This month, Jeff & Will talk about the charming, food-filled, small town romance Striking Sparks by Ari McKay. As always, in our book club discussions there are spoilers ahead so keep that in mind if you haven’t read the book yet.
Spencer Spears discusses his brand new series, Rebel Hearts, which is a spin off of the Murphy Brothers series. Spencer shares why he decided to continue writing about characters living on Summersea Island, and why he loves to write and read series. He also talks about writing three holiday stories in 2020, how he got started writing romance, and that a camboy romance is something he really wants to write.
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 and Tom and how they wanted to write a BDSM story that was full of kindness. Anna also shares what’s coming up for them later this year, including some much anticipated sequels. Plus they have a book recommendation.
Episode 302 – Reviews: Adam Silvera, Summer Devon, Gregory Ashe & C.S. Poe, Sydney Smyth, Eli Easton & Tara Lain
They also have book reviews, including Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera, The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer Devon, A Friend in the Dark by Gregory Ashe & C.S. Poe, Bridesmates by Sydney Smyth, and Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton & Tara Lain.
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 places. We also find out Robbie’s author origin story, what’s coming next, and there’s also a book recommendation.
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 Everina’s inspiration for Prince Kiem and Count Jainan as well as how Everina balanced the romance, sci-fi, and suspense elements. She also talks about the story’s earlier incarnation on Archive of Their Own, what got her started as a writer, and what’s still to come. Everina also has a book recommendation.