Reccomending Favorite Reads – BGFP episode 164

Jeff and I discuss our Thanksgiving weekend, including checking out two new Netflix series: Super Drags and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. I also remind everyone about the Queer Lit Read-A-Thon that kicks off December 2.

Jeff talks about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day performance by the cast of The Prom along with Bill Konigsberg’s speech he gave at the ALAN/NCTE event Reading and Writing Resistance: Acting Up, Speaking Out in YA Lit.

Jeff tells everyone about the week of events happening with his Codename: Winger series – the release on Tuesday of Audio Assault, the forthcoming audiobook of Tracker Hacker and the free short A Very Winger Christmas that comes out on Friday.

I review Snow on the Roof by Sean Ashcroft and Goldilocks and the Bear by Clare London. Jeff reviews Someday by David Levithan and Loving Loch by Kris Jacen.

Dani from Love Bytes Reviews recommends comfort read series by Mary Calmes, Andrew Grey, A.E. Via and Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott. She also has some fanfic comfort reads.

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Remembrances and Book Recommendations – BGFP episode 163

Jeff and I take a moment to remember author, publisher and GRL co-organizer Ethan Day who passed away on November 10.

We discuss the UK musical Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, about a sixteen-year-old boy who wants to be a drag queen. I review Chance at Love by Silvia Violet (such a feel-good, sweet read) while Jeff looks at Craft Brew by Layla Reyne and Hidden in Darkness by Alice Winters.

Lisa from The Novel Approach recommends books by Gregory Ashe and the duo of Kelley York & Rowan Altwood along with a Christmas story by Leta Blake. Lisa also takes a moment to remember Ethan.

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The Many Books of Ari McKay – BGFP episode 162

After we completed production on this episode, we learned that Ethan Day had passed away. Ethan means a lot to us and everyone in the gay romance community as a friend, author, publisher, co-founder and co-organizer of GRL and so much more. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. We’ll remember Ethan in episode 163 next week.

Jeff opens the show discussing the progress he’s made on a Codename: Winger Christmas story.

We talk about the Heart2Heart Anthology, which releases on Tuesday, November 13, as well as the Love Your Book Store Challenge, which runs through November 16. I also preview The Queer Lit Read-a-Thon that takes place December 2-8.

Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, including upcoming ones with gay or gay adjacent actors, are discussed. They also focus on Road To Christmas, which features the first gay couple in a supporting role.

I review Cinnamon Spiced Omega by Susi Hawke and Seeking Solace by Ari McKay.

Jeff and I interview the co-writing team Ari McKay about the two books they’re releasing in November: Seeking Solace and Quenched in Blood. They also discuss Designer Holiday, their new Christmas story, what’s next for Herc’s Mercs, and more looking into 2019.

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Happy Anniversary to Us! – BGFP episode 161

It’s a big week for us! The podcast celebrates its third anniversary!

Jeff and I discuss our recent podcast appearances on the BiSciFi Podcast and Smart Podcast, Trashy Books.

Brandilyn recommends two series on audio: Cold Case Physics by Pandora Pine and the Hazard and Somerset Mysteries by Gregory Ashe.

The touring production of On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical is reviewed as is the novelization of Dear Evan Hansen, which Jeff read on audiobook.

Jeff interviews Anyta Sunday about Pisces Hooks Taurus, the latest in her Signs of Love series. They also talk about her Love Letters series, what got her started writing m/m romance and why she loves slow burn so much. Plus, she also reveals the podcast’s horoscope for its anniversary.

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Amy Lane is ‘Hiding the Moon’ – BGFP episode 160

Jeff and I are settling back in after GRL and Jeff is working on the final Codename: Winger book. We wish everyone a Happy Halloween and good luck to those starting National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

The Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song is discussed (God, it’s so good!). Books reviewed this week include TJ Klune’s The Bones Beneath My Skin and Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Body.

Jeff interviews Amy Lane about her new book, Hiding The MoonThey also discuss the Fish Out of Water series, the Manny series as well as how Amy got her start in m/m romance and what’s still coming before the end of the year.

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