Jeff and Will kick off the show wishing well all the listeners who endured Winter Storm Jonas over the past weekend. Jeff honored the 20th Anniversary of the musical Rent, his favorite musical ever, which opened at New York Theatre Workshop on January 25, 1996. The guys discussed the new series on BBC America, London Spy. They also gave a shoutout to The Satyrsphere podcast, which gave BGFP a mention in its most recent episode. Answers to last week’s question of the week were read out and then Jeff and Will welcomed author Jordan Nasser to the show. Jordan talked about his debut novels, Home is a Fire and The Fire Went Wild along with what his initial foray into publishing was like and what his future plans are.
Jordan asked the Question of the Week: “How do the seasons affect your reading–the amount of reading and the kinds of books you’re reading?” After the interview Jeff & Will answer that question and let listeners know that if they answer the question they’ll be entered into a giveaway that Jordan’s sponsoring for signed paperback copies of his two books. Remember, you can listen and subscribe to the podcast anytime on iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, YouTube and audio file download.
*Giveaway rules: To be eligible to win the signed paperback copies of Jordan’s two books you must answer the Question of the Week (“How do the seasons affect your reading–the amount of reading and the kinds of books you’re reading?”) in the comments section below. Only one answer per email address. Answers must be on the website by Saturday, January 30 at 11:59pm PT. We are not responsible for any issues that may cause an answer to not appear on the website. We’ll announce the winner from the random drawing on next week’s episode.
Jeff & Will talk briefly about last week, which had Jeff in L.A. for work where he also attended the L.A. Kings/Detroit Red Wings game. Answers received for Episode 14’s Question of the Week are read (and more of the answers appear below). The guys briefly review the first two Dreamspun Desires books as well as Jordan Nasser’s Home is a Fire and The Fire Went Wild. Congratulations are given to Kindle Alexander for their wildly successful book release this past week. Jeff gives a shout out to Charlie Carver for the comments he made when he came out this week. Jeff also recaps his writing week, and talks about a fan letter he got from Luxembourg. The guys wrap up by asking, and answers this episode’s Question of the Week, which comes from Gillian: “What are your favorite romance tropes, and why?” Remember, you can listen and subscribe to the podcast anytime on iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, YouTube and audio file download.
Jeff & Will quickly recap last week, including Jeff’s finished first draft and what he’s working on next. Sara York is this week’s guest and she talks about her most recent release, Holiday Emergencies (part of the Love’s First Response series), as well as the other projects she’s working on for 2016. Other topics include the trademarks of a Sara York book, what her writing process is, how she decides to take one of her books to audio, and why she’s doing burpees at home. Sara answers last week’s question about 2016 reading goals and asks this week’s: “Is there a series from your favorite author that you’d like to see continue?” Jeff & Will wrap up the episode by answering that question. Remember, you can listen and subscribe to the podcast anytime on iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, YouTube and audio file download.
Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- From Sara York’s Interview:
- Holiday Emergencies (Love’s First Response) by Sara York on Amazon
- The Colorado Series by Sara York on Amazon
- A Southern Thing Series by Sara York on Audible
- Sara York’s Books on Amazon
- Sara York’s audiobooks on Audible
- James Patterson books on Amazon
- Marshall Thronton’s Boystown series on Amazon
- Stephen King books on Amazon
- Multi-Author Giveaway to Support Eric Arvin’s GoFundMe from Sara York’s blog (raffle ends January 21)
- RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas
- John Preston books (including The Mission of Alex Kane series) on Amazon
- The St. Nacho’s series by Z.A. Maxfield on Amazon and Audible
[h2]Question of the Week Episode 13 Responses:[/h2]
While listeners can leave comments on the website each week, answers come in from various other platforms as well (and we can only read a few answers on the show). Here are all the responses we got to the question “Do you set reading goals? And, if so, what are your reading goals for 2016?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.
- Scott: I’ve used the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the past couple years and set to read 52 books, one a week. I’ve outdid myself with a dozen over that each year. I would love more Goodreads friends!
- Gillian: I set myself a goal of 70 books last year because, like Jeff, I wanted to get into a regular reading habit. I achieved that, so I decided to up my goal to 90 this year. I don’t have any specific book goals in mind, but my secondary goal is reading the books that I have already bought instead of acquiring new ones.
- Mandy: I’ve set mine at 100 for this year. It’s been my first challenge on goodreads. Still find it hard to navigate. Although I have most of mine on audio as I don’t get a lot of time to read, I hope that still counts.
- Tracey: I can, on average read a book a day, so lets say 300 just to be on the safe side in case I get busy….
- Tammi: 150 this year. Last year it was 100 & reached my goal by the August (I think).
- Kathleen: Same as last year…200.
- Paul: About two books a month. I read in the AM for about an hour. Here’s hoping.
- Anna: Last year it was 275. I did 300+. Only set it at 200 this year though, but might up it, if I go too fast. Have finished 6 books so far, so…
- Christina: Last year my reading goal was to try a new genre. So I delved into MM. Best reading move ever! This year I want to add more sci-fantasy into my life. More ADULT sci-fantasy. Straight, gay, don’t care.
- Cat: This is my first year doing the challenge. I’m set up at just 300 since I can easily read one to two full length books in a day, but this will let me spend time with the family, as well. As of now I’ve completed 14 and just started 15.
- Elvis: I’ve never set reading goals before. This year will be the first, thanks to the podcast. Last year I only read five books, which is just sad. This year I want to read more, especially books in the genres I’m writing in, mainly mm romance and science fiction. I’ll try to sneak in a biography and a couple books about writing too. If I can hit 15 that would be great. Anything more than that would be awesome.
- Nancy: I had to go to Goodreads and see what I’d read in 2015. Turns out I read 129 books. Goodreads also includes audiobooks so the number makes some sense. I really don’t set reading goals because I read and listen to audiobooks all the time. I’m not big on setting goals at the beginning of the year, but I always like to find new to me authors and read their books.
Jeff and Will welcome everyone to 2016 to kick off the first episode of the new year. There was a lot to recap for the week. Jeff submitted Make the Right Choice on December 30 and it will publish in February. The guys also talk about why the title changed from Breakaway & Score. Jeff mentions that the 2015 Top Ten Gay Romance anthology released from JMS Books with his story Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp was included. Jeff also talks about the Goodreads M/M Romance Readers Choice Awards Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot was nominated for and Will joins in for a discussion of how the voting works. Prism Book Alliance gets a birthday shoutout and Jeff thanks Brandilyn for calling out the Hat Trick trilogy as one of the best she’s read in the two years of reviewing for the site.
The multi-author giveaway to support Eric Arvin’s is discussed so listeners can add their donations and be in the raffle for great prizes. Dreampsinner’s Dreamspun Desires paperbacks arrived in the mail this week and are shown off. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is praised in a spoiler-free way. Last week’s Question of the Week responses were also read (you can see all the responses below).
The guys recapped 2015 and talked about goals/plans for 2016. Will talked at length about how he was approaching 2016 after coming off a bad 2015. Will’s approach to the year is based on things he’s learned from Todd Herman. Jeff also reviews his 2015 and lays out some of his goals for the new year.
The show wraps up with the Question of the Week: “Do you set reading goals? If so, what are your goals for 2016?” Jeff and Will give their answers in the episode and hope you’ll leave yours in the comments below.
Jeff and Will remind everyone of the multi-author giveaway going on to support Eric Arvin (the giveaway includes signed paperbacks for Jeff’s Hat Trick trilogy). The guys also give some listener responses to last week’s question (all the answers can be read further down this page). Dreamspinner Press’ Marketing Director and author Poppy Dennison is welcomed to the podcast to discuss the origin of the new Dreamspun Desires line, which debuts on New Years Day, as well as what readers can expect from the line. Poppy also talks about her latest book, Dogwood Days (book one in the Holly Creek series), and her plans for 2016, which includes writing a Dreamspun Desires book and continuing the Holly Creek series. She also answers this week’s question of the week about her favorite 2015 reads, and provides the question for this episode. Jeff and Will wrap up by answering Poppy’s question, which is “What is your favorite gay romance that has kids in it?”
Happy New Year!
Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- Multi-Author Giveaway to Support Eric Arvin’s GoFundMe from Sara York’s blog
- From Poppy’s Interview:
- Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing on Amazon
- Natural Disaster by Chris Owen on Amazon
[h2]Question of the Week Episode 11 Responses:[/h2]
While listeners can leave comments on the website each week, answers come in from various other platforms as well (and we can only read a few answers on the show). Here are all the responses we got to the question “What’s your favorite m/m book(s) of 2015 and why?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.
- Poppy Dennison (from this week’s interview): Rhys Ford’s Fish Stick Fridays. Rhys Ford…I would read her grocery list. I absoluety worship her. She’s an amazing writer. So Fish Stick Fridays is a definite favroite of 2015 for me. Jordan L. Hawk had a new Whyborne and Griffin out this year (Hoarfrost and Maelstrom both released in 2015) and if you’re not a Whyborne and Griffin fan… why? Just go read them. They are stunning. I should out to Charlie Cochet’s Third series. She had a couple more books in that world this year. Dex and Sloane are probably in my top five gay romance couples of all time for me. A young adult title that I adored was Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase. Sort of a spin on Alice in Wonderland with Alice’s little brother. (Tune into the podcast to find out who Poppy gave a final shout out to for 2015…)
- Trix: I don’t read much sci-fi, so I was really surprised at how much I loved Aidee Ladnier’s The Klockwek Kraken. The world-building is really intriguing, and a potentially off-putting aspect (one hero has tentacles) is treated in a way that’s tasteful, sweetly humorous, yet touching. The family relationships are surprisingly affecting, too!
- Leigh: Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan!
- Denise: A book that entertained, educated and inspired me was Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan. Great read showing that people with depression and autism are just that… people. They have hopes and dreams. Like it said in the book “there is no normal, no right or wrong. But there is belonging” I highly recommend it.
- Melissa: Secret by Kindle Alexander–they just tell the best stories and this one was different for them. Deliver Me by Faith Gibson — it was her debut in m/m genre & it is a sweet story -can’t wait for her next book in this genre.
- Mandy: There have been so many great books this year, hard to choose just a few. One that really stood out to me was Anne Gallagher’s Lead Me Not. Any one who has ever struggled with sexuality and religion should read this. Puts things in a whole new perspective. I’m also sure Kage by Maris Black will be very highly rated.
- Gillian: The story I enjoyed most was Alex Gabriel’s Still Waters which was written as part of the Don’t Read in the Closet event the Goodreads M/M Romance Group runs every year. It’s free, it’s short, but it is full of stuff. Alex somehow managed to create an amazing, exciting world with characters that had me hooked at once, and it just ticked all of my boxes. I read it, then I read it again. It was that book for me.
- Scott: My favorite book of 2015 was Axel’s Pup by Kim Dare.
Jeff and Will recap the week, which included Jeff’s Breakaway & Score going to beta readers and a special Christmas bonus getting prepped for Hat Trick 3 readers. Jeff also gave a quick review to a Perie Wolford book he read. Last week’s question of the week listener answers are read and discussed. There’s a quick discussion of The Voice finale. The guys delve into Christmas movies of all kinds along with some Broadway for Christmas. Jeff & Will answer this week’s question of the week: “What is your favorite m/m book(s) of 2015 and why?” They also tease next week’s episode when author and Dreamspinner’s marketing director Poppy Dennison comes to talk about Dreamspun Desires. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast anytime on iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, YouTube and audio file download.
Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- Jeff’s Bonus Hat Trick 3 holiday chapter
- Brandon Witt’s offer to write into a book in return for donating to Eric Arvin’s GoFundMe
- Multi-Author Giveaway to Support Eric Arvin’s GoFundMe
- Perie Wolford’s Jimmy’s Erotic Adventure in Time and Space Continuum Episode 1 on Amazon | Jeff’s Review
- T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes International Men of Sports Series on Amazon
- Jordan Smith’s Voice Performance on iTunes
- Jeffery Austin’s Voice Performances on iTunes
- Make the Yuletide Guy on Amazon
- Santa Claus (1959) on Amazon
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on Amazon
- Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas movies
- Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge on Hallmark Channel
- Mariah Carey’s A Christmas Melody on Hallmark Channel
- Save The Children Christmas (a.k.a A Broadway Christmas) on YouTube
- Amazon Books in Seattle
- Jeff’s Favorite 2015 Books
- Will’s Favorite 2015 Books:
- Jeff Adams’ Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa on Amazon
- Jeff Adams’ Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot on Amazon
- Wade Kelly’s No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys on Amazon
- Roger Corman’s How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime on Amazon
- Paul S. Powers’ Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street on Amazon
- Dreamspinner Press Dreamspun Desires
[h2]Question of the Week Episode 10 Responses:[/h2]
While listeners can leave comments on the website each week, answers come in from various other platforms as well (and we can only read a few on the show). Here are all the responses we got to the question “What’s a story you want to read that you haven’t heard yet? Or, what’s that new thing you’re looking for?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.
- Cristina: What I’d like to read isn’t something that doesn’t exist, it’s something there isn’t enough of – novels with older MCs, there seems to be a plethora of YA or NA, not to speak of vampires and shifters and not so many stories of middle aged men who have a completely different POV, they’re working, having the normal day to day problems, maybe sometimes exes, m or f, maybe children.
- Scott: I want to see some gay werewolf hockey playing romance!
- Gillian: More International stories! Or stories where the MCs are not from the US or England — there is literally an entire world out there, and it is not reflected in our fiction and that makes me sad.