A Paranormal Suspense #Audiobook Spotlight during #WyrdAndWonder | “The Haunting of Hillwood Farm” by Kathryn Knight, narrated by Kristin James

Posted Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 by jorielov , , , 2 Comments

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Acquired Audiobook By: I started to listen to audiobooks in [2016] as a way to offset my readings of print books whilst noting there was a rumour about how audiobooks could help curb chronic migraines as you are switching up how your reading rather than allowing only one format to be your bookish choice. As I found colouring and knitting agreeable companions to listening to audiobooks, I have embarked on a new chapter of my reading life where I spend time outside of print editions of the stories I love reading and exchange them for audio versions. Through hosting for the Audiobookworm I’ve expanded my knowledge of authors who are producing audio versions of their stories whilst finding podcasters who are sharing their bookish lives through pods (ie. AudioShelf and Talking Audiobooks; see my sidebar). Meanwhile, I am also curating my own wanderings in audio via my local library who uses Overdrive for their digital audiobook catalogue whilst making purchase requests for audio CDs. It is a wonderful new journey and one I enjoy sharing – I am hoping to expand the percentage of how many audios I listen to per year starting in 2018.

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of “The Haunting of Hillwood Farm” via Audiobookworm Promotion who is working with Sara Pascoe on this blog tour in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

What inspired me to listen to this audiobook:

I love watching Paranormal Suspense stories on television whilst I also have a healthy appetite for them in fiction. Series like “Ghost Whisperer” have such a layered effect of bridging the paranormal into our contemporary & modern world with a healthy effect of keeping the unseen world spilt & splintered from our view in the foreground of the stories.

It is a curious thought to recognise that not everything can be readily explained – that there are things which can seek to do harm which go unseen from most who never are aware of anything amiss. And, this story felt like it was walking between those concepts – as it is a ghost story with an unforeseen foe and you have to determine as you listen to the story – was this a benign presence or one who had malicious intentions?

I wanted to seek out the paranormal during #WyrdAndWonder – as during this 2nd Year, although I’m predominately focusing on traditional Fantasy, there are aspects within Fantasy such as Magical Realism, Paranormal Suspense & Witchy story-lines which hug closer to Fantasy than they do other sub-niches of Speculative Fiction. Therefore, as I sought out my reading list for the month, I decided to cast a bit of a wider net this year and see which of the stories I was going to pursue would become the reads I could not put down.

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A Paranormal Suspense #Audiobook Spotlight during #WyrdAndWonder | “The Haunting of Hillwood Farm” by Kathryn Knight, narrated by Kristin JamesThe Haunting of Hillwood Farm
by Kathryn Knight
Narrator: Kristin James

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted - the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear - the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose - he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie - the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation.

Genres: Ghost Story, Gothic Literature, Paranormal Suspense

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Published by Self Published

on 15th April, 2019

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 5 hours and 18 minutes (unabridged)

This is a self-published audiobook.

Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook and Ebook

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About Kathryn Knight

Kathryn Knight

Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense.

Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and RomCon Reader-Rated picks.

When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.

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on why I am spotlighting the haunting of hillwood farm:

I had hoped to make more progress within The Haunting of Hillwood Farm before my tour stop arrived – however, the truth of the matter is I was taken down by a severe migraine earlier in the month which relapsed twice within the first two weeks of May. Although, I have recovered from the migraine, the difficulty remained in being able to re-attach into reading the stories and listening to the audiobooks I was desiring to focus on this month.

I have only made a short progress into this audiobook – within the first two hours and although, I could normally attempt to read straight through the night in order to finish a story I am reviewing – my capacity for pushing myself to read or listen to audiobooks in longer sprints has not been something I could entertain as readily as in the past. The truth of the matter is this particular bout of my chronic migraines has left me rather fatigued this month and I constantly feel like I am trying to ‘catch-up’ rather than feel I have resumed from whence I left off with the stories I was reading prior to the migraine’s arrival in a capacity of devourment I am accustomed.

I felt it was best to spotlight this for my tour stop whilst I attempt to finish listening to the story during the week of the audiobook tour – from what I have already gathered of the story it is the kind of parapsychological suspense story you feel pulled inside – it is not alarmingly chilling (thus far) and it enables you to feel as if you can handle what is going to be happening as the chapters wick closer to the conclusion.

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on why i am most enthused to resume listening to this audiobook:

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Knight doesn’t allow you to get comfortable in this story – she keeps your attention tautly curious about is going to be revealled – in doing so, you dearly hug close to the narration, seeking for clues and seeing if you can get a sense about where the story could be leading you. Her instincts for crafting this story are rather brilliant because she’s bringing together three very unlikely characters of whom I feel must learn to trust each other in order to solve what is happening on this family farm called Hillwood.

The narrator Kristin James is aces for giving you this sensation of having a fuller cast rounding out the story-line – her approach to narrating Alice felt smart, as she’s quite the independent woman (she’s only in her early seventies) who has a keen sense of reality even if at first she was questioning her mental health because at the time she was only considering what was presenting itself to her observation from the ‘surface’ of it rather than looking ‘past’ what could not be seen to see the truth emerging out of those situations.

Alice might have lost her husband, but her mind is still very much intact and has a firm capacity of understanding the unique layers between the living, the dead and the unforeseen forces which seek to undercut your sense of security. Her grandson Luke is given the kind of tone of voice you’d suspect from a protective relation who only wants what is best for his grandmother. He isn’t entirely condescending but he makes his pointed views quite clear early-on when Callie begins her visitations at Hillwood Farm.

Callie for her sake is an unexpected medium – meaning, as this is a newer sense she has been given it isn’t something she has all the irons worked out to understand. She simply follows her own intuitive instincts, hopes for the best by how she interprets what she is sensing whilst knowing the best thing she can do is to help those who need her assistance. This is why she has a conflict of conscience about being paid and why she finds people like Luke who are quick to judge out of hand to be the sort of people who might never give her a full chance to explain themselves. Callie might not have asked for this calling but is how she uses what she intuits and how she proceeds to investigate what her sixth sense is guiding her to uncover is what makes her a courageous character who draws you back into the narrative with each new chapter.

There are a lot of unknowns as well – such as who is the entity behind this whole affair at Hillwood Farm? Does it pertain to Alice and her recently deceased husband? Is it stemming further back in History from the original origins of Hillwood Farm as this is a place that has been transferred down through the descendants of the family? That is the curious line in the sand – as you know early on which side of the ledger this haunting is being referenced – but what you don’t know is what caused this to start to happen now? What makes this point in time at Hillwood the moment of intersection?

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The Haunting of Hillwood House audiobook blog tour via Audiobookworm PromotionsAs I am co-hosting #WyrdAndWonder – I was on the hunt for stories which would parlay into the themes I would be exploring this 2nd Year of the event which focuses on the Fantasy genre – including all its lovely sub-niches of fantastical wanderings. This isn’t the only paranormally inclined story I’ve been listening/reading this MAY and I was wicked happy there was a paranormal audiobook I could soak into during the event itself.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 by jorielov in #WyrdAndWonder, Audiobookworm Promotions, Blog Tour Host, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Ghost Story, Ghosts & the Supernatural, Good vs. Evil, Gothic Literature, Gothic Mystery, Haunting & Ethereal, Indie Author, Mediums & Clairvoyants, Mental Health, Parapsychological Gifts, Parapsychological Suspense, Realistic Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Supernatural Creatures & Beings, Supernatural Fiction, Urban Fantasy

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2 responses to “A Paranormal Suspense #Audiobook Spotlight during #WyrdAndWonder | “The Haunting of Hillwood Farm” by Kathryn Knight, narrated by Kristin James

  1. Kathryn Knight

    I am so sorry to hear you are suffering from migraines, hope you feel better soon! I’m glad you enjoyed what you’ve listened to thus far of The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, and thank you for listening and reviewing your thoughts so far – love the insights :)

    • Hallo, Hallo Ms Knight,

      You’ll have to forgive me – after my 4th migraine this May, I knew I had to cut down what I was listening and reading for #WyrdAndWonder. I’ve decided to re-queue this story for my June’s audiobook adventures as I have some leftovers from last year and some new ones I wanted to listen to from this year. Being a migraineur makes having migraines a bit old hat but what blindsided me this month is how they developed and the reasons behind them. You just never know what is going to trigger an attack and sadly for me they almost were my undoing.

      I am thankful you enjoyed reading my thoughts this early-on in my listenings and I look forward to capstoning this spotlight with a proper review once I’m able to re-listen to the story and get past this initial sequence of the plot. I’ll be sure to let you know once it goes live and to see what I thought by the time I reached the conclusion. At least I was able to talk about it a bit during the event and help point it out to other readers who enjoy the same paranormally inclined stories!

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