Jeff & Will look at some of the authors and exhibitors coming to the L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 21 and 22. They also remind listeners that Joyfully Jay’s paranormal theme week is running through April 14.
New patron Danielle is welcomed.
Christina from Christina’s Bookshelf recommends two books for baseball season: Love by Number by DJ Jamison and Bases Loaded by Sean Michael. She also talks about Campus Life, a choose your own adventure gay romance, by T.C. Orton.
Will reviews A Match for Mike by Jason & Ed Gaffney. Jeff reviews Swann’s Revenge by Shira Anthony and also discusses the audiobook of The Hockey Player’s Heart. The guys also review the recent NBC concert presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Tammy Middleton, who writes under the name T.M. Smith, is here with the details on this year’s Autism Awareness Month Auction, which runs through April 30. She also talks about her new book, Lover.
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Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- L.A. Times Festival of Books website
- Paranormal Theme Week on Joyfully Jay
- Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Patreon.com
- Big Gay Fiction Podcast patrons on BGFP website
- Christina from Christina’s Bookshelf Recommendations
- Christina’s Bookshelf website
- Love by Number by DJ Jamison on Amazon
- Bases Loaded by Sean Michael on Amazon
- Campus Life by T.C. Orton on Amazon
- The Hockey Players Heart by Jeff Adams & Will Knauss on Amazon
- A Match for Mike by Jason T. Gaffney & Ed Gaffney on Amazon
- Swann’s Revenge by Shira Anthony, narrated by Peter B. Brooke on Amazon
- The Hockey Player’s Heart by Jeff Adams & Will Knauss, narrated by Finn Sterling on Audible
- Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC
- Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Recording on Amazon
- Tammy Middleton Interview
- T.M. Smith: website | Facebook | All Cocks Facebook Page | Twitter | YouTube | Amazon
- Sixth Annual Autism Awareness Month auction on ttcbooksandmore.com
- Auction album on Facebook
- The Autism Society of America website
- US Autism and Asperger’s Association website
- Auction Item: Charlie Cochet Four Kings Security Employee Kit on Facebook
- Survivor trilogy by T.M. Smith on website
- Survivor Book Trailer on YouTube
- Auction item: Signed paperback of The Hockey Player’s Heart on Facebook
- Auction item: Signed paperback of Codename: Winger #1 & #2 on Facebook
The auction didn’t seem to be the same thing as another autism awareness project I’d seen in previous years. I still say that an important message for parents is to make sure their children get all their proper vaccinations. It would probably also be helpful for parents to look up what autistic adults have to say about their experiences growing up. There’s a good amount of their commentary online.
Other thoughts: I found the Gaffneys’ romantic comedies very amusing. In the one you talked about this week, a protagonist was Deaf, and there were some aspects of realism about that, but his deafness was also used as comedy. I had mixed feelings there. I was taking an American Sign Language class at the time I read the novella, and ended up looking up some of the signs. There is a sign for “llama,” but my teacher said that the sign for “boat” would probably be used for “Ark.”
There’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book spun off of Josh Lanyon’s mystery “Fatal Shadows.” “Fatal Shadows” is the first of the Adrien English mysteries. Adrien narrates the series. He’s smart, and far too curious for his own good. Jake is his sometime love interest. The book was first published in 2000. Jake is very self-loathing, and things do not go smoothly. But I enjoyed the mystery aspects of the books as well. It’s best to think of them as mysteries with romantic elements. Partway through the Adrien English mysteries, she started publishing works that were more purely m/m romances, though still usually with mystery or suspense-thriller plots included. You have to have at least read “Fatal Shadows” to appreciate the twists and turns of “Stranger Things Have Happened.”