Fifteen years ago, at a time when I had officially given up on love (yeah, I’ve been there too), I spotted a handsome guy across the room and practically tripped over myself to reach him. I’m proud to say that since then little has changed, aside from me being more eager than ever to get his attention. It’s probably best not to get in between Andreas and I. Chances are I’ll barrel right through you! The below video was actually created for a previous wedding anniversary, but since that story begins on today’s date, it seemed appropriate to include it here. Love is out there! Never give up, even if you’ve convinced yourself that you already have.
That I have a fondness for Tim Wyman is no secret. I fell in love with him through Ben’s eyes, then saw the world through his own. So far, that experience has been incomparable. The intent of this series was to create art for characters who haven’t been illustrated much. Despite that, I couldn’t resist including Tim once more, even though he’s already been drawn three times already. Four if you count the back of Winter’s original cover. So yeah. I love me some Tim!
For this card, we played with the idea of showing Tim paint, since that’s his thing more than jogging. But I couldn’t resist seeing him all hot and sweaty as he gives his body a workout. Of course he couldn’t do so without his trademark blue shoes. The orange shorts and red shirt might give you pause until you realize they pay tribute to the cover of Something Like Summer. Clever man, my husband! And let’s not overlook Chinchilla who is running behind her dad. Isn’t she adorable? Bulldogs are not the kind of animal one goes jogging with, but there’s a line in an upcoming story which will explain that. So basically it’s canon. Hee!
That brings the first series of art cards to a close. Almost! There’s still the special sixth card, and the rockin’ packaging these come in. I’ll talk more about those tomorrow when a bunch of new stuff in our Red Bubble store goes on sale.
Or 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!)
The 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.
Ben 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!
Ready 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.
Casting 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!