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Jay Bell

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Jay Bell led a quiet life in Kansas until the day he met a handsome foreign exchange student who swept him off his feet and carried him all the way to Germany. Much to their delight, marriage awaited them when they got there. While living so distant from friends and family, Jay began writing in an effort to reconcile the mixture of devotion and alienation he felt. This resulted in a Lambda Literary Award and a film option for his best-selling novel Something Like Summer. Jay and his family have since relocated to Chicago where their adventures continue, as do those of the characters in their emotionally driven Something Like… series. Jay pens the stories and his husband provides the cover art, making them books about love, forged by love.

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Jay Bell I don't know. Maybe because Andreas isn't home. So, what are you wearing right now? …moreI don't know. Maybe because Andreas isn't home. So, what are you wearing right now? (less)
Jay Bell We need to create some sort of character guide or family tree, don’t we? According to my notes, the birthdays of the protagonists are:

Benjamin Bentley…more
We need to create some sort of character guide or family tree, don’t we? According to my notes, the birthdays of the protagonists are:

Benjamin Bentley (Born: October 27th 1979)
Tim Wyman (Born: August 23rd 1979)
Jace Holden (Born: April 2nd, 1973)
Jason Grant (Born: March 18th, 1990)
Kelly Phillips (Born: November 22nd, 1991)
Nathaniel Courtney (Born: May 1986)

Looks like I didn’t give Nathaniel a specific day yet. Or maybe he just hasn’t informed me. Sort of like Marcello, who will only tell me that he’s about to turn fifty. ;)
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Kickstarter for more Something Like Summer comics!



Please take a moment to enjoy the beautiful cover art above that Cassy Fallon worked so hard on. Then rejoice, because we’re ready to print another Something Like Summer graphic novel! Volume Two: Autumn will collect over 100 pages of comics, telling the story of how Ben met Jace before delving into the past so we can meet a philosophical young man by the name of Victor. There are so many surprise

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Jay Bell Hey guys! Today is the last day to get Something Like fall through the The Indiegogo campaign, which ends tonight at midnight PST. Anyone who contributes, no matter the amount, will receive the exclusive new story!

Behind on the movie news? Check out the following!

Benjamin Bentley is an out and proud teenager, who we see grow up over the course of twelve years, during which he meets two very special guys. Ben will be played by Austin McKenzie, who you can learn all about in this video.

Tim Wyman meets Ben when they are teenagers, but he struggles with who he is. Their lives will intertwine over the years as he too evolves as a person. He’ll be played by Davi Santos, who you can see in action in this video.

Patient, kind, world-wise, and charming, Jace Holden is the perfect guy, and for once, looks aren’t deceiving! He is Ben’s guiding light when they meet as adults. Fall head over heels with Ben Baur, who will be playing Jace, in this video here.

Allison Cross is Ben’s best friend, his rock even when the the seas aren’t stormy. She’ll be played by Ajiona Alexus, who is a talented singer, since music will feature in the movie. You can hear her wonderful voice in this video.

And finally, the plot of the movie summed up in five seconds. ;)



message 31: by Amanda

Amanda Jones Thanks for the friendship!!


message 30: by Natasha

Natasha Jay wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Natasha! I hope you have fun with Hell's Pawn when you read it. You've got a copy, right?"

Why yes I do, thanks! I asked for it when our blog put in the request. :)


message 29: by Jay

Jay Bell Anna D. wrote: "Hallellujah!! An angel here at GR just told me that [spoilers removed] Phew!!!Thank you! It eases the pain quite a bit.

Your angel is almost correct, although it's not Purgatory. He's in a much better place than that! :)


message 28: by Anna D.

Anna D. Hallellujah!! An angel here at GR just told me that (view spoiler) Phew!!!Thank you! It eases the pain quite a bit.

Btw, I'm really not crazy. I'm truly a normal person - though I tend to care about some of the characters I "meet" in my books.


message 27: by Jay

Jay Bell Anna D. wrote: "Thanks for being my GR friend!!

Just FYI, Your Seasons series is DESTROYING ME!!! I can't tell you how much and how long I cried over Jace in SLS and as I'm reading SLA now..I cry [spoilers remov..."


I'm happy you're enjoying the books, Anna, although I feel a little guilty that they are destroying you. I'll send you some Band-Aids in the mail. They should hold you together enough to get through Autumn! ;)


message 26: by Anna D. (last edited Dec 02, 2013 09:10PM)

Anna D. Thanks for being my GR friend!!

Just FYI, Your Seasons series is DESTROYING ME!!! I can't tell you how much and how long I cried over Jace in SLS and as I'm reading SLA now..I cry (view spoiler) in anticipation of the ending even if the page I'm reading isn't even remotely sad!


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Jay Bell Salsera1974 wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request!"

My pleasure! :)


Salsera1974 Thanks for accepting my friend request!


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Jay Bell Ab2y wrote: "Thank you for accepting my request :) love your books ."

Aw, thanks! That's so flattering! :)


message 22: by Bror

Bror Thank you for accepting my request :) love your books .


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Jay Bell Azure wrote: "Thanks for adding me Jay... *Hugs* ^_^"

Hugs right back! :)


message 20: by Azure

Azure Thanks for adding me Jay... *Hugs* ^_^


message 19: by Jake

Jake Jay wrote: "Jake wrote: "Thanks for adding me and officially letting me stalk you =D"

My pleasure! Be sure to bring stilts if you stalk me in person. I live on the 4th floor of my building. ;)"


I'll be sure to make a trip to Germany, purchase some tall stilts and do just that ;P Although would you mind moving down to maybe the 3rd or 2nd floor? I feel the fourth is a tad taller even for stilts haha


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Jay Bell Jake wrote: "Thanks for adding me and officially letting me stalk you =D"

My pleasure! Be sure to bring stilts if you stalk me in person. I live on the 4th floor of my building. ;)


message 17: by Jake

Jake Thanks for adding me and officially letting me stalk you =D


message 16: by Anke

Anke Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day with lots of presents and cake :)


message 15: by Brian

Brian Jay,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing Something Like Summer and Something Like Winter! These truly are two of the most amazing books in gay fiction, and I can't wait for the third installment in the "Seasons" series. Keep up the excellent work!


message 14: by Jayhjay

Jayhjay Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to talking to you more! Jay


message 13: by Barry

Barry Brennessel Hi Jay! It was awesome meeting you, too! Hope to see you again soon. And let's plan to sit together again at next year's Lambdas. If we don't sweep, we can vacuum. haha


message 12: by Jay

Jay Jay thanks for accepting my friend request. Isn't she a cutie... Hugs Jay.


message 11: by Darkm

Darkm Thanks for accepting the friend request :)


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Piper Vaughn Thanks for accepting the friend request!


message 9: by Stacy

Stacy Eaton Jay - Thank you for the friendship!


Betryal Thanks for the accept.


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Jay Bell Charles wrote: "Thanks for the friending, Jay :-)

I'm pleased to find your books on iTunes. I got 'em all last night!"


Thanks, Charles! That's very kind of you. Do you read them on your iPad or iPhone? I haven't had an opportunity to read on either of those devices yet.


Charles Thanks for the friending, Jay :-)

I'm pleased to find your books on iTunes. I got 'em all last night!


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Jay Bell Andrew wrote: "Hi Jay,

Thanks for the invite/accepting. :)"


My pleasure. It's good to meet you!


Andrew Ashling Hi Jay,

Thanks for the invite/accepting. :)


Leaundra Okay, I've been to Stuttgart. Yeah we're about 30 mins from Nurnberg. Nice to meet you also...


message 2: by Jay

Jay Bell I'm in Esslingen myself, which isn't too far away from Stuttgart. I've never been to Bamberg, but I've visited Nürnberg a few times. Nice to meet you! =)


Leaundra Jay, thanks for the add. Where are you at in Germany? I'm in Bamberg. It really is a beautiful country. Good luck with your book. Thanks again...Leaundra


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