Jeff talks about the nomination that Schooled (Codename: Winger #2) received in the Goodreads M/M Members’ Choice Best of 2018 awards. Christmas movies are quickly discussed as Jeff & Will wrote about their favorites in blog posts this week. The Kennedy Center Honors, featuring Adam Lambert making Cher cry, is also called out.
The review section kicks off with the Netflix film Dumplin’. Will reviews Peppermint Spiced Omega by Susi Hawke and Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert. Jeff reviews Game Changer by Rachel Reid.
The reading of 2018 is recapped, including a look at trends and favorites for Jeff & Will. There’s also a peek into their plans for 2019.
Jeff kicks off the review portion of the podcast talking about Ravensong by TJ Klune and narrated by Kirt Graves as well as the short story sequel, Lovesong.
Switching over to holiday stories, Will reviews A Cowboy’s Christmas Luck by KC Burn and Christmas Angel by Eli Easton. Jeff discusses Sugar Cookies & Computer Code by Kris Jacen and Christmas Prince by RJ Scott.
Jeff interviews John Solo, who provided the voice for the first book in his Codename: Winger series. John talks about working on Tracker Hacker, which was his first young adult novel. They also discuss how John got involved in narrating audiobooks, his process for recording and what kinds of characters are in his wheelhouse. John also talks about what new audiobooks are coming soon.
Terri Beth is welcomed as a new patron.
Will reviews The Northstar by Elle Keaton and Designer Holiday by Ari McKay.
Jay from Joyfully Jay drops by to discuss the updated Holiday Favorites List as well as some of her classic favorites by Heidi Cullinan, Charlie Cochet and Roan Parrish. She also looks at some 2018 stories by Annabeth Albert, N.R. Walker, Jordan L. Hawk, Kim Fielding and RJ Scott. Jay also previews her Annual Favorites list, which includes Whisper by Tal Bauer and Oz by Lily Morton.
Jeff interviews Tere Michaels about the upcoming release of Forever & Ever, the final book in the Faith, Love and Devotion series. They also discuss what got her started in m/m romance, her writing process as well as her teaching and work with Book Lovers Convention. Tere is also a Coastal Magic Convention featured author and she talks about what she loves about Coastal Magic and why listeners should attend.
New Patrons Poppy and Drue are welcomed.
Before getting into Christmas stories, Jeff talks about cosy mystery Dead in the Garden by Dahlia Donovan. For holiday reads, Will reviews Santa Daddy by Keira Andrews and Fairytale of LaGuardia by A.E. Wasp and Beth Bolden. Jeff discusses A Star-Crossed Christmas by V.L. Locey.
Jeff interviews JP Barnaby about her return to writing, starting with Saving Hannah. They also talk about the degree she’s getting in creative writing, her love of the Food Network and cooking and what projects she’s working on next.
New patrons Kim, Thomas, Mia and Christine are welcomed.
Listeners are reminded they can watch the live recording of the podcast on Sunday morning around 8:30am PT on the show’s Facebook page. The upcoming hiatus at The Novel Approach is discussed.
Jeff talks about last week’s Audio Assault (Codename: Winger #3) release as well as the audiobook he recorded for his Christmas short, A Very Winger Christmas. He also reminds everyone they can still enter the giveaway that’s part of the Audio Assault blog tour, through Tuesday, December 4.
Will reviews His Christmas Sweater by C.M. Valencourt and A Kiss Before Christmas by A.E. Ryecart. Jeff & Will team up to review Fred & Ginger by Isobel Starling. Jeff talks about Ben’s Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle by Penelope Peters and Pretty Pretty Boys by Gregory Ashe.
Jeff & Will welcome Silvia Violet to discuss her new release, Painfully Attractive, which is book four in the Love and Care series. They also discuss Silvia’s upcoming MPREG series, Trillium Creek as well as how she got started in m/m romance, who her author influences are and what’s coming up for Silvia next year.
Will reminds everyone about the Queer Lit Read-A-Thon that kicks off December 2.
Jeff talks about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day performance by the cast of The Prom along with Bill Konigsberg’s speech he gave at the ALAN/NCTE event Reading and Writing Resistance: Acting Up, Speaking Out in YA Lit.
Jeff tells everyone about the week of events happening with his Codename: Winger series: the release on Tuesday of Audio Assault, the forthcoming audiobook of Tracker Hacker and the free short A Very Winger Christmas that comes out on Friday.
Will reviews Snow on the Roof by Sean Ashcroft and Goldilocks and the Bear by Clare London. Jeff reviews Someday by David Levithan and Loving Loch by Kris Jacen.
Dani from Love Bytes Reviews recommends comfort series by Mary Calmes, Andrew Grey, A.E. Via and Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott. She also has some fanfic comfort reads.