the ivy league rake

Free Bad Boy Book on ARe; Ted Haggard After Gay Scandal



Free Bad Boy Book on ARe

I’m late with posting about this because I honestly didn’t know the first book in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, The Ivy League Rake, was being offered for free today on Allromanceebooks.com.

There are eight books in the Bad Boy Billionaire series, and I’m just now finishing up the final book, The Small Town Romance Writer.

I’ve posted about TILR here, with excerpts and a blurb. And here’s the link where you can download it for free in ARe.

As a side note, I tried to get the Chase series in this program weeks ago at ARe and I was very disappointed when they told me there was no more room. I figured next time, and forgot all about it. And what a nice surprise to come home today and find out Ravenous Romance had been working on this all along.

Ted Haggard After Gay Scandal

Ted Haggard had it all, from money to power, as one of the most influential people in the so-called bible belt of America. And then this happened.

But his life changed abruptly when former male escort Mike Jones alleged that Haggard — who had condemned homosexuality as a sin — paid him for sex and methamphetamine. At first, Haggard denied the claims, but when Jones released voicemails of Haggard asking for drugs, he eventually admitted to “sexual immorality” and to buying methamphetamine. He was forced to resign from the church he led for 22 years.

That was seven years ago. Where are the Haggards today?

The article goes on to mention how Haggard has managed to keep his wife and family, and also a small ministry in Colorado. And it’s hard to comment on this because it’s his life and he has every right (equal rights) to choose whatever he wants without being condemned by me or anyone else.

However, gay people only ask the same in return. And I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

New Release: The Ivy League Rake…Bad Boys of Harvard Yard

“The Ivy League Rake” is the first book in the Bad Boy Billionaire series I’ve been working on for Ravenous Romance. As a series, the concept is focused on full length stand alone books with different characters. The book after this is “The Wall Street Shark,” and I’m working on “The Vegas Shark” right now. It’s been a challenge to take the traditional romantic concept of “rakehell” and apply it to a modern gay romance. Those who have known or dated these bad boy rakes will know what I’m talking about.

The part of the “rakehell” concept I find most interesting is how we always want to change them and turn them into the perfect men. In reality most of us know that’s never going to happen, and yet we still try time and again. But in fiction, where anything can happen, sometimes there are happy endings.

Here’s the plot description:

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?


The book will be released today sometime, but I’m not sure exactly when. And when I get links I’ll update this post. But “The Ivy League Rake” will be on Amazon and all other retail web sites where e-books are sold as soon as possible. As a sidenote, after publishing four e-books on my own, I now understand why it’s sometimes difficult to get a set time for an e-book launch. Some web sites take longer than others, and you’re never really sure.

Here’s a short excerpt that won’t be published anywhere for free other than here. It shows how they develop a mutual sense of humor as they build their sometimes tumultuous relationship.

Kyle agreed to go shopping as long as they went to discount department stores where clothes didn’t cost a fortune. This passed Elroy by. If someone had offered to buy him new clothes he would have gone to the most expensive designer boutiques in Boston. When they walked into the discount store Kyle had chosen, Elroy looked around and rubbed his jaw. He’d never even been to a place like this. The people all seemed so downtrodden and dreary it depressed him. The lights were harsh, the floors scuffed, and the people who worked there wore name tags. For Elroy, these were stores people passed on their way to the good stores.
It turned out to be an education for Elroy. When he saw that most of the clothing wasn’t all that different from what he usually shopped for in more trendy shops, he went to work selecting simple classic things for Kyle. And when he glanced at the price tag for a pair of beige chinos and saw they were only twenty-five dollars, he scratched his head and said, “I just paid two hundred bucks for a pair of pants just like this in Boston.”
He wound up getting Kyle a few basic outfits he could wear anyplace without looking unusual, including a warm black pea coat and a few mock turtleneck sweaters. He would have bought him a few suits and ties and some formal wear but Kyle refused. He said he had no intention of going anywhere formal in the immediate future and when he did need something formal he would buy it himself. “I’m here to study and learn, not to run around trying to keep up with the most important social circles in Harvard,” was how he’d put it. So Elroy found solid colored polo shirts, faded jeans, and chinos without pleats. He didn’t mention this to Kyle, but he liked the way the chinos hugged his ass. They made Elroy want to bang him even more. Along with the outfits he bought for Kyle, he wound up buying six pairs of pants for himself because he couldn’t resist the prices.
While they were in the fitting room trying pants on, he offered to share a fitting booth with Kyle and help him change his pants. Kyle smiled and declined. But Elroy did have a little fun to Kyle’s chagrin. He couldn’t resist the temptation. Kyle had finished trying on pants and he was waiting for Elroy outside the fitting room. While he waited, in a store filled with other people browsing through racks, Elroy walked out of the dressing room wearing nothing but a pair of tight red boxer briefs in front of everyone. The underpants were so tight his junk resembled a sack of walnuts. Kyle’s back faced the fitting room entrance. Elroy walked up behind him in nothing but the red underwear, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked, “How do these look? Are they too tight?”
A woman pushing a baby stroller took one look at Elroy’s junk, turned around fast, and walked in the other direction.
Two young guys in hoodies stopped and gaped for a moment.
One woman in her sixties giggled.  
An older man with gray hair took one look at Elroy in the red underwear and licked his lips.
Another older guy carrying a man-purse tripped over his own feet and knocked over a necktie display.
Kyle turned and stared at him for a moment. With a deadpan expression, he looked Elroy up and down and said, “They make your penis look small.”
Elroy sent him a smile and said, “I knew there was hope for you.”

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?