New York Times best selling author Lauren Blakely talks about The Best Men, which she co-wrote with USA Today best selling author Sarina Bowen. Lauren shares all the details on how she and Sarina came up with the ideas for this enemies-to-lovers romance, and how their writing process worked.
Lauren also discusses how she went from journalism to a romance writing career that spans 100 books. Of course, she also shares some book recommendations too, which leads to details about how she came to co-write with author KD Casey.
Jeff & Will welcome author Gabbi Grey to talk about her sunshine/grumpy, forced proximity romance Ginger Snapping All the Way. Gabbi shares how Ginger Snapping became her first full length novel, and how the characters of Maddox and Ravi found their way to the page. We also get details on the pets she writes into her books (including how Princess Sofia from Ginger Snapping is based on her dog), what’s coming up for her various pen names in 2022, and some great book recommendations.
First up they announce the Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for January, the sexy bad boy and virgin romance that is appropriately titled Bad Boy by Emma Alcott.
The guys then discuss books they’re looking forward to in January, including titles by David Valdes, K.M. Neuhold & Mia Monroe, Susan Scott Shelley & Chantal Mer, Pandora Pine, Nora Phoenix, Cat Sebastian, A.L. Graziadei, Kiki Clark & E.M. Lindsey, Alexis Hall, A.M. Arthur, Merry Farmer, and the authors of the forthcoming Heart2Heart anthology.
Jeff also reviews some of his recent reads, The Best Men by Lauren Blakely & Sarina Bowen, Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, and If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich.
Jeff & Will discuss the holiday programming they’ve been watching, including the Amazon series With Love, the Comedy Central movie A Clüsterfünke Christmas, RuPaul’s The Bitch Who Stole Christmas, Peacock’s Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas, and two Lifetime movies Under the Christmas Tree and Candy Cane Candidate.
The guys also review some of their recent reads: Catch Me if I Fall by Noah Steele, C*ck Blocked by K.C. Kassidy, The Holiday Hookup by Baylin Crow, and Holigay by K.M. Neuhold.
Then they discuss their favorites from 2021, including the 10 books they read for the Big Gay Fiction Book Club, and books by Sarina Bowen, Slade James, Eli Easton & Tara Lain, Adriana Herrera, Emery Lee, Steven Rowley, TJ Klune, and K.C. Kassidy.
Jeff & Will discuss the virgin meets tattooed bad boy holiday romance A Boyfriend for Christmas by Jay Northcote. As always, in our book club chat there are spoilers ahead so keep that in mind if you haven’t read the book yet. Make sure you keep listening after our discussion to hear the third chapter of the audiobook, narrated by Hamish Long.
Jay from Joyfully Jay and Lisa from the Novel Approach discuss three of their favorite books from 2021, including titles by David R. Slayton, S.E. Harmon, Freya Marske, Lily Morton, M.A. Grant, and Layla Reyne. Lisa and Jay also share a favorite holiday read, and a book they’re looking forward to in the year.