I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Collar and the Cavvarach, will soon be available as an audiobook! I have made arrangements with the talented Joseph Baltz to narrate the story, which is estimated to be a little over 13 hours long in its final form. It should be done and available for purchase by the end of summer.

Set in a world alarmingly like our own, The Collar and the Cavvarach is the story of fourteen-year-old Bensin, a slave, whose status is made obvious to everyone by the steel collar locked around his neck. A martial artist who competes to win money for his owner, Bensin fights in tournaments with a sword-like weapon called a cavvarach. But his greatest battle is the struggle to protect his little sister from the horrors of legalized slavery in a world where slaves have few rights. Desperate to keep her safe, Bensin struggles to find a means – legal or otherwise – to arrange for her freedom.

(For a fun introduction to the story’s setting and its culture, including an explanation of how cavvara shil works, click here.) 

Sound like a story you might enjoy? Click the play button below to listen to the first 15 minutes of the story as narrated by Joseph Baltz.

Can’t wait till the end of the summer to find out what happens? You can read the whole of chapter one here, download the ebook from Amazon here, or buy the paperback edition here.

Click here to find out more about narrator Joseph Baltz. You can even listen to samples of other audiobooks he’s recorded!