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Spring release date, cover art… and awards!

Proud award winner

Not an actual photo of me. Or is it?!?! (It’s not.)

The votes have been tallied in the M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards, and you guys were good to me once again. Something Like Autumn won a stunning six awards! In which categories? How about Favorite All Time M/M Romance? Or Best Book of the Year? And then there’s the award for Best Tear Jerker. It’s a little crazy that this occupation rewards you for making people cry, but I’m not complaining! Autumn also landed awards in the Best Long Story, Contemporary, and Young Adult categories. These awards are powered by your votes, which makes them tremendously special to me. Thank you guys so much for being generous, awesome, and kind. I love you too!

Upon hearing the news this morning, I thought it would be nice to give something back. Spring was supposed to come out mid-February, but after some number crunching and some terrified glances in the mirror, I decided I can get it published even sooner. The official release date for Something Like Spring is January 30th. Mark those calendars, or better yet, sign up for my newsletter on the left and I’ll send you a reminder on the big day. You can also pre-order the Nook version here, the iBooks version here, and other eBook formats here.

Since there’s less than a month until the book is released, let’s take a closer look at what the story is all about. What better way to do so than to examine the cover? Andreas’s art will provide a few hints, and of course there’s that big ol’ back cover blurb. I’ll let these things speak for themselves. After all, I’ve got a book to publish!

Something Like Spring by Jay Bell Cover Art

 
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Something Like Summer movie photos and website!

Ben Bentley Tim Wyman Something Like Summer movieAs the year winds down, and as we take a deep breath and a much needed break, I can’t help but think of all the exciting things on the horizon. One that I’ve been looking forward to is the Something Like Summer movie. We’ve all be patiently waiting (ha!) for things to develop, and the great news is that the wait is nearly over. The script is looking very handsome, and next year will see casting news, filming, and if everything goes well, maybe even a release. There will be plenty to discuss and obsess over, and I’ll be right there with you guys, waiting with bated breath to see how the movie turns out. Today we get a very exciting glimpse of what’s to come. There’s an official Something Like Summer movie site, and it’s tasteful and sexy and alluring. Most of all, it proves to me once again that the right production team is tackling this project. Check it out right here! Or, just for emphasis, you can click here:

The official (oh my gosh!) Something Like Summer movie website!!!

Happy Holidays Spring teaserAll those photos of Ben and Tim are stand-in models, but they sure do fire up the imagination, don’t they? I think I can say with great confidence that next year is going to be very exciting indeed. Not only will the movie be progressing, but Something Like Spring will take Ben and Tim’s story even further than before. It will also introduce us to a new character. A whole new cast, really. I can hardly wait! But no, it’s still the time of year for pausing, reflecting, and chilling the hell out. I’ll try my best. Before I go, the image you see on the right is another teaser for Spring. Naturally this isn’t the final version of the cover, although I suppose the holidays are sometimes considered a season… Something Like Santa? Nah. I’ll stick with those invented by mother nature. Regardless, I do wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Stay warm, cuddle up with someone you love, and take a little time out to spoil yourself. I’ll see you all next year. Until then, thank you for being so wonderful. I love you guys!

 
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New short story, Spring update, and Awards!

Like and Subscribe Jay BellThe quick version: Spring isn’t ready, I have something to tide you over, and I need your vote. The long version: Hey everyone! I have a brand new short story for you to read. Before we get to that, I should answer the question many of you are thinking. When is Something Like Spring getting released? The good news is that the book is super close to being ready. Frustratingly so, since with the looming holidays, it’s not going to make it out before the end of the year. So early next year, hopefully early early next year. Worse case scenario is the end of February. No later than that. You have my word. Now then, on to my peace offering!

Like and Subscribe is a brand new short story. You haven’t met the characters before, and you don’t need to know anything before you dive in. The story is about one of those hot guys on YouTube. You know the type. They rarely have their shirts on, and you can’t stop going back to their channel, no matter how dumb they might be. The stud in our story seems to have a good heart and is surprisingly insightful at times, but he’s not the main character. The main character is Evan, who is desperate to meet this person. Again. Grab a copy of the story and you’ll see what I mean. Like and Subscribe is currently available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks and all sort of other formats at Smashwords.

Goodreads M/M Romance Member's Choice Awards Nominees WinnersDon’t leave yet! The M/M Romance group over at Goodreads is having their annual fan vote again, and Something Like Autumn has been nominated in multiple categories. This is one of the best ways you guys can express your appreciation for what I do, and encourage me to keep writing. Money and stellar reviews are nice too, but we’re talking awards here! You can vote by clicking these pretty words. The categories Autumn has been nominated in are:

Favorite All Time M/M Romance Book
Best Book of the Year
Best Contemporary (genre)
Best Long Story (250 pages or 100K words)
Best Tear Jerker (themes)
Best Young Adult (genre)
Favorite All Time M/M Series [it's listed there as "Seasons"]

I’ve also been nominated as Favorite All Time M/M Author. Oh my gosh! Thank you to the kind souls who did the nominating. That’s all from here. Much love to you guys during this holiday season!

 
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Our ten year wedding anniversary!

Published on September 27, 2013 by in Gay, Holiday

Big Gay Wedding Day, Jay Bell and Andreas BellAndreas and I were living in sin for three glorious years. He was a college boy with the body of a Greek god, and I was… uh… me. For reasons still unexplained, he said yes when I popped the question. That was ten years ago. Ten years! A decade! I’d say it felt like yesterday, but that would be trite and not at all honest. But still, it only feels like five and a half years. Maybe six. So anyway, to commemorate the luckiest event of my life, I made a video. It tells our story, gives you a glimpse of our wedding, and features nine billion photos of us. Putting this video together, that really drove home our history and reminded me of how much we’ve been through. Time flies when you’re married to a guy like Andreas. Relationships are a lot of work, but he makes it so damn easy. And I love him. I love him, I love him, I love him! *sigh* Okay. Enjoy the video!

 
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A hint of Spring

Who is Jason Grant?Happy Birthday, Tim Wyman! Now please move out of the spotlight because there’s a new guy in town. Speculation has been rampant over who the main character in Something Like Spring will be. When I announced it would be an all new character, I should have been more specific and said a newly invented character. My easily misinterpreted statement led some to believe that “new” meant anyone but Ben, Tim, or Jace. Many people thought Eric would be getting his own book, or even Victor or Ryan. I’m afraid this isn’t the case. The season of spring brings with it a fresh start, so it seemed appropriate that we would meet someone we’d never had before.

Why? Well, we’ve already gotten into Ben, Tim and Jace’s heads, and seen each character from the perspective of a person who loves them, or in some cases, a person competing with them. Those are all very intimate perspectives, which made me eager to see Ben and Tim through the eyes of a stranger. That stranger’s name is Jason Grant. I know the name doesn’t mean anything to you right now, but when you’ve finished reading Jason’s story, I hope he’ll become just as special to you as the other guys.

So what exactly is Something Like Spring about? Will Ben and Tim adopt a kid? Is that who Jason is? Not exactly. After three books, a definite theme has emerged for this series. Each book starts with a teenager on the verge of becoming an adult and takes us through their first great love. Then there are jumps in time, allowing us to see their life over multiple stages, with themes of love, loss, and death being tackled along the way. Something Like Spring will be no different, and yet, like each book in the series, it will very much be its own unique journey. But never fear, Spring does tie in with the other books. Rather than give us familiar scenes from a new perspective, this book is supported by a slew of characters from the previous three, and yes, we do get to see what happens to Ben and Tim after the events of Winter. While Jason isn’t an adopted child in the traditional sense, he’s very much the spiritual successor of one character… maybe two. I’ll let you discover who on your own.

That’s all I’m willing to reveal for now. Much work remains. With such a rich history to draw from, so many new characters to meet, and untold stories to explore, Spring is shaping up to be another fat book. It continues to be very exciting to write, and I hope that translates to a thrilling read for you guys. I can’t nail down a specific release date at this point, but Something Like Spring should be ready to go this winter. As usual, you can be notified the moment it’s released by signing up for my newsletter. The quick and easy form is on the left and down a little. Love you guys! Peace out!

 
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End of summer Summer sale!

Happy Birthday, Something Like Summer!It’s Tim Wyman’s birthday! Almost! To celebrate, in the week leading up to the big day, Something Like Summer will be on sale for a mere ninty-nine cents. Ninty-nine cents!!! “But Jay,” you are probably saying. “Why put Summer on sale when Winter is Tim’s book?” Well, my sexy little friend, the idea is to get more people reading this series, and we all know that Summer is a gateway drug to the other seasons. This is the perfect time to get your more stingy and skeptical friends to read one of the greatest gay love stories ever told. Tell them about the impending movie! Tell them about the sex scenes! The angst! The love! The arrrrgh! Ideally, by the time Something Like Spring is here, there will be so many Ben and Tim fans that Amazon’s servers crash on the day of release. So please please please spread the word about this sale. I’m not really going to make any money off it, but I would love for new folks to discover this story.

And speaking of Something Like Spring, on Tim’s actual birthday, I’ll be posting a blog entry revealing who the new main character is. I’ll also tell you what to expect from the latest, and perhaps final, installment in the series. So please come back on August 24th, Tim’s birthday, to help celebrate the hottest fictional guy in the universe. At least I think he is. *blush* Oh, and if you haven’t heard, we’ve got Something Like Summer shirts available and a slew of art for any sad barren walls. Check it all out here!

And here are some handy links to the Summer eBooks on sale:

Amazon Kindle US – UKFR – IT – ES – DE

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iTunes (iPhone and iPad)

Epub, Mobi, Palm, eReader, PDF, and more at Smashwords

Get the audiobook for free:
If you’re not yet a member of Audible, you can get your first audiobook for free, and that includes Something Like Summer. Learn more here. Or buy from: Amazon, Audible, or iTunes

 
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