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FREE Excerpt/New Release: Sheriff and the Outlaw by Ryan Field

FREE Excerpt/New Release: Sheriff and the Outlaw by Ryan Field

Here’s the next installment of the Glendora Hill gay western series, “The Sheriff and the Outlaw.” It’s a stand alone book that doesn’t have to be read consecutively with the rest of the series, but it does return the general storyline back to the first time the main characters met and fell in love. In some ways this could have been the first book, but we thought it would be interesting to create a book in the series that told more of the back story, with more detailed history about the main characters, Sebastian and Avery.

You can find it here, and here on allromanceebooks.  I’ll keep posting links in future posts as I get them. As always, the book will be up on the publisher’s web site, and distributed in most places where e-books are sold. It’s $4.99 at the publisher’s web site, which is important to remember.

Blurb:

When Sebastian loses his wonderful husband of ten years in an accident, he’s not only emotionally devastated, but also financially ruined. He can’t turn to family because they turned their backs on him when he told them he was gay, and Sebastian’s late husband owed so much he’s about to lose everything, including the mobile home he spent so many years making perfect. But just when Sebastian thinks there’s no hope at all, he inherits the meager estate of a distant uncle he’s never even met.
The fictional town of picturesque Glendora Hill, Texas appears to be perfect, which is exactly what Sebastian and his teenage son need after all the heartache they’ve gone through. But it’s not going to be easy. And as they begin to make new lives in this odd but friendly little town so far from their lives in Houston, Sebastian stops playing by the rules for a while. That is until the town’s cowboy sheriff, Avery Baldwin, confronts Sebastian about a few rules he’s overlooked.
As Sebastian rebuilds his life and the dilapidated property he inherited, with perfectly pruned shrubbery, a bright white porch swing, and two very strapping young studs he takes in as tenants, he also discovers a few secrets about his past through the one man who seems to understand him. And as the secrets of Sebastian’s childhood unfold and emotions he thought were dead forever begin to reawaken, he’s terrified of the only man who can actually help him move forward.

Excerpt:

I always state up front these excerpts are from raw versions and may contain a few issues…they work better with HTML than PDF files, which is why I post them. The final, published book is fully edited. The storyline hasn’t changed at all.

As the afternoon unfolded, Sebastian had to go into the garage and dig out one of his uncle’s old folding tables. When people started arriving, it seemed many of them had a covered dish in hand. Jesse Mae from the dry cleaners brought her famous ambrosia, with little marshmallows and pineapple. Erlene from the Country Way Beauty Shop where Angie had her hair permed and teased brought her famous fudge brownies, with walnuts and M&Ms. Sebastian lost track of all the food after Marsha from the Twist and Knit Shop handed him her famous meatballs in tomato sauce. There were enough desserts to fill a bakery in Houston, including a massive tray of Shiva cookies from Elsie Goldberg. Even Kick’s boss, Joe Hennessey, from the hardware store showed up with something. His wife, Dot Hennessey, handed Sebastian a covered baking dish and said, “It’s my famous stuffed mushrooms. Everyone in town will be expecting them.”  

            One of the few who didn’t show up with something to eat was Luanne from the dress shop. And that’s because she seemed to have both hands full with Judd on her arm. She literally clung to the man in a way so obvious Sebastian noticed other people murmuring about her. For a moment, as she walked into the tent area with Judd, the entire room went silent and glanced in her direction. At a closer glance, Sebastian noticed she was probably in her early forties. She wore a bright yellow dress with an empire waist, white vinyl pumps, and boxy looking purse to match. For the first time, Sebastian noticed her heavy make-up and the way all that mascara gave her raccoon eyes. From her long fake yellow fingernails to her teased bleach blond hair, Sebastian thought she would have made an interesting drag queen. In fact, she reminded him of a female impersonator he’d known in Houston named, Miss Demeanor. He wondered if Judd’s attraction to Luanne had anything to do with Judd asking him if he’d ever done drag, as if insinuating he would love to see Sebastian in drag.

            Luanne walked up to Sebastian and flung out her right hand as if she expected him to kiss it. When she saw he had no intention of either kissing her hand or shaking it, she brought her hand back to Judd’s chest, rubbed it, and said, “I’m so sorry we’re late, sugar. Judd and I got busy with something and the time just got away from us. You know how it is when there’s a big strong man around the house.”

            Judd and Sebastian exchanged a quick glance, and Judd seemed embarrassed by her actions and her attitude. But it was apparent that he was afraid to say anything aloud, so Sebastian smiled and said, “Don’t you worry at all, honey pie, sugar. You’re not late at all. And this party is going to go on for the rest of the day.” Then he turned his back on her and went over to check on the band. He’d run into her kind before, and he knew how to handle them.

            It was going on four o’clock in the afternoon and the band still hadn’t started playing. So Sebastian asked why and the drummer told him they were still waiting for the guitar player to arrive. He told Sebastian the guitar player was also the lead singer and they couldn’t start without him unless Sebastian was willing to just have the instrumental, and then he assured Sebastian the guitar player would be there by four o’clock and he’d never missed a performance in his life.

            Sebastian shrugged and moved closer to the buffet table he’d set up for the all the foods other people had brought. He was amazed to see that most of the food was being eaten, including the dishes he’d had catered. And he was even more amused when he overheard some of the comments.

            Angie was standing next to Dot Hennessey’s stuffed mushrooms with Normie Lynn from the bait and tackle shop. As Angie bit into one of the stuffed mushrooms, she made a face and said, “I can’t believe Dot brought his hot mess with her again.” Then she giggled and said, “I wouldn’t feed this to my cat. I’m glad I brought my mac and cheese casserole.”

            Sebastian smiled and moved to the other end of the table where Elsie and Dot Hennessey were talking. They were standing over Angie’s mac and cheese casserole. When Dot Hennessey took a spoonful of mac and cheese, she made a face, giggled, and said, “You could put up wallpaper with this clump of glue she’s trying to pass off as mac and cheese. I’m glad I brought my stuffed mushrooms.”

            Then Elsie waved across the table at Angie and said, “Hey sweetie. We’re loving this mac and cheese. It’s the best one you’ve ever made.”

            Angie waved back and said, “And these are by far the best stuffed mushrooms I’ve ever had, Dot. You’ve outdone yourself this time.”

            “Thanks, hon,” Dot Hennessey said. And then she turned to Elsie and whispered, “Now I have to figure out where to dump this crap.”

            So much for everyone’s famous dishes. And these weren’t the only vicious comments Sebastian overheard as he made his way through the tent. He heard two women talking about how ridiculous the prices were getting at the beauty shop, and then kissing the owner when she walked over to them. He heard two men talking about whether or not unmarried Angie from the sheriff’s office had ever had a man, and snickering about what would happen if she did at this point in her life. But the most interesting thing he overheard by far that afternoon was when he walked up behind a group of women and found them whispering about Luanne from the dress shop. He’d only met them in passing and didn’t remember their names. But what they said made his jaw drop.

            “I wonder if the black widow slaps that big old cowboy around like she did with the last husband,” one woman said.

            “Probably not yet,” another woman said. “She likes to break them in slowly.”

            “She sure does like them big and dumb,” a third woman said. “He’s probably hung like a horse.”

            Sebastian smiled.

            “I just hope that sweet guy finds out about her before it’s too late,” a fourth woman said.

            Then someone else joined them and they changed the subject. Sebastian glanced at his watch and saw it was four o’clock now and the band still hadn’t started playing. He decided to go into the shop to check on Kick and to see if he needed any help. As he crossed through the tent, he couldn’t stop wondering what those women were talking about when they referred to Luanne’s former husband. There was something about her he didn’t trust, and it went far beyond the nasty way she’d treated him earlier.

The Sweetest Apple; FREE Excerpt; Lambdas; Twinks, Whoa Dude!

The Sweetest Apple

Here’s the cover of my newest release in the Second Chance series, The Sweetest Apple. It’s the fourth e-book in the series, it’s a 27,000 word novella, and it’s being launched today as a .99 e-book in most of the popular venues where e-books are sold.

You can find it here on Smashwords, and I’ll update with more links as I get them. (It takes a while for these things to upload and I’m never sure how long it will be with anyone.) For those who aren’t familiar with Smashwords, there’s an adult content filter at the top right corner on the homepage you have to click in order to see erotic romances. It’s simple to do…as long as you know it’s there. (I didn’t at first.)

There’s also a blurb with all the links, and an excerpt. And I’m posting another free excerpt below right now that you won’t find on any web sites other than this.

Update: purchase link for allromanceebooks.com

Update 2: purchase link for Amazon (thanks to social media I found out before Amazon notified me this time)

FREE Excerpt

This is an excerpt from Chapter Four of The Sweetest Apple.

The one thing Matty would always remember about his first day in New Orleans would be the multitude of exotic tropical plants strewn throughout the new restaurant that had hired him fresh out of culinary school. He entered La Bonne Auberge through the front door, with his suitcases still in his hands, and glanced around at the narrow tables and rickety chairs shoved in between tall potted palms, rickety ficus trees, and bare wilted hibiscus trees that tried too hard to be topiaries.

The second thing he noticed made him wince, and then blink. The dark walls hiding behind all the trees had been painted in a poor version of the popular art of faux marble finish. The trim was another bad example of faux marble, only lighter and grayer than the walls. Instead of making the striations all go in one direction as with real marble, the artist who had faux finished these walls had taken it upon himself to turn, swirl, and feather his striations in so many different directions Matty wanted to grab a chair to keep from getting dizzy.

As Matty glanced around the main seating area wondering how people could actually sit in such small awkward chairs, he started to have serious second thoughts about moving from New York to New Orleans on impulse. He’d seen an ad for a job that had looked interesting a month earlier. The ad stated the job required chef skills and managerial skills to help a new restaurant owner get his business off the ground. What really impressed Matty the most was the ad also stated the owner wanted to give someone willing to work hard a chance to own a share of the restaurant. At the time, Matty was ready to leave culinary school and involved in a sticky relationship with the elderly male instructor who had paid his way through school. The elderly man had been suggesting Matty move in with him and they open a restaurant together. But Matty didn’t see himself sucking old balls for the next ten or twenty years of his life. So he jumped at the chance to get away from New York as fast as he could. Only he hadn’t done any research about this restaurant in New Orleans.

When he set his suitcases down on the crooked wooden floor, he heard a squeak and looked up to find the door leading to the kitchen open. A fair-haired young man wearing a white apron entered the main seating area and sent him a startled glance. A second later, the young man smiled and said, “I’m Archie Bartholomew. Welcome to La Bonne Auberge.”

Matty smiled and walked toward him. He extended his right hand and said, “I’m Matthew Allan. Everyone calls me Matty. It’s nice to meet you.”

Archie must have thought he was a customer. He lifted his chin and said, “I didn’t expect you this early. It’s nice to finally meet you.” They’d been corresponding through telephone calls and written letters. Archie had an e-mail account, but Matty didn’t actually get his own e-mail account until l998, about four years later.

“It’s very nice to meet you, Mr. Bartholomew,” Matty said.

“Call me Archie. Did you have a good trip down?”

  “Very nice,” Matty said. It was the worst trip he’d ever taken. He didn’t own a car, and in order to save money he’d taken a bus. The woman behind him had two of the most annoying children he’d ever come across. He still wasn’t sure which was worse: the whining or the crying.

Archie extended his arms and looked around the main seating area and said, “So what do you think of the place?”

Matty pressed his palm to his stomach and looked around again. Trying to be as tactful as possible, he smiled and said, “You have so many tropical plants.”

Archie’s face beamed with pride. “I wanted to go with that old Katherine Hepburn movie theme, from Suddenly Last Summer. I’m glad you noticed.”

“Wasn’t Suddenly Last Summer that dark movie with Elizabeth Taylor where she’s in a mental ward?” Matty asked. He wasn’t certain. He’d seen parts of the movie once and it had bored him to death. The thought of decorating a restaurant around that film seemed more like a self-indulgent mistake.

Archie smiled wider and rubbed his palms together. “Yes, it was. And I wanted the restaurant to have that look. I’m big on themes.”

Matty glanced at a drooping hibiscus in a black plastic pot and said, “Yeah, well. I see what you mean.” He figured he’d better change the subject fast before he got into trouble with his new boss. It was too late to do anything at that point. He needed the job to survive. “I haven’t even stopped at my new apartment yet. I came here first. I should go there and get settled first and I’ll be back in time to start work in about an hour.”

“Let me show you the kitchen first,” Archie said. “I can’t wait for you to see the specials I came up with for tonight’s crowd.”

Matty forced a smile and said, “I can’t wait,” in a deadpan tone he knew Archie wouldn’t pick up on. And as he followed Archie into the kitchen he mentally prepared himself for the fresh hells he suspected were waiting for him in there.

In spite of the poor design and uncomfortable atmosphere, in the weeks that followed Matty noticed how well Archie planned everything in advance and how accurate he could be with all the financial details involved in running a business. Archie knew how to deal with suppliers and how to negotiate for the best deals. He kept such impeccable records in the back office the shelves behind his desk resembled a public library. Archie even kept every receipt for every purchase he made, and he asked Matty to do the same thing so he could write them off as tax deductions. Archie tended to focus on all the technical details that Matty tended to ignore so he could focus more on the creative aspects of running a high end restaurant in New Orleans.

Archie must have noticed Matty’s flair for all things visual, because he didn’t complain when Matty suggested they remove a few of the potted plants to open up the main seating area. He didn’t complain when more people started eating there every night after Matty suggested they remove all the plants and repaint the walls a nice even shade of taupe with bright white trim. Archie did look at Matty sideways when Matty said they needed new tables and chairs, and he did frown a little when Matty suggested all the floors had to be refinished. But Archie never said no to any of Matty’s requests, and Matty knew it was because Archie smiled the most on his way to the bank every morning to make a deposit.

Within the first six months people were making reservations two and three weeks in advance. Instead of Matty acting as the only chef, they hired a chef so Matty could act as head chef, orchestrate the menus, and spend more time out in the main seating area developing relationships with customers. One morning Archie asked Matty if he could sing and Matty shrugged and said, “A little.” The next day Matty arrived and found a group of men setting up a baby grand piano near the bar. Archie hired a pianist who played a combination of clichéd swing for the tourists and solid New Orleans jazz for the locals. And on occasion, when he was in the mood, Matty would sit on the piano with a microphone and sing corny numbers like Hard Hearted Hannah, and Sweet Georgia Brown, which seemed to please customers.
 
2014 Lambdas
 
I have to admit that I’m not always that up to date with awards in anything. (I don’t even watch the Oscars) But when I spotted a few nominations for the 2014 Lambda Awards this year it was nice to see the names of a few authors I read and followed…and even worked with.
 
One nomination in particular really thrilled me because I read and reviewed the book here. (It’s nice to know that as a reviewer I was right on target with this one. I loved it.)
 
That book is Pretty Boy Dead by Jon Michaelsen, an author I’ve known since I first started working with the now defunct e-publisher loveyoudivine.com. Jon is a very articulate author who works hard for perfection. Before the book was released he asked me privately about the cover and I loved it the moment I saw it. You can read my full review at the link above, where there’s also a purchase link. I highly recommend it.
 
The second nomination that really got to me was for an author I don’t know too much about, but have been following on social media for the past couple of months. The author is T.J. Klune, and the book is Into This River I Drown. Although I haven’t read this one, I have read a few other things by Klune and I’ve always found his voice unique. It’s hard to explain. It’s just different and draws you in.
 
I’ve posted about Klune several times here on the blog because he and his fiancé, Eric Arvin, have been going through a serious crisis and that crisis hit home for me in so many ways I get emotional just thinking about it. And when someone has been through that kind of hell it’s nice to see the gods of karma working hard to balance all the bad things out with something nice, too. If you’re not familiar with Klune, here’s a link to multiple posts I’ve done since Christmas.
 
And third, I was thrilled to see that an editor I’ve been working with for the past year or so was also nominated this time. His name is Winston Giesecke, and his book up for an award is Team Players: Gay Erotic Short Stories. I’ve had short stories in several of his books, with German publisher, Bruno Gmunder, and I’ve posted multiple times about that here. I was actually thinking about being a part of Team Players, but couldn’t do it for lack of time and other deadlines I had at the time.
 
In any event, Winston has a knack for anthologies and I’m always thrilled to be a part of any of his books.
 
There’s a full list of all the nominations here. I noticed a lot of new names this time and that’s refreshing to see. Now if we can only get the LLF to take digital submissions next year for those millions of us who have made the complete switch to digital as both readers and authors.
 
Twinks: Whoa Dude!
 
It looks like good old Davey Wavey might have a little strong competition with this one. (When you’re on the wrong side of 30 it’s hard to compete with a twink 🙂 Johnny McGovern has a new web series out that explores hot gay videos and makes you go “Whoa Dude?”
 
Whoa, Dude!” is slated to be a 16-part web series with a different theme for each installment. In each episode McGovern picks some of the best gay clips from the depths of the Internet and packages them for your enjoyment. Check out the twinks edition above and the military men feature below.
 
You can read more here, and check out the vids. I am getting more and more into the whole web series thing, but it takes a lot to make me say “Whoa Dude!” But these videos are very entertaining even if you don’t say “Whoa Dude!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Release: "Second Chance" Gay Romance .99 E-Book

New Release: “Second Chance” Gay Romance .99 E-Book

Update: Just went live on Amazon, here.

The first book in the “Second Chance” series just went live and I’ll post the links I have. It will be available at all venues where e-books are sold eventually. It’s hard to pinpoint an Amazon release because the time it takes varies from book to book. But for now it’s definitely on Smashwords and Allromanceebooks.com.

For more information you can read previous posts here, and here, where I’ve shared the blurb and a fairly long excerpt. I think the most interesting part of writing this book was that it’s set for the most part in the year 1950 when life was very different for gay men. There is more innocence, especially with sexual content. And gay men were more guarded in those days, to the point of total denial.

Stay tuned for more new releases coming soon. I have about four books with publishers that haven’t been release yet, including one that’s over 117,000 words and another that’s a Christmas romance from the Glendora Hill series.

New Release; Bruno Gmunder Verlag Anthology

New Release; Bruno Gmunder Verlag Anthology

I have a short story out in a new anthology recently released by German Publisher, Bruno Gmunder Verlag. I just received the author copy in the mail today and the book looks great. It’s always nice to hold that physical book in your hand no matter how much you love digital books. This anthology was put together and edited by Winston Giesecke, whom I’ve posted about before, here.

The title of the book is Daddy Knows Best: Gay Erotic Stories, and this is always something that brings me back to my roots as a writer…pre-internet days when publishing, especially gay publishing, was a very different place.  I haven’t been in an anthology like this for a while for lack of time, however, it’s where I feel the most secure as a writer because I know where I am as a gay writer, for lack of a better way to phrase that.

What is it about older men that gay boys find so irresistible? Some say young men in search of a “daddy” to partner up with – sometimes for life, sometimes just for the night – are looking for someone to mentor them. Take care of them. But there are plenty of young studs with dirty minds who simply find that men get better with age. Older men are hotter. More confident. More experienced. For some, it’s all about dominance and submission. For others, it’s about getting off with a guy who turns you on. These are the couplings explored in Daddy Knows Best, a sizzling collection of erotic stories – some romantic, some raunchy – that probe the younger man-older man dynamic in sensual, graphic detail. About the Editor: Beginning his career as a television writer, Winston Gieseke penned episodes for shows like Wildfire and Hollywood Off-Ramp. He has composed tantalizing copy for various adult entertainment companies and served as editor in chief of both Men and Freshmen magazines before honing his journalistic skills as managing editor of The Advocate.

New Release: The Silicon Valley Sex Scandal



New Release: The Silicon Valley Sex Scandal

Here’s the cover for my new release with Ravenous Romance in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, Silicon Valley Sex Scandal. I like what they did this time. I see several key elements from the book in the cover, including the ultra modern home the main character owns in Cupertino, CA.

I get into a few interesting things in this book, like cyber-dating, online fakery, catfishing, and stalking. I took the liberty of using poetic license at times in a positive sense, because this is how I wish the Internet would be. But I think in time it will be more secure…after enough important people suffer the things others have been suffering online. In other words, when it happens to someone like Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg, we’ll see changes come fast. And that’s exactly what I wanted to point out in this book with the main character…as a sideline to the romantic plot.

Here’s the blurb…free excerpts to come when it’s released:

Shannon Winn is known as the world’s most capricious gay billionaire and the owner of the world’s safest, coolest social media web site, lovemetender.com. When Shannon meets a guy named Terry on his own web site, he considers it fun and games, not looking for a relationship.

And that’s because Shannon already has an open relationship with his personal assistant, Justin. Although they aren’t committed to each other, Shannon’s not looking to meet anyone else for love. This bad boy just wants to fool around with Terry and forget all about him the next day.

It’s unfortunate for Shannon that Terry doesn’t realize this, because after their first and only time together Terry not only falls in love with Shannon, he begins to stalk him and imagine them as a couple. In the course of one week, Terry follows Shannon’s every move, showing up unexpectedly and seducing Shannon with great success.

When bad boy Shannon finally realizes the fatal mistakes he’s made with Terry, and he knows for certain he’s really in love with Justin, it just might be too late for them. Will Terry’s crazed infatuation with Shannon ruin Shannon’s chances of true love with Justin? And will delusional Terry finally snap and kill them all?

Bad Boy Billionaires: Cowboy in Love

Bad Boy Billionaires: Cowboy in Love

This is the next book in the Bay Boy Billionaire series, and I placed the main character, Bailey, in a unique situation this time. Bailey lost his partner one year earlier and he’s still grieving, to the point where he actually has imaginary conversations with him when no one else is around. At least that’s what Bailey thinks. His daughter catches him talking to no one a few times and she starts to worry about him. And then his sister comes to Texas for a visit and she starts to think he’s lost his mind. All he’s trying to do is figure out a way to live the rest of his life without his deceased partner, and he knows all this is only in his imagination…and yet so real sometimes. There are several highly emotional parts of this book that were difficult to write, one of which includes the horse that belonged to the deceased partner. Another is learning how to let go and start all over again.

Here’s the blurb. And you can read more here, and I’ll add links as soon as it’s available at other places where e-books are sold.

Billionaire oil tycoon Bailey Chalfont has spent the last year of his life in Rome, running away from his heartbreak and indulging in a self-destructive lifestyle that has left him feeling bitter and alone. Returning home to Texas to spend the summer with his daughter, Kendra, brings all of his worst demons back to him. Everywhere he looks, he sees Christopher. When Bailey meets the new ranch manager, Garrett, he’s surprised and annoyed to learn that Kendra has instructed Garrett to ride with him whenever he takes Christopher’s horse, Cyclone, for a ride. And when Garrett won’t let Bailey ride the wild unbreakable horse alone, Bailey insults Garrett in an unthinkable way. This only leads to more bad behavior on Bailey’s part, which all comes to a head during a combination Fourth of July anniversary party Bailey will never forget. Will Bailey ever come to terms with losing Christopher and move on with his life? And will Bailey finally realize that love isn’t as impossible or as far away as he thinks it is? Find out in BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE: COWBOY IN LOVE, by best-selling author Ryan Field!

New Release Today: Internal Desires

I’m late to the blog today because it’s Sunday and I had like ten million things to do around the house I never get a chance to do during the week. I keep telling Tony that town house life is looking better and better to me these days.

In any event, my new novella Internal Desires is up on Amazon. You can check it out here at this link. It’s a .99 e-book and it’s part of the lending program KDP select. This means readers that are part of the lending program will get a chance to do this:

What is the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library?

With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free once a month, with no due dates. For more info, click
here.

This is the book description for Internal Desires:

When young Randy’s mom and dad leave the ranch in Montana for a week long road trip, he remains home alone because of a baseball game and his job as a part time cowboy on a dude ranch. But Randy really has plans that week to experiment with his secret internal desire. It’s something he’s kept hidden for years beneath his old baseball gloves and athletic cups, and something he’s never told anyone aloud.
After gathering up all the courage he can, he sets out for an epic night of adventure only to discover the darker side of his secret fantasy that includes a misogynist idiot at a country western bar and serious brand of rape culture he’s only studied about in community college. Randy panics and he isn’t sure what to do. But when the man of his dreams shows up and turns out to be his real life hero, Randy winds up discovering internal desires he didn’t even know he had