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Jeff & Will congratulate the finalists of the Romance Writers of America Vivian Award, including two authors of m/m romance: LaQuette for “Under His Protection” and Philip William Stover for “There Galapagos My Heart.” Anna Zabo talks about “Cinnamon Roll,” their installment in the “Bold Brew” shared universe series. They share the origins of Max a…
 
Jeff & Will talk about movies they've watched recently: the HBO documentary “Tina,” “Late Night” with Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, the Amy Poehler-directed “Moxie,” and documentary “The Last Blockbuster.” They also have book reviews, including “Infinity Reaper” by Adam Silvera, “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter” by Summer Devon, “A Friend in th…
 
Jeff & Will update listeners on their 100 Day Projects. Jeff also talks about the dance programs they've watched recently. Robbie Couch talks with Jeff about his debut young adult novel, “The Sky Blues.” Robbie shares the inspiration for main character Sky, Sky's friends, and the fictional Michigan town where this rom-com / mystery story takes plac…
 
Jeff & Will celebrate 300 episodes of the podcast and make a big announcement about the show's future. They also discuss their happiness at the return of “The Great Pottery Throwdown” to HBO Max, and the queer representation in season 4. Jeff talks with debut author Everina Maxwell about her sci-fi adventure romance “Winter's Orbit.” They discuss E…
 
The Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for April is announced: “Striking Sparks” by Ari McKay. The guys also share the news of a new online book convention called IQARUS as well as a new fiction podcast from JC Calciano, “Steamy Stories.” Jeff & Will discuss books they're looking forward to in April, including titles by Rebecca James, Annabelle Gr…
 
The guys celebrate some Christmas cheer as they discuss the recently announced Netflix gay romance holiday movie. Jay from the Joyfully Jay and Lisa from The Novel Approach share some of their favorite books from the past few months, including titles by Tal Bauer, Con Riley, KJ Charles, C.S. Poe, Kat Silver and Jordan L. Hawk. They also shout out b…
 
The guys take a moment to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Big Gay Fiction Book Club. This month, Jeff & Will talk about the charming, pottery-themed romance “Throwing Hearts” by N.R. Walker. As always, in our book club discussions there are spoilers ahead. Complete shownotes and transcript for episode 297 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com. …
 
The guys congratulate the authors who are finalists in the gay romance category for the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards: Adriana Herrera, Lance Ringel, Felice Stevens, Erin Colleen McRae & Racheline Maltese, and Cat Sebastian. They also give kudos to podcast guest L.C. Rosen for his finalist nod in the LGBTQ Young Adult category. N.R. Walker joins us t…
 
In this episode full of reviews, Jeff looks at the first two books in the “Vino & Veritas” series, “Featherbed” by Annabeth Albert and “Heartscape” by Garrett Leigh. He also talks about the romantic comedy “Revenge of the Brobot” by JC Calciano. Will has three historical novellas with Ava March's “Object of His Desire” and “Pleasures of Somerville …
 
Jeff & Will talk about two series on HBO Max they've enjoyed: the AIDS drama “It's a Sin” and the high school dramedy “Generation.” Jeff reviews Layla Reyne's romantic suspense “Queen's Ransom” as well as Eden Finley & Saxon James's jock/nerd romance “Power Plays & Straight A's.” Will reviews “Caught Looking” by Adriana Herrera and “Deja Vu” by Law…
 
Jeff talks about two things he's been into recently: The 25th Anniversary celebration for the musical “Rent,” and Queen Latifah in the reboot of “The Equalizer.” Will shouts out some TV shows we love that are returning this spring. In February, Jeff hosted a conversation with Philip William Stover for Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, PA. Philip d…
 
Jeff & Will congratulate TJ Klune and V.E. Schwab for the nominations their books received in the 26th Annual Audie Awards. Joshua Ian is here with the scoop on "Manchester Lake," the latest book in the "Darkly Enchanted Romance" series. Joshua discusses why he loves gothic romance and what draws him to the Edwardian era. In addition, he talks abou…
 
Jeff & Will announce the March Big Gay Fiction Book Club Selection: N.R. Walker's “Throwing Hearts.” They also talk about the upcoming Rainbow Space Magic virtual con. Adam Silvera joins Jeff to talk about the “Infinity Cycle” series, and the new book “Infinity Reaper.” Adam discusses how the books have evolved from outline to finished story and th…
 
Jeff & Will talk about the incredible new adult, contemporary romance “Awkward Love” by Riley Hart. As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead. Complete shownotes for episode 290 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com. Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at frolic.media/p…
 
Authors from the new “Magic Emporium” paranormal/urban fantasy series are here to talk about the 12 book, shared universe. Meghan Maslow tells us how she came up with the series idea and how 13 authors came to create their stories within the universe. Four “Emporium” authors, Kim Fielding, Eliot Grayson, Jacki James and Rhys Lawless, join in to tal…
 
Garrett Leigh joins us to talk about her new books. This week “Unforgotten,” a second chance, roommates to lovers story, is released and Garrett shares how the story of Billy and Gus came to be. We also talk about her involvement with the “Vino & Veritas” series and her book “Heartscape” that comes out in March. The book “Redemption” is also gettin…
 
This episode kicks off with some news. Jeff will host a live virtual event for Doylestown Bookshop with author Philip William Stover, Will started the 100 Stories 100 Day project, and Jeff will be re-releasing “Love's Opening Night.” The guys recommend some TV and movies they've recently enjoyed: new movie “Breaking Fast,” the Netflix series “Gameb…
 
Jeff talks to author Riley Hart about three of her books: “Awkward Love,” which is also the February Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection, “Beautiful and Terrible Things,” and the forthcoming “Finding Ian.” Riley shares her love of flawed characters, strong friend groups and found family as well as what got her started writing. She's also got some b…
 
Jeff & Will travel back to the Victorian era with the romance mystery/suspense novel “An Unseen Attraction” by KJ Charles. As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead. Complete shownotes for episode 285 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com. Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding pod…
 
Nick J. Russo joins us to talk about how drumming in a band was his gateway to becoming an audiobook narrator. He also discusses why he loves romances, the wide range of books he voices, and what his favorite sub-genres are. Nick also has the scoop on some of his latest releases as well as what's coming up next. Complete shownotes for episode 284 a…
 
I met Corey back in season one when he was working as a multi-media producer, responsible for audio and video production as well as web design. He’s enrolled in the eLearning certificate program at the University of Calgary and is also taking Project Management courses with MacEwan University. Now, I’m putting him in front of the microphone to shar…
 
Jeff & Will welcome Zoë & Kelsey from the “Tea & Strumpets” podcast to talk about historical romance. The conversation ranges from why historicals can provide an escape, their favorite tropes in the genre along with some of their favorite books featuring m/m and f/f pairings. Of course, the hit Netflix regency romance “Bridgerton” is also discussed…
 
This episode is packed with book reviews as the guys discuss “Roommate” by Sarina Bowen, “The Uncut Wood” by Slade James and three books in the “Rosavia Royals” series: “Throne Together” by Zoe Dawn, “In His Court” by Max Rowan and “Barely Regal” by E. Davies. Complete shownotes for episode 282 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com. Big Gay Fiction Podca…
 
Sarina Bowen joins us to talk about her new book “Roommate,” which is an m/m spin off from her “True North” series. She shares why it took her so long to figure how to write Kiernan, a character carrying a lot of secrets. She also discusses the “Vino & Veritas” series, which is one of a number of multi-author series that she is creating inside the …
 
She needed an online program that provided her with the flexibility to study while balancing a demanding job and raising four kids. Athabasca University was the perfect fit, allowing Jackie to turn pretty much every setting (including ringside at her kid’s hockey games) into a classroom. We talk about.... Loving your work, but knowing you need to u…
 
Jeff & Will kick off 2021 with two announcements. The Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for January is “An Unseen Attraction” by KJ Charles. Also, the next edition of”Big Gay Fiction Live” is Thursday, January 14 at 7pm ET and features authors from the upcoming shared universe, “The Magic Emporium.” Lucy Lennox joins Jeff to talk about the Winder…
 
In the final episode of 2020, Will reviews RJ Scott's "Cupcakes and Christmas" and Jeff looks at the first two books in the "Rosavia Royals" series: "Up for Heir" by Stella Starling and "Reign or Shine" by HJ Welch. Jeff & Will also reveal some of their favorite reads from 2020, which include books by Jaxon Knight, TJ Klune, Annabeth Albert, Philip…
 
As 2020 winds down, Jay from Joyfully Jay and Lisa from The Novel Approach join us for a look at some of their favorite reads from the year. We start off talking about holiday favorites from the season. Jay recommends “His for Hanukkah” by Reese Morrison and Lisa's pick is “Angels in the City” by Garrett Leigh. Then it's on to their favorites of 20…
 
Jeff & Will celebrate the holiday season with the groundbreaking romance “All Through the Night” by Suzanne Brockmann. Will also briefly looks at the collection “Beginnings and Ends & When Tony Met Adam,” which features the continuing stories from characters from “All Through the Night.” Complete shownotes for episode 277 are at BigGayFictionPodcas…
 
To spread some merriment this holiday week, Jeff & Will bring you Big Gay Fiction Live's Holiday Storytime event. Four audiobook narrators present readings from seasonal stories and talk about their favorite holiday traditions and what they like best in holiday stories. Sean Crisden reads from Adriana Herrera's “American Christmas.” Kirt Graves pre…
 
Jeff & Will have a lot of holiday goodness in this review packed episode. They kick it off with the gay Christmas movies, Lifetime's “The Christmas Setup” and Paramount Network's “Dashing in December.” In books, Will reviews “Fake Boyfriend for Christmas” by Sean Ashcroft, “Operation Fake Relationship” by Jay Northcote and two titles from E.J. Russ…
 
It first meant believing that attending university was even possible. Then, once that hurdle had been overcome, Germaine started down the PhD path in her 30s, but life got in the way. Two decades later, fueled by a personal crisis and a well-placed online ad, she connected with Athabasca University. Now, Dr. Chan has completed her degree and landed…
 
With more than 10 years of experience as an audiobook narrator, Sean Crisden has voiced a number of books and series from authors like TJ Klune, RJ Scott, Adriana Herrera and countless others. Sean talks with Jeff about how he got his start, what he loves about romances and who some of his favorite characters are. Sean also shares how he keeps his …
 
Jeff & Will love the holidays for all the seasonal stories and movies. They've been watching and reading a lot. In this episode they discuss Hulu's “Happiest Season” and Hallmark Channel's “The Christmas House.” They also review “Hearts Alight” by Elliot Cooper, “Holidays in Blue” by Eve Morton, “Gifts for the Season: Winter & Christmas MM Charity …
 
For the last Listener Favorite episode of our fifth anniversary year, we present Suzanne Brockmann. Suzanne, along with her family, has long been a champion of LGBTQ+ inclusion in romance fiction. In this look back at interviews from 2017 (which featured her, her husband Ed Gaffney and her son Jason T. Gaffney), Suzanne discusses her efforts to get…
 
It was a long road, filled with twists and turns, but she did it. Find how this mom of two managed her long-distance, online education with Athabasca University to achieve her RN. We talk about... The beauty and benefits of life in Northern Canada Finding the time to go back to school and making sure school plans align with family plans The unique …
 
Author Gillian St. Kevern joins us to talk about the latest in the “Read by Candlelight” series, “The Christmas Party.” She discusses the origins of the series and what attracts her to telling gothic tales. Gillian also shares what got her started writing, as well as details on her other series: “Thorns and Fangs” and “Deep Magic.” She's also got a…
 
Jeff & Will get into the holiday spirit with “The Christmas Deal” by Keira Andrews. As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead. Complete shownotes for episode 270 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com. Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at frolic.media/podcasts!…
 
Author Maz Maddox talks to us about her "Stallion Ridge" series and the shifters and humans who call the Wild West town home. She's got the scoop on the upcoming sixth book as well as the finale that will arrive in 2021. Maz's new "RELIC" series, featuring modern day fossil hunters, is also discussed along with her writing origins, and author influ…
 
Mom, Lola, shares how a rocky start led her to overcoming the challenges of being a single mom and working many different jobs to make ends meet. Now remarried and with her kids grown, she’s recently completed training as a Class One Driver with Women Building Futures. That, in turn, inspired daughter Katelyn, now a first-year electrician, to also …
 
Jeff & Will remind listeners about this Wednesday's Big Gay Fiction Live with Holiday Storytime featuring favorite audiobook narrators. The guys then talk about the HBO Max limited series "Equal." Author Liz Faraim talks with Jeff about her debut novel "Canopy," which kicks off the "Vivian Chastain" series. Liz discusses the origins of Vivian, why …
 
This episode is packed with book recommendations as the guys discuss “Learned Behaviors” by Jayce Ellis, “Brothersong” by TJ Klune, “Trade Deadline” by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn and “Manners & Mannerisms” by Tanya Chris. Two books outside the gay romance genre are also reviewed as Will talks about “Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!: Deep Inside Valley of the Dol…
 
Author Jayce Ellis joins Jeff and Will to discuss her latest book, “Learned Behaviors.” She also shares what she's got planned for the “Higher Learning” series as well as for the “High Rise” series that includes the books “André” and “Jeremiah.” Jayce also talks about how she started in the m/m romance genre and the amazing support she gets from he…
 
He’s now in year two of his degree and is applying his newly honed legal knowledge to his work as a technology evangelist. Tim explains why he’s so enthusiastic about education and how he fits his studies into his busy life. We also talk about our shared passion for technology ethics. We talk about... Why Tim went back to school to study law when h…
 
The podcast celebrates its fifth anniversary as Jeff & Will unveil a new theme song composed by author Daryl Banner as well as some changes to the podcast format. The Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for November is revealed: “The Christmas Deal” by Keira Andrews. The next episode of Big Gay Fiction Live is also announced for November 18 and it …
 
Jeff & Will dive into an excellent gothic romance with The Mystery of Brackenwell Hall by Gillian St. Kevern. As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead. Complete shownotes for this episode are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com. Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at fro…
 
This special episode features an event Jeff hosted for Barbara's Bookstore in Chicago featuring author David Levithan. David talks about his most recent book, the short story collection 19 Love Songs, and his tradition of writing a short story for his friends every Valentine's Day. Among the other topics in this wide ranging conversation, David als…
 
She enrolled at the University of Alberta to finish a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology, which also led her to buy a skeleton! We’ll explain more as we explore her back to school story. We talk about... The joys and challenges of being your own boss How being a wedding photographer was like getting a PhD in psychology Biological anthropo…
 
Will reviews three reads perfect for Halloween: The Secretary and the Ghost by Gillian St. Kevern, The Ghost of Hillcomb Hall by Joshua Ian and The Tutor by Bonnie Dee. Jeff reviews V.E. Schwab's The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Jeff talks with V.E. Schwab about Addie LaRue and the inspiration behind the character as well as details on which hist…
 
To celebrate the upcoming fifth anniversary of the podcast, we have the third Listener Favorite episode. This time the spotlight is on the guest who has appeared on the show more than anyone else, TJ Klune. With the release of Brothersong, the Green Creek series concludes and we look back at our previous discussions about that series. You'll also h…
 
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