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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff and Will’s deep dive discussions on the sexy supernatural series Dante’s Cove conclude as they talk about season 3, episode 5, “Naked in the Dark,” which is the series finale.