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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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Movie Casting News – Jace and Allison!

Ben Baur as Jace HoldenBen will be Jace in the movie! Uh… Wait, let me try that again. Ben Baur will be playing the role of Jace Holden in the Something Like Summer movie! This pleases me greatly, since he closely resembles the Jace in my mind. He’s a capable actor too. You might have seen Baur in Hunting Season, a racy web series about hooking up with guys, both physically and emotionally. You can watch episode one right here. Isn’t he just adorable? Don’t you just love him already? Isn’t he so totally Jace? Somebody give the man a fortune cookie! Ben Baur has an air of mature wisdom about him, one tempered with a hint of whimsy. This makes him the ideal choice to play Jace. I have no doubt that he’ll slip comfortably into the role and make it his own. I can’t wait to see him in action!

Ajiona Alexus as Allison CrossReady for even more excitement? It pleases me to introduce Allison Cross, played by Ajiona Alexus, who brings multiple talents to the table. Much like Allison, Alexus is personable, bright, and energetic. Talented too. She has already demonstrated her acting prowess by staring in the sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show. She’s also an accomplished singer, but don’t take my word for it. Music will be a key component of the Something Like Summer movie, much like it was in the book. In fact, the new Indiegogo page reveals that seven songs will be commissioned. Worried that the movie will be a musical? Fear not. Tim won’t be waggling his top hat and cane while hopping sideways down the street. What they do have planned for the songs is really clever. Tasteful too. It’s not going to happen without your help though. That Indiegogo campaign I mentioned is raising funds for Ben and Allison’s music, Tim’s paintings, and everything else that goes into making a movie. Naturally there are a number of perks for lending your support, including having dinner with me. Spoiler alert; I drink too much. But I’m a happy drunk, so please head over the Indiegogo page to check out more details of the movie. While there, please peruse the list of perks to see if one of them interests you.

Next up? Tim Wyman. And more episodes of Big Gay Movie, which will explore these new reveals. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look no further than the box below.

 
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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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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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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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