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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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49 Responses

  1. Sally Vardon

    Oh it’s getting exciting. I can’t wait for the release of Something like Spring. The cover looks amazing.

  2. JO

    is dancing around the living room xxxx

  3. Tina

    YAY! Great news, I can’t wait.

  4. Steven Gill

    YAY you won!!!!!!!!! You are so amazing and clearly have awesome readers to vote for Something Like Autumn.

    I CAN’T WAIT for Something Like Spring!!!!! The cover looks amazing and what I could read from the back it sounds even better than it looks!! I am so excited January 30th is marked on all my calenders with happy faces and exclamations points haha! I am exited yay Jay Bell

  5. Jay Ross

    Looking forward to your new book.

  6. Eric

    Is that Tim’s Bentley on the cover???? LOL I can’t wait to read your new book.

    • When you say Tim’s Bentley, do you mean the person or the car? ;) But yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s Tim’s car on the cover. I’m not sure. I know even less about cars than Ben does!

  7. Paul

    Congratulations on well earned recognition!

    Glad to know I will have a good read the first few days of February. Thanks.

    And not to put any undue pressure on you, but now that you are running out of seasons, I am curious as to whether you have any plans for more in the Loka Legends series.

    • Someday I’d love to write a third and final Loka Legends book. I don’t think it’ll be the next release though. Regardless, I love you for wanting more Kio and Dylan!

  8. Andrew

    Can it be January 30th right now? =)

    I’m really excited to delve into Tim and Ben’s relationship again, with a new character too. I know I’m going to love this book as I had the other ‘Something like…’ books.

    Happy New Year to you and your husband. The cover he made for you is beautiful. The color reminds me of spring.(that can’t come soon enough for me either!)

    Take care and peace.
    Aj

    • Noooo! It can’t be January 30th now because I still have so much to do! I’m starting to wish it was still December 30th. Don’t worry though. Spring will be all polished and pretty for you in just a couple more weeks. Hopefully it will tide you over until the actual season arrives. :) Thanks for the words of praise for Andreas’s cover! I’ll be sure to relay them to him.

  9. Nita

    YAY! Gives me a good excuse to start reading the other three again while I wait patiently for the 30th!

  10. […] powered by [readers'] votes, which makes them tremendously special to me,” Bell wrote in his blog post announcing the awards. “Thank you guys so much for being generous, awesome, and kind. I love you, […]

  11. I have been waiting for this news for a while. It’s over the top brilliant that it’s right around the bend! While I love the series, I have to say Jace’s tale was the most poignant and gratifying. Can’t wait to see what’s in store… congrats on moving forward.

    The movie site for Summer looks awesome. Great work there.

    Cheers!

    • Thanks, William! I can’t take any credit for how the movie web site looks, but I’m happy with it too. As for Autumn being the most gratifying, I’m not sure if Spring will be able to complete, but it’s definitely not going down without a fight!

  12. Steven

    Congrats on the wins! Autumn was probably my favourite book in the seasons series (they’re all 10/10 though) :P

    Can not wait for Spring! I just know it’s going to be as amazing as the others. And the artwork is also fantastic. Eeeeeeeek can’t contain my excitement!

    • Thanks, Steven! I’m glad you’re digging the art. For me, one of the most fun stages of publishing a book is getting to see what Andreas comes up with. This cover in particular, since I didn’t have any ideas for him to play off of. I think he did great, but then, I am sort of in love with the guy. ;)

  13. […] thought it would be nice to give something back,” Bell posted on his blog. “Spring was supposed to come out mid-February, but after some number crunching and some […]

  14. Bryan

    Yay! From where I live (time zone adjusted) it’s a holiday during the release. Which makes me even happier!

    Thank you for the advance notice and we’ll be sure to finish the book once it comes out. Looking forward to Spring on the 30th!

    • Oh, nice! Maybe the holiday will result in a huge onslaught of sales, meaning I can finally buy that solid gold tuxedo I’ve been dreaming of. Or maybe not. Regardless, I hope you enjoy the new story!

  15. Ben pizer

    Normally I like to try and maintain my masculine composure but after reading this and screaming like a girl I suppose I can’t really do that ;) honestly can’t wait for this to come out will it be just the ebook version or the book aswell?

  16. Chuck

    Can I get it from Amazon.com as soon as it is released on Jan.30?

    • Absolutely! I’ll even try getting it released there a day or two early, so it can be delivered to you by the release date. I can’t promise that will happen, but I’ll try.

  17. Artirtico

    11 days to go! Aaaaah I’m so looking forward to it, so exciting :D *breathe*

    Many thanks for bringing the release further forward than was originally expected, less wait is very welcome indeed! Especially on now getting to read the blurb; very intriguing, can’t wait to get stuck in.

    Loving the cover once again – I’m sure it will look particularly spectacular when lined up with the other 3, the collection complete!
    Is there any chance that you may release the 4 books as a single set/bundle somewhen?

    Argh, work on Thursday (30th) is gonna be horrible, but spending the evening in, following on from it should certainly make up for it. I had also promised myself that I was going to read Game of Thrones & the others in that series before moving on to anything else… yeah, like that’s going to happen now xD

    Eeeee, can’t wait :D Haha, cheers!

    • I’ve looked into having a box set made, and sadly, there aren’t any feasible options for a self-published guy like myself. I’ll spare you the boring details, but it would be a logistical nightmare. I am toying with the idea of releasing a hardback copy of each book in a very limited edition. If I decide to do that, you’ll hear about it on this site! And in the newsletter. :)

      • Artirtico

        Fair enough; I know that getting the books out there in the first place can be a tough enough thing to do, let alone trying to incorporate boxes and whatnot as well.
        Ooo, a special edition hardback could indeed be very cool – at current I have the books in e-book format, though very much intend to get myself the physical copies somewhen too. Even more so now after having held them last year haha, and what with all 4 (very soon) being available – so subscribe I shall! I can assure you that I’ll not need a reminder of when ‘Spring’ is released haha, but that should be great in regards to keeping track of future releases/news etc :)

        Congrats on the wins in the Goodreads awards by the way! (I’d intended to say this in the previous post, but apparently must’ve gotten too excited about Spring and forgot…). Entirely deserved, every one of them. ‘Autumn’ was my favourite book of 2013, not just of M/M or romance, but of anything, thus am so glad it was so well recognised :D

        6 DAYS TO GOOOOOOOOO….

  18. Trevor

    Hi Jay,

    Will Something Like Spring be available on e-readers on Jan 30th?

    • Yup! There are some preorder links in the second paragraph of this blog post. There isn’t one for Kindle yet, but it’ll be up on that day too.

  19. Chuck

    You really made it! Three days earlier than the original release date! I have bought Something like Spring from Amazon.com. That was very great! Can’t wait to read it!

    • I snuck the paperback out early, since people will lose time having it shipped to them. How’d you notice so fast? You very well may be the first person to buy it!

      • Chuck

        lol, I probably the first to buy, yet not the first to read, for I currently do not live in USA. It will take 3 weeks to get it, however, I’m quite excited to pay for it.
        Congratulations on your book coming out!

  20. Nita

    YAY! Thanks for getting it Something Like Spring on Amazon early.Just purchased it and should get it Thursday.

  21. Phyllis Shear

    Spring is already on its way to my house!!! Very exciting!!! Thanks for getting Spring out early.

  22. c.

    Im SO EXCITED! <3 Thank you so much for writing these books, they have made me laugh, cry, feel every single emotion one could possibly feel.

    Will this be the final book for this cast of characters? I love them so much, but I understand if it is :)

    • That’s great to hear! I sure am emotional when writing them, so I’m glad you feel that way when reading. And yeah, this is the last Seasons book. :(

  23. Tiffany

    I’m so excited, I’m planning on (TRYING) to buy it on Amazon (if I can!) tomorrow at 9 p.m. PST – hopefully, it will be released at midnight Eastern! I am BEYOND ready for this!!!!! Thank you for finishing early!!!!!

  24. Matt

    THE KINDLE VERSION IS ONLINE. GOODBYE WORLD FOR THE NEXT 5 OR SO HOURS.

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