Beginning with commentary on this past week’s election, Will drives the point home with a quote from Angels in America: “The great work begins.”
Moving on to the usual topics, Jeff speaks to the progress made on the NaNoWriMo project as well as the production of the Derrick McClain performed audiobook, Rivals.
Will offers up the top five best selling gay romances on Amazon before announcing the Holiday Paranormal Paperback Giveaway.
A.J. Marcus discusses his New Mexico-based States of Love novella An Enchanting Liftoff.
J. Scott Coatsworth and Angel Martinez talk to the guys about Queer Sci Fi’s origins and its plans for world domination.
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Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- “The Cinemax Theory of Racism” by John Scalzi on Scalzi.com
- “Stronger Together, But So Far Apart” by Chuck Windig on TerribleMinds.com
- “Mourn, Then Get Mad, Then Get Busy” by Chuck Windig on TerribleMinds.com
- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website
- Jeff’s profile at NaNoWriMo website
- Top 5 Gay Romance on Amazon for November 13, 2016
- States of Love series on Dreamspinner Press website
- An Enchanting Liftoff by A.J. Marcus on Amazon
- Queer Sci-Fi
- Queer Sci Fi: Website | Facebook
- Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction Book 2) on Amazon
- Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction Book 1) on Amazon
- J. Scott Coatsworth on Amazon
- Angel Martinez on Amazon
- J. Scott Coatsworth and Angel Martinez talk GRL in WROTE Ep 83 on WROTE website
Tis the season and we here at the Big Gay Fiction Podcast are in a giving mood. We’re giving you, our valued listeners, a chance to win a prize package filled with great reads, perfect for cozy winter nights in front of the fire.
The grand prize package includes: An autographed paperback of Soul Struck by Jacob Z. Flores, an autographed copy of The Grim Life by K.D. Worth plus paperbacks of Jake C. Wallace’s Soul Seekers and Dare to Love Forever. In addition, the grand prize winner and four runners-up will receive an Audible download code for TJ Klune’s Wolfsong, narrated by Kirt Graves.
First mm was Guy Next Door by GA Hauser, followed quickly by Tin Star by JL Langley and was quickly sucked down the rabbit hole and have met the coolest people who I love soooo much. Love this community
“Tin Star!” That was one of my first too. Love that book.
Thank you so much for having us on! Love the show and the variety of fiction you guys present. 🙂
You’re welcome, Angel. And many thanks to you and Scott too. We loved learning more about QSF and hanging out with you guys.
My first MM was Heaven Sent by Jet Mykles. I loved it and was soon mostly reading all genres of MM. Then I discovered this community and have never looked back. It has its ups and downs but is a fabulous place to hang out and connect with other readers and the amount of involvement we get with the authors is awesome.
First m/m romance was either “Cut & Run” by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban or “Zero to the Bone” by Jane Seville (my memory stinks). Either way, they were my gateway drugs and I’ve almost completely given up het romance since then.
My journey to m/m started with a couple of gay-themed books in college, though they probably don’t fit m/m per se (David Leddick’s MY WORST DATE has some overlap, but doesn’t end in an HEA for the lead, while the wall-to-wall sexfest TRICKS–whose author I can’t remember–gets pretty dark at times). Then I read a lot of hockey and music fanfic. My first official m/m was Marie Sexton’s BETWEEN SINNERS AND SAINTS, which I found very engaging and touching! Since I never touched het romance at the time, I’ve always been happy with m/m’s greater range of male characters and less-predictable romance arcs.
My first was Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford. I absolutely fell in love with the characters. So many women in the standard M/F genre are overblown, snarky, and foul mouthed. I found the much more realistic portrayal of the MC’s Miki and Kane to be a wonderful change.
My first M/M romance was Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. I was searching for some shifter romance and the cover immediately caught my eye. It opened up a whole new world of books for me. I went on with the entire series and then on to more by other authors. Then I found out about the community of M/M readers & authors. Initially I didn’t join, thinking that there wouldn’t be much to gain. But I’m so glad that I’ve “met” so many other fellow readers and authors in Facebook groups and other online groups. It’s truly a close knit community.
Try by Ella Frank was my first M/M and it truly opened my eyes to gay romance…I’ve never looked back (apart from just 1 M/F author)
Honestly it was the Mercedes Lackey Valdemar series way back when but the one that got me into was a friend who suggested Andrea Speed’s Infected series to me and I really enjoyed it.
Geez first M/M book? It has been so long… I think it was Lover at Last by J.R. Ward…
My first was Axel’s Pup by Kim Dare.
I can’t remember my very first M/M, but the genre now comprises about 90% of all my reading. I am a firm believer that all love matters, and it makes my heart happy to read stories of people proving that.
My first MM romance was Widdershins by Jordan L Hawk. It just so happened to be free on Amazon at the time, and the blurb was intriguing (and hot). I absolutely loved it, and now I have a problem reading anything that isn’t MM romance. 🙂 I love reading about them overcoming obstacles to their love. And, well, it’s kinda hot. 😉
I can’t remember what my first MM romance was, but Mercedes Lackey, Suzanne Brockmann and J.R. Ward were all on the pathway to what I read now!
My first *published* m/m romance was the Deviations series by Chris Owens and Jodi Payne. I’d read a lot of yaoi/slash fanfiction prior to that but the Deviations series was the first published m/m romance series I purchased. It was amazing to me because 1) I realized books about gay men were actually published, not just posted online by teenagers, and 2) it was my first look at an S/M relationship, straight or gay. It’s eye-opening to read books like these. Of course I had to be careful to keep these books hidden because my mother would have had an absolute heart attack to know I read something like that, but that’s exactly why I wanted to, and continue to want to, read (and write) m/m romance stories. Because people are still prone to freak out at the idea of gay romance books. I try to be as open-minded as possible, and reading books is a great way to discover new ideas.
My first M/M fiction read was A Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. i actually didn’t expect it to be so well written and I was taken by surprise by the descriptiveness and sex scenes. Before that though I had been really into yaoi and shounen-ai stuff so my views on m/m didn’t really change.
I think my first M/M story was actually a YA book called Hero. At least it was the most explicitly M/M and not just hinted at or brought up in minor points. But then, I didn’t really go looking for M/M books specifically for quite some time.
My journey to m/m started with Evangeline Anderson!! Forever Broken was the first book that i read from this awesome writer. I have read it over and over again!
Because of that book, I’m addicted to mm books and I’m very happy with that and very poor too lol.
I can’t even remember what my first M/M romance was. I do remember I got started reading m/m by reading fanfic first. I also remember that once I started reading M/M I wanted lots more!
I traveled over from M/M fanfic, mostly Twilight Edward and Jasper. Many of the writers I followed and interacted with were starting to publish their own original works. I’m pretty sure that Cut and Run was the first M/M published work that I read. I was officially hooked. Though I’ve purchased a few M/F books, I’ve only read M/M since. I enjoy that there is so much more testosterone which allows for so much more of a plot. Well, the romance is pretty good as well. 😉
Crossing Borders by Z A Maxfield.
It made me want to read more
My first visit into MM was not even two years ago. I’m a baby. I noticed a teaser for Kora Knight’s Up-Ending Tad series. It was HOT. Since my 2015 resolution was to try a new genre I thought what the heck. I’ll look into LGBT literature. I haven’t looked back.
The Family you’re born with by Kaje Harper.I am not sure if it is the first m/m book, but it is one of the first I read. I was hooked on m/m since that book.
Hhmmpphh …. I’ve been reading M/M for about 3 years, but I can’t really recall exactly what that first book was! It might have been “Backup Boyfriend” by River Jaymes or the Men of Smithfield series by L.B. Gregg. Now I read M/M 98% of the time, with an occasion nonfiction or historical novel tossed it.
My first M/M was The Angel (it was part of the story) by Tiffany Reisz. I was absolutely obsessed with Mick and Griff and their relationship and their story!
I think my first m/m was Broken Pieces by Riley Hart and I’ve never looked back. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!
My first MM was “Abulon Dance” by Caro Soles. I had no idea it was an MM when I picked it up at a book expo in Toronto, Caro signed it, handed it over and said “enjoy!”
Did I ever! I have been hooked on MM ever since 2000.
I can’t remember the name, I just know it was one of Andrew Grey’s books from almost 7 years ago. It was a free download from Amazon and I got it because it was free. Talk about changing my life, it definitely did.
Because of that book and all the ones that have followed, I fell in love with this genre and made some life long friends and I am so very grateful for them. They have enriched my life so very much.
My first M/M that I remember was Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels and it started me on this wonderful journey of a whole different type of book. Before that I would have never read M/M but since that book I read nothing but. Also being in this community has made me friends with people I would have never met otherwise.
I think my first mm book was by Josh Lanyon. What a great introduction! I’ve been reading them ever since.
The first M/M Book I ever read was Stormy Glenn’s Wolf Creek Full Moon Mating. It was so good that I could not put it down and so my crazed addiction for gay romance Novel with twist and turns and intrigue murder mysteries and romance along with paranormal. It is an excellent way to get the stress off and the comfort on with your favorite author or book title.
“What was your first M/M romance read and how did it affect you?”
Oh, wow. I can’t remember which published title was my first. I want to say it was ReneCade, but I’m not positive; I do know that I’ve been reading MM fanfiction for more than 20 years, though!
Stargate & Star Trek slash stories completely changed my reading patterns and that definitely rubbed off onto the books I choose. I rarely read MF titles after that point because a whole new world opened up to me – with interesting, original characters that lived lives so completely different from my own. (Still kind of a proud slut for MMF, not gonna lie…so long as it’s an equilateral triad going on there!)
the first book i read with MM ties was Wolf Tales by Kate Douglas which was….i want to say horrifying, but that had more to do with the bestiality then the MM sex, all that side made me realise that there was something more out there and so i went searching, and so my first true (because i can’t have that book be apart of this thought, honestly i read it in 2012 and it still clinging to me) was the from the Not Quite Wicked anthology and from i have not stopped reading
on another not it also allowed my head to be open to the idea that the stories i had planned on writing, the ones that i was most passionate about *could* be written and there were people who would read them. that i didn’t have to try and make my characters straight, which was really quite hard to do
My first mm read was A Marked Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion…thee book was incredible and left me feeling like I had finally found a genre that engaged my entire imagination! It had heart, suspence, drama, and of course a HEA!!!
To be honest, I’m not sure why and when I started reading m/m romances. Since I can remember, I’ve been a huge fan of fanfics, especially those dedicated to m/m relationships. When I was 13 years old, in Poland the translation of the book “Ai no Kusabi” was published and I read it in the hospital :). Then some years later, thanks to AarinFantasy Forum, I’ve discovered that stories I loved (m/m romances) were also published as “normal” books. Firstly, I’ve bought “Untamed Heart” by Ally Blue. And after falling in love with it, I was able to order two paperbacks from USA: “The Tin Star” and “The Broken H” by JL Langley. And the rest is the history :).
I think the first M/M romance I read was rebel Strings by Laurel Alexander. Then I found Lane Hayes and I was done.
The first M/M book I read was Thomas’s Choice by Tina
Folsom. It was the only m/m book in a het series. At first I was going to skip it thinking that I couldn’t possibly like it but boy, was I wrong! It became my favorite in the series. Now I primarily read only gay fiction. I’m loving the whole genre.
I don’t remember my first ‘true’ M/M but I remember my ‘gateway’ drug:
M/M/F menage (Elle Kennedy’s Hotter than Ever), in which I couldn’t keep my eyes off the men and wanted the woman off the page because she was slowing down the M/M action. Haven’t looked back since…
That is a very tricky answer for me, as I started reading stories when I was very young which has LGBT (romance) characters via fantasy authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey and Fiona Patton and then later I read the works of Mary Renault, Christopher Isherwood, Armistead Maupin, David Leavitt, EM Forster etc. Today I still read many of these authors works, but also read slash fanfiction and the many more authors in the MM genre such as Mary Calmes, Andrew Grey, you, LA Witt, Rain Carrington, TJ Klune etc. Thank you for the giveaway and I love your Podcasts