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 Dolls, the Most Beloved Bad Book and Movie of All Time by Stephen Rebello and Jeff looks at The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg.
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 her husband. She also offers up some book recommendations.
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 will feature holiday storytime with four favorite narrators.
Jeff reviews Adriana Herrera’s American Christmas before introducing Adriana’s Listener Favorite interview. In this flashback to May 2019, Adriana talks about the inspiration for the Dreamers series and the characters she wanted to represent. She also discusses Finding Joy, which is one of her books that came out earlier this year.
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. If you’ve read this wonderful book, we’d love to hear what you think in the comments.
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 also shares what inspires his stories, what it was like to have Two Boys Kissing adapted as a choral piece, as well as the work he does to bring stories from new authors to the world. We wrap up with news of what’s coming next and some book recommendations.
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 historical events are featured in the book, working with two timelines to tell the story and the importance of authentic queer characters. She also talks about the books she writes as Victoria Schwab and what’s coming up next for her.