The Rise of Use of AI by Authors

Imagine: Two of Zoe Saldana’s alter egos having fun with karaoke. Limitless prompts!

Advances in AI are providing authors with exciting new tools to bring their stories to life. Recently, text-to-image generators like #MidJourney have popularized the ability to create original images simply by describing them. This emerging technology has intriguing implications for writers looking to vividly visualize their fictional worlds. After a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided to add Artificial Intelligence image creation to my creative toolkit.

Benji, THE GREAT BIG FAIRY, as I visualize him.

For any novelist, a core part of the writing process is imagining how our characters and settings look. Translating those mental pictures into words through descriptions is part of the artistic challenge. Our readers take our words and reinterpret them into their own mental images. Something is often lost in translation. After all, we each imagine things in our own unique way.
I enter word prompts to the AI (MidJourney for me) and it generates a myriad of original images. After picking the one that best matches what I imagined, I fine-tune it with more adjectives. The AI helps me crystallize my vision into impressions that I can describe in new ways, boosting my creativity in how I share my vision with readers.
I love the way the technology bends to my will. I control the size of the image, lighting, and settings. I can also employ whatever media and technique I want to use. These images can be photos, woodwork, line drawings, posters,or works of art based on the Masters, all tailor-made to match my verbal prompts. They can also be fun, whimsical, and made out of metal!

My impression of 2004, the Chinese Year of the Metal Monkey.

It’s also useful for advertising books and sharing inspirations with fans on social media. I created the one above to describe my evening with a brown bat that had come in, uninvited. Isn’t this great for conveying a moment of panic?

Here’s what I got when I asked for a red-haired 18th-century Scot. No names or books were mentioned. Since he also happens to look like Jody Pomeroy in THE FAIRIES SAGA series, he’s a keeper

Fleshing out my fictional characters with AI-created images has allowed me to promote my books in exciting new ways. For readers, AI art shared by authors grants a peek directly into their imaginative process, a glimpse inside their heads to see how they see their characters. Like concept art in movies, it makes the fictional realm feel real.

Here’s Grace from THE SET UP and THE WHOLE SHE-BANG collection

As with all new technologies, there are debates on ethics we must consider, too. However, used judiciously and with respect for human creatives, text-to-image generators like MidJourney feel akin to any new tool in an author’s creative kit. Much like concept artists at Pixar using digital software, these AI can enhance imagination in fresh ways. But human creativity, skill, and labor still remain essential! Someone has to tell the ‘bot what to create!
At the end of the day, it’s the writer who breathes life into her worlds and characters through meaningful stories that connect with readers. In the hands of skilled creatives, AI image generators are an innovation to get excited about. This fusion of emerging tech with the enduring craft of storytelling will be fascinating to watch unfold.

Thanks for tuning in! Dani Haviland

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Changes, deals and easy meals

Happy National Homemade Bread Day!

Yep, that’s a thing, and I didn’t know it until today. This reminds me of the days back in high school, when my dad fell in love with homemade bread. For about a year I made bread every single day, a recipe that I had learned from my grandmother, and by the next day without fail there was not a single crumb left.

I haven’t made bread in years, but a few days ago I made a delicious batch of cheesy snacks, which in Romania are called “sărățele”. These are made with cheese, butter, eggs and flour. You can sprinkle all sorts of things on top of them, like poppy seeds, grated cheese, sesame seeds, or whatever you like. Find the recipe here.

And because nothing goes better with a snack than a good book, I would like to present to you my new covers. The trend for rom-com covers leans heavily on illustrations right now, so I decided to give my covers a facelift. What do you think?

Today and tomorrow, Celebrity is at 99 cents, so if you haven’t given it a try already, now is the time!

And for all the binge-readers out there who love to read rom-com after rom-com, laugh, dream, and forget about the news for a while, I put together a box set with my entire Lovestruck series.

I hope you have a great rest of the week, and I wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

Melinda

 

Why we love collections and binge-reading

Happy World Smile Day! I hope you have a reason to smile today, wherever you are in the world.

We had a beautiful October day today, and had a chance to enjoy the falling leaves and the amazing colors of autumn. I like my seasons the way I like my books – in bundles of three. In preparation for the holiday season that is getting closer every day, I would love to share with you this lovely collection of books from our friends over at Written Musings.

Three heartwarming holiday stories featuring children writing letters to Santa in hopes of achieving what they want most: a happily ever after for their family.

Women’s Fiction – Single Dad – Romance
Decker needs help pulling off a remodeling job before Christmas. His daughter wants a mother. Will the new woman in their home bring joy, or tear their world apart?

What readers are saying…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Sometimes life is better than a soap opera. This book is gut wrenching, heart breaking, and beautiful. Wishes do come true for Christmas.​.”

Kindle ● Play ● iBooks ● Nook ● Kobo

Also on Audible!

Women’s Fiction- Single Mom – Romance
When single mother Maura moves to Chicago with her eight-year-old son, she teams up with fellow employee Rick to fulfill the Christmas wishes of children across the city. Will the spirit of the season bring their hearts together, or will secrets tear them apart? ​

What readers are saying…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Definitely could be made into a Hallmark movie…​”

Kindle ● Play ● iBooks ● Nook ● Kobo

Also on Audible!

Detective – Suspense – Adoption
Detective Finola McGregor’s job is mostly routine — until she joins a team that uncovers a human trafficking ring that kidnaps children and forces them to beg. One look into the little girl’s eyes, and Finn will risk everything to make Maddie’s Christmas wish come true. ​

What readers are saying…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Ms. Colt did a great job handling this subject, and the case was quickly solved, bringing Christmas magic to little Maddie.”​

Kindle ● Play ● iBooks ● Nook ● Kobo

Also, if you’re in the mood to discover a new favorite, award-winning author Susan Tarr has a FREE literary fiction book for a limited time, and a bunch of other amazing books to check out.
My name is Malcolm. I used to think it was MmmMalcolm. I used to stutter back then, back when Mummy died and everything changed. Now I don’t stutter.
This is my story.
I always wanted regular boys’ shoes. Brown. Mine were always black boots, and one boot was made especially for my gimpy leg. Now I have regular men’s shoes. Brown. I have learned to talk again and to write. I used to. When I was at school. When I was ‘bright’. I remember that as clear as the day I fell into the goldfish pond. I was showing Julie the goldfish. One day something bad happened. Then it went dark. And I was back in the mental hospital up the hill from the little railway station where my father and Bella left me.
And finally, if you haven’t checked these out already, feel free to add them to your list of binge-reading, because they are seasoned for every season! 🙂
Until next time, my friends.
Fondly,

Hot Summer Romance Box Set by @AliciaStreet1

It’s the time of year for beach reads—and hot summer romance. Time for taking a morning coffee out to a sunny porch to gobble up a few more pages of a book. Even if I’m inside, sitting in my favorite reading chair, I love summer romances. Stories that take me away. Lounging on a beach or splashing in a pool. Swimming in a mountain lake or hiking in a lush forest.

Beach Reads Alicia Street

A new boxed set of HOT SUMMER ROMANCE releases June 13 and is guaranteed to sweep you into summertime adventures with hot guys and swoony sighs. You can pre-order it now!

Hot Summer Romance

Rolling Waves and Sun-Drenched Days. NINE HOT SUMMER ROMANCES From Award-Winning USA Today, International Bestselling Authors to Fuel Your Beach Reading Needs…

Hot Summer Romance Includes:

THE HEAT OF YOUR KISS (NEW) by Alicia Street, USA Today Bestselling Author: Rory had no idea his new job managing the summer sports at a posh country club would bring him face to face with the woman who rocked his world.

HEAT OF THE MOMENT (NEW) by Allyson R Abbott, International Bestselling Author: When the heat is rising and you only have a moment to choose. What would you do?

JOHNNIE WALKER by Jen Talty, USA Today Bestselling Author: When past and his scandal collide, it throws him into the spotlight…the very thing he’d been running from to begin with.

LOVE ALONG THE LAKESHORE: A SAUGATUCK SUMMER (NEW) by Joan Donaldson, Award-Winning Author: When nineteen-year-old Ginny Madden returns to her family cottage on the Lake Michigan shoreline, she discovers greater meaning to life as she associates with folks outside of her wealthy society, especially with a fruit farmer who yearns for a second chance at love.

CHANGING THE RULES by Katie O’Sullivan, Bestselling Author: Caroline and Brian mix business and pleasure. Except… the more time they spend together, the more complicated their relationship gets. Can the pair stay alive when her family comes to find her?

Need More? Keep Reading! Also included:

THAT INCREDIBLE KISS by Tamara Ferguson, USA Today Bestselling Author: After ten years apart, Ashley Mitchum and Brian O’Neill are fatefully reunited in Crystal Rock. Will unveiling their dark family secrets heal two wounded hearts?

FINDING LOVE by Natalie Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author: What happens when a hopeless romantic falls for a cynical romance writer?

THE BRIDE WORE LEATHER by Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today Bestselling Author: Lisa’s reluctant lover reveals a secret that will change their relationship forever.

SLOW BURN by Stephanie Morris, USA Today Bestselling Author: Sun-drenched days and starlit nights fuel a summer romance that threatens to burn them both.

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