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Something Like Thunder

Have you read them all?

Books by Jay Bell
Don't let your collection be incomplete! Check out this comprehensive list of Jay Bell's short stories and novels.

We’re headed to the cinema!

Something Like Summer movie
Ben and Tim on the big screen! Find the latest news about the Something Like Summer movie at the official site.

A seductive whisper…

Jay Bell audiobooks
Many of the Something Like... books are now available on audio. You can listen to free chapters right here!

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

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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Fifteen Years of Jay and Andreas

Published on March 1, 2015 by in Gay

Jay Bell Andreas Bell Fifteen Year Anniversary

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.

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Art Cards and Autographs!

Published on January 25, 2015 by in Art

Something Like Characters: Series One

Something Like Characters: Series One is now available. For those who are just tuning in, this is a set of six cards featuring brand new art of characters from the Something Like… series. This set consists of Ben, Tim, Jace, Marcello, and Jason. Samson and Chinchilla make appearances too! The back of each card includes a carefully selected quote from that character. The sixth card is special, showing off the cover art from the four Seasons series books. Not only that, but I’ll personalize and autograph the back of it. All of this comes in stylish packaging to keep your cards safe. Ten dollars is the price of admission, plus five bucks shipping no matter where you are in the world. The button to buy them is below. Thanks in advance to anyone considering buying these! If we sell enough, there very well might be a second series. If that happens, who would you like to see new art of? These illustrations are also available as T-shirts and more in our RedBubble store.

Something Like Characters: Series 1

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Something Like Fall FAQ

Something Like Fall FAQLately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Something Like Fall, so I thought it might be helpful to repost this FAQ here and update it with a few new answers. I’ve also been hearing from people who wish they could have contributed but missed out. Well it just so happens that movies are expensive to make. Even though the fundraising campaign did great, additional funds can of course be put to good use. So if you’re interested in buying any of the perks in the $25 range or up, you can contact J.T. via his email and he will help you out. As for me, Something Like Thunder has been kicking my ass, so if I haven’t responded to one of your messages yet, that is why. I’m still hoping to release Thunder in the first half of 2015. I’ll be back soon though, along with some exciting new art courtesy of my man!

Something Like Fall FAQ

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. What about your audio book listeners? You still love us, right?

A. For sure! Audio books are very expensive to produce, but I’ll try my best to get Fall on audio eventually. The audio version of Something Like Spring must come first, which just so happens to be in production right now!

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.

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