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At last! Meet Tim Wyman!

Davi Santos is Tim WymanThe suspense sure has been building for this one, and to my surprise, that has been a learning experience for me. I know Tim inside and out, but the casting of him made me really boil his character down to a handful of qualities, all of which an actor would require to portray him. Handsome? Yeah, obviously, but that’s highly subjective. So at the very least, I was hoping for an actor with dark features, both in regards to skin tone and hair, and one that most people would agree is attractive. Tim’s actor would also need swagger. Jace might put on the charm, but Tim knows how to crank up the smolder. He also has his boyishly goofy moments, so the actor would need to be playful. Then there are the rare moments when the mask slips and Tim allows himself to be sensitive, vulnerable, and affectionate. All these things are crucial, and a tall order for any one actor to deliver.

When the movie producers first mentioned the name Davi Santos to me, I was just about to board a flight. I only had enough time to Google him and see that he was hot. That was good. Only later did I seek out every clip of the guy I could find, and boy are there a lot! His beginnings in acting school, solo performances, commercial spots, staring roles in independent films, appearances on major network television, and of course theater. Davi Santos seems to have been everywhere and done everything. This made it harder for me to get a handle on him, because he’s all over the place, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense. Davi Santos seems to live and breathe acting. While watching so many clips that it made my head spin, there were definitely many moments where I saw my Tim. A cocky smile and some shameless flirting. Or moments of introspection and flickers of vulnerability. So yeah, already in my mind, the names Davi Santos and Tim Wyman are becoming synonymous.

Davi Santos got the smolder!All that’s needed now is taking all four cast members and putting them in the right situations. It’s one thing when a new James Bond actor is announced, but it never feels completely real until we see him doing James Bond stuff. Just imagine Davi Santos squaring off with Ben Baur in an argument, or getting knocked over by Austin McKenzie cruising along on his Rollerblades. Seriously, just try to picture those things for a moment, because this is really happening. To ensure the movie is a amazing as it deserves to be, we still need your help, so please treat yourself to one of the fun perk packages available on the Indiegogo page and help spread the word. Want to know more about Davi? Check out the new episode of Big Gay Movie below. Also be sure to watch Davi in The Cure, a short film he co-wrote. The boy’s got talent!


 
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Tim Wyman, where are you?

Missing! Tim Wyman
Last week was pretty spectacular if you’re Team Jace. We got to see a tantalizing glimpse of Baur in character as Jace, a new perk was announced paying tribute to one of Jace’s little idiosyncrasies, and just last night a new video was revealed, showing Ben and Jace getting all snuggly together. It’s starting to feel like this movie is just about them. Wasn’t there another guy? I’m pretty sure I wrote a whole book about him. So what’s the deal, movie people? Where are you keeping Tim? Well, director JT Tepnapa and producer Carlos Pedraza have appeared in their mysterious white void again (they exist on the astral plane, only returning to the physical realm to make movies) to explain what’s up with my beloved Mr. Wyman.

What do you think? I say we trust them. After all, what would be better for the Indiegogo campaign than announcing Tim? Unless they’ve got something to hide! But they don’t, because after being locked in my basement for three weeks, they cracked and told me who they intend to cast. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about their decision because this is Tim we’re talking about. I took my sweet time deciding if I was happy with their choice or not. Recently I concluded that I am, because I suspect the actor is just as complex and layered as the character I hope he’ll portray. There’s more to Tim than just a pretty face, and the same can be said for this person. Handsome, creative, and at times, kind of silly. I’ve got a good feeling about him, so stay tuned, and in the meantime, please keep spreading the word. Many thanks to all of you who already have and continue to do so!

 
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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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Summer T-shirts, Winter’s new look, and art art art!

Something Like Summer shirtWe’ve got Something Like Summer shirts for sale! Art prints too! We’ll get to that in a minute. First I want to talk about something else that’s changed. The cover art for Something Like Winter has been overhauled. To an extreme. Why? Well, Andreas doesn’t have much time to work on these covers. First he’ll read a late draft of a book to get the vibe. Then he has to dream up a cover and start creating it. My final drafts tend to go pretty fast, leaving him almost no time to revise his ideas. Thankfully, Andreas is used to working under the wire and keeps cranking out masterpieces. But with Something Like Winter, he was never completely satisfied. Personally, I like the cover we had, but when Andreas asked if he could change it, I wanted him to be happy. I figured he would touch up the cover a little. Instead, it’s almost an entirely new composition. Check it out!

Something Like Winter new cover

The guy up on stage playing the piano? Yeah, that’s Tim Wyman. I’m always willing to let Andreas chase his own artistic vision, and this is perhaps the very best example because no, Tim cannot play the piano. Luckily, we’d always envisioned the cover to be Tim’s dream of seeing Ben up on stage before their second reunion, and it’s not hard to imagine Tim wanting to play some music for Ben to sing along to. The good news for those of you with the old cover art is that it will never be sold again or reproduced in any fashion. You have a genuine collectors item that will remain rare, especially considering that the old cover was sold for a mere six months or so. But what if you want to get your hands on the new cover?

Well, that bring us to the new merchandise. We’ve teamed up with Redbubble to provide you with quality art prints of all Andreas’s book covers. Sound too fancy? There are posters too, which are sure to please your inner-teenager once taped to the wall. A variety of his illustrations from the Loka Legends books are also available as prints or postcards, as well as a selection of his non-book related art. My favorite though is the new Something Like Summer T-shirt, which is available in all sorts of colors and sizes. These shirts are the perfect way to subtly communicate your love for books and all things gay. Forget Grindr! I’m already dreaming of someone meeting their true love by wearing one of these shirts. Not guaranteed of course, or even likely… but not entirely impossible either.

If you guys like the idea of T-shirts and these sell okay, I have some really cool original ideas that don’t utilize the cover art. Or feel free to make your own suggestions, because we’d love to hear them! You can visit our store on Redbubble right here.

Still not convinced about all of this? Check out this video of me showing off some of the new merchandise. Did I mention my father was a salesman? It’s in my blood!

 
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New Interview and Freshly Won Awards! Yeee-haw!

True Colorz Review SiteCurious about Something Like Autumn and Spring? I drop a few hints in a recent interview over at True Colorz, a new site that’s chock-full of gay goodness. Book reviews, author interviews, reading lists, freebies—the resources over at True Colorz are amazing and growing every day. Please check them out! Quite a few gay book sites bit the dust last year, so it’s great to see a big ol’ rainbow phoenix rising from the ashes. Aside from the next two books in the Seasons series, I also talk a little about my troubled past and the inspiration for Kamikaze Boys. Read the article about me all the way to the end for details on how to win a free paperback or eBook copy of Something Like Winter!

In other news, the results of the 2012 Member Choice Awards are in, and you guys were very very good to me. I won five awards in total, or more accurately, you won five awards for us. This particular award is very special to me, since it’s based on what readers like. That’s the only criteria. Read it, love it, and vote. And man oh man, thank you guys for all the love! Something Like Winter won an award for Best Cover, which made Andreas very happy. Ben and Tim won an award for Best Couple. Don’t tell Jace! Kamikaze Boys won an award in the Best Coming Out Story category. At first I thought that was a little odd, since the book begins with both characters already out, but then again, living with the consequences of being openly gay is also part of coming out. David and Connor also scored in the Best Story Featuring Young Adult Characters category. Last but not least, Something Like Winter nabbed a prize for Best Contemporary Story. I literally couldn’t have done it without you guys. Thank you so so SO much. The only way I can think to repay you is by writing more. Rest assured, Something Like Autumn is progressing nicely!

Goodreads M/M Romance 2012 Member Choice Awards

 
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Something Like Series

Jay Bell's Seasons SeriesHow many books does a series make? Two is a pair, three a trilogy, and four… Hm. That sounds about right. Four books is enough for a series, and just happens to be the number of seasons there are. How very convenient then for us then, because what started as a stand-alone book (that I was sure no one would bother reading) is now expanding into a series. Something Like Summer told the story of Ben’s love for two very special men. Something Like Winter gave us Tim’s perspective on their history, both together and apart. Now I think it’s time to hear one more tale before moving on. What do we really know about Jace?

Something Like Autumn will tell Jace’s life story. Like the other two books, it will begin in the teen years. This is very exciting, because by the time we meet Jace in Summer, he’s already a very well-adjusted adult. I love the idea of exploring what Jace’s younger years were like, and discovering how he slowly developed into the lovable and rather saintly person we see in Summer and Winter. Surely he wasn’t always perfect, and wisdom always comes at a price, so his story won’t be simple. While I’ve made good progress on the book, I’m not sure if there will be any revisited scenes like with the previous two books. Something Like Autumn might end the moment Jace and Ben meet, or it might further flesh out their relationship. Regardless, Autumn will rely even less on retreading previous scenes than Winter did.

Painting by Andreas Bell, and no, it's not the cover of Something Like Spring

Painting by Andreas Bell. www.andreasbell.com/blog/

That just leaves one season. Spring symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts, and while I don’t want to give away too much now, I think it’s safe to say this is the book many of you have been waiting for. Something Like Spring will be told from a new character’s perspective, but will feature a supporting cast from the other three books. The best part? This story begins after the events of Something Like Winter. In other words, it takes place in the future of many characters we know and love. You want to know what happens to Ben, Allison, Marcello, Tim, and even Chinchilla? Are you sure you want to know? Are you really really sure? Yeah, me too.

find-the-prizeIt’s too early to talk release dates. I still have a lot of work to do. I can promise that neither story will see the light of day until I feel they are up to par. I want the Seasons Series to be the absolute best it can be, not just for us, but for the characters that I adore so much. I want them to continue living in our hearts and imaginations, and I hope you are as excited to see their return as I am.

 
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