Lots Of Book News

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 112024

I’ve got a lot of exciting book news to share with you today, and I think it’s going to make some of my readers very happy. At least I hope so.

A week ago I said in the blog that Amazon had asked me to take part in a program to create audiobooks using artificial intelligence narrators. As I said at the time, I have not been thrilled with a lot of AI technology that I have seen, but I decided to experiment with it and see what they have come up with. I have to say that I’m impressed. This could be a game changer.

Yesterday I released my first audiobook using the new technology. I went with Tinder Street, the first book in my family saga by the same name. If readers seem to like it, I will release the other four books in the series to date as audiobooks as well. You can listen to a sample and purchase it at this link. Please let me know what you think.

A lot of readers have asked for audiobooks of all of my different series, but in the past the high cost of narration has not made it worthwhile. As I said, this could be a game changer, making it possible for me to make them all available in audio format.

My friend Ben Rehder is also experimenting with the new technology, and just released The Driving Lesson. I am a big fan of Ben’s excellent Blanco County mystery series, but this one is totally different, a coming-of-age story I think everybody will enjoy. Check it out.

Of course, the writing world isn’t all about audiobooks. Lots of folks prefer the printed word, or the digital word in an e-book reader. Yesterday I began writing The War Years, the next book in the Tinder Street series. I am only a couple of chapters into it, but I’m enjoying the story so far, even with all the research involved.

And I’m happy to say that Big Lake Accident is still doing well. Scarlett is working on formatting the print edition now, which should be available soon.

As I said, there’s a lot going on. 😊

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES by my friend Ken Rossignol. This is one of several books Ken has written about the world’s pirates back in the not so good old days.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.


Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “Lots Of Book News”

  1. I think the AI narration of the Tinder Street book was very good!

  2. Got it sounds good. BTW since I already have the e-book so I get the audio for $1.99 but there is a catch Audable.com by Amazon to play it does charge $7.95 a month after 30 days.
    You can download the audiobook as a file but when trying to find a free player app I got scammed (got a text from CC company of possible fraud) and had to cancel my CC. The bottom line stick with the Amazon Audible reader. The card I used was backup not used much (just for such situations) so no big deal. They are sending a new card.

  3. Your joke about Yellowstone blowing up. I’m going to be camp hosting just north of Gardiner MT (the north entrance to the NP) this summer for the BLM
    Blogging about what it’s like to camp host and explore the area on my blog http://www.fulltime.hitchitch.com NO ads or selling anything. Just

  4. Sample was very clear. Seems to have some pauses.

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