Jeff & Will welcome authors Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone to talk about their new installment in the Christmas Notch series, Snow Place Like LA. Julie and Sierra discuss the origins of Christmas Notch, which began with Merry Little Meet Cute and continues this coming holiday season with Holly Jolly Ever After. Of course, they share what’s happening for Angel and Luca in Snow Place Like LA. We also get details on their holiday traditions, how they became friends, and we find out what’s coming next for each of them.
Jeff & Will welcome author Jess Everlee to talk about her Victorian historical romance series Lucky Lovers of London, including the new book A Rulebook for Restless Rogues. Jess discusses what led her to historical romance and what she loves about the Victorian era. We also find out about the varied characters she’s written so far, including a book store owner/erotica author, that author’s biggest fan, a tailor, and the manager of an underground queer club. Jess also has a couple of recommendations, as well as details about Lucky Lovers book three.
Jeff & Will present a panel discussion featuring YA authors Abdi Nazemian, Jason June, and Sonora Reyes. They talk about their latest books, Abdi’s Only This Beautiful Moment, Jason June’s Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball, and Sonora’s The Luis Ortega Survival Club. The authors each discuss the inspirations for their stories, how they relate to their lives, and the self-care they practice when writing. They also have book recommendations, and to wrap up Pride 2023 they each share what Pride means to them.
Jeff & Will welcome Mark Kanemura to talk about his debut children’s book I Am a Rainbow. Mark—who is well known for his stint on season four of So You Think You Can Dance, his time dancing with Lady Gaga, and his Instagram dance parties—discusses how he came to write this book and how much it reflects his childhood. He also shares what he hopes readers of all ages take away from it, and what Pride means to him in 2023.
Debut author Dominic Lim joins Jeff & Will to talk about his second chance romance All the Right Notes, which is one of Jeff’s favorite books of the year. Dominic talks about why he wanted to write Quito and Emmett’s story, and which parts of it are inspired from his own life. We also find out about the song he co-wrote for the book, and how Aaron J. Albano became the narrator for the audiobook.
Author Rey Terceiro and illustrator Bre Indigo join Jeff & Will for this Pride 2023 episode. Rey and Bre are the creators of the Northranger, the young adult graphic novel retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Rey discusses how he approached this adaptation and Bre tells us how she brought the story to life through the artwork. Bre and Rey also talk about their solo projects, and share what Pride means to them in 2023.