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Apr 16, 2018

Jeff & Will remind everyone about the Autism Awareness Auction currently happening through the end of the month. They also discuss their April 21 and 22 appearances at the LA Times Festival of Books.

Will reads a special letter to listeners regarding diversity in the gay romance genre.

Will reviews "Bearly Legal" by Kiki Burrelli. Jeff talks about the recent audiobook release of "City Boy" by A.E. Wasp and narrated by Michael Pauley.

Mary Calmes stops by to talk about her latest book, "Twisted and Tied," as well as how she got started in gay romance, her writing process and what's still to come this year. She's also got an audiobook giveaway for listeners.

Complete show notes for episode 132 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Apr 9, 2018

Jeff & Will look at some of the authors and exhibitors coming to the L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 21 and 22. They also remind listeners that Joyfully Jay's paranormal theme week is running through April 14.

New patron Danielle is welcomed.

Christina from Christina's Bookshelf recommends two books for baseball season: Love by Number by DJ Jamison and Bases Loaded by Sean Michael. She also talks about Campus Life, a choose your own adventure gay romance, by T.C. Orton.

Will reviews A Match for Mike by Jason & Ed Gaffney. Jeff reviews Swann's Revenge by Shira Anthony and also discusses the audiobook of The Hockey Player's Heart. The guys also review the recent NBC concert presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Tammy Middleton, who writes under the name T.M. Smith, is here with the details on this year's Autism Awareness Month Auction, which runs through April 30. She also talks about her new book, Lover.

Complete show notes for episode 131 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Apr 2, 2018

Jeff & Will discuss their second viewing of Love, Simon.

Their co-written book, The Hockey Player's Heart, is now available as an audiobook performed by Finn Sterling. They've got a giveaway on the shownotes page for a lucky listener to win an Audible code for the book.

The guys will be at the upcoming L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 21 and 22. They'll be doing a signing for their books and other fun stuff during that weekend.

In other news this week, Changing on the Fly: The Second Period charity anthology will disappear soon as the NHL season wraps up on April 7. Tammy Middleton's Autism Awareness Month Auction is underway with lots of great items for authors and readers to bid on. It's also Love Bytes Reviews Fifth Anniversary and Dani and her team have a ton of great giveaways planned to celebrate.

Jeff reviews the YA novel History is All You Left Me by Adam Sllvera, while Will reviews the romantic comedy Creating Clark by Jason T. Gaffney & Ed Gaffney. They also discuss some performances from MCC Theatre's recent Miscast fundraiser.

Jessica & Markie from the Top to BOTM Podcast to talk about their show, their reading influence and their love of the gay romance genre.

Complete show notes for episode 130 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Mar 26, 2018

Jeff & Will have completed their move and have news about Love, Simon, TJ Klune's new YA trilogy, Romance Writer's of America awards and Eastsiders.

New patrons Jennifer, Lita, Olivia, Jules and LizaStar are welcomed.

Will reviews books from K.C. Wells and A.R. Barley while Jeff has one from Lucy Lennox. The film Every Day and the new NBC series Rise are also discussed.

Jay from Joyfully Jay stops by to preview the site's upcoming paranormal theme week, which begins April 9. She also recommends books by Lily Maxton, Morgan Brice and Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock. She also gives a shout out to Love, Simon.

Complete show notes for episode 129 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Mar 19, 2018

Jeff & Will wish everyone a happy spring (or fall) this week.

Will reviews Game Point by M.J. O'Shea.

Jeff and Becky Albertalli continue their interview. Finishing up the discussion of Love, Simon they talk about the importance of a gay teen at the center of a big studio movie and her cameo. They also discuss books, including last year's The Upside of Unrequited as well as the forthcoming Leah on the Offbeat.

Complete show notes for episode 128 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Mar 12, 2018

Jeff & Will are on the movie this week. That doesn't stop them from bringing you the very best in gay fiction. Jeff reviews the audiobook of Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner and narrated by Joel Leslie. The guys also discuss the YouTube Red original series Step Up: High Water, a spin off of the Step Up movie franchise.

Jeff interviews Becky Albertalli, author of the best selling book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which hits the big screen this week under the title Love, Simon. Jeff and Becky talk extensively about the book's journey to the screen, including why the title changed, which actor came up with a new scene that Becky loves, and Oreos!

Complete show notes for episode 127 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Mar 5, 2018

Jeff & Will give a shout out to Pucks & Percentages, the new m/m hockey romance serial from V.L. Locey and RJ Scott. They also look at the horrible author payout Audible made after the first quarter of the Audible Romance Package.

WIll reviews The Bunny and the Billionaire by Louisa Masters. The guys review Tom of Finland, the amazing biopic about the famed Finnish artist.

Brandilyn and Jeff discuss the Young Adult works of Rick Riordan, which includes the Percy Jackson series, and in particular, the inclusive universe Riordan has created for LGBTQ+ characters.

Complete show notes for episode 126 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Feb 26, 2018

Jeff & Will start off with updates from the past week.

They give a birthday shout out to The Ripped Bodice bookstore, which celebrates its second anniversary on Sunday, March 4.

The Book2Pod service is discussed further, including some listener feedback from last week's sample. Book2Pod's Nigel, the British narrator, provided the intro for this week's show.

New patron Liz is welcomed.

Jeff reviews The Sumage Solution by G.L. Carriger and narrated by Kirt Graves. The guys review of The Fireman's Pole by Sue Brown with narration by Finn Sterling.

Poppy Dennison chats about her new Bartlett Boys series as well as the forthcoming re-launch of Coconut Grove, which she co-writes with M.J. O'Shea. She also talks about her entry in the Heart2Heart charity anthology.

Complete show notes for episode 125 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Feb 19, 2018

Jeff & Will kick off the episode with updates on writing and that they both registered for GayRomLit. They also talk about a listener email they got.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are discussed, especially the representation from openly gay athletes Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy.

The Book2Pod service was unveiled last week, offering to create computer-read books in podcast format.  Jeff submitted a sample of his book, Dancing for Him, so listeners can sample a book as read by computer. The 100 second sample is on the shownotes page. Jeff & Will encourage listeners to leave their thoughts about the concept in the comments on the shownotes.

Lisa from The Novel Approach recommends books by Andrea Speed, Jordan Castillo Price and Harper Fox.

The guys review the Heart2Heart charity anthology as well as Lucy Lennox's Felix and the Prince.

Lucy returns to the show to talk about Felix, what's coming up next in the Forever Wilde series and lots more.

Complete show notes for episode 124 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

 

Feb 12, 2018

Jeff & Will kick off the episode with updates on writing and moving.

A shout out is given to Cupid Strikes Again Free Male/Male romance stories available from February 11-18 from authors including Garett Groves, Piper Scott, Amy Tasukada, Kiki Burrelli, Alex Miska, Lucy Lennox, and others. GayRomLit registration is also discussed as it comes up on Saturday, February 17.

Will reviews Fortune's Slings & Cupid's Arrows by Ari McKay. Jeff reviews Down on the Farm and The Past Comes Home, both by Silvia Violet with narration by Greg Boudreaux. The guys also discuss the films Call Me By Your Name and God's Own Country.

V.L. Locey and RJ Scott stop by to talk about Poke Check, the latest in the Harrisburg Railers series. They also discuss how they become co-writers, what's coming next for them both and give an update on the Changing On The Fly charity anthology.

Complete show notes for episode 123 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Feb 5, 2018

Kickstarters have begun for two of Jeff & Will's favorite things: Where the Bears Are (for season seven) and Love & Luck Podcast (for season 2).

New patron RobK is welcomed.

Lucy Lennox stops by to talk about the Heart 2 Heart charity anthology that releases this week. She tells us about the origin of the book as well and the charities it supports.

Jeff and Will discuss Wrapped Up in You by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine, which is also being made into a film by PassionFlix. Jeff also reviews The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon.

Greg Tremblay is interviewed and gives his origin story, the scoop on his most recent titles by Santino Hassell and A.M. Arthur as well as a look at his process. He's also got a giveaway.

Complete show notes for episode 122 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jan 29, 2018

Jeff & Will open the show talking about their past week in writing and revisions. A couple of shoutouts are given to Oscar nominees, Call Me By Your Name and The Greatest Showman. They also discuss the past week's announcement that Kobo and WalMart have formed a partnership to distribute ebooks and ereaders.

New patron Cali is welcomed.

Jeff reviews Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford. The guys also review the indie movie Do You Take This Man starring Anthony Rapp and Jonathan Bennett.

Jeff & Will interview A.M. Arthur about her Clean Slate Ranch series, her latest installments in the Breaking Free series (out this week), how she got started in gay romance and what's to come in 2018.

Complete show notes for episode 121 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jan 22, 2018

Jeff & Will talk about release week of The Hockey Player's Heart as well as offer some writing updates.

New patrons Lisa and Aurora are welcomed.

Jeff reviews Straight from the Heart by Sam Burns, Come What May by A.M. Arthur, Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger along with a re-read of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The guys also talk about two TV shows that debuted in the past week: FX's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and the latest CW superhero show Black Lightning.

Author Heidi Cullinan and voice artist Iggy Toma return for the second part of their interview with Jeff. In this week they discuss how their collaboration started and how it works, their latest audio Antisocial, what's coming this year for both of them and more.

Complete show notes for episode 120 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jan 18, 2018

Jeff & Will discuss various aspects of their debut collaboration, "The Hockey Player's Heart." The book is now available from Dreamspinner Press at all major online book retailers.

Among the topics they talk about this being Will's debut novel, their writing process, populating the book with out and proud characters, their love of category romance, short reads vs. epic length, the small town setting and they wrap up with Will reading from the book's prologue.

Complete shownotes are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jan 15, 2018

Jeff & Will talk about the release of The Hockey Player's Heart, which happens on Tuesday.

New patron TJ is welcomed.

Christina from Christina's Bookshelf has recommendations for books by Nicky James and Christian Baines.

Jeff interviews author Heidi Cullinan and voice artist Iggy Toma about their collaboration on The Roosevelt series, which is Carry the Ocean and Shelter the Sea. In part one of their interview, Heidi talks about the origins of the characters and story while Iggy talks about bringing those characters to life.

Complete show notes for episode 119 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jan 8, 2018

Jeff & Will open the show with news that the blog tour for The Hockey Player's Heart gets underway this week. The guys will be doing Facebook Live segments on their author page starting Wednesday, January 10 and the tour starts on Friday, January 12 at Hearts on Fire.

Plans were also made to attend the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, April 21 and 22. They'll have much more details on what they'll be doing there closer to the event. A brief mention is also given to The Ripped Bodice bookstore, which appeared on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces this past week.

Jeff reviews Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan and read by Iggy Toma as well as Among the Living (PsyCop #1) by Jordan Castillo Price and read by Gomez Pugh. They guys also briefly talk about The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, which they watched on PBS this past week.

Editor turned author Kris Jacen talks about her debut book, Wait for Me, and what led her to become an author in her own right after working with writers for a decade as Editor in Chief of MLR Press. Her next book, "Explore with Me," arrives February 9.

Complete show notes for episode 118 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jan 1, 2018

Jeff & Will wish everyone a Happy New Year as they kick off the first episode of 2018. The guys also review their past week, which included getting the paperback of The Hockey Player's Heart in the mail.

Will reviews Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin while Jeff reviews Wild Trail by A.M. Arthur. The Greatest Showman film is also discussed.

The guys review 2017 in books and writing and also unveil some 2018 plans for both. From a health standpoint, they discuss their time on the potato diet, covered in The DIY Spud Fit Challengewhich has made them healthier over the past two months.

Rhys Ford returns for the second part of her interview. This time we learn about her influences, how she got started writing in the genre and what's coming in 2018.

Complete show notes for episode 117 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Dec 25, 2017

Jeff & Will wish everyone Happy Holidays before recapping their week of writing. Jeff got word that Schooled, the second book in the Codename: Winger series, has a publication date of May 1.

Layla is welcomed as a new patron.

Dani from Love Bytes Reviews is here with a final round of holiday book recommendations for 2017.

Jeff reviews Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan and Rebel by Rhys Ford. Jeff & Will also discuss Fox's A Christmas Story Live! as well as the amazing performance of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Chris Weaver (and friends) during the finale of The Voice.

Jeff talks to Rhys Ford for part one of an interview. She talks about her new book Rebel (which comes out Friday, December 29) and the 415 Ink series, why Rebel is her unique take on romance, how she planned the series and more.

Complete show notes for episode 116 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Dec 18, 2017

Jeff & Will kick off the show with news about Codename: Winger #3, their second Dreamspun Desire and early reviews for The Hockey Player's Heart.

Eli is congratulated for winning the Happy Holiday Paperback Giveaway.

Jay from Joyfully Jay discusses best of 2017 books, holiday stories (including ones with a Hanukkah setting) as well as new titles she's been reading.

Jeff reviews A Day Makes by Mary Calmes while Will reviews Wild Trail by A.M. Arthur, Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton and Finding Home by Garett Groves.

Jeff & Will interview Annabeth Albert. She has the scoop on her latest book, Wheels Up, as well as what's happening in her other series. Plus she talks about her author inspirations, the first gay romances she read and what's coming in 2018.

Complete show notes for episode 115 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Dec 11, 2017

Jeff & Will kick off the show talking about winners of the Rainbow Awards, which were announced last week.

They also discuss the recently launched Top 2 BOTM podcast, the 12 Days Before Christmas MM Historical Fiction Blowout (which starts December 12) and the ongoing Rainbow Advent Calendar event.

New patron Robert is welcomed

Lisa from The Novel Approach talks about holiday romances from RJ Scott, the late Paul Alan Fahey's Rainbow Award winning book as well as an advance look at her Best of 2017, including books by Soren Summers and Steve Berman.

Will reviews In Case of Emergency by Keira Andrews, Three Under the Christmas Tree by Silvia Violet and the guys both talk about Needing a Little Christmas by Silvia Violet and narrated by Sean Crisden. Jeff then gives his own take on Up for the Challenge by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack, which Will reviewed in a previous episode.

Jeff interviews Erin Kyan, creator of the Love & Luck Podcast, about this unique romance that unfolds in a series of voice mails between Jason and Kane, two Australians who fall in love and discover they have some magic abilities.

Complete show notes for episode 114 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Dec 4, 2017

Jeff & Will kick off the show talking about everything that happened on December 1. They were guests on Rachael Herron's How Do You Write? podcast, which is the first time they've talked about their writing journeys and their collaboration. Jeff talks about submitting Codename: Winger #3. The guys also mention the cover reveal for The Hockey Player's Heart and direct people to Love Bytes Reviews to get in on the celebration giveaway.

It's the final week for the Holiday Paperback Giveaway.

New patron Clem is welcomed.

Will reviews The Perfect Match by Matt Burlingame. Switching to TV, the guys review the CW superhero crossover event Crisis on Earth X, Barbra Streisand's Netflix concert The Music, The Mem'ries, The MagicWhere the Bears Are season six and Eastsiders season three.

Kit Williamson and John Halbach stop by to talk about Eastsiders season three with some behind the scenes scoop plus they discuss their new website, Where Gentlemen Go, and what's coming up next for them.

Complete show notes for episode 113 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Nov 27, 2017

Jeff & Will recap the week, which included wrapping up revisions and updating websites.

Two noteworthy events happen on Friday, December 1. Jeff & Will reveal the cover for The Hockey Player's Heart, the book they co-wrote, on Love Bytes Reviews. There'll be a giveaway there for people to take advantage of as well. Also, December 1 begins the Rainbow Advent Calendar, which will feature a different LGBT romance each day for readers to pick up.

Laura is welcomed as a new patron.

Jeff & Will jointly review A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino and narrated by Joel Leslie. Will reviews Santa's Naughty Helper by Ari McKay and Up for the Challenge by Devon McCormack & Riley HartJeff discusses, Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aicman and narrated by Armie Hammer as well as Wait for Me by Kris Jacen.

Jeff & Will sit down with Devon McCormack and Riley Hart in an interview that was recorded at October's GayRomLit retreat. Devon and Riley talk about how they started writing together, what's coming up next year and much more. Plus there's a bonus reel with even more from the interview, which is available on YouTube and all the regular podcast outlets.

Complete show notes for episode 112 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Nov 27, 2017

In this bonus episode Jeff & Will present more of their interview with Devon McCormack & Riley Hart. The writing duo talk about the differences in their co-writing and solo projects, why the go the self publishing route, how much fun they had writing "Owning It" and their use of the surprise book release strategy.

Make sure to catch episode 112 for the rest of Devon & Riley's interview.

Complete show notes for episode 112 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Nov 20, 2017

Jeff & Will wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving before briefly recapping their week.

Will offers reviews of Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns by Tara Lain, Vampire Claus by Robert Winter and Coming Home by Garett Groves. Jeff meanwhile talks about Hell & High Water, the first book in Charlie Cochet's THIRDS series.

Some of the podcast’s Patreon supporters, along with Jeff & Will, share books they are thankful for. Listeners are encouraged to leave comments on this week’s shownotes page to say what books they are thankful for.

Jeff interviews Charlie Cochet to discuss this week’s release of Tried & True, the final book in the THIRDS series featuring Dex & Sloane. She also chats about the December release of The King's Courage and what’s coming up in 2018.

Complete show notes for episode 111 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Nov 13, 2017

Jeff recaps his writing week with news that he finished the first draft of the third book in the Codename: Winger series.

Jeff & Will celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Kindle and also talk about Audible's new Romance Package subscription service. They also announce the Happy Holiday Paperback Giveaway, which runs through Sunday, December 9.

New patron Rachael is welcomed.

Will reviews Hot Mall Santa by A.J. Truman, Line in the Sand by Ari McKay and Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. Jeff reviews Turtles all the Way Down by John Green. Turning to music Jeff talks about new albums from Kelly Clarkson and Kyle Riabko and this season of The Voice is also discussed.

J. Scott Coatsworth drops by to chat about his new novel The Stark Divide and talks about what's new at Queer SciFi, Queer Romance Ink and new blog tour service, Other World Ink.

Complete show notes for episode 110 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

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