new releases

My Newest Amazon Releases

Here are a few more books I just released on Amazon. As I’ve stated, this is for readers and for my own records. I’ve found that blogging in general has been a great asset to me while putting these books back up on Amazon. Instead of searching through files for blurbs and book descriptions, I’ve basically only had to do a simple blog search to get the past information.

So if you are an author, start documenting what you’re doing on your blog for your own records, too. You never know when that information might be needed, and blogging is a very simple way to retrieve it. Small e-presses go out of business all the time no matter what they promise you in the beginning, and you might just wind up pubbing your own books someday.

Cowboy Mike and Buddy Boy link

Something for Saint Jude link

Kevin Loves Cowboys link

These are all now .99 e-books for at least the next three months. And they are only on Amazon for the time being. We will distribute them elsewhere in the future. If anyone has any questions, feel free to e-mail me at rfieldj@aol.com

When Small E-publishers Fold Up; Queen Approves Gay Marriage; Jonathan Franzen Sighting



Queen Approves Gay Marriage

Now that Queen Elizabeth II has officially approved it, gay marriage is now legal in Britain. I’m not sure how British law works, but evidently things like this need royal stamp of approval in order to be official. And since I’ve always had absolute respect for Queen II, I couldn’t be more thrilled about this for all LGBT people in the UK.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday – the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

The queen’s approval was a formality. It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.


Jonathan Franzen Sighting

You have to be a huge fan of Jonathan Franzen to appreciate the humor in this, and because I am a huge fan that’s why I’m posting about it. I don’t always read novels like Franzen’s for pure enjoyment. Sometimes I read them because I want to study the way in which they were written. In other words, if you’ve never shopped at Tiffany’s, don’t try to open up an exclusive high end jewelry store of your own.

Over lunch in one of the University of California Santa Cruz’s dining halls last Wednesday, the topic of Jonathan Franzen was broached and my friend Leigh and I began a passionate defense of the man’s essay “Farther Away” in the face of an imagined host of detractors. We cited the honesty of the piece; we beat our breasts and stomped the table groaning at its misinterpretation; we rained scorn down upon the man’s declaimers (absent) and supporters (also absent) alike. We wept, bemoaning the poverty of our culture’s literary curiosity, so obsessed with Jonathan Franzen, our horizon and circumference.

That same afternoon, this blogger spotted Franzen in person, on campus, trying to check out a film. After doing a little research (which could be misinterpreted as stalking in a friendly way) the blogger found out Franzen does, indeed, keep a small place in Santa Cruz and has an office at UCSC. It’s a humorous piece, and it made me smile.

You can read more here.




When Small E-publishers Fold Up

In the spirit of full disclosure, which I always try to do (but sometimes miss), the following is a list of titles that just went up on Amazon with Ryan Field Press. These are not totally new releases. They are new because I’m releasing them myself as an indie publisher. These are the books and stories that were published by the now defunct e-publisher loveyoudivine.com.

I’d lost track over the years, and when I learned that LYD was shuttering its business, with only one month’s notice to authors who had worked with them, I panicked a little because these books were all bringing in small royalties that added up. And some of them were actually new releases. Had I known LYD was closing down I would have stopped submitting my work to them much earlier. But I had no idea, and I found myself in an interesting position: what to do with these books and stories.

After that experience with LYD, I decided not to shop them to other small mom and pop e-presses and to release them alone this time. I prefer working with a publisher, but sometimes you have to make decisions based on experience. Because when this happens with e-books it’s not like what happens with print books. With print books there are still used copies floating around and people are still reading your work…in spite of not making money on used books. And that word of mouth is important to an author and his/her brand. But when an e-publisher goes out of business all your work disappears and you’re finished. Done. All that hard work you put into your work is gone. And I personally don’t want to take those chances anymore now that I can indie publish myself.

One thing I can tell you for certain is that when a small e-publisher goes out of business the author and the reader are always the last ones to know. Small e-presses are interesting that way. It’s not shifty or shady, it’s just that a lot of these small e-presses are not run by business people and the owners don’t think like business people. I’ve seen this happen more than once in the past ten years, and LYD is not the first one who closed down in a way that resembled the old landlord phrase: midnight move.

Here’s a list of the first round of books from LYD I’m releasing this month. I have not changed any titles or covers and I won’t do that because I don’t want readers to buy something they’ve already read. The good news is that I’ve cut prices and most of the books will be .99 for the time being. Right now, because there are so many books to put up, I’m only focusing on Amazon. But they will be distributed in other places in the future.

With This Cowboy I Love So Freely link

Down the Basement link

Vance’s Flame link

Missing Jackson’s Hole link

Newest Release: The Actor Learning to Love; FRee Excerpt

Tomorrow I have a new release coming out in the Bad Boy Billionaire series called The Actor Learning to Love.

The actor is the bad boy billionaire who hires someone to stay in his NY penthouse and care for his exotic parrot…a talking parrot he inherited from an ex-boyfriend who couldn’t put up with the bad boy actor.

The guy the actor hires to live in the penthouse for one year is Rory, and Rory has a young son and they recently moved out of their Brooklyn apartment. The reason they moved out is because Rory just went through another divorce and he’s fed up with love, marriage, and men altogether.

It seems like the perfect arrangement, but the bad boy actor has ulterior motives that involve Rory and his son. I won’t give out any spoilers, but this is the first time I’ve ever worked the attacks on the World Trade Center into a novel (you can see the twin towers in the background on the cover)…it’s also the first time I’ve ever written a strong lesbian theme into the subplot.

Here’s a free excerpt from the book. I’ll post about this more with links. This excerpt is from the PDF I got from the publisher so the formatting isn’t perfectly compatible with google blogger…but it’s not unreadable either. This is one example of how difficult it can be when self-publishing and trying to figure out how to format and upload at various web sites where e-books are sold. Not all are the same, nor is it the same process. I can get away with this on my blog because I keep it casual here, but I could never get away with releasing an e-book formatted this way on web sites where e-books are sold. To complicate this even more, I took this excerpt from the perfectly formatted version.




“I want to be clear about this,” Dane said. “We’re never going

to see Thad again, right? He’s gone for good. Motorcycle, tattoos,

and all.”
 

Rory smiled and reached out to hold Dane’s arm. They stopped

to wait for the light to change on the corner of 51st Street. He

glanced down at the child’s sandy brown hair and sighed. “That’s

right. We’re not going to be seeing Thad again.” He looked up at

the clear sky and sighed. “Tattoos and all.” It was January and the

child had refused to zip up the new red jacket Santa had given him

that year. He’d refused to wear, gloves, a scarf, and a hat as well.
 

“I guess that means the wedding is off,” said Dane. They were

carrying suitcases that contained everything they owned. Dane

carried the two smaller bags and Rory carried the biggest two, with

one under his right arm and one in his right hand so his left would

be free to hold on to Dane’s arm. To glance at them, passersby

might have thought they were on vacation in New York. A father

and son on their way to a hotel room.
 

The light changed and Rory gave him a slight tug. As they

crossed to the other side, Rory said, “I wouldn’t marry that man if

my life depended on it. Not after what he did to us. I’m actually

glad he took that job in Canada. When I think about how things

could have turned out if I had married him I get a chill up my

spine, kiddo. Oh no. This is a new beginning for us. No more men

like that and no more being Mr. Nice Guy. I’ve had it with his type

altogether.”
 

Dane didn’t seem convinced. “That’s what you said after every

divorce, Dad. It never seems to work out that way, though.”

Not counting the recent breakup with Thad, Rory had been

married three times in the past eight years. Not always legal each

time, but some gay men use the word marriage as if it were legal

more often than not. With each so-called marriage, he thought he’d

met the man with whom he’d spend the rest of his life. He’d also

thought he’d met someone who would be a good father to Dane.
 

“That’s a terrible thing to say to me,” Rory said. “It’s not like

I married them to wind up divorced on purpose. No one does that.

It wouldn’t make sense. When you get married you expect it to

last the rest of your life. It’s not as easy as it looks. You’ll find out
yourself one day when you meet the right girl and fall in love.”




Though Rory was openly gay, he suspected his adopted son wasn’t.

He’d figured that out without the need for any deep, heartfelt dis

cussions the day Dane had been suspended from school for looking





up another little girl’s dress.
 
 
They passed a dark young man unloading boxes from the back

of a truck. As they passed, the young man sent Rory the eye and

stared at his legs. Then the young man scratched his crotch and

licked his lips in such a vulgar way Rory felt like kicking him in

the groin. Rory walked faster, avoiding direct eye contact, hoping

Dane wouldn’t notice anything. This happened all the time to

Rory. Men like that would see him, give him that intense, desperate

look, and Rory’s knees would go weak. The worst part was if

Rory hadn’t been with Dane and he had been alone, he might have

responded. He’d been so depressed over getting dumped by Thad,

and his ego had taken such a huge hit, he found himself craving

attention from men in a way he’d never experienced before. He

blamed this partly on the fact that he’d never been promiscuous:

he’d always planned his sexual experiences around emotional

relationships.
 

“You sure can pick ’em, Dad,” Dane said. He hadn’t noticed

the way the guy was looking at Rory’s ass. He’d been following a

pigeon on the sidewalk, as if ready to reach down and pick it up.

“Aunt Hazel Ann said you shouldn’t wear your jeans so tight. She

thinks it makes you look common.”
 

Rory took offense at this. His Aunt Hazel Ann in New Jersey

always criticized the way he dressed, wore his hair, and lived his

life.



He stopped in the middle of the block and flung his ten-year

old





son a glance. “And what’s that supposed to mean? I’ve done

my best. I’ve always given you a nice place to live, nice clothes,

and a well-balanced diet. You’ve always done well in school and

you’re not nearly as mixed up as other kids. I don’t think that’s

very fair. It’s not my fault I tend to attract the wrong types. I like

the jeans I wear. I like all my clothes. And I’m not going to repeat

the same mistakes again. From now on things are going to be different,

you’ll see.”
 

Dane shrugged and said, “I didn’t mean to get you upset. I was

only joking about your jeans. I know how Aunt Hazel Ann can be.

She’s a real ball-buster sometimes.” He turned and started walking

again. Under his breath, he said, “Maybe if you were less interested

in guys who didn’t shave every day and guys who had less

tattoos, they might stick around long enough to celebrate a second

anniversary.”
 

Although Rory heard that comment, he decided to ignore it.

The kid was right and he didn’t have much of a defense. At thirtytwo

years old, Rory knew his own weak points better than anyone.

If there were ten clean-cut gay attorneys in one room looking for

a partner and one ex-convict in ripped jeans and oil stains on his

hands, Rory would wind up with the ex-con and oil stains all over

his jeans.
 

They walked a few more blocks in silence, then stopped across

the street from a tall high-rise on Beekman Place. The façade

had a lighter, concrete look than the rest of the buildings on the

block, with a lot of glass. At the entrance, there was a long, curved

chocolate brown awning that led to the curb so anyone walking in

and out of the building wouldn’t get wet in the rain. He’d always

wanted to live in a building with an awning like that. Rory set the

two large suitcases down on the sidewalk and glanced up at the top





floor.
 





Dane held his suitcases tighter. When he saw the building, his

eyes opened wider and he asked, “Is

this where we’re going to





live?” They’d moved around the city a lot. Each time Rory remarried,

they moved in with a new husband. Dane had become accustomed

to attending new schools more often than most kids with

dads and moms in the military.
 

Rory smiled and shrugged. “Unless I got the wrong address,

this is the place, kiddo.” Rory and Dane had been sharing an apartment

in Brooklyn with Thad for the past year and a half. Rory

would have remained in Brooklyn after Thad left for Canada,

but neither of their names had ever been on the lease. Rory had





never known this; he’d figured it was Thad’s apartment when he’d





moved in with him. But about three weeks after Thad left, it turned

out Thad had been sub-leasing the apartment from two lesbians

and they wanted to move back in. It was one of those rent-controlled

deals and the lesbians didn’t want to lose a good thing. Rory

couldn’t fault them. He would have done the same thing.
 
 

When Rory’s agent told him he had another client who was

looking for someone to live in his apartment at Beekman Place,

rent free for one year, Rory jumped at the chance. Beekman Place

was one of the best addresses in the city, with good schools, and all

Rory would have to do to live there rent free was care for a large

bird while this other client of Stan’s was out of the country shoot

ing





a film. Rory had no idea who the actor was; his agent refused





to tell him. All Stan had said was, “I think you should do this, and

the timing is perfect. I really do. And you know I’ve always represented

you and your best interests.”
 
 

“This place looks too good to be true,” Dane said. “It’s even

better than the brownstone in the Village where we lived when I

was just a little kid when you were married to Eduardo.”
 
 

This comment caused a sinking feeling in Rory’s stomach.

“You’re too young to be so cynical, kiddo. C’mon, let’s check this

place out. How bad can it be? Living rent free for one year just for

taking care of a big dumb bird isn’t something that comes along often.

Just think of all the money I can save, and this time next year

we’ll have a place of our own.” Rory worked as a pianist/singer

in small nightclubs all over the city. Although he hadn’t actually

worked in a year because Thad had preferred him to stay home

all the time, he’d called his agent and he was ready to get back to

work full time. Although he wasn’t a big-time cabaret performer

like Michael Buble, he had played some impressive venues, including

one gig in London for a member of the royal family.
 
 

They crossed the street and met a tall, thin man in the lobby.

When Rory saw his traditional doorman’s uniform, he almost felt

giddy. It was too good to be true. He’d always wanted to live in a

building with a doorman, too. He smiled and said, “I’m Rory Daniels.

Stan Cooperman told me you’d show me to the penthouse on





the top floor. Stan’s my agent. And this is my son, Dane. We’ll be





living here for the next year.”
 
 

The doorman smiled at Dane and said, “Yes, that’s right. He

left a set of keys with me yesterday.” Then he took the suitcases

Dane had been carrying and led them to the elevator. While they

waited for the elevator doors to open, the doorman looked Rory up

and down, stared at his legs the same way the guy loading the truck

had done, and pursed his lips.
 
 

Rory just glanced at him and smiled

Cover Preview: Billionaire Ivy League Rake & A Sign From Heaven Above

(Update: I said earlier in this post that “A Sign from Heaven Above” will be on Amazon in the lender’s program, but after I talked it over with someone we decided it’s better to not get stuck in the three month contract that limits us only to Amazon. So the book will still be priced at .99 everywhere, but it won’t be part of the lender’s program on Amazon this time so I can release it in other markets right away. I hate to do that because I love the lender’s program, but I don’t like being locked into anything for that length of time. Amazon makes the rules; I don’t. And it’s not fair to web sites like Allromanceebooks.com either. So that’s where it stands now. It’s already up on Smashwords and will be on Kobo, and I’ll post more as soon as it’s up on other web sites.)

I’m posting both of these covers for two upcoming releases because of the way the timing worked out. I never really know when books from publishers are going to be released until about a week before it happens, which is why I don’t get into midnight launches and I don’t make a huge deal out of new releases like other authors.

I’m not J.K Rowling and families are not lining up in bookstores at midnight for my books.  And I’ve always found that less is more when it comes to talking about book releases in my genre, especially because erotic romance (or anything gay oriented that’s not even erotic) tends to be so discreet for so many of my readers. But I do like to put the information out there in case anyone is interested in finding out more.

The first cover is a self-published short story, “A Sign From Heaven Above,” that will be prices as a .99 cent e-books and I will do the lending program for three months. I find that it works, even though Amazon locks me into it for those three months and I can’t distribute anywhere else. After that period, I’ll release it everywhere I can, including allromanceebooks.com which is my personal favorite site as a reader. And it will remain at .99 for at least the next six months. I’ve already posted about it here, so you can check this link out for more information where there’s a blurb and tag lines. I had a few cover issues with this book. The first two covers had to be changed because the models that were used were also used in two other fairly well known places. One had the model used on the GRL web site, and the other had a model that was used on a book for an author I know. I didn’t want to release a book that way, so this is actually the third (and final) cover choice and I’ve checked everywhere to see if it’s been done before and I couldn’t find a thing.

The next cover, “The Ivy League Rake,” is part of an ongoing series I’m writing for Ravenousromance.com that’s focused on bad boy billionaires. “Rakes” are the guys that everyone loves to hate, and at the same time no one can seem to get enough of, in real life or in romance novels. I’ve known more than a few in my lifetime so far. In fact, sometimes I think I attract them on a sub-conscious level I’ve never been aware of. Put me in a room with 99 great guys and one bad boy, and the bad boy will always find me.

One of the things I’ve always been fascinated about with “rakes” is that everyone wants to change them. Of course in real life we all know THAT’S not possible. Trust me, I know from experience. But in romance where anything is possible and we always want that happy ending, I think I delivered what readers want this time. It’s all about the fantasy, and not just the erotic fantasy. The emotional fantasy of conquering a “rake” is sometimes even more intense than the sex.

I will post as each book is released, with purchase links. I don’t have set dates for either book and there’s a reason for that. Ravenous never tells me until the day the books are released, which is fine with me. It’s worked so far and I still have plenty of time to talk about it. And with my own self-pubbed books, I never know exactly when Amazon is going to put the book up for sale after it’s been uploaded to the site. There’s a waiting period and I don’t like to say anything until I personally see the book up on Amazon, with no errors, and ready to go. I usually buy it myself just to be sure the formatting is okay and everything is the way it’s supposed to be. As a side note, that’s one big difference between self-publishing and publishing with a publisher: I don’t have to worry with publishers. I know they will do their jobs and the books will be fine. With self-publishing the worry never ends until I actually see how the book looks in digital format on my own e-readers.

In any event, here’s the sell copy for “The Ivy League Rake.” I don’t think I’ve posted about this one before at all.

 

Elroy Donahue, the spoiled heir to a billion dollar ice cream fortune, must get a degree from Harvard in order to gain control of the family fortune. Thankfully, what he lacks in academic skills he makes up for in looks, personality, and a deep seated desire to get what he wants no matter how he has to do it.

Then humble Kyle Sparrow comes along and changes everything. Kyle’s an excellent student, he’s grateful to be at Harvard on an academic scholarship, and he’s never been promiscuous. When Elroy discovers Kyle is his new roommate, he immediately begins to figure out ways to seduce him.

But Kyle isn’t like the other guys Elroy has known in the past. He wants love; he craves emotion. For the first time in his life, Elroy is not only rejected, he’s forced to examine his careless lifestyle and take responsibility for his actions. The harder he tries to do the right thing the more he fails.

Will Elroy’s thoughtless attitude discourage Kyle? Or will Kyle turn out to be the only man on the planet who can transform this billionaire bad boy into the man he knew he could always be?

"Cowboy Mike and Buddy Boy" Cover Preview

This is my newest release from loveyoudivine.com. A release date has yet to be set but I will post when it is.

It’s a short story, and below are the tag line and blurb. It’s one of the few times I get into a subject like this. It happens in real life and without a happy ending in most cases. But I do know of a few cases where the ending was happy and I wanted to focus on that.

Tag:

When a guy falls in love with a married cowboy, he’d better know how to run like hell.

Blurb:

When Noah realizes he’s fallen in love with the wrong person, he decides to change his life and his circumstances. He vows he’ll never get involved with a cowboy or a married man again. But when Noah’s married cowboy, Mike, begs him not to leave, Mike explains that his marriage was over a long time ago and then he promises to do the right thing. Unfortunately, Mike’s wife finds out about Mike and Noah before Mike has a chance to tell her he wants a divorce. And, this all happens on Halloween night, when Noah meets Mike on his way home from a costume party. It’s the first time Noah’s ever done drag in his life and it’s only a joke. But Mike’s wife doesn’t find it funny when she catches Mike with his hand up Noah’s tight dress in the backseat of a car.

Dammit! by Michele L. Montgomery


I’ve been waiting to write this post for a while. It’s about Michele L. Montgomery, an author I admire.

She has a new book out and that’s really all you need to know. Though I haven’t read this book yet, I will. I have read other books by Michele and I’ve rated them on goodreads and loved them.

When I say I admire Michele, this covers a lot of ground. Most of all it’s her work I love. And then there are the little things. When I run into her on social media, she’s always doing something nice and it’s always positive. I always get the feeling the Michele I see online is the same Michele I’d meet in person if I ever get out to Denver. This, I might add, comes through in her work, too.

If you like reading gay fiction, please take the time to check out her work, especially the new release.

Here’s a link to Amazon. A link to another post about her. And below is the blurb to “Dammit.”

Escaping the past isn’t easy, especially when the scars left behind are a constant reminder that trust and love can hurt.

Michael McKnight knows what it means to be on the run from memories. Years ago, after fleeing an abusive relationship, he was brutally stabbed and left for dead. His only savior had been a compassionate stranger he’d only gotten a glimpse of before slipping into the blackness that claimed him.

For Michael, recovery was an arduous and hard fought return to some semblance of normalcy. He rebuilds his life, spending his waking hours buried in work and fighting to forget the past. And his life seems to be going well until he finds out that his cousin Wayne is being held captive in a mental asylum for being gay. So he buys a plane ticket and flies out to rescue his cousin.

But the weather is against Michael, keeping him grounded and talking to a man who claims that he’d once saved his life and is willing to help him rescue his cousin. Can this man be for real or is something more sinister in the works?

List of New Releases Coming Out This Spring and a Few Changes

“The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!”

I’ve had a few e-mails asking me about why my ravenous romance titles have slowed down. First, I love ravenous romance, I love the books I’ve published with them, and I’ll always be there to support and promote them. The main reason you’re seeing fewer titles is because I’ve been working on books with my pen names. The second reason is I’ve been working on more titles for loveyoudivine.com. The third reason is I can’t split myself in three different ways. So even though I won’t have as many releases at ravenous romance this spring, I have been working even harder to get other new releases out.

I wish I could disclose the pen names. But that would be counterproductive to having a pen name, or names. Pen names for me are more experimental. Frankly, I don’t like using them. I always feel more comfortable with my own name, Ryan Field, which I can stand behind. But I do use pen names to see how I’ll do in other genres.

One ravenous romance release I’m looking forward to is “The Virgin Billionaire’s Little Angel.” This title is still tentative and is subject to change. But this is the last book in the Virgin Billionaire series and I had trouble saying good-bye to Luis and Jase.

This will be the final series for a while. I never wanted to do one, in spite of this I had a blast doing it, and I don’t want to push my luck right now. The entire Virgin Billionaire series surprised me more than anything I’ve done before. It’s hard to repeat something you loved doing so much and has been so well received by readers.

On March second, I have “Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved on the Titanic,” being released with Loveyoudivine.com. This is a very long short story…or a short novella. I’ve always been fascinated by this time period in history, and with the Titanic. A psychic once told me I was on the Titanic in a past life. I’m not sure I believe in this 🙂 But it’s food for thought.

After these two releases, I have an 8,000 word story being released by loveyoudivine.com titled, “Cowboy Howdy.” I’ve wanted to do another western themed m/m romance for a while and haven’t had time. I made time and did it. I’ll post more soon.

Right now I’m working on two things at the same time. One is a short story I posted about earlier this week called “Shmacked.” The other is a full length novel that’s m/m romance tentatively titled, “Chase of a Lifetime.” It’s about a younger guy who falls in love with his best friend’s father. The father has been living a lie all his life; the younger guy has been in the closet and he’s a virgin. I’m enjoying the emotions with this book more than any books I’ve written before. I’ll post more details down the line.

And, this is a big one for me. I’m looking into indie publishing with Amazon. I’m not saying I’m doing it. But I’m looking into it, with my partner, to see if it’s something I want to do. Though Tony, my parnter, worked corporate sales for fifteen years until he left to start his own business/firm two years ago, he’s a tech genius and he would be doing all the tech work if I decided to do an Amazon digital release. Nothing is definite there yet. It’s a huge decision because I’ll be taking on a lot more work. But if I do decide to do this, I’ll post it here first.

Let’s just say I’m taking Joe Konrath’s advice in this sense: as a career writer I’m thinking about where I’ll be five years from now, not five months from now.