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You think I’m the breast!

Goodrea's Members Choice NominationOr at least someone was kind enough to nominate me and my books for a number of awards. The M/M Romance Member’s Choice awards are here again, which I adore, since they are decided by the masses. It is a popularity contest, and I think that’s great (even if I don’t win anything!) since it’s most representative of how the readers feel. Even the nominees are chosen by everyday folks, and as you’ll see when visiting the polls, there’s a lot of love out there for this genre. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate authors and stories that they care about. On that note, if you want to send some extra love my way, you’ll find links to the individual categories below. Or the big ol’ master list is right here. You’ll have to login to Goodreads first, and be a member of the M/M Romance Group, which is a great place to talk about your favorite gay books or find new ones to read. And speaking of new stuff to read, the Indiegogo campaign for the Something Like Summer movie is getting really close to 25k. Many thanks to everyone who has chipped in so far. It looks like Something Like Fall is going to happen! I’m so pumped!

Favorite All-Time M/M Series (vote here – The Seasons Series)
Favorite All-Time M/M Author (vote here – You know my name, right?)
Theme ~Best Hurt/Comfort (vote here – Something Like Lightning)
Genre ~Best Contemporary/Mainstream (vote here – Something Like Lightning)
Best Book of the Year (vote here – Something Like Lightning)
Best Long Story (vote here – Something Like Lightning)
Best Coming of Age (vote here – Something Like Lightning or Spring. Oh gosh!)

 
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Something Like Fall – Ben is back!

Benjamin Bentley in Something Like FallThe Seasons series isn’t over! I’ve always been amused by the idea of writing a story to represent fall. Sure, we’ve already tackled autumn, but I kept this loophole in mind, figuring Something Like Fall could be a special story and not a full-fledged book. That time has come. As many of you have already heard, we’re trying to raise funds for the Something Like Summer movie. Private investors are doing what they can, but we definitely don’t have a huge movie studio backing us up with their millions. If we want this movie to be the best it can be, all of us need to chip in. No one is looking for a handout though. There are many rewards to be had, and Something Like Fall could be one of them. The movie producers are hoping to raise $100,000. To help inch us closer, the new story is being offered as a stretch goal. If we can reach $25,000 (We’re already halfway there!) I will write Fall, and everyone who contributes—no matter the amount—will receive an eBook version. The shocking twist? Something Like Fall will be excusive to this campaign. If you want to read the new story—which will include fresh cover art by Andreas—this is the only way. Contributing gets you lots of other cool stuff too. More on that later. Let’s talk about Benjamin Bentley.

Ben is arguably the most important character in the entire series, which makes it weird that his book is the thinnest. Fall, written from his point of view, will help correct that. Just the idea of getting to revisit him makes me want to cry tears of joy. That’s how much I miss Ben. Do you miss him? What about the other guys? Yeah, me too, so let’s do this! I recorded a few videos talking about all the different perks and contribution levels. One is short and sweet. The other long and meandering, which is more my natural style. You’ll find both videos below, and under that, more information about Something Like Fall. When you’re done soaking it all up, please click this link to visit the Indiegogo page. If you can’t afford to contribute, or even if you can, please help spread the word about this campaign. I’ll be pouring my heart into the new story, and I want as many people to read it as possible. Thank you in advance!

Perks! The long version:

Perks! The shorter version:

Something Like Fall PAQ (Probably Asked Questions)

Q. How long will the new story be?

A. As long as it needs to be. I never fluff up my stories with content I don’t feel is important, but let’s face it, my more recent books are a little on the chubby side. I’m calling it a short story for now. If it needs to be a novella, I won’t resist the urge. For right now I’m calling it a short story.

Q. When is it going to be set? After the events of Spring? Before the start of Summer? When when when?!?

A. I have a handful of ideas I like at the moment. I might choose one of them. I might use all of them. So basically, I can’t answer that right now.

Q. Is [Jace/Tim/Jason/Samson/etc.] going to be in it?

A. See the above answer.

Q. I prefer good ol’ tree-killing paper. Isn’t there some way of getting this story in print?

A. Here’s the deal: The stand-alone eBook version of this story is exclusive to this campaign. Someday I might choose to include Something Like Fall in a compilation of short stories or in a special anniversary edition of Something Like Summer. I honestly don’t have plans to do either anytime soon. The next anniversary for Summer is in 2016. What’s more likely is a special edition in 2021, which will mark ten years. If there are any trees left by then, such a thing will come out in print. So yeah, if you’re crazily patient, you’ll find another way to read this story. I’m hoping you’ll choose to support the movie campaign anyway, because I really want to see Ben and Tim kiss.

Q. When will Something Like Fall be released?

A. The summer of 2015 at the latest. That should give me enough time to finish work on Thunder so I can turn my full focus on Fall and give it the attention it deserves.

Q. If you want lots of people to read the new story, why are you making it exclusive? Can’t you put it up for sale after the fundraising campaign is over?

A. I could, but I’m the sort of guy who often intends to support stuff like this. Then I’ll get distracted by a hot guy walking by (usually Andreas), making me forget what I was going to do until it’s too late. But if I heard I needed to act quickly or I’d never see an exclusive episode of Doctor Who or whatever, I’d gnaw off my own foot rather than miss the opportunity. So yeah, I’m trying to motivate you. Is it devious? Probably. Will I make it worth your while? Oh hell yes! It’s worth noting that none of the funds raised will be given to me to write Fall. I’m freely donating my time to this because, like I said, Ben and Tim. Kissing. I gotta see it.

To check out the other perks you’ll get for contributing, please visit the Indiegogo page.

 
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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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