BONUS EP PRIDE BURGOINE

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“OF PRIDE AND PIRATE CAPYBARA”

This week host Sarah Jean kicks off our series of bonus Pride month episodes exploring Queer Romance and found family with special guest author ‘Nathan Burgoine

BONUS EP HOST

> SARAH JEAN (she/her) From the woods of Massachusetts, Sarah Jean has been reading queer romance for 12 years. She runs a queer book club called Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts (https://www.facebook.com/rainbowreadersmass/) that celebrates queer lives, joy, and empowerment through genre fiction. When not reading or listening to books Sarah is plotting her queer historical romances, cuddling with her cats, and planning her next adventure. Follow Sarah on Twitter @queer_reader

BONUS EP GUEST

> ‘NATHAN BURGOINE (he/him) grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. ‘Nathan’s first novel, Light, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. For novella lovers, ‘Nathan’s wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey gay romance In Memoriam is available on Kindle and Audible, and his gay holiday chosen family romance Handmade Holidays is available from NineStar Press. A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in. You can visit ‘Nathan’s website at https://apostrophen.wordpress.com/ or follow him on Twitter @NathanBurgoine or on Instagram @apostrophen


BONUS EP DISCUSSION

NOTE: This episode was recorded in mid-May during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

> Sarah mentions ‘Nathan’s short story collection Of Echoes Born and the novel Saving the Date (Little Village series)

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37800605-of-echoes-born

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38599077-saving-the-date

> Title: Faux Ho Ho (Little Village series)

Author: ‘Nathan Burgoine

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: homophobic family members, conservative family member getting rightly punched in face

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48747601-faux-ho-ho

NOTE: This book was also discussed in RBP ep #116

> Title: Handmade Holidays (Little Village series)

Author: ‘Nathan Burgoine

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs, Japanese-Canadian MC

Content Warnings: disinvited from family holiday celebration

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36492203-handmade-holidays

NOTE: This book was also discussed in RBP ep #116

> You can find all of ‘Nathan’s work here

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3378120._Nathan_Burgoine

> The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper 

Author:  A.J. Fitzwater

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: Tbd

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50308355-the-voyages-of-cinrak-the-dapper

> For those unfamiliar with the capybara…

Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/c/cabybara-facts/

> Sarah Jean mentions No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39878322-no-man-of-woman-born

NOTE: This book was previously discussed in RBP ep #120

> Short romance: Shira Glassman reference

> Short romance: Xan West reference

> Found Family: Society of Gentlemen

> Found Family: Sins of the Cities

> WHERE ARE THE LESBIANS?

> Note about code-switching

> Title: A Cowboy to Remember (Cowboys of California #1)

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: reference to grief, death of grandmother, heart attack, amnesia, traumatic brain injury leading to memory loss hospitalization, pushed down stairs, fatmisia, hospital, reference to anti-Black racism, mention of death of parents, car accident, racist microaggressions, panic attack, casual ableism (crazy), mention of past broken arm

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46128399-a-cowboy-to-remember

NOTE: This book was published by Dafina Press, a subsidiary of Kensington, not Carina/Harlequin

> Title: Tommy Cabot Was Here (from the He’s Come Undone romance anthology)

Author: Cat Sebastian

Relation to theme: Queer MCs

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: interanlized homophobia, disowning/homophobic family 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51831578-he-s-come-undone

> Nathan recommends the Simon Pearce Mysteries by Jess Faraday for their found family

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/273088-simon-pearce-mysteries

NOTE: These stories have romantic elements, but are not a romance

> Sarah Jean recommends Ginn Hale’s article for Tor Books about queer found family

Link: https://www.tor.com/2019/10/17/no-longer-the-only-gay-in-the-village-queer-communities-and-found-family-in-speculative-fiction/

> Title: Femme Tales

Author: Anne Shade

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer black author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: “sizzle-y”

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48660720-femme-tales

> Title: Not Since You

Author: Fiona Riley

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: Tbd

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52508892-not-since-you

> Fiona Riley’s Miss Match and Unlikely Match from the Perfect Match series are also mentioned:

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/197466-perfect-match

> TItle: The House in the Cerulean Sea

Author: TJ Klune

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: bigotry, discussion of child abuse, internalized fatphobia and dieting

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45047384-the-house-in-the-cerulean-sea

> Sarah Jean especially enjoyed the audio for The House in the Cerulean Sea

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51014471-the-house-in-the-cerulean-sea

> Sarah Jean compares the warm, low-angst feeling of The House in the Cerulean Sea to Klune’s How To series

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25548442-how-to-be-a-normal-person

> Riven (Riven #1)

Author: Roan Parrish

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: addiction, recovery, mentions of drug/alcohol abuse, parental neglect

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36135552-riven

> ‘Nathan cites A Coventry Christmas by Becky Cochrane as one of the first times he felt seen as a queer person in romance

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1359770.A_Coventry_Christmas

NOTE: This book is queer inclusive, but not a queer romance

> Title: The Night We Met

Author: Rob Byrnes

Relation to theme: Queer MCs

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: mafia

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/963519.The_Night_We_Met

> Saints & Sinners is an annual literary festival focusing on LGBTQ+ literature held in New Orleans

Link: http://sasfest.org/

> Indigo Books and Music, where ‘Nathan was a manager, is the “Barnes & Noble of Canada”

Link: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/

> A link explaining microfiche for those who may be unfamiliar

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microform

> Sarah Jean cites Geography Club by Brent Hartinger as her first queer book although she never finished it (funny story)

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/94072.Geography_Club

> Need to ask Sarah Jean for manga links

> Title: A Duke in Disguise (Regency Imposters #2)

Author: Cat Sebastian

Relation to theme: Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Bi author, queer MC, disabled MC 

Content Warnings: discussion of seizures, abusive family, toxic family, death (off page)

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36501794-a-duke-in-disguise

NOTE: This book was discussed in our 2019 Faves episode and ep #132

> ’Nathan and Sarah Jean briefly discuss the Dave Brandstetter mystery series by Joseph Hansen

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/52364-dave-brandstetter

> A link for chinchillas

Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/photo-ark-long-tailed-chinchilla/


> Which #QueerRomance favorites did we miss? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod

Happy Reading!

BONUS EP MUSIC CREDIT

Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar

From the Free Music Archive

CC BY-SA 3.0

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