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YouTube crush! New audio book available.

Published on July 2, 2014 by in Books, Gay, Random

Like and Subscribe audio bookLike and Subscribe is now available as an audio book. Or perhaps “audio short story” is more apt, since this a quick and easy tale about a guy who has a crush on a hot YouTuber. They say you should never meet your heroes, but our main character does and his life is better because of it. Or maybe it’s worse. Depends how you look at it really. Since Like and Subscribe is so short, it’s much less of an investment—both in regards to time and money—than your average audio book. In fact it’s around the length of a movie, which is fun, since you can kick back, close your eyes, and picture everything as it happens. Sound good? Could be worth a try! You can get the audio book from Audible, the iTunes store, or Amazon. Or, if you’d rather give your eyes a workout, you can grab the text version from Amazon, iTunes, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. Have fun!

 
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Something Like Thunder and Lightning

Something Like LightningSomething Like ThunderThunder and Lightning are the next two entries in the Something Like… saga. What do you think? Feels a little strange moving on from the seasons theme, eh? It does to me, although when originally trying to find the right title for Something Like Summer, the word thunder kept popping up. I’ve always felt it’s a nice metaphor for how love can feel. Or as the wonderfully-eccentric Kate Bush once sang:

“You don’t want to hurt me
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware I’m tearing you asunder.
There is thunder in our hearts.”

Geez, those lyrics are crazy-appropriate for the sixth book, but as in nature, thunder comes second. Something Like Lightning will be the fifth book in the Something Like… saga, or if you prefer, the first book in the Storms Series. So what’s it all about? In Spring we met Kelly Phillips, William’s boyfriend who is embittered by life’s hardships and eager to lash out at anyone who gets in his way. But of course there’s so much more to his character than that. You know I love turning the villain of one story into the hero of the next. I won’t reveal more than that at the moment, but rest assured that this book fits in well with the rest; Falling in love, finding one’s place in the world, making a few friends along the way—all that good stuff. It’s way too soon to talk release dates, but as always, I’ll work my hardest to make this story special and available as soon as humanly possible. In the meantime, why not pull the curtains closed and do a weird interpretive dance while listening to Kate Bush’s ghostly wailing? That’s what I plan on doing. Then it’s straight back to work for me, I swear!

 
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Something Like Winter audio book

Tim Wyman - Rock Star While at a concert last night, it struck me just how gripping music can be. All the trappings of storytelling are there in the lyrics, but there’s another element too, an extra edge. A book has to talk you into feeling emotional, but audio can instantly transport you to anywhere in the emotional spectrum. What power! I contemplated giving up writing to become a rock star, but I don’t know how to play guitar and my singing voice sounds like a stoned frog on his deathbed. Luckily there’s a happy medium. Hearing a story read out loud—especially by someone talented enough to infuse it with drama and humor—can also take a book to the next level. That’s what I feel Kevin R. Free, narrator extraordinaire, accomplishes with my Something Like… series. Speaking of which, the latest installment is now available!

If you haven’t listened to Something Like Summer yet, please check out a free sample below. Confession time; I’m not a regular audio book listener, but this narrator in particular makes the experience more like a fun play rather than someone simply droning out text. I was very excited to have Winter performed in this way, since this book introduces characters like Eric and Marcello for the first time. And of course Ben, Tim, and Jace are there as well. You can buy Winter or listen to free samples from Audible, Amazon, or iTunes. There are also beefier samples of both books below. If you’re already an audio book listener, I really hope you enjoy hearing the second book brought to life. More is on the way!

 
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Ben and Jace return to Italy

come se fosse estateSomething Like Summer is now available in Italian! How appropriate, since our favorite flight attendant was nearly fluent in this language. Italy is also the first international trip Jace takes Ben on. That’s no coincidence, since Rome just happens to be one of my favorite places in the world. Some years back, my parents invited Andreas and I on a tri-city vacation. We hit Venice—which was beautiful, Florence—which was interesting, and Rome… oh man, Rome! Like Ben, my first night there was a little rocky. The story of the unscrupulous taxi driver is very much based in reality, but Rome was way too awesome for that to bring me down. I fell in love with the history, the architecture, the culture, and of course the cats. I loved Rome so much that I headed back a year or two later for more. So I’m thrilled that Something Like Summer is making its debut there. Or should I say Come se fosse estate, which I believe translates to As if it Were Summer. That’s pretty. Heck, it might even be better than the original title. Anyway, if any of you Italian-tongued people out there read this book, please tell me what you think of the translation. And if you happened to take a different language elective in school, there are more foreign editions on the way. I recently signed with MxM Bookmark to have the Something Like… series released in French. There are some other exciting prospects on the horizon as well, so brush off those language skills and stay tuned!

Come se fosse estate is available from Amazon Italy and a variety of other bookstores. The publisher is Playground Libri. And just for the heck of it, here’s a photo of me sitting on Andreas’s lap during a bus ride through Florence. It was bouncy. ;)

Jay and Andreas in Florence

 
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New Release: Something Like Spring!

Something Like Spring release dateCan you smell the freshly-bloomed flowers? Feel the sun warming your cheeks? Well you should, because Something Like Spring has arrived! I could give you guys a big sales pitch, but really, if you’re here and have read the other three books, hopefully you don’t need any convincing. Those that do can check out the product page for a little more info and some sample chapters. Otherwise, you can grab the paperback or the Kindle version from Amazon. And of course it’s also available for the Nook or iBooks or anything else. As always, head on back here when you’ve finished and tell me what you thought. Or better yet, tell the whole world by leaving a review somewhere.

To celebrate all four books being out, Andreas has come up with a couple new goodies. One is a big ol’ poster featuring the cover art in seasonal order. We’ve got one of these hanging on our wall in the office and the colors are wonderfully vibrant. There’s also a new T-shirt with a quote that should be familiar to you all. What better way to show the world you’re a proud mariposa, or to get guys to call you a beautiful butterfly? All this and more can be picked up from our RedBubble store. I also show off the new shirt and the poster in the video below.

Happy reading everyone. Thank you for your continued support! As soon as I’m done typing this sentence, I’m going to close my eyes and pretend I’m making out with each and every one of you!

 
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Spring release date, cover art… and awards!

Proud award winner

Not an actual photo of me. Or is it?!?! (It’s not.)

The votes have been tallied in the M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards, and you guys were good to me once again. Something Like Autumn won a stunning six awards! In which categories? How about Favorite All Time M/M Romance? Or Best Book of the Year? And then there’s the award for Best Tear Jerker. It’s a little crazy that this occupation rewards you for making people cry, but I’m not complaining! Autumn also landed awards in the Best Long Story, Contemporary, and Young Adult categories. These awards are powered by your votes, which makes them tremendously special to me. Thank you guys so much for being generous, awesome, and kind. I love you too!

Upon hearing the news this morning, I thought it would be nice to give something back. Spring was supposed to come out mid-February, but after some number crunching and some terrified glances in the mirror, I decided I can get it published even sooner. The official release date for Something Like Spring is January 30th. Mark those calendars, or better yet, sign up for my newsletter on the left and I’ll send you a reminder on the big day. You can also pre-order the Nook version here, the iBooks version here, and other eBook formats here.

Since there’s less than a month until the book is released, let’s take a closer look at what the story is all about. What better way to do so than to examine the cover? Andreas’s art will provide a few hints, and of course there’s that big ol’ back cover blurb. I’ll let these things speak for themselves. After all, I’ve got a book to publish!

Something Like Spring by Jay Bell Cover Art

 
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