A Free Giveaway in Celebration of Audio Book Month

By: Jo Elizabeth Pinto

June, 2020

Website:  http://www.brightsideauthor.com/ .


Hello to readers everywhere.

For those who don’t know me, I’m author proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto, and I’m here with a note of celebration.

June is full of reasons to celebrate. Besides Father’s Day and the first day of summer, which is also the longest day of the year, the entire month of June is Audio Book Month!


When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1878, “phonographic books” for the blind were one of the uses he had in mind for his new machine. In 1879, he showed off the capacity of the phonograph at the Royal Institution in Britain, where a recorded verse of Tennyson’s poetry was played back for those in attendance.


Unfortunately, Edison’s idea about audio books had to wait. The original cylinders used with the phonograph held about 4 minutes of sound, and even the more modern flat platters only increased the duration to 12 minutes or so, hardly practical for the recording of long chapter books. While the sixty- and ninety-minute cassettes developed in the seventies helped the situation, it wasn’t until the invention of the CD that Audiobooks truly blossomed.


Audiobook Month celebrates the wonderful talking tales and the millions of people who enjoy them every year. Thomas Edison may have been thinking of the blind when he shouted “Mary Had a Little Lamb!” into the first phonograph, but sighted listeners have come to love audiobooks as well. Commuters and travelers on buses, trains, and airplanes heat up their headphones as they make their way from one place to another all over the world. People listen in the shower, in their gardens and kitchens, and in their beds as they drift off to sleep at night. Who says you can’t read in the dark?


To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’ll be giving away free promotion codes for audio copies of my award-winning novel “The Bright Side of Darkness” and my recently released book “Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark.” To obtain the codes, you must have an account with Audible, and you must email me at: jopinto@msn.com

so I know where to send the promotion code and which book you want. That’s all there is to it.


Happy Audiobook Month!






About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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