During Bookstore Romance Day on August 21, Jeff hosted a conversation with debut authors Penny Aimes and Verity Lowell. Penny and Verity discuss their novels—For the Love of April French and Meet Me in Madrid, what led them to writing romance, and their favorite tropes. We also find out about some of their favorite authors and how those authors influenced the stories they tell.
As part of Big Gay Fiction Podcast’s Sixth Anniversary celebration week, Jeff & Will have a mega crossover event with Sarah and Amanda from Smart Podcast, Trashy Books. Together they talk about a wide rage of topics as they answer questions from their Patreon communities, and of course there’s lots of book talk too!
You can find the second part of the crossover on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books episode 482, which comes out on Friday, November 5.
Jeff & Will celebrate the podcast’s sixth anniversary and announce the Big Gay Fiction Fest, a virtual online reader event taking place Saturday, December 4 that will celebrate gay holiday romances.
The guys have a ton of book recommendations as they look at books releasing in November. First up it’s holiday-themed releases from E.J. Russell, H.L. Day, Leta Blake, Annabelle Greene, Garrett Leigh, Annabeth Albert, Lucy Lennox, Ali Ryecart, Penelope Peters, and Ashlynn Mills. Next the focus turns to more romances coming this month, including titles by Megan Slayer, Lisa Henry, Saxon James, Joe Satoria, Jenn Burke, Louisa Masters, E.M. Lindsey, Jeris Jean, Sierra Simone, Adriana Herrera, Kris Ripper and Winter Blackthorne.
Will also reviews the contemporary romance If Only for Today by Gabbi Grey, and the historical holiday short The Longest Night by EE Ottoman.
Episode 342 – Big Gay Fiction Book Club October 2021: “This is Not a Horror Movie” by Sara Dobie Bauer
Jeff & Will discuss the thrilling new adult romance This is Not a Horror Movie by Sara Dobie Bauer. As always, in our book club chat there are spoilers ahead so keep that in mind if you haven’t read the book yet. Make sure you keep listening after our discussion to hear the first chapter of the audiobook, narrated by Blake Lockheart.
Jeff & Will recommend the supernatural rom-com Out of Body, which is perfect for Halloween week viewing.
Author Merry Farmer is here to discuss two books she’s releasing this week. First up is the second in her After the War historical romance series, Never Judge a Duke by His Lover. Then the discussion turns to Peter and the Mission, the fifth book in her fantasy series Peter and the Wolves. In addition, Merry talks about her love of romance and history, her excitement over creative writing assignments, and what’s coming up next.
In the spirit of Halloween, Jeff & Will talk about the new TV series Chucky, which is based on the classic horror movie franchise and features a gay teen as its main character.
Jeff talks with author Sara Dobie Bauer about her new adult, rom-com, horror story This is Not A Horror Movie, which also happens to be this month’s Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection. We talk about where the characters of Emory and Connor came from, as well as all of the horror movie references Sara uses in the story. We also get details on Sara’s love of romance and horror, why it’s important to her to include mental health themes in her book, and what’s coming up next for her.