Duuuude! There were so many great answers to my plea for some wintertime optimism, and it came just in time, since nine million inches of snow fell today in Germany. (At least!) I’d like to pick you all as winners, but then I’d go broke. What I will do is give away two prizes instead of one.
Enri Galletti (#18), you made me look at snow as if it were a wonder I’d never seen… and that made me feel like I take it for granted. The power of guilt has earned you a free book!
Kim D. W. (#38), you reminded me of how desperate my sister and I were for snow days, how we prayed to heathen gods to turn the roads to ice so we wouldn’t have to go to school. Those happy memories made my Grinch heart grow two sizes larger. Free book!
Both of you, please send your info to Aunt Lynn at the following email address: freebooks [at] reviewsbyjessewave.com, including choice of ebook or paperback. If you want an ebook, let her know the format of choice. If you want a paperback, but sure to include your mailing address. The rest of you, feel free to pelt me with snowballs for not choosing you. That’ll learn me!
Jay Bell here, and I have a confession. I hate winter. The season is frigid, miserable, and soulless… just like my first boyfriend. Ha! But seriously, I never feel quite like myself in cold weather. A hot summer night can make me feel like I’m a teenager again, but freezing temperatures have me impersonating old man winter.
Life is what you make of it though, so I thought you guys could defrost this icy heart of mine and help me see the bright side of winter. There’s a prize to be had too! Leave a comment below, telling me something wonderful and optimistic about winter, and you can win a paperback or eBook copy of my newest book, Something Like Winter. With a title like that, you’d think it’s full of blizzards and snowmen, but lucky for me, it’s set in Texas. They don’t have proper winters down there, no matter what the natives might claim.
If you’re curious about the book, Jenre reviewed it here. This contest is open to everyone in the world. Even Texans!
Jay and Andreas Bell (Andreas is the handsome one)
“What can you tell us about the Lambda Literary Awards that most people don’t know?” Blinded by camera lights, sweat trickling down my face, I considered the question. This was my first time at the awards. Why would I have any insider information? Was there some secret to be discovered? Are the Lammys controlled by the Illuminati? In the end I rambled incoherently, the camera man appearing relieved when I finally finished. Then I walked into the crowd of authors and book lovers to discover the truth for myself.
The evening began with a cocktail reception—an hour of free drinks and mingling that I wish had gone on longer. Not just because of the booze, but because this part of the Lammys was most conductive to conversation. The actual awards ceremony required respectful silence, and the music pumping at the after party made comprehension impossible. Only the cocktail reception provided the right environment for getting chatty. Picture a room filled with men and women dressed to the nines, half of whom (myself included) wore a “Holy crap! Who are all these people?” expression. The other half conversed comfortably, as if they spent all their time at such events. The situation would have been intimidating if not for the extremely supportive genre I work in. Case in point, fellow finalist Eden Winters soon tracked me down.
Once upon a time, I was very nearly beaten up and potentially shot, simply because of who I am. This story isn’t just about the horrors of homophobia, but also the difference a single person can make—how one brave soul kept me safe and changed the way I view the world.
I was sixteen and still in high school when I first came out of the closet. This didn’t really affect how people treated me. I’d already been called a fag numerous times, usually by guys that caught me checking them out. Once everyone knew I was gay (instead of just suspecting it) the slurs came unprovoked. Occasionally this made me angry, but usually I shrugged it off. Kansas might not have the most cultured reputation, but for the most part, I faced relatively little homophobia. Until Zack came along. That’s not his real name of course, but it’s damn close.
Young adult! Many of us positively associate this genre with nostalgic tales of teenage angst, glittery vampires, and boy wizards. But hearing “young adult” can also send heads shaking. “Oh no! No thanks. Not for me!” I don’t understand what these readers are rejecting – probably because I’m not quite sure what “young adult” is supposed to mean. A more simplistic style? Adult bestsellers like Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist couldn’t feature simpler prose. Length isn’t it either, as J.K. Rowling has proven. So if size isn’t everything, and it’s not what you do with it, what shoves a book onto the YA shelf?
I know what you’re thinking: Young adult novels either feature young protagonists or are aimed toward a younger audience. But what qualifies as young? The United Nations says a young adult is someone between the ages of fifteen and twenty. The World Health Organization is much more generous, extending the range up to thirty-four. And in modern psychology, Erik Erikson cuts out the teen years altogether, claiming a young adult is someone from twenty to forty. So does that mean most of the M/M Romance we enjoy features young adult characters? Depends who is asked, apparently.
Hello everyone! Jay Bell here. To celebrate the unholy alliance between myself and the makers of Judas Kiss, we thought it would be cool to hook you guys up with some free stuff! In particular, an autographed paperback copy of Something Like Summer—and way more exciting—a copy of Judas Kiss on DVD, autographed by the director himself! All you have to do is leave a comment below, and we’ll have our trained team of rabid monkeys select a winner at random.
Title: Judas Kiss
Director: J.T. Tepnapa
Starring: Richard Harmon, Charlie David, Sean Paul Lockhart, Timo Descamps
Producers: Blue Seraph Productions, Border2Border Entertainment
Amazon Buy/Watch Link
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Length: 94 minutes
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A guest review by Jay Bell