Seize the Day | Podium Audio


Seize the Day

Book 1

By: J. V. Simms

Performed by: Hollie Jackson

Released: April 09, 2024

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 19 hr, 6 min

When an ambitious teenage girl from Earth finds herself in a magical realm, she could be the hero—but she’d prefer to be the villain.
Power-hungry Everly is reborn into a medieval world where elemental magic rules. When she receives her elemental servants—the oddly sadistic Eris and the fun-loving Titania—years earlier than one typically would, she knows she’s destined for a command of necromantic magic, the likes of which her peers can only dream.
Though she’s the bastard daughter of a count and a precariously positioned concubine, Everly is determined to be a conqueror, warlord, and queen. She could be the hero of the realm, the person to save everyone, with her protectors—the Silver Lance—and her beautiful mage lover by her side.
But Everly’s no hero. She’s an aspiring villain, seeking the freedom that comes with doing wrong. And before long, she’ll make everyone fear the name of the Empress . . .
The first volume of the hit portal fantasy series—with more than 400,000 views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!



J. V. Simms

J. V. Simms is the author of the Empress series, originally released on Royal Road. When he isn’t writing, he spends his time avoiding his cat, who is likely seeking vengeance for her most recent trip to the vet. Simms lives in Indiana and will always be better than his nephew at Minecraft. That’s in writing so it must be true.



Hollie Jackson

Harnessing a childhood steeped in storytelling and a deep love of the written word, with over 600 titles (and growing) under my belt, I always strive to bring a wide range of characters to vibrant, compelling life, allowing for total immersion in the story. I want you to feel the real world melt away as you engage with my work, whatever the genre, whether it's on the lighter side (cozy mysteries, LitRPG, comedic paranormal romance) or the darker desires (reverse harem, steamy dystopia, sci-fi thrillers) and everything in between. Currently on the rosters of multiple major publishers like Podium, Tantor and ACX, I’ve worked with authors around the world. I’m proficient in a variety of accents, am a member of SAG/AFTRA, have won multiple independent awards, including the IAA for Horror 2019, and am constantly working to expand my repertoire across the spectrum of incredible works available. I’ve studied with some of the best in the industry, including Paul Meier and Pat Fraley, and am always studying new techniques to enhance my performance. I’m proficient in a wide range of accents and dialects, including UK, French, German, Russian, Irish, Scottish, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Eastern/Southern US. Working from my home studio, using top-of-the-line equipment, I always provide crisp, clear audio with editing and proofing to ensure a distraction free listening experience.