HOT MEN, SEXY VOICES: Last Saturday was #VALoveFest at Virginia Festival of the Book 2017. Among the excellent panels during the day by far the most popular was THE MEN OF ROMANCE panel where audio narrators shared their experiences about the work, a bit about their backgrounds, and their appreciation for the romance genre. Below is a video that you must watch/listen to if–like me– you twitch involuntarily at any real man who is into romance.
Andi Arndt was the fabulous moderator. She spoke with David Brenin, Luke Daniels, Will Damron, Derek Perkins and Aiden Snow. Jennifer Dodde Conner captured this video of the event. (Caution! It looks like the video goes sideways for a second–but it’s just for a moment and then gets righted again.)
Details of note:
Luke Daniels has done audio for Heather Graham and Sylvia Day among many, many, others.
When Will Damron does the really sexy stuff he uses the name Jeremy York.
Aiden Snow mostly does military romances, but he likes romances that play out deep gender and relational dynamics. Most of the time, however, he said “it’s like: ‘Up on the hog babe, let’s go for a ride.'” And all the women in the room about fainted.
Speaking of Aiden Snow — I saw him walking across the lobby at the festival — and having been converted by my friend Adriana Anders to beardy hot goodness, I said to myself ‘Damn, who is *that* guy?’ (Shoulda stopped him and gotten a picture. I’m just kicking myself now. Oh well!)
Derek Perkins is British and does a mean Scottish Accent.
I, for one, find a man’s voice at the top of the list for the sexiness factor. I think that romances often neglect the serious ear appeal of the right voice. There are men who I find reasonably attractive, but when they speak and their voice is like low thunder, I’m suddenly riveted by their whole being. I want to chitter like a cat at the window watching birds fluttering around outside.
Perhaps it’s because there is something fundamentally right and reassuring to me about a relaxed, warm male voice. It’s a verbal embrace, a reassuring caress in my ears that everything is going to be all right.
I’m so curious to find out if any of you listen to audio books and if you do listen to audio books, are you aware of who the audio narrator is? I know Richard Armitage narrated two Georgette Heyer book, but do you actively seek certain narrators?
Are you like me? Does the right male voice send you?
If you want to listen to more of the panels from Love Fest, including HEROINES OF DESTINY — which is the panel that I moderated–go here on facebook:
Kiersten Hallie Krum will be back next week — and I’ll be blogging more on Thursday about other fascinating & fun parts of Love Fest.
Meanwhile, get on the hog, babe, and follow us at Lady Smut. ; >
Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance. Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes. Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.