Narrator Update – Xe Sands

Eargasms Narrator Spotlight Update Xe Sands


Update – Whatcha been up to since last year? Whatever you want to share, be it personal life achievements or professional successes. 



Oh goodness! It has been a bit of a crazy, exciting year. On the work front,  I was incredibly honored to receive an Audie along with Simon Vance for our co-narration of Euphoria, by Lily King, an exceptional piece of historical fiction based (very loosely) on Margaret Mead’s time in Papua New Guinea. Incredibly rewarding project and a privilege to narrate with such an inspiring and talented colleague. I’ve also been having a blast recording a number of titles from Kristan Higgins for Recorded Books, including Too Good To Be TrueJust One of the Guys and Fools Rush In, as well as If You Only Knew, Higgins’s first contemporary women’s fiction novel, co-narrated with the talented Amy Rubinate, the narrator HIggins’s Blue Heron series.
On the personal side of things, this year has largely been about helping our daughter make her way through the insanity that is the college admissions process. She has worked so hard throughout her academic career to get to this point, to both prepare herself for college and still manage to enjoy her childhood, and regardless of where she ultimately attends, I could not be prouder of her.




New This Year – list/links to the newest books in your discography


Well, it’s been a busy year! Here’s what new on the docket in 2015 (some pending release):
The Lightkeepers, by Abby Geni
The Muralist**, by B.A. Shapiro
Descent, by Tim Johnston
The Ex, by Alafair Burke
If You Only Knew, by Kristan Higgins
Bookburners, from Serial Box Publishing (a weekly release)
American Ghost**, by Hannah Nordhaus
Sisters of Shiloh, by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall
The Paris Key, by Juliet Blackwell
Give Up the Ghost, by Juliet Blackwell
Flood Rising, by Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis
The Position, by Meg Wolitzer
My One and Only, by Kristan Higgins
Too Good to Be True, by Kristan Higgins
Just One of the Guys, by Kristan Higgins
Fools Rush In, by Kristan Higgins
My Misspent Youth, by Meghan Daum
That Chesapeake Summer, by Mariah Stewart
The Cornerstone Run Trilogy (Black Rook, Gray Bishop, White Knight), by Kelly Meade
What You See, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Only Series (Books 1-4), by Cristin Harber
Bandersnatch, by Erika Morrison
Sweet Fortune, by Candis Terry
Truly Sweet, by Candis Terry
Spellcasting in Silk, by Juliet Blackwell
Trauma, by Michael & Brian Palmer
The Daylight Marriage, by Heidi Pitlor
The Harmony Series, by Angela Graham




Upcoming – What is in the works? Anything we can salivate over?


Oooo…now if only I could tell you what my pseudonym has been recording…*whistles*
I just wrapped on The Lightkeepers, by Abby Geni for Blackstone Audio, an beautifully crafted novel set entirely on the Farrallon Islands, off the coast of San Francisco. The book should be releasing in mid-January, I think.




I’ve got a nifty CD set of Juliet Blackwell’s GIVE UP THE GHOST, the most recent in the HAUNTED HOME RENOVATION cozy mystery series up for grabs! Tell me about your favorite ghost story or paranormal experience in the comments to be entered to win 🙂

28 Responses

  1. LilMissMolly says:

    I love cozy mysteries! Can’t wait to listen to them. Happy new year!

  2. Susan T. says:

    I haven’t experienced anything paranormal myself but one of the local hotels has a resident ghost. The hotel is a huge,castle-like building with lots of marble staircases and big windows looking out at the mountains and it is very popular for weddings. I actually had my high school graduation there! The legend is that on her wedding day a bride tripped on her veil/train and fell down a flight of stairs in the ballroom breaking her neck. This supposedly happened in the early 1900’s. She haunts the ballroom and staircase as a lady in white, still in her wedding dress. People who have taken their wedding pictures there claim to have her ghostly form in them! I’ve never seen her though!

    • Xe Sands says:

      Wow! That’s quite a story…I can only hope it didn’t really happen, because how tragic. But still, what a story! Thanks for sharing it, Susan 🙂

  3. I’ve always enjoyed Xe’s narration of Jacquelyn Frank’s novels. They are very well narrated and she has a great range of both male and female “voices”. I’m excited to note she’s one of the narrators of the Southern Reach Trilogy, a series I’m dying to delve into, doubly so due to the narrators!

    • Xe Sands says:

      OH! So glad to hear it, Michelle! Voicing “the Director” for ACCEPTANCE was one of the most challenging roles of my narration career. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

  4. julied says:

    I’m sure I felt my aunt hugging me while ironing not long after she’d died. My sister was going through a bad time and I felt she was saying all will be well

    • Xe Sands says:

      I had a very similar experience with my dad shortly after he died, and with a dear friend…I could so clearly hear them talking to me for days afterward. Was quite lonely once they fully passed on. Thanks for sharing that, Julie.

  5. Went to Audible for a listen to “The Ex” but no preview yet, on wish list as it seems like my kind of listen. I do enjoy your voice Xe, and see you’ve been working pretty hard for us, so thanks.
    Well, ghosts avoid me and I don’t own a CD player, therefore not entering this one but I’m sure the winner is in for a treat

    • Xe Sands says:

      The Ex was an interesting read for me because the main character is generally not terribly likable – she’s damaged and excellent at what she does, so was a good challenge to narrate. Curious as to what you think when you listen!

  6. Mary C. says:

    When a tumor was discovered in our dog’s stomach, we decided against surgery as there was no guarantee that the mass could be removed successfully. Given his age and the amount of pain he was in, it was decided to put him to sleep. Unfortunately he passed before I could get back to the clinic. I sat with him for about thirty minutes before leaving. A few days later, he came to my bedroom door, scratching and whining to be let in.

  7. Kim BookJunkie says:

    Hi! I’m not a fan of the Haunted Home Renovation series so pls don’t consider me in for the giveaway. I just wanted to say congratulations on surviving high school (via your dtr)! I have a Son in elementary school in that’s hard enough! I also wanted to say that I am very much looking forward to listening to you narrate the Harmony series by Angela Graham! I recently bought the 1st two audiobooks!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Sophia Rose says:

    Wow! That is a busy year of narration. Tough to get a child off to college, but I’m sure you’re proud of her.

    I don’t have any personal ghost stories or favorites per se. When I was a kid I enjoyed the thrilling tour of the Wincester Mystery House in California. That was pretty spooky.

  9. Xe Sands says:

    So proud! Oh the Winchester Mystery House! I grew up in the area and still remember that place!

  10. nrlymrtl says:

    I think working with Simon Vance would be fun. I love his narration of Jacqueline Carey’s second Terre D’Ange Cycle trilogy (Kushiel’s Scion is Book 1).

    When it comes to favorite ghost stories, I tend to gravitate towards abandoned places that are haunted, like a mysteriously abandoned ship that is discovered by a salvage crew, and they then start to notice how haunted things are and before you know it, some are dead and the rest are fleeing and we may never find out how the ship became abandoned in the first place. Because ghosts don’t have to give up their secrets.

  11. Your update was right before mine, XE, and I just finished listening to one of your “ghost renovation” books and just love the lead, Mel…you really pull her off with the sometimes snarky, world-weary, occasionally-astonished attitude! Loved the Brit rocker’s voice///and the fun you’ve put into the supernatural!

    Don’t need a giveaway, but just wanted to say, you go, girl! And if it is any consolation, my stepdaughter is now the possessor of a doctorate and a great job (after 14 years of college, but guess it paid off!) 🙂

  12. Alexisa says:

    Hi Xe,
    There is a lot of your work that I love. Its in how you deliver the different personalities of your characters, in your wide range of voices that you use. It’s great to be able listen to a series and not have to worry about getting any of characters mixed up and that is because you ensure that they each have their own voice and the listener can tell them apart. Excellent work.

  13. Janie McGaugh says:

    I really enjoy your Jaquelyn Frank narrations. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is my favorite ghost story.

  14. I don’t have a story that I lived thru myself. I do love cozy mysteries and ghost stories especially if they are laced with a side of good humor! It looks like you have had an incredibly busy year, congrats! Do you feel the up side of audio books & sales has anything to do with social media? I was just looking at the comments area. I remember the Ghost more than Mrs Muir.. I used to have such a girl crush on him!

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