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Trevor Donovan in Love Finds You In Charm, Sunday; Should You Create Audio Books; Caitlyn Jenner’s Critics; Pastor Slams Gay Grads

Trevor Donovan In Love Finds You In Charm, Sunday

Update: Evidently, Love Finds You In Charm was chosen as a TV pick for the week in The New York Times. 

I’m posting this now because I never really know whether or not I’ll post on weekends. I usually do. But this time of year I never know for sure.

Here’s all you need to know, plain and simple:

Who: Trevor Donovan stars in Love Finds You In Charm

What: Love Finds You In Charm is an Amish Romance, based on a best selling 2009 novel.


When: It airs this Sunday, beginning at 7 pm, NY time. I also noticed while setting my DVR that they will air it again at 9 pm, and a few times after that. So you’ll get several chances to see it…or binge on it.

Where: It’s airing on the UP channel. I’m not sure of all the market shares, but in the Philadelphia market, if you have Verizon Fios, it’s channel 224. I’m sure if you do a simple search you’ll be able to find it online as well.

I read the book a while ago and I found it a great escape with a nice love story, in a great setting. I think it’s something that crosses romance genres and all romance readers will enjoy it…think along the lines of Debbie Macomber, but Amish. 

Here’s a trailer where Donovan performs a song, Fields of Gold, he wrote for the film. He’s been getting a lot of attention for this on social media from all over the globe, and rightly so. 

Should You Create Audio Books

I don’t have links to this part of the post. It’s only my opinion/advice. You can take it for what it’s worth, one way or the other. And like all advice, this isn’t set in stone. There are always variables and everyone’s experience is a little different. 

With that said, I glanced at a discussion yesterday on social media where an author was talking about producing his/her own audio books. It was a good discussion, but I noticed one thing missing. Reality.

A handful of people commented positively about audio books. They raved at the thought of the author spending his/her own money to produce them. However, it was a handful of people, not over one thousand…not even in the hundreds. And for an author to make it worth his/her time he/she has to have the kind of large readership that’s willing to spend the money on an audio book.

I love audio books. I have a few out there that were produced by Ravenous Romance. One in particular was An Officer and His Gentleman. The audio book sold well, but by no means as well as the book itself sold, and by no means well enough to create more audio books with other titles. This was the publisher’s decision, not mine, but I agreed with them completely. But even more important, audio books like An Officer and His Gentleman are pirated all the time. I obviously won’t provide a link to show you, but that’s just another factor in producing audio books you have to consider nowadays. And piracy is getting worse, not better.

A writer/author has to think like a businessperson now more than ever, and they have to be prudent as well. Even though it’s nice to have 75 or 80 people with good intentions tell you how much they’d love to see all your books produced as audio books, you have to take into consideration that you need to have a readership in the thousands to make it worth your while. That’s why you don’t see all publishers producing audio books for all authors and all titles. It’s not because they don’t want to produce audio books, it’s because that large market just isn’t there all the time. Yes, there are exceptions to the rule, however you really have to know your readership before you invest the time and money in getting into audio book production.  

Caitlyn Jenner’s Critics

I knew this would happen sooner or later. I didn’t mention it in any posts, but I’ve been waiting for it. Now that Bruce Jenner made the full transition to Caitlyn Jenner, the critics have started to surface. I’m not going to post the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in the mainstream, but this is interesting. Jenner is not getting the kind of support you would expect from the transgender community.

I overwhelmingly support Caitlyn Jenner and am happy for her as she now gets to live her authentic life. One of the things her story highlights is that everybody’s transition is unique — no two people are alike, and every person faces different challenges in their own context. 

The reality is, Caitlyn’s story is unique because she is coming from a tremendous amount of privilege.
Not everybody can make a coming out statement to Diane Sawyer or be on the cover of Vanity Fair and have a reality show in the works. But it’s wonderful there are people who use their celebrity to advance a message to help others. 

You can read the rest here. It’s not a totally negative piece, and I’d like that to be clear. However, there are a few left-handed comments, so to speak. On the other hand, as it states, it brings the topic out in the open for debate.  And we all still have a great deal to learn about it. I’ve been fortunate to know more than a few trans people who live and work here in New Hope, PA and even I’m still learning.

And, here’s a link to another one titled, Caitlyn Jenner Is Not the Right Poster Girl For Trans Equality. 

Pastor Slams Gay Grads

Another good Christian is speaking out with anti-gay comments, and this time it’s yet another pastor.


While delivering a baccalaureate service to a class of high school seniors, Pastor Scott Carpenter (pictured) thought it would be an opportune time to remind any gay graduates in the audience that they were going to burn in hell.

The hate speech happened on May 30 at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, NC and, naturally, left quite a few people upset.

The rest is here. The school wasn’t too thrilled with this guy and they claim they will be vetting speakers more carefully next time.

I wonder what this pastor thinks of the Duggar debacle. 

The Rainbow Detective Agency: On Fleek


 

Ryan Field App; Larry Flynt: Republicans Are Racist

This morning Tony surprised me with something…get your minds out of the gutter…that I didn’t expect. I now have an App for android that links to this blog: Ryan Field Naughty Guys with Strong Stories. I think the image on the App will be my latest release, Internal Desires.

It’s also an interesting web site to create an App for almost anything. I’m not sure how this works with iPhone or iPad, but there shouldn’t be any issues if you have an android.

You can get there from here to check it out, or download my App if you so desire, and you can read more about creating your own App for android.

I’ve been noticing a lot of things popping up for authors that never existed before. Yesterday I read about a web site where authors can create their own audio books. I’m not sure about the cost or what’s involved. But here’s a link to that in case anyone is interested. I definitely think it’s something I’ll check out in the near future.

Larry Flynt: Republicans are Racist

I hate to even post about things like this on a Friday in the summertime because it’s so negative (and dumb). But there’s a video circulating this week with publisher Larry Flynt where he claims he’s never met, in his experience, a Republican who wasn’t racist.

“I’ve been around for a long time,” he explained. “I’ve never met a Republican that wasn’t mean spirited and in his heart a racist. I never met one that wasn’t.”

The story, if you can even call it that, devolves into more drivel about how Republicans won’t win another race in this country for years to come and about how poorly Republicans treat women. These comments from Flynt, for those who might not know, are coming from a man who some might claim objectified women in his publications for many years. I have no comment on that. But here’s an interesting article from 1998 titled, A Feminist Critique and Protest.

The People vs. Larry Flynt is a highly manipulative movie designed by Director Milos Forman and Producer Oliver Stone to make a hero out of Larry Flynt, thereby fostering approval for pornography in general and Hustler magazine in particular. Following are some examples of the manipulative techniques used by these men.


 I don’t know what proverbial rock Larry Flynt has been living under, but I guess he’s failed to notice there are some very strong and powerful Republican women. For the record, I’m a registered Democrat, and I usually vote Democrat, but I don’t always vote strictly along party lines. For example, I would have voted for openly gay Presidential candidate, Fred Karger, had he actually been on the ballot. Fred Karger is also openly gay, supports gay marriage, and he’s a Republican. I also know many Republicans who are not racist and do support gay marriage, many of whom are strong women with successful lives and careers.

I think some people, like Larry Flynt, will do anything humanly possible to remain relevant…even if what they have to say is completely irrelevant in a world that is constantly changing.  

Audible.com: An Officer and His Gentleman as an Audio Book


I’ve been wanting to post about this for a while but something keeps coming up and I keep postponing it.

The reason I’m posting is I’ve had a few readers e-mail me and ask if any of my books are available on audio. One is: AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN. You can find it here, on audible.com. There are a lot of reviews, too. Unlike goodreads, where who knows what goes on, I’m always comfortable with the reviews left on web sites like audible. In fact, as a reader, I often go there to check out the reviews when I’m thinking about buying a book.

Why do I do this? It’s simple. I trust the authenticity of the reviews at places like audible more so than I trust them at goodreads and amazon. I won’t go into detail about why in a general sense. It’s partly because I believe readers, and only readers, make purchases at sights like audible and leave reviews. And I’ve explained it partly in this post. And as a reader, I’ve found that most reviews on audible have never let me down.

Will there be other books of mine on audible.com? I honestly don’t know the answer to this. If I had the power to control this, I would invest my time and money to do this without any questions. If I ever decide to indie publish, I will definitely do this. However, I don’t have any choice in the matter. Publishers decide these things. So if you are interested in listening to more books, contact the publishers and let them know. They usually like hearing these things. And if enough people do it they might even pay attention.

AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN now on Audible.com

I just found out today that AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN is available for download on audible.com. It can be purchased in audio version at ravenousromance.com, amazon, all romance ebooks and fictionwise, too.

I’ve listened to the audio version myself, and was really impressed. And that doesn’t always happen. Rush McCane has a calm, smooth voice and he keeps the listener interested at all times. Below are the details taken directly from audible.com.

AUDIOBOOK
An Officer and His Gentle Man
UNABRIDGED
By Ryan Field
Narrated by Rush McCane
Rating: 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Length: 5 hrs and 55 min
Release Date: 03-16-09
Regular Price:
$13.99