Titanic

Link for "Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved on the Titanic"

Here’s a link to Top 2 Bottom Reviews, for a nice blog post that was written about my short story, “Unmentionable: The Men Who Love on the Titanic.” This is a quiet story and I don’t usually write historical erotic romances. So I’m thrilled to see this.

Here’s another link where I talk about writing the story.

Titanic: 100 Years Ago


Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and I wanted to post something. In the past few months I think everything that could be written about it has been and I’m going to add a few photos.

The one thing I haven’t seen is any mention of gay people, which is partly because “gay” didn’t exist then, partly because same sex love/sex was considered a mental illness, and partly because some things transcend social issues. In other words, the magnitude of what happened on the Titanic rises above social issues, political issues, and religious issues. When the ship went down, it didn’t matter what sex you preferred, what religion you believed in, or what political party you belonged to. In a way, there’s something comforting about that.

The Astors

Harold Bride, a wireless operator on the Titanic, arrived in New York after his rescue.

Survivors

Dorothy Gibson, the infamous “Gibson Girl,” famous subject for Harrison Fisher

Titanic Debris Field Mapped Out



I’m afraid you’re going to have to indulge me for a while. I had a completely different post planned for today about authors behaving badly, but it’s going to have to wait. When I see something that’s Titanic related and looks interesting I’m posting about it. This is partly because I’ve always been interested in the subject and partly because this is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and I think it deserves attention. And, since I started writing “Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved on the Titanic,” I’ve become slightly hooked. Nasty authors can wait for another day (smile.)

Here’s part of, and a link to, an article I read this morning.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Researchers have pieced together what’s believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-mile-by-5-mile Titanic debris field and hope it will provide new clues about what exactly happened the night 100 years ago when the superliner hit an iceberg, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic and became a legend.

Marks on the muddy ocean bottom suggest, for instance, that the stern rotated like a helicopter blade as the ship sank, rather than plunging straight down, researchers told The Associated Press this week.

An expedition team used sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken from underwater robots to create the map, which shows where hundreds of objects and pieces of the presumed-unsinkable vessel landed after striking an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people.

Here’s a link that I hope works now, where you can read more.

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.

Edwardian Era and Homosexuality: Unmentionable


It’s no mistake that I titled my new release with Loveyoudivine.com, UNMENTIONABLE: THE MEN WHO LOVED ON THE TITANIC. One hundred years ago, even a hint of homosexuality was considered taboo in all circles of society. And if you consider the social class distinctions of the Edwardian era, it becomes even more complicated.

First, I did a fair share of research on the Edwardian era for this book, on top of what I already knew. According to wiki, the Edwardian era ran from l901 – l910. If you read on, you’ll see some believe the Edwardian era extended to the sinking of the Titanic…or to the beginning of WWI. And I read an interesting comment thread yesterday where others extend the era even longer. I’ve never believed that eras begin and end at one set time in history, so I’m going to refer to this story as a historical set during the Edwardian era and take sides with those who believe the era extended until WWI.

Obtaining this information was the easiest part of writing this story. The hardest part was trying to figure out how homosexual men would have lived in 1912. There’s obviously very little information out there because men who loved other men in 1912 didn’t discuss this openly…ever. What little information I could find was either a string of jokes about gay men on comment threads or bizarre opinions I didn’t think could be trusted. And though more than a few things have been written about homosexuality in the Victorian era, there’s very little for the Edwardian era. I would assume this is partly because most are more familiar with the Victorian era and they often either include the Edwardian era with the Victorian era…or confuse it with the Victorian era.

Unfortunately, I find distinct differences between the Victorian era and the Edwardian era. This is why I love the Edwardian era so much. So a good deal of my story about men who loved on the Titanic is fiction that was based on what I could pilfer from the basic information I could get about fashion, trends, and lifestyles during that time period. I didn’t get into social class much in this book, and that’s mainly because both characters are from similar social classes. This time social class didn’t play a huge role in the storyline for me. The conflict, for me, was more about how homosexual men had to hide their true feelings and emotions, and the lengths to which they had to stoop in order to protect themselves.

But I did find one film review web site that had some fascinating information. It’s a review of the film “Maurice,” titled, “Merry Old England,” written by, Michael D. Klemm. You can get there from here. I can almost guarantee that even if you aren’t a fan of historicals and the Edwardian era, you’ll find this article/review interesting.

To state the obvious, early twentieth century Edwardian England was not a good time to be gay. The climate was so bad that noted novelist E.M. Forster began writing a book with a homosexual hero in 1913 that he never published in his lifetime.

Cover Preview: Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved on the Titanic


I just received the cover art for my new historical with Loveyoudivine.com, Unmentionable: The Men Who Love on the Titanic.

Here’s a a blurb, below. And here’s a link to read a preview excerpt. I’ll post more about the release date soon.

One hundred years ago on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg on its way to New York. Though it had been considered unsinkable by all standards, it went down in the cold waters of the Atlantic, taking with it stories of love and romance that weren’t discussed openly in those days. This was especially true with stories of love between two men. One of those hidden stories of the Titanic dealt with the unyielding love and strong romance between a young man named Liam and his older lover, Oliver. Because Oliver was a wealthy business man in America with a great deal of notoriety, the only safe way to bring Liam aboard the Titanic was to dress him in fine women’s clothing and claim he was Oliver’s shy, distant cousin returning to America for the first time in many years. They finally begin to relax when they realize that everyone on the ship believes Liam is a woman, until that fateful night on April 14th when destiny intervened and changed their lives forever.