Episodes

Episode 402 – Mystery, Murder, Noir and Soap with Lev AC Rosen

Jeff & Will celebrate the podcast’s 8th birthday, and Will’s 50th birthday! They also wish everyone a very Happy Halloween.

Author Lev AC Rosen talks about his new book, Lavender House, a queer murder mystery set in 1950s San Francisco. Lev discusses the research he did for the time and location of the book, creating the characters inhabiting Lavender House, and the mystery that unfolds. He also talks about an article he wrote earlier this year about how book bans are designed to scare queer kids. Plus, Lev shares book recommendations, and tells us about the three books he has coming out in 2023.

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Episode 401 – Stop Book Banning: A Special Episode of “Fated Mates”

Jeff & Will present a re-broadcast of the October 14, 2022 episode of Fated Mates that discussed book bans in the U.S. Ahead of the November elections, this is a crucial topic that affects everyone, and is just one of many important issues on the ballot across the country. Fated Mates hosts Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop interview three experts on what’s happening, who is most impacted, and, most importantly, how we can all help.

In this extended episode you’ll hear from Jarrett Dapier, librarian, activist and author of the children’s book Mr. Watson’s Chickens; Lily Freeman, an activist and student in Central Bucks County,Pennsylvania; and Melissa Walker, a political activist at The States Project, journalist, and a middle grade and YA author.

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Episode 400 – “Black Love Matters” with Kosoko Jackson

Jeff & Will begin this milestone episode with a look at two TV series perfect for the Halloween season: Chucky and Interview with the Vampire.

For the second part of the series focusing on the Black Love Matters essay collection, Kosoko Jackson talks about his essay, which focuses on representation in media and three Black queer characters from television that influenced him. He also discusses his recent experience at the Toronto International Film Festival, and shares details about A Dash of Salt and Pepper, his new rom-com which hits the shelves in December.

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Episode 399 – “Black Love Matters” with Jessica Pryde and Adriana Herrera

Jeff & Will kick off a special two part series focusing on the Black Love Matters essay collection. For this episode, Black Love Matters editor Jessica Pryde, and romance author and essay contributor Adriana Herrera discuss their essays and the importance of being able to see yourself get a happily ever after in a romance. Jessica also shares why she wanted to put this collection together and how she curated the essays. They also discuss what the future may hold in the ongoing efforts to create a diverse romance genre.

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Episode 398 – All Review Spectacular!

Jeff & Will are back from hiatus and have TV, movie and book recommendations. They kick off discussing streaming shows Welcome to Wrexham, What We Do in the Shadows, High Heat, and the new all-queer, big studio rom-com Bros.

In books they review The Rivals of Casper Road by Roan Parrish, Self-Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore, This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves, Pitcher Perfect by Lee Blair, and Husband Material by Alexis Hall.

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Episode 397 – Summer Reads Reviewed

Jeff & Will begin the show with the news that the podcast will be on hiatus for the month of September.

Then it’s on to reviews of what they’ve been reading this summer: Rookie Mistake by Anna Zabo & L.A. Witt, Like I Promised by Charlie Novak, Rainbow’s Seven Duology by Max Walker, Double Exposure by Rien Gray, Cafe Con Lychee by Emery Lee, and The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta.

Look for the next episode of the show on Monday, October 3.

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