GRL – Gay Romance Lit

Henri by Ella Frank, audiobook narration by Charlie David

Next week I’ll be heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico for GRL (the Gay Romance Lit conference) to meet up with authors, publishers and readers of gay romance. What may be surprising for a lot of people (but not those who have attended a Gay Romance Lit event!) is that the majority of gay romance readers, writers and publishers are women. Yup, true fact!

This year in addition to attending GRL as an audiobook narrator and producer, I’ll be bringing a small camera crew to make a documentary episode of the OUTspoken series that I produce for OUTtv Canada. I’m excited and intrigued to find out why so many women (predominantly straight women) are gaga about gay romance books.

As an audiobook narrator, working with authors, agents and publishing houses directly to bring their books to life has been a real joy for me.  I’ve always loved reading and now having the opportunity to produce audiobooks is such a dream job.   I used to watch my father go to work everyday in a suit and tie.  As a child, I never would have guessed that my career would allow me to work from a home studio in my underwear if I choose.

If you’d like to discuss hiring me for your audiobook production please hit that contact button above!   You may read my reviews on Audible to see how listeners appreciate our productions. 

Charlie David is an award-winning professional narrator with over 60 produced titles. AURAL FIXATION 2018 BEST ROMANCE AUDIOBOOK SERIES – The Confessions series by Ella Frank

Charlie David is the Audiobook narrator of the award-winning Confessions series.

Audiobook Narrator Production Rates 

My current rate of $350 USD/per finished hour is posted on my ACX audiobook narrator profiles. This includes an initial consultation with author/publisher usually by way of providing story and character information, production timeline and contracting info. 

Once production begins you’ll receive chapter by chapter proofs, one round of editing based on your time-coded requests and final mastered files with guaranteed approval through ACX Quality Control so your book baby can meet its excited audience on all audio platforms of your choosing. You may read my reviews on Audible to see how listeners appreciate our productions. 

As an audiobook narrator I’m open to books in all genres. I’ve recorded inspirational books, business books, university course support guides, and novels. My sweet spot so far has been romance. If you have a project you’d like to inquire about hiring me for, it’s as simple as making a direct offer to me through my ACX profile or sending an email.

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Love Triangle

Tricycle broken in the forrest.

He hurt you, then he hurt me and somehow we found each other.

No love lost between us for over a year and suddenly it’s staring us in the face.

Funny part is I wanted to hate you, needed to.  And we know it’s not right or in your words ‘not kosher’ but we can’t help but fall deeper into each other.

It’s fresh for both of us.  I can’t help wonder if the fragrance is floral or manure. 

It’s fresh either way and intoxicates us both.

We can’t help but talk about him.  The one who hurt us.  The one we loved.  Because we both still love him.

So what draws us together will likely pull us apart.  We think its cute and kitsch now.

A love triangle constructed in a geometry class in Degrassi Junior High.  But we all know where those go… triangles that is, and junior high dalliances.

Someone will be crying at the prom.  I hope it’s not me… but I definitely don’t want it to be you.  I’ve seen past the hate and come to treasure you too much. Him?

No. I could never want him to suffer as much as he’s manipulated us both.

Me then.

The two of you were miserably in love and I should have left it at that.  My third wheel has only made for a lopsided tricycle.

Interesting but not functional.

Have we learned anything?

I hope so. We can’t see ourselves in running water. You words again – you’re always clever with metaphor.  We have to wait and watch while the water is still…

And so we wait.

And watch.

And love each other and the moments as much as we can in the meantime. 

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Retro

Moustache close up.

I walked in the bar and my heart dropped to my stomach.  All it took was one glance in his direction.

Ball hat pulled low. Sacrilige.  Hiding those crystal blue eyes.

Handle bar mustache.  He’s drawn like a Tom of Finland dream.

I just want to grab hold and steer him to the door.

His shirt comes off.  Mine does too, pulled off by a dude in a harness who soon fastens one to me.  But my eyes are on him and that 70’s retro monstrosity crawling over his lip.

I want to kiss him.

My friends tell him so and when I order my next drink he is leaning over the bar pouring himself into my mouth.

It’s dirty.  I know.

It’s not like me.  I know this too.

But everything about him makes my body turn itself inside out.  I want to swallow him.  He’s surprisingly gentle as his furry lip presses against my own.

It feels amazing.  I want to do this all night.  And maybe we will.  I’m already counting the minutes to take him home.  

It’s not like me.  I know.

It’s dirty. I know this too but tonight we’re going retro.

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