There’s Still Time For Big Goals in 2019 – Big Gay Author Podcast episode 12

Jeff recaps his past week in drafting his latest novel and his continuation of the ’90 Days to Done’ writing class. Jeff and I also talk about our plans for the final 100 days of 2019. Jeff reviews the book Fire Me I Beg You: Quit Your Miserable Job Without Risking It All by Robbie Abed, which has great guidance for authors considering taking the leap into a full-time creative career.

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Quick Review: The Amorous Attorney by Frank W. Butterfield

The Amorous Attorney by Frank W. Butterfield

The Amorous Attorney picks up just a few days after the events in The Unexpected Heiress, the first book in the Nick Williams mystery series.

Eager to get his new business venture off the ground, Nick needs the services of his lawyer friend Jeffrey Klein, who’s gone missing, presumably too busy canoodling with Taylor Wells, his movie star boyfriend.

At the request of the foulmouthed fixer at MGM, Nick and friends head to LA and quickly find Jeffrey shacked up with his beau at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Jeffery wants to run away with the handsome hunk, but Nick makes sure he understands what a truly terrible idea that is. Heartbroken, Jeffrey returns to San Francisco with Nick and Taylor goes back to work.

One day later the news hits the gossip columns that Taylor is engaged to co-star, an up-and-coming Hollywood ingénue. Taylor promptly goes missing again. So Nick, his boyfriend Carter, and a whole passel of their friends and collogues head south of the border to Ensenada where they find Taylor and Jeffrey at a hotel on the Mexican riviera.

Jeffrey is ready to chuck everything for the man he loves, but after a few days, he comes to realize that he and Taylor might not have what it takes to make it in the long run.

That evening, in a very Agatha Christie turn of events, everyone gathers together, including Taylor’s fiancé Rhonda, who has her girlfriend in tow. Dinner doesn’t go as expected. Jeffrey gets sloshed and drunkenly muses about what might have been if things hadn’t ended with Nick, who is harassed by Don Maldonado, a local corrupt politico who is convinced that millionaire Nick wants to buy the hotel.

The next morning, Nick and Carter are awakened by a gunshot. They find Taylor dead and Jeffrey is nowhere to be found. The handsome and flirtatious Captain Esparza takes statements from the hotel guests, but it’s clear that he has his eye set on both Nick and Carter, inviting them to his home later that evening.

They arrive at the soiree and are shocked to find what must be every gay man within a fifty-mile radius in attendance. The odd evening ends without any clues as to who killed Taylor.

Esparza questions Nick and later sequesters him, along with Carter and the rest of their friends, on a yacht. They’re busy enjoying their detainment when the plot involving Esparza, Moldanado, and others comes to light. It’s all a scheme to gain local political power. Nick uses his quick wits to diffuse the situation, but it also helps that Carter is an excellent shot.

Jeffery is found and cleared of all wrongdoing, while Taylor’s killer faces karmic justice.

Our heroes return to the city by the bay, ready to face the next chapter in their lives.

Author Frank W. Butterfield does a wonderful job with this, the second book in the Nick Williams series. It builds on the previous installment, telling us more about the lives of the characters that we’re getting to know (and love), while showing us the bond that’s beginning to form between the large cast of intriguing characters.

We get to know Nick and Carter even more this time around, and its impossible not to root for this pair of mystery solving lovebirds. They’re seriously nuts about one another and I like the little movements between them that show how two men, in a committed relationship in the 1950’s, continue to grow and evolve together.

It’s also cute how, in this installment in the series, they’re ‘trying out’ calling one another husband, which is pretty progressive considering the time in which they’re living… there might’ve even been a ring involved in one of the quieter moments of The Amorous Attorney.

I’d like to quickly mention that I also enjoy the author notes that Butterfield includes at the end of each novel, explaining what is based on fact, or is fictional, and the research he did into the specific time and events depicted in each book.

I loved this installment in the adventures of Nick Williams and am looking forward to what he and his friends get up to in the future.

This review originally appeared as part of episode 207 of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast.

Anne Hawley Discusses Regency Romance and Brokeback Mountain – BGFP episode 206

Jeff and I recently revamped the Patreon rewards available to our community members at The new bonus content is available starting this month, including this week’s sneak peek of the new Big Gay Fiction: After Dark.

Jeff reviews Criminal Past by Gregory Ashe and It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian.

Anne Hawley talks to the guys about her regency romance Restraint and what sparked her love of historicals and writing. Anne also talks about the Masterwork Experiment she’s worked on to analyze Brokeback Mountain and take those story beats to create a new story.

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10 Podcasts Authors Should Be Listening To – Big Gay Author Podcast episode 11

After recapping the past week in writing, the guys discuss some of their favorite podcasts as well as the shows they believe would be most beneficial to authors looking to level-up their craft and marketing know-how.

The shows included are: The Creative Penn, The Writer’s Well, The Career Author Podcast, How Do You Write?, Lesbians Who Write, The Lesbian Book Club, Smart Podcast Trashy Books, The Self Publishing Show, The Misfits Guide to Indie Romance and Top to BOTM.

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Author Hailey Turner and YA/Mystery/Romance Book Reviews – BGFP episode 205

Jeff and I talk about the past week, including our wedding anniversary (yay us!) and Jeff beginning a writing masterclass.

We also talk about the upcoming slate of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies featuring out actors. The movies The Hustle and A Simple Favor are discussed. Jeff reviews How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters. I review the first book in the Nick Williams mystery series The Unexpected Heiress by Frank W. Butterfield and the sexy daddy kink contemporary romance Anticipating Temptation by Silvia Violet.

Jeff talks to Hailey Turner about the latest in her Soulbound series, A Crown of Iron and Silver, along with the origins of the series and her love of mythology. In addition, they discuss the Metahuman Files series, her origins as a writer and what’s still to come.

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Back to School Time – Big Gay Author Podcast episode 10

Jeff and I talk about forming a strategy to re-release his books and how supportive the reader/author community has been as several authors go through a similar process. Jeff discusses his first class in Rachael Herron’s 90 Days to Done, which focused on character development. I shares some tips from David Gaughran’s Strangers to Superfans.

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