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.
The Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for April is announced: Striking Sparks by Ari McKay. The guys also share the news of a new online book convention called IQARUS as well as a new fiction podcast from JC Calciano, Steamy Stories.
Jeff & Will discuss books they’re looking forward to in April, including titles by Rebecca James, Annabelle Greene, Jaxon Knight, and Kris Ripper along with two anthologies, Taking a Chance and Fables Retold. Jeff also reviews The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch and Will reviews his re-read of Served Hot by Annabeth Albert.
Jay from the Joyfully Jay and Lisa from The Novel Approach share some of their favorite books from the past few months, including titles by Tal Bauer, Con Riley, KJ Charles, C.S. Poe, Kat Silver and Jordan L. Hawk. They also shout out books from Layla Reyne and Jenn Burke that they are looking forward to.
The guys take a moment to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Big Gay Fiction Book Club. This month, Jeff & Will talk about the charming, pottery-themed romance Throwing Hearts by N.R. Walker. As always, in our book club discussions there are spoilers ahead.