Big Gay Fiction Podcast

The 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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Aug 14, 2017

Jeff opens the show talking about his experience with Dragon Dictation during the past week.

Bethany from Rainbow Gold Reviews is welcomed to the show and gives details on the RGR Trans Aware Week that runs from August 14 through 27.

Jeff & Will both review Clare London's Romancing the Ugly Duckling, which was performed by Joel Leslie. Then Jeff's reviews Something Like Spring by Jay Bell and performed by Kevin R. Free. Turning to movies, they guys talk about the noir thriller Kiss Me, Kill Me and the documentary Dancer. Will continues the film discussion with Get Out and documentary Doomed.

Jeff interviews Alex Miska as part of the 2017 GRL Blog Tour. Alex talks about her Moore Romance series as well as what she's looking forward to at GRL and what to expect from her later this year.

 Complete shownotes for episode 97 are at

Aug 7, 2017

Jeff and Will kick things off by answering a question from a listener: what is your favorite menage/poly book? They also announce a giveaway, courtesy of Bru Baker, for an audiobook download of Tall, Dark & Deported.

Romance Awareness Month is celebrated with a look at some real life couples. Jeff & Will also talk about the short film, In a Heartbeat, which was released on July 31.

Jeff interviews Jay Bell about his Something Like... series, which now includes a film and a comic book adaptation of the first book, Something Like Summer. Jay talks about the book's origins, how it became a series and how fans helped push Summer into new formats. Plus, with the series wrapping up, he discusses what's coming next.

Complete shownotes for episode 96 are at

Jul 31, 2017

The guys open the show with the news that their first co-written novel is now under contract and The Hockey Player's Heart is expected to be out as a Dreamspun Desire in early 2018. Jeff also talks about the edits he's working on plus an update on his experiments with dictation.

Andrew Grey is congratulated for his accomplishment winning the RWA Centennial Award for publishing one hundred books.

Jeff also talks about the spiffy covers that Sarina Bowen has for the Thai editions of Him and Us. Will discusses Castlevania on Netflix.

Will reviews Tall, Dark and Deported by Bru Baker and Open Road by Garett Groves.

Garett is also interviewed by Jeff as part of the 2017 GRL Blog Tour. Garett discusses his new book, Clickbait, as well as what he's looking forward to at GRL and why he gravitates to telling May/December romances. He also offers a giveaway for signed copies of his new book.

Complete shownotes for episode 95 are at

Jul 24, 2017

Will kicks off this week's show with his adventures on jury duty. Jeff talks about getting started on Codename: Winger #3 and trying out dictation to do the first draft.

Will reviews Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin, Lace by K.C. Wells and Satin also by K.C. Wells. Meanwhile Jeff talks about The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. The guys also talk about Spider-Man: Homecoming and Descendants 2. Jeff discusses his summertime TV watching with World of Dance and So You Think You Can Dance.

Jeff welcomes Bill Konigsberg to the show to discuss his spring release of Honestly Ben, a sequel to 2013's Openly Straight. They talk about why Bill decided to do a sequel, some of the controversy that's come up with the book and what Bill's working on next.

Complete shownotes for episode 94 are at

Jul 17, 2017

Jeff kicks off the show with the news that Tracker Hacker, the first book in the Codename: Winger series officially goes on pre-sale Monday, July 17 ahead of its October 17 release date.

New Patron Heather is thanked.

Christina Pilz chats with Jeff as part of the 2017 GRL Blog Tour. She talks about her series of historical m/m romances and offers up a giveaway.

Will reviews All In by Ava Drake. The guys also let people know that the new Dreamspun Beyond series is now taking subscription orders on the Dreamspinner site. Jeff reviews the audiobook of Marshall Thornton's Femme, which is performed by Joel Leslie, as well as the ebook of TJ Klune's Olive Juice.

Jeff & Will discuss the screenings they attended while in L.A. First up, the Broadway revival of Falsettos followed by the OutFest presentations of Something Like Summer and EastSiders Season 3: Go West.

Joyfully Jay recommends books by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish, Tal Bauer, KJ Charles and Annabeth Albert and tells of the SPECTR tour she took in Charleston.

Complete shownotes for episode 93 are at

Jul 10, 2017

Kicking off this week's show is the news that Jeff & Will submitted the category romance they wrote together.

Jeff let people know that the recent Broadway revival of Falsettos is screening in select movie theaters in the coming week and encouraged everyone to check that out. Jeff & Will are also attending OutFest screenings for Something Like Summer and Eastsiders on Saturday, July 15. Any listeners attending are encouraged to say hello. There may also be some Facebook content from that trip too so listeners should look for that on Saturday.

New patrons Kendra and C.J. were thanked.

Jeff recommended the Broadway cast recording of Come From Away. He also reviewed books Stage Two by Ariel Tachna and Point Shot Trilogy by V.L. LoceyWill reviewed The Lawerence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian.

Then Cat joins the show to talk about her latest, The Ruin of a Rake, why she writes regency romance and what's coming up next for her.

Complete shownotes for episode 92 are at

Jul 3, 2017

Jeff kicks off the week with news that the second book in the Codename: Winger series, entitled Schooled, was contracted by Harmony Ink Press. He also mentions that he was featured in episode 26 of the Out Entrepreneur Podcast where he talked about being an author entrepreneur.

The 2017 GRL Blog Tour kicks off this week as Kim Fielding stops by to discuss what she's up to this summer as well as her love of audiobooks and what she's looking forward at GRL in October. She's also giving away and audiobook and ebook this week with a Rafflecopter on the shownotes page.

Jeff & Will discuss their trip to San Francisco and New York, including reviews of HamiltonThe Little FoxesHello DollyDear Evan HansenGroundhog Day: The Musical, Sunset Blvd., Cats and American Ballet Theatre's world premiere of Whipped Cream.

Brandilyn also stops by to recommend the audio book of The Game Changer by Kay Simone as well as talking about the popularity of audiobook narrators.

Complete shownotes for episode 91 are at

Jun 26, 2017

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

Jun 19, 2017

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

Jun 12, 2017

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

Jun 5, 2017

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

May 29, 2017

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

May 29, 2017

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.

May 22, 2017

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, SpeechlessThe Big Bang TheorySuperstoreThe Voice and The Arrangement.

Rick R. Reed is welcomed to discuss his spring releases Perils of IntimacyUnhinged 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

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

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