Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sneak Peak: MY FAIR LADDIE


Here's a sneak peak at the cover for a new release, MY FAIR LADDIE. The book is based loosely on a Pygmalion storyline and set in Savannah, GA. The main character's name is Wilbur, and he makes transformations throughout the book that leave him a completely different man in the end.

Working as an Author Advocate

Over the past fifteen years, I've built an editorial client base with a few select authors I love. One of these authors is Curtis H. von Dornheim, an author who works predominantly in non-fiction and can be found here.

I like editing and reading his work. If I didn't, I would not be doing it. And when he told me he'd written a m/m romance novella, THE WINGS OF FATE, and wanted me to edit it, I jumped at the chance.

I fell in love with the story, and I just submitted it to one of my favorite e-publishers. I'm working as his author advocate, but I'm just as excited about getting this story published as I am about getting my own fiction published. Though the concept of author advocate is new, it's slightly different from acting as a literary agent. I don't take queries and I don't read unsolicited work. I go after my clients and ask them for permission to act as their advocate because I love their work. I've been doing this quietly for a while. But I wanted to go public with this one because I love the story so much.

So here's hoping my instincts and my contacts prove me well. I'd love to see Curt break into fiction. And I think m/m romance readers will love THE WINGS OF FATE.

Guest Blogging, E-publishing, and Facebook Manners

I've been amazed by the lack of understanding when it comes to e-publishing. So I'm guest blogging today over at Rebecca Leigh's with a follow up to a post I wrote last week. The link is here, and check out Rebecca's list while you're there. She's been in a few excellent anthologies and she's an upcoming author with a lot of promise.

The second part of this post is about facebook manners. I have two facebook accounts: one for work related publishing posts, and another for personal family oriented posts. I try not to combine the two because I don't think readers are interested in my Aunt Bessie's pot roast, and I know for a fact Aunt Bessie isn't interested in steamy m/m romances (smile).

Though my experiences on facebook and all the social networks have been positive, there's always that one "friend" who doesn't know where to draw the line. I have a lot of patience; I'll go the extra mile and give the benefit of the doubt. But when it becomes abusive comments, I won't think twice about blocking a facebook friend from my account.

It happened this week. A book reviewer who has been kind to me with reviews started posting unusual comments on all of my posts. At first, I thought this facebook friend was just being campy and sarcastic. But it started getting obnoxious, to the point where I was embarrassed for him (Where is this coming from?). But I didn't say anything. I tried to be polite. And then last night I "shared" a post with an author I know fairly well. It was one of those harmless facebook posts that authors do to promote their books to readers all the time. It wasn't one of my books, but I'd read this one and wanted to help the author promote it. Within ten minutes this book reviewer/facebook friend started posting obnoxious comments on the thread and I was forced to delete them, and then block this person from my facebook page.

I hated doing it, but there's a line that shouldn't be crossed...even when it comes to camp and sarcasm. If I get backlash from this and I start seeing bad book reviews from this reviewer, I'll live. Because submitting to this kind of obnoxious behavior on facebook or anywhere else just isn't worth it.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

About E-books...

Though I probably shouldn't admit this, being that everyone has such strong opinions about e-books and print books these days, I actually do prefer reading e-books over print books. I honestly don't have that passion some people feel when they hold a print book. And I couldn't care less how they smell. My passions is, and always has been, for the words, the sentences, and the paragraphs that make up the story. And I don't care if they are written on stone or printed in digital format.

The one thing I've noticed about e-books is that they don't seem to go away. Once they are released, they are around forever. Now that all my favorite authors are being released in digital format, I can get whatever I want whenever I want it. There are certain books, written by certain authors, I'll only read once. But there are other books I'll read over and over again, depending on my mood. John Irving is one. I've read most of his novels at least ten times. Anne Tyler is another. I've read Back when We were Grownups so many times in print I recently ordered the e-book because the print book is falling apart. It's one of those books, for me, I can take anywhere. And I'll open it anywhere and start reading because I already know what's going to happen.

And for new authors who are working with e-publishers, I think it's a great advantage to be released in digital format first. I was trying to explain this to someone the other day who was upset because his book wasn't selling as well as he wanted it to sell. With e-books, the book is always around, the authors don't have to depend on re-prints or a set amount of time, and they can continue to promote their books forever if they want. And as more people discover e-books, and it becomes a passion, new authors will be able to build fan bases much longer than previous authors were able to do with their print books.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Follow Up: Women Writing M/M Fiction

First, I'd like to thank all the people who commented on the post about women writing m/m fiction. I noticed some familiar names, and met a few new authors.

While reading the comments, I started to think about my past experience in publishing and how the lbgt genre, as a whole, has grown so fast in the past ten years I barely recognize it. If I'd died in l999 and come back to life in 2010, I'd be so shocked I'd probably drop dead all over again. When I first started submitting work to publishers, I was still in college. The Internet was not taken seriously and the only way to find submission guidelines was to buy those thick publishing books like Writer's Marketplace. We used typewriters and word processors; there were ink stains on our fingers. Back then, I kept a regular subscription to Writer's Digest Magazine to keep up with the latest happenings in publishing. But it wasn't easy. And I rarely ever saw anything mentioned about lgbt fiction.

As a matter of fact, there was no lgbt genre. Back then it was just called "gay/lesbian." And it wasn't even considered a genre. It was more like something on the fringes of the fringes publishing, and you had to go into a major city bookstore to find it. I bought my first copy of The Front Runner in a little book shop near 7th Avenue South and Christopher Street in The Village because you couldn't find it anywhere in New Jersey. There were only a handful of literary agents who publicly stated they repped "gay/lesbian" fiction. And I know for a fact there are still a few literary agents out there who are gay in their personal lives, but still refuse to admit they are gay within the publishing community. Their associates don't even know they are gay or they have a life parnter. In many ways, being gay is still a well-kept, unspoken secret in some circles.

But I have seen some wonderful changes in the past ten years. "Gay/Lesian" has evolved in so many ways I'm hearing it's hard for bookstores to classify the sub-genres. And a good deal of these changes, all very positive, have come about because so many women have been discovering the m/m genre. They've been reading it, writing it, and supporting it in ways I never imagined I'd see in my lifetime. And as a gay man who still sees a great deal of discrimination around, from marriage to lgbt people who are still terrified to come out and admit who they are openly, I'm thankful for all the support I've received from these women authors. And I hope the support continues over the next ten years, so that the genre evolves in ways new authors today never could have imagined right now.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In Support of all the Women Writing M/M Fiction

I heard there's been a slight uproar in the blogsphere about women who write m/m fiction. I'm not going into detail about that, but I do want to offer my support and my own thoughts. I like to keep it simple and to the point, without too many fifty cent words and pedantic analogies.

First, I'm all for anyone who wants to write m/m fiction. I don't care what their gender is, with whom they sleep, or what their sexual preference is. This is partly because I'm not a fan of putting labels on people, and partly because I think good writers should be able to write on any topic, in any genre, and about anything if they work hard enough at it, regardless of their gender or sexual preference. I'm not a historical fan; it's just not my genre. But I have written a few historicals and I know I can do it.

I also don't like putting authors into boxes. As an openly gay male, I've been known to cross genres myself. I use pen names so I don't confuse readers, but not because of my sexual preference. And this ludicrous thought process that just because I'm gay I have to only write m/m fiction passes me by completely. Hell, a good number of gay men and women wrote mainstream literary fiction long before there was even a genre called m/m fiction and they marketed their books and writings to the straight community and no one ever said a word. Hello: Tennessee Williams; Gertrude Stein.

And now, all of a sudden, I'm hearing that women authors who write m/m fiction are getting slammed and bashed all over the internet. And I don't think that's fair.

To be honest, when I first heard that so many straight women were writing (and reading) m/m romances, I was a little surprised. I've been writing lgbt fiction for almost twenty years and it just never occurred to me that straight women would be interested in writing gay romances. But then I read a few of their books and I liked what I was reading. G. A. Hauser dives right into her books with the kind of energy I look for in fiction. And the sweetest love story I read all year was written by a new author, Michele Montgomery.

Personally, I've been extremely annoyed with some of the things I've seen and read about straight women (or anyone who isn't gay) writing m/m fiction, and I wanted to make it clear that I have always supported them, and will continue to support them. After all, as a gay man I've been fighting for equal rights all my life, and I'm certainly not going to discriminate against anyone else.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All About E-publishing!!

Today I did a guest blogging stint over at Rebecca Leigh, here. I wrote a post that I hope answered a few questions about e-publishers. (Huge thanks to Rebecca Leigh!)

But after reading two agent blog posts this evening, I'd like to follow up on my guest blogger post right now.

These agents went into detail describing the differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing. But they failed to mention one important factor that all authors and potential authors should know about. And that's e-publishers. They made it sound as though the only alternative to traditional publishing is self-publishing and they totally left out e-publishers.

But there is an alternative to traditional publishing and self-publishing. And that's submitting your work to an e-publisher. I come from a background of working with traditional publishers, and when I decided to make the switch to e-publishing I wasn't sure what to expect. But what I found was not all that different from traditional publishers. It's just as professional, if not more because authors are treated very, very well.

I'm contracted to do a certain amount of books, just like with a traditional publisher. When I submit the finished books, they then go to an editor, and then to a copy editor, and I don't pay for these services either. When the books are released, my e-publishers work hard to distribute and market, always helping me along the way, all over the world. I get letters from readers in places I've never even heard of.

So e-publishing isn't all that different from traditional publishing. And self-publishing is not the only alternative to getting your book published when traditional publishers turn you away based on purely subjective reasons.

I thought it was important to post about this, especially while the publishing industry is going through so many changes and no one knows what to expect next. And trust me, those who are hanging on to traditional ways, aren't going to tell you what I just did. For some reason, whenever they talk about e-publishers the words seem to stick in their throats and they start choking (huge smile).

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Release, Cowtown, New Jersey, and KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS


In my new short story stand alone, KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS, which will be released today, here, I mention a place in the storyline called Cowtown, New Jersey. I know it sounds fictional. When most people think of New Jersey they think of factories, congested suburbs, and The Sopranos. But in this story the setting is actually based on a real place.

There is, in fact, a Cowtown, New Jersey. I grew up five miles away from there, in a small southern New Jersey town on the Delaware River called, Penns Grove. This is not the New Jersey most people think they know. Penns Grove is located near the Delaware Memorial Bridge and it's been nicknamed "The Gateway to the South." Actor John Forsythe was born there, Bruce Willis grew up there. And last time I heard (my mom knows all the local gossip), Bruce's family still lives there.

And there's a large rodeo/farmers market/livestock auction/country western place not far from Penns Grove called Cowtown. And though I now live in Bucks County, PA, I still go back all the time to visit and I still make trips to Cowtown. Like I said, it's not like the New Jersey people think they know. It's more like being in New Orleans, or Texas, with a strong southern atmosphere. Even the roads are named after southern states. The main road running through Penns Grove is Virginia Avenue.

I'm posting this as background story because I've already had a few e-mails about Cowtown and the book hasn't even been released a full day yet. People are questioning whether or not there is a Cowtown. They seem worried it's not going to sound real enough because most people haven't heard of a rodeo in New Jersey (smile). Well, take it from me, because I grew up there, went to school there, and spent many a Saturday night at the Cowtown Rodeo. And if you don't believe me, just follow the links I've provided and you can see for yourself.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Astatalk and Other Pirate Sites Where People Download Free Books Illegally

I've posted about astatalk, which is an illegally operated pirate site that allows people to download free books and infringes on copyrights without thinking twice about it. I've mentioned how these entitled people steal books from authors who work long hard hours and rarely make enough money to pay their rent. I've even gone so far as to post the fake profiles of some of the people who join these pirate sites and interact as though they'd paid for the books they've read.

But the fact of the matter is that right now the only thing authors and publishers can do is keep on top of their books and make sure they continue to file abuse forms to have their books removed from the sites. I know first hand how daunting this can be. Sometimes it only takes minutes for a book to be taken down and then added again by someone else. And if you're like me, and you have over forty books out there, it becomes a part time job to keep filing abuse forms.

I'm writing this post in part because I've been receiving a lot of e-mails from new authors asking about book pirates. Most are shocked They have just had their first book published and they've never even heard of book pirates, illegal downloads, and filing abuse forms. But more than that, they are even more shocked when I tell them there's nothing they can do except keep filing the abuse forms. And though it's a vicious circle that never ends, at least they are doing something to protect their copyrights.

I also receive e-mails and messages from readers who actually download free books on these pirate sites. They are a bold crowd, indeed. One just sent me a long message stating that the only reason he goes to these sites for free illegal downloads is because he likes checking out the e-book first to know whether or not he'll want to buy the print book. In other words, this reader doesn't think e-books are important enough to take seriously as valid stand alone books...at least not compared to print books. He views e-books as samples, with a lesser value. Evidently, this person hasn't been keeping up with what's going on in publishing. I doubt he's invested money in an e-reader either. And though he seems like a nice guy, aside from the fact that he's not getting the point behind e-books in general, he's way off base from a legal standpoint. Even if his argument were true, which it isn't, he's still stealing books. If he went into a restaurant and ordered an entire meal just to see how the food was there, and then refused to pay until the next time he returned, the owner would call the police and he'd be arrested. In New Jersey, where I come from, the owner would probably take him out back and break both his legs, too.

So while the issue continues to frustrate authors and publishers, the only thing we can do is keep up with our books and file abuse forms. We need to take a few hours each week to learn as much as we can about these pirate sites and continue to fight back. And though it seems futile right now, I do think we'll eventually find one or two book pirates and punish them as an example. I know there are now many authors working with the law, undercover, and they are getting to know the people who download books illegally and they are going to scoop them up eventually. A free ride can only last just so long. And then you have to pay for your actions.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just Got the ARC for MISSING JACKSON'S HOLE


I just received the ARC for my new stand alone, MISSING JACKSON'S HOLE. For those of you who prefer m/m romances, this might not be the book for you. But if you prefer an erotic story about the old west, with a cast of young, sexy cowboys, you might enjoy this.

I can't thank Dawne Dominque enough for coming up with this wonderful cover. And I can't thank Dalia at loveyoudivine enough for doing such a wonderful job on the edits. The release date is set for September 3rd, and the sell copy is below.

Poor young Jackson isn’t thrilled about his new job, working the night shift in the town’s telegraph office. He’s not only terrified of being alone, but panic stricken about being alone in the dark. He misses his old job, where he took care of a ranch full of big strong cowboys, including setting up their baths each week and catering to all their needs. He only took the new job at the telegraph office because the money was good. But when he starts to dread going to work at night, he decides to write a letter of resignation and beg for his old job back.

Then a few of the cowboys who’ve been missing Jackson just as much as he’s been missing them stop by to see how he’s doing. They miss their baths; they miss the way he used to dry them off with gentle strokes. And Jackson is more than willing to take good care of them in the back room of his new office, where he discovers he’s not as lonely as he thought he was and his new job isn’t all that bad after all.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Impatiens and Rosemary


Enough with the book pirate posts, especially for the weekend. There's very little writers and publishers can do about them, other than to continue filing abuse forms. And that's a cold hard fact. There's a different mindset in our global society these days, and you simply can't turn this around and go backward no matter how hard you try. Book pirates aren't going away. I took down the post I wrote earlier, where a notorious book pirate left a comment on an earlier post. And I'm not sure when I'll post about this again...if ever.


So here's a photo of a combination I did this summer. It's impatiens and rosemary. I've never combined the two before. And I only did it this time to keep the squirrels out of the flower pots. But I was happy with the results and this one's going into the notebook I've been keeping for the past ten years on gardening.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sneak Cover Preview for Upcoming Release


Here's the draft of the new cover for my soon-to-be released stand alone e-book, MISSING JACKSON'S HOLE. This one isn't a romance, but there's a strong erotic storyline, a strong cast of characters, and a play on words with the title and the tag line. This was also published in a book by Starbooks Press. I can't remember the exact name of the anthology, but it was released a few years ago. And it's the first time in a long time I've had anything published that isn't strictly romance. In other words, the sex in this story doesn't move the romance forward, it moves the characters forward in very interesting ways.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Interview I Did with Italy's Barbara Walters: Federica Bianchi

Below is part of an interview I did with Italy's Barbara Walters, Federica Bianchi. Here's the link to the entire piece. I'm glad I can read and write in Italian. But I'm going to look into having it translated to re-post in English. And I'd like to thank Federica for asking such excellent questions, and for taking the time to interview me.

'Scrivo per i gay, romantici, e innamorati'di Federica Bianchi

Parla lo scrittore di romanzi erotici Ryan Field, autore di cinquanta libri di indubbio successo. 'Il mio lettore tipo? Quello che non separa il sesso dal sentimento'(13 agosto 2010)

Ryan Field ha cominciato a scrivere romanzi erotici con uomini come protagonisti vent'anni fa, quando lavorava come redattore di Playgirl magazine. Adesso ha pubblicato oltre 50 libri, alcuni dei quali con pseudonimi che tiene gelosamente segreti. Il suo ultimo lavoro si intitola "Shakspeare's lover".

Come ha cominciato a scrivere romanzi erotici per uomini?

«Ho iniziato quando avevo 18 anni e facevo l'università. Mi ha fatto inziare a scrivere la mancanza di libri che desideravo leggere. Esistevano già allora i romanzi erotici per uomini ma mancava loro la componente romantica: senza romanticismo l'eros perde significato. Così ho deciso di provare a scriverli io stesso».

A quale tipologia di lettore si rivolge?

«A chi crede che sesso e amore siano inseparabili. E penso che i lettori siano sempre più in cerca di questo connubio. Ritengo anche che i lettori cerchino romanzi con un finale lieto che li sollevi dallo stress della vita reale. La lettura di un romanzo, non importa quale sia il tema, deve aiutare a fuggire dai problemi. E dalle lettere che ricevo mi sembra che la fuga dalla realtà sia proprio ciò di cui i lettori sono avidi».

A cosa fa particolare attenzione?

«Alla reazione dei lettori. Mi piace sapere cosa pensano, e accetto volentieri le loro opinioni. Ricevo lettere dalla Colombia, dal Medio Oriente, sia da uomini che da donne, da posti in cui i lettori stanno inizando ora a scoprire il genere del romanzo rosa con uomini come protagonisti. Imparo molto da cosa mi dicono».

Quanto c'è di suo in quello che scrive?

«Molte delle scene erotiche dei miei libri si basano sulla mia esperienza di uomo. Non direi la verità se dicessi il contrario, e non mi vergogno a dirlo. Io adoro gli uomini a cui piace il romanticismo, e sono stato abbastanza fortunato da conoscere molti uomini forti e romantici nella mia vita. Soprattutto italiani. Gli uomini italiani sono amanti potenti, passionali e articolati che sanno come combinare sesso e romanticismo. Ma la trama dei miei libri è pura finzione. Quando scrivo un romanzo voglio essere trascinato via dalla realtà esattamente come i miei lettori. Mentre scrivo mi capita spesso di immedesimarmi in uno dei personaggi».
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Chi sono i suoi punti di riferimento della letteratura erotica?

«Sinceramente non ne ho nessuno. Cerco di non leggere altri autori così da non esserne influenzato. Ma sono un fan di Anaïs Nin. È meravigliosa: un classico. Leggo anche molti blog che parlano di storie d'amore tra uomini. Adoro la critica italiana Elisa Rolle, di cui leggo quotidianamente il blog». Che ruolo hanno i lettori digitali nel genere di letteratura che scrive? «Grazie ai lettori digitali molte persone, sia negli Stati Uniti che nel resto del mondo, che prima non avevano accesso al mio genere di romanzi adesso possono acquistarli. E chi legge romanzi erotici non sempre lo dice agli amici. Per molti è un mondo segreto che non vogliono o non possono condividere. I lettori digitali aiutano a mantenere questo segreto. Si può leggere un romanzo erotico sull'aereo senza che nessuno se ne accorga. È una cosa molto civile».


Friday, August 13, 2010

A Busy Friday: New Book Cover, Bestseller List on Fictionwise, and Great News about Red Silk Press


Since it's been such a busy week I'm making this a three fold post to save time.

First, here's the new cover for a brand new release, KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS. Dawne Dominique did this one, as she does all my covers for Loveyoudivine.com, and I couldn't be happier with it. I provided a few suggestions, and she came up with this all on her own. And how she knew that scroll pattern was my all time favorite pattern in the world was just pure luck.

Second, my stand alone e-book, IT'S NICE TO BE NAUGHTY, has been on one of the fictionwise bestseller lists for well over a week. I'm not boasting about it for the sake of boasting. But this book has a byline that reads, R. Field, instead of Ryan Field. And that's because this isn't a m/m romance or lgbt fiction. The main characters in this story are straight and I didn't want to confuse my m/m romance readers. I love writing lgbt fiction and m/m romance, however, I have been vocal in my support to all the straight authors out there writing lgbt fiction, especially the women, and I like knowing that I can write a story with straight characters that actually sells copies just as much as a straight author can write lgbt fiction. Personally, I like to think that if you're a professional career writer you can write a good story about anything, and your sexual preference and gender shouldn't stop you from doing this.

Third, I just found out yesterday that the anthology, BOYS OF THE BITE, with one of my short stories, THE DEVIL'S HALF ACRE, has been sold to Red Silk Press in collaboration with ravenous romance. This is great news for everyone, and it means the book and the authors will get a lot more exposure. Here's the announcement as it came to me.
More good news: as some of you know, paranormal non-fiction publisher Red Wheel Weiser has started an imprint for paranormal fiction, partnered with Ravenous. The imprint is called Red Slik, and Boys of the Bite has been chosen for the spring 2011 Red Silk list!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beekman Boys


When I switched from comcast to verizon fios earlier this summer, I had no idea the transition was going to be so difficult. I don't watch much TV because I'm usually writing books, reading books, or editing books. But I do watch a few hours at night to clear my head. And getting used to the verizon set up wasn't easy.


But one of the great things I discovered on verizon fios this summer was a TV show called The Fabulous Beekman Boys. It's a reality show, starring a gay couple, Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who decided to make a life-change by buying an old mansion in upstate New York and building a business around it. They remind me of the two main characters in my book Sleepless in San Francisco, only they aren't raising a child.


But they are raising goats and other fascinating farm animals, along with making organic soaps, growing organic vegetables, and creating their own organic goat cheese. Everything can be purchased at the web site, too. And you can read more about them both, and about what they are creating at Beekman. What I love most is that it's more about a healthy lifestyle than anything else. And, to be honest, Dr. Brent is absolutely adorable and very easy in the eyes.


As someone who has started two businesses on my own, and then sold them both for profit, I know how hard these guys work. In order to get any business off the ground, it means working seven days a week, at least twelve or more hours each day, and no time off for a social life. I did it for ten years with my New Hope art gallery, and five more with another business I sold in 2007. And I'm still doing it as a writer, which is just as demanding as running any other business.


So if you get a chance, check out the link I provided above. Beekman 1802 is a great web site and very simple to navigate. But more than that, these two guys are excellent examples of the same sex couples I'm always writing about in my novels.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Changing Links


Since the ravenous web site was hacked, looks like none of my ravenous links work. Some go to amazon, and they are fine. I'll be changing all the bad links to ravenous in the next week or so. Here's the new one for GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ravenous Romance Hacked...But Now Up and Running Again

After being hacked, by some creep with nothing to do this past weekend, http://www.ravenousromance.com/ is back up and running.

I'd like to thank all the people who e-mailed me about it, and also apologize for any inconvenience they experienced. Let's face it, on a hot summer weekend, when there's nothing else to do, it's frustrating when you can't even buy that e-book you've been wanting to buy because some jerk decided to play games with the site.

There are still a few glitches, though. I've been told not all of my books are available, including the newest release, GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. But this will all be worked out fast, and I'll post when everything is back to normal. Until then, any books can be purchased on amazon, allromanceebooks.com, or fictionwise.com. One of the great things about working with ravenous romance is they have very creative and vast distribution networks.

But I know, a lot of people prefer to buy directly from the publisher's web site. I tend to do this myself. So it will be back to normal as soon as possible. And I'll post about it here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN Free for Limited Time Only (Take that, Book Pirates)


If you haven't read AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN, it's now being offered for free, for a limited time, here. ...on allromanceebooks.com. I love this site. I download a lot of my own books there. It's very simple to use.


And, for the people that patronize book pirates. Maybe you should take a little click over to allromance and check out this free offer. There are other books for free, too. You guys might find that it's a good feeling to download free books that were authorized to be free books instead of stealing your books from sleezy pirate sites. All publishers do these free offers all the time, not just ravenous romance. And this way, even though you guys don't seen to care about supporting your favorite authors by buying books (or about the fact that you could get caught and prosecuted), at least you can support them by acknowledging their free offers.






Sunday, August 8, 2010

Issues with Ravenous Romance Web Site

New Update from facebook post: Ravenous Romance™ Hi, fans! Our website was hacked into by someone with too much time on his hands on a Saturday night, and it should be restored by morning. Just wanted to let you know we're on it, and we apologize for the temporary outage! Thanks for your patience.

Update: I just found out there is a problem with the server. Here's a quote from the publisher:

"Yes, there is a problem with the site that is generated by the server. We're trying to get them to fix it."


I'm posting because I've had tons of e-mails from readers asking what's wrong with the ravenous romance web site. And to the best of my knowledge, there are web issues. What this means, I don't know. I'm not great when it comes to web issues. And I apologize to any readers who might be having problems.

But I'm sure the site will be fixed and back up and running soon. And until then, please check out the limited offer for free ravenous romance books over at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/, where there's a list of great books. The offer isn't advertised well. So you'll have to go to the allromance home page, do a search for "ravenous romance" under "publisher" in the top right corner of the page. And when you get to the ravenous page, scroll down to see which books are free. It will say "0.00."

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Reader's Question about GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

This morning I found a question about GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE in an e-mail from one of my readers named Shirlene. It was a good question, and one that I've been worried about myself. And though a certain online romance book reviewer doesn't think it's important for authors to post their intentions in blog posts (she'd rather the author made their intentions clear in the book itself so she can decide for herself), readers do seem to think it's important to know exactly what a book is about before they make the purchase. So I'd like to clarify a few things for Shirlene, and for other readers who might be wondering about GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

First, I'd never even try to go up against the original Pride and Prejudice. It's the penultimate romance as far as I'm concerned, and to try to top anything so perfect would be both insane and impossible. But I did want to write a book about gay pride, same sex marriage, social classes, and how prejudice affects the lgbt community as a whole, and also how it is handled within the lgbt community.

Shirlene wanted to know if she needed to read the original Pride and Prejudice to understand the storyline in GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. And the answer is no, because this isn't a sequel to the original book and it's not fanfic. My book is set in the present, in South Beach, FL, and there's nothing historical about it. I don't write historicals, and rarely read them, mainly because they aren't my thing. And I hate to think of readers wondering about a book before they purchase it...no matter what our favorite dedicated online romance reviewer thinks about authors posting about their books on their blogs (smile).

Below is an unpublished excerpt from GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I hope it shows this is not a historical and that the only thing that resembles the original Pride and Prejudice are certain aspects of the theme regarding marriage and social class.

“Why is the marriage thing so important to you?” A hint of frustration floated through his voice.

“Because it is,” Tristan said. “It’s what I’ve always wanted, even before same-sex marriage became a hot political topic. When I was a child, I’d listen to my uncle’s friends talk about their relationships. If they were in permanent monogamous relationships, they always said they were married. They even referred to their partners as their husbands, or wives if they were women. I didn’t even know they were using these words loosely until I was about ten years old. I thought they really were married. They lived like all the straight married couples I’d ever known. And then, when I found out that gay men and women couldn’t get legally married, when my uncle explained the cold hard facts of life to his little gay nephew, I was so devastated I tore up all the wedding magazines I’d been saving for years.


“As I got older and legalized same-sex marriage became an issue within the lgbt community, I started to realize that I deserved to fall in love and get married just as much as heterosexual couples deserved it. And I made a decision a long time ago that I wouldn’t settle for less. Call it pride; call it being stubborn. But I won’t settle for less.”

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Release Day: GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE


Releasing GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE today, after yesterday's news about Prop 8, was totally unplanned. The theme of the book revolves around same sex marriage and the endless battle to legalize same sex marriage. I didn't get too political. Most of the storyline is centered on the emotional aspects same sex couples experience when they fall in love and decide to spend the rest of their lives together. I did, however, mention a few serious issues that gay couples who have been together for a long time experience.


I'll post unpublished excerpts over the weekend. And below is a short synopsis taken from the publisher's web site.


Although Tristan's Uncle Eldridge always told him it was just as easy to fall in love with a wealthy man as it was to fall in love with a gay man, Tristan was always more interested in falling love with the right man than he was in finding money or prestige. While growing up and observing his uncle's many gay friends in long-term relationships, Tristan's main goal in life was to fall in love with the man of his dreams and get married. The fact that same-sex marriage wasn't legally recognized between gay men didn't bother him. He was determined to do it anyway, whether anyone liked it or not.
But when Tristan and his uncle leave New York and settle in South Beach, Tristan discovers all this isn't as easy as he always thought it would be. While his uncle is trying to set him up with a wealthy businessman to secure his financial future, Tristan is sneaking around with the hot guy across the street, Miller Wiley, whom his uncle doesn't like. Though Miller does, in fact, come from one of the wealthiest families in Florida, Miller isn't openly gay, he is more interested in just fooling around than getting married, and he has an overbearing, powerful mother who expects him to marry a socially acceptable young woman instead of a poor gay guy like Tristan.
Through a series of complicated events that revolve around a brand new charitable organization called MEE (Marriage and Equality for Everyone) and a sudden, unexpected death, Tristan and Miller try hard to overcome the emotional and social forces that are so determined to keep them apart. At times, it looks as if they'll never find happiness. And though it kills him, Tristan never backs down, insisting to Miller and everyone else he won't settle for anything less than a real marriage built on a solid foundation of love and respect.
Will Tristan and Miller's love rise above the social, political, and economic barriers that seem destined to keep them apart? And is it possible for a gay guy from the wrong side of the tracks to find happiness in a same-sex marriage with a carefree rich guy who doesn't seem to know what he wants?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Prop 8 Overturned

Tomorrow I have a book being released that deals with gay marriage and civil rights. And though it's a love story and classified as a romance, I couldn't write a book dealing with pride, prejudice, and the legalization of same sex marriage without getting into the politics. When I wrote this book, I never imagined we'd be hearing this news.

I'm thrilled about this step forward. There's still a long way to go. But at least we've made it this far. I read that President Obama and Gov. Schwarzenegger both support the decision and believe that banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional.

But this isn't the end...not yet. It's going to be challenged in the 9th Federal Circuit Court. After that, it will probably go to the Supreme Court, where it will affect all fifty states. But at least we're moving forward instead of backward.

New Release From Cleis Press: SKATER BOYS


I just received my copies of a new release I'm in from Cleis Press. It's titled SKATER BOYS, and my story is titled In This Our Day. Here's the amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Skater-Boys-Gay-Erotic-Stories/dp/1573444014/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280929790&sr=1-1


And it can also be purchased at www.CleisPress.com, as well. I'm not sure if it's been released as an e-book yet, but I'm sure that if it hasn't it won't take long.


Here's an excerpt from my story:


When Braden Klinger moved to the little town of Mt. Saint Hope, he decided to do things differently. So he introduced himself to everyone as The Reverend Braden von Klinger. He added the von to his name because he’d always been told by his mother that he’d come from German royalty. He wasn’t lying about the minister part. Though he’d never actually worked as a minister, he had taken a mail order course to become one.


He was forty-five years old by then, but said he was in his late thirties and no one ever questioned him. His brown hair was still thick and he parted it on the left so that a chunky wave fell freely across his forehead as if he’d just been for a long drive with the top down. He’d worn it that way since he was in high school. When he wore a sweater, it was usually tied around his shoulders. He tried hard to keep up with things, but he’d never been able to shed that preppy look of the l980’s.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sequel to THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE


I just found out late last week there's going to be a sequel to THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE. The title is going to be THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE'S WEDDING, the main characters will remain the same, and the little Chinese Crested is finally going to get a name of his own.


I'll post more details later. But we're looking for an October release date right now. It might be out sooner, though. It all depends on how the contracted books I'm working on now come along.


And, best of all, TVBW will be set, mostly, in Alaska, which is perfect timing. I'm leaving for a four day trip to Alaska myself in September and I'm going to be gathering all the little details I can. It will be a fast trip, to visit old friends from college who are getting married. But I like when these little coincidences between my work life and my personal life happen. Makes it feel as if it was meant to be.