Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Narrator: Aven Shore

Length: 4 hours and 37 minutes

Series: Steele Secrets, Book 1

Released: April 11, 2022

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Publisher: Andilit

Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult

Ghosts just don’t show up for anybody. So when I meet the spirit of a former slave named Moses, I know he needs my help.But I didn’t expect to be taking on half of my town, or the powerful men who seem to run everything and have done so for years. Secrets are being uncovered, and some people would do anything to keep them buried, no matter who gets hurt. I’ll need the help of history and friends I can trust if I want to save Moses’ graveyard and protect his legacy. If only everyone believed it was one worth protecting…

  Andi Cumbo-Floyd lives in the Southwestern Mountains of Virginia with her young son, an old dog, and a puppy who likes to eat furniture. When she’s not writing she likes to cross-stitch, binge magical shows, and garden.

  Aven Shore is an audiobook narrator living in her off-grid tiny house in rural Eastern Canada, surrounded by forest and chicken friends, and honeybees. She loves books so much she's listening to one almost every minute she's not narrating one (she narrates romance as Avie Paige). She narrates live on Discord with other romance narrators on the Haven server. She is longing to travel and hike in mountains again, and dreaming of sleep in the lava fields of Iceland under Northern lights again, her favorite place in the world. Her past lives include being a carpenter, firefighter, tax accountant, and competitive snowboarder.

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Top Ten Literary Inspirations for Steele Secrets
  1. Nnedi Okorafor. Her book Who Fears Death is my favorite novel of all time. It’s speculative fiction that weaves together folklore and science and history.
  2. Alix E. Harrow. Her books The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Once and Future Witches showed me how a writer can weave together magic and travel and activism together.
  3. Toni Morrison. While Paradise is my favorite of Morrison’s books, it was Beloved that really informed this series with the way she used spirits to tell the truth and reveal what was hidden.
  4. Chaim Potok. I have read everything Potok ever wrote because his books speak so highly of the way that communities build us up and tear us down, which is a theme in these books as well.
  5. Margaret Atwood. Atwood’s ability to project a future that is both believable and terrifying is something that I seek to emulate in my work, even if that work is looking backwards instead of forwards.
  6. C. S. Lewis. The Chronicles Of Narnia remain my favorite series because they spin together magic and belief into a new world that lets me believe more about my own.
  7. Edward Ball. Ball is a journalist whose book Slaves in the Family introduced me to a way of researching and writing about the lives of oppressed people without separating those people from my own lived experience.
  8. Rebecca Solnit. Solnit’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks modeled a format and honesty for how the writer becomes part of the story, even as she tells it.
  9. Jesmyn Ward. Ward’s books hit had in their telling, be they fiction or memoir, and they create an atmosphere that surrounds the reader, that draws us all the way in.
  10. Rebecca Roanhorse. Roanhorse’s books rise up from the soil of culture in a way that is not often transparent in speculative fiction, and I wanted the same transparency in my books.
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