American Star

Publisher Won’t Ship to Bookstore; American Star App

This is an interesting story, about a publisher who wouldn’t ship more than 200 books to a brick and mortar bookstore simply because that was the publisher’s rule. And not even if the bookstore had pre-sold more than 200 books.

It’s interesting how these things work, and I think we’ve all experienced this kind of incompetence at one point or another.

I don’t know much about the blogger, and he/she didn’t give links (which is smart these days) but I think this could have happened with any large publisher nowadays. Something failed along the way, and I think it all started with summer Fridays off, not enough work to do, and a lack of good old fashioned work ethic.

From LB’s Blog:

An independent bookseller I know landed a major bestselling author for a rare in-store signing. He got the word out, took advance phone and internet orders for signed copies, and called his sales rep at the publisher to make sure the books would reach him in plenty of time.

“You’ve ordered 450 copies,” the rep told him. “I’m afraid we can only ship you 200.”

Why, for God’s sake? Hadn’t they printed enough?

“No, it’s policy,” he was told. “Two hundred books is our maximum order. We can’t take the chance of huge returns, or credit problems.”

American Star Has Its Own App at Android Blip

I think there’s one for American Star II. I didn’t even know these were around until a reader told me about them.

As a side note, this is one of the reasons I like working with publishers instead of self-publishing. It’s not something I would have done with my self-pubbed books…nor would I have thought of doing. I will look into it now that I’ve seen it. But everything is a learning experience and you learn as you go. I don’t agree with the Joe Konrath’s of the world who believe it all begins and ends on Amazon. You have to get that self-pubbed book out there and distribute it to as many places as possible.

Here’s a plot description, and here’s a link to androidblip.

If you like watching “American Idol,” you’ll love Ryan Field’s M/M erotic novel American Star!
The lead in this kinky novel is Terrence. Ryan Field’s Terrence loves two things in life: hot male/male sex with good looking men and singing on stage. So when he auditions for a new TV reality show that’s a singing competition, it’s no surprise when he starts to attract tons of fans and horny gay guys who are interested in getting into his tight pants.
When he develops feelings that are deeper than just sex for one of the other contestants in Hollywood, he does his best to seduce him in every way possible. But the other contestant is more worried about singing than sex, so Terrence winds up having a lot of kinky gay sex to deal with the rejection.

In this erotic romance Terrence has to deal with a deranged fan who sends him death threats, the overbearing mother of his newest love interest and the brutal death of a close friend. But none of this stops him from growing as a performer, and with a little help from a well-hung chauffeur, a few sexy top guys who work in a hotel, and his ex-lover the gay football player, he learns how to please all the men in his life with a huge smile on his face and legs that are always ready to open wide.
“American Star is a fun, fast read with plenty of sex. If you’re a fan of the reality TV show, this one is for you.” –Manic Readers

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ANDROIDBLIP and Gay Books: American Star


There’s now a web site dedicated to android applications, where you can find many of my books. The one I’m linking to is AMERICAN STAR, and there’s a list of others.

A few things have been changed slightly. They’ve altered the title of AMERICAN STAR and most of the other books. But the content is still exactly the same.

There’s also a good book description and a sample of what the digital format will look like.

If you like watching “American Idol,” you’ll love Ryan Field’s M/M erotic novel American Star!
The lead in this kinky novel is Terrence. Ryan Field’s Terrence loves two things in life: hot male/male sex with good looking men and singing on stage. So when he auditions for a new TV reality show that’s a singing competition, it’s no surprise when he starts to attract tons of fans and horny gay guys who are interested in getting into his tight pants.
When he develops feelings that are deeper than just sex for one of the other contestants in Hollywood, he does his best to seduce him in every way possible. But the other contestant is more worried about singing than sex, so Terrence winds up having a lot of kinky gay sex to deal with the rejection.
In this erotic romance Terrence has to deal with a deranged fan who sends him death threats, the overbearing mother of his newest love interest and the brutal death of a close friend. But none of this stops him from growing as a performer, and with a little help from a well-hung chauffeur, a few sexy top guys who work in a hotel, and his ex-lover the gay football player, he learns how to please all the men in his life with a huge smile on his face and legs that are always ready to open wide.

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.

Why Would Anyone Pay More for a Used Book on Amazon?

This is just another quick post about something I saw on Amazon this weekend. The problem is I don’t understand it. Someone on Amazon is selling a few of my used books for almost three times the amount of what a new paperback costs. A new paperback of AMERICAN STAR retails for $12.99, and someone is selling a used version for $35.40. And they are doing this with a few other books, too.

Now, if someone can do this and make money on it, God bless them. But it’s not something I would do. And just so readers understand, writers don’t get a penny from used book sales. Personally, I have nothing to do with the way used books on amazon are priced and I’d hate to think anyone out there thought I did. Just wanted to clear this up. One customer recently wrote a review on amazon for one of my books slamming the pricing (grin). It was more like a letter to amazon than a book review, which is fine. She/he vented and I’m glad they did. But I also want readers to know I have no control over how books are priced. I wish I did, but I don’t.

But I can warn you when I see something a little weird about pricing. So, if you’re looking to buy a paperback of one of my books, please be careful and check out the prices so you don’t wind up paying more than you should for a used book when you could have purchased a new book at a fraction of the cost.

And, if anyone can please tell me why a used book would be more than a new book, I’d love to hear an explanation.

American Idol, American Star, and an Unusual Review

When AMERICAN STAR was first released, there was an unusual review. Oddly, this review picked up all the funny elements of the novel I was trying to portray, only the reviewer didn’t fully understand this. And I can’t blame her for my lack of explaining the book. I think she was expecting a sweet, tender romance and instead she got slammed with a satirical look what might happen behind the scenes of a pop culture reality show like American Idol. So in order to avoid anymore reader misunderstandings about AMERICAN STAR, I posted an author’s note on the publisher’s web site.

Author’s Note: AMERICAN STAR is, and was always supposed to be, an adult, satirical look at what might go on behind the scenes of a TV reality show like “American Idol”. It’s both funny and campy (there’s a difference). It’s also very erotic, in the true sense of classic gay erotic fiction, and there is romance. But not the kind of romance that will leave you with wet eyes like some of my other romances. This is more of a modern romance, between very strong gay men, who do not apologize for their needs and the way they live their lives. And, many of the scenes are based on my own personal experiences as an openly gay man. I had fun writing this book, laughing at myself and with the characters.

It’s American Idol Time Again…Go Ellen Degeneres

I’m posting a link to amazon for people who don’t read e-books. AMERICAN STAR is out in print paperback, or digital format now. It’s a funny, satirical lgbt novel about what might happen behind the scenes of American Idol. I wrote this book long before there was a contestant like Adam Lambert, and a judge like Ellen Degeneres. And though the storyline is revolves around a TV show just like American Idol, what happens behind the scenes is a lot more fun than what goes on in front of the cameras.

There’s also a second novel in this series, AMERICAN STAR II, which has just as much lgbt fun as the first book. And, on Amazon, you can read the first section of the book and I’ve posted another free sample below that I thought was funny.

Then Emma stood up to clear the dinner plates and said, “I’ll start getting dessert ready. I made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies late last night.”


Larry and Brian smiled, and that’s because they hadn’t tasted her butter cookies. Terrence gulped and stared down at his lap, hoping she’d tried a little harder to follow the recipe this time.
When she placed the cookies in the middle of the table, he waited for Brian and Larry to taste them first. They looked okay: perfect little rounds, with ridges and small dots of chocolate. But when Brian put one in his mouth and started to chew, he sat back for a moment and pressed his palm to his chest. Then he reached for a glass of water to wash it down. Larry was next. He was smiling when he put the entire cookie into his mouth, but the minute his taste buds kicked in his eyes widened and the corners of his lips turned down. Terrence had to look away; he focused on a large window at the far end of the room so he couldn’t see the defeated expression on Larry’s face.
Emma returned to the table with a pot of coffee. “How are they?” she asked. “I decided to add a few extra ingredients on my own.”
“What did you add?” Larry asked. Then he swallowed some water.
“Cracked peppercorns and cottage cheese,” she said. “I used the cottage cheese instead of butter to keep the calories down, and I figured if they could add salt in the original recipe, I may as well add some pepper, too, for extra flavor. You know, that spicy-sweet thing.” She smiled and smoothed out her skirt. Then she handed one to Terrence and said, “Here, have one.”
“I’m allergic,” he said. “I’m allergic to cottage cheese. I’m glad you mentioned that.” He’d never been allergic to anything in his life, but he wasn’t going to eat cottage cheese, peppercorn, chocolate chip cookies.

American Idol: It’s That Time of Year Again

Now that American Idol is going into full swing again, I thought I’d post about my novel, AMERICAN STAR. If you haven’t read the novel, I think this is an important post. And if you have read the novel, I think it’s even more important to read this post.

This book, so there is no confusion, is not a warm, tender romance like most of my other books. I just didn’t think the plot warranted being a warm, typical romance. AMERICAN STAR is, and was always supposed to be, an adult, satirical look at what might go on behind the scenes of a TV reality show like American Idol. It’s very erotic, in the true sense of gay erotic fiction, and there is romance. But not the kind of romance that will leave you with wet eyes. This is more of a modern romance, between very strong men, who do not apologize for their needs and the way they live their lives.

If anything, I hope AMERICAN STAR leaves you laughing, the same way I laughed while I wrote the book. Even the sexy scenes are satirical, campy and totally unreal compared to other books I’ve written, like TAKE ME ALWAYS and THE GHOST AND MR. MOORE.

And, I’d also like to explain, that while formatting this book as an e-book, there was a problem with the main character’s name. This happens all the time in e-publishing (so they tell me), and from what I hear it has something to do with the process of going from Word to digital format. It wasn’t a problem with editing. The book was edited very carefully, just like all my other novels and stand alones, by me and two other good editors at ravenousromance.com. So if you notice that the main character’s name is spelled differently in sections, there is a reason that went beyond my own personal control. But it’s only one letter, and it’s not hard to figure out. When the book was submitted, the names were all spelled correctly.

If you are still curious about the book and not sure about whether or not it’s for you, read one of my stand alones that was published by loveyoudivine.com, like DOWN THE BASEMENT or VANCE’S FLAMES. AMERICAN STAR is more along the lines of these stories.