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Billionaire Bad Boy: The Actor Learning to Love

I’ve found that whenever I get ready to submit a new book to a publisher, writing a blog post about it, with the initial plot description in raw form, helps keep me organized for the finished product. If blogs are supposed to be daily journals, this is one way to utilize them. Writing book descriptions for sell copy can often be more intimidating than writing the actual book. It’s like writing a query letter to an agent, but this time it really counts because it’s the thing that may or may not get people to read the book. (Why learning to write a good query is so important.)

I also think readers like seeing how the digital publishing process works…without getting too complicated or in-depth with regard to technical issues. People who read e-books are voracious, and they love information.

This is the fourth book in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, and this time I focused on a modern day rake who also happens to be a self-made billionaire actor. I also added something to the plot that I haven’t done before. I wrote about the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, which explains the photo above. It’s not a large part of the book, and the book takes place in 2012, but it is integral to the storyline and something that happened to one of the main characters back then. I also get into the dynamics between two older lesbians as a sub-plot in the book, which I haven’t done since I wrote Take me Always.

Here’s a raw version of the preliminary plot description, subject to change, that will be used for the book on retail web sites where e-books are sold. With print books these things are called back cover copy…the information you read on the back of the book jacket. I haven’t submitted the book yet, so I obviously don’t have a cover preview. But as soon as I do I’ll post it here.

The title of this book. Bad Boy Billionaire: The Actor Learning to Love, is also tentative. But I’d like to keep this one more emotional because it does involve some intense moments that brought tears to my eyes while I was writing it.

Plot Description:

When single dad, Rory, and his young son, Dane, find themselves divorced and moving to a new apartment in New York once again, Rory is determined to focus on nothing more than his son and his career as a professional cabaret pianist/singer…he’s finished with gay marriage and men altogether. He’s tired of getting dumped, he tired of moving, and he’s tired of starting over.  

In order to save money, he takes up an offer to live rent-free in a high end apartment on Beekman Place for one year, as a caretaker and pet sitter for a famous celebrity’s talking pet parrot. The apartment is a dream, the schools are great for his son, and his son forms an immediate bond with the talking parrot. The only problem is the parrot curses with a Croatian accent and the entire living arrangement turns out to be a set-up that threatens the one thing Rory loves most in this world: his son.

When the bad boy celebrity, Drew Steiger, decides to move back to his apartment it’s too late for Rory to make other plans. Although Rory has no idea Drew has an ulterior motive that involves something hidden in Rory’s past, all three form a bond none of them ever expected. Only a deep dark secret that happened during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center finally catches up with Rory and he’s left wondering what to do once again.  

But more than that, will Rory be able to deal with Drew’s mood swings, his temper tantrums, and his disregard for everyone? And will Drew finally come to terms with a secret of his own that’s been haunting him for over ten years?  

A Young Widow’s Promise: Book Description

I just finished the book description for the new civil war romance, A YOUNG WIDOW’S PROMISE.

This is raw; the unedited version. But I wanted to see how it looked in print before we made any changes.

Felecia Roundtree is thirty-seven years old, she’s already lost her husband in battle, and prays each morning her two young sons live to see another day. With her own two hands, she’s turned the front of her property at remote Locust Point, NJ, into a burial ground for unknown Confederate prisoners of war, hoping someone will return a kind gesture to her own loved ones. Then one morning in August, just after she has a vision of her dead husband, three Confederate prisoners of war turn up at her doorstep begging for mercy. One is near death; the other two aren’t much better. Though she’s reluctant at first to help the enemy, she offers them food and shelter, and then eventually begins the romance of her lifetime with a young Confederate named Calvin. When she learns a deep dark secret about the other two Confederates, she’s not sure what to think. Felecia has no idea she’s even falling in love. Nor does she realize she’s preserving an important part of American History. But she’s true to her promise every step of the way.

Extra Cover Copy for The Virgin Billionaire’s Dream House


If you check out the cover copy that was released with THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE’S DREAM HOUSE on retail web sites, you’ll notice it’s not as long as it usually is. It’s good cover copy. It covers most of what has to be said. But publishers often condense and tweak the original cover copy authors send them and I always like to post the original unedited version of my own cover copy here on the blog.

I think it makes a difference. I think people who read e-books are reading more and spending more money. I know I am. And I budget and plan for my next book. And before I buy it, I want as much product information and as many details about it as I can get.

So here’s the unedited version. It might not be shorter and tighter. It might not sound as happy-go-lucky as a new Jennifer Aniston movie. But it will give you more detail about what’s inside the book. Below that is the publisher’s cover copy.

Now that Luis and Jase have reached a point in their lives where they can start spending more time in Alaska with Jase’s family, Jase decides to build his dream house on the property next to his father’s. He hires an architect he’s known for many years, has plans drawn up for an ultra modern house, and they plan to spend the entire summer in Alaska with the whole family.

Only Jase is so obsessed with his dream house he insists on having it completed in three months, which everyone else thinks is completely unrealistic. And though he promises Luis he has everything under control and that he’s hired an excellent general contractor in Alaska, Luis still seems hesitant about the project. But Luis goes along with Jase in order to keep him happy, hoping that if they need any help with the construction they can depend on their best employee at Cider Mill Farm, Cory.

But Cory hates to fly, he’s having troubles with his boyfriend, and he refuses to go to Alaska. So Jase, Luis, Hunter, and Camp fly out without him to begin one of the most intense, emotional adventures of their lives. On the day they arrive, they discover Jase’s ninety year old grandmother, Isabelle, is dating a man twenty years younger. Then they find out the contractors Jase has hired aren’t even from Alaska. Luis winds up getting roped into taking a three month cooking class with Isabelle at the local high school because her new boyfriend is the instructor. And poor Hunter still doesn’t know where he’s going to school in the fall.

When Rand and Rob, the surfer twins Luis and Jase met on their long weekend in California, show up unannounced, all four of them take off for a long weekend in Denali in a motor home. But the trip turns out to be a life altering experience for Luis and Jase instead of just a reunion with good friends. They come face to face with the hard, cold realities of life and death in more ways than one, and their wonderful summer adventure turns into something unexpected and far more emotional.

There’s no telling whether or not the dream house will ever be completed, not even when they finally persuade Cory and Luis’s brother, Gage, to drive out to Alaska. And when so many things change so fast, Jase isn’t even sure he cares if the house is completed.

Will Jase be able to handle the fact that he might not be able to finish his dream house? And will the bonds of love he’s been building be strong enough to get him through all the challenges he winds up facing in Alaska that summer?

Jase and Luis have been through a lot -a nude campground, an evil twin, fashion shoots- and now they are ready to put down roots and build a home. And what better place than Alaska, where they will be surrounded by Jase’s family!

Jase throws himself into the planning, hiring an old friend to be the architect to help him design a hip, ultramodern house. Only Jase is so obsessed with his dream house he insists on having it completed in three months, and though he insists he has everything under control, Luis is still hesitant about the project.

But Luis goes along with Jase in order to keep him happy, so Jase, Luis, Hunter, and Camp fly out to Alaska to begin one of the most intense, emotional adventures of their lives.

With a host of dramatic new challenges threatening the life he’s worked so hard to build – and the bonds of love he’s created – Jase may find his dream house crumbling into sawdust.

In this hot seventh installment in Ryan Field’s best-selling series, we’ll find out whether Jase’s dream house is really a house of cards.

Field of Dreams…

It’s been a busier week than normal. I was pulling together an anthology of short stories, and getting a novella/novelette…there are so many varying definitions on this…together for ravenous romance. On top of this, I’ve been working on my next short story for love you divine, and starting a new book in the Virgin Billionaire series about the Virgin Billionaire’s dream house.

The anthology is going to be titled, FIELD OF DREAMS. Here’s the back cover copy. And I’ll post more about the release date soon. I’ve been in hundreds of anthologies in the past twenty years, with my own name and pen names. So many I don’t even remember them all. But this is the first time I’ve ever had one of my own.

In Ryan Field’s Field of Dreams, the central theme revolves around the celebration of love, passion, and romance, where the main characters are either already deeply in love with each other, or on the verge of falling in love. From the story about a handsome young man who falls in love with a rugged cowboy, to the story about two young men who were best friends in high school and wind up falling in love with each other several years later, the focus is on relationships and moving forward. And though these relationships aren’t always conventional, they are always emotional. The characters are all either searching for something better or thankful they’ve already found it. For some, love has been there all along and they only needed to look around to see it clearly. For others, the love is new and fresh, with nothing but promise and hope for the future. There’s even a love story about a vampire who has been searching for love for many years, and winds up finding it in one of the most unlikely places.

And like with most things in life that involve love and relationships, the journey toward a happy ending isn’t always easy. Sometimes there are obstacles to overcome, and other times there are fears that need to be faced. But the love is always worth the sacrifice in the end.

Testing the Waters: THE BUCKHAMPTON COUNTRY CLUB AND THE ROGUE PRINCE

I’m winding up a new novel, for a new series, and the first book is tentatively titled, THE BUCKHAMPTON COUNTRY CLUB AND THE ROGUE PRINCE. Right now I’m working on back cover copy and I’m posting the unedited version here so I can see how it looks in a more professional, published form. This is all subject to change.

The Buckhampton Country Club and the Rogue Prince

Parrish Bundy has just lost his father and he’s been left in charge of the largest traveling circus and most profitable chocolate factory in the entire world. And now that he’s in charge of one of the most prestigious country clubs in the east, The Buckhampton Club on eastern Long Island, he’s finally able to let his hair down, both literally and figuratively.

Unfortunately, he’s also inherited a long line of secrets shared by the most important Bundy men since his great-grandfather started the powerful empire over a hundred years ago. And Parrish isn’t sure how to deal with being a closeted gay man, or if he even wants to remain a closeted gay man like his predecessors. It wouldn’t be difficult on the surface. He could marry for appearance just like his father. He has a strapping young semi-pro hockey player at his disposal to take care of his needs. And he has enough money and power to keep anyone in the town of Buckhampton from questioning these needs.

But in a small European country there’s handsome young prince named Richard who is even more dissatisfied with his controlled life than Parrish. Though Richard has always been aware of his royal obligations and he’s always put his people and his country before his own needs, he longs to find out what it’s like to be a normal gay man who has the ability to choose his own destiny. And he’d do anything to see Shania Twain in concert.

And then one night after the pressure of being a royal prince finally pushes him over the line, he sneaks out of his hotel in New York and accidentally winds up at The Buckhampton Country Club through no fault of his own. When he applies for a job as a waiter, using the pseudonym Silas King, the manager of the restaurant hires him on the spot. And when he accidentally spills something on Parrish Bundy during a funeral luncheon for Parrish’s father, the two young men are immediately attracted to each other.

After a few awkward moments, they wind up spending the next few days together, from attending a country western concert in Nashville to doing a make-shift male strip show at a circus in upstate New York for a large group of very excited women. Though Parrish finds out that Silas King the waiter is really a rogue prince named Richard early on, he doesn’t say a word because he doesn’t want to spoil Richard’s most excellent adventure. And Prince Richard meets Parrish’s older brother with Down syndrome, he eats cotton candy and prune pie for the first time in his life, and he finds out what it’s like to be totally and completely in love with the man of his dreams.

But will social responsibilities, long-standing family rules, and deeply ingrained royal obligations ruin their chances to spend the rest of their lives together? And will they be able to overcome the harsh realities of being openly gay in the public eye in order to live their lives they way they want to live them?

What Is a Blurb?

For a long time, as least as far as I always knew, a blurb in publishing meant a comment of praise…a good, short review…from another author about a book. It’s used as a promotional tool on book covers. I’ve written them and requested them many times. Blurbs have always been, for me, an extra added bonus for readers to see how another author feels about a book before the reader makes the purchase. And authors take this seriously. They don’t just write blurbs for other authors in an off-handed manner. And when you see a blurb, you know the author really liked the book enough to put his or her name on the line.

But the definition of blurb doesn’t stop there. I’ve been seeing different definitions of blurbs on social networks, and a lot of people are now referring to blurbs in several different ways. With the advent of new authors entering the arena, a lot of the old terms are either changing or taking on multi-purposes because the authors aren’t familiar with the jargon. And they are all correct. So here are a few quotes from wiki about blurbs I think nail it pretty well:

A blurb is a short summary or some words of praise accompanying a creative work, without giving away any details that is usually referring to the words on the back of the book jacket but also commonly seen on DVD and video cases

The concept of a “brief statement praising a literary product” dates back to medieval literature of Egypt from the 14th century. The concept was known as taqriz in medieval Arabic literature.[1]
The word blurb originated in 1907. American humorist Gelett Burgess‘s short 1906 book Are you a bromide? was presented in a limited edition to an annual trade association dinner. The custom at such events was to have a dust jacket promoting the work and with, as Burgess’ publisher B. W. Huebsch described it,
“the picture of a damsel — languishing, heroic, or coquettish — anyhow, a damsel on the jacket of every novel”
In this case the jacket proclaimed “YES, this is a ‘BLURB’!” and the picture was of a (fictitious) young woman “Miss Belinda Blurb” shown calling out, described as “in the act of blurbing.”
[2]
The name and term stuck for any publisher’s contents on a book’s back cover, even after the picture was dropped and only the complimentary text remained.

A blurb on a book or a film can be any combination of quotes from the work, the author, the publisher, reviewers or fans, a summary of the plot, a biography of the author or simply claims about the importance of the work. Many humorous books and films parody blurbs that deliver exaggerated praise by unlikely people and insults disguised as praise.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – “Makes Ben Hur look like an Epic”
1066 and All That – “We look forward keenly to the appearance of their last work”
The Harvard Lampoon satire of
The Lord of the Rings, entitled Bored of the Rings, deliberately used phony blurbs by deceased authors on the inside cover. One of the blurbs stated “One of the two or three books…”, and nothing else.
In the 1980s,
Spy Magazine ran a regular feature called “Logrolling in Our Time” which exposed writers who wrote blurbs for one anothers‘ books.[1]
On the Internet a blurb is used to give a brief written description or promotion of an article or other larger work. The visual equivalent to blurbs are trailers, in particular teaser trailers.

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.