Gabra Zackman took an unusual route to the publication of her first romance novel: she recorded over 100 romances! That is, she’s an accomplished actress whose elegant voice can be heard bringing life to many audiobooks–and after reading so many romances by other people, she was inspired to write her own!Game On

A hop, skip and *ahem* later, and the Bod Squad was born! This motley crew of sexy, stylish spies work for the good guys–but they sure know when to be bad. The first book of this e-trilogy is GAME ON, featuring sultry spy Susannah “Legs” Carter and dangerous mogul (turned art thief?) Chaz Oakley Palmer III. They start out as cat and mouse, but as they say, the spy game can make strange bedfellows!

With a background like that, of course Gabra’s launch party would be no ordinary affair! Not only did her guests come clad in their finest pearls (or pistols, if preferred!), but instead of reading her own work, Gabra’s many voice-actor friends took turns bringing a selection of Game On to life. It was amazing to hear what each actor brought to the novel, and underscored how important a good audio narrator is.

Gabra talking
Gabra Z. welcomes her guests

 

Game On Gabra cuffs
Does she look like an author to you?
Bod Squad group
Maybe we should call them the Aud Squad?

 

Wish you’d been there? Never fear, we’ve got you covered–you can hear a sample chapter at Gabra’s website, read by the lovely and talented Lauren Fortgang!

 

 

Game On Lauren reading

 

Special thanks not only to Lauren for sharing her vocal talents, but to Pete Rohan of Rohan Audio, who did the mastering so the recording sounds great. All the great photos here were taken by Maren Searle Photography. And of course, thanks to Gabra herself for writing a great book!

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