Thursday, December 15, 2016

Advent Calendar Day 15

Ah. Something verra, verra special for you today, my dears.

First the giveaway, because yes, there is one. We are giving away TWENTY audio codes today. Twenty randomly selected commenters will receive an audio download code so they can buy themselves a little holiday treat from my extensive (and still growing) audio backlist.

Oh! But that's not all.

Everybody gets a treat today because Coda 34 (you know the one) has been narrated by Chris Patton and it's available as a little free audio download.

Click here to listen -- and don't forget to comment below!

107 comments:

  1. Can someone please slow down time, I haven't enough of it to read all I want too let alone hear!

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  2. OMG I LOVE this coda! It's so sad though. Love, regret, resignation, yearning, hope, admiration for Adrien and falling for a strange song, echos all over. Thank you for the gift!

    goge

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  3. Wow! Even more powerful and heartbreaking to hear this coda. Love it.

    Terri

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  4. It is really heartbreakingly sad, even knowing that in the end all will be good.
    Jake is so very alone, there in his car and we all know, that certain songs can intensify your emotions. For such a short story it is unbelievable powerful.
    And the coda is wonderful narrated by Chris Paxton!
    Thank you Josh for this beautiful gift.

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    1. I agree. Knowing how it all ends up doesn't mitigate the melancholy of the moment.

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  5. Wow, that was amazing. How sad for Jake.

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  6. This was such a special treat!!! A perfect Christmas gift, really. Thank you, Josh, for all these amazing Advent Calendar surprises. And thank you for all the time you're putting into this — making all these joyful moments happen.

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    1. It's my pleasure. (And I'm so glad it's being appreciated.)

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  7. Sad. Just so sad. Jake, large, powerful, fearless for his life, a coward in love. I'm glad I read the rest of the series to know Jake finally gets it together. But Josh, you've never tied up the trailing end of Jake's family.

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    1. The thing about a family is there is no "end." There will always, by necessity, have to be a lot of loose ends. :-)

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  8. Aww, that was just heartbreaking. Poor Jake.

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  9. So beautiful. And heartbreaking. And perfect. *happy sigh* Love Chris Patton's amazing narration of these beloved stories. Thank you, dear Josh!

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    1. He does a really wonderful job with these.

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  10. Reading that coda is heartbreaking enough, hearing Chris read it brings me to tears. Makes me that much happier and relieved that everything worked out for Jake and Adrien in the end.

    Thanks so much for this extra special treat. :)

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  11. It's lovely, isn't it? Chris did a wonderful job. Per usual. :-)

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  12. Thank you so much for that. Chris Patton is one of my top 3 narrators. And Adrien and Jake are one of my favorite couples. I can't wait until January for my next fix of them.

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    1. :-D It's my pleasure. Thank you for reading (and listening.)

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  13. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU!!!!! I love this series AND this narrator.

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  14. If this is the only thing I get for Christmas this year then I'm the happiest guy in the world. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for doing this.

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    1. Aww! No! I bet something more is coming your way. ;-D

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  15. You are SO GOOD TO US Josh!!!! Thank you so much! And Steve, THANK YOU for your coda!!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Paige! And yes, I agree about Steve's coda. It was wonderful.

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  16. Thanks for all these lovely December treats even if this last one was a bit heartbreaking!

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    1. Maybe a little. ;-) But it's all okay in the end.

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  17. Wow. That was truly wonderful. I didn't realize how much I missed Jake and Adrien. Guess I'll have to restart the series. Marry Christmas or Happy Holiday!

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  18. That was exactly what I needed today. Thanks!!

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  19. That just broke my heart again...even though I know it gets much better from this point.

    Thank you Josh and Chris for this wonderful surprise and poignant memory/flashback. Merry Christmas to you both!

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  20. Somehow, even when your characters don't get the HEA (immediately), it's still bearable. How do you DO that?

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    1. :-D I...would be the last person to know! :-D Thanks so much for reading! :-D

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  21. This was amazing! Thank you, dear Josh (and Chris), for this wonderful gift. I just love those audiobooks.

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  22. Thank you. That was beautiful and heartbreaking. Sigh.

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  23. Oh my... what an exquisitely written piece. In some way, it's made me feel even closer to Jake than I've ever felt while reading the AE series. Such poignancy in Jake's reflections, in what Adrien means to him, in how the most important relationship in his life has also been the shortest (*sigh*), and in how he imagines Adrien being in the company of people who love him on this night.
    Thank you so much, Josh!

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    1. You're welcome, Paola. I'm so glad we could share this one with you.

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  24. Wow! Heartbreaking, tender, beautiful, and perfectly imperfect...Jake. Beautiful coda. Chris does a lovely characterization/narration. Love!!!

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  25. Wow! Thank you Josh & Chris. This is a beautiful gift!!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :-)

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  26. OMG!! This is so awesom! I don't have enough words!

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    1. It means so much that people read and comment -- even if they don't have words. :-D

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  27. I love that coda. <3 Do you think we'll ever get a coda for A Limited Engagement?

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    1. Hmmm! That's a reminder of a story I tend to forget. Maybe so. I do plan to eventually do a coda for every single set of characters.

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  28. I'm a JL fandom noob. This is my first year experiencing the advent calendar and it is making me so happy. I have to go back through past years. :) <3

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    1. Oh! I'm so glad you're here, and I think we've got lots for you to enjoy. :-)

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  29. Knowing what comes later makes this the perfect poignant moment. Thank you.

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  30. So glad I know there will be a happy ending, this made me cry. Thank you Josh and well done Chris.

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    1. Aww. Thank goodness it doesn't end here!

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  31. What a gift you have Josh and Chris. Josh's words and Chris for bringing it to life. What a amazing coda. Thank you

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  32. You are wonderful! Love Adrien and Jake.

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  33. Poor Jake (pats his head), that must have been the loneliest Christmas for him.
    Thanks for the special treat.

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    1. That would truly be hell. Be careful what you wish for.

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  34. Poor Jake. You really feel his pain there.

    Thank you.

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  35. Wow, this is an awesome surprise! Kinda needed this after a crappy day. Thank you Josh and Chris.

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    1. So glad I could help alleviate that crappy day!

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  36. Best surprise ever, Josh! I loved it to bits. Thank you!

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    1. :-D Thanks so much for reading and commenting. (I did kind of think this one was extra special.)

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  37. Poor, dear, wonderful Jake! He's SO f*cked up. This coda made me want to tell him everything would be all right, and give him a big hug. I doubt he'd appreciate it, though. He reminds me of my cat playing Big, Bad Leopard : "Don't touch me--I am the night!"

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  38. I can't listen until I get home from work tonight, but I'm looking forward to it.

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  39. I love Chris Patton, he is the perfect Jake.

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  40. Oh god this coda. Still broke my hear reading it. Listening to it. It's wonderful, Chris. *wipped a tear for Jake*

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  41. This coda breaks my heart. Poor Jake. Never thought I'd say that after "The Hell You Say"! He has certainly redeemed himself. And Chris Patton's Jake is spot on!

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  42. I wanted to give Jake a big hug, and let him know that things will get better. Audio books are by downfall, pick me, pick me!

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  43. OH god, the feels. <3 Jake. <3

    I can't wait for the new AE. *bouncing off walls*

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  44. Love this! It's lovely to hear Chris's voice again!

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  45. I was running late this morning, but I had to take a peek to see what was on today's Advent Calendar. I was a very happy girl. I ran out to my car calling up the page on my phone so I could listen to it in the car. Awesome, marvelous, wonderful!!!

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  46. This one ripped my heart out. And it had been such happy day so far...

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  47. Chris, Chris, Chris. When I think of Jake all sad, I just want to kick him in the ass really hard, bonk him on the head and then yell at him for hurting Adrien at the top of my lungs. Just to make it hurt more.

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  48. Beautifully read! This November/December/January will have been our Adrien-Jake immersion time: the Q&A re-read, three Advent calendar days (so far?), and a new story coming. The re-read was made special with Chris's narration. Happy, happy.

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  49. O.M.G.
    Yesterday was so full of work and everything again that I missed this gem until now. But what a start to a new day. Way to treat us, Josh and Chris! Most awesome! :-)

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  50. That one is still heartbreaking. Poor Jake.

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  51. Oh...How beautiful..Thank you for this

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  52. That was so sad. As sad as when I first read it :( My heart breaks for Jake...

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  53. Even more feels sitting listening to it than reading it!
    Wonderful narration

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  54. I can't help but think of Adrian's reaction if he could have heard it.

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  55. I can't help but think of Adrian's reaction if he could have heard it.

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  56. What a lovely surprise...this Coda broke my heart when I first read it and it broke again listening to Chris' great narration. Thank you both.

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  57. So sad & beautiful. I haven't started this particular series yet, but I see now I shall have to very soon. Thank you for very much for this.

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  58. so sad and regretful
    loved the narration

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  59. So well done. Really like the Hallelujah reference.

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  60. I'm going to listen to the coda when I'm in the mood for sad and beautiful. Thank you and Chris for this gift. I've enjoyed so many of your stories in audiobook, but I haven't yet done AE in audio.

    (in case it's needed - caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com)

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  61. Oh poor poor Jake. And what a tribute to Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah so close to him leaving us. Just beautiful, thanks so much Josh.

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  62. I was kinda coping it would be from Coda 35 instead.

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  63. Oh, I love this. Beautiful! I've got to go find that song right now.

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  64. Jake. Breaking my heart. A beautiful Coda in any format.

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