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.
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Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- 2015 Top Ten Gay Romance anthology on Amazon
- 2015 Goodreads M/M Romance Members Choice Awards Voting (open only to M/M Romance Group Members through January 15)
- Prism Book Alliance 2nd Anniversary blog post with giveaway (giveaway closes on January 10)
- Multi-Author Giveaway to Support Eric Arvin’s GoFundMe from Sara York’s blog (raffle ends January 21)
- Dreamspinner Press Dreamspun Desires
- Todd Herman: 90 Day Year Site | 5 Steps to Change Your Life and Make It Stick on YouTube
- Jeff’s 2015 recap and 2016 goals blog post
- Jeff’s 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
[h2]Question of the Week Episode 12 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 is your favorite gay romance that has kids in it?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.
- Jeff (adding one from last week he forgot to mention): Brandon Witt’s Then the Stars Fall
- Kim: Favourite gay romance with kids on it is, The Current Between Us By Kindle Alexander (2013).
- Nancy: The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye is about a blind chemist, Patrick Sanford, and his new housekeeper, Jake Manning. Jake is also raising his 3 younger sisters. Of course a romance between Patrick and Jake that involves Patrick being very fussy and Jake just trying to make a living and supporting his family.
- Denise: There are so many good gay romance books with kids. Andrew Grey has quite a few in his Love Comes series. Nick Wilgus’s Shaking the Sugar Tree is very good. Sean Michael has the Mannies series which I enjoy. Can’t forget TJ Klune’s Bear, Otter, and the Kid. But my favorite that’s a re-read and comfort read of mine is Unlikely Hero by Sean Michael.
- Donna: Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane.
- Lorraine: Leather Nights by Patricia Logan and Fish Sticks Friday by Rhys Ford are two that spring immediately to mind.
- Angie: Fish Sticks Friday! (by Rhys Ford)
- Shanen: Not Knowing Jack by K.A. Mitchell, The Half of Us by Cardeno C, The Last Thing He Needs by J.H Knight
- Graeme: Bear, Otter, and the Kid [TJ Klune] was good. The other is Sean Michael’s Manny series.
I think the first ever one I read might have been Breakfast with Scot [by Michael Downing] (now that is going WAY back).
- Patricia: A Nanny for Nate by Lisa Worrall is wonderful. Hawk and Harley by Max Vos is also great.
- Alison: A Purrfect Match by Chris T. Kat, Spirit by John Inman, Once a Hero by Ari Mckay, Friends with Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows, Heart-mate, Mine! by N.J. Nielsen, Finally Fallen by Z Allora, Dragon Consultant by Mell Eight, How Not to Date a Bear, Too by Stephanie Burke, The Manny by Sara Bell. They’re just the ones I have on my Goodreads list, though. I’m sure there’re more I’ve read.
- Gino: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, Geography Club by Brent Hartinger, Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley
- Thomas: Anything by Jim Grimsley. The man is a magician with words.
- Gillian: I really liked Sock it to Me, Santa by Madison Parker — it is a short, cute YA story, but the main protagonist’s little sister is the exact right amount of bratty — as an older sister myself, I can attest to what younger sisters are like and Madison has captured that perfectly.
I’ve used the Good Read 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 Good Read friends!
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..
I set goals in Goodreads, but don’t measure myself against them. Primarily I use Goodreads to rate what I have read. i only consume words. I don’t produce them as you do. If I were a writer I would have less time for reading, and some of the books I read would be research.
Will, I agree with you about relationships taking work. Or not taking work, because the person I want to spend time with is my husband. Things we do that we call “working on our relationship” are going to the health club together or taking a nap together on Saturday afternoon. Now I know that at least one other couple has a relationship that isn’t work. You guys.