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Ryan Field New Backlist Releases

Ryan Field New Backlist Releases

I hate writing blog post titles like the one above, but if you know blogging it’s important to title and tag a post a certain way for search engines. I would rather have just titled this post “New Releases” and left it at that.

And here they are, as I’m getting the notifications from Amazon daily:

A Young Widow’s Promise link

This is a pg rated erotic romance with a straight female main character and a gay sub-plot. It’s a novella and I think it’s about 30,000 words. It’s also a civil war historical and the setting of the novel is something I researched in detail. It all takes place on the New Jersey/Delaware border, where at one time there was a prison that held confederate prisoners of war. Felecia, the main character, falls in love with a confederate solider after losing her husband and sons in the war. She’s also taken it upon herself to dig graves on the front lawn of her home for as many dead confederate prisoners of war as possible. I’m adding the blurb to this one because it’s very different from anything I’ve done before.

Blurb

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 old 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.

Billabong Bang link A short erotic romance with a multi-race character.

Another Regular Bud link A short erotic romance sequel to A Regular Bud.

Babycakes link A short erotic romance set in Australia in the Daintree Forest that was once published by Alyson Books.

Bury It, Officer link A short erotic romance with a hint of light BDSM and shoe fetish. Also in a previously pubbed anthology edited by Cleis Press and Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Strawberries and Cream at the Plaza link This is a pg rated gay romance without a lot of sex. It was originally pubbed in a different version about ten years ago in an Alyson Books anthology. It is in no way associated with a m/m romance titled Strawberries and Cream. As you can see, this story was released a while ago, long before Strawberries and Cream was even a thought.

That Cowboy in the Window link  A short erotic romance with a gender bending twist, about a transgender who can actually pass as a woman without a single issue. The ending is happy, but not in the way most might expect.

That’s it for now. All of the above titles are on Amazon for .99, and will be for at least the next three months.

There’s A Hurricane A’Comin…And Bury It, Officer







Like almost everyone else on the east coast, I’m gearing up for Hurricane Irene. I live between New York and Philadelphia, in New Hope, PA, and I have an interesting property that’s surrounded by humongous trees. It’s the reason I bought the place nine years ago. The architect who built the house was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and the original owners wanted a post modern house that brought the outside inside. The house and guest house were literally built around the trees. There’s nothing cookie cutter about it, and I love each and everyone of my trees. However, when the wind blows, it gets interesting around here.

The one photo above is a winter view of just some of the trees I have and they are all looming over and around the house. The other is a tree that went down last April at six in the morning. So if blogging is scarce next week, it’s because I’m outside with my chain saw clearing away another tree or two. I’m not new to this. In the past nine years I’ve gone through five chain saws, sometimes wondering why I ever sold my nice easy town house.

I also wanted to post about my new release, Bury It Officer, which I’ll post more about next week when there’s time. It’s available here, and at most large retail web sites where e-books are sold.

Bury It Officer and A Fundamental Difference Between Gay Men and Straight Women



I just found out the release date for BURY IT OFFICER is going to be August 26th.

I’ll post more when it’s released. But this is another short story, with a very happy, unexpected ending. At least it’s unexpected from my own personal experience as a gay man. But it’s fiction and it’s something I would have liked to see happen just once. I would imagine most gay men would find it unusual, too.

This is also one of those stories that reminds me of a few lines I heard last night in the movie, Life As We Know It. A few neighbors were talking about the main character, played by Josh Duhamel, and this is what the dialogue sounded like…not verbatim.

Neighbor One, a gay man, points to Josh Duhamel and whispers something to the effect of, “There he is. He’s the one who sweats all the time and smells so great.”

Neighbor Two, a straight woman, rolls her eyes and says, “I think he stinks.”

And there you have it. A fundatmental difference that someone else wrote this time, not me.

Edits…Bury it, Officer and The Bachelor



For some reason, edits always come around at the same time. I don’t plan this. But this is a good thing. I hate to be working on one book and editing another at the same time. It’s hard to switch gears that way.

For the past week, I’ve been working on edits for my new short story with loveyoudivine.com, BURY IT, OFFICER. And on my new novel for ravenous romance, THE BACHELOR.

And I went way over word count on THE BACHELOR. It’s pushing 71,000, which is longer than I usually like a m/m erotic romance to be. But in this case I think it works. When I started editing, it was over 100,00, but I thought that was far too long and wound up editing almost 30,000 words. Which isn’t easy to do. Mostly what I cut out were erotic scenes. This is one of those books were the romance doesn’t really get under way until the middle of the book, and up until then, the main character, Jim Johnston, has a few little flings along the way that leave him less than satisfied.

But I think he grew in this book, which is what I wanted from him this time. And the erotic scenes I did cut turned out to be scenes that weren’t really needed. Too bad there isn’t a section at the back of books like they do with films, where everything that’s cut during edits is shown to the reader in an unedited version. I’d love to read them myself.

You Never Know How Things Will Work Out in Publishing


In this post, I talked about how I was having cover challenges with the new release of ANOTHER REGULAR BUD. Dawne Dominique, a talented cover artist with Loveyoudivine.com, created something wonderful, but I was afraid it would confuse readers.

So we opted to shelve the wonderful cover she created and we went with something more like the cover for A REGULAR BUD instead.

And last night the light bulb went off in my head while I was submitting a new short story to loveyoudivine titled, BURY IT, OFFICER. And I had that Ah-Ha moment I don’t get very often. The cover Dawne had created for ANOTHER REGULAR BUD that we’d shelved was absolutely perfect for my new short story, BURY IT, OFFICER. So I shot off an e-mail to see if we could still use it and she said I was in luck.

This almost never happens. I couldn’t have planned if I’d tried. And it’s one of the exciting things about publishing because you never really know what to expect and things are always happening by accident.