Big Thanks to Queer Town Abbey for Author of the Month

Big Thanks to Queer Town Abbey for Author of the Month

When the people at Queer Town Abbey e-mailed me earlier this month with a questionnaire, letting me know that I’d been chosen Author of the Month, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. It was the last thing I expected, and I’m honored because I’m a huge fan of Queer Town Abbey and everything the owners have been doing for the past few years.

They asked some interesting questions, and even posted a quote from one of my books that I like the most. They must have gone and looked that up. I don’t remember submitting a quote to them. But I do have a few quotes up on that are public. I could also be wrong about that, I was more focused on answering the questions than anything else. In any event, here’s the quote:

“You’re nothing but an aging sad cliché and I don’t want any part of it anymore. You’ll wind up right here, in a room just like this, twenty years from now paying for what I’ve been giving you for free from someone even younger than I am right now. Only you’ll be twenty years older and nothing more than a broken down image of the man you used to be. Good luck with that.” Ryan Field, Chase of a Lifetime

And here’s part of the interview:

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
Even though I write a lot of gay erotic romance, I can be very conservative in some areas. I think that comes from working in “old” publishing where some things were different. If the Internet stopped tomorrow I could go back to writing in hard copy as if it were nothing to me.

You can read the article in full, here.

Quick Post About Microsoft Reader…or, (dot)lit

I was informed today that one or two readers are having trouble with “Chase of a Lifetime” and Microsoft Reader (.lit). We’ve been in contact with the people at allromanceebooks and we’re working on it right now.

What is .lit?

Have you got a file with .lit extension? Do you want to know how to open it? Basically .lit file is a file format for Microsoft Reader, which is an ebook reader which is available for both desktops and mobiles.

There aren’t many people reading .lit books anymore and Microsoft, from what I’ve been told, has discontinued Microsoft reader because not enough people are using it. So the link I provided about may solve your issues.

But as I said, we’re looking into it right now to see it we can fix the problem. So far, everything looks fine, and yet one reader can’t get the book to open. I’ve had issues like this myself with some books in the past and I’ve always found it easier to open the books in pdf instead of .lit.

In any event, we’re aware of the issue, it’s not affecting a lot of people, but we’re working on it. And if anyone wants to contact me about it, you can reach me here:

For those interested in self-publishing, this is one more thing you’ll have to deal with if you decide to do it alone. It’s not all that difficult, but if you care about your readers you’ll want to cover all the bases.

Chase of a Lifetime Free on 12 Days of Christmas

“Chase of a Lifetime” was chosen to be part of a FREE book event at 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, 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.  


Chase of a Lifetime, Allromanceebooks Holiday Promotion, Free E-books

I’m going to be posting reminders next month about the holiday promotion/event is having partly because “Chase of a Lifetime” was selected to be in it and partly because I’m a fan of smaller boutique retail web sites where e-books are sold.

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. Amazon is great for many things, and they are important players in the publishing industry. I’m a huge fan of the KDP program. But there’s just something so discount store and shabby about Amazon in a general sense. You don’t get that personal feeling you get with smaller retail web sites, and frankly, you can’t trust any Amazon reviews for anything, from toasters to condoms. I once bought a pasta machine there and it turned out to be one of the best pasta machines Tony’s ever had. I don’t cook, so I don’t know much about those things. And it’s a good thing I didn’t pay attention to one of the reviews for that pasta machine left by some wing nut who probably never made fresh pasta in her life. We’ve had it for about four years and never one single complaint.

But I digress. I think most people would agree that Amazon reviews suck and they offer very little personal assistance when you need consumer help. The product descriptions are even worse. So that’s why I’m always trying to steer readers to smaller more personal web sites like

And aside from getting great customer service, you get excellent product descriptions and the reviews can usually be trusted on smaller sites. Just like it’s important to support your small retail business where you live, it’s as important to remember to support small retail web sites. They are working hard to compete with monsters like Amazon and I often wonder if most shoppers realize this before they make purchases. As a small business owner, I know how important this is.

One of the things I’ve found I love the most about self-publishing the four books I wrote this past year was that I get more control over what I can do with marketing and promotion. And when I submitted “Chase of a Lifetime” to be in allromanceebooks’s holiday promotion, I was hoping it would be selected so I could give something back to readers who’ve given so much to me. I’m not sure if any of my other books with publishers will be part of the promotion, but I wanted to make sure at least one book from Ryan Field Press was there.

There will also be other books by other authors in this holiday promotion and I’ll post more details about it as we get into December. But check out the allromanceebooks web site this month for their announcements and you’ll be able to get a few free e-books for your own enjoyment. This time of year is busy and can be stressful, and there’s nothing that relaxes me more than shutting “it” all out and burying myself in a book.

From my inbox:

We are so excited about the upcoming promotion of your book, Chase of a Lifetime in our annual Christmas promotion, the 12 Days of Christmas.

 Your book will be the 4th free read and available for download to readers on December 16th and December 17th.
Photo from my own personal collection 

Chase of a Lifetime Finally on

Chase of a Lifetime is finally up on Don’t ask me why, but it took weeks to get this approved and up for sale on Kobo. I would ask Tony every evening at dinner, “What’s going on with Kobo and Chase,” and he would say, “It’s under review.” As a side note, this has nothing to do with the fact that its erotic romance. It’s their policy for all books…from what I can tell so far anyway.

With each web site where e-books are sold, we’ve found it’s a different process. Amazon and Allromanceebooks, so far, have been the easiest to deal with. The fact that I love allromanceebooks for my own personal reading, makes me happy about this.

I thought it was important to get COAL up on Kobo with the rest of my published books. In my case, the sales aren’t as good as other places, but I like knowing that people can buy it on Kobo because I’m also a huge Kobo fan and I have three Kobo e-readers now. I also have Kobo apps on my iPhone and tablet. I enjoy it just as much as Kindle.

Here’s the link to Chase of a Lifetime on Kobo. I’m working on getting Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street up there, too. Chase of a Dream is still locked into the contract with the Amazon lender program and will be for a while. I love the idea of book lending and I wish they would allow us to do this on Amazon and still release the book in other places. I think readers would appreciate this.

"Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey"

Before I get into Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey I’m linking to an article that talks about future film plans for FSoG, here.

Best selling author E L James has finally broke her silence on whether “Fifty Shades of Grey” will remain a trilogy on the big screen. The film rights were purchased in March by Universal Pictures yet there was no discussion on how many films would be made. Although there has been no official announcement, E L James has taken to her favorite social media outlet, Twitter, to answer the question. On August 25 a fan asked James, “is the film going to be a combination of all books wrapped up?” Within minutes the author responded by stating, “three films hopefully :).” This is exciting news to fans who have been wondering for months how the novels would be depicted on film.

The article goes on to talk about who might be cast in the lead roles…none of which are Matt Bomer, unfortunately.

There’s also a non-fiction book coming out this fall titled Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey. You can check it out here on Amazon. I participated in the book with an essay about my thoughts and feelings about FSoG, and went into detail about my reading experience, how I found FSoG on a review site, and how it actually inspired me to write my own BDSM novel, Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street. I’d like to emphasize that Jonah Sweet is not a parody of FSoG and does not even come near the storyline. In fact, in my book, after reading what so many loved and hated about FSoG in reviews, and then weighing them and examining the reasons why some either love it or hated it, I decided to write a BDSM novel that was NOT like FSoG.

But when asked if I was interested in contributing to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, I couldn’t wait to get started. It wasn’t easy to keep it short. I could have written a chapter if there’d been room. What I found most interesting about FSoG was that the people who seemed to dislike it were very into the BDSM lifestyle and almost felt insulted at the way BDSM was handled in FSoG. I’ll admit that I didn’t get that at first. Now I do get it.

On the other hand, the mainstream…people who know nothing about BDSM but are curious about it, including me…embraced the book in ways no one ever expected. And these mainstream readers gave FSoG great reviews. I NEVER talk about my own reviews here. But I think I can say this without offending anyone. I had one review for Chase of a Lifetime a few months ago where the author of the review talked about what she hated in my book and what she loved in Fifty Shades of Grey. Being that Chase of a Lifetime and Fifty Shades of Grey are nowhere even close to being identical books…not in any way, shape or form…I found that interesting. There isn’t even BDSM in COAL. In fact, I would not hesitate to say that Fifty Shades of Grey and Chase of a Lifetime are completely different books all the way around.

And yet a reader went out of his/her way to compare my book to FSoG. I’m sorry the reader didn’t like my book. And there’s nothing I can do about that. It’s happened before and it will happen again and I’ll live. But that was one negative review that I did learn from. It gave some good solid information that helped inspire my essay in Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey. I also think the reader may have been tempted to read one of my books because of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can’t be sure about that. But I’ve heard other authors of erotic Romance say this is true.

I think this is important to add. I wrote my essay for Fifty Writers from the POV of being a mainstream reader who knows nothing about BDSM. And even though FSoG inspired me to write a BDSM novel, it did not inspire me to the point where I wanted to write FSoG fanfic. I didn’t like it that much. I’ve also read that most people who bought FSoG and helped make it the blockbuster hit its been, allegedly did not bother to finish it. They have ways of tracking these things now with e-readers, and from what I hear this is based on clinical data. Evidently, only one in ten readers actually finish the book.

I will post more about Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades as we get closer to a release date. I’m curious about what the other forty-nine writers thought about FSoG. From what I’ve been told the essays include opinions and thoughts from writers who did not all share the same opinions.

Chase of a Lifetime Now on

“Chase of a Lifetime” is now up on

You can get there from here.

As of now, COAL is on most major web sites where e-books are sold, from Amazon to Kobo. I’m working on getting it up on TLA Gay, too, where a lot of my other short story e-books are being sold.

“Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street,” will remain only on Amazon until the three month period is over. For now, the .99 prices for both books will remain the same.

I think all the important information for “Chase of a Lifetime” is up on ARe, so I won’t repeat it here. They do an excellent job of product description.

"Chase of a Lifetime" #1 on Amazon UK in Gay Lesbian

I know nothing about Amazon sales ranking.

I’m so profoundly dumb in this respect that when Tony sent me this link today I had to ask what it meant.

Evidently, my self-published .99 Amazon e-book, “Chase of a Lifetime,” hit #1 over at Amazon UK, in both the gay/lesbian romance and erotica categories.

Again, I’m not really sure what this means, and I know Amazon sales ranks change every single hour. But considering the fact that I wrote and self-published this book because I was told “You have too much exposure,” and I wanted to prove this person wrong, it’s a good feeling to know that listening to my own instincts for once proved to be the right thing to do.

Trust me, this is still a humble venture for me. I’m doing it again in a month with “Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street” and I have no idea what to expect. But I do know that I love doing it. And I also love being able to offer a new release to readers @ .99.

Huge thank you to all the people in the UK that purchased COAL!!

And for those of you who have been given unsolicited BAD advice from a publisher or an editor, listen to your own gut instincts in the end. And always make your own choices.

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