it’s nice to be naughty

When Gay Writer’s Write M/F Romance…


Though I concentrate more on LGBT fiction, I do write m/f romances once in a while. I always have, always will. Sometimes I use a pen name, and sometimes I don’t. With this story, IT’S NICE TO BE NAUGHTY, the publisher and I decided to just shorten my first name to an initial. We were hoping readers who know my LGBT work already would see that something was different and read the details carefully so they wouldn’t be mistaken about the content of the story.

There are various reasons why authors use pen names, but in most cases it’s because they hop genres and they don’t want to confuse their readers. In this case, I wanted it to be clear that INTBN was based on two hetero main characters, not gay male characters.

The interesting thing about my m/f romances that are published with pen names is that I don’t spend much time promoting them. And yet I’ve been happy with the sales results of each one. I often wonder what would happen if I actually spent more time promoting these books. But it all comes down to the fact that there are only so many hours in a day and usually something has to suffer. With me, it’s fiction I’ve published under pen names.

But IT’S NICE TO BE NAUGHTY has surprised me more than once since its release. It’s been on more than one bestseller list, and it’s remained in the top thirty over at fictionwise.com since it’s been released. If I had an answer to why this happened with INTBN, I’d share it with everyone. But I honestly don’t know and probably never will. I do know I enjoyed writing the story more than I thought I would. I wanted a story with a main character who is a woman, in her thirties, who has been suppressed most of her life. She’s not model thin, she’s not a raving beauty, and she’s not even the most stylish woman. But there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. And when she finally meets a handsome young man in his twenties who sees her as the voluptuous, sexy woman she wants to be (dreams about being), she finally has a chance to act out her fantasies. In spite of the age difference, these two unlikely characters are the perfect balance of opposites do, indeed, attract.

Here’s the blurb:

Even the nicest girls have to be a little naughty sometimes. Though Sally Mae Frye has worked hard and played by the rules all her life, she wonders whether she’s missed something along the way. She’s already in her late thirties, and she’s still single. She spends most of her time either working or dealing with her aging mother. And then she hires handsome, young Phil Winston to be her personal assistant at the bank, without even realizing he’s a sweet guy with a kinky little fetish that will eventually turn her into the sort of naughty woman she’s always fantasized about. Sally Mae can’t ignore Phil’s rough hands and the subtle bulge between his legs, or the way he tends to notice her when she leaves a room. At first, all it takes is a heavy snow storm and a sopping wet male assistant who likes to strip for his full-figured boss. After that, it’s all about the way dirty, young Phil knows how bend Sally Mae over and use the palm of his rugged hand to please her.

Here’s a link to fictionwise where the story is now at #27 in the erotic/fetish category. There haven’t been a lot of ratings left, at least not compared to the amount of books that have been sold (erotic romance is all about discretion), but it seems the ratings that are there are a balance from people who either loved it or hated it. This story can also be found on amazon and other retail web sites where e-books are sold.

Here’s an excerpt:

Though he didn’t look like someone who would work in a bank, with his slick leather jacket and his shiny black shirt with a wide collar, Sally Mae appreciated his complete honesty. Another young guy probably wouldn’t have mentioned this alcoholic business at all. “Would you be interested in a full-time receptionist job?”

He smiled so wide his gums showed. “Well, yes, definitely.”

Sally Mae had always trusted her gut instincts when it came to hiring, and she needed a receptionist. The thought of placing an ad, and then going through the interview process caused a lump in her stomach. “Since you don’t have any experience, let’s try it out for a couple of weeks and see what happens. When can you start, Mr. Winston?”

“Right now if you want,” he said. His voice was still deep but more relaxed and smoother. His lavender and blue eyes popped; he couldn’t believe she’d just hired him on the spot.

What her gut instinct didn’t recognize was Phil Winston had a staid, unfulfilled quirk. His penchant was for pale-skinned, middle-aged women with flat chests and bursting, pear-shaped bottoms. When he saw a flabby ass jiggle in white cotton shorts, his knees nearly buckled. If he happened to be on the beach and noticed a cellulite-ridden rear end in a bathing suit, he’d cover his crotch with a beach towel and wait for the nine-inch erection to subside. But more than that, Phil didn’t merely want to fuck these rotund women; he wanted to spank those immense white bottoms until they were reddish purple. Unfortunately, his little fetish went unfulfilled for the most part: he wasn’t interested in the skinny young women his own age with boney asses and big tits. And it simply wasn’t that easy to find a full-figured, mature woman who knew how to appreciate a good ass whipping.

Body Images, Women, and It’s Nice to be Naughty, by R. Field

When I wrote the short e-book, IT’S NICE TO BE NAUGHTY, and had it published under the pen name “R. Field,” my main concern was how so many people these days, gay or straight, seem so concerned over body images. I wanted to create an erotic story about a full figured woman who meets and falls in love with a handsome young man who happens to love her partly because of her full figure. I didn’t want this to be the main focus of the story. But I was tired of reading about perfect people that send us all the wrong signals when it comes to body image. I used the pen name because I was crossing genres. But I’m sorry I did. If I could go back I’d just use my own name.

What sparked this post was something I saw on facebook. It’s been shared so many times I’m not sure who wrote it. But I’ve copied and pasted it verbatim below.

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)

Three New Books Coming Out This Month

I remember when summer was the slow time in publishing. Editors, agents, and writers took it easy and recuperated. Well e-publishing has changed this for me and most of the other authors, editors, and even a few agents I know (I’ve seen a few new lit agents starting to take on authors who only work for e-publishers). This has been a busy month. In June, I finished two stand alone short stories for Loveyoudivine.com and a full length m/m romance novel for ravenousromance.com. And this past Friday I finished yet another new novel for ravenousromance.com that I’ll be submitting for edits by the end of next week.

The two stand alone stories are titled, IT’S NICE TO BE NAUGHTY and BILLABONG BANG. The romance novel is titled: THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE and I’ve posted a photo of the cover with this post. I haven’t seen the covers for the two stand alones yet, but as soon as I do I’ll post them as well.
Blurb: THE VIRGIN BILLIONAIRE
Luis Fortune spends his nights escorting affluent older gentleman to parties, nightclubs and restaurants. And though he’s not officially a rent boy because there’s never any physical contact, he is paid well. He charms them with his looks and his carefree attitude. He makes them smile by laughing at their jokes and listening to their dull stories. But Luis is only doing this temporarily, until the right older man asks him to settle down. He’s looking for something he can depend on, and until he finds it he won’t even give the stray dog that followed him home a name.

While Luis is searching for money and security, he takes comfort in reading a blog written by a woman in France he’s never met, Elena’s Romantic Treasures and Tidbits.. She adores gay men and romance, and she posts artistic photos, wonderful stories, and endearing posts about gay men that bring Luis a false sense of comfort and security on his darkest, scariest days.

Jase Nicholas is a forty year old high-profile billionaire who can pass for thirty. He’s spent the first half of his life running from the fact that he’s gay. And now he wants to find out what he’s been missing all those years. So he tells his family and friends he’s going on a pilgrimage for a couple of months, and then he drops out of sight so he can come to terms with his sexuality and finally lose his gay virginity. But instead of going on a pilgrimage, he rents a small apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He changes his appearance and plunges into a world of young gay men. And when one of the young men he meets is Luis Fortune, his life is never the same again.

At first, Luis and Jase become good friends. And though Luis tells Jase everything about his life, Jase keeps his true identity a secret from Luis. As far as Luis knows, Jase is a forty year old unsuccessful inventor who takes money from younger men. Luis has no idea he is really the wildly successful Jase Nicholas, The Virgin Billionaire.

As their friendship blossoms into a passionate, erotic romance, Luis begins to panic. He refuses to admit he’s in love with Jase. The last thing he needs is passion, love, and romance. So when one of Luis’ wealthy older clients asks him to move to Vancouver, Luis tells Jase they will never have a future together. Then, after a few surprising events, when Luis accidentally discovers Jase’s true identity and that he’s really The Virgin Billionaire, he’s so hurt by Jase’s lies he wants nothing to do with him ever again.

Will Luis ever forgive Jase for keeping his true identity hidden?

And will Jase be able to give Luis the comfort and security he’s been searching for all his life?