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Review: Something Like Memories – Jay Bell

Something Like MemoriesDate of Publication: June 26, 2016
Genre and Theme: LGBT, Romance, Contemporary
Cover Artist: Andreas Bell

This is not a review per se but more of a ‘thank you’ post to Jay Bell’s generosity for us fans of the “Something Like” series. It’s another Timmy and Ben shorty you guys, and it’s FREE! Generous yeah? I’m a big Tim Wyman fanboy so everything about my book boyfriend, I will eat like a 2.50 peso kwek-kwek in the streets of Quezon City!

So this short story is about their upcoming anniversary – a highly debated topic between them because they cannot seem to agree with the date! I know right??! But guys, this is a big deal because it’s Tim and Ben ya’ll. These two are the royalty / power couple of the Something Like Universe.

Okay, so how do I find it? Well, I freaking loved it! Well, anything with Timmy is a sure hit for me so there’s that. There’s also the “Orlando shooting” incorporated into the story which resonated deeply with the couple since they’ve also been a victim of gun violence once in their lives. My heart will continually bleed for the 49 darling angels who’ve lost their lives because of the hatred of a soulless lunatic. Truly heartbreaking!

This freebie is yet again a wonderful gift from Jay and I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. Best wishes to you and Andreas – may you always be happy and continue on being an inspiration for us single gay guys who are looking for that one true love that we may hope to find someday.

Happy Pride! Salamat!

You can download you free copy of Something Like Memories HERE

About The Author
Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.

Book Review: Something Like Fall – Jay Bell

Something Like FallBefore anything else, I would like to thank Jay for giving us this novella, which by the way totally made my day! I have been waiting for this since he announced it after the Indiegogo Marathon for Something Like Summer the Movie*** and now it’s finally here! I terribly missed Ben and Tim and reading this made me feel a bit nostalgic again, the same way I feel after reading the first book. Of course, I am also happy because to read about Jason and Jace. Then there are some of the characters from the first four books! What a journey really it has been!

Told from Ben’s perspective, I find the three continuous short stories pretty-much Jace-centric. Nothing wrong with that though, I just have to roll my eyes a few times at Greg’s antics (of course, we all know that he has become something like a bff with Tim eventually but still). I loved seeing Tim again obviously and rekindling the moment when he and Ben “rekindled” their romance.

I almost forgot that Ben could be so funny!

“I am only human,” he blurted out, “although I regret it.”

Laugh out loud moment indeed. He’s just so adorbs!

“Chinchilla had failed in her duty as guard dog.”

I’ll pay to be inside Ben’s brain 24/7.LOL

I won’t spoil the story with any other lines (since they basically transpired over the course of the first four books) but fans alike are going to love this one. What a truly lovely novella! Again, thank you Jay Bell for this wonderful gift.

I am looking forward to watching Something Like Summer the Movie real soon!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

***Something Like Fall is a special story created in thanks for those who supported the Something Like Summer movie fundraising efforts. It sees the return of Benjamin Bentley and reveals events new and old from his perspective. Something Like Fall will be available at a later date for those who were unable to contribute to the movie. Details forthcoming.

About The Author
Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.

Something Like Summer The Movie News: Grant Davis is the new Ben Bentley!

via Grant's official Facebook page.

via Grant’s official Facebook page.

Ya’ll fans of Something Like Summer probably have heard already about Austin McKenzie’s departure from the film and after holding casting for the new Ben which started last June 18 in Los Angeles and New York – the team finally found us our new Ben Bentley by the name of Grant Davis – Whoot! Hoot! #StalkingModeActivated err nah – just kidding

Anyhow, it was just announced today which is technically one in the morning from where I am so I’m just jumping up and down right now about this wonderful news albeit being all so groggy from waking up!!!!

So who is Grant Davis? [since I’m a sloppy researcher *coughs* stalker* coughs*] let me just post something from his official Youtube Page.

“Hi, I am a 16 [I think he’s 18 now based on one of his youtube vids – someone ought to update the channel asap] year old singer, actor, and overall performer, who more than anything wants to entertain others…Welcome to my world.'”

Grant Davis combines classic pop and adult contemporary genres with a jazzy edge surely to ignite lovers of Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Chris Botti.

From the sparse opening piano intro of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” to the socially conscious themes of, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Blackbird,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Grant Davis is the very definition of precocious.

With the recording of his first full length album produced by Guy Eckstine (Chris Botti, Vanessa Williams, Herbie Hancock), Grant Davis takes a very large step in the direction of Hollywood and Broadway, with the lights shining brightly on his future. Grant’s self-penned, “Perfect Symphony” best sums it all up for the young performer, “there’s a song inside of me, it’s about to set me free…”

Okay, so here’s my honest take about Grant – I think I remember myself totally fangirling when the team did the Indigogo fundraising marathon back when Austin was still Ben. I mean I loved Austin and his amazing voice but damn – Grant’s voice is just – ohmyfuckingawdgood – like totally!!!

(he did Don Henley’s Desperado – OMG O_o One of my favorite songs and he KILLED it – like damn he just did)

I’m *speechless* by his awesomeness and I find him way cuter in a more suited Ben Bentley kind of way.  Just who did the whole casting for this young guy? Well, people let me Congratulate you all for this one!!! You did it and we fans of Something Like Summer are excited to see more of Grant, Davi, Ben and the rest of the cast making this wonderful novel into an equally wonderful movie!!!!

I think I said enough for now but if you guys want to start stalking  check out Grant’s social media accounts, I provided all the links below! 🙂

Twitter IG Icon Fb Icon https://plus.google.com/100453118412536472578 click the icons for links.

Something Like Summer The Movie: Introducing Davi Santos As Tim Wyman!

Davi Santos

Yassss!!! I’m so stoked to finally know the actor who will be playing one of my favorite book characters of all time. The movie adaptation of Jay Bell’s bestselling young adult romance novel Something Like Summer has revealed its last main cast which already includes Austin McKenzie (L.A.’s sold-out Spring Awakening) as Ben, Ben Baur (Logo TV’s Hunting Season) as Jace, Ajiona Alexus (TVOne’s The Rickey Smiley Show) as Allison and just last night – Davi Santos as TIM WYMAN!!! It’s was a great cast overall and I couldn’t wait to actually see the chemistry between Davi and Austin.

Austin McKenzie, Davi Santos, Ben Baur, Ajiona Alexus

Austin McKenzie, Davi Santos, Ben Baur, Ajiona Alexus

For all of you guys who haven’t read or at least heard about Something Like Summer – it tells the story of the relationship of Ben Bentley (Austin McKenzie) and Tim Wyman (Davi Santos) over the course of a dozen years, starting when they get together in high school, go their separate ways, then try for a second chance, only to face the worst kind of failure.

The novel won widespread praise from readers on Amazon.com (4.6 stars out of 5), Apple’s iBookstore (4.5 stars) and Goodreads (4.2 stars). 

Something Like Summer

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Written with sincere honesty and relatable characters, you’d surely enjoy this book and take the journey with Ben and Tim.

Now on to the film adaptation again,  you can help bring Jay Bell’s acclaimed young adult novel & Davi to the screen as Tim Wyman by contributing to the $100K Indiegogo campaign before it concludes this coming Sunday. Please share with all your friends http://igg.me/at/likesummer  

imagery and youtube pitch c/o jaybellbooks.com / indiegogo.com

Book Review: Something Like Summer – Jay Bell

Published January 5th 2011 by Smashwords (first published January 1st 2010)

via goodreads

via goodreads

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I loved all of its characters and its storyline. It started in 1996 as told by Benjamin Bentley, a gay high school student and his young love with the rich, “still in-denial” Tim Wyman.

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies. (source)

The whole high school setting was really well-written. There wasn’t much conflicts in that aspect aside from the ones coming from our main characters themselves (Ben and Tim).

Overtime (in a span of 12 years, ) Ben and Tim broke up, found someone else, they meet again and someone actually got married!

I don’t know why but all throughout this book, my heart’s breaking for Tim’s character. His character was mostly sad, scared and vulnerable mainly because he’s an unwanted child to begin with despite his wealthy family. He practically raised himself. I totally understand why Ben felt the need to protect him.

The whole vibe of the latter part of the book gave me that odd sense of de javu as if I’m watching the movie P.S. I Love You all over again. I just wished though that the ending was a bit longer. I felt that it was rushed (though it works well) because I’m like WTF? So they’re not getting back together???! I’m on the last few pages!!! OMMMMGGGG!!!!!! I’m literally on panic mode!

Written with sincere honesty and relatable characters, you’re sure to enjoy this book and take the journey with Ben and Tim.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

(Now this was the first book of what the author called “Season” / “Something Like…” series. The second book called Something Like Winter was written in Tim’s perspective and his own life journey. I’ve to see if I’d have the heart to read it since I’m still heartbroken for some reason – mainly for Tim – which is odd. Yeah, I guess I’m Team Tim )

And right now, I’m feeling totally giddy after finding out that Something Like Summer will have its own movie adaptation! OMG!!! #hyperventilating #jumping #screaming #crying #dying #Icant