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Anniversary Celebration. It’s prize time!

Published on May 13, 2015 by in Random

ten-years-ten-booksI’m ten years old! At least, Jay Bell the author is. Kind of. I actually started writing seriously in 2003 when I first moved to Germany. I think. The metadata of my earliest Word document claims I didn’t start until 2004, which might also be true. It’s confusing because there was a book and half, plus some short stories, which I never published and never will. It wasn’t until 2010 that my first official book, The Cat in the Cradle, was released. What I know for sure is that I’ve been writing for around a decade, and my tenth full-length novel is about to be released, so it seemed like an appropriate time to celebrate my 10th anniversary. What’s that mean exactly? Well, it’s good news for you because there are fabulous prizes to be won!

I don’t want this celebration to be about me strutting around like a rooster. I want to give thanks to you guys, and that’s why I’m offering ten special prize packs. Each one contains:

-Any book from my back catalog (excluding Thunder), in eBook or Paperback format
-A set of autographed art cards
-A $25 Amazon gift certificate
-A download code for any of my Audible audiobooks

Interested? If so, there are a number of ways to win. The first three prize packs have been given to a few of my favorite review sites. You’ll have to visit them, find my guest post there, and follow their rules to win. Below is a link to each site, accompanied by the date the giveaway begins.

Joyfully Jay May 13th
Boy Meets Boy Reviews May 19th
Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews May 20th

Even if you’re a millionaire and you don’t need or want my awesome prizes, you should still stop by those sites for exclusive excerpts and such. Or just to find more books to read, because each is an amazing resource. That leaves seven more prize packs. I’ll announce how you can win those here on May 20th. Want a hint? You’ll need to have your copy of Something Like Thunder handy! Preorder links are to the right. Thanks for making the last ten years some of the happiest of my life. I love you guys!

 
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Something Like Summer in Chinese!

Chinese-Something-Like-Summer-CoverHow’s your Chinese? Whatever you answered, I promise you that mine is worse. That’s a shame, considering that Mandarin is the world’s most prominent language. That’s why I’m thrilled and flattered that some very dedicated individuals teamed up to translate Something Like Summer into Chinese! I love the idea of this story and the characters reaching a wider audience, and that by no means should be restricted to the English speaking world. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how to break into the Asian publishing scene. If a publisher from there wants to approach me, great. Until then, I’m happy to offer this fan translation for free. You can distribute it too. Share it with friends, families, or strangers. Just don’t sell it. That wouldn’t be cool. You can download it below. Or if you’re handier with Italian, German, or French, please pop over to my foreign editions section. Many options await you there with more on the way! Special thanks to DoraW, flysex, micrian, and tedsaga for working so hard on getting this translation done. You guys rock!

Oh, one more thing. It’s hard for me to judge if the files converted properly, so any feedback you can provide would be highly appreciated. Just be sure to let me know what file format you are reading when reporting any problems.

Download as an ePub, Mobi, PDF, LRF, or PDB.

 
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Cover reveal! Something Like *rumble rumble* Thunder!

It’s time for a new cover reveal! But first I want to thank you guys. In my previous post, I asked how you first discovered my books. I was hoping for cold hard marketing data and I got it. What I didn’t expect were the many heartfelt messages about how much the books and characters mean to you. I hope it’s no secret that I appreciate each and everyone one of you too! Speaking of which, I have even more reason to appreciate my husband. It turns out the majority of you found my books while browsing retail sites. That means your first impression, and what got you clicking, is the art that Andreas provides. On that note, let’s take a look at some more!

Something Like Thunder cover

We’ve come a long way since the cheerful orange of Something Like Summer’s cover. We’ve cycled through the seasons and a storm has been brewing. Now it’s directly overhead. Take shelter! Here we have Nathaniel, looking every bit as angsty as the story that awaits you inside. He has his back pressed against the door, which is wonderful—and from what I understand accidental—symbolism. Nathaniel isn’t the kind of guy who lets others in easily. The phone of course was his lifeline to Caesar in their youth, and then there’s a picture frame. You might feel you know what that’s all about. And you might be surprised! You don’t have to wait much longer to find out. May 20th is the big day. Preorder links are below. Come back soon, because there will be contests and prizes to be had. May 13th would be ideal. See you then?

Preorder the paperback edition of Something Like Thunder:

Or grab the eBook from these retailers:

Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Apple iBooks
Google Play
Smashwords

 
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Remember when we first met? Let’s get nostalgic!

Published on April 8, 2015 by in Random

be-mineThere’s a wonderfully romantic notion that what authors do all day is write. That’s how it should be, and I like to think the world once spun that way, but not anymore. Much of my day is dealing with stuff. I’ll spare you the boring details, but essentially I need my books to get noticed, and that takes a tremendous amount of work. The worst part is not truly knowing which of my efforts are successful. That’s where you can help. I’d much rather spend more time creating new stories for you, so please cast your mind back and try to remember how we first met. What stars had to align for you to start reading my books? If you could please answer the poll below, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks! Oh, and if you’re wondering why I list some short stories below and not books, it’s because I often give short stories away for free hoping to lure in new readers. So if a short story was your first exposure to me, please select which one.

How did you first discover my books?

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Preorder your copy of Thunder!

Temporary Thunder cover

Andreas had nothing to do with this crappy cover. He’s still working on the real deal.

Rumble rumble rumble. That’s supposed to be the sound of thunder. Or is it my stomach grumbling? Maybe it’s both, like I’m standing in the middle of a thunder storm while feeling really hungry. Sad story, huh? You can change it into a happy one by feeding this starving artist, because Something Like Thunder is now available to preorder! How does May 20th sound? You can reserve your copy at the following retailers:

Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Apple iBooks
Google Play
Smashwords

As before, I don’t have the ability to create paperback preorders, but I’ll try to get the print version out a little early to account for shipping times. No promises though, because I’m already cutting this one close.

The series itself has been rebranded slightly. I’ve noticed that various online retailers have special pages that list all the books in a series. That’s great, except most of them make it appear that Something Like Spring is the final book. For instance take a look at this screenshot. While it’s technically correct, it has me fretting that casual readers won’t discover the more recent books. Lightning and Thunder have such strong ties to the Seasons books, that I now consider them book five and six rather than book one and two of their own series. I’m totally cool with you guys ordering them in any way you please. The books themselves aren’t branded with numbers. But for commercial reasons, I’m now calling it the Something Like… series, rather than referring to each sub-series by name. Of course we can still call them the Seasons and Storms series if we like. I won’t tell if you don’t!

 
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Spring is here to pleasure thine ears!

Jason GrantWhen’s the last time someone pleasured your ears? Hmmm? If it’s been too long (or even if it hasn’t) Something Like Spring is now available on audio! For those who don’t read the books as they come out, Spring is about a guy named Jason Grant. We haven’t met him in the previous three books, but his story intertwines with them in its own way. I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that people seem to enjoy the text version. I hope you’ll dig the audio just as much. You’ll find the first chapter below. Many more samples and even a free short story await you at the audio section of my site. If you’ve never tried an audiobook before, why not see if you find these enticing? Or go to Audible, where the first one is always free. Can’t beat a deal like that! You can also find Spring over at Amazon and iTunes. And finally, for those eagerly awaiting Something Like Thunder, I’m currently working on getting the preorder set up. Please check back soon for further details. *smooch!*

 
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