Kevin loves cowboys

Buyer Beware? Huh?

KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS hit number one in the fictionwise.com erotica category this week. This little loveyoudivine.com short story stand alone surprised me even more than A REGULAR BUD did.

But I’d like to make it clear that this is gay erotica, not gay romance. And it’s a short story stand alone and not a full length romance novel. I noticed an Amazon a reviewer from a place called Broomall, Pennsylvania slammed KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS with a one star rating and a nasty review because he was under the impression it was a novel, not a short story. He even wrote something like “Buyer Beware,” as if we were trying to fool him on purpose.

How this guy didn’t see this is a short story is beyond me. It’s listed all over the web as a stand alone and no one’s trying to fool anyone into thinking it’s a full length novel. I’ve even posted about it here, on this blog, as a short story back when it was released. I can only assume this reader didn’t do his homework and doesn’t understand digital books yet. The price alone, $2.00, should have led him to believe it’s not a full length novel.

But you can’t win them all (smile).

New Release, Cowtown, New Jersey, and KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS

In my new short story stand alone, KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS, which will be released today, here, I mention a place in the storyline called Cowtown, New Jersey. I know it sounds fictional. When most people think of New Jersey they think of factories, congested suburbs, and The Sopranos. But in this story the setting is actually based on a real place.

There is, in fact, a Cowtown, New Jersey. I grew up five miles away from there, in a small southern New Jersey town on the Delaware River called, Penns Grove. This is not the New Jersey most people think they know. Penns Grove is located near the Delaware Memorial Bridge and it’s been nicknamed “The Gateway to the South.” Actor John Forsythe was born there, Bruce Willis grew up there. And last time I heard (my mom knows all the local gossip), Bruce’s family still lives there.

And there’s a large rodeo/farmers market/livestock auction/country western place not far from Penns Grove called Cowtown. And though I now live in Bucks County, PA, I still go back all the time to visit and I still make trips to Cowtown. Like I said, it’s not like the New Jersey people think they know. It’s more like being in New Orleans, or Texas, with a strong southern atmosphere. Even the roads are named after southern states. The main road running through Penns Grove is Virginia Avenue.

I’m posting this as background story because I’ve already had a few e-mails about Cowtown and the book hasn’t even been released a full day yet. People are questioning whether or not there is a Cowtown. They seem worried it’s not going to sound real enough because most people haven’t heard of a rodeo in New Jersey (smile). Well, take it from me, because I grew up there, went to school there, and spent many a Saturday night at the Cowtown Rodeo. And if you don’t believe me, just follow the links I’ve provided and you can see for yourself.

A Busy Friday: New Book Cover, Bestseller List on Fictionwise, and Great News about Red Silk Press

Since it’s been such a busy week I’m making this a three fold post to save time.

First, here’s the new cover for a brand new release, KEVIN LOVES COWBOYS. Dawne Dominique did this one, as she does all my covers for Loveyoudivine.com, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I provided a few suggestions, and she came up with this all on her own. And how she knew that scroll pattern was my all time favorite pattern in the world was just pure luck.

Second, my stand alone e-book, IT’S NICE TO BE NAUGHTY, has been on one of the fictionwise bestseller lists for well over a week. I’m not boasting about it for the sake of boasting. But this book has a byline that reads, R. Field, instead of Ryan Field. And that’s because this isn’t a m/m romance or lgbt fiction. The main characters in this story are straight and I didn’t want to confuse my m/m romance readers. I love writing lgbt fiction and m/m romance, however, I have been vocal in my support to all the straight authors out there writing lgbt fiction, especially the women, and I like knowing that I can write a story with straight characters that actually sells copies just as much as a straight author can write lgbt fiction. Personally, I like to think that if you’re a professional career writer you can write a good story about anything, and your sexual preference and gender shouldn’t stop you from doing this.

Third, I just found out yesterday that the anthology, BOYS OF THE BITE, with one of my short stories, THE DEVIL’S HALF ACRE, has been sold to Red Silk Press in collaboration with ravenous romance. This is great news for everyone, and it means the book and the authors will get a lot more exposure. Here’s the announcement as it came to me.

More good news: as some of you know, paranormal non-fiction publisher Red Wheel Weiser has started an imprint for paranormal fiction, partnered with Ravenous. The imprint is called Red Slik, and Boys of the Bite has been chosen for the spring 2011 Red Silk list!