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Free Gay E-book: Guy With Two Penises; Ryan Phillippe’s Nude Scene: Catch Hell; Fifty Shades of Dick; Jobriath First Openly Gay Pop Star

Free Gay E-book: Guy With Two Penises

For Memorial Day Weekend, I’m offering the latest book in The Rainbow Detective Agency series, A Guy With Two Penises, for free. It’s on sale now at allromanceebooks.com, and at most other web sites where e-books are sold. The only place it’s not free is Amazon…I wish I could do it for free there, but they won’t allow it unless I sign an exclusive. And I believe in distribution far and wide with any book.

So here’s the link to Allromanceeebooks.com.

And here’s one to Smashwords. 

The sale runs until Tuesday.

Ryan Phillippe’s Nude Scene

The other night I saw that I’d recorded Catch Hell on DVR, starring Ryan Phillippe. I’ll admit that I don’t follow Phillippe much and I don’t know much about him, but according to what I’ve read he directed and wrote the film, too.

I liked it. I wouldn’t call it Oscar material, but it was a good film for what it was and I thought it was a fast two hours. But more important, there was one of the most unlikely gay scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie. To be honest, I was kind of hoping it would happen, and it did happen. And if you want to take this to a deeper more meaningful level, I think it’s something that could happen given the circumstances, the mentality of the characters, and the setting. I also do follow some celebrities on social media and I always find it interesting the way they travel around to do certain films on location.

And then there was the brief nude scene with Phillippe.

Ryan Phillippe directs himself in his new film Catch Hell–though we think it’d be more aptly titled Catch Heaven based on the presence of Ryan’s bare ass!
 
That being said, the subject matter appears to be quite dark based on these stills, so we’ll just proceed without further comment. 

I’m not going into a full review, but I liked it and I would recommend it if you’re looking for something different. It’s one of those movies that don’t get too much attention, but deserve more…think the opposite of Fifty Shades of Grey. 

You can check out the nude photos of Ryan Phillippe here. I think it’s SFW.

Fifty Shades of Dick

This, of course, is parody. It’s a compilation of photos from movie scenes where there was male full frontal nudity or bulge. 

This is a compendium of the most important bulges and full-frontal peen that one can see in films that are available on Netflix and at their local Redbox. Some I knew, some my Jezebel colleagues helped me with, and some were complete and delightful surprises.
The biggest surprise was that this took me more than four hours to put together.

It’s from Jezebel so I’m assuming it’s SFW, but don’t quote me there.

You can check that out here.

Jobriath First Openly Gay Pop Star

I honestly never really thought about who the first openly gay pop star was, and I still think there are some who might dispute this…you never know. However, this is what one article is claiming.

If you’re unfamiliar with the colorful, tragic story of cult entertainer Jobriath, you can’t be blamed. Before the glam rock performer arrived on the music scene with nearly unprecedented hype only to crash and burn almost immediately, he’d already lived a colorful life in which he’d been a child piano prodigy, appeared in Hair, gone AWOL from the military, arrested and confined to a psychiatric hospital. He was eventually signed to a lucrative contract and surrounded by incredible hype as the next big thing and, as a testament to the burgeoning sexual liberation of the era, he never attempted to conceal his sexual orientation.

I never heard of him. The article/interview is fascinating and long, and you can read the rest here. 

There’s more about Jobriath here, at wiki. Interestingly enough, he was born in the Philadelphia area, not too far from Bucks County where I live.

 

Self-Publish Tech Issue; Something for St. Jude; Weiner’s Snarky Director

Self-Publish Tech Issue; Something for St. Jude

The following tech issue that recently happened to me might not apply to new authors who are self-publishing, however, I think it’s important to mention for published authors who might be self-publishing back listed books. And, for those self-publishing more than one book at a time. There are some things you just can’t portend no matter how hard you try. And what happened to me late last night with Something for St. Jude is a good example of this. You may have heard me screaming at Amazon.

I’ve posted about how we’ve been re-releasing all my back listed stories and books from now defunct small e-press, Loveyoudivine.com. So it’s not really self-publishing in the sense that these books have already been through the publishing process from developmental editing, to covers, to copy editing. And in most cases, these stories have even been through more than that because many were trad published in anthologies that were released years ago by respected LGBT publishers like Cleis Press. They’ve gone through more than a few edits by excellent professional editors. I even left the original book covers, which I wanted to change, so readers would not get confused. So I thought I had nothing about which to worry.

Think again. Even though I’ve always been completely open and honest about all my product information…to the point of being a pain in the ass with blog posts like this, late last night I went to Amazon to check out Something for St. Jude and I noticed a review (a good review) that read, “False Advertising.” And since I don’t even advertise my books anywhere…or much of anything I write…I read the review a few times, bought the book myself, and figured out the issue.

Evidently, there was a tech issue during the upload where several short stories were added to the short e-book, Something for St. Jude. In other words, instead of getting the one short story for .99 as it had been described in the book blurb, the reader wound up getting Something for St. Jude, plus a few additional short stories for free. Of course when I get something for free by mistake, I say thank you and smile. But two readers were so upset they’d received all these short stories for free when they purchased the .99 e-book they left reviews about it. And I can’t thank them enough for leaving these reviews. This is truly the kind of feedback the world needs to see. If it hadn’t been for these reviewers mentioning this tech issue, I would never have known all these short e-books were being given away for free with a .99 short story.

Don’t get me wrong. I honestly don’t mind that people read the extra books for free and I hope that a few people enjoyed them. I’ve never been one to complain about these things, and my publishers often get frustrated with me because of this. But that’s because I do believe that when issues like this happen and someone benefits from it, good for them. To me it’s like going into the store, finding a mismarked item, and making the store honor the mistake. In fact, with all the e-book pirates out there pilfering my books, I’m kind of glad this mistake happened so readers who do pay and do things the honest way got a little surprise when they purchased SfSJ for .99 and found more than they’d expected. Good for them!

But, in the same respect, I felt awful about those poor readers who had received free e-books and didn’t want them. You can read the reviews here. I’ve left comments apologizing and thanking them for pointing this problem out to me. I still can’t thank them enough. And the problem has been fixed now, thanks to these dedicated Amazon reviewers, and Something for St. Jude is now one short story instead of five short stories for .99. As I said, had it not been for them I never would have known. And shame on me for not triple checking that. But as I said, there are some things you can’t predict no matter how hard you try. And when it comes to re-releasing back listed book issues, this might be one of them other authors should pay attention to. I’m still not completely certain how this happened. I checked all of the other books that were released around the same time and they seem to be fine.

I’d also like to add that if things like this ever come up and you need to contact me, my e-mail is public and I welcome all comments in private. I will respect your privacy and discretion is extremely important to me. rfieldj@aol.com

Weiner’s Snarky Director

It’s been established that Anthony Weiner is naughty. It’s been established he has a strong story. It’s been well established that other politicians can lie about anything and get away with it, from their book bio to their college records, but don’t do anything sexual in your personal life or your done.

And now it seems Weiner’s communications directer went batshit crazy about an article in NY Daily News where one of Weiner’s nasty little interns allegedly wrote a tell-all. According to this article, the intern claims Weiner had problems getting people to work on his staff. The only reason people were on Weiner’s staff were there to get closer to his wife and Hillary Clinton (Weiner’s wife works for Hillary). Basically, it sounds like the intern bashed all of them in a breach of confidence, including the communications director. And the communications directer, Barbara Morgan, went after the mouthy little intern without holding anything back. And it was very entertaining.

“It’s all bullshit,” Morgan tells TPM. “I mean, it’s such bullsh*t. She could f**king — f**king tw*t.” Oh.

Morgan goes on to say that Nuzzi is a “slutbag” and says “she sucked.” Also: “You know what? F**k you, you little c*nt. I’m not joking, I am going to sue her.”

In a statement this morning that was sent to reporters and available on The Washington Post, Morgan says, “In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off-the-record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.”

My fifty cents: Sometimes you just have to get it all off your chest and let them have it.

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

I’m going to be posting reminders next month about the holiday promotion/event allromanceebooks.com 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 Allromanceebooks.com.

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