Something new…Audiobooks

something new... AI audiobooks from Heather BoydWhen I first started writing, I was told 1) You were not a real author if you published our own books and 2) ebooks were not proper books. Print was the only legitimate way to reach readers back then.

It’s been over a decade and its clear self-publishing (or indie-publishing) and ebooks are here to stay.

Something new…

Technology is moving at leaps and bounds, especially in the publishing world. Of late there’s been a new development–auto narration or digital narration. AI has found the publishing world and again I’m hearing similar arguments from a decade ago… 1) that AI narration isn’t a real audiobook and 2) human narration is the only legitimate way to create an audiobook.

Sigh.

The naysayers are still around, afraid of losing their livelihoods, just like the traditional publishers were and still are I suspect. I can understand that. But that doesn’t mean I have to agree with them about AI. It’s amazingly good these days. I think there is room for both human and digitally narrated books in the reading marketplace.

More than a decade ago I ignored the naysayers to publish my own ebooks, and I’m sure I’d have never kept writing if I hadn’t dug my heels in and tried something new. Striking out into new territory is exciting. With AI narration it’s fun, too.

I recently released four more AI narrated audiobooks. Coming Together (a re-release), One Wicked Night (my very first publication and first ever ebook), Wicked Mourning, and A Ramshackle Start. These are my short stories. Steamy regency romance. These four are about an hour long for listening and available via Google Books and Kobo.

Over the next year, I’ll be tackling my entire backlist to turn existing and future ebooks into AI audiobooks as quickly as I can. This could be the future of audio books, making them more affordable and accessible. To me its just another way readers can devour my stories. I hope you’ll keep an open mind about AI and take a listen.

H

 

Coming Together is live

Coming Together

Coming Together is live at all retailers

To escape her loveless fate, she’ll succumb to a rogue…or two.

Lady Katherine Wilcox is desperate to avoid marriage to the aging earl her father has chosen for her hand. Thrice her age, the lascivious man who may well squash her on their wedding night fills her with dread at the sight of his sweaty bulk. Her only hope is to win herself another husband, and it appears she’s indeed caught someone’s interest. Though destitute, the wicked Lord Standish could be her salvation…if she could only ignore her equally strong attraction toward his identical twin brother. Both gentlemen set her pulse to racing and whisper of endless pleasure to be found in their arms. Of course, having them both is impossible, but could she ever choose between them?

This sexy menage short story was previously published under the pen name Vivian Bliss.

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Yours Until Dawn Cover Reveal

Happy June.

I’m so happy to report that I’ve reached the halfway mark writing the first draft of Yours Until Dawn, the next Distinguished Rogues novel. I’ve got June to get it done and I’m sure I will meet that deadline. Also today, I have even more exciting news to share…

Yours Until Dawn Cover Reveal!!!!

Yours Until Dawn Cover Image

I’m so pleased with the way this image turned out for the cover. You might not realize this, but I have designed all of my own covers since I began indie publishing a dozen years ago. It’s something I’m quietly proud of. Each cover design is a fun challenge I set myself to create.

Yours Until Dawn is about Drew, Lord Sullivan, who made his first appearance in the series in Lord of Sin. He was a client of the Hillcrest Academy before it closed and he’s giving me lots of lovely surprises as he pursues a bride with a determination far beyond previous Distinguished Rogues heroes. He wants what he wants and he’s willing to make sacrifices to keep love in his life. The heroine of Yours Until Dawn is Aurora Hillcrest. A woman with a past she’d rather not reveal to our bride hunting hero. I’ll share more after the story goes through edits in early July, but its a wild and sexy ride so far. Yay!

Yours Until Dawn is available to preorder now. I will be updating the retailer, Goodreads, and Bookbub sites with the new cover this week. Book description still to come AND I’ll share more of Yours Until Dawn in the coming months.

 

A new old short story: Coming Together

The next publishing project from me though is Coming Together, a story I wrote under the pen name Vivian Bliss. Coming Together was removed from sale years ago with the intention to republish under my own name quickly. Unfortunately, that took longer than planned so it has been re-edited and updated for re-release this month. Coming Together is a menage short story regency romance. It’s definitely hot so I hope you like it!

Coming Together Cover Image

COMING TOGETHER

JUNE 14, 2022

To avoid a marriage of convenience, Kate is willingly debauched by a rake…never dreaming she’d get two deliciously wicked men in the bargain.

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That’s it from me for now.

Cheers and stay safe,
Heather

Let it Snow is Live

Let it Snow is Live Cover ImageWeary from dodging wandering hands, Yvette Valiant escapes yet another scandalous house party and her brother’s dubious protection, fleeing into a snowy landscape, intent on returning home to Bath for Christmas. One stranded coach later, she’s rescued by the biggest rogue of them all—her brother’s best friend.

A scoundrel he may be, but even Luc Ayles is capable of love. What else would have him chasing a woman who seemingly detests the very sight of him? When Yvette foolishly puts her safety and reputation in jeopardy, Luc rushes to her aid, despite knowing his affection is the last gift Yvette could ever want for Christmas.

Then again, it’s the season of giving…and if Yvette would only give him her heart, it could be the happiest holiday ever.

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You can read Let it Snow in full today! Hope you enjoy!

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