Today I am so pleased to welcome Jay Bell to Joyfully Jay. Jay has come to talk to us about his latest release, Straight Boy. He has also brought along ten audio copies to give away! Please join me in giving Jay a big welcome!


Hey everyone! Jay Bell here. I’m very excited that my angsty “he loves me/he loves me not” novel, Straight Boy, is now available as an audiobook, narrated by the amazing Kirt Graves. You might have seen the interview we did together a few weeks back on this very blog. If not, check it out here. Straight Boy wasn’t out when that was posted, but it is now, and I feel like giving some copies away. Be sure to throw your name into the hat below, because ten winners will be chosen randomly to receive a free download credit from Audible. US and UK residents only, I’m afraid. Best of luck! And if you’re the impatient type, you can order your very own Straight Boy here, available in a variety of flavors. Yum!


I love him. And I’m pretty sure he loves me back… even though he’s straight.

When I first met Carter King, I knew he was something special. I imagined us being together, and we are, but only as friends. Best friends! I’m trying to be cool with that, even though I know he has secrets, and there have definitely been mixed signals. I don’t want a crush to ruin what we already have. Then again, if there’s any chance that we can be together, it’s worth the risk, because Carter could be the love of my life. Or he might be the boy who breaks my heart.

Straight Boy is Jay Bell’s emotional successor to his critically acclaimed <em>Something Like…</em>series. This full-length novel tells a story of friendship and love while skating the blurry line that often divides the two.


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.


Jay has brought 10 Audible downloads of Straight Boy to give away to 10 lucky readers! (US or UK Audible only) Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Monday, February 25th at 11:59 pm ET.

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