Douglas and Oliver in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita. The store will participate in the national event from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with author visits, new books and art prints for sale. (Click for full schedule). Continue reading
GRAIN 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.
“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.
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.
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…”
The 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.
After 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.”
“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