Hallmark Publishing is getting into audio. The company has partnered with Dreamscape Media, the publishing and entertainment arm of Midwest Tape, to produce and distribute audiobooks.
The first entry in the series will be Nancy Naigle's The Secret Ingredient, a Valentine's Day–themed story, to be released on February 12. More than 20 Dreamscape-produced Hallmark Publishing audio book titles are slated for release on through the summer, the companies said in a release. Further titles include Love on Location by Cassidy Carter, Christmas in Homestead by Kara Tate, A Simple Wedding by Leigh Duncan, A Dash of Love by Liz Isaacson, and Moonlight in Vermont by Kacy Cross.
Hallmark Publishing is an e-book division of Hallmark Channel, a subsidiary of Crown Family Media Networks. The new audiobooks, in addition to Hallmark's extant collection of e-books, will be available on hoopla digital, Audible, iTunes, and Kobo beginning in February.
"As we planned our venture into audiobooks, we sought a partner who would align with our brand values, artistic vision, and commitment to quality," Hallmark Publishing director Stacey Donovan said in a statement. "Dreamscape checked all of those boxes and their expertise will be instrumental in this exciting new chapter for Hallmark Publishing as we reimagine the timelessness and emotion of a Hallmark story in audiobook form and introduce this medium to our vast audience."