Awards news kicks off this week's episode with a look at LGBT finalists for the 2017 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and the 2017 RITA Awards, both sponsored by RWA.
Will talks about new merchandise supporting the children's book Promised Land, including a coloring book. The guys also announce that they'll be attending screenings at OutFest for Jay Bell's Something Like Summer and the premiere of Eastsiders Season 3.
Will reviews Stage Two by Ariel Tachna and Cowboys Don't Come Out by Tara Lain. The guys also discuss, and highly recommend, the recent ABC mini-series When We Rise, which documents the gay liberation movement from 1971-2015.
Suzanne Brockmann, Ed Gaffney and Jason T. Gaffney are welcomed back to the show to continue their interview. This week they discuss their many family collaborations and what's coming up next for each of them.
Complete shownotes for episode 90 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff and Will announce that they've been selected, for a second year, to be part of the GayRomLit featured bloggers. The first GRL Blog Tour spot will appear in episode 91 on July 3.
Kenneth is congratulated as the winner of the recent Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway. New patrons Lu Ann, Megan and A.E. were welcomed.
The guys review Fixing Frank, book three in the California Comedy series, by Jason T. Gaffney and Ed Gaffney and presented under the Suzanne Brockmann Presents banner. Then they welcome Suzanne, Ed and Jason for part one of an interview where they talk about Suzanne's history of writing m/m characters going back to the mid-2000s in her Troubleshooters series and the collaboration that lead to the California Comedy series.
Complete shownotes for episode 89 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
eff and Will mention the recent announcement that author Felice Stevens has the first ever gay romance Kindle World coming from Amazon. The guys also congratulate the Eastsiders team for surpassing their Kickstarter goal and their upcoming premiere at OutFest in L.A.
Our new patrons--Rhys, Karen, Michella, Emilie--are thanked.
Christina from Christina's Bookshelf chats about books that she's excited about, including titles from Leigh Jarret, K.C. Wells and Tara Lain.
Jeff and Will review books from Jay Bell, Avon Gale and Ari McKay. Plus they talk about the movies Wonder Woman, Captain America: Civil War and Fifty Shades Darker.
Favorite gay movies are also offered up for Pride Month.
Complete shownotes for episode 88 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff and Will wish everyone a happy Pride month!
Two upcoming events are discussed. First, the Equality March in Washington D.C., as well as other locations around the world, on Sunday, June 11. Next is the Coastal Magic Convention, scheduled for February 25-28 in Daytona Beach. Costal Magic just released it's featured author list which includes many m/m romance favorites.
Lisa from The Novel Approach stops by with some summer book recommendations.
Listeners are reminded that the Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway wraps up on Sunday June 11 so it's your last week to get entries in.
Will reviews The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay. Jeff talks about the season's final episodes of Empire as well as the debut of NBC's World of Dance. Jeff & Will both talk about the Matt Damon monster movie, The Great Wall.
Jeff interviews Pat Henshaw about her latest, Frank at Heart, as well as the upcoming end to the Foothills Pride series and what's coming after that.
Complete shownotes for episode 87, and the Rafflecopter for the chance to enter the Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff and Will get started by talking about the surreal week of interviews they did for the podcast. In addition, they announced the final total in the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens auction that recently ended.
Kit Williamson and John Halbach, the guys behind the Eastsiders series stop by to talk about the Kickstarter they're running to fund season three. They've got details on a way for listeners and supporters to win a great prize this week.
The Dirty Dancing remake and the season finale of Arrow are discussed.
The guys also interview the duo that make up the writing team of Ari McKay. They talk about their latest book, Breaking Bonds, which is part of the Dreamspun Desires line. In addition, we get their origin story, how they approach collaborating and what's coming up later for them. There's also a bonus 10 minutes of the interview, which appears in the podcast feed, on YouTube as well as the shownotes page.
Complete shownotes for episode 86, and the Rafflecopter for the chance to enter the Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
This episode: Our interview with Ari McKay continues as we discuss how they decide which of their plot bunnies to work on next as well as what they're working on for self-publication.
Make sure you catch the regular interview in episode 86.
Jeff & Will offer a brief recap of their recovery week.
The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is back for a second installment, running May 22 - 29. More than 80 authors are giving away gay fiction of all kinds during the week.
Jeff reviews The Senator's Secret by K.C. Wells and Deceived, the second book in the Mind Agents series, by Igor Max.
The Eastsiders season three Kickstarter is discussed as is a delightful preview of a short film called In a Heartbeat, about a gradeschooler who is literally outed by his heart.
The guys then wrap up the TV season with a look back on the CW superheroes, Speechless, The Big Bang Theory, Superstore, The Voice and The Arrangement.
Rick R. Reed is welcomed to discuss his spring releases Perils of Intimacy, Unhinged and Orientation as well as his writing journey and what's coming up later this year.
Complete shownotes for episode 85, and the Rafflecopter for the chance to enter the Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff & Will are both under the weather, but power through for this week's episode!
Jeff offers some updates from his writing week. The guys discuss other podcasts that have recapped the RT Booklovers Convention and recommend people check out episodes from Smart Podcast, Trashy Books and Kobo Writing Life Podcast.
Katie is congratulated for winning the signed Cheesecake Boys coloring pages. Mary and Shannon are welcomed as new patrons.
The Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway gets underway.
Will reviews Served Hot by Annabeth Albert. The guys talk about the cancellation of The Real O'Neals along with other TV shows they are watching--Nate & Jeremiah by Design and Team Ninja Warrior. Jeff also talks about the string of musicals that have been announced for network TV, including Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC as well as A Christmas Story and Rent on Fox. Then Will discusses the movies he watched this week-- Esteros, The Way He Looks and Akron.
Complete shownotes for episode 84, and the Rafflecopter for the chance to enter the Sweet Summer Fun Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff talks briefly about the reviews for Somewhere on Mackinac. The guys then discuss the master class in plotting they took with Cherry Adair to kick off their week at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Atlanta.
The Tammy Middleton Autism Awareness Month auction final total is revealed. Jeff reminds everyone that the Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens auction is underway through Saturday, May 13.
The show's new patrons are thanked: Lindey, Sarah and Andrea.
Jeff reviews At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson and The Solder's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian.
Jeff & Will talk in detail about their experience at RT17, including the panels they attended, people they talked with and the workshop on podcasting they led. They also reveal the giveaway for an RT17 tote bag filled with books at swag that listeners in the U.S. and Canada can register to win via a Rafflecopter on the shownotes page.
Complete shownotes for episode 83, and the Rafflecopter for the chance to win the RT17 tote bag, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Will interviews Jeff about Somewhere on Mackinac, which debuts on Wednesday, May 3 from Dreamspinner Press.
The guys are at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta this week. They discuss their schedule and would love to meet any listeners that are also attending. For those not attending, Jeff & Will plan to post photos and video to the podcast's Facebook page.
Jeff talks about the upcoming Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens auction that begins on Friday, May 5.
Will reviews The Solder's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian.
Paul Richmond and Aaron Anderson are welcomed to the podcast. Paul is the associate art director for Dreamspinner Press as well as the author of the Cheesecake Boys Coloring Book. Aaron is one of Dreamspinner's cover artists. During a coloring party, we discuss the new coloring book as well as book covers and more. There's also a Rafflecopter on the shownotes page for a chance to win the images Paul, Aaron and Will colored.
Complete shownotes for episode 82, and the Rafflecopter for the chance to win autographed coloring pages, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff & Will kick off the week talking about the epiphany Will had and the jury duty Jeff managed to get through along with his regular activities. Jeff also discusses the Somewhere on Mackinac blog tour that begins on Tuesday, April 26.
Episode 243 of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books is recommended for Sarah's excellent interview with Faith Salie. Listeners are also reminded that Tammy Middleton's Autism Awareness Month auction is entering it's final week.
Will reviews Forgotten Paradise by Shira Anthony and Jeff talks about Something Like Winter by Jay Bell.
Author Ariel Tachna is welcomed. She talks about her latest books, Talking in Code as well as the third book in her Lexington Lovers series of Dreamspun Desires, Take Two. We also discuss her job as Dreamspinner's translations coordinator.
Complete shownotes for episode 81 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff & Will recap their week, including Jeff's rearrangement of his writing schedule. Jeff also answers a question from Ellen about how he decides how to tell a scene.
The guys talked about their schedule for the RT Booklovers convention coming up in May. They also reminded everyone about the ongoing Autism Awareness Month Auction.
New patrons kragthang and Baron are welcomed!
Will talks about the documentary I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole. The guys welcome Mystery Science Theater 3000 back. Jeff reviews Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg and Will shows off the Joeboys book from Joe Phillips.
Sarina Bowen is welcomed back to the podcast to talk about her recent re-release of Goodbye Paradise as well as her Him/Us spin off Good Boy and more.
Complete shownotes for episode 80 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff & Will recap their slightly wonky week and the epiphanies that came out of it. They also report on how Tammy Middleton's Autism Awareness Month Auction is going.
New patrons Sherrylynn and Clare are welcomed!
C.S. Poe stops by to talk about her novella in Dreamspinner Press' States of Love series, Joy.
Jeff reviews the Fiasco Theater production of Into The Woods, which he saw in L.A. last week. Will then reviews Working It by Devon McCormack and Riley Hart while Jeff talks about the audiobook of Something Like Summer by Jay Bell.
Damon Suede is back for part two of his interview where he talks about teaching, Romance Writers of America, what's still to come this year and more. The chance for listeners to win an autographed copy of Lickety Split is at the bottom of the shownotes page.
Complete shownotes for episode 79, and the chance to enter the Lickety Split autographed paperback giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff talks about Somewhere on Mackinac starting pre-orders on Monday, April 3 along with the cover reveal and giveaway that his email list is getting that same day. He also updates on a new novella he's started, tentatively titled Ballroom Goal, and other projects he worked on this week.
Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, is honored.
Listeners are reminded that April is Autism Awareness Month and Tammy Middleton's Auction to raise funds for the cause has begun. Jeff is offering autographed copies of the Hat Trick trilogy in paperback as part of the auction.
Poppy Dennison, author and Dreamspinner Press marketing director, was in Paris recently for the Paris Book Fair and was the podcast's special correspondent for the event. Her video report is on the shownotes page.
We thank our latest patron, Nancy, and let everyone know the next bonus episode will release on Tuesday, April 11.
After reminding everyone that the Hot Jock Paperback giveaway ends on April 9, the guys review the film, Lazy Eye.
Jeff and Will sit down with Damon Suede to discuss his latest novel, Lickety Split. There's a Rafflecopter on the shownotes page for listeners to register to one an autographed paperback of the book.
Complete shownotes for episode 78, and the chance to enter the Hot Jocks Paperback Giveaway as well as the “Lickety Split” giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff briefly talks about his week filled with editing and revising.
The guys express their sadness that Rainbow Con had to cancel this year. For the authors in the audience, they recommend this week's episode of the Self Publishing Formula Podcast, episode 57, which features an interview with Data Guy from the Author Earnings Report.
Tammy Middleton stops by to discuss this year's Autism Awareness Month Auction, which kicks off on April 1. She also talks about her upcoming projects releasing under the name T.M. Smith.
Will reviews the Bob Mizer: AMG, 1000 Model Directory coffee table book while Jeff talks about The Real Thing by B.G. Thomas and Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen
Turning their attention to TV and movies, Jeff & Will discuss the Supergirl/Flash musical crossover episode, Kong: Skull Island and Beauty & The Beast. They also congratulate the crew of Where the Bears Are for hitting their Kickstarter goal so they can begin production on season six.
Complete shownotes for episode 77, and the chance to enter the Hot Jocks Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff briefly talks about getting the edits done for Codename: Winger #1 as well as working with Poppy Dennison in an effort to make the May release of Somewhere on Mackinac his biggest release ever.
The guys congratulate the winners of the Foxe Tail audiobook from episode 74.
Former podcast guests Joe Okonkwo, Jeff Garvin and Richard Compson Sater were announced as finalists for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards this past week. They were congratulated along with the authors in the gay romance and lesbian romance categories. The April 8 Bold Strokes Books Signing at the Ripped Bodice Bookstore is also mentioned.
Jeff reviews This Fire Inside by Jordan Nasser and A Matchless Man by Ariel Tachna while Will reviews Faking It by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack. Will also discusses the documentary Love Between the Covers, which focuses on the romance book genre.
This week's Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover and the Broadway Backwards charity event are talked about.
Trish Barnaby, who has written under the name J.P. Barnaby since 2009, is interviewed about her new release Sophie, which is the final book in the Survivors series. She's also on the Farewell JP tour, which she explains, along with her advocacy for LGBT youth and more.
Complete shownotes for episode 76, and the chance to enter the Hot Jocks Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff recaps his week in edits before talking about the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative, which includes You Can Play as a partner and some super cool team pride t-shirts.
J. Scott Coatsworth visits to discuss the new QueeRomance Ink website.
The guys thanks Mary for becoming a patron!
The Hot Jocks Paperback Giveaway is unveiled. You can enter at the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this shownotes page.
Jeff & Will talk about their trip to Orlando for the Dreamspinner Press Author Workshop as well as their day spent at Universal Studios.
Jeff reviews Damon Suede's new release Lickety Split as well as Bill Konigsberg's short story, Openly, Honestly, which sets the stage for Honestly, Ben that comes out at the end of March. Will reviews Snowblind, a Dreamspun Desire by Eli Easton. Will also shows off his hardback copy of the children's book Promised Land.
The 2017 Oscar Winning Best Picture, Moonlight, is discussed as are the new TV series Feud: Bette and Joan and Time After Time.
Christina from Christina's Bookshelf is welcomed as the podcast's newest contributor and she recommends books by Tal Bauer, Faith Gibson and Jaclyn Osborn.
Complete shownotes for episode 75, and the chance to enter the Hot Jocks Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff and Will are away this week attending the Dreamspinner Press Author Workshop and Universal Studios to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
They discussed GayRomLit registration, which took place February 25 and that they're looking forward to that October trip.
They reviewed the new Netflix show, Ultimate Beastmaster, and Jeff talked about the debut YA thriller from Igor Max called Awakened, which is the first installment in Max's Mind Agents series.
Haley Walsh and Joel Leslie are this week's featured interview. Haley is the author of the Skyler Foxe Mystery series and Joel is the narrator for the audiobooks. Haley discusses the series and how Joel came to be the narrator. Joel talks about his work on the series, including some of the challenges Haley has given him through the books. Haley and Joel are giving away five Audible codes to download Foxe Tail. Podcast listeners can enter to win with the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this page.
Complete shownotes for episode 74, along with the Rafflecopter to win a Audible code to download Foxe Tail, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff opens with details of his week, which included editing, writing and plotting.
The guys discussed the just announced closing of Prism Book Alliance.
Jordan Nasser's third book in the Home is a Fire series came out late last week. Jeff and Will are excited to read The Fire Inside. To celebrate the release, Jordan is offering podcast listeners to win Amazon ebooks of the first two installments in the series--Home is a Fire and The Fire Went Wild. A Rafflecopter is below to enter.
The show's new patron, Olivia, is thanked. Patrons are reminded to leave questions for the March bonus episode on Patreon.
Jeff & Will look forward to ABC's premiere of When We Rise this week. Jeff looks back on last week's episode of This Is Us. Plus they talk about an NYC concert presentation of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: The Musical coming in March.
Michael Scott Garvin is interviewed about his debut novel, A Faithful Son, along with details on how he balances being an interior designer/homebuilder with his love of writing and about his second book, Aunt Sookie & Me.
Complete shownotes for episode 73, along with the Rafflecopter to win Jordan Nasser’s books, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff opens with details on the writing week, which included finishing a short called Head Games and going through the first round of edits for Codename: Winger #1.
Will shows off his groovy Valley of the Dolls inspired shirt from Tom's Trendy Tees.
The podcast's new patron, Brandon, is thanked.
The Gay Readers Club is discussed as is the new Provincetown bookstore, East End Books Ptown. Jeff reviews new books from Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy as well as Geoffrey Knight while Will reviews Promised Land, a children's book featuring a farm boy and prince who fall in love.
The guys talk about Where the Bears Are 2 (along with its Kickstarter for season 6) as well as One Million Years BC. They also lament that they'll miss Sara Barellies going into the lead role in Broadway's Waitress.
M.J. O'Shea is here to talk about her latest Dreamspun Desire along with her prolific writing life.
Complete shownotes for episode 72 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff opens with details on the writing week, including the arrival of first round edits for Codename: Winger #1, which has him excited.
The winner of the Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback Giveaway is announced. Congratulations Sue!
The guys talk about skipping Rainbow Book Fair and Rainbow Con this year, along with the news that GayRomLit registration is set to begin February 25.
The podcast's new patron, Brent, is thanked. Patrons are reminded that the February bonus episode will be posted on Tuesday, inside Patreon, for Valentine's Day.
Poppy Dennison has a recap of last weekend's Coastal Magic convention.
Will talks about some podcasts you should be listening to form Rachael Herron. An episode of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books is also mentioned since it features Bea & Leah from The Ripped Bodice bookstore. CBS Sunday Morning's Valentine's weekend story on romance books is discussed.
Jeff reviews the latest romance from Kindle Alexander as well as a middle grade series about musical theatre nerds by Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead while Will looks at the new Dreamspun Desire from M.J. O'Shea.
Jeff gets musical with news about the current Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical playing movie theaters. TV shows Powerless and Crazy-Ex Girlfriend are also discussed.
Jay from Joyfully Jay stops by to talk about her website's upcoming theme week, plus offers up three book recommendations.
Complete shownotes for episode 71 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff reviews his week in writing, including announcing the release date for Somewhere on Mackinac and that his titles from JMS Books (including the Hat Trick series) are now available on Kindle Unlimited.
New patrons Katie, George and Christina are thanked, and the guys announce that they will release a bonus episode for patrons on Valentine's Day. Patrons who wish to ask a question for this exclusive patrons-only episode should do so by February 10.
The guys saw the 20th anniversary tour of Rent and Jeff reviews Wolfsong by TJ Klune and The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger. Brent then joins the podcast to discuss his latest book along with the Russel Middlebrook series and his Three Truths and a Lie mystery along with lots more.
Complete shownotes for episode 70 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff continues his interview from episode 70 with author Brent Hartinger and discusses the possibilities for Russel Middlebrook spin-offs for Min & Gunnar, the “Geography Club” film and Brent’s Media Carnivores podcast.
If you haven’t heard the rest of interview, go listen to episode 70 in its entirety.
Complete shownotes for episode 70 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
Jeff talks about zero word counts, editing, cover reviews and getting logos for the series he'll debut this spring.
This week's new patrons--Juli-Anna, Patty and Theodore--are welcomed.
Foster Bridget Cassidy talks about her debut novel Pipelines in Paradise, which is part of States of Love series from Dreamspinner Press.
With only a week left in the Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback giveaway, Jeff & Will review some of the favorite tropes we've heard from listeners. In addition the guys also congratulate some of their favorite Oscar nominated films, talk about the premiere of Riverdale and the hilarious comedy/mystery series Where the Bears Are.
Lisa from The Novel Approach stops by to talk about books from Peter Styles and Cat Sebastian.
Complete shownotes for episode 69, and the chance to enter the Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.
The show is now the proud sponsor of a shelf in the LGBTQ section of The Ripped Bodice bookstore. If you're in the L.A. area be sure to cheek it out.
This week's new patrons--SB and David--are welcomed.
The new Facebook Group, This Gay Book I loved, started by author Michael Jensen, is discussed. Jeff & Will review the films Hidden Figures, Florence Foster Jenkins and their re-watch of The Geography Club.
Jordan L. Hawk talks about her latest book, Undertow, which is part of the Whyborne & Griffin Universe. She also reveals what's on her release schedule for 2017, some fascinating research she's done for her books and much more.
Complete shownotes for episode 68, and the chance to enter the Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.