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Chase of a Lifetime Free on Allromanceebooks.com 12 Days of Christmas

“Chase of a Lifetime” was chosen to be part of a FREE book event at allromanceebooks.com this weekend, called the 12 Days of Christmas. It’s the first, and by no means last, book I published last spring with Ryan Field Press. It’s also the first book in the “Chase” series, followed by “Chase of a Dream,” and “Chase of an Adventure.” Each book is a stand alone, and there are no cliffhangers.

From my inbox:

Your book will be the 4th free read and available for download to readers on December 16th and December 17th.

That’s tomorrow and Monday. You can get there from here. The banner at the top of the homepage will explain it all.

Right now there are other books being offered for free, so if you’re interested in stocking up this time of year you might want to check it out.

It’s a nice way to offer something back to readers, and I’m glad ARe came up with the idea. I’m also glad that CoaL was chosen to be part of it.

And, for those who aren’t familiar with Allromanceebooks.com, you might want to check them out. Books descriptions are usually superior there, events like this happen often, and it’s a simple web site to use. Kobo e-readers also work there, too.  

 

NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day; Allromanceebooks 12 Days of Christmas; Don’t Just Shop Amazon

Although I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, I do have friends working hard at it and I’ve seen that they are offering daily tips for writers who are doing NaNoWriMo over at Galley Cat.

In this article, they link to a site where you can turn your browser into a typewriter:

The free Internet Typewriter site will turn your web browser into a distraction-free black screen for writing your manuscript, complete with electric or manual typewriter sounds.

I find this interesting. One of the biggest issues I had when I switched from writing hard copy on a typewriter to writing on a computer keyboard was that I missed the sound of the IBM electric typewriter. Of course that was over ten years ago and I’m over it now. But in the beginning I couldn’t seem to get used to not hearing something substantial.

I’m not sure I’d be able to write a manuscript in my browser without having any issues, but I’m sure I could get used to it in time. In any event, it’s an interesting article and something I’m sure a lot of people might find useful.

Allromanceebook.com 12 Days of Christmas:

I was just informed yesterday that CHASE OF A LIFETIME was chosen as a promo pick for the upcoming holiday event at ARe. I don’t have all the details yet, but will post in detail as soon as I get them. I’m excited about this for different reasons. Even though I have over 100 pubbed works out with great publishers that I love, COAL was my very first self-pubbed book with Ryan Field Press and for some reason I’m very close to it. It’s hard to explain. I think I know now how other self-pubbed authors feel about their self-pubbed books. And no matter what I pub next, COAL will always be that special book for me.

As I’ve always stated, I recommend ARe as a first choice when shopping for e-books for a variety of reasons. One, they do offer readers promos like this 12 days event, especially at a time of year when everyone’s shopping and spending money and there’s little left for entertainment. And two, because I think they give the best product descriptions for e-books anywhere. Amazon doesn’t even seem to try. The product details over there are always so sketchy I make sure I add as many details in my story descriptions as possible so readers know what they are getting. It’s no wonder readers leave bad reviews for short stories they thought were full length novels. I don’t blame them at all. This leads me to believe that the people running Amazon aren’t readers themselves. If they were, they’d step up their game, get off their asses, and stop pussyfooting around.

So if you are into reading e-books, please take the time to check out web sites where e-books are sold like allromanceebooks.com. You’ll not only be getting excellent service from owners who do care about readers and books, but you’ll also be able to see what you’re actually getting before you purchase. As a personal note, the folks at ARe really do care. I’ve had confusing search engine issues with them and they’ve always helped me out and they’ve always been there when I needed them. They are not the cold, lifeless bots you’ll find at THAT place…Amazon…who couldn’t care less if you purchase from them or not. So do yourself a favor and check ARe out. It’s a recommendation I don’t have any reservations about giving to anyone.

There’s just something more upscale about ARe, too, even though their prices are the same as everyone else. I feel good about shopping at ARe. I always find that when I’m shopping for anything at Amazon it’s so low-end lacking character. I’m really so over Amazon at this point. There are so many nicer places to shop online that treat people very well. And you don’t have to deal with that messy review nonsense that always seems to be happening only at Amazon.

Seth Godin, Censorship, Allromanceebooks.com, and Apple

(Update: I received an e-mail from Allromanceebooks.com with an explanation as to what might have happened. They were very gracious and took the time to explain everything in detail to me. Evidently, it’s something to do with the way the book was tagged. Which I understand. I will post more soon. I’ve always supported ARe for their excellent product descriptions, and it’s nice to know they care enough to get back this soon.)

Late last night I went over to Dystel & Goderich to read a few blog posts to take my mind off the fact that ARe banned one of my books for no valid reason I can see, and I found a blog post there about censorship with a link to a great article written by Seth Godin.

Although Seth Godin’s situation is quite different from mine, it’s still the same thing in a general sense. Apple is allegedly refusing to carry his book for their own reasons, which are explained in detail in his article.

In my case with “Skater Boy” it’s not only unfair because my book doesn’t fall under any of the targeted categories that are being banned, but also because it’s implying I write books with these taboo topics. In other words, I have never written about incest, bestiality, and the other taboo topics that are all being banned right now. I’ve never read them either. I don’t even read BDSM books. I respect those who do. But it’s not for me. (Not to mention the fact that ARe took down “Skater Boy” this week, and left up an anthology where the same story was published a few years earlier under the title “In This Our Day.”)

And the sheer fact that I don’t have the choice anymore bothers me intensely. As a reader, I don’t like other people making these decisions for me, nor do I like having my freedom taken away. I’m an adult and I feel capable of making adult decisions without anyone’s help.

Anyway, check out Seth’s article about his experience. It’s very interesting.

There’s been a long history of ubiquity at the bookstore. With a few extreme exceptions, just about every book is available at every bookstore if you’re willing to order it. Universal availability feels like part of the contract we make with bookstores-we expect them to sell everything. In the digital world, this goes triple, because there’s no issue of shelf space to deal with. Read more…

Release Day: You Missed a Spot, Big Guy

Here’s all the information about the book, taken directly from Allromanceebooks.com. It can be purchased at the publishers web site, too, www.loveyoudivine.com, an most other online sites where e-books are sold.

Your book is now available for sale at All Romance eBooks!
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You Missed a Spot Big GuyBy: Ryan Field Other books by Ryan FieldPublished By: loveyoudivineISBN # 5043_1015
Word Count: 5036Heat Index
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, HTML, Mobipocket (.prc), Rocket, Epub

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About the bookWhen a cute college guy named Rick takes a part time job keeping house for a newly divorced construction worker named David who has a ten year old son, Rick isn’t shy about wearing his tightest pants, his shortest shorts, and his most revealing underwear. Although Rick’s not certain whether or not David will care about what he’s wearing, Rick’s heart beats faster each time he gazes at David’s strong legs and heavy construction boots. When Rick steals quick glances at David’s tool belt, his knees go weak. And when the right circumstances occur and Rick can’t hold back his feelings for David any longer he seizes the opportunity to blatantly seduce him with cunning instincts.But David reacts in a way Rick hadn’t predicted. And though Rick isn’t sure at first about whether or not he’ll keep his part time job, he doesn’t mind taking good care of his big strong construction worker dad while he’s still employed there.

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.