a sign from heaven above

Free E-book On Allromanceebooks.com: "A Sign From Heaven Above"

Who: Me

What: I’m offering a free e-book. $0.00 “A Sign From Heaven Above.” (Photo to the right)

When: For a week.

Where: On Allromanceebooks, at this link.

Why: Because I love the way Allromance offers promotions all year to readers, and I like their product descriptions even more. And because it’s winter, it’s dreary, and we all can’t be in exotic places with palm trees and beaches covered with white sand.

Description
 

Although Ricky has been living in his new home in the Hollywood Hills for a few months, he hasn’t had a chance to meet his new neighbor. All Ricky knows about him is that he’s young, attractive, and seems to live a fast life. This doesn’t bother Ricky much because he’s not looking to meet anyone at this time in his life. Ricky is forty years old and the reason he moved to the West Coast was because his partner of twenty years passed away suddenly and he’s still grieving.

Then one afternoon when he least expects it, Ricky meets his neighbor in a very unusual situation and finds him as smart and funny as he is attractive. Ricky likes him so much he invites him to dinner and they talk about Ricky’s love of horses, riding, and his Amish background. But when it comes time to get more intimate, Ricky’s not sure he wants to proceed. He feels guilty, as if he’s cheating on his deceased partner, and he silently prays for a sign from heaven to tell him he’s doing the right thing.

Recent Publications and Something New for Next Year

It’s been incredibly busy since September, and I’m not talking about getting through hurricane Sandy and living for over a week without power. I actually worked during that time with my computer plugged into our generator for five hours a day. Then we would plug the generator into other things, like heat and TV to get through the rest of the long dark nights. I love my Amish friends, but I wasn’t cut out to be Amish. I need all the modern conveniences that are available.

In any event, I’m posting this list of recently published works for readers, and to keep myself organized. If I didn’t do this, I would spend most of my time working, writing new blog posts, and not paying attention to what’s been published. And I know as a reader I like to check out author blogs and web sites for more information. And I figure I’d better do the same thing.

In the Chase series, Ravenous Romance published the third book. The first two books in this series were published by Ryan Field Press and they are still for sale for .99.

Chase of an Adventure: Fifty Shades of Gay

The most recent from Loveyoudivine, is this one. It’s a quirky love story with a transgender character I’d wanted to write about for a long time. It’s more of a story about finding self-love than true romantic love. I think the plot summary on Amazon makes it clear.

That Cowboy in the Window

And I self-published this one with Ryan Field Press. This, for me, is a gay romance, with plenty of schmaltz and what I hope is a little humor.

A Sign from Heaven Above

I have a new book coming out with Ravenous Romance very soon titled THE IVY LEAGUE RAKE. I’ve posted about it here.http://ryan-field.blogspot.com/2012/11/cover-preview-billionaire-ivy-league.html And after that the next book in the Billionaire Bad Boy series will be THE WALL STREET SHARK. I just submitted that one last week and I have no idea when the publication date will be.

And, of course, there’s the non-fiction book I’m in about the novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The release date for this one is November 20th. I’ll post something tomorrow about it.

Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

If there are any questions, feel free to e-mail me. All e-mails are treated with discretion and always will be. And, as we wind up this year I’ve been thinking about getting into something new. In 2013 I’m going to start looking for authors that I can publish under Ryan Field Press. I can’t go into any details right now because it’s too soon to do that. But just like all my self-published ventures so far, this will be a humble experience that I hope will give a few new authors a chance to get published without having to get into self-publishing themselves. I will be posting more about this in the future. I’ve learned a lot about indie publishing in the past year, from formatting to distribution, and now I’m ready to move forward with other authors who might be interested. I’m not sure how this will be focused yet with regard to genre, but I can say that I will most likely be looking for New Adult Fiction with lgbt characters…but not necessarily lgbt fiction. I think it’s time to incorporate lgbt characters into more mainstream novels. It’s time everyone started reading about them.

Cover Preview: Billionaire Ivy League Rake & A Sign From Heaven Above

(Update: I said earlier in this post that “A Sign from Heaven Above” will be on Amazon in the lender’s program, but after I talked it over with someone we decided it’s better to not get stuck in the three month contract that limits us only to Amazon. So the book will still be priced at .99 everywhere, but it won’t be part of the lender’s program on Amazon this time so I can release it in other markets right away. I hate to do that because I love the lender’s program, but I don’t like being locked into anything for that length of time. Amazon makes the rules; I don’t. And it’s not fair to web sites like Allromanceebooks.com either. So that’s where it stands now. It’s already up on Smashwords and will be on Kobo, and I’ll post more as soon as it’s up on other web sites.)

I’m posting both of these covers for two upcoming releases because of the way the timing worked out. I never really know when books from publishers are going to be released until about a week before it happens, which is why I don’t get into midnight launches and I don’t make a huge deal out of new releases like other authors.

I’m not J.K Rowling and families are not lining up in bookstores at midnight for my books.  And I’ve always found that less is more when it comes to talking about book releases in my genre, especially because erotic romance (or anything gay oriented that’s not even erotic) tends to be so discreet for so many of my readers. But I do like to put the information out there in case anyone is interested in finding out more.

The first cover is a self-published short story, “A Sign From Heaven Above,” that will be prices as a .99 cent e-books and I will do the lending program for three months. I find that it works, even though Amazon locks me into it for those three months and I can’t distribute anywhere else. After that period, I’ll release it everywhere I can, including allromanceebooks.com which is my personal favorite site as a reader. And it will remain at .99 for at least the next six months. I’ve already posted about it here, so you can check this link out for more information where there’s a blurb and tag lines. I had a few cover issues with this book. The first two covers had to be changed because the models that were used were also used in two other fairly well known places. One had the model used on the GRL web site, and the other had a model that was used on a book for an author I know. I didn’t want to release a book that way, so this is actually the third (and final) cover choice and I’ve checked everywhere to see if it’s been done before and I couldn’t find a thing.

The next cover, “The Ivy League Rake,” is part of an ongoing series I’m writing for Ravenousromance.com that’s focused on bad boy billionaires. “Rakes” are the guys that everyone loves to hate, and at the same time no one can seem to get enough of, in real life or in romance novels. I’ve known more than a few in my lifetime so far. In fact, sometimes I think I attract them on a sub-conscious level I’ve never been aware of. Put me in a room with 99 great guys and one bad boy, and the bad boy will always find me.

One of the things I’ve always been fascinated about with “rakes” is that everyone wants to change them. Of course in real life we all know THAT’S not possible. Trust me, I know from experience. But in romance where anything is possible and we always want that happy ending, I think I delivered what readers want this time. It’s all about the fantasy, and not just the erotic fantasy. The emotional fantasy of conquering a “rake” is sometimes even more intense than the sex.

I will post as each book is released, with purchase links. I don’t have set dates for either book and there’s a reason for that. Ravenous never tells me until the day the books are released, which is fine with me. It’s worked so far and I still have plenty of time to talk about it. And with my own self-pubbed books, I never know exactly when Amazon is going to put the book up for sale after it’s been uploaded to the site. There’s a waiting period and I don’t like to say anything until I personally see the book up on Amazon, with no errors, and ready to go. I usually buy it myself just to be sure the formatting is okay and everything is the way it’s supposed to be. As a side note, that’s one big difference between self-publishing and publishing with a publisher: I don’t have to worry with publishers. I know they will do their jobs and the books will be fine. With self-publishing the worry never ends until I actually see how the book looks in digital format on my own e-readers.

In any event, here’s the sell copy for “The Ivy League Rake.” I don’t think I’ve posted about this one before at all.

 

Elroy Donahue, the spoiled heir to a billion dollar ice cream fortune, must get a degree from Harvard in order to gain control of the family fortune. Thankfully, what he lacks in academic skills he makes up for in looks, personality, and a deep seated desire to get what he wants no matter how he has to do it.

Then humble Kyle Sparrow comes along and changes everything. Kyle’s an excellent student, he’s grateful to be at Harvard on an academic scholarship, and he’s never been promiscuous. When Elroy discovers Kyle is his new roommate, he immediately begins to figure out ways to seduce him.

But Kyle isn’t like the other guys Elroy has known in the past. He wants love; he craves emotion. For the first time in his life, Elroy is not only rejected, he’s forced to examine his careless lifestyle and take responsibility for his actions. The harder he tries to do the right thing the more he fails.

Will Elroy’s thoughtless attitude discourage Kyle? Or will Kyle turn out to be the only man on the planet who can transform this billionaire bad boy into the man he knew he could always be?

Why I had to Revise This Book Cover; Kergan Ewards-Stout Wants to be Defriended; Frankenstorm

(Update #2: With regard to the Kergan Edwards-Stout article in the Huff Post, being that the post was centered on President Obama’s support of same sex marriage, and when I think of support I’m talking about support on a federal level, not on a state to state level, I wanted to post this link to an ABC news article on the President’s latest comment on same sex marriage. Evidently, he’s not supporting same sex marriage on a federal level if he should win a second term, and he’s basically saying that same thing all the other candidates before him have said in the past. It’s not very encouraging, because gay marriage on a state level means nothing for most of us. We need equality on a federal level.)

(Update: The moment I posted this cover on facebook, author Janet Post, told me this cover model has been used on her book, so this cover won’t be used either and it’s back to coming up with a new cover. So this will now be an ongoing post about the difficulties of coming up with decent book covers. Of course I’m not using it. And I’m sure the cover artist will agree. I’m just glad Janet caught this in time before it went to print.)

Earlier this week I posted a preview cover for a new .99 e-book I’m self-pubbing on Amazon next month. It’s titled, “A Sign From Heaven Above,” it’s very erotic gay romance, and you can read more about it with the link.

Unfortunately, I thought I had the perfect cover. Simple and clean; nothing I found offensive. And then I wrote a post thanking Gay Rom Lit for a contest they held last weekend where I won a copy of a gay film on DVD. While I was linking to the GRL web site in my post, I noticed they had the same image that I’d used for the cover of ASFHA. I’d purchased mine from one of those stock photo sites to make it all legal, and I guess they did the same thing. That was the first time I’d ever been to the GRL web site. I usually get all that information from social media.

So I thought about it and decided to change the entire book cover. The cover artist agreed. I doubt the folks at GRL would have minded, but I didn’t want to usurp their territory. I bought another image, revised the entire cover, and this is what we came up with. I still like the first one better, but I’m okay with this.

Sometimes these things happen and sometimes you catch it before it goes to print. I once released a short story titled “Strawberries and Cream at the Plaza,” and soon discovered after it was released another mm romance titled “Strawberries and Cream” had been released around the same time. In that case, there was nothing I could do about it. My story was a re-print from an older anthology and it had been titled years ago. And I’m sure the other author had no idea either. It happens. At least this time I had a chance to revise it.

Kergan Edwards-Stout Asks People to Unfriend Him on Social Media…

If people are not going to vote in the next election the way Kergan Edwards-Stout is voting, and they are not supporting his candidate of choice, Edwards-Stout is turning his back on them, will have nothing to do with them, and wants them to unfriend him on all social media.

I’m not a friend of his on any social media, so I didn’t have to unfriend him. But I probably would have it he’d been a friend. I’ve been openly gay all my life, and I’m with my partner for twenty years. We’ve bought, renovated and sold property together. We’ve started and sold small businesses. We’ve buried parents and grandparents in those twenty years. We’ve helped parents and family members through everything from divorce to chemotherapy. We’ve also buried good friends and watched older gay couples go through all the legal issues same sex couples face. We’ve had our attorney plan and organize our affairs so that we both have legal POA for health issues and financial issues. I’ve stood by Tony’s side while a priest gave him last rites when they thought he was dying five years ago. I brought him home after a three month hospital stay when he weighed 90 pounds so he could recuperate in his own home instead of a nursing home…against everyone’s advice…they didn’t think I could do it alone. So I may not be father of the year like Kergan Edwards-Stout, but there’s nothing he can even imagine that I haven’t already been through twice by this time in my life. And I don’t take kindly to people giving me orders as to who I should vote for in either party, Democrat or Republican. I happen to be a registered Democrat and have been all my life. But I still don’t want ANYONE telling me who I should vote for, just as I would never tell anyone who they should vote for. That’s an individual choice we all have the right to decide for ourselves.

What prompted me to comment on this Edwards-Stout post was an e-mail I received from a good friend in Brooklyn. I’ve posted about her before. She and her partner have been together for thirty years, and they were here, in New Hope, offering me all the support I needed when Tony went through his health crisis five years ago. This friend of mine was a lifelong Democrat who became disillusioned with politics in the last five years and now she’s an independent voter. She was wearing a “Vote for Romney” button in her Brooklyn neighborhood one day this week. I don’t always agree with her on politics, but she’s still my friend and I still respect her choices. She was attacked verbally by six people that day for wearing that Romney button. Of course the poor thing was terrified. She’s not wearing that button again any time soon. But you see where I’m going with this. She wasn’t out to attack anyone. She was minding her own business, doing her own thing.

I’m not a political person. I do work hard to support same sex marriage, and all things LGBT all the time. I even get into some of these issues in my fiction even though I know no one reads my books to get political insight (smile). But I would never have the audacity to actually tell someone how he or she should vote. And I’d like to make that distinction clear here, in writing. So if you aren’t supporting my candidate of choice, I’ll still be your friend on social media, or anywhere else, no matter who you are voting for this November. I have no right to tell you how to vote just as you have no right to tell me how to vote. And I don’t want to lose your friendship, whoever you might be, because of the same kind of discrimination I’ve been facing all my life.

Frankenstorm Approaches

In case you have not been following this, we are bracing for what might be the perfect storm here in the mid-Atlantic. There’s a hurricane moving north up the Atlantic and it’s going to collide with a front coming from the west. The link will provide more details, and I’m no weather expert, but I do find it interesting that this same time last year we had a freak snowstorm here on Halloween that created problems for days afterward. I lost so many small trees I stopped counting.

As far as the models go, this approaching storm might still go out to sea, which would be nice. Tony and I don’t live near the coast but we do live on three heavily wooded acres with massive tall trees. And when the wind goes above sixty miles per hour, we go to the basement. Living with so many trees is interesting because you can never predict which tree will go down. We’ve had some trees removed we thought were unsafe, but then a storm would come along and a tree we thought was perfectly safe would go down. You can never predict anything with trees.

So I’m hoping that if this storm does happen, we ALL get through this with as little damage as possible. You’ve heard that old saying about “if a tree goes down in the forest…” Well, trust me, they do make a sound, and it’s not a sound you want to hear often.

Cover Preview: A Sign From Heaven Above

“A Sign From Heaven Above” is a new release I’m indie publishing with Amazon. This time it’s not a full length novel. It’s a 9,000 word short story that’s erotic gay romance, and it’s never been published before anywhere. It will be offered as a .99 e-book indefinitely.

I actually wrote this a long time ago…years…and kept it in my files because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I didn’t think it was right for Loveyoudivine.com, I didn’t see any calls for submission for anthologies where I thought it would fit, and I focus mostly on full length novels with Ravenousromance.com. So, as they say, it was orphaned for years.

Tag Line:

Sometimes all it takes is one little sign to help show us the way

Raw Blurb subject to change:

Although Ricky has been living in his new home in the Hollywood Hills for a few months, he hasn’t had a chance to meet his new neighbor. All Ricky knows about him is that he’s young, attractive, and seems to live a fast life. This doesn’t bother Ricky much because he’s not looking to meet anyone at this time in his life. He’s forty years old and the reason he moved to the West Coast was because his partner of twenty years passed away suddenly and Ricky’s still grieving.

Then one afternoon when he least expects it, Ricky meets his neighbor in a very unusual situation and finds him as smart and funny as he is attractive. Ricky likes him so much he invites him to dinner and they talk about Ricky’s love of horses, riding, and his Amish background. But when it comes time to get more intimate, Ricky’s not sure he wants to proceed. He feels guilty, as if he’s cheating on his deceased partner, and he silently prays for a sign from heaven to tell him he’s doing the right thing.

I’m not sure about a release date yet, but it will be out before Thanksgiving, and probably much sooner than later.

Next Amazon KDP Release: "A Sign From Heaven Above"

I haven’t posted anything about my work with the Amazon KDP program in a while because I’ve been busy working on contracted books for publishers. But I’m getting close to releasing another KDP book very soon and I wanted to mention it.

This time it’s a story titled, “A Sign From Heaven Above.” It’s an original story that has never been published anywhere before, it’s gay erotic romance, and it runs about 8,000 words. It will also be priced at .99 just like my other KDP releases on Amazon.

Raw Blurb:

Although Ricky is starting to get his new life together in Los Angeles, he still misses his long time partner, Max, of Twenty years who died suddenly. The fact that there was a twenty year age difference between Ricky and his late partner makes things even worse, and Ricky finds himself trying to figure out how to begin his life all over again at the age of forty years old when most people are just beginning to sink into their lives.

The reason he moved to LA in the first place was because there were too many memories of Max in New York to start again. But things don’t seem to be getting better, at least not until Ricky meets his next foor neighbor, Grayson, for the first time. And although he’s not sure about Grayson at first, he is attracted to him and Grayson’s aggressive personality makes him smile more than he’s smiled since Max’s death. But in order to move forward with Grayson, and to know he’s doing the right thing, he needs a sign from heaven. Without that sign, he knows deep down he’ll never feel right about falling in love with another man.  

As I said, this is a raw blurb subject to change before publication…which usually happens at the last minute. But it is the basic storyline and that won’t change. I’m shooting for a release date next month sometime, which I’ll post more about as I get closer to a release date.

I don’t want to get all spiritual in fiction, but I think a lot of people are more superstitious than they would admit to being. When it comes to important life decisions it makes people feel more confident/comfortable if they get a small sign that they are making the right choices. It doesn’t have to be religious and doesn’t have to have anything to do with heaven. But I’ve been around long enough to know that certain things in life seem to fall into place when we least expect them to…as if there’s a pattern to our lives over which we have no control.

And we often find things out about our lives/destinies in the form of little signs from the universe that only we can know and understand. In my case, I’ve always lived in a place with the numbers 1, 4, 6, and 2 in the address. Not in that order; not always at the same time. The home Tony and I owned before this was a combination of two of those numbers…16. The home before that was a different combination of two more of those numbers…42. The home we’ve lived in for the past ten years is an arrangement of all those numbers. And I didn’t always realize it at the time, so it wasn’t a conscious decision to move to places with those numbers. We bought this house before we even knew the address…or cared about it. But these four numbers have been following me around for years.