The hero is “brilliant, but socially inept”, which makes him my kind of friend.
Kaleidoscope by Beverly Nault, narrated by Joseph Vernon, released in June in the Romantic Thriller genre.
When Harold becomes the guardian of a beautiful, handcrafted kaleidoscope with mysterious powers, his world spins from black-and-white boring into technicolor chaos. Along with Pepper, their journey becomes a life-threatening race to save the ‘scope from falling into the wrong hands.
Harold’s a reclusive computer forensics expert forced to become an amateur detective when a mysterious kaleidoscope shows viewers more than pretty shapes and colors. He’s soon joined by Pepper, a spunky breast cancer survivor who challenges him to color outside the lines and look at life – and himself – differently, and Morrie, his only real friend who has his own secrets. Together they must solve the riddle of what makes the ‘scope work before the bad guys get their clutches on the valuable future-telling device.
Brilliant but socially inept, Harold has distanced himself from any connection to his dysfunctional childhood. Abandoned by a father accused of his mother’s death, Harold trusts no one until the ‘scope forces him to accept a circle of people he must learn to rely on. Just as he is on the verge of learning how it works and why his past connects to his future, he must face disturbing truths he’s run from all his life. Join Harold and his new group of friends, including Rhashan the mail room guy always ready with Caribbean-spun folklore, to Pepper who’s embracing life for all it’s worth. Keith and his partner Frank are also crucial to the solving but have some unfinished business of their own. When Harold’s past meets his future, everyone in the gang works side by side to discover who’s behind the incredibly exciting, but scary, advances in technology only dreamed of until now.
About the Author: Beverly Nault
Bev’s been writing creatively since her first story, “The Line Who Joined the Parade,” won honorable mention in her mother’s extremely objective opinion. She and husband Gary have downsized and now live full time in their RV traveling the country when they’re not spoiling their grandkids.
“The Kaleidoscope” was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards Thriller/Mystery category, earned InD’Tale Magazine’s Crowned Heart and a Must-Read Review. Reader’s Favorite reviewers called it “the perfect combination of mystery, science fiction, romance and, of course, action.”
Awards for Beverly’s Fresh Start Summer series include the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild Excellence in Writing Award, Real Simple’s 21 Best Summer Reads list, and Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Favorite Writing Awards (2011). Her short story, “Camouflaged Christmas,” appears in the “21 Days of Christmas, a fiction devotional (2015, Broadstreet Publishing).
Beverly also co-wrote “Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton,” (Kensington) with Mary McDonough about her years working on the acclaimed television program, and her life growing up in Hollywood. “Lessons” won the Ella Dickey Literacy Award and has gone into five printings.
About the Narrator: Joseph Vernon
Since 2019 I’ve been happily creating audiobooks in the small studio that I built in our home. My wife and I own and operate a lovely bed & breakfast in upstate New York and the business affords me time to record every day (when I’m not preparing pancakes or Eggs Benedict).
In my younger days, I was a stage actor (I studied with Uta Hagen in Manhattan in the 90’s) and I really enjoy having the opportunity to work as a voice actor. I have recorded a number of novels as well as non-fiction books and I’m comfortable with a variety of regional American accents as well as British dialects. In addition, I’ve recorded vignettes for a sci-fi/fantasy series which releases monthly audio posts.
I serve as my own production engineer and I’ve invested in high quality recording equipment to help bring your prose to life!