I’m now well into expanding Coding by Candlelight beyond The Hot Bits – though rest assured are some very steamy scenes to be added – and I wanted to see how it would read aloud. That’s a handy trick to work out whether a sentence, especially dialogue, will sound authentic. Reading silently is all very good, but when it comes to hearing the flow of the words, listening to somebody else reading them is the go.
I don’t actually have a Kindle to speak text aloud, but there are a plethora of apps and websites that would do the job. Naturally I wanted a freebie, and the folk at Natural Readers have an easy to use website that offers a variety of reading voices.
It works with just about any way of entering text, including directly from a file. Interestingly, it will accept a book in EPUB format.
For those who are keen to see a chapter of my work in progress, and maybe to try out the natural reader software, I’ve uploaded a sample book to a file sharing site.
I’ll be working on the full version of Coding by Candlelight for a few days yet, and after that I’ve got a wicked little idea that may just prove wildly popular.
Bear with me.