Author Jackie North joins us to talk about her Farthingdale Ranch series, including the latest installment The Ranch Hand and the Single Dad. Jackie tells us all about the series and the men who come to visit the ranch. We also find out the origins of Farthingdale Ranch, which trace back to Jackie’s time travel series, Love Across Time. Of course we also find out how Jackie started writing, the genres she’d like to try to write someday, and she shares some book recommendations.
To kick off the month, Jeff has news about a discussion he’s moderating with authors Penny Aimes and Verity Lowell in association with Carina Adores and Buffalo Street Books for Bookstore Romance Day coming on August 21.
The guys talk about some great programming they’ve been watching recently, including the documentary Summer of Soul, the crafting shows Making It and All That Glitters, musical comedies Central Park and Schmigadoon! They also look at the teen dramas Gossip Girl and Young Royals plus the horror trilogy Fear Street.
For the August book preview, Jeff and Will look at upcoming books by K.M. Neuhold, Macy Blake, Lauren Blakely, Annabeth Albert, Haven Hadley, Dahlia Donovan, Frederick Smith & Chaz Lamar Cruz, and Rachel Reid. Jeff also reviews Out of Character by Annabeth Albert and Flash Fire by TJ Klune.
To open the show, Jeff & Will discuss a recent post on Oprah Daily featuring queer owned book stores across the U.S, and how you can support queer owned book stores by buying audiobooks from Libro.fm.
Author Steven Salvatores and Bookstagrammer/Booktoker Jacob Demlow join us to talk about the inaugural Pride Book Fest, which took place during Pride Month 2021. They talk about how they went from idea to festival in just three months. Steven and Jacob discuss some of the programming highlights and offer advice for anyone wanting to take on a similar project.
We also find out about Steven’s young adult novel Can’t Take That Away, which is about a genderqueer teen finding the confidence to speak up for equality while trying out for their high school production of Wicked. Jacob shares what lead him to starting A Very Queer Book Club on Instagram and TikTok to promote queer fiction.
After opening the show with a review of Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles, Jeff interviews the author about the Will Darling Adventures, which recently concluded with the June release of Subtle Blood. KJ discusses the pulp influences in the trilogy, and how the characters of Will and Kim evolved for her over the course of the series. KJ also talks about how she started writing, the benefits of having been an editor for a publishing house, and what she’s working on next. Of course there are book recommendations as well.
Authors Kat and Agnes, the duo who are known as K.A. Merikan, have been together more than 15 years and produced many fan favorite books. We talked with them about the upcoming 11th and final book in their Guns n’ Boys saga, as well as about their trip into the Old West earlier this year with the Dig Two Graves duology. Kat and Agnes also talk about the Curse Bound series, how they met and got started writing, plus we get details on several books that are coming up next for them. Of course, we cap off the conversation with some book recommendations.
Author E.J. Russell joins us this week to talk about the interactive game that’s being made based on her novel Cutie and the Beast. We also discuss the stories she’s released this year that are part of shared universes, Playhouse Purgatory in The Magic Emporium and King’s Ex in Royal Powers II. We take a look at the historical Jeff & Will have fallen for, Silent Sin. E.J. has increased her audiobook production this year, working with narrators Joel Leslie and Greg Boudreaux, and she gives us the scoop on the audio coming our way. Of course we also get into how E.J. started writing and get a book recommendation.