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?”

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Happy New Year!

[h2]Show Notes[/h2]
Here are the things we talk about in this episode:

[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.