Facebook Twitter YouTube E-mail RSS
magnify

Something Like Characters – Marcello Maltese

It’s almost Friday night! Who better to usher in the weekend than a man who hasn’t stopped partying in fifty years? Or more. I’m pleased to present the delightfully decadent Marcello Maltese, who for me has become one of my favorite characters to write. Marcello’s first appearance is in Summer, but he is isn’t even named. In Winter he’s there to help Tim pick up the pieces after Eric is gone. We meet him again in Spring when he shows up in Jason’s bedroom one day, and of course he goes head to head with Kelly in Something Like Lightning. Considering that Nathaniel works for him, I’d wager we haven’t seen the last of Marcello either. I never intended for him to become a reoccurring character. He just always seems to pop up when you least expect him.

Marcello MalteseHis appearance in the art card series is no exception. Andreas and I chuckled at the thought of including him amongst all these pretty men, but we weren’t laughing for long. Soon we were taken by the idea because Marcello is gorgeous in his own way. He doesn’t try to appear younger, or thinner, or as anything but the unscrupulous bachelor that he is. Confidence is sexy, as is success and a sense of humor. Marcello has all of that and more, so it’s no wonder that this is Andreas’s favorite in the series. Jace is still my number one since he needed art so badly, but Marcello definitely takes my number two position. Honestly though, it’s hard to choose a favorite. There’s still one more character to go, which means another chance for you to win. Tomorrow’s reveal is obvious. A little too obvious perhaps, so I’m throwing you a curve ball. The illustration technically features TWO characters. Be the first to name them both in the comments below and you’ll win a set of art cards. One guess per person please!

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
20 Comments  comments 

Something Like Characters – Jace Holden

#TeamJace

Please note that you can drag the image around when it’s enlarged, which might help with visibility.

Who’s that handsome flight attendant looking dapper in his suit? Why it’s Jace Holden, astronaut of the stratosphere and lover of cats! When Andreas and I started discussing characters who needed better representation, Jace was at the top of the list. Namely because the cover art for Something Like Autumn breaks with tradition. The other covers in the Seasons series have the main character gazing longingly at the object of their affection on the front, and on the back, the main character depicted in profile. For whatever reason, Victor got the star treatment for Autumn, which I still don’t regret. Autumn is easily my favorite cover out of the four, even if poor Jace got the short end of the stick.

Safety CardNow Andreas has heroically restored balance to the word, because here he is—the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet. And his cat! I adore that Samson is included in this image, even if he’s inexplicably helping Jace with a safety demonstration. I love how playful that is. If you look closely, you’ll see all sorts of fun references to the books on the safety card Jace is holding. In the red sections, dogs aren’t allowed (sorry Chinchilla) and neither are rollerblades, since that’s how Ben and Tim first met. In the green zones, we see that ice skates are allowed (Ben and Jace’s first date), and that fortune cookies and cats are welcome. Then things become very Da Vinci Code and we see Jace pointing to the Eifel Tower. I wonder why? Paris just happens to be where he proposed to Ben. I bet that has something to do with it.

As much as I like the background Andreas created for these (which looks really cool on a T-shirt), this is another example where I prefer the white background of the upcoming art cards. There’s something a little more classy about them, which is well suited to Jace looking so suave in his uniform. So basically if you love Jace, you’re going to want these art cards. It just so happens that I’m giving away another set. Be the first to name who I’ll be revealing tomorrow in the comments below and you’ll win. That means on www.jaybellbooks.com, not Goodreads or other places which simply mirror my blog feed. One guess per person please.

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
27 Comments  comments 

Something Like Characters – Jason Grant

Jason GrantWell look who it is… Jason Grant, the homewrecker in search of a home. I’ve been missing him lately. I really admire the way Jason loves so passionately, how his affections burn so intensely. Some of my characters struggle with who they love, and if it would be morally right to pursue that person. Jason simply dives right in. I don’t think he can help it. And then there is his rather sad back story, which personally made me very eager for him to get a happy ending. And did he? He certainly ended up in a nice place, but I’ve been wondering what happens to him past Spring. We only see glimpses of Jason in Lightning and Thunder, which is frustrating. Hopefully he’ll wander back into my life again soon. I’d like to hang out with him again.

For now, we have more awesome art from Andreas. I absolutely love how he captured Jason’s soulful nature. He’s strumming that old guitar of his, maybe thinking of William and wishing they could be together. Or perhaps Ben is off to one side, singing along to Jason’s music. Come to think of it, we do have Ben singing on the cover of Winter, and Tim on the back dreaming that he can play the piano. Maybe we should start a band! We could use another member though. With that in mind, it’s time to guess who will be revealed tomorrow. To make it a little trickier, this time I need a first and last name. The first person to guess correctly in the comments below wins a set of art cards, which includes my autograph. One guess per person please. Hurry up now! Time’s a wastin’!

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
15 Comments  comments 

Something Like Characters – Benjamin Bentley

#TeamBenFrom the time I wrote my very first book, I dreamed of being able to create drawings of the characters. Words can only hint at a person’s appearance. Images get a lot closer. It’s always exciting for me when Andreas works on my covers, since it helps gives the characters form. Sadly, many characters never make it on the covers or aren’t prominently displayed there. With that in mind. I commissioned Andreas to create a new series of images depicting five different characters from the Something Like… saga. The results are pretty damn neat. Every day for the remainder of the week, I’ll be revealing one here on my blog… starting right now!

Benjamin BentleyThe idea for this series came from the awesome Benjamin Bentley illustration above. Andreas created this to help promote Something Like Fall, so we’re counting him as the first in the series. Originally I had asked Andreas to touch up the image of Ben from the back of the Summer cover—perhaps put some leaves in his hair or something silly like that. Instead, he redrew the image from scratch. The posture is mostly the same as the one from the cover, seen to the left, which makes a nice tribute. What I especially like about this illustration is the subtle hint of warm light on the face, like Ben is staring off into a summer sunset. The image looks pretty snappy on a T-shirt and will be available as such on Sunday. For the shirts, Andreas and I thought it would be fun to go with a team theme. There’s been plenty of playful declarations from people who are Team Jace or Team Tim, but why not Ben? I’m totally Team Ben. Why else would I have given him two of the greatest guys imaginable?

Art Card of BenShirts are fun, but what I’m really excited about is a nifty set of art cards that will be available soon. Technically they are post cards, but I’m calling them art cards because I can’t imagine you guys mailing these to anyone. The characters are on a neutral background which really makes them pop, and the flip side features a carefully chosen quote from the related book. In addition to the five character cards, there’s a special sixth card which I’ll be signing. Like the new T-shirts, these will go on sale on Sunday. You can win a set of all six cards right now though. All you have to do is guess which character I’ll be revealing tomorrow. Leave your answer in the comments below to qualify. One guess (one character name) per person please. I’ll reply to the winner when they guess correctly, but if you weren’t fast enough, we’ll be playing the same game every day this week. See you tomorrow!

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
21 Comments  comments 

Happy Holidays from Jace and Samson

Happy Holidays from Jace and SamsonWhatever you celebrate this season, and even if you don’t, I hope the end of your year is filled with happy memories and good company. Thanks so much for continuing to read about and care for the characters in my stories. I love you guys!

Many greetings from Jace and Samson too! They’re quite busy at the moment. As you might guess from Jace’s rosy cheeks, he’s agreed to be the flight attendant on Santa’s sleigh. Samson decided to tag along, just to make sure everyone pays close attention to the safety announcements. I hope you like the new art! Andreas had fun creating the drawing of Ben recently, so I coyly pointed out how we failed to feature Jace on any of the book covers. Sure he’s in the background of Autumn, but just barely. I’ll share the non-holiday version of this art with you guys next year. There might be more Something Like… characters showing up in this format too! It just depends on if I can charm Andreas into making more. But for now, I suppose even he deserves a break. You guys take some time out too. Kick back, take a few deep breaths, and drink something warm and steamy… Rest up, because 2015 is going to be an exciting year!

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
2 Comments  comments 

Crowdfunding success! Thank you!

Something Like Summer movie castAfter a whirlwind of activity that I’m still reeling from, the Indiegogo campaign for the Something Like Summer movie finally came to a close. How did we do? With your help, $77,330 was raised, about a third of that in the last twenty four hours. The outpouring of support impressed a private investor so much that after the campaign, they contributed another $30,000, bringing the total higher than the $100,000 budget the producers hoped to raise. So we did it! Thank you guys so much! I really appreciate your patience during this process, all the enthusiasm, and of course the work each of you put into helping us realize this goal. This movie couldn’t have happened without your help, so I hope you’re all feeling warm and contended right now. I’m proud of you guys!

Much of this money will go toward producing the soundtrack for the movie. For me, one of the highlights of the livestream broadcast was being able to hear Austin McKenzie speak about his upcoming role as Benjamin Bentley. What a charming guy! He also sang for us. Totally on the spot, without any sort of background music, Austin sang… and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. It also reconfirmed in my mind the importance of bringing this story to screen, so that moments like when Ben first sings to Tim can truly come to life. I also hope you got a chance to hear how passionate all the people involved in making the film are. This story is in safe hands! Filming is due to start next year in Portland, Oregon with a final cut of the film ready by the end of 2015. There will be a lot of exciting news along the way, so please stay tuned, and be sure to visit the movie site at www.somethinglikesummer.com frequently. Up next? Something Like Thunder, followed of course by Something Like Fall. And some new art from Andreas! Stay tuned!

 
 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn
19 Comments  comments 
QR Code Business Card