Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Prophecy Forgotten Released in Audio

Or, Why This Blog Has Mysteriously Stayed Stagnate

I apologize for not blogging for a while. I had a very good reason. I was working on the audio version of A Prophecy Forgotten: Book I of the Elysian Chronicles with my publisher. It took about every minute of my spare time for two weeks, but it was worth the effort. ArcheBooks has just released A Prophecy Forgotten as its first mBook—an audio version of the book in MP3 format. I’m so excited about this because many people have been asking me about the audio version for a while.

The mBook is available only as a downloadable MP3 file—not as a CD. It takes about 5 minutes to download if you have anything but dial-up, and once you download the file, you can burn the CD’s if you like. (It takes about 9 audio CD’s)

ArcheBooks used a computer program to generate the voice. Using the program has some great benefits—especially when it comes to the MB factor. The computer generated voice takes up less space than an audio generated voice, meaning that more chapters can fit on an iPod or similar MP3 player. The downside is, of course, the voice inflections of the voice, which though mostly natural, sometimes don’t inflect the way they are supposed to. The other problem is the names that I’ve created—mainly that the computer wasn’t able to read all of them. We had to manually change a lot of the names to their phonetic spellings.

You can check out some samples of the prologue and the first chapter of A Prophecy Forgotten at this link: The MP3 file of the entire book is available for $14.95 through

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For more information on my novel, A Prophecy Forgotten: Book I of the Elysian Chronicles, and my upcoming novel, Out of the Shadows: Book II of the Elysian Chronicles, check out my website at

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