Jeff & Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast is for readers and writers of gay romance fiction. If you can read it, write it, watch it or listen to it, we’ll talk about it.
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May 15, 2017

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

May 8, 2017

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

May 1, 2017

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

Apr 24, 2017

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

Apr 17, 2017

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

Apr 10, 2017

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

Apr 3, 2017

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


Mar 27, 2017

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

Mar 20, 2017

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

Mar 13, 2017

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


Mar 6, 2017

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

Feb 27, 2017

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

Feb 20, 2017

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 Landa 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

Feb 13, 2017

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

Feb 6, 2017

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

Feb 6, 2017

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

Jan 30, 2017

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

Jan 23, 2017

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 FiguresFlorence 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

Jan 16, 2017

Jeff kicks off the show by updating listeners on all the writing projects he's worked on in the past week as well as his invitation to take part in the 2017 edition of the Changing on the Fly anthology.

This week's new patrons--Alicia, Marcia, Sherrylynn, Lissa and Feliza-Rose--are welcomed.

Jeff reviews books from Avon Gale and T.A. Chase while Will reviews one from Rayna Vause. Then they talk about the recent Broadway HD live stream of Holiday Inn as well as the TV shows Star, The Wall and Match Game.

Dani from Love Bytes Review stops by with some of her top book picks from 2016.

Complete shownotes for episode 67, and the chance to enter the Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback Giveaway, are at

Jan 9, 2017

Jeff kicks off the show with a recap of his writing week and is so far sticking to his goals for 2017. He also recaps the end of the Love's Opening Night blog tour.

New patrons Amy, Anne, Eileen, Ellen and Laura are thanked for their support. The new Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback Giveaway is also unveiled.

Jeff & Will review the film La La Land as well as the DC Comic's anthology Love is Love that benefits Equality Florida's fund for victims, survivors and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Will also talks about AJ & Magnusanother comic he's recently discovered.

Jeff interviews debut novelist Richard Compson Sater, the writer of Rank, which was one of Jeff's favorite books from 2016.

Complete shownotes for episode 66, and the chance to enter the Valentine's Day Gay Romance Paperback Giveaway, are at

Jan 2, 2017

Jeff and Will wish everyone a happy new year and recap the good release that Love's Opening Night had. They also introduce Patreon as a way for show listeners to support the podcast with a monthly pledge.

The guys talk about their goals for 2017, including writing, the podcast and trips they're looking forward to in the new year.

Will reviews a book by Heidi Cullinan while Jeff reviews titles from Brent Hartinger and Avon Gale. They both review Star Wars: Rogue One and Yuri On Ice.

Episode 65 shownotes are at

Dec 26, 2016

Jeff and Will start off the final episode of 2016 by wishing everyone a happy holiday week.

Jeff talks about getting back to work on the second book in the Codename: Winger series as well as some work that was done on the co-writing project that's in progress. He also discusses this week's release of Love's Opening Night and Will does a brief interview to get the lowdown on the book. There's also a giveaway for podcast listeners this week to win an ebook copy.

The guys spend a few minutes talking about the books they read in 2016. Among the authors whose work they call out are: Kindle Alexander, Shira Anthony, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, Jeff Garvin, Michael Vance Gurley, TJ Klune, Devon McCormack, Jordan Nasser and Richard Compson Sater. They also looked at how many books they read compared to their goals.

Avon Gale stops by to talk about her new book, Whiskey Business, which is part of Dreamspinner's States of Love series. She also reveals what's coming up next in 2017, including the next Scoring Chances book.

Following the interview, Jeff reviews Whiskey Business as well as two new adult books from Brent Hartinger.

Episode 64 shownotes, plus the chance to win an ebook of Love’s Opening Night, are at

Dec 19, 2016

Jeff and Will start off by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah week.

Jeff talks about the upcoming Love's Opening Night release and the blog tour that begins on December 21. He also discusses starting edits for Somewhere on Mackinac, which will release in the spring. Next he offers up a sample of the recently released audiobook Rivals and then announces a giveaway for two podcast listeners two win a Rivals audiobook/ebook combo. The winners from the recent Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway are announced.

Will reviews the three Dreamspun Desires books he recently finished--Seven Card Stud by Ava Drake, Catching Heir by Julia Talbot, Striking Sparks by Ari McKay--as well as recaps the line's first year. Jeff then reviews A Faithful Son by Michael Scott Garvin and Save of the Game by Avon Gale. The guys also discuss their recently purchased coffee tablebooks from Michael Stokes, Invictus and Adonis Blue.

Jay from Joyfully Jay stops by with a look at some of her favorites from 2016 as well as holiday book recommendation.

Jeff & Will chime in with additional holiday reviews for the books Daddy Kissing Santa Claus by Max Walker and Foxe Den by Haley Walsh (with an audio performance from Joel Leslie) and the holiday film Shared Rooms. Will closes out the show talking about the phenom that is Yuri on Ice.

Episode 63 shownotes, plus the chance to win a Rivals audiobook/ebook combo, are at

Dec 12, 2016

Jeff and Will start off with news about their co-writing project, a holiday giveaway that Tammy Middleton is running with several authors from December 12-23, plus the Rainbow Awards were announced and Jeff was a runner up in two categories!

The guys talk about their Christmas visit to Disneyland as well as Will's first time at The Ripped Bodice Bookstore, where the show has recently sponsored a shelf in the LGBT section.

NBC's Hairspray Live! broadcast is reviewed.

Dreamspinner Press' Poppy Dennison stops by to discuss the expansion of the Dreamspun Desires line to include Dreamspun Beyond for paranormal and Dreamspun Undercover for mystery.

Michael Jensen is interviewed about his latest book, Man & Beast, as well as his forthcoming Man & Monster and his new Drowning World series.

Complete shownotes for episode 62 are at

Dec 5, 2016

Jeff and Will discuss what they're looking forward to during their weekend in Disneyland as well as Will's first trip to The Ripped Bodice.

Lex Chase stops by to discuss The Unlikely Prospect, her very first contemporary book which is part of Dreamspinner's State of Love series. Lex's mention of Hallmark Channel Christmas films leads the guys into talking about movies they've enjoyed during this year's Countdown to Christmas.

Next up they review holiday stories from Matt Burlingame and A.J. Truman. Jeff also reviews Rank by Richard Compson Sater.

Brandilyn from Prism Book Alliance also offers up some book recommendations.

Complete shownotes for episode 61, and the chance to enter the Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway, are at

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