…is the first novel in a series, a movie, and also a web comic!

The Book

Something Like Summer by Jay BellLove, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

Get started with the series for only $2.99 (eBook version) at your favorite retailer: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play.

The Premise:

Benjamin BentleyThere is no shortage of coming out stories in the gay genre, most of them taking place in high school and culminating with the main character finally accepting his sexuality. With Something Like Summer, I wanted to take a different approach. As the first line of the book states, “This is not a coming out story.” More and more young people are coming out at an earlier age which presents them with a whole new set of challenges. Not only is there judgement from peers, but frustration while waiting for other gay people to come out as well. And high school is just the beginning, which is why this novel also explores the years that follow. Something Like Summer is a romance with healthy doses of sex, laughter, and sometimes even tears. This is a story of feeling alienated, of refusing to be a victim and playing the hero, of obsession and letting go, and how exhilarating it can be to find comfort in the arms of someone that loves you.

The Audio Book:

Narrator Kevin R. Free has done a wonderful job of bringing the world of Something Like Summer to life. Check out a free sample below. The audio book is available from Audible, Amazon, or iTunes.

The Movie:

The movie version of Something Like Summer is currently screening at film festivals before getting a wider release later in the year. Find a screening near you, learn about the cast, and sign up for updates over at the official movie site!

The Comic:

Something Like Summer comicThe story of Something Like Summer enters the colorful world of webcomics with this new adaptation, which promises a mixture of favorite scenes and fresh twists. Cassy Fallon provides the stunning visuals, while Jay Bell works at adapting the books to this new format. Updates arrive weekly in the form of a new page, absolutely free, every Sunday over at gaywebcomics.com. Ben and Tim have never looked so sexy and sweet! While this story is set in the current decade instead of the nineties, it still ties in with the main series in a special way that has yet to be revealed. This comic is perfectly suited to newcomers as well, so if this is your first exposure to the series, feel free to dive right in!

Reading Order:

Something Like Series Jay BellThe Something Like… Series:
Book 1: Something Like Summer
Book 2: Something Like Autumn
Book 3: Something Like Winter
Book 4: Something Like Spring
Book 5: Something Like Lightning
Book 6: Something Like Thunder
Book 7: Something Like Stories – Volume One
Book 8: Something Like Hail
Book 9: Something Like Rain
Book 10: Something Like Stories – Volume Two

Reviews:

From Rainbow Book Reviews:

“Due to Jay’s easy, understandable style, I was led through the happy times and the sad ones, sometimes by gently holding his hand and in others by gripping it tightly, but what a ride. ‘Something Like Summer’ not only has lots of passion, humor, angst, and twists and turns, it also takes an in depth look at how the choices we make in life affect not only ourselves, but everyone around us.” …read full review

From ALPHA Reader:

“Jay Bell has written one of the most heart-felt and sincere M/M romances I have ever encountered. This is a love story that spans twelve years – a story all about getting a second chance with ‘the one that got away’.”…read full review

From Amos Lassen reviews:

“Being a writer of gay literature these days can be very difficult because so much has been done and it is hard to get a handle on something new. Jay Bell has succeeded in giving us a new look at gay romance and love as two discover the meaning of “friends and lovers””…read full review

Awards:

Awards for Something Like SummerSelected as one of Amazon’s Best Gay Books of 2011 and a finalist in 2012’s Lambda Literary Awards

Winner of three awards in Goodread’s M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards:
Best Story that Should/Must have a Sequel
Best Young Adult Characters
Best Cover

Honorable Mention as Best Cover Art in the 2011 Rainbow Awards.

News and updates:

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