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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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New short story, Spring update, and Awards!

Like and Subscribe Jay BellThe quick version: Spring isn’t ready, I have something to tide you over, and I need your vote. The long version: Hey everyone! I have a brand new short story for you to read. Before we get to that, I should answer the question many of you are thinking. When is Something Like Spring getting released? The good news is that the book is super close to being ready. Frustratingly so, since with the looming holidays, it’s not going to make it out before the end of the year. So early next year, hopefully early early next year. Worse case scenario is the end of February. No later than that. You have my word. Now then, on to my peace offering!

Like and Subscribe is a brand new short story. You haven’t met the characters before, and you don’t need to know anything before you dive in. The story is about one of those hot guys on YouTube. You know the type. They rarely have their shirts on, and you can’t stop going back to their channel, no matter how dumb they might be. The stud in our story seems to have a good heart and is surprisingly insightful at times, but he’s not the main character. The main character is Evan, who is desperate to meet this person. Again. Grab a copy of the story and you’ll see what I mean. Like and Subscribe is currently available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks and all sort of other formats at Smashwords.

Goodreads M/M Romance Member's Choice Awards Nominees WinnersDon’t leave yet! The M/M Romance group over at Goodreads is having their annual fan vote again, and Something Like Autumn has been nominated in multiple categories. This is one of the best ways you guys can express your appreciation for what I do, and encourage me to keep writing. Money and stellar reviews are nice too, but we’re talking awards here! You can vote by clicking these pretty words. The categories Autumn has been nominated in are:

Favorite All Time M/M Romance Book
Best Book of the Year
Best Contemporary (genre)
Best Long Story (250 pages or 100K words)
Best Tear Jerker (themes)
Best Young Adult (genre)
Favorite All Time M/M Series [it's listed there as "Seasons"]

I’ve also been nominated as Favorite All Time M/M Author. Oh my gosh! Thank you to the kind souls who did the nominating. That’s all from here. Much love to you guys during this holiday season!

 
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A hint of Spring

Who is Jason Grant?Happy Birthday, Tim Wyman! Now please move out of the spotlight because there’s a new guy in town. Speculation has been rampant over who the main character in Something Like Spring will be. When I announced it would be an all new character, I should have been more specific and said a newly invented character. My easily misinterpreted statement led some to believe that “new” meant anyone but Ben, Tim, or Jace. Many people thought Eric would be getting his own book, or even Victor or Ryan. I’m afraid this isn’t the case. The season of spring brings with it a fresh start, so it seemed appropriate that we would meet someone we’d never had before.

Why? Well, we’ve already gotten into Ben, Tim and Jace’s heads, and seen each character from the perspective of a person who loves them, or in some cases, a person competing with them. Those are all very intimate perspectives, which made me eager to see Ben and Tim through the eyes of a stranger. That stranger’s name is Jason Grant. I know the name doesn’t mean anything to you right now, but when you’ve finished reading Jason’s story, I hope he’ll become just as special to you as the other guys.

So what exactly is Something Like Spring about? Will Ben and Tim adopt a kid? Is that who Jason is? Not exactly. After three books, a definite theme has emerged for this series. Each book starts with a teenager on the verge of becoming an adult and takes us through their first great love. Then there are jumps in time, allowing us to see their life over multiple stages, with themes of love, loss, and death being tackled along the way. Something Like Spring will be no different, and yet, like each book in the series, it will very much be its own unique journey. But never fear, Spring does tie in with the other books. Rather than give us familiar scenes from a new perspective, this book is supported by a slew of characters from the previous three, and yes, we do get to see what happens to Ben and Tim after the events of Winter. While Jason isn’t an adopted child in the traditional sense, he’s very much the spiritual successor of one character… maybe two. I’ll let you discover who on your own.

That’s all I’m willing to reveal for now. Much work remains. With such a rich history to draw from, so many new characters to meet, and untold stories to explore, Spring is shaping up to be another fat book. It continues to be very exciting to write, and I hope that translates to a thrilling read for you guys. I can’t nail down a specific release date at this point, but Something Like Spring should be ready to go this winter. As usual, you can be notified the moment it’s released by signing up for my newsletter. The quick and easy form is on the left and down a little. Love you guys! Peace out!

 
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End of summer Summer sale!

Happy Birthday, Something Like Summer!It’s Tim Wyman’s birthday! Almost! To celebrate, in the week leading up to the big day, Something Like Summer will be on sale for a mere ninty-nine cents. Ninty-nine cents!!! “But Jay,” you are probably saying. “Why put Summer on sale when Winter is Tim’s book?” Well, my sexy little friend, the idea is to get more people reading this series, and we all know that Summer is a gateway drug to the other seasons. This is the perfect time to get your more stingy and skeptical friends to read one of the greatest gay love stories ever told. Tell them about the impending movie! Tell them about the sex scenes! The angst! The love! The arrrrgh! Ideally, by the time Something Like Spring is here, there will be so many Ben and Tim fans that Amazon’s servers crash on the day of release. So please please please spread the word about this sale. I’m not really going to make any money off it, but I would love for new folks to discover this story.

And speaking of Something Like Spring, on Tim’s actual birthday, I’ll be posting a blog entry revealing who the new main character is. I’ll also tell you what to expect from the latest, and perhaps final, installment in the series. So please come back on August 24th, Tim’s birthday, to help celebrate the hottest fictional guy in the universe. At least I think he is. *blush* Oh, and if you haven’t heard, we’ve got Something Like Summer shirts available and a slew of art for any sad barren walls. Check it all out here!

And here are some handy links to the Summer eBooks on sale:

Amazon Kindle US – UKFR - IT - ESDE

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iTunes (iPhone and iPad)

Epub, Mobi, Palm, eReader, PDF, and more at Smashwords

Get the audiobook for free:
If you’re not yet a member of Audible, you can get your first audiobook for free, and that includes Something Like Summer. Learn more here. Or buy from: Amazon, Audible, or iTunes

 
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