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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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

Nov 28, 2016

Jeff updates his NaNoWriMo progress, including the realization that he will not have 50,000 words by the end of November. Plus he's got news about Love's Opening Night and the audiobook of Rivals going on sale.

The guys give a shoutout to The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway as it commemorates its 12,000th performance this week.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is reviewed by Jeff & Will.

Author Z.A. Maxfield stops by to talk about her latest book, My Cowboy Freedom, and also discusses her nearly 10 year publishing career as well as offers a look into the future with what's coming next.

Complete shownotes for episode 60, and the chance to enter the Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway, are at

Nov 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone!

Jeff updates his NaNoWriMo progress plus has news about Love's Opening Night and Rivals.

The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway, featuring free ebooks from more than 80 authors, which runs through Sunday, November 27, is announced.

Will reveals the top five gay romance titles on Amazon for the week and then reviews books by Clare London and Kate McMurray while Jeff reviews a title from Michael Jensen. Lisa from The Novel Approach also offers up book reviews—one holiday book plus three from debut authors.

The Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix is on the guys must-watch list for the coming weekend. Jeff and Will reveal their top five GG episodes along with honorable mentions.

Broadway musicals appearing on the Thanksgiving Day Parade telecasts on NBC and CBS are called out. In addition the guys discuss the recent coming out of Alex Danvers on the CW's Supergirl along with the four-episode crossover that's coming for the CW superhero shows on November 28. They also express their support for Billy Gillman on NBC's The Voice.

Complete shownotes for episode 59, and the chance to enter the Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway, are at

Nov 14, 2016

Beginning with commentary on this past week's election, Will drives the point home with a quote from Angels in America: "The great work begins."

Moving on to the usual topics, Jeff speaks to the progress made on the NaNoWriMo project as well as the production of the Derrick McClain performed audiobook, Rivals.

Will offers up the top five best selling gay romances on Amazon before announcing the Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway.

A.J. Marcus discusses his New Mexico-based States of Love novella An Enchanting Liftoff.

J. Scott Coatsworth and Angel Martinez talk to the guys about Queer Sci-Fi's origins and its plans for world domination.

Complete shownotes for episode 58, and the chance to enter the Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway, are at

Nov 7, 2016

Jeff & Will open with a NaNoWriMo update and how the first few days of the month have gone for their co-writing project. In addition, Jeff has news on the release date for Love’s Opening Night (December 28) and that Somewhere on Mackinac has gone into the editing phase. In addition, the novella Rivals has gone into produciton as an audio book for a December release.

Will unveils a new Top 5 segment. This week he looks at the top five best selling gay fiction titles in the Amazon U.S. store as of November 6.

Alicia Nordwell stops by to discuss her installment in Dreamspinner’s States of Love series called On Fire.

Will reviews three books: A Matchless Man by Ariel Tachna, The Senator’s Secret by K.C. Wells and Tight End by Devon McCormack. Jeff talks about two books: Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels and Don’t Stop Believing by Gwen Hayes.

The Fox TV presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again is also reviewed.

Complete shownotes for episode 57 are at

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