Second Chance Series
I'm about to finish the third book in the Glendora Hill series, and then I'm getting back to the Second Chance series with another novella. But I've had a few people ask about the order in which the Second Chance books were written, and how they should be read so I figured I would post something here for future reference.
The first book in the series is just "Second Chance." You can find it here on Amazon, and if you do a search with Ryan Field Second Chance you'll find it in other places, too. Sometimes it's hard to list all links because I try to distribute these books in as many places as my publishers distribute my other books.
The second book in the series is Second Chance: The Littlest Christmas Tree. Here's the Amazon link.
The third book is Second Chance: His Only Choice. Here's the Amazon link.
At this point, all books are priced @ .99 and will remain that way for at least the next few months.
And, all of the books are stand alones and don't have to be read in any set order.
Readers Writing Reviews
There aren't any links to this part of the post because I'm trying to appeal to readers in a very cautious way. You've seen many of us (established authors) post about authors who aggressively hock readers and other authors for reviews, you've seen many of us rant about aggressive, sneaky authors who pay for reviews and ratings that may or may not be accurate, and you've seen many of us get into discussions about whether or not these aggressive street teams so many pushy authors use now to get attention is fair to readers who don't know any better. This happy, phony brand of marketing/promotion has become an epidemic and I won't even get into the ethical aspects of this because these authors have only one ethic: sell that book no matter what they have to do. Period. It's only about the money, the Amazon sales rank, the Amazon bestseller list, and shoving what is usually something that's poor quality down the consumer's throat. Whether or not most of what they do is legal remains to be seen. And I mean that literally because I know for a fact that authors who don't do these aggressive, questionable things are getting tired of dealing with it and they are investigating behind the scenes. The FTC has gone after companies for writing aggressive fake reviews and fined them heavily.
But this pushy author issue is not the point of this part of the post. Many authors like me don't pay for reviews, we don't lie to our readers, and we try to keep it real. We don't have street teams and we don't put on an act for you. For us, it's all about the reader, and respect for the reader. And the only thing we ask is that if you buy our books you leave a short review or even a rating. It's not about five star reviews, or five star ratings. Just an honest review or rating about what you thought of the book is fine and we will all appreciate it more than you'll ever know...especially those of us who write erotic romance.
One of the drawbacks to writing erotic romance, historically and now, is that the books are as discreet as the readership. In other words, authors like me often get private messages and e-mails about our books and we love this. We really do. We love that personal contact with readers. We also respect and appreciate the fact that our readers are discreet and they don't like to leave public reviews for erotic romance because it could be awkward for them. Writing erotic romance is an act of discretion for many authors, too, which is why you see so many pen names. So we all know and respect the discretion factor with erotic romance and we all know how important it is to maintain this privacy in a world where privacy is becoming less important as each day passes.
In the same respect, all authors are now dealing with different circumstances as publishing continues to change almost daily as well. Established authors are now facing these newer aggressive authors who will stop at nothing to get their books to the top of every bestseller list there is and it's getting harder and harder to compete in honest ways. And one of the ways we can compete is through readers who take the time to leave us reviews and ratings for books they've read. We know it's a pain in the ass sometimes, we know a lot of people don't even like leaving reviews with fake names, and we know most of all the fact that you purchase our books should be enough for us. But if you can take the time out of your lives to just leave one short review for each book you read we would also be more grateful than you'll ever know. In doing this you as the reader can take control of these liars and fakes so other readers can read what you've written and know that it's honest and wasn't paid for in large quantity by people who write reviews for five dollars a shot.
It might not stop the most notorious authors out there, but it sure would help. I actually believe that if every single honest reader left just one review for each book he or she read it might even cancel out all the fake reviews no one can trust. Because if this continues authors who are established and don't aggressively go after reviews are going to have to either stop writing altogether or rethink their own approach to marketing and getting reviews. And I would hate to see that happen. Just think about what the book world would be like if we all faked it and we all paid for our five star reviews. Who could you trust?
I hope I didn't offend any readers with this post. We really are thankful for the fact that you're buying our books and keeping in touch with us in private. If you don't feel comfortable leaving a review, that's okay, too. Don't feel pressured to do it. This was just a quiet request and an appeal to help give readers more control, too.
Wrestler Tweets Anti-Gay on Michael Sam
I posted about Michael Sam, high profile football player, coming out recently, here. In the wake of his disclosure, there's been a lot of discussion and one wrestler at Kent State, Sam Wheeler, decided to bash Michael Sam and all "Queers" with anti-gay comments on Twitter.
Following the historic coming out of Division I college football player Michael Sam, the social media backlash was both predictable and horrifying. However, one college athlete is now experiencing the repercussions of what can happen when you choose to be homophobic on Twitter.
They say Wheeler's been suspended and his Twitter account deleted.
You can read more here, where there are screen shots of his vicious tweets.
I've read a few comments about free speech regarding these hate tweets and comments and what people fail to realize is that free speech was not designed to harm people. With free speech you take on a responsibility and if you fail to live up to that responsibility you may have to face certain consequences. As far as I know, Wheeler is still free to spew all the gay hate he wants. No one is going to lock him up and put him away. It's just that the school he attends is not going to put up with it because his free speech is so offensive to so many other people.