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 to talk about her latest book, Bossy. In addition, we discuss Throwing Hearts, which is this month’s Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection, and the continuation of her Imago series that was released earlier this year. She also shares how characters come to her, and the occasionally surprising results. The discussion wraps up with some book recommendations.
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 Park, plus Eden Blake’s One Good Lord Deserves Another.
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 Lawrence I. Hill.
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 discusses the Seasons of the New Hope series, which is set a few miles from Doylestown, and the new book The Beautiful Things Shoppe. Philip shares why he set the series in New Hope and his connection to the town, and what he would sell if he had a store like The Beautiful Things Shoppe. He also has some book recommendations.
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 about his contemporary romance alter ego Lawrence I. Hill, how he got started writing, and authors that have inspired him. Plus, Joshua shares a couple of book recommendations.
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 that after publishing four contemporary young adult books, writing urban fantasy was actually a return to his roots. He also shares a few details about the forthcoming book sequel to What If It’s Us, the book he co-wrote with Becky Albertalli. Adam offers a book recommendation too.