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Movie news! Meet Benjamin Bentley!

Austin McKenzie is Benjamin BentleyCasting has officially begun on the Something Like Summer movie, and what better place to start than the main character? Austin McKenzie is Benjamin Bentley! In more than one way. Not only will Austin be playing the role of Ben, but he also went to Columbia College in Chicago (like Ben!) and has a lovely singing voice (like Ben!) and has stunned audiences with his on stage performances (like Ben!). I’m also tickled that he shares the name of the town Ben ends up moving to, and that he was the lead role in a production called Spring Awakening. You know I love my seasonal themes! We get a tantalizing glimpse of Austin’s talent in the trailer for that production:

He looks the part to me, and he certainly has enough rave reviews to vouch for his ability. You can learn more about Austin McKenzie in the press release at the official movie site. I also recommend signing up for the newsletter while there. Doing so will ensure you learn who they cast as Tim, Jace, and Allison before anyone else. And hey, come back and see me too. The movie is finally picking up speed, and there will be many exciting details to discuss!

 
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Something Like Lightning is now out!

lightning-releaseBook Five of the Something Like… saga is here! Or should we say Book One of the Storms series? Although really, this new release is Book Two of a story that has already begun. Ugh. Give me a moment to collect my thoughts and I’ll try to explain.

Okay. I think we can all agree that Something Like Spring brought Ben and Tim’s story to a close. I’m not saying we’ll never-ever see them again, but for now, they’re off stage enjoying a life free from drama. So Spring was definitely an ending to a series. And yet, it also introduced us to Jason, William, and of course Kelly, who stars in Something Like Lightning. This means we’ll see a few familiar events through his eyes, so there are undeniable ties between Spring and Lightning. Without giving anything away, even the next book, Thunder, has important connections to Spring. So are we actually looking at a trilogy here, one that already began with Spring? Or perhaps we should cheat and consider Spring a sort of Book Zero. A finale to one series and a prequel to another. I’m not sure if that has ever been done before, namely because other authors are probably better at planning ahead than I am. But hey, the fun of this series has always been hopping into different heads and seeing where that leads us. Maybe there is no true reading order. Maybe, like real life, it’s just a bunch of life stories all tangled up with each other. With that thought in mind, I’m pleased to announce that Book Whatever is officially here. I know we didn’t get the best impression of Kelly the first time around, but I sure enjoyed getting to know him. I hope you’ll have fun with him too, and if not, there’s a rumble of thunder in the distance. We’ll soon be moving on, because this storm is just getting started!

You can find Something Like Lightning at all sorts of places including Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Smashwords. If you’re strapped for cash, the first four chapters are up on the product page. Thank you as always for allowing me to share these strories with you. Happy reading!

 
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Zippity-zap! Lightning’s cover art revealed!

I love this stage of a book release. Everything still feels so innocent and unexplored. You guys are excited to read the new story. I’m excited to get it out there. I can show off the art and strut around all proud of my husband instead of the humbler approach I take with the text inside. This moment is good, but it’s also fleeting. In a few weeks time, Something Like Lightning will be more than just a title or a cover to you, and I’ll have set it behind me so I can focus on what’s next in line. For now, it’s all dreams and wonderings. For both of us really. I won’t expound on that, because I’m sure you can imagine what goes through an author’s mind just before a new release. At least when I’m not thinking of Andreas naked. Hmmm. What were we talking about? I don’t know. Just look at the pretty picture below. If it excites you in a way my words couldn’t, then please be aware that you can preorder the Something Like Lightning from Amazon (Kindle) or paperback, iTunes, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble. See you on October 9th!

Something Like Lightning Cover Art

 
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Something Like Lightning release date and preorder

Don't worry, this isn't even an early draft of the cover art. Just a placeholder I whipped up.

Placeholder image is *not* an early draft of the cover art.

I have a date! And no, I don’t mean a date with a hunky Swedish guy who takes me out on his fishing boat so he can take me on his fishing boat. Instead I have a date for Something Like Lightning’s release. Andreas is still working on the cover, and my helpers and I are still getting the book squeaky clean, but we’re only a month away from having everything ready. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to order your copy! Something Like Lightning is currently available for preorder at the stores listed below. I’ll be updating this list as retailers add the book to their catalog. At the moment, preorders are only possible for the eBook version, but I’ll try to make the paperback available a few days early so people can have it shipped to their home in time for the official release. Be sure to come back in the next few weeks for the cover art reveal! And thank you in advance to anyone placing their faith in me.

Preorder Something Like Lightning from:
Paperback
Amazon Kindle
iTunes
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

 
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Autumn on Audio, Summer in French and German

Something Like Autumn audio bookTongues and ears. That’s the news of the day. The tongue part is pretty exciting, because Something Like Summer can now be read in German and French, in addition to the English and Italian versions already out there. I’ve set up a new page on my site right here where you can see the different options and accompanying cover art. The Italian version is available as an eBook, which is new, so if you passed it up in the name of saving the rainforests, you can now experience the story guilt-free. Please help spread the word about these foreign editions, because I’d love to see the other books in the series translated. That way the entire story can be told.

If your ears are in need of a treat, the audiobook of Something Like Autumn is hot off the turntable! As you can imagine, the narrator had a difficult task ahead of him when starting work on this one. Even printed in black and white, it’s an emotional story, and I hoped that would be conveyed in audio as well. Not surprisingly, Kevin R. Free rose to the challenge. All those crucial moments are performed with class and finesse. You’ll find a sample below, but I’m betting if you’ve heard the other two audios in the series, you won’t need much convincing. Er… I’m boasting about the narrator’s skill. Not my own. I’m not that full of myself. The audiobook of Something Like Autumn can be found at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Next up, Something Like Lightning! We’re entering the final stretch, so you probably won’t hear much from me until the big day arrives. Until then, be good to each other!

 
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In the Meantime… Recommended Reads

Published on August 14, 2014 by in Books, Gay

Reading Builds (brain) MuscleMy next book isn’t out! But you know what is? All sorts of exciting stories featuring characters you’re bound to fall in love with and plots that will drive you bonkers in the best way possible. Confession time: I don’t read a lot in the gay romance genre. It’s not that I don’t love it, but working on my own stories is a full-time job. Imagine completing a shift at Burger King only to head over to McDonald’s for dinner. After flipping burgers all day, the last thing you want is to eat them. So usually I entertain myself with comic books or nonfiction or anything as separated from my work as possible. That way I can recharge and be ready to get super gay and romantic the next day. All that having been said, occasionally when I’m between projects, I get to enjoy another author’s vision of men loving men. That’s why I’ve created a new page with books I’ve enjoyed, and others I’m hoping to eventually read. You can access this from the “What to Read” menu option above, or by clicking right here. Hopefully you’ll find something there to entertain you. If not, there’s also a comment section where you can share those hidden gems you feel more people should read. Have fun!

 
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