Ai: Are you listening?

Audiobooks continue to surge in popularity, with listeners craving everything from epic fantasy sagas to meditation guides, soothingly narrated in their ears. Traditionally, creating these audiobooks required actual voice actors to record themselves reading page after page – often exhausting work requiring days sequestered in studio booths, reading copy, editing out clicks and other errata, costing authors a LOT of money. Now, Ai voice cloning is shaking up that process.

I was invited to Amazon/KDP’s beta program to supply content for free to The Audible Plus Library (unlimited listening that uses Virtual Voice). I jumped at the chance, I used three (of the offered eight) Virtual Voice narrators for several (okay, fifteen) of my books. I matched the tone and genre of the story with the pitch and inflection of the VV narrator. I carefully curated every word in the books, correcting pronunciation, adding pauses, and slowing down or speeding up the VV’s speech to match the mood of the story. Was I satisfied? You betcha!

The earthy, masculine voice I chose for the Arlie Undercover series was a great match, even better than using my own voice. I used ‘his’ voice for Too Fast For You and The Polar Xpress, also. That Twin Thing romantic suspense series needed someone with more seriousness. An American woman’s voice was the answer.
For my romantic comedies, I went with a female British voice. I liked ‘her’ sprite inflection more than any of the others. Check out samples of The Purebred and the Mutt and The Wizard of Odds samples and let me know what you think.

I’m waiting to use my own voice, professionally cloned by Eleven Labs, for The Fairies Saga books. To do that, I need to produce three hours of cleaned-up narration files for them to plug into their algorithms so they can create a clone. My cloned narrator will not only match my pitch and tone, but will also incorporate the inflection and pacing I use when speaking. I want to use it for Triplets: Three Aren’t One series, too. However, production costs for Ai Voice audiobooks are still high. Converting doc to MP3 files when charged by the character is spendy. Plus, I will still have to listen to over one MILLION words of text, making sure my clone pronounces every word correctly before I release it. Are there enough hours in the day? I think so. And the great thing is even if I get laryngitis, once my cloned voice is created, I can read aloud for hours and hours!
For more info on getting the most out of the new unlimited listening program by Audible (Amazon), check out: https://www.audible.com/mk/l/lto (limited-time offer ends January 16, 2024).

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Spring Gifts for Mom

I would like to take this time to wish all of the women who read this page a wonderful Mother’s Day this year. It’s a special time to watch over our offspring who are growing and trying to become good citizens. Like most older people, I often say that today’s world is not the one I grew up in. It’s harder now with so many changes that my head is on a constant swivel. Therefore, most of us love our families, pray they’re happy and healthy, and watch the progress constantly happening from the comfort of our old ways.

Lose yourself in the sound of a story

Imagine darkness, picture glory

The voices you’ll hear are but a hook

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LISTEN to Your Kindle Book

Want to listen to your Kindle book? Check out this terrific option:

Get Alexa to Read Your Kindle Books

Go ahead and give it a try. When you start doing the dishes tonight, listen to Sapphire: Book 1 Ladies of the Night Series read by Alexa.

Kindle Books Sapphire

Gabriella Shaw, Code Name: Sapphire

Sapphire is hired to seduce and capture the leader of a lucrative international human trafficking enterprise. The epitome of the mastermind’s targeted women, Sapphire is the consummate bait. Unfortunately for the evil man, Sapphire is as deadly as she is beautiful. Paired with former Col. Jase Malone, the two agents enter the Caligula Club to trap their prey. The club is the salacious playground for the rich, famous and deviant, and the conduit to the human trafficking horror. The only thing more challenging than the mastermind to the fiercely independent Sapphire is her commanding partner. The sparks fly as Sapphire and Malone fight to capture the criminally insane mastermind while their fierce personal attraction threatens to bring them both—and the mission—crashing down.

And while you are feasting on the two sexy Special Agents, check out this great Box Set by my ABB pals:

Unforgettable Loyalty

Is there anything more important in a relationship than loyalty from the one you love…knowing that person will always be there for you?

My book in the box set is:

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Knockin On Heaven's Door

She’s a go-it-alone detective. He’s a psychiatrist and FBI profiler. A serial killer brings them together. In more ways than one.

Tyra Stone is the lead major crimes detective in the city’s busy police department. Beautiful, brash, and a declared loner, cooperation isn’t part of her vocabulary. Deacon Walsh has more degrees than any one man should. A former Special Ops physician, psychiatrist, and now FBI profiler, the stunning black agent has spent a year tracking the serial killer of four Colorado girls. When the trail goes cold, a brutal murder of an Albuquerque girl with all the marks of his victims convinces Deacon his killer is responsible.

Traveling for the month of January

January was a whirlwind, and I spent more time away than home, but for two great reasons!

My new year started with an exciting trip to Disney World in Florida to spend a week with my husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and two grandkids. We all had a wonderful trip to celebrate family and my husband’s 50th birthday.

Many of you know that Disney is my happy place, and my husband, daughter, and I go about once a year. My son and his wife have never been, and while he was leery about going to an amusement park with lots of people, he quickly changed his mind. I kept telling him that Disney wasn’t just an amusement park but a world of adventures and excitement.

He realized that Disney does things right, and after his first visit, his attitude changed. When we got home, he asked me when we could all go again. I see many visits in our future as a big group.

I was only home for four days before I was packed to head off to California for eleven days for work. Myself and another fourteen trainers had the opportunity to train an entire school district in the Visalia area on how to help your odds of survival in an active shooter situation. It was a whirlwind of training, and we met many wonderful people.

We also got to spend a long weekend adventuring around the area. Sadly, we didn’t get to go see the famous redwoods because of the weather, but we did get up into the mountains, and then we even drove out to the west coast. I have been to California a few times but have never seen the Pacific Ocean from shore. Our day trip to Cayucos was fun and exciting, and we had a great lunch at a little cafe with brown butter cookies for dessert from a local shop.

I did find it very amazing that thirty minutes one way from Visalia, you were in the mountains. Go in the other direction and pass orange groves, fields of walnut trees, the coastal wine region, rolling mountains, and more before you hit the coast.

It has given me many ideas for books, and now that I’m home, I’m jotting notes down to proceed with some new stories!

I’m also super excited to announce a new book on audio. Wesley, Loving a Young Series, book 1, is now on audio. I am working closely with my narrator as she works to produce the second book, which we hope to have done in a few weeks.

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Wesley-Audiobook/B0BTV2H2BR?asin=B0BTV2H2BR

Charlotte Bennett is not a fan of strangers. When she sees a man touching her daughter at the park, she reacts without listening. It’s only later, when her daughter is rushed to the hospital that Charlotte realizes how wrong she had been to accuse the stranger of inappropriate behavior.

Doctor Wesley Young only wanted to help the tender-aged girl he witnessed fall, but when her mother attacks him at the park, he’s left stunned. When little Marisol arrives in the emergency department, the mother makes more of an impression on him than the cut she left on his face.

Things heat up quickly when Marisol is no longer Wes’s patient, but when traumatic things from Charlotte’s past are revealed, Wes isn’t sure that Charlotte is the woman for him. Can Charlotte find a way to explain it all so that Wes will accept both her and her daughter?