New Excerpt From Ricky’s Business

I always like to post an excerpt that hasn’t been posted anywhere before. So here’s an excerpt from Ricky’s Business that hasn’t been posted on any web sites or by any online e-book retailers. This is a scene from Chatper Four, where a she-male escort shows up at Ricky’s door and Ricky’s not sure what to do next. I edited a few parts, because this is a pg rated blog. But I like the fact that these parts don’t need to be in the book in order to have a storyline.

Later that night, the doorbell rang and Ricky’s entire body froze. It was one of those long drawn out bells that sounded like the chimes in Westminster Abby. He was sprawled out across his bed sideways, legs together, toes pointed, and back arched. No one ever knocked on the front door after nine o’clock at night. There was an unwritten law about that sort of thing in the suburbs.

The only light in the house came from a small gooseneck lamp on his desk. He jumped out of bed, pulled his jeans up and packed his erection to the right. He squinted and scowled; he was sensitive because he’d been on the verge. When he went to the closet to choose a shirt, he decided on a long, loose polo that would cover his crotch. All this fuss just to answer the door.

At first, he had no idea who could be ringing the bell. Everyone knew his mother and father were out of town. He doubted it was Leyland. Then, on his way downstairs, he remembered the phone call Leyland had made to the male prostitute earlier that night. Oh, it had to be the male prostitute. When he reached the front hallway and the bell rang again, he felt a sharp thud in his stomach, as if someone had just punched him.

He reached for the doorknob and asked, “Who’s there?” with a timid voice. He’d thought about not answering and pretending no one was home. But that wouldn’t have been right. Leyland had made the call and this person had come all the way out to New Jersey for nothing.

“It’s Dawn,” a deep voice said. “I’m the one you called earlier.”

Ricky took a deep breath and blinked. He’d been under the impression Leyland had called a male prostitute, not a female. “Dawn?”

“That’s what I said, honey.”

It sounded like a man. But what man calls himself Dawn? So Ricky opened the door slowly. When he looked up his head jerked back and his eyes popped. Standing in his doorway, in the middle of his neat, cookie cutter sub-division, was the tallest, blondest she-male he’d ever seen. Actually, it was the only she-male he’d ever seen in person, up close. Dawn wore a black knitted mini-dress that hugged every curve in his body, tall black stilettos, and a long brassy blond wig. His thick, long masculine fingers were tipped with long red nails that curved down like commas, his pierced ears had long dangling clusters of rhinestones, and his mouth was bathed in ruby red lip gloss.

Ricky’s Business: Cover Copy and Link to Excerpt

One of the things I try to do is post as much info about my books as possible. I want readers to know what they are buying, without questions. So I’m adding the synopsis from ARe, and a link with a long excerpt right here. The excerpt, in fact, is almost the entire first chapter, which should be enough to get a feel of where the book is going and what the main character is like. I also like the way ARe (allromanceebooks) adds word count information and reviews.

And if there are any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. My address is at the top of this blog and I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions.

When young Ricky Daley’s parents leave him home alone for the first time, what happens during the course of one week transforms him from a timid boy taking SAT tests to a confident man making adult choices. Although he’s always played by the rules, deep down he’s always wanted to take a few chances and live on the edge. And though his parents are determined to get him into an Ivy League college, he’s more interested going to a local college and meeting the man of his dreams.

Ricky seems to have it all: great looks, excellent grades, and athletic ability. Only he spends his free time with his best friend, Leyland, a hapless gay guy in Ricky’s senior class who is just as frustrated as Ricky is, playing canasta while daydreaming about the men they’d love to meet. For Leyland, any man from the neighborhood UPS guy to the high school football coach will do. But for Ricky, it’s more detailed and emotional. He wants love and romance and someone upon which he can depend. The man of his dreams is dark, with a deep, smooth voice, and he looks like Keanu Reeves.

Then Ricky decides it’s time to let loose and have some fun. At first, it’s just a few harmless incidents, like taking his father’s car out without permission and putting on an X-rated male strip show for his Peeping Tom neighbor in the back yard. But Ricky has no idea all this is leading up to a date with a guy who is even better than the man of his dreams, an unusual encounter with a pimp named Carson, and a lucrative one-night business venture that will surpass anything he’s ever learned in his high school entrepreneurship class…


Today is the release day for my new m/m romance, RICKY’S BUSINESS. This one is based loosely on the 1980’s film, “Risky Business,” starring Tom Cruise. You can read more about it here. And I’m sure it will be released on all the well known online e-book stores as well as amazon.

But I always like to post a little back story here on the blog so people know what they are buying. Although the book is not exactly like the movie, I do like to point out that when I write books like this it’s not about fan fiction. If anything, it’s about giving lgbt readers a taste of what the mainstream public gets all the time and takes for granted. In the past twenty years I can list a handful of pop culture lgbt oriented books and films that were for the mainstream. For the most part, if gay men and women wanted to read about other gay men and women, they were given very little choices. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the “artsy fartsy” literary books written for the lgbt community. And I usually find most gay films lacking something important in more than one way. I prefer pop culture. So this is my take on an old storyline that could have worked well if it had been originally written for two gay men, or two gay women.