Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Nice Review for THE WAY WE ALMOST WERE




Amazing mix of Romance, Passion and Social/Political issues, March 17, 2010
By
Ines Ross (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Way We Almost Were (Kindle Edition) Sometimes I read a book I like, I love or I'm passionate about. And sometimes a book just lets me speechless, so happy and satisfied, and fulfilled, that I loose my words. This book by Ryan Field is one of them. I don't know what to say about the book if not that it is AMAZING. I read "A christmas Carl" by the same author and I loved it. But this book, "The way we almost were" is by far the best of Ryan Field's books. Thi is a book about two men who met in college, and the love they have shared for each other over the years. It is also a book about the importance of living one's life honestly and to the full. Or, it could be about the importance to be real, and honest and fight for what makes your heart bit, wether it is your love or a good cause. In this book, Ryan Field manages to mix romance, sensuality and serious social/political issues very tastefully. The story is at the same time light, entertaining, romantic, sensual, and deep and thought provoking. If Ryan Field was a cook, I would say he is a chef; not the fancy type, but the type you find in an excellent family owned restaurant, where food tastes like very, very, very delicious homemade meals. This book made me think of "Harvey Milk" (gay political activist). Dear Ryan Field, you just made a reader very happy today. Keep writing, please?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Juilan Fantechi


This is a pg rated blog, so this is going to be a pg rated post about a great guy I recently exchanged a few e-mails with, Julian Fantechi. He's posed in Playgirl and other magazines, and he has a few TV and film credits as well. I honestly hadn't heard of him until we started talking about this work, his photos, and his career in TV and film. Because of the kind of romance novels I write, usually dealing with TV, Film, or Fashion, I was intrigued by his first e-mail and replied to him with just a basic compliment. And now I'm a huge fan.


Meeting Julian is also coincidental in the sense that I've just finished my latest book, ALL ABOUT YVES, which is a romance based on the old movie, "All About Eve." But my book revolves around the fashion industry and the modeling industry instead of the theater industry, as it did in the film. It's coincidental because I didn't plan on meeting any male models, especially not one like Julian who seems to be so much like the main character in my book it's scary. I love when this happens, because it gives me the feeling that I'm on the right track with the theme of a book. It's happened before with other novels, but it's never been quite this obvious.


And, aside from all this coincidence, I have to say that I haven't met a nicer guy in a long time. Julian is smart, funny, and extremely professional. I was so impressed I even sent of an e-mail to a publisher, suggesting it might be a nice idea to get Julian for a few book covers. And I never do this. I don't like getting involved with book covers. I don't know if Julian will actually ever be on one of my book covers. But either way, it was nice making a new friend who is such a decent guy.
If you're interested in finding out more about Julian, take the time to check out his web pages. His sites are smart, friendly, and easy to use. Here's his official web site: http://www.julian-fantechi.com/
And, for a limited time only, Julian is offering a special promotion right now. For 19.99 he will send you an autographed copy of his Playgirl centerfold, and he's donating five dollars from each request to the Humane Society. (Told you he was a nice guy.)He told me you can feel free to contact him here: julian216@gmail.com

Monday, March 29, 2010

Check Out I KISSED A BOY


Today's book of the day at http://www.ravenousromance.com/ is I KISSED A BOY. This is a great anthology, edited by Lori Perkins, and I've read most of the stories myself. I have one of my own stories in the book, too, titled, "Making up for Lost Time." It's had some great reviews and I've personally had some good feedback from fans and readers.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

This is a Fun Book: UNMASKED II Pubbed by STARbooks Press


Sometimes I forget to mention a book I'm in, like UNMASKED II. It's the second anthology in a series about gay superheros, and I have a short story in this one titled, "Captain Velvet Down Under." You can buy it in print on amazon, or here...or you can read it in digital format here.


I started reading it this weekend, and can't wait to finish. I'm hoping the editor decides to enter this one in The Rainbow Awards this year. The book was entered in The Lambda Awards and I just saw it didn't become a finalist. I was hoping it would, but sometimes this is just the way it works. This isn't the first time I've been a little surprised at the Lambda finalists, and I'm sure it's not going to be the last time (wide grin).


But I do think this book, UNMASKED II, could be a big contender in the Rainbow Awards. I might even ask if I can enter it myself, as a contributor. I'm not sure how that works, but I will if I can.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Just Found a Great New Blog: Suzy Gershman


When I'm not promoting my books here, I'm usually scanning for new blogs that pique my interest. And this morning I found one I love. It's written by Suzy Gershman, author of guides and magazine articles, and even a few TV spots. What caught my eye was one post in particular, where Suzy has a photo of orange pansies. Here in Bucks County, PA, you don't find orange pansies often. I only found them one year, about six years ago, at a local flea market. But I haven't seen them since then. I like to mix them with purple and blue. There's something about the orange, from a distance, that really makes them pop.

But Suzy writes about many things on her blog. And she's writing her blog the way a blog should be written (not like me...grin). It's a nice mix of personal, info about shopping, and the way she lives her life. I can't recommend it enough. And I'm going to be a regular follower.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

College Boys is Now a Best Seller on Insight Out Books and Amazon


I just found out this morning that an anthology I'm in, COLLEGE BOYS, is on a few best seller lists. It's a best seller on Insight Out Books, which isn't easy to do. And it's also number 11 in the "anthology" category on amazon, and number 83 in the "gay" category.


My story in the book is titled, OFF CAMPUS, MAN. And the entire book was edited by Shane Allison.

Friday, March 19, 2010

LYD Stand Alone


Today is the release day for my new stand alone, A REGULAR BUD. This was originally a short story published in a nice little anthology by Starbooks Press. But this stand alone is not an exact replica of the short story. When I submitted it to http://www.loveyoudivine.com/, I revised and tweaked. It's longer, it's more romantic, and I explained that both characters were having safe sex in more detail. And though this one is a bit steamier than some of my other books, the ending is very happy and there's a strong promise of the two main characters having a long term relationship.
Though handsome, athletic Noah thinks he’s home alone and free to enjoy his private fetish for wearing high heels, his straight roommate’s dominant younger brother walks in unexpectedly and catches him in the act.
Noah is a young corporate professional who shares his large, old home with his straight best friend from college, Preston. And though Noah is openly gay, no one knows that Noah has a kinky little gender-bending fetish for wearing high heels.
But when his roommate’s sexy, rugged little brother from Montana shows up one morning, while Noah thinks he has the house all to himself, Noah is caught in the act…naked with his back against the sofa and his white stilettos dangling in the air.
Instead of running back out the door in shock, the little brother from Montana doesn’t even blink. He drops his duffel bag on the floor and smiles. Then he drops his car keys on the counter and introduces himself to Noah. And when he licks his lips, compliments Noah on his well-defined body and crosses the room to shake Noah’s hand, it’s Noah who is ready to run out the door in shock.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Release: DANCING DIRTY


DANCING DIRTY was released today, and I'll blog more about it later. But here's a basic synopsis of the story from the publisher's web site.


Synopsis


It's the summer of 1978, it's the middle of the disco era, and dancing is one of the hottest trends. But eighteen year old Junior has never seen the inside of a gay bar or danced with another man. His mother and father think he's just shy about meeting girls and that he'll grow out of it. His little sister drives him insane with her constant invisible companion, a talking dog named Elmer. All Junior cares about is meeting the right man and falling in love.


But when his parents buy a summer home in an exclusive resort community in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, his prospects of finding love don't look too promising. His first day there he meets an aggressive, abrasive young woman who isn't the least bit shy about letting him know she wants to get to know him better. And the more he ignores her, the more she chases after him.


While his mother and father are enjoying all the amenities of the resort, and his sister is flirting with one of the waiters, Junior mopes around watching everyone else have fun. That is until he meets a handsome young dance instructor named Carlo who changes his life in ways he'd never dreamed were possible.


From the minute Junior lays eyes on Carlo, he knows he's in love. And in order to prove his love, he's willing to make personal sacrifices that no one else has ever been willing to make for Carlo...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Favorite of Mine...


You'd think with a degree in English Literature and a second concentration in Journalism my tastes would be a little more complicated. You'd think that I'd post piss elegant quotes from great literary voices, like all my literary friends on facebook. But the truth is my tastes are simple. I don't like pretense. And this is one of my favorites.


The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat:They took some honey, and plenty of moneyWrapped up in a five-pound note.


The Owl looked up to the stars above,And sang to a small guitar,"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,What a beautiful Pussy you are,You are,You are!What a beautiful Pussy you are!"


Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,How charmingly sweet you sing!Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried:But what shall we do for a ring?"They sailed away, for a year and a day,To the land where the bong-tree grows;And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,With a ring at the end of his nose,His nose,His nose,With a ring at the end of his nose.


"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shillingYour ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."So they took it away, and were married next dayBy the Turkey who lives on the hill.They dined on mince and slices of quince,Which they ate with a runcible spoon;


And hand in hand on the edge of the sandThey danced by the light of the moon,The moon,The moon,They danced by the light of the moon.


About the Author:EDWARD LEAR - b1812 London, England--d.1888,Italy The twentieth child of Jeremiah Lear, a London stockbroker, and his wife Ann, Lear grew up to become a prolific writer as well as a talented artist of both landscapes and birds . Lear also gave drawing lessons to Queen Victoria of England. Lear was particularly enchanted with nonsense poetry, and devoted a number of his books to collections of such poems.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Lambda Finalists Have Been Announced

Each year around this time the finalists for the Lambda Awards are posted on their web site. This is the 22nd year for these awards and I, of course, have my own favorites that are listed as finalists.

I was thrilled to see that two of my favorite books are finalists, and I'm hoping the best for both of these authors I like and respect.

One book is an anthology, written by Cecelia Tan, titled WOMEN OF THE BITE. This is an anthology of lesbian themed vampire stories. The storylines are great, the quality of the writing is great, and everything about the book keeps the reader wanting more.

The other book is titled, TRANSGRESSIONS, by Erastes. It's a well written m/m historical, set in 1642, England, about two young men struggling to survive in a war-torn atmosphere. I don't read many historicals, but I'm glad I read this one. It was wonderful and I couldn't recommend it more. I've been in a few anthologies with this author, and I've always been happy with what I've read.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just One Reason to Watch American Idol this Season


I've been a fan of AI since the beginning. Justin Guarini is from Doylestown, PA, which is only fifteen minutes away, right here in artistic Bucks County, from where I live in New Hope. The local newspaper, at the time, wrote a piece about him every single day when he was on the show and I got hooked.


Then I wrote 2 satirical m/m romance novels called AMERICAN STAR and AMERICAN STAR II. The key word here is satirical, about what might happen behind the scenes of a show like AI if two of the contestants were gay men. They weren't meant to be Pulitzer Prize winners (big grin to one reviewer in particular). They are campy and fun and quirky, which is what I intended.


So I'm a fan of the TV show, needless to say. But this season, with all the talk about how everyone misses Paula (I miss her too) and how a lot of the contestants aren't very good, I found one simple reason why I can't resist watching. And sorry, Ellen, it's not because you're so funny and clever and jump up to hug contestants in that funny way you have (bigger grin).


It's Tim Urban. The. Guy. Has. Talent. And there really isn't a need to elaborate. I even swiped this photo from my blogging buddy Ryan's most recent post (here) to show rather than tell.


It's not just about looks either. Even if he looked like the book reviewer who reviewed AMERICAN STAR last April (wicked smile), I'd still think he was the most talented singer ever to hit the AI stage.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Book Cover for Dancing Dirty


DANCING DIRTY hasn't been released yet, but I just got a copy of the cover, hot off the presses, and wanted to share. I'm not sure when the actual release date is, but I'll post more about it later.
I can say this right now. The book is set in the summer of 1978, in the middle of the disco era, and there's a lot of love, romance, and dancing between the two main characters.
And, as with any re-telling of a popular story, I added a few of my own twists to make this different from the original movie, Dirty Dancing. The two main characters are gay during a time when it wasn't as acceptable as it is now, so the plot is more complicated. The music in the book is set according to the time frame, which was all about dancing. And there's an interesting character that was not in the original story. His name is Elmer and he's a puca (pooka), an invisible talking dog that may or may not be part of another character's imagination.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1romanceebooks.com

I was recently pointed to an online e-book retailer called 1romanceebooks.com. I'd never been to the site before, so I'm not sure whether or not it's brand new. But it looks like it's simple to navigate, simple to order from, and it gives all the basic info on all the books being sold.

My www.loveyoudivine.com books are being sold there, too. These are all stand alone e-books that I only publish with lyd because they tend to lean more toward erotic romance and erotica than romance. One, DOWN THE BASEMENT, was originally part of a collection of short stories that was published by Cleis Press and won last year's Lambda award for gay erotica. And the rest are either originals or previously published short stories that were in books by either Cleis Press or STARbooks Press. There's also a new one being released on March 19th, titled, A REGULAR BUD.

So if you're into e-books, check out 1romanceebooks to see if it's for you. They seem to carry all authors and titles (except none of my ravenous romance books are there), and their prices aren't bad either.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Said Bookisms" Don't Do It!

I often read book excerpts on retail e-book sites and make lists of what I'm going to read next. I was doing this again today and I noticed something interesting on many sites. I can't single one site out in particular. They all had books with the same problem, and some of these books have received spectacular reviews.

But I simply cannot understand how a book can receive a great review when it's filled with "said bookisms" from page one. I saw this over and over again, and I had to wonder whether or not these authors just don't know, they don't care, or they think they are being clever by using "said bookisms." Is this the newest wave in literature and art and someone forgot to mention it to me? Or is it just that there are so many people out there writing books, without a clue as to how it's done, that it doesn't matter anymore? The storyline matters, the facts matter, and the editing matters. But there are also clear concise rules about crafting a novel or story that should matter just as much. Authors should know this; book reviewers should know this (and at the very least mention it...even when the author is a great story teller).

For those who don't know, "said bookisms" are a sure sign that a writer has a limited educational background in writing as well as limited experience in reading good books. "Said bookisms" are melodramatic dialogue tags that pull the reader out of the story and break the pace. Instead of keeping it simple and tight, and using "he said" and "she asked" as dialogue tags, they use tags like "he barked," and "she chuckled." This is the sign of a pure amateur, and I only have to glance at the first few pages of a book to know whether or not I'm going to bother reading it. For me, even if the story is great, I won't read it.

I'm seeing this all the time, from authors who are promoting their books on social networks and yahoo groups. There are so many excerpts with "said bookisms" it would be impossible to list them.

I'm not a total prude about this. I think it's okay to use them once in a while, and I even think they serve a purpose in certain situations. However, I'm not talking about once in a while here. I'm talking about authors using these "said bookisms" from page one to the end of the book just for the sake of using them. For a great example that goes into more detail, read below. And I've posted a link to the article below the example.

Yes, I know, lots of best-selling authors use said bookisms, sometimes to excess. That doesn't mean it's all right to use them. That simply means they are so good at telling a story that can get away with it.

And of course, avoid the dialogue tag "he ejaculated." At the very least, don't use that as a dialogue tag during a sex scene – unless you want a laugh.

Put your energy into making sure your characters' words are strong enough, and you won't need to lean on the said bookisms.


http://www.fmwriters.com/Visionback/Issue%205/tags.htm

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Elisa Rolle: A Problem with Livejournal

Elisa Rolle, m/m book reviewer from Italy, is having a problem with livejournal. And when Elisa is having a problem, I know it must be something serious. Elisa is extremely bright, and a very nice person. I know this because I've met her in person.

So here's the link to her most recent blog post. It explains the problem in detail. http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/976175.html

Friday, March 5, 2010

VALLEY OF THE DUDES: Five Cup Review from Coffee Time Romance

Below is a new review from Coffee Time Romance, in case anyone wants to know more about the book. And I didn't have to sleep with the reviewer this time :-) Here's the link: http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/valleyofthedudes.html

Rush Goodwin works at a small practice in Connecticut but he dreams of bigger things. When he is offered a job at a prestigious entertainment law firm in New York he jumps at the chance.
Lance Sharp is a great lawyer, a handsome man, and one of Rush’s new bosses. When he meets the junior lawyer, he knows there is something about him that calls to Lance and makes him want to claim him as his own.


But like everything else in life, the road to their success story is never easy. Along the way they will come across great friends, greater obstacles, and bitter disappointments. They meet up-and-coming stars that crash and burn while battling pills, booze, sickness, and even death. Through it all Lance and Rush must find a way to deal with their own rocky relationship in the hopes that they will be able to hang on to one another through it all.

Valley of the Dudes is an emotional roller coaster ride that will keep you on edge until the very end. Ryan Field breathes life into his story and makes it so realistic that the reader cannot help but feel each emotional wave the characters experience. The battles that Rush and Lance goes through is only the beginning of the story; there are so many more complex scenarios within the pages that you feel as if you are watching a dynamic soap opera come to life. This is one outstanding read that will suck you in and have you aching, crying, laughing, and celebrating each and every time one of the characters struggles or overcomes a great obstacle within their lives.

DanielleReviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

I'm Not Very Political...BUT

I live just outside a small artist colony, New Hope, PA. New Hope is known for it's famous artists, furniture designers, and writers. Dorothy Parker had a home about fifteen miles away from mine. Moss Hart owned a weekend farm about three miles down the road. And New Hope was once a well known theater town, where all the newest Broadway shows played before they went to New York back in the middle of the last century.

New Hope is located between Philadelphia and New York. But I spend a lot more time in Philadelphia than I do in New York. My doctors are in Philly, I shop in Philly, and I know the city well. Even our local news channels come from Philadelphia and we are generally considered the northern part of the Philadelphia area.

And when I heard that Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia is going to enforce a new tax on soda and trash pick up within the city, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. And not just a tax on all soda; just regular soda that contains sugar. I think they are even going so far as to tax all "sugary drinks."

I don't even drink soda or any other sugary drinks and I'm shocked, because if they can enforce a tax like this on something as simple as soda, there's no end to what they can tax next. And I don't want to hear about the fact that drinking sugary drinks causes obesity. So don't even try to leave a comment about that here. I'm tired of hearing about obesity. There's only one thing that causes obesity in America or anywhere else: overeating. And taxing soda and all other sugary drinks isn't going to make anyone thinner or healthier. Eating less food is the only thing that is going to do that.