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Episode 445 – Empowering Readers and Storytellers with Subscriptions

Jeff and Will kick off the show with a review of The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky.

Michael Evans, an author and co-founder of the subscription platform Ream, discusses the rising trend of author subscription programs and Ream’s role in bringing readers and storytellers together. Michael shares the inspiration behind Ream, and the valuable resources available for readers looking to support their favorite writers, and for authors considering building their own communities. He also talks about features coming to Ream in the coming year.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, January 29.

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Episode 444 – Enemies to Lovers in Hollywood with Kacen Callender

Jeff and Will share some favorite reads of 2023 from Big Gay Fiction patrons. Jeff also reviews Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman.

Kacen Callender discusses their first adult romance novel Stars in Your Eyes. They talk about writing and researching the enemies-to-lovers romance between two actors, and incorporating themes of mental health and social media culture. They also share insights about drawing from personal experiences to shape Logan and Mattie’s story. Kacen makes some recommendations for listeners, and teases with some details on what’s coming up next.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, January 15.

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Episode 443 – “Time to Shine” with Rachel Reid

Jeff and Will talk about their favorite reads of 2023, including books by Ari Baran, Leta Blake, Sarina Bowen, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kacen Callender, Slade James, LaQuette, Sher Lee, Dominic Lim, C.S. Pacat, David Valdes, N.R. Walker, and M.A. Wardell.

Jeff reviews Time to Shine by Rachel Reid and then talks to Rachel about this hockey romance that is set during the holiday season. Rachel talks about the inspiration for Landon and Casey and this opposites attract, forced proximity story. Rachel also discusses  her holiday traditions, offers some reading recommendations, and details on what she’s working on next.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, January 1.

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Episode 442 – Elves, Cookies and Holiday Romance with David Valdes

Jeff and Will share news about a holiday hockey romance anthology that features a new short story from Jeff. They also review books by Sarina Bowen, Keira Andrews, and David Valdes.

David also discusses his new adult holiday rom-com Finding My Elf. He talks about drawing from his own love of Christmas traditions in creating Cam and Marco’s story. He also shares some of his favorite holiday traditions, offers up some reading recommendations and details on what he’s working on next.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, December 18.

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Episode 441 – M.A. Wardell Adds Spice to a Holiday Rom-Com

Jeff and Will review books they’ve read recently, including Manhandled by Lauren Blakely, The Billionaire’s Assistant by Silvia Violet, and two books by M.A. Wardell, Teacher of the Year and Mistletoe & Mishigas.

Matt discusses the Teachers in Love series, the inspiration he drew from his teaching career, and how Teacher of the Year went quickly from a standalone book into a series. He also talks about the latest installment, Mistletoe & Mishigas, and how Christmas and Hanukah provided the perfect setting for this fake dating rom-com. In addition, Matt chats about why he makes his rom-coms spicy, the artwork he commissions for the stories, and offers some book recommendations.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, December 4.

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Episode 440 – A Christmas Full of Romance and Family with LaQuette

Jeff and Will celebrate Big Gay Fiction Podcast’s 8th Anniversary!

Jeff shares reviews of recent books he’s read, including Stars in Your Eyes by Kacen Callender, Tempted by the Bollywood Star by Sophia Singh Sasson, and the holiday romance from this week’s guest LaQuette, Secret Heir for Christmas.

LaQuette then discusses Secret Heir for Christmas and the Dynasty-inspired family romance/drama series Devereux Inc. She talks about the inspiration for Stephan and Carter’s romance, and how she celebrates Black culture and familial love throughout the story. We also find out about her Christmas traditions, get some book recommendations, and find out what she’s working on next.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, November 20.

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