As 2020 winds down, Jay from Joyfully Jay and Lisa from The Novel Approach join us for a look at some of their favorite reads from the year. We start off talking about holiday favorites from the season. Jay recommends His for Hanukkah by Reese Morrison and Lisa’s pick is Angels in the City by Garrett Leigh. Then it’s on to their favorites of 2020, which includes books by E.M. Lindsey, David R. Slayton, Lynn Van Dorn, Caleb Roehrig, Lily Morton and Joanna Chambers. Jay and Lisa also talk about a couple of books they are excited for in 2021.
Jeff & Will celebrate the holiday season with the groundbreaking romance All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann. Will also briefly looks at the collection Beginnings and Ends & When Tony Met Adam, which features the continuing stories from characters from All Through the Night.
As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead. If you’ve read this wonderful romance featuring the first gay wedding in mainstream romance fiction, we’d love to hear what you think in the comments.
To spread some merriment this holiday week, Jeff & Will bring you Big Gay Fiction Live’s Holiday Storytime event. Four audiobook narrators present readings from seasonal stories and talk about their favorite holiday traditions and what they like best in holiday stories. Sean Crisden reads from Adriana Herrera’s American Christmas. Kirt Graves presents Keira Andrews’s Santa Daddy. Nick J. Russo offers Christine d’Abo’s Rebound Remedy. Joel Leslie rounds out the program with the classic, A Christmas Carol.
Jeff & Will have a lot of holiday goodness in this review packed episode. They kick it off with the gay Christmas movies, Lifetime’s The Christmas Setup and Paramount Network’s Dashing in December. In books, Will reviews Fake Boyfriend for Christmas by Sean Ashcroft, Operation Fake Relationship by Jay Northcote and two titles from E.J. Russell, The Probability of Mistletoe and A Swants Soiree. In addition to the holiday merriment, the guys talk about the just released Netflix film The Prom.
With more than 10 years of experience as an audiobook narrator, Sean Crisden has voiced a number of books and series from authors like TJ Klune, RJ Scott, Adriana Herrera and countless others. Sean talks with Jeff about how he got his start, what he loves about romances and who some of his favorite characters are. Sean also shares how he keeps his creative well full, and that he just might have a romance of his own in the works.
Jeff & Will love the holidays for all the seasonal stories and movies. They’ve been watching and reading a lot. In this episode they discuss Hulu’s Happiest Season and Hallmark Channel’s The Christmas House. They also review Hearts Alight by Elliot Cooper, Holidays in Blue by Eve Morton, Gifts for the Season: Winter & Christmas M/M Charity Anthology, and Party Favors by Erin McLellan. Jeff also gives a shout out to American Ballet Theatre’s male/male pas de deux Touché, which recently premiered.