Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Check it out: A new blogger!!

I know I'm really guilty of using this blog to promote books I've written and publishers with whom I work. It's something I have to do and I hope I do it without boring people to death. But it can get tired, in a blogging sense.

So, this week, I'm mainly posting things on the blog to promote other people. I might promote a writer. I might promote another blogger. So if anyone's interested let me know.

Today I'm posting about a new blogger who started a real estate blog in the town where I live, New Hope, PA, in Bucks County. He's gay, he's just learning about blogging, and he can use some support...even if it's just one comment. The blog is here, http://addisonwolferealestate.blogspot.com/, and I think there are some interesting posts.

Friday, March 27, 2009

THE MILE HIGH CLUB...



THE MILE HIGH CLUB has been running for free, for a limited time, on ravenousromance.com. I've received a great deal of mail, many wonderful comments, and I'm really happy to see that people are reading it and enjoying it.




The interesting thing about this story is that there are two different published versions out now. The first one that was published is on ravenousromance.com, and the other short story has just been published under the title of BERT AND BETTY in a brand new anthology just released by Cleis Press, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. The Cleis anthology is also titled, THE MILE HIGH CLUB. It's an anthology that includes BERT AND BETTY and other sexy, romantic stories that deal with sex and love in the sky.




Both stories are hot, both have an interesting twist that involves a sexy young guy, an attractive young woman, and two uninhibited young gay men. The main difference is that in the story on ravenousromance.com the man and woman are a married couple, playing a little erotic game to spice up their love lives. And in the Cleis story the man and woman aren't married and they meet for the first time on the plane. But both are romantic, a little funny, and similar in many ways.




Thursday, March 26, 2009

Radio Interview

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Radio Interview March 25...

I'm doing a radio interview on March 25, at 8 pm eastern, with James Hipps from gayagenda.com. The interview will focus on books, publishing, ravenousromance.com and more. One of the things we'll probably talk about will be blogging and other gay bloggers. By chance, it turns out that gayagenda is also affiliated with bestgayblogs.com. And I worked for them, doing interviews and reviews for a long time under the previous owners. So we'll get into that, too. I really like the way they've grown in the last few years. When I first started, they were a small blog with a big idea. And now they reach millions all over the world.

The interesting thing is that I'm usually the one doing the interview, so I'm going to have to sit back, let someone else take control, and answer the questions without coming off as a pushy writer. At least I'm going to try.

Monday, March 23, 2009

AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN now on Audible.com


I just found out today that AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN is available for download on audible.com. It can be purchased in audio version at ravenousromance.com, amazon, all romance ebooks and fictionwise, too.

I've listened to the audio version myself, and was really impressed. And that doesn't always happen. Rush McCane has a calm, smooth voice and he keeps the listener interested at all times. Below are the details taken directly from audible.com.

AUDIOBOOK
An Officer and His Gentle Man
UNABRIDGED
By Ryan Field
Narrated by Rush McCane
Rating: 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Length: 5 hrs and 55 min
Release Date: 03-16-09
Regular Price:
$13.99

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another Review I Just Heard About...


Late last night, after American Idol of course, I checked my e-mail. In my inbox, someone had sent me a note telling me they'd run across another review for the novel, AMERICAN STAR. The review is here, and the book is here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Retro Fans of Rootie Kazootie...


I wanted to post a small excerpt from HOW THE WEST WAS DONE. First, because I love the book, I love the editor and I don't think I've ever read a book so fast in my life. I couldn't put it down. And second, because the story I wrote for the book came to me so fast. This doesn't usually happen. Here's an excerpt from the story I wrote, titled: RUDY'S NEW KAZOO. One of the characters is a huge fan of the old TV show, "Rootie Kazootie," and one learns how to play his kazoo.



The small, wooden cabin they shared had one room, which didn’t give either of them any privacy. There was a kitchen area with a gas stove, a worn table with four rickety chairs, and bunks beds next to a stone fireplace that was filled with cigarette butts. When Cody took him inside the first time, he had to lift his hand to wave cobwebs away from his face. And with each step he took, clouds of dust rose from the old wooden planks beneath his feet. On a wall beside the bunk beds, there were black and white photographs pinned haplessly to the unfinished wooden walls. He recognized one photo as the cast of the “I Love Lucy Show,” but he wasn’t sure about the rest. “What are all these pictures?” he asked.


“Ah well,” Cody said, “they belonged to the ranch hand I had up here a few years back and I never bothered to take them down. He collected pictures from old TV shows from the l950’s. This one was his favorite.” Cody leaned forward and pointed to a black and white photo of what looked like a puppet, with an over-sized head, wearing a large baseball cap with the brim pushed all the way back. “It was some kind of kids show. It was called ‘Rootie Kazootie.’ This guy even had a kazoo like the puppet, and he used to play it all the time. He was pretty good, too. Used to play that song, ‘You Are My Sunshine’ a lot.” He rubbed his stubble and laughed. Then he asked, “You play the kazoo?”


Rudy ran his hand down his jeans to brush a cobweb off his fingertips and frowned. The place was filthy: Cody’s dirty socks hung from the backs of chairs; his smelly boxer shorts were piled in a corner beside the lower bunk bed. And the stove had stacks of grimy pots and pans all over the surface. “Ah no,” he said, “I don’t play the kazoo.” He wanted to say, I don’t sing and I don’t dance either, but he didn’t want to sound curt.


“Too bad,” Cody said, “It gets kind of dull around here sometimes.” Then he dropped a cigarette on the floor, crushed it with the heel of his cowboy boot and kicked it into the fireplace.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Review for THE MILE HIGH CLUB...


My new blogging buddy, Angel, whom I met through Ryan, just reviewed THE MILE HIGH CLUB. So I decided to post it. Check out his blog for some great music and really nice, honest posts. And, off the subject of reviews and books, I found this great blog too. It's called "Running with Blue Sponge, and I love reading the posts!!
The weird thing about The Mile High Club is that it will also be published in an upcoming anthology, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by the well respected Cleis Press in San Francisco. When that book is released, I'll post something.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Welcome to the Mile High Club
Today instead of ranting about my life and its problems I will instead review a short story I just read from Ryan Field called The Mile High Club. Now I have never done a review of a short story before so here I go.

Ryan Fields "Mile High Club" is exactly what the story is about. A couple who is married goes into an airport but as soon as they go into that airport they start to play a game. A game where they are complete strangers. Once they get on the airplane things start to heat up. Even leading to an extraordinary foursome that will leave your body wanting more. So go pick up Ryan Fields Mile High Club. Its free for a limited time at ravenous romance. Who knows, you may just find yourself on all fours wanting more.Later bloggers.
Thanks, Angel....

Saturday, March 7, 2009

AMERICAN STAR: BOOK II


American Star II was just launched today. It follows the second season of the fictionalized AMERICAN STAR SHOW (ASS), and one of the most interesting character's from the first book is now the main character in this book.


Synopsis:



Payton Dugan didn't win the first season of American Star. But by engaging in kinky, harmless sex with the executive producer, she gained fame, fortune and power. Though it was only a fleeting affair, everyone from the first season snubs her when she returns as a permanent judge in season two. But she loves American Star, and is determined to rebuild her image and to gain her colleagues' respect by being professional and honest this time.


But it doesn't mean she's stopped having fun. Two rough, handsome twin brothers take turns visiting her dressing room. She's caught between their strong, talented voices and the rough calluses on their large hands, and she's not afraid to play their little game of mistaken identity. She also has the courage to take one of the more timid contestants under her wing...a quiet young man with great potential who has a passion for wearing blond wigs, six-inch high heels and large, fake breasts.


Then she drops the twins for another contestant, a shaggy young guy on a skateboard who pretends to know a serious secret that could harm the show. But when she discovers that he's been scamming her and blackmailing another judge, she finds comfort in the arms of the only man who has treated her well all season. There's something about him she can't resist, and it blossoms into a love affair she never expected...


Will Payton finally earn the respect and admiration she's so desperate to achieve? Will her new lover be the erotic answer to her prayers? And which one of the hopefuls will win the second season of American Star...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Excited and Thrilled...


I just found out I'm in the second book in this series. It's been such a busy year with all the novels I've written for ravenous romance, I wasn't sure I'd have time to submit anything. But I managed to do it, and I can't wait to see the book published. I like working with the people at STARbooks Press. The senior editor, Eric Summers, is tough. But I've always learned a lot from his suggestions and his organizational skills. He has a standard format for submitting work. I like it so much I've used the same format for anthologies I've edited myself.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

American Idol? Sometimes You Just Can't Predict These Things...


When I first thought about writing AMERICAN STAR, I knew I had to handle the storyline with care. It had to mimmick the TV show, "American Idol," in a broad sense as a reality show, but it also had to take on a life of its own as far as storyline went. I didn't want any of the characters, minor or main, to resemble any one particular person involved with the TV show. It was tempting, but I didn't do it.


And then I read this, followed by photos of handsome young Adam Lambert, a new contestant on "American Idol," posing with a guy. AMERICAN STAR couldn't possibly be fictionalized any more than it already is. But this season of "American Idol" seems to be following the book. And I personally want to offer my support to Adam. He really is one of the most talented singers ever to hit the American Idol stage. And I'm going to be casting my vote his way as long as he remains a contestant.



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Free E-book Download...


That's right. THE MILE HIGH CLUB can be downloaded for free right here for a limited time. I'm not sure how long this will run, but it's a good way to check out an e-book if you've never read one, and it's a good way to get something totally free with no strings attached.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

How The West Was Done...


HOW THE WEST WAS DONE was released today by ravenous. It's edited by Adam Carpenter, and a short story of mine, RUDY'S NEW KAZOO, was included in the book.


I haven't read the entire book yet, but my story revolves around a young college graduate who decides he'd rather work on the family ranch instead of teaching school. When his father hears this, he decides to send him to the most dangerous, isolated part of the ranch to herd sheep. It's actually such a bad job, no one has ever been tough enough to remain there very long. But Rudy is determined to succeed, and with the help of a very sexy ranch manager he learns more about being a cowboy than he ever expected.


This story, for me, is a classic example of how I prefer to write erotic fiction. It's very sexy, but it you took the sex away there would still be a strong story. Below is an excerpt from the first few paragraphs of RUDY'S NEW KAZOO.
Rudy’s New Kazoo


Originally, the plan had been for Rudy to start teaching high school after graduation. He was only a few years older than most high school students, after all…almost twenty-one, of legal drinking age come August. He’d majored in science and could have taken a job in almost any high school in Montana, where science teachers were scarce. Not to mention that he’d graduated top of his class, with honors. But no, the day after graduation he announced that he wanted to work on the family ranch and learn to become a cowboy instead. And since his father thought he was just going through a passing phase…he’d done that a few times before…it was decided that he would spend one year working as a ranch hand on the north mountain and learn the necessary skills from the ground up. His job would begin with fence repair and general clean up, which when translated into an actual job description meant he’d be hammering bent, rusty nails and cleaning debris under the supervision of Cody Bloodworth, the manager.
In l968, the north mountain was an isolated part of the ranch, where sheep were herded and life was primitive. You couldn’t even get there by truck; you had to ride up on horseback, which took half a day. It wasn’t Rudy’s ultimate dream to be sent there; he would have preferred working with the other cowboys on the main cattle ranch. But he knew he had to prove a few things to everyone if he was going to be taken seriously as a cowboy, so he accepted the job with a smile on his face. One of the things he had to prove was that he was physically strong enough to endure the challenges of working on the ranch. He only stood five feet five inches tall, his body was slim and wiry and his features were delicate and chiseled. His hair was long and wavy and blond; the only body hair he had was a small patch of dark blond above his penis. Though he wasn’t effeminate in any way, there had been many times when people had mistaken for a young woman.