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Something Like Winter release date and FAQ

Something Like Winter sketchesSomething Like Winter will be released on November 2nd. That’s just one month from now! To help prepare you for the occasion, I’ve prepared this spoiler free guide to everything you should know about the book before it comes out. This should tackle most of the questions I get asked, as well as a few I made up.

Q: I can’t wait to learn about Ben and Tim’s future! That’s what the book is about, right?

A: No way! An entirely new story means new conflict, and I think Ben and Tim deserve better than that, don’t you? Instead I decided to write Tim’s story, and believe me, there’s a lot you don’t know about him. Tim goes through a tremendous amount in his years away from Ben. In addition, we also get completely new scenes of Ben and Tim’s history together, both when they were younger and as adults. By the time you finish with Something Like Winter, you’ll feel like you only knew half of the story before.

Q: … But I want to know what happens after Something Like Summer.

A: That’s not a question, but I will say this: There are some unresolved issues at the end of the first book, and I did feel comfortable in addressing those. So this book does go beyond where Something Like Summer ends, giving you a glimpse of the future, even if it’s only a small one.

Q: I guess that might be good, but aren’t you just selling us the same story?

A: Something Like Winter is a whopping 127,000 words. Of those words, only about 27,000 are scenes from the first book, and even they have been rewritten completely (aside from dialog) to provide fresh perspective. Take away all the rehashed scenes, and you’re still left with a book of 100,000 words of new material. Considering that Something Like Summer is 95,000 words, you’re actually getting much more with this book.

Q: I can’t wait to see [insert favorite scene here] from Tim’s perspective.

A: You might not get to. I want Something Like Summer to remain special, so many of those favorite parts will stay exclusive to that book. There are many scenes I couldn’t avoid revisiting, like the first time Ben and Tim meet, but aside from those I wanted to explore new territory. Did Ben ever tell Tim that he loves him? What was the first time at Ben’s house like for Tim? I hope that I’ve created new scenes that will become your favorites too, and that will compliment the first book rather than replicating it.

Those are the most common inquiries I could think of, but if you have more, feel free to ask them. Naturally I won’t answer anything specific about the plot, but if you have a general question about the release, ask away. I might even update this post with new info. Oh, and the art attached to this article is a snapshot of Andreas’s sketchbook. We’re in Paris on vacation right now, but he’s still working away, the poor guy. The above image is just one of many concepts for the cover, and not one that we’re using. What he has come up with will be revealed later this month. Be sure to check back soon!

*New!*Q. What about Tim’s past before meeting Ben? Any of that goodness in there?

A. Yup! What Tim went through in Kansas is crucial to understanding his character, so there is some of that, as well as life in Texas before Mr. I-Can’t-Rollerblade crashes into him. I don’t make you wait long before he and Ben finally meet though.

*New!*Q. What sexy formats will the book be available in? Can we preorder?

A. All the usual eBook formats: Kindle, Nook, iTunes, etc. iTunes will probably be out late, since they often manually review books, especially if there are naughty parts in them. You can always use Kindle for iTunes to grab the book right away, or get an iTunes compatible format from Smashwords. A paperback version will be available too, but since I’m an indie artist, there’s not a convenient way I can set up a preorder. This is a small price to pay for getting to keep my royalties and not starve to death. Of course if I went with a traditional publisher, I’d probably have a sexier waistline. Then again, life is short. Somebody get me a cookie!

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36 Responses

  1. Ayumi

    Let me be the first to express how excited I am about this!!!! I thought we were going to have to wait till 2013 but we’re getting an early Christmas present! Thank you Jay <3 I will be counting down the days till I can hold the book in my hands!

    • To be honest, I didn’t think I could get the book out this year either, but everything came together nicely. I guess it was meant to be. :)

  2. Case

    I am SO EXCITED! Two questions:

    Does the book show a lot of Tim’s life before Ben? Like at his old school with the pregnancy scare?

    Is the book cover going to be orange to play off SLS or a different colour?

    • The first cover is mostly orange with a touch of blue. The cover for Winter will be mostly blue with a touch of orange. That way they compliment each other. :) As for the other question, I’ll update the article soon with the answer.

  3. Fiona

    Looking forward to this! I am not particularly fond of Tim, so if you manage to convert me then you are indeed a master story teller!

  4. Adam

    Will we be able to pre-order the paper version? Assuming there will be a hard copy? Super excited Jay, thanks for not making us wait :0)

  5. Neil Dinh

    Thanks for the release date. I’m over excited now. Will it be available online through Nook or Kindle stores?

  6. Lena Grey

    Nov 2nd release? that’s the day after my birthday. cool! It sounds like you and Andreas have put an enormous of work into this book and, for that, I thank you ahead of time. Even though I’m sure it’s going to be a tumultus read, it will be worth every tear. Can’t wait!

  7. Eric King

    Is there a chance of it being released early like the last book?!?!?

    • It’s doubtful, since November 2nd is the earliest date that seemed manageable, and I still have some travelling to do in October. Sometimes books pop up on a site a day or two early though. That’s out of my control, but you never know!

  8. Paul

    Great, now I need to add “re-read Something Like Summer” to the list of things I need to do this month. And I am still working on things I was supposed to do last month. Ah well . . . who needs sleep. :-)

    • You don’t really have to read Something Like Summer again. I think this book stands on its own well, which is interesting because the books will never really have a proper reading order. Er, not that I’m trying to discourage you from reading SLS one more time! 😀

  9. Tara

    I am sooooo excited!!! Thank you!! SLS is one of my all time favorite books and i can’t wait to read more!!

  10. Scott Grassel

    Jay will i be able to preorder Something Like winter? I can’t seem to find it yet on Amazon or is there another website i can order from?

  11. Eric

    Congratulations on another milestone in your career. I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Will the cover be similar in style? Have you set the price yet? I wish you charge more this time!

    • Thanks, Eric! Andreas is trying to keep the new cover in a similar style to the old one, and from what I’ve seen so far, he’s doing a great job. As for the price, I haven’t decided yet. This is the longest book I’ve ever written, so it might be more, but not by much. :)

  12. Anke

    Hey, somehow this totally escaped my notice:) but today I finally caught up. So, can’t wait for the release of SLW and I’m with Eric – I really hope, you will charge more for this book! Let alone your writing:) but the formatting of your books is really, really well-done and it deserves a higher price.

    • Thanks, Anke. I always charge a low price because I want my books to be as accessible as possible, and I worry some people don’t have enough money. That having been said, I might go with 4.99 this time, which is still lower than most publishers in this genre charge. I suppose that’ll help me buy Andreas the castle he’s been wanting. 😉

  13. I think this is a terrific idea. When I read Something Like Summer, I was almost wishing the chapters alternated perspectives so we could find out even more about Tim. I loved Ben, but I was constantly trying to peel back Tim’s layers and figure out where the relationship was headed. That worked great for the book; kept things unpredictable and made Ben’s later reservations about him realistic. But I’m stoked for this chance to see things from Tim’s perspective. (Very interested to see how he perceives Ben, especially in the early days of their friendship before the romance blossomed.)

  14. […] Like Winter is due out on November 2nd. You can learn more about the book by reading the blog entry before this one. I’ll see you guys then!   « Something Like Winter release … […]

  15. Crissy M

    Jay…I CANNOT WAIT!!!! If you haven’t figured it out, I loved Something Like Summer…I really wanted some of Tim’s perspective. I’m super excited about this!!! :)

  16. JANET

    Jay i am so very excited to read your new book will be on sale Nov 2. Just got done reading KB and SLS. You are a very talented writer. Please dont ever stop!!

  17. Glenn


    Will Something Like Winter be available in Kindle Format on Nov 2? Right now Amazon is only showing a print version?

    Can’t wait!


  18. Alec Holloway

    I can’t wait for this! Will Something Like Winter be released on the UK iTunes on 2nd November, or just the US version for now?

  19. Hannah

    From now on, when people say mean stuff about gays, I am forcing them to read this. Starting with my best friend. One at a time.

    Secondly, you must be wise. All of the character’s wisdom comes from you. Hmm, does that make them like your kids?

    This is probably the realist romance I’ve ever read. The gay always seem to be über awesome. Maybe it’s cuz they face the world and still remain true to themselves.

    You have given me a lot to share with my schoolmates.

    • Ah, I don’t know how wise I am. When I write characters like Eric or whoever, it seems like their thoughts appear out of the ether. When it comes to my daily life, I definitely don’t feel so wise! 😀 As for the characters they feel more like my best friends than my kids. My books feel like my kids though. I get defensive and protective of them, and want them to have the best lives possible. The characters themselves feel like people I would love to hang out with. Too bad that’s not possible, eh? We could throw a big party and hang out with them.

      Thanks for all your nice compliments and comments, Hannah! I hope your friends and schoolmates enjoy the books too!

  20. Tim

    I’m a brand new fan. I just read both Something Like Summer and Something Like Winter. I LOVED them! Thank you so much! When I was coming out I read people like Edmund White and others whose stories (and beautiful language) I could relate to but whose characters I could not, at least not well. But Ben was who I always wanted to be, Tim was who I wanted to have. I’m also basically their age. I graduated from high school in 97…and I lived in Houston for a number of years. So I had no trouble relating to your characters! Thanks again!

    • Hey Tim!

      How strange to write to a real Tim about a fictional Tim. :) It’s nice to hear that you were able to relate to Ben and his fondness for young Mr. Wyman. And how funny to hear that you lived in the Houston area too. I was class of ‘95 and lived in The Woodlands from 6th grade until the end of sophomore year. I wonder if we ever crossed paths without know it? Stranger things have happened. Regardless, thank you so much for reading and for dropping me a line here. Best wishes!

  21. Steve French

    Hi Jay,in

    I just finished reading Something Like Summer. I have never written a review on a book in my life.

    I must tell you that no other book in all my sixty-six years has ever made me cry. The hurt that all the charaters went through was gut wrenching. And the love between Jace, Tim and Ben was so tender and loving it really touched my heart.

    I have already downloaded Something Like Winter. I can hardly wait to delve into reading it as well.

    I think you have a very special gift. Your ability to bring the reader into the story so engrossingly speaks volumns of your ability as a writer.

    I can hardly wait to read SLW as well.

    I have been reading SLS while on my tread mill and I walked much farther than I had excpected so drawn.

    Thank you soooo much.


    • Hi Steve!

      Sometimes I get messages from older guys and they lecture me about what “real” love is like, while being very dismissive of young love. Well from now on, you’ve got my back, okay? 😀 Personally, inside I still feel as young and hopelessly immature as my teenage self. Or at least those memories remain very close to my heart. That you can still relate at your deliciously mature age shows that we never have to release these feeling and grow up completely. I’m very honored that Ben, Tim, and Jace’s story have moved you in such a way. I hope you find Something Like Winter brings back more happy memories while also revealing how awesome I think older guys can be! Big hugs from Germany!

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